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Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Monday, February 28th, 2011 6,050 views

I have heard a lot of my friends mention about this Meng Kee Char Siew @ Glenmarie and was told that this was the best Char Siew ever, besides the one I tried at Restoran Famous Seremban Favorites @ Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya! Finally I had a chance to try that Meng Kee char siew one fine day!

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

See there’s even a special stall just to prepare the Char Siew!

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Cheong + Char Siew + Chicken = Awesome!

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Meng Kee Char Siew (明记叉烧王) @ Glenmarie, Shah Alam

Wahh… can finish or not? Haha…

Char Siew 叉烧

See the char siew! It’s so juicy and yummy! 1/2 fats!

Special Made Chili

The special made chili is good too!

Cucumber

What I don’t like is the cucumber! It’s too thick lo… should cut it into smaller pieces?

Business Hours

Non Halal. The shop is closed on Mondays.
Address: 20 (Ground), Jalan Pekedai U1/36 Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park, Shah Alam.
GPS: 3.081487,101.559515
Tel: 019-379 3629

Chap Goh Meh Throw Mandarin Orange / Banana @ Taman Jaya Opposite Amcorp Mall

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 4,816 views

Chinese New Year just ended! 15 days of laziness and slackness, now have to back to work and suffer for another year… How did you celebrate your Chap Goh Meh? I went to Taman Jaya.

Chap Goh Meh Throw Mandarin Orange / Banana @ Taman Jaya Opp Amcrop Mall

Chap Goh Meh celebration at the Taman Jaya Lake, Petaling Jaya, went off smoothly despite an earlier thunderstorm that knocked down several trees and billboards and threatened to delay the event. The celebration was organised by six councillors from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), namely Tiew Way Keng, Terence Tan, A. Jeyaseelan, Mak Khuin Weng, Tiong Boon Keong and Tony Cheong.

Chap Goh Meh, which is held on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, it’s last day of Chinese New Year, is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

Chap Goh Meh Throw Mandarin Orange / Banana @ Taman Jaya Opp Amcrop Mall

Chap Goh Meh Throw Mandarin Orange / Banana @ Taman Jaya Opp Amcrop Mall

Check out the crowd at Taman Jaya. It’s really people mountain people sea! 人山人海。

Chap Goh Meh Throw Mandarin Orange / Banana @ Taman Jaya Opp Amcrop Mall

Single ladies would gather and throw mandarin oranges and single men throw bananas that have their contact details written into a lake or river in hopes of getting good partners. I went there just to check out and wishing that I could grab myself a mandarin orange but failed, no luck for me! =(

Kong Ming Lantern

Some chose to write their wishes and hopes on lanterns (Kong Ming Deng 孔明燈/孔明灯) before releasing them into the sky. Somehow I found it ridiculous as “Transport Ministry warns against releasing sky lanterns” and it’s banned and it’s stated in the news “that Upon conviction, they can be jailed up to six months or fined RM2,000 under the Penal Code, or jailed five years and fined RM10,000 under the Explosives Act. How come in this event there’s no one bother about this??

long fishing nets

All prepared: Some men came equipped with long fishing nets that were used to catch the mandarin oranges that had been earlier flung into the lake by numerous single women. I did not bring any net so went home empty handed lo. Haha… Next time if you want to try your luck remember to prepare with bigger net!

Other activities at the Chap Goh Meh celebration included free water orb rides, magic shows, performances by college bands and other performers, as well as games and contests.

Ang Pau 紅包 利是 collected this year vs last year during CNY!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 3,509 views


What is Ang Pau / Red Packet / 紅包?

In Chinese and other East Asian societies, a red envelope or red packet (known as Hóng Bāo in Mandarin, Ang Pao in Min Nan, Lai See in Cantonese, Sae Bae Don (세뱃돈/歲拜돈) in Korean, and Lì Xì in Vietnamese) is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions.

Red envelopes are mainly presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or on holidays such as the Lunar New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. The act of requesting for red packets is normally called (Mandarin): 討紅包, 要利是, (Cantonese):逗利是. A married person would not turn down such request as it would mean that he or she would be “out of luck” in the new year. In keeping with Chinese customs, newly wedded couples are also usually expected to be extremely generous with the amount offered in the red packets, so as to receive blessings for a blissful marriage.

The amount of money contained in the envelope usually ends with an even digit, in accordance with Chinese beliefs; for instance 88 and 168 are both lucky numbers, as odd-numbered money gifts are traditionally associated with funerals. But there is a widespread tradition that money should not be given in fours, or the number four should not appear in the amount, such as 40, 400 and 444 as the pronunciation of the word “four” resembles that of the word “death”, and it signifies bad luck for many Chinese. At weddings, the amount offered is usually intended to cover the cost of the attendees as well as a goodwill to the newlyweds. It is considered extremely rude to give a low amount of money on such an occasion.

During the Lunar New Year, mainly in South China, red envelopes (in the North, just money without any cover) are typically given by the married to the unmarried, most of whom are children. The amount of money is usually a single note to avoid heavy coins, and to make it difficult to judge the amount inside before opening. It is traditional to put brand new notes inside red envelopes, as well as to avoid opening the envelopes in front of the relatives out of courtesy. In recent years, some Asian-based banks provide newer-looking notes to reduce the environmental impact of printing new banknotes.

How many Ang Pau did you receive this year? Mine was 70% less than previous year, maybe the economic not too good due to the increasing of petrol and inflation but the salary didn’t increase? Haha…

Ang Pau, red envelope or red packet

Ang Pau, red envelope or red packet

Ang Pau that I got last year 2010 – Tiger Year.

Ang Pau, red envelope or red packet

Ang Pau, red envelope or red packet

Ang Pau that I got this year 2011 – Rabbit Year.

Ang Pau, red envelope or red packet

Ang Pau, red envelope or red packet

See the comparison between last year and this year. So little =(

Review : Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector Built In!

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 3,277 views

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj is a very cool and unique camera! Is has the projector function built in to the small compact camera believe it or not!?

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector Built In

Have you ever wonder or thought that you could just replay your photo slides show in a bigger screen instead of the small LCD screen on your digital camera? Yes now with this Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj you are able to do so by projecting the slides show to a wall! It will really amaze your friends when you projects their photo or video to the wall! =)

The innovative Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj offers everything you need to create and share in fabulous style. A host of handy automatic features make it incredibly easy to capture great images and videos, while the built-in projector lets you project your favorites in big, beautiful fashion – directly from the camera or a connected computer.

The large, clear touch-screen makes operating the camera extremely intuitive. The precision NIKKOR lens, 14.1 megapixel resolution and five anti-blur technologies combine to ensure sharp, detailed images that look great when you project them. Dim the lights – it’s time for the show to begin!

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector Built In

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector Built In

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo taken using easy auto mode which is very good! You can see the cloud clearly and in nice blue sky.

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo taken using easy auto mode in indoor.

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo taken using easy auto mode in outdoor.

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo take using sport mode + 5x zoom in Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil.

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo take using macro mode, you could see every single details of the shell!

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo 1 : Original Photo taken using Nikon Coolpix S1100pj.

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo 2 : Added a frame.

Photo taken with Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
Photo 3: Final art work.

See it’s so convenient, just shoot and you are able to do some simple editing in the camera itself! Can add frame and write some simple words.

See you can project the playback of the images or video taken at anywhere and anytime!

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector
Project to a plate! See how curious a man can be =)

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector
You can also project to a table!

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector
Project to a wall! Others in the same restaurant were amazed by the projection of the Nikon Coolpix!

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector
People around you will never fail to amaze by the coolness of it! =)

Some videos taken with this Nikon Coolpix S1100pj in HD mode, I must say that this camera is just too awesome in taking good HD video!

Some of the key benefit of Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj
• Built-in projector – instant big screen sharing
• Projects images directly up to 47″
• 5x anti-blur technologies
• NIKKOR wideangle 5x zoom lens
• Introduces a range of retouch features so you can really get creative, including Fisheye effect, selective colour highlighting on an otherwise monochrome picture, and background softening, so you don’t have to go anywhere near a computer to edit your images.
• There’s built-in animations, background music or slide transitions.
• Paint function can add handwritten annotations to your images, even while you are projecting them on a wall.

Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj Specifications

Effective pixels : 14.1 megapixels

Image sensor : 1/2.3-in. RGB CCD, 14.48 total megapixels

Lens : Optical 5x zoom, NIKKOR lens

Focal length : 5.0-25.0mm (35mm format equivalent to 28-140mm)

Aperture : f/3.9-5.8

Digital zoom : Maximum 4x (35mm format equivalent to approx. 560mm)

Vibration Reduction (VR) : Lens-shift type + electronic type

ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) : ISO 80,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (pixel addition), 6400 (pixel addition), Auto (ISO 80 to 800), Fixed range auto (ISO 80 to 200, ISO 80 to 400)

LCD monitor : 7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 460k-dot, TFT LCD monitor (HVGA) [resistive touch panel] with Clear Color Display and brightness adjustment

Storage media : Internal memory (approx. 79 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

Smile Timer : Up to three smiling faces can be detected, can be switched on/off

Blink Proof : Takes two sequential shots, can be switched on/off

Scene modes : 17 scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Backlight, Panorama assist). Draw option is not available.

Scene Auto Selector : 6 scene modes + Auto mode (Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Night landscape, Close-up, Backlight)

Movie : HD 720p: 1,280 x 720/30 fps, VGA ★: 640 x 480/30 fps, VGA: 640 x 480/15 fps, QVGA★: 320 x 240/30 fps, QVGA: 320 x 240/15 fps

D-Lighting : Yes

Slideshow with music : Built-in; Music: 3 kinds, Image effects: 4 kinds

Projector : Single light/single plate system Brightness: Up to 14 lumens*, image size: 5 to 47 in., throw distance: approx. 0.26 to 2.4 m, endurance (battery life): approx. 1 hour with EN-EL12, resolution (output): VGA equivalent *Average value at shipment; based on JIS 6911 (Method of notation for data projector 2003); measurement and measuring conditions are based on Appendix 2

Power sources : Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (1050 mAh), AC Adapter EH-62F (option)

Number of shots per charge (battery life)* : Approx. 220 frames with EN-EL12 Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries

Dimensions (width x height x depth) : Approx. 100.8 x 62.7 x 24.1 mm/4.0 x 2.5 x 1.0 in. (excluding projections)

Weight* : Approx. 180 g/6.4 oz. (including battery and SD memory card) approx. 155 g/5.5 oz. (camera body only) *Based on CIPA Guidelines, DCG-005-2009

Check out the promo video clip below, see how creative you could be using this Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj with Projector Built In! =)

MyForteClub Charity Drive – Reward back to the society

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 5,723 views

Our very own MyForte Club Charity Drive initiated by fellow Fortezen was kicked off with a blast! Plans were in place to collect donations through any possible forms and to donate to approve orphanages home. We were targeting a minimum of 3 orphanages’ home comprises of various Malaysian races in the spirit of 1Malaysia.

MyForteClub Charity Drive

MyForteClub Charity Drive - Cap

This charity drive was kicked off at last year early September and we have came thru a long way and we had successfully raised RM1,100 thru the sales of the Forte
Cap. On 28th January, we have decided to channel our 1st fund that we had raised to The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT. In the future charity drive we may select more home that need.

SCASFT Redevelopment Programme

The Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory (SCAS & FT) was established 50 years ago with the objectives of providing hope for children born with Celebral Palsy (CP). There are only two other Centres like ours in the whole country dedicated to provide rehabilitations for spastic children; one is in Penang and the other in Johor Bahru.

The needs of CP children are very specific. Hence, we provide a big ray of hope for CP children. We encourage parents to bring their children to us at a very young age (even a few months old) and we provide life-long education, living skills and vocational training, sports training, occupational therapy and employment in our sheltered workshops. Our children have achieved many successes especially in the arena of sports for the disabled. They have brought honour to our country in international sports competitions for the disabled at the Paralympics, World and Asian Championships.

Some of the children have gained outside employment and are able to live independently. However the majority continue to work in our Sheltered Workshops at the Centre. This enables them to qualify for the government subsidy of RM300 per month for being employed.

The cost of running our Centre is about RM 2 million a year. While we are getting approximately 20% of our expenditure from the government, we have to continuously source for income from the public and the corporate sector. We are grateful to our supporters for their continuous support over the years.

The Association is now looking ahead and has drawn up plans to redevelop its 50 year old building into a twin six-storey building, with a view to provide:-

* Additional capacity so that we can meet the needs of the future. We expect that by the year 2020, we will need to cope with at least 2-3 times more CP children.
* Dormitory facilities, one for males and the other for females, for respite care to relieve parents who may have to attend functions and other engagements.
* Additional car parking bays, as the current car park has limited capacity.
* Additional space to generate revenue to ensure continued survival of the Spastic Centre.

We intend to name the new building “Bangunan Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah”. After our Royal Patron, DYMM Sultan of Selangor.

The Association’s current major task is to raise sufficient funds to carry out the above Redevelopment Programme, which is estimated to cost RM12 million. Looks like we are able to raise about RM6 million and we hope with the support of the private sector and the media, we will obtain the other RM6 million as a matching donation for the redevelopment project – in the not too distant future.

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT
This model of the proposed redevelopment of The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory (SCASFT) at No 14, Lorong Utara A, Petaling Jaya.

The Spastic children´s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory, SCASFT
This will be the land for the proposed redevelopment of SCASFT.

Donation to SCASFT

Donation to SCASFT

Donation to SCASFT
Kenny, representing Fortezen, presented a cheque total of RM1,100 to Kimberly Yap.

Thanks to everyone who had participated in this drive and we will continue to work on the charity drive and will not just stop here. Always remember this phrase : “Celebrate the past, enjoy the present, create our future.”

The Power of Giving:

The power of giving comes from a selfless act – where you simply give from your heart. This act of giving is not tied to any special event – it is merely a time when you give from the heart because you want to share what you have, show your appreciation and you give because you truly care. There is no any other motive behind it.

You don’t give so that you can get something in return. You give because you want to. You are giving because you know and trust that you will always have what you want so you can afford to give something even before you receive what you seek. Giving is a part of human nature. That’s why when we do it we enjoy the process so much. We enjoy seeing the other person smile; we enjoy helping someone else in some small way.

We can’t just work, eat and sleep doing the same routine tasks but without doing something that’s meaningful in our live. It is about channeling the collective energy of the community in helping the less fortunate, disabled and underprivileged in our society.

Thank you for those who had support this charity drive! If without you this charity drive would not be a success.

Reference Link:
MyforteClub Charity Kickoff Poster
MyForteClub Charity Discussion Board
MyForteClub Facebook Cap Preview
MyForteClub Charity Drive Forum Topic

Malaysian Jess Lee Kar Wei 李佳薇 wins Taiwan’s reality TV competition “One Million Star” 超級星光大道

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 4,486 views


超級星光大道 20110130 李佳薇 – 回家


超級星光大道 20110130 李佳薇 – Listen

“李佳薇太完美了”‧“星光”首個大馬冠軍贏喝彩歡呼

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Many delighted over Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, Malaysia PM’s e-mail and SMS greeting

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 4,215 views

Did you receive an email of Chinese New Year greeting from our Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak? It’s so sweet of him sending us CNY greetings and it’s personal touch.

I did receive the greeting email and a lot of ppl did reply to my tweet that they do receive this email too. I’m wondering from where our PM got our email address and it’s stated that it’s from 1Malaysia.com.my and various sources.

I didn’t subscribe to 1Malaysia.com and it makes me wonder where are the various sources that were referred to? Hmm…

Dato' Sri Najib Razak 1Malaysia Email CNY Greetings

Salam 1Malaysia!

Saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Tahun Baru Cina buat seluruh rakyat Malaysia, khususnya bagi mereka yang akan menyambut perayaan yang penuh dengan kemeriahan ini.

Setiap kali tibanya perayaan ini, saya masih terbayang kemeriahan dan keceriaan yang saya lalui semasa kecil. Sudah pasti saya tidak akan ketinggalan mengikut ibu bapa saya menziarahi rakan-rakan beliau yang berketurunan Cina. Makanan kegemaran semasa musim perayaan ini semestinya kuih kapit, kuih bangkit, tat nanas, kerepek “ngaku” manakala limau Mandarin sering menjadi pilihan utama. Teringat juga, sewaktu kecil adakalanya saya dihampiri oleh rakan-rakan ibu bapa yang menghulurkan angpow. Tetapi sekarang, suasana sudah berbeza. Hidangan sudah berubah, pelbagai juadah seperti sate, ais kacang, mi rebus dan maruku juga disediakan.

Semoga di Tahun Arnab ini, kita akan sentiasa berada dalam suasana penuh kemakmuran, kebahagiaan dan juga dianugerahkan kesihatan yang sempurna.

Selamat Tahun Baru Cina, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Ikhlas daripada
Najib Razak & Keluarga

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Salam 1Malaysia!

Happy Chinese New Year to all Malaysians who celebrate this auspicious event.

Each year as the season draws near I am reminded of the excitement and merriment I experienced as a child during Chinese New Year. Mum and dad would visit our Chinese friends, and I would always tag along. I always look forward to savouring the many delicacies, favorites being kuih kapit, kuih bangkit, pineapple tarts and “ngaku” crackers, with Mandarin oranges always on top of the list. A wide smile would cross my face when I received “angpows” from my parents’ friends. Today, the celebrations have grown to include sate, ais kacang, mi rebus and maruku even!

May the Year of the Rabbit bring blessings of much happiness, good health and prosperity always. With new beginnings comes new opportunities and as we usher in the Lunar New Year, it is my sincere hope that you achieve success and satisfaction in all your undertakings. Your accomplishments are reflective of our nation’s triumphs, and may we always excel beyond expectations!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

From
Najib Razak & Family

I even get the SMS greetings from our Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak. It’s not 1 SMS, it’s not 2 SMS but it’s 3 SMS of the same content? If let say 1million people receive 3 SMS then it might cost around RM0.05*1million*3SMS = RM150,000.00 to blast the SMS CNY greetings? Hmm… that’s my simple random calculation only…

Dato' Sri Najib Razak 1Malaysia SMS CNY Greetings

On the other hand, I appreciate the email and sms greetings blast! Happy Chinese New Year to everyone and wishes you have a great year ahead! Gong Xi Fatt Chai! Hoot ah!!! 恭喜发财!!

PETALING JAYA: Many of the 1.5 million people who received the Prime Minister’s Chinese New Year greeting via e-mail were delighted over his message.

“The Prime Minister has a very noble intention to get closer to all of us. We receive it (his message) with an open heart and full of smiles,” said Noor Amy Ismail on Twitter about the e-mail which was circulated since Saturday.

Blogger Aizuddin Danian said the e-mail highlighted the personal side of the Prime Minister.

“It makes a point to mention that he had no problems visiting the homes of his Chinese friends,” Aizuddin wrote.

Junior video editor Alistair Tham, 22, also expressed delight at being one of those who had received the e-mail.

“People may think it’s a spam but I think it’s not a bad way to approach the people,” said Tham.

The personal initiative by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, which is a first by any Prime Minister, was particularly targeted at reaching youths aged between 20 and 34 years old.

The e-mail was sent from various database sources, especially to those who have registered at the Prime Minister’s personal website www.1malaysia.com.my.

In the greeting, Najib also briefly reminisced on his excitement as a child as the festival approached.

Source : TheStar

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