Monday, October 31, 2011

mabelstory : Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come

16/12/2011. 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region.
The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in Putrajaya Marriott, Kuala Lumpur. 
Will be happening to honour the region's best bloggers and to bring together blogger communities from across Asia-Pacific. Brought to you by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott.





Now that you have gotten a fair idea of what awaits us bloggers, here is the key to the event.






#1 Tickets to the Nuffnang Blog Awards 2011.





These are exclusive tickets for the exclusive event mentioned earlier and i don't know about you, but this is how it appealed to me as :






#2 Insert heavenly sound effects.




These are tickets no money can buy. There is only one way to attain the golden invites and i am writing this as an attempt to win the passes!




Surely there will be many events happening around the same date, but why is it that i want to get meself all the way to Kuala Lumpur for this bomb?? Here's why.





REASON 1



Everybody knows when a big event there will definitely be ample of glorious food. Somehow i have a very ultra strong feeling that there will be sexy cakes displayed to seduce people like me.



#3 Me in love.


There could be small cakes and big cakes waiting for me!



#4 Cake of love.


This may be rather eluding to you but my sixth sense tells me about them cakes being there, waiting for me, strutting an arrogant pose for my camera!!! *drools*



I don't wanna disappoint any pretty cakes, yknow.





REASON 2



As stated, there will be bloggers from all around the Asia Pasific region and I WANNA MEET THEM ALL!



#5 There will be beautiful people for sure!



Think of the variety of people i'll get to engage in a conversation with! Think of all kinds of experiences that will be shared during the event!




#6 Fun observation on expressions.



Just thinking about all the crazily exciting people is enough to make me wanna do the Top Raving dance!!



But do you know who is that one person's presence i will be anticipating during the event? She is the all time woman i will really wanna meet!






#7 I wanna meet WONDER WOMAN!


Says who Wonder Woman doesn't have a blog huh? Maybe she has a top secret blog... She's probably even following your blog right now, anonymously.





REASON 3



The last reason would be simple - i want Nuffnang to be the one that brings me to the next level of happiness.



By the sixteenth of December, the tension of all STPM candidates will be released and as one of the candidates myself, i know how much of a relief that would be. This will be the first stage of happiness.



If i do manage to go to the Nuffnang Blog Awards, i would enter into the next stage of happiness which will be something like this :




#8 Smiling til my teeth vanishes!




#9 Evaporate into vapors of joy.




#10 Happy superpowers of noming cotton candy clouds!



The inception behind reason number three would also be because all these while i have always been a spectator from a distance of 200km away whenever there are any Nuffnang happenings. And to actually be able to participate in one of their many awesome events such as this would give a new perspective on my views towards Nuffnang's awesomeness!



To have a closer look at what really defines Nuffnang, to mingle around bloggers that formed this ever growing community in the blogosphere will be a mind-blowing experience for me.



Hopefully i don't have to be a spectator once more this time.


#11 Signing off with much hope.


P.s. : Check out Nuffnang's website (here) and win yourselves an invite too! You may even get a chance to be selected as a Blogger Host for our foreign blogger guests!

Monday, October 17, 2011

KOREA OMNOMNOM!

I suddenly feel hungry so i shall blog about food today. Since i'm already procrastinating by playing spider solitaire instead of writing PA essays, might as well just relent on this slightly more productive activity called blogging.



Ahh... missing Korea's food the most. :/ I can share with you guys how it all tasted like but it will only be by memory. ://///



Let me tell you one odd fact from our trip to Korea - our first meal there wasn't Korean food. It was Kebab, a Turkish cuisine. After flying for many many hours in the air, by the end of the day we reached the destined location in Korea and we decided to dine in on some Turkish cuisine. Odd.



My tummy didn't mind though.




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#1 "Taste of Turkish cuisine."



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#2 Stephanie and BoonJin explaining the itinerary for the following day. 3 kebabs shared among 6 people.



I think i didn't mention that this was actually our supper - "Light" supper at around 2245hours (GMT +9).




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You can also get Kebab locally in Kuala Lumper (KL) as well.



Destination : Kebab at Sultan Turkish Kebab House
Direction : 127-28 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone : 02-749-3890
Price : 3,000won (MYR 9.00)

Rating : 6/10 
Comment : Minus the hunger factor, it tasted pretty good and filling.



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Kebab definitely wasn't enough to keep our tummies filled for the night so we headed out randomly around our hotel area and stumbled upon this small restaurant along an alley.




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That night was our first encounter with a Mandarin speaking Korean. She was the owner of the shop and her fluency in the language made it easy to place our orders. No actually it was easier for my cousin since she was good in Mandarin. It wouldn't make any difference if i, the banana, made the orders.



The funny thing that happened was when she served us with those little plates of food (as seen in the picture above), we declined the offer because we wanted to save some money lah. My cousin even reminded her that we didn't order these stuffs. But the lady ensured us those little dishes were actually free of charge!



Not because we were tourists but it was actually something like those containers of cili padi/cili jeruk you sometimes find lying around tables in our local hawker food centers, yeah those that just sits by the table longing for someone to eat them. Those are definitely free 'cause you can just order a beverage and simply put all the cili jeruk you want and they won't charge you extra. Same case with these Korean 'side dishes'.



Not that i'm suggesting you should put these dishes in water lah =.=



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#7 All the food were cold. Literally coooool. They were 'fresh' from the refrigerator.





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#8 Tried out three of their home-made dishes : (from left-right) Beef soup, beef with onions, spicy seafood.



The beef. Oh my goodness. The beef!



So dang good!!! For those who doesn't take that particular meat, you are definitely missing out a lot!



Oh so tender, so soft, so gooooooooood! One bite will leave you craving for more!!!


Like what Kimberly would say, "....literally jeez in the mouth!"




Destination : Restaurant by the alley.
Direction : Around Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon.
Phone :???
Price : ???
Rating : 8/10 
Comment : Loving the genuine taste of home-made Korean food.  I couldn't give it a 10/10 because i don't know how to rate seafood - not a fan of those dishes.





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Within the our 5 day trip we definitely had a lot of chance trying out Korean snacks.



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#9 Deep fried with red bean paste as filling, coated with a lil bit of sugar. It had a very very thin crust.


Destination : One of the stalls in Namdaemun market.

Direction : train : Itaewon > Samgakji(line6>4) > Hoehyeon staton (15min, 5stops)

Phone :???
Price : ???
Rating : 2/10 
Comment : The paste filled up about two-fifth inside and it is very very oily. Nothing very fascinating as it is similar to one of our local kuihs... except that ours had a thicker crust with sesame seeds on them instead of sugar. The two points goes to its fine crust and the fairly sweet paste within.


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#10 A pao shop. I think we ordered one with red bean paste.




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#11 Ordered one only because we wanted to leave our stomachs for a better meal.



Destination : One of the stalls in Namdaemun market.

Direction : train : Itaewon > Samgakji(line6>4) > Hoehyeon staton (15min, 5stops)

Phone : 319-1333
Price : ???
Rating : 4/10 
Comment : My mother always tells me a good pao is one with filling richer than the dough. In this case, the volume of the filling wasn't enough.



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#12 Grilled, i think. Come with a free can of pepsi.




Destination : Twoot

Direction : train : Myeongdong > Tansfer at Dongdaemun history > Granghwamun station

Phone : ???
Price : ???
Rating : 6/10 
Comment : Pretty greasy but it compensates the slightly dry meat. 



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#13 Sushi from a convenience store.




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#14 Fried bun on a stick coated with potato cubes and white sugar topped with tomato/chili sauce. On the other hand was Hershey's chocolate drink.



Destination : Outside of the Jyeongbang falls entrance, Jeju Island.

Direction : Jyeongbang falls, Jeju Island.

Phone : ???
Price : ???
Rating : 5/10 
Comment : The fried bun on a stick was something different. Wasn't something i would buy on a second time but it was good to try. I would recommend you share this with someone because it really was too oily to finish 'em all by oneself.



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#15 Myeongdong Gyoza.




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#16 The recommended dish : dumplings. Dipped in some black sauce that tastes like soy sauce. It had minced meat (dunno what meat was it) with some sort of green vege.


Bought these to snack on while waiting for our plane in the airport.


Destination : Myeongdong Gyoza
Direction : 25-2 Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 
From Exit 8 of Myeongdong Station -subway line no.4- , proceed between La Bellavita (coffee shop) and Crown Bakery about 150meters (you'll pass two intersections).
Phone : +82-2-776-5348, 3424
Price : ??? (credit card allowed)
Rating : 7/10 
Comment : I am a fan of dumplings and i think they tasted pretty good. The additional black sauce made it taste even better but be careful with the greens, they are quite stubborn to the teeth.



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#17 Smoothie King makes custom-blended smoothies with real fruit, pure juices, and nutritional supplements. Pretty popular in the U.S.




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#18 Lining up with a buzzer. This thing vibrates when your order is ready.




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#19 Ahhh smoooooothie!



Destination : Smoothie King.

Direction : Myeongdong street.

Website : http://www.smoothieking.co.kr/
Price : Around 5,000won (MYR 15.00)
Rating : 6/10 
Comment : Pretty good for a smoothie, but not good enough to have me remember what flavor it was.



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#20 BBQ honey chicken. Or was it pork???




Destination : Outside of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak [UNESCO World Heritage]
Direction : Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo-si Seongsan-eup Seongsan-ri 114
Phone : +82-64-710-7923
Price : ???
Rating : 7/10 
Comment : The meat was tender and the generous amount of honey compliments it very well.  It was so good you don't feel like sharing. But then the honey drips.. so there goes your jeans. 



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And this is my favorite, the ice cream from Myeongdong street!



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#22 Layers! Bring it on!!!



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#23 Super tall!!! (both the consumer and the product. Hehe.)



Destination : Myeongdong street.

Direction : Myeongdong street.
Phone : ???
Price : 1,500won (MYR4.50)
Rating : 9/10 
Comment : This is the most unsinful ice-cream ever! It has a rich milky taste with very minimal sugar content. The layers just made it the winning snack of the trip! I usually dislike vanilla but this had a stronger milk flavour in it! The chocolate tasted just as good!!! And the price is very reasonable! If only they replaced the wafer cone with the waffle type, then it would have been PERFECT.



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Another one of my sinful favorites.



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#24 Twist potatoes!



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#25 This is how they made it. They use gloves! So hygienic! Really unlike the local ones :/




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#26 Look at the layers!!!


It had cheesey seasoning powder by the sides of the spiral.


Destination : Myeongdong street.

Direction : Myeongdong street.

Phone : 02-965-5887 ~ 8
Website : http://www.twistpotato.com/eng/main/main.php
For more info : http://www.twistpotato.com.my/
Price : 1,000won (MYR 3.00)
Rating : 9/10 
Comment : Oily but not too oily. Crispy. Tasty. Crunchy. A snack you would definitely wanna share because the faster you finish, the more you can buy. 



I found the same product in the local night market (Bercham, Ipoh) and it wasn't good AT ALL. Too much oil and flour which creates an uneven texture to the layers. They were a lil heavy on the seasonings also, plus most parts had a very dark color to it (unlike Korea's) and had the burnt bitter taste. Moreover, to make things worst, the ones here are more expensive too! Bleh... Not good at all. Korea does it BETTER!

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To be continued the next time when i hunger for Korea's food. :P


Kay bye!





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cereal Killers...

...crunching you down with hilarity.



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#1 So here is suspect number one.




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#2 And this, suspect number two.




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#3 Getting started with some warm ups on the facial muscles.




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#4 Oh yeah she's getting trolled.




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#5 The winning shot. HAHAHAHHA It's like she had a third eye at the back and knows what's going on. HAHAHAHAH.




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#6 Victim number two, enjoying her soup without knowing the monstrous activities going on near her.




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#7 Photo bombing again in a girl's conversation.




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#8 Oh no.. is John gonna take a bite?!?!




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#9 And then he got noticed. But who cares... ROAR!




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#10 Aunty pun nak kacau.




This is SO much better than planking, i tell you. HAHAHAH.


I don't know about you but i've gotten myself a few cramps from laughing too much. Editing these pictures was almost made impossible!!!


Ahh... Really needed the laugh, so very much! Adding on to the stitches The Big Bang Theory left me. Their new episodes from season five are amazingly hilarious (particularly ep.4) ! XD




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Actually i took those pictures a month ago during Ivy's wedding. I know i know, i took forever to edit them but hey, you gotta excuse mua for having such a hectic schedule (appointments with books, spider solitaire, sleep, books, spider solitaire, food and sleep ahem).


Anyway, right after the wedding dinner this was what got me laughing like a mad woman :


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#11 HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH



I don't even wanna comment. Go figure out what's so farney here and see by then it is still farney or not. Already gave you a hint in the picture.



Another thing - when i was uploading a new batch of pictures in facebook, pictures taken from the wedding dinner, facebook had this shortcut in tagging people by grouping the similar auto detected faces under one tag. Note that the faces are grouped automatically and this was what appeared in one of the groups :




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#12 Focus on the first four pictures, ignore the last three. Spot any difference??



That is Joel's face. Grouped together with Ivy's batch. HAHAHAHA.


So who was it that really got married? Joel? XD


Alright, i kid. Just for laughs okay?


Friday, October 7, 2011

Naughty Colored Lips

I haven't been behaving very well during this time of my post STPM trial examination period. The fact that i have only around 40 days left to prepare for my actual STPM exam, spending this current amount of time editing pictures and playing around with my camera is considered a deadly scandal!


Yesterday i was supposed to be studying for today's math test but i suddenly lost the mood to kick start the memorizing routine on ze formulas. Instead i hoped on the wagon of self pampering and had the most pleasurable time with my camera. That was my first crime.


And here i am, committing more crime of nonproductive acts on the internet; scribbling on these cyber walls and pasting pictures of self-portraits that probably will gain little interest from you netizens.


Ahh.. whatever lah. Spending 30 minutes here is better than looping my game of Spider Solitaire.


#1 - That blue is real. I really applied it on my lips.


Playing with lipstick used to be a childhood game i favor. I'd leave lipstick marks on tissue papers and make catchy signatures before sending them off to the dustbin.


However my mother's cosmetic products were limited and i could only play with the color red and pink and red and pink and... red. So i had to make my own lip color out of concealer and colored eye shadow.


How to : First apply lip bum on your delicate lips to keep the moisture. (Tip : remember to drink some water first otherwise you may have to wait until after the photo shoot before quenching your thirst.) Using a clean finger, evenly spread the concealer (i'm using a liquid type) over your lips. Let it dry awhile before applying the eyeshadow of your choice. Finish up by putting on a thin layer of lip gloss for a 3D effect.


After the make up, just go do your pouting thing and shoot away!


#2 - Supposed to be black lipstick. But the black seemed to have swayed a little to the purple side. :S

These batch of pictures which have a higher coverage of black in it kinda reminds me of my long forgotten love for everything Gothic, influenced by my table mate back then - Selina Wilson. Those were the days when i was faithfully in love with the colors black and white and i hated every other color (except for red 'cause i thought it gives a very fierce feeling to that two basic colors). Ahhh.. so nostalgic.


Kay lah.. need to aid my hungry stomach now. Bye.

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