Saturday, November 24, 2012

Horneyney Hornet

There was an intruder some time ago and i decided to do some spying on the living thing like a professional stalker and i caught it doing... err... private stuffs.


Actually i dunno lah cause no idea how to read the body language of a hornet so you do the judging.


Also, you have to be 9823475 years old and above to view this. 


Viewer's discretion is advised.




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So sexy right? These posters are gonna be the next big thing for nose bleeds. After a sting.



And you'll prolly see these posted on hawker center walls promoting some beer brand or maybe on some sexy calenders and lingerie adverts yeah~!




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Fascinating.


Watch hornets. Delete porn. And have nose bleeds...after a sting.


The end.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ipoh Flea Market!


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#1 Mabel, author of themabelstory.blogspot.com, the driver and Photographer 1.




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#2 Calvyn, the author of thisiscalvyn.blogspot.com, Photographer 2.




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#3 Ramin, author of raminkrause.wordpress.com, Photographer 3 - exchange student from Germany.



Location : Memory Lane, along Jalan Lim Bo Seng (operates from 6am - 12pm++).


Day : Sunday.




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Requirements : Must have sharp eyes and sparkly smiles. Not kidding. :P




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#5 Cha-pa-lang.


This place is seriously great for treasure hunting, finding whatever junks for deformation and transformation projects.


Better than any board games yo!



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Obviously everything here are mostly preloved / used and some are so old they are not even useable anymore. Perhaps only collectors would pay a price for certain dinosaur fragile stuffs while other buyers may use them as interior deco props.


However i've heard that some items there may include stolen goods. So if you're lucky you may see something familiar that used to be of your possession.



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#9 The scariest stuffs i saw there... o.o! Especially that big-eyed thing... used to freak the daylights out of me when i was little! 




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They have handmade stuffs too... ... ... which could be stolen. *shrugs.




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#14 Doesn't this remind you of the Brand X used in most advertisements?? Hahahahha.... Give it to me free, i would still refuse it~!




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You will find dead stuffs.....



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...and the living stuffs.




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#17 Spotted Kelly's history teacher / my scout master. 


Scariest living stuff. *runs before he spots us*




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Ramin bought a random bunch of old photographs and i must say, he's pretty good in bargaining.




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Some of the photographs are even older than myself!



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#21 Ramin's. 


He bought the older camera from the flea market for a little more than a hundred (i think) but sadly the lens didn't survive very long. Cracked while he traveled up and down M'sia.



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Another sad story on his gladiator shades; gained popularity among the peeps of a club he was at in Langkawi and they started passing it around and eventually landed in the hands of Mr. Vanish.



Some random pictures Ramin captured from my macro lens...



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Soooooooo looking forward to having another trip there!!



P.s. Instagram finally made a page viewable from the web! Here's all the pics i posted there, which i don't really see the point of reposting it here.
instagram.com/mabelstory

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ninja Photographer

Whatever color i wear, i will be clothed black by the night's darkness. And be ninja-fied.



If my grandchildren should stumble upon this post in the future, they'll know that their granmama used to be a ninja that shoots with flash. *Hy-Yak!*




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#1 Picture hunting and trying our chances to get breath stolen by.. the dark scenery.


Every ninja photographer has their noob stage that prolly shouldn't be shared. But because i am shameless, i shall reveal the dark truth!


I never ever shoot with a shutter speed slower than 1/40 second because i know it's not possible! For night shots you'll definitely get blurry pics. But go anywhere faster than 1/40, your picture can never light up properly.


So Cass knocked me on the head and solved my problem. Use the tripod la.


Felt so stupid til can die =_=



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#3 Just right but slightly blurry.


Because my common sense went on a vacation somewhere thus i didn't have the privilege of using my tripod pfft. Had to lie low on the ground, as low as possible, stabilizing both the camera and i with all four of my ligaments.


It was sooo dark that the task was superrrrr dangerous cause i could have squished a snake and get bitten or catch malaria or accidentally eaten a spiderweb.. full of baby spidies... ... ...



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#4 Playing with shutter speed


Throughout the night's shoot, i had to literally lie on the road yo! Painful but totally worth it!



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#5 Panning failed.


Julian taught me about panning before and my first attempt on the point-and-shoot was a failure. Now, the second time is also a phail. Me and panning got not enough 'gam ching' so can't get the chemistry working =.=



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The rest of the ninja spectators (who were 'gobbling air') went ahead for their beauty sleep while Cass and I went on to prolong our adventure.



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Spamming you with similar pictures because I'VE NEVER TAKEN SUCH BEAUTIFUL PIX BEFORE! T___T!


So happy can even germinate a beard!! T___T!!!



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#11 Moon light.


Seriously, wouldn't have discovered these ninjafying skills if it wasn't for Cass. She has been patiently teaching me and the others (Steph, Minsze and Jeannee) while capturing some shots for herself! Talk about multitasking weyyy!


Gonna give credits to her tripod for aiding in the making of these lovely babies...



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#12 Spooky gate.


It says no entry but i can't help myself from checking the view out from that point onwards!


Curiosity is not always good.


Later i saw a woman walking out of this gate and realized it wasn't locked. That's the second bad thing to discover.


One moment i was on sturdy ground, the next i found myself on that creaky steel bridge, feeling a sense of ninja pride in me for sneaking in successfully. Did my ninja thang, laid low, shot and... heard a cringing sound behind me...!!!


*GASP!* My heart stopped. And started pounding really hard. And stopped.


My brain my screaming "YOU IDIOT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE!".


And then there were footsteps. Oh no i will be killed for entering this mini private bridge without permission he's gonna push me into the water and prolly the crocs and snakes will be all over my body that they won't even find anymore of me!!


GASP! Someone save my camera!!


I turned around, phew, it was a the same woman who got out earlier. But she closed the gates behind her.


NUUUUU I'M LOCKED!!!!!


There was a sudden chill on my cheeks! Oh no. Quickly! Move to the gate!! And.. cheh not locked lol.


Went over to Cass and i seem to sense that she was a bit shocked also... since she was about 8 ft away from where i was and saw the entire event clearly.


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I tell you so scary my heart pounded so hard i feel like i could roll to the hotel!


But after a few seconds thinking back on it just seems all stupid lol.


We just laughed it off but later we saw a couple of dodgy looking men and decided we had enough of the night's drama and headed back to the hotel immediately.



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#14 The hotel.


It was a good night. With good stories to keep and many memories held in them pictures. Also felt like i leveled up in certain photography aspects.



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I must have slept at 2am that night.. after browsing through my pictures. :D


And no i didn't grow a mustache / beard.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

KOREAN FOOOOOD

I actually didn't mean to be keeping this post in my drafts for this long but because i have been procrastinating and haven't been missing Korean food enough to be blogging about it.


True excuses.


Did you know Mabel's brain switched on a mode of wanting to do everything but blogging?


True factual excuses.


Before i go on, there are two posts which i also wrote about Korea's food :


Also, it is advisable to not read this post with an empty stomach.


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1. Tosokchon



Destination : Gyeongbokgun Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. 
Go straight about 170m and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road.
The restaurant is located 10m ahead on the left.
Phone : +82-2-1330 or (02) 737-7444
Time : 10am - 10pm
Website : Korea Tourism Site


They're renowned for their Samyetang (Black Ginseng Chicken Soup) made with glutinous rice, gingko buts, ginseng, garlic and jujube, as well as 30 different types of medicinal herbs and grains. (quoted from here : link)



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#3 Seated on the floor, waiting to be served. Very conventional isn't it?


Our observation mode got switched on once we realized we gotta sit on the floor. How to position our legs? Ladies to be seated by kneeling down? Can cross legs or not??

And suddenly, we saw this korean lady across the room who was just stretching her legs out under the table, nomming away and we were like aiyah don't care lah we're tourists anyway lol.



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#6 The insides, generously stuffed with rice and other goodness.


I'm pretty sure my cousin and her boyfriend shared a neutral opinion as i do on this very neutralized-in-taste dish. The older peeps (my mum, aunt, uncle) were lovin' it to the max!



They were like...
'eat more it's good for you'

'my goodness such good stuff also dunno how to savour ah?'

'don't waste faster finish the meat and drink the soup'

'omg i'm so full should waste the good stuffs'

'never mind we can doggy bag back to the hotel'


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Not only was this super 'neutralized' for the taste-buds, it has got lots of members wanting to join your biological fats club. Superrrrr oilyyyy!


I think the prices per dish ranges from 14,000 - 20,000 won. Not sure if they have raised the price or not (you can call to enquire since they can serve you in jap/korean/eng/chinese).


Personal Ratings : 5/10
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Besides the atmosphere and the serenity of the place, i didn't enjoy anything else quite as much; from the food to the beverages (they served some korean wine i think). One thing about me is that i really really do not know how to enjoy such rich food; all the ginseng and herbs, i just don't know how to appreciate them (yet). However, from the seniors' point of view they really loved it, to a point where each of them voted it as the best meal of the day. They were into the richness of the herbs, the very neutral-enough taste, and of course the korean wine which my mum specially loves. However, the oily pancake was a let down for all of us.



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2. Light snacks from Nami Island.


Destination : Gapyeong train station (Gyeongchun Line towards Chuncheon)
Then take a cab to the ferry wharf (Namiseoum). 3,500won, 5 minutes ride.
Buy a ferry ticket which includes Nami Island entry ticket. 8,000won, 5-10 minutes ride.


Got these from some little shops on the island. I believe they were the only ones there because we were hunting high and low for food and only found no others but them only.



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There's ham, cheese, tomatoes, leafy vege, fresh bread and mayo. Urgh! SO HUNGRY NOW BUT IT'S LATE AT NITE! T^T


Rating : 7/10
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Superrrr goood! The bread is soft but semi-hard on the crust. The filling just spells freshness and you just.. want... more!!! My rating for this, minus the hunger factor, wouldn't reach a 10 since i'm sure there are actually better sandwiches out there with much more filling. So this one isn't all that special but one can not deny the goodness of a true sandwich! :3



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3. Dessert from Nami Island.


After snacking we had dessert right after. Despite the slightly chilly weather, ice-creams were tolerable - especially if it tastes superbly nice!!!



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Rating : 9/10
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I actually gave a similar rating on a tower ice-cream from one of the vendors in Myeongdong street (link), even though this one actually tastes better than that one from the streets, the price factor is the one that minus the one mark for me. The one from the streets was only 1,500 won (MYR 4.50) while this one is two to three times more expensive! But for the taste, no doubt it was very very satisfying. Creamy and not too sweet; the chocolate leaves a faint taste on your taste buds, taking time to dissolve and melt in your mouth. Awe-some-ness...



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4. Sariwon


Destination : Gangnam Station, Line 2 (Green) Exit #4. 
Go past Samseong Tower, and turn left at a major Seounno street, which is at a major intersection.
Gangnam Building is to your left, Sariwon is next to Dong-a-Tower.
Phone : 02-3474-5005
Time : 11.30am - 10.00pm (daily)
Website : www.sariwon.co.kr



The legendary grilled beef restaurant!



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Famous for their marinated barbeque beef! Some other reviews stands with the same opinion as i do on the tenderness of the beef and its excellent quality! Love love love!!!



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#15 Bulgogi! Let the cooking begin!


We had two of a similar type for dinner.

Thinly sliced tender loin with special house sauce, 150g. 30,000won.

Hand marinated prime beef with broth, 250g. 25,000won.


The sauce had onions and spring onions and other stuffs floating in it, mixed with the juices from the sizzling which sweetens it to a point that you wanna just slurp everything off the bbq thing! Urgh!!!



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#16 Naengmyeon (cold noodles) which i SUPER LOVE!!! 


Cold buck wheat noodle with vegetables in broth. 9,000won.



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#17 Cold and springy, i love it! 


It's so nice it seems that nobody was having enough of it!! Except for my uncle because he doesn't really like the idea of cold noodles. Less one competitor = not a problem!



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#18 Yeongyang Galbitang (Nutritious Ribs Broth). The. Best. Soup. EVER!


Nutritious ribs stew made of long-time boiled bone soup and thick ribs. 12,000won.



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I'm guessing this is a barley rice drink? It's soothing is NOT AT ALL SATISFYING because you just WANT MORE!!! They served this last so maybe it is dessert. I like it so much i was asking the other peeps if they needed help in finishing theirs lol!



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#20 Tired but satisfullyfied! Look at all the plates... Gluttonous much? Hahaha. 


Rating : 9/10
Comments:
The rating covers all that i've mentioned above from Sariwon. Prices are a little pricey but definitely worth the experience. I've never tasted such tender beef before! NEVER! It was so good that even if your stomach seems overloaded, your mouth just wanna keep going. Yknow that feeling??


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5. Snacks from the Korean convenience store.


I think you can find these energy bars anywhere in Korea. I got them from a convenience shop near Hamilton Station Hotel. I took plenty of pictures of the hotel here : link.


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Had to stock up for the next day's long travel to another Korean place of interest. :D


Ratings : 7/10
Comments :
Other than the fancy korean characters on the packaging, there's nothing special about the contents. It is very much like the regular energy bars which served well in filling up my hungry tummy temporarily, except that these have very very little sweetness to them, just as i like it!


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Pooh! Writing food reviews involves much more work than i expected. It is already hard enough to scout for relevant info on the net (e.g. operating hours, websites, names of dishes, etc), it's even harder to do it with a growling stomach in the middle of the nite! Urgh.


Signing off, tired and hungry. ): 




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