Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Panoramic photos

Some panoramic photos that I created.

The sleeping Buddha in Dazu

A 5 picture stitch of the sleeping Buddha

Some rock carving in Dazu

Victoria Anna cruise ship

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Dazu Grottoes
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Zhang Fei beef jerky

I love beef jerky, especially Oberto beef jerky. I used to eat a lot of those while in university. Oberto jerky comes in different flavors, from original to teriyaki. Its hard and chewy.

While visiting China, I found the Chinese version of beef jerky, Zhang Fei beef. Zhang Fei was a general from the three kingdoms period. So what does a historical general got to do with beef jerky? I have no idea, let me know if you do.

The big pack.

The individual pack.

The beef meat itself.

Actually, it doesn't really qualify as a jerky because its not really dried. The meat is still moist and tender. Zhang Fei beef also comes in a variety of flavors and they even have beef tendon. It taste really good! However, both Oberto and Zhang Fei are not cheap. Good stuff don't come cheap.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Oreo wafer stick

There is a new Oreo on the market and its not a cookie sandwiched with different filling in the middle. Its actually a wafer stick so you can't twist it and lick it, but you can still dunk it in milk if you prefer.


It taste just like the cookie but its a wafer. Yummy! The price is not cheap though, its 4 bucks for a pack of 5.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dazu Grottoes

Dazu Grottoes, located in the Dazu county on mount Baoding, has a history dating back as far as the 7th century A.D. It is listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the four greatest stone sculpture treasure troves in China. It is a series of rock carvings depicting Buddhist beliefs. Its a long ride from Chongqing to the site, roughly 2 hours.



Thousand hands

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Friday, November 17, 2006


Chongqing is totally different from Chengdu. The first thing I notice is the airport looks much more modern than Chengdu. Since we arrive late at night, we went straight to the hotel. On the way, we saw the beautiful Chongqing skyline with buildings all lit up with colorful lights. Chongqing is modern just like another major metropolitan cities you find in developed countries.

Chongqing skyline at night

Another night view

Some of the places we visited in Chongqing include

Ciqikou old town

Eling Park

Next stop Dazu Grottoes.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I recently went on a family trip to China. We took a direct flight to Chengdu. First thing that I notice is that the city is blanketed by haze. Did those bloody forest fire smoke from Indonesia blew all the way here? I doubt it. So it seems like Chengdu is a very foggy city.

The highlight of the trip is a cruise on the Yangtze river. Since we are a few days early, we went to a couple of attractions.

First stop, we went to Leshan and took a river cruise to admire the tallest stone Buddha. Leshan Giant Buddha is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.


The next day, we went to the Panda research base. This is the place to visit to see those cute Pandas, bar none.

It started to rain, so we had to leave before I have the chance to take a photo with a baby panda.

Next we went to Wuhouci temple and Jinli street. They are just next to each other. Jinli street was one of the busiest commercial boulevards during ancient times but have since been globalized by American culture.
Starbucks inside Jinli street

Next stop Chongqing city.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

The real firefox

Will the real firefox please get on stage?


"You are thinking about the browser, ain't you? Well, I am much cuter than the browser! I am the real deal. Currently, I am staying in a research base in Chengdu, China with a bunch of lazy giant cousins."


"Since you are such a nice person, having taken an interest in getting to know me, I would like to introduce you to my family."


"And my girl."


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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Upgraded to Blogger beta

Just upgraded to the beta. Already labeled some of the posts. Still lots of work to do.

Wasted all my effort on changing the theme previously, now I have to do it all over again.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Freeze dried Durian

At the beginning of this year, a relative brought me something call freeze dried durian from Thailand. It taste so good that it was all gone before I realize that I should take a picture to blog about it. Well, I just got a second chance.

Now before I continue, I have to say how did the Thais ever came out with this idea. They have durians, we have durians. Why didn't we ever thought of this?


This is how the packaging looks like. I suppose there are many different brands because the one that I got earlier this year is not this brand. However, the taste is just as good!


Individual packings. Two packs in all.


From the picture above, you can tell that it is not soft or soggy. It is not chewy either like how a dehydrated fruit typically is. It doesn't melt in your mouth. Its kinda puffy. The taste and aroma is superb if you are a durian lover but a nightmare for those who can't take durian.

So if you are ever in Thailand, remember to grab a bunch of it.
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Monday, July 10, 2006

Random Photos

Some random photos that I took.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Pump It Up

Pump It Up or PIU is a rhythm video game similar to Dance Dance Revolution. I am not sure what's the popularity of this kind of game currently but I am certain that the peak has past. Anyway its still jaw dropping to see people who are really good with this kind of game. Here is a video of a guy that is really that good.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Skin shedding

If you didn't noticed, the old theme is gone. I've been using the old theme since I started this blog and had always wanted to change it. I was too lazy to design a new theme and didn't like those templates available on the net. That is until I found this. Its heavily modified and doesn't really look like what its supposed to be when I found it.

What do you think?

Monday, June 19, 2006

Movie Review

This is a list of all the movies that I have reviewed so far. It will be updated whenever I review a movie. Note that some of the review are actually hosted on a different blog.

  1. My Girl and I
  2. Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World
  3. The Art of Seduction
  4. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade
  5. Azumi 2 : Death or Love
  6. A Moment to Remember
If you've noticed, all the movies reviewed are either Japanese or Korean movies. There is no need for me to review the mainstream stuff since many people will be doing it.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Japanese Police Vs Darth Vader

This is funny.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My Girl and I

Warning: There may be spoilers.

After watching Crying Out Love, In The Center Of the World, I watched the remake, My Girl and I (note: this site seems to only work with IE, that sucks). The movie starred Cha Tae Hyeon (My Sassy Girl) and Song Hye Kyo (Full House), which is also her big screen debut.

I don't know how faithful this remake is to the novel, but it seems to be a very loose remake of the original. I feel that the original is more complete. A number of things are missing or changed. Instead of exchanging cassette tape, its exchanging voice mail. The protagonist now has a grandfather selling coffins, instead of hanging out at a photo studio. The heroine seems to only find out she has leukemia half way through the story instead of knowing it before hand.

Somehow I don't really like this remake. I recommend watching the original; however, if you are a fan of Cha Tae Hyeon and Song Hye Kyo, then don't miss it.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Hitomi wo Tojite(Close my eyes)

In my previous post, I mentioned about a very nice song by Ken Hirai. Well, that song is Hitomi wo Tojite.

Here is a video of that song with clips from the movie itself.

Update: youtube has removed the video.

Crying Out Love, In The Center Of the World

I was going to watch My Girl and I, but read that it was actually a remake of a Japanese film, Crying Out Love, In The Center Of the World. So I decided to watch the original first. According to wikipedia, this movie is actually based on a novel. There are also manga and tv drama adaptations.

Anyway, this movie is one of the top films in Japan in 2004, and I didn't realize that a very nice song by Ken Hirai is actually the theme song for it. Basically, the movie is about the relationship between two teenagers, Sakutaro "Saku" Matsumoto and Aki Hirose, which is unfold through the memories of an adult Sakutaro. It is a typical romance tragedy type of story but presented beautifully. There is a part where they exchange cassette tapes to communicate their feelings is pretty sweet.

The movie running time is about 2 hours 18 minutes long. A bit long, but all the loose ends are properly taken cared of before the movie ends. A very nice movie, worth watching!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Smart Apple

This proves it, that Steve Jobs is way smarter than Bill Gates. Last year, I blogged about switching away from Windows because Bill and co had just made the biggest mistake by investing billions to create a hub for R&D, product and application development in the world of the X-Mens.

Apparently, Apple made the same dumb mistake as Bill and co but they've realized the truth and quickly pulled out in just two months. Apple probably wasted a lot of money but its better to waste it then continue throwing money into the sea. Bill and co doesn't seems to have been enlightened yet. Oh well, Bill still have lots of money to throw away.

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Statistics and Pop-up ads

Recently eatinout was complaining that my blog has pop-up ad. I was dumbfounded as I am very sure I didn't place any sort of pop-up ads on my blog. So I try loading the page to see the pop-up for myself but there was no pop-up of anysort. It seems that the pop-up will only show once a day. Since I already loaded my blog page a few times, it will not appear again. So tried using another browser and there it was. A yellow bar showing the pop-up ad being block by the browser. After some investigation, the culprit for the pop-up ad is actually from a free site counter that I've been using since the beginning when I created this blog. I believe they only started serving pop-up ad recently as I am sure there wasn't any last time. Business must be really bad for them until they have to resort to this kind of tactics. Since I had two site counters tracking the traffics to my blog, the bad counter serving annoying pop-up will have to go.

3D Papercraft : Emperor Penguin

After completing my first 3D Papercraft, I wanted to try to make another one. So this time I chose an Emperor Penguin from Canon again. At first, I thought this one would be a lot tougher since there are many more pieces to cut out and glue together but it turn out that it is actually a lot less tedious. This is because the pieces are bigger and simpler to cut out. The emperor penguin took me roughly two hours to complete. Below are some pictures of the finished penguin.

Front View

Side View

Rear View

Side by side comparison
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Thursday, May 18, 2006

3D Papercraft : Leaning Tower of Pisa

Wanted to try making one of those 3D Papercraft. There are quite a number of sites offering free download of these 3D models. Canon and Yamaha are two examples. So I downloaded the Leaning Tower of Pisa kit from the Canon site, since it seems like the easiest to build. Printed it out from a PDF file and started building it. It took me slightly more than an hour to complete it and it is not as easy as I thought. Cutting out the pieces is a painstakingly slow task. If a simple one like this is so daunting, I can't imagine how I can try the more complicated model.

Here are some pictures of the completed model.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Lord Murugan statue

I finally went to check out over the weekend, just how tall and big is the 140 feet tall Lord Murugan statue at Batu Caves. Okay, its tall and big.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Temple visit

On Wesak day, Buddhists will visit Buddhist temples, however, I visited one on the weekend instead. I believe its a branch temple of Fo Guang Shan. This temple is located somewhere in Jenjarom, Kuala Langat.

The Entrance

Lots of open space

This building houses the Relics. No pictures of the Relic as it is off-limits to cameras.

A big bell. Too bad, not allowed strike it.

There is a garden in the temple with a Lily pond and lots of orchids

A school of Kois

Yellow Orchids



Where are the people? This is post Wesak day, so everybody have visited. There are still quite a number of people there to see the Relic.
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