Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Food Review: Tim Ho Wan

After the initial rush to try Tim Ho Wan having subsided, I managed to secure easily a table with my friends for lunch at their outlet @ One Utama. 

Surprisingly, it was half empty on a working weekday at 12.30pm? Where are the crowds?

I know One U very well, there are a few towers of offices nearby, you can see them thronging through the mall every lunchtime by the hundreds. I guess I know the reason after looking at the menu prices.

(thats the whole menu, exactly 25 items only)

They are a bit on the high side in terms of price, and hence its not really something most office workers can have lunch here twice a week cause its going to be between RM30-40pp for dim sum each time. Having said that, the place at Mid Valley is still full during lunch time, and I think thats because we have a lot more tourists, the ladies who lunch, the lepaking executives having "business meetings" there.

(the century egg & lean meat porridge  10/10)

The fish skin were well done as they were coated ever so slightly with flour unlike other places. Its good, but its not dim sum in my books. (7/10)

The turnip cake was 'clean tasting' if you know what I mean. I have had better, decent though. Chilli sauce disappointing. (8/10)

(fried fish skin, fried turnip cake)

Beef "balls". Its ok as there are a lot of herbs and spices inside which detracts from the essence of beef. Not my kind of dish. (7/10)

The baked pastry bun (basically a baked charsiewpau) was heavenly. The crust was thin and kind of fluffy, fillings were great tasting, not too sweet. (10/10)

The failure: pai-kwat (pork ribs black bean) ... tasted too much tenderiser (4/10).

Hargow, is well made. Good but not the best.  (8.5/10)

Surprisingly, my favourite dish was the Malay cake (mar-lai-gou). Springy, fluffy and the brown sugar taste was blissful. The best I have ever had. I would go back to THW again and again just for this. (10/10)

Having garnered a Michelin star for a simple shop in HK, naturally gave way to loads of funders to open more outlets. Expectations will be high, and they are being put up there to fail as new international food outlets are hard to maintain quality control. Basic product sourcing could be different and/or difficult.

I will be as true as I can reviewing the food, even though I am half expecting the food not to be as good as their reputation.

Good to note that they have only 25 items on the menu. No need to be everything to everyone. I don't think you can be very good if you offer too many dishes.

There are 4 dishes that I rate as exceptional, and I would come back for them again and again: (all rated 10/10)
Mar-lai-gow (Malay cake)
The porridge ... HK style, very meeen (smooth) and obviously the soup stock is clean and flavourful.
The charsiew puff ... puff said.

Plus their dessert, kwai-far kou I think. I have tasted many versions of this in other places but was never impressed. THW's version you can smell the flowery aroma, and the flower sweetness, the sweetness does not appear to be sugary ... its quite a blissful simple and clean dessert. 10/10 as well.

Conclusion: not everything on the menu is that good; its pricey; but there are enough dishes that are soo... good you would want to come back again and again. 

p/s I did not try all 25 items, so those I did not rate means I have not tried them - they could be good... or bad.

Friday, October 02, 2015

SPACs Holding Value

Like it or not, investors are still valuing things properly in volatile markets. As you know none of the listed SPACs have a Qualified Asset yet. Within a certain timeframe if they do not get any QA they are bound by the rules to return the remainder cash to shareholders.

The chart below shows the SPACs holding their "value" even in desperate times. Suffice to say we have to gauge the rules and compensation/expenses terms for each SPAC as they are different. Have a look at their compensation schemes, are they top heavy?

I am not saying SPACs are great, but I assume that rules and terms will be tighter for future SPACs, which will further safeguard SPAC investors. For the moment the four are all oil and gas, and the drop in ringgit does not help their cause if they are looking for regional or international assets.

But at the same time, oil prices have crashed too, thus making some greenfield projects having to cut their prices deeply. Better act soon or return the cash, people.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

RM50 Million Donation By Koon

(posted on koonyewyin.com)
On 15th Sept 2015, I met the Penang State EXCO which has accepted my Rm 50 million donation under the following terms and conditions:
I wish to donate Rm 50 million for building student hostels to help students studying in Penang, especially students from poor families, in their access to tertiary education.
  1. All the RM50 million and the subsequent profit from the rental and other income must be used for building hostels and other associated buildings for the use of students studying in Penang. These students can come from Penang and other states in the country or even be foreign students in keeping with Penang’s need to draw on the best talent from a globalized world.
  2. All construction contracts exceeding RM10,000 must be open to competitive tenders.
  3. A task force will be established to take full charge of the donation programme and the implementation of the hostels. The task force is to be composed of 7 members; 4 members to be nominated by the Penang State Government and including the Chief Minister as Chair, and 3 members to be nominated by myself or by my nominee.
  4. I will be appointed as Adviser to the Task Force. The role of Adviser must be spelled out and agreeable to me. This position will be a life long one. Any change to be made to this position has to be sanctioned by me or by the executors of my estate.
  5. The State Government will be responsible for the following
  6. a) provision of state land for the hostels and associated facilities necessary for sports, parking, etc.
  7. b) recruiting and defraying the costs of a team of professional staff to run and manage the hostels on a commercial basis.
  8. The rental rate must be competitive and profitable but at the same time must not burden the student residents.
  9. Koon Yew Yin and his estate reserve the right to authorize the state government to use a portion of the net income to establish a Koon Yew Yin Charitable Foundation to help poor students through loan scholarships to study in Penang.
  10. To honour my donation, I wish to have a tablet prominently displayed in the hostel complex with the following words inscribed
Recipients of Koon Yew Yin scholarships and residents of Koon Yew Yin’s hostels have to promise that when they graduate and are financially solvent, they will help other poor people.
  1. The entire complex of student hostels is to be named Koon Yew Yin Residential Complex. Each hostel in the complex is to be named after the fundamental rights of citizens such as Liberty, Justice, Equality, Fraternity, Freedom, Integrity, etc.
The Penang Government has allocated a piece of land with an area of 60,000 sq ft situated directly opposite USM which has a student population of 18,000 students. USM has hostel accommodation for only the 1st year students.
The land is zoned for high rise flats up to 36 storey high.
I have appointed my wife, Dr. Lim Teck Ghee and Architect Lee Thean Hock as my representatives in the management committee.
My architect has just started planning and designing for the project.
This photo was taken immediately after my meeting the Penang EXCO. From the left are Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, my wife, the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and I.
The above photo was taken immediately after my meeting the Penang EXCO. From the left are Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, my wife, the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and I.
Note: All my wealth is from share investment. I have written in my will that all my remaining assets will be donated for charity preferably to help poor students. I have been giving scholarships in the last 8 years and up till now, I have given about 300 scholarships. All my scholar recipients do not need to pay me back the money I spent on them but they have to promise me that when they are financially solvent, they must help other poor students.
I trust some of my scholarship recipients will continue to do charity to help poor and needy students after I die.
I believe some of my followers who have benefitted from my share investment advice, will do charity to help poor people.
We all must bear in mind that we cannot take our money along when we die. After we have given a good education to our children and discharge all our responsibilities, we must do charity to help the poor.
I know it is difficult to give away some of our hard earned money at the beginning. But gradually, we will feel happy in giving away money to help the poor to make them happy. We all must remember that our ultimate aim in life is happiness. When you see poor people happy, you will also feel happy.
I hope this announcement will encourage some readers to do some charity to make people happy. I hope this announcement will encourage some readers to do some charity to make people happy. Even a kind word can make a difference.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Moon My Cakes - The Annual Rant!!!

 Well, every year I brace myself for what will be the new fangled flavours for mooncakes. Ta-dah ... last year takes the cake (pun intended). Its Angry Birds mooncakes!  I think its a brilliant marketing strategy, its taking China/HK by the proverbial storm. Is that raining bird shit ... no, its just kids throwing their Angry Birds mooncakes in the air for effect. 
Now we even get Nasi Lemak ones.

This is for the benefit of new readers of this blog who have only been visiting for less than a year.

Each passing year, we get further away from tradition. Is this fusion or variety or just plain stupidity. I am talking about mooncakes. The whole thing marks of a scam.

Who doesn't know that the cost of a mooncake is minimal really compared to their exorbitant selling price. Why do you think almost every restaurant sells them? There must be a global collusion to sell these over priced things - its a Chinese mafia I tell you.

At best, the mooncake festival can be an excuse for family togetherness. The actual reasons and history for how the festival started are pretty flimsy. Its more stuffs of legends and fairytales than rooted in reality. But anyways, since the Chinese culture has no solid God/religion, where everything goes (the world is full of deities and
buddhas as the saying goes), hearsay and stories evolved into things cultural, which in turn becomes tradition, and finally morphs into a marketing extravaganza.

Since it is stuff of legends and fairytales, its not rooted deeply in anything really, and is open for interpretation. It used to be just lotus paste and black sesame. Throw in the egg yolks if you want. NOW you have:
lotus with dried sambal; green tea with pu'er; dragonfruit with blackcurrent; spirulina; the omochis; the ice cream ones; the durian paste; pandan sweet corn; capuccino; yam gingko nut; chocolate strawberry fondue; the various types of skin covers; oreo; chocolate walnut brownie; charcoal powder with wolfberry; Charcoal Infused Mocha Milk Tea; Snow Skin Japanese Potato with Custard; Fragrant Corn with Soft Yolk; Royal Jade Jelly; Nutty Chocolate with Yolk; Snow Skin Raspberry; Bluberry; Snow Skin Silky Vanilla Chestnut; Snow Skin Black Sesame; Green Beans with Cheese; chocolate peanut praline; blueberry blackcurrant cheese; chestnut Japanese jingsa; .... enough already... we are all losing the plot!!! Heck, I can even create an apom balik black sesame eggyolk ikan bilis flat moon cake... its all marketing baby!

Go back to the roots of the tradition. Why do we have Mooncake Festival? Its for family togetherness, its really for the kids ... I remember as kids I loved the festival, the lanterns and candles. I liked that connection, knowing that my dad and grand dad probably played with similar lanterns, similar candles and ate the same kind of mooncakes 50 or 100 years ago. That's the tradition that connects, and the kind you want to pass on to the next generation.

Above: lanterns for sale around Mid-Autumn Festival.

Not that anything about the mooncake thing is true, however, its cultural and it carries values, things we want to pass on - whether the festival is rooted in true events is not material anymore.

Hence, please you bloody marketers,
do not cheapen the tradition. We want the connectivity. I will still want to buy the basic lotus paste or black sesame... and also the baked fish-shapes / pig-shaped mooncake biscuits ... because they all remind me of the past which I longed to remember and the people I do not wish to forget.

Of course, variations is a strong strategy to differentiate in a product/event that has "almost zero veracity" in truth or religious text. You don't find the Catholics changing ONE IOTA of the sacrament through the ages. Hence differentiation will continue cause no one cares, everyone is out to stand out and make money or get the latest "bling".

This year let me give you my HAZE Mooncakes, looks like smog, taste like freshly burnt tropical forest with a strong charcoal aftertaste - happy moonlike festival!!!

Regional variations in China

There are many regional variants of the mooncake. Types of traditional mooncakes include:
  • Cantonese-style mooncake: Originating from Guangdong province, the Cantonese style mooncake has multiple variations. The ingredients used for the fillings are various: lotus seed paste, melon seed paste, ham, chicken, duck, roast pork, mushrooms, egg yolks, etc. More elaborate versions contain four egg yolks, representing the four phases of the moon. Recent contemporary forms (albeit non-traditional) sold in Hong Kong are even made from chocolate, ice-cream or jelly.
  • Suzhou-style mooncake:: This style began more than a thousand years ago, and is known for its layers of flaky dough and generous allotment of sugar and lard. Within this regional type, there are more than a dozen variations. It is also smaller than most other regional varieties. Suzhou-style mooncakes feature both sweet and savoury types, the latter served hot and usually filled with pork mince.
  • Beijing-style mooncake: This style has two variations. One is called "di qiang," which was influenced by the Suzhou-style mooncake. It has a light foamy dough as opposed to a flaky one. The other variation is called "fan mao" and has a flaky white dough. The two most popular fillings are the mountain hawthorn and wisteria blossom flavour. The Beijing-style mooncake is often meticulously decorated.
  • Chaoshan (Teochew)-style mooncake: This is another flaky crust variety, but is larger in size than the Suzhou variety. It is close in diameter to the Cantonese style, but thinner in thickness. A variety of fillings are used, but the aroma of lard after roasting is emphasised.
  • Ningbo-style mooncake: This style is also inspired by the Suzhou-style. It is prevalent in Zhejiang province and has a compact covering. The fillings are either seaweed or ham; it is also known for its spicy and salty flavour.
  • Yunnan-style mooncake: Also known as "t'o" to the residents, its distinctive feature is the combination of various flours for the dough and includes rice flour, wheat flour, buckwheat flour, and more. Most of the variations within this style are sweet.

Victor AY said...

Yeah Mr Dali ! Well said. With average selling price of those at RM10++ a piece, I decided to skip those and go for more traditional mooncake that cost RM8/4 piece. At least, I get to savour some lotus seed and not those fusion type of flavour. Whatever happen to those black colour stuff that looks like buffolo horn too ? It seems to be lost in translation... bijue.blogspot.com
MP said...
scam? willing buyer willing seller maaaa LOL. Have to give them marketers credit for their creativity and keen eye for human psychology lah. I guess you're an unwilling buyer like me :) scam? bottled water ... there was an article in the star yesterday Me? I drink B&F Eau Municipale :)
Jason said...
Actually, we are paying RM10++ for HALF the mooncake if we take sugar content into consideration as the sugar content is typically not less than 50% per 100g. I just don't understand why our apa-pun-boleh BN government don't make it compulsory to label sugar content especially toddler food product such as milk powder. I have checked on major growing-up milk powder brands( i.e for those more than 1 year old), none of the manufacturers list the percentage of sugar.
ru40342 said...
Nice topics. well as we all knew the selling price of the traditional moon cake is around rm4-5/piece while the modern moon cake(bird nest, Hong kong silk stockings tea or other bizarre looking moon cake)can cost you more than rm10. These types of moon cakes have basically the same ingredients as the old one except for really tiny peace of bird nest or whatever the flavour is. It's same as wedding dress, birthday cakes, or even dumpling for the The Dragon Boat Festival. They all cost you much higher than they were 10 or 20 years ago. and we accept it well as a modernization process. http://sportandstock.blogspot.com/
clk said...
I heard that some chinese restaurants in some major hotels makes the entire yr profit from mooncake alone as the other revenue don't generate so much income/profit. I still like my "animal biscuits" in the shape of fish or pig...just bought a few "pigs and rabbits" for RM3 each recently.
HollyS said...
i think it's really too much that even MLM companies sell them nowadays. Not to mentioned the ridiculously high prices which comes in various sizes and tastes. They aint getting my business. I would rather spend it on a half tank of petrol for a box.
TK said...
Now our kid got plastic lantern with bulbs & batteries, some with music, but no more fun for our kids. I never like to buy these lanterns for my kids. May be one day the kids will have lanterns like space ships or crystal balls with laser beams shooting out from all angles.
Datuk said...
Neither it surprised me nor it disapointed me when come to the commercialization of our tradition festivals as the evolution were reflected below: i) Demand create its own supply. The festival itself create the demand and supply will follow suit.. ii)Supply create its own demand. As part of a diffrentiation strategy to increase market share and boost up profit margin...the marketer will create a new thing, new taste....all other new...s iii) The needs for diffrentiation are parts and parcel of our human nature. iv) The needs for maintaining the old tradition and nostalgia are only the other side of coin from item (iii) above. v) This is a must journey in our quest for the ultimate well balanced society....the bias toward the materialistic world is just half the journey, not the final destination. Anyway, individual like us still have the choices to choose.....between a wiser consumer and a comtemporary spender. Your choice !

Monday, September 21, 2015

Great Timing To Consider Borneo Oil Now

Is it time to start looking at stocks again locally? Looks that way. As mentioned before, compared to 4 months back, foreign funds now are looking at the same companies that has been whacked down 20%-30% coupled with a ringgit that has been down 20%-30%. If you add that up, thats 40%-60% "cheaper" and a firmer safety net for foreign investors. Of course the basis has to be supported that we only look at companies whose fundamentals have not been altered drastically over the last few months. 

borneo-oil_chart_mm18_dew004_theedgemarketsOne of the few that is worth a look timing wise, is Borneo Oil. The few major factors causing me to like it now again:

a) a massive recapitalisation, of which a cash call to raise RM223.39m for their gold mining ventures - that is akin to the entire current market capitalisation of the company

b) the emergence of institutional investors in Hap Seng Group, the top two shareholders now are from that group

c) the fact that the gold mining licenses and ventures are locally based, needless to say we would be shying away if it was a foreign venture as checks and balances might be difficult, whereas the situation is reversed for Borneo Oil

d) the recapitalisation exercise is also a most attractive one (see below), not to mention that it is now at the low end of its 52 week high-low (0.53-0.98)

e) cycle wise, gold is at a bottom trough slowly edging up, and has rebounded nicely for the last 2 months from a 5.5 year low - now factor in the massive correction in ringgit vs usd, and remember that gold is always priced in usd

f) the proposed exercise is highly attractive, it also allows the new shareholders to come in at attractive levels, mind you they are coming in with real capital to boot, so you are literally riding with them at the SAME PRICE (if you were to invest in a hedge fund, you's pay 20% or more to the driver; in this instance, you will be coming in at their price, provided you believe in them and the business model)

g) the corporate exercise was approved on 24 July 2015, doing a rough calculation, the ex-date for the exercise should be forthcoming very soon, timing wise couldn't be better

Borneo Oil is currently proposing a cash call to raise up to RM223.39 million for its gold mining operation, which is being undertaken by its wholly-owned subsidiary Borneo Oil and Gas Venture Sdn Bhd (BOG). Of this figure, some RM45 million will be spent on mining machinery and the exploration of lode gold.

The Math

6 for 1 rights at 10 sen each, every 2 rights will get a free warrant
Assuming you bought 10,000 shares now at 60 sen, your cost will be RM6,000. 
You pay another 60,000 (rights) at 10 sen = RM6,000. Plus in the end you will get 20,000 free warrants.

Total outlay = RM12,000
70,000 shares at an average cost of 17 sen (par 10 sen)
20,000 warrants value (minimum at 5 sen) = RM1,000 (free carry)

So the question is at what levels will the share price be at after the exercise? The company is no longer loss making, and prior to this exercise, the NTA for Borneo Oil is 79 sen per share. The new exercise will see fresh capital coming in with strong new shareholders, in an industry that is trending up in cycle. The cost of mining licenses as shown below allows their extraction cost to be very low. This has the making of a multi bagger. 

The recent market correction has cause the share price to retraced to very attractive levels than say 4-6 months ago. My guesstimate is that you should see a level of between 20-25 sen after the exercise for the rest of the year. That alone should yield a 20%-47% gain based on our current example. To get the multi bagger effect, one should be prepared to hold on for the medium to longer term.

Borneo Oil is said to have a strong relationship with the government of Pahang — where the company mines its gold — as well as the state’s royalty. According to its latest monthly production figures, BOG had mined 22,000 metric tons of ores in June and produced 2,693 grams of gold dore in June.

In Pahang, the company has an exclusive production sharing agreement with HDL Global Sdn Bhd to carry out prospecting, exploration, mining, extraction, processing and marketing with respect to all minerals and precious metals mined over a 1,200ha plot in Bukit Ibam.

The mining area was initially given to HDL by Pahang State Development Corp, which in turn holds the prospecting licence from the Pahang government.

Additionally, BOG was contracted by Verde Resources Inc to carry out exploration and exploitation works on alluvial and gold resources at a mine in Merapoh, Pahang, for a period of five years.

Verde is an exploration stage mining company that focuses on global mining acquisition and development opportunities. It owns the management rights to Site IV-1 of Merapoh Gold Mine.

In Merapoh and Bukit Ibam, there are low-hanging fruits in the form of available alluvial ores of about 800,000 metric tons in total. Additionally, there are tailing inventories of 1.7 million tons at Merapoh and 1.6 million tons at Bukit Ibam.

The emergence of prominent corporate players is indeed significant. One of its backers is the Hap Seng group, which is led by low-profile Sabahan tycoon Tan Sri Lau Cho Kun. Lau’s investment vehicle Lei Shing Hong Ltd holds a 25% stake in Borneo Oil while another proxy, Hap Seng Insurance Services Sdn Bhd, holds 9.56%.

It is worth noting that the major shareholders have upped their stakes in Borneo Oil since the gold mining venture was announced last year, which is widely seen as a stamp of approval for the company’s new business direction. They have also pledged to fully subscribe for the upcoming rights issue based on their respective entitlements.

The entry of BOG into the mining sites does not carry any acquisition cost, hence there is no unnecessary write-offs on goodwill. Moreover, all the infrastructure and development facilities are already in place, so a great deal of capital expenditure in pre-mining preparations were avoided.

These cost savings have the effect of lowering production costs, thus improving overall margins. While its current output is not indicative of a large mining operation, Teo says the group’s cost considerations are already highly efficient.

“For example, excluding tribute payments, the direct mining and production cost per gram of gold at our mine in Merapoh, Pahang, is RM52 per gram. In comparison, gold was trading at RM134 per gram in early August and has rallied further since"

MYR 234.5 M

SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS (as at latest annual report date)

Disclaimer: This is not a recommendation to buy or sell. You must consult your dealer, remisier or financial adviser before making any investing decisions. This blog and its author will not be responsible whatsoever for any gains or losses from your decisions.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Making Sense Of The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis in Europe basically emanated from the Syrian failed revolution against Assad. Forget about that dispirit, Syria now is torn and kalam-kabut with various parties trying to gain the upper hand.

This cartoon is very FAIR and HONEST in trying to explain the issues surrounding the current crisis. There are a lot of concerns on the issue of Islamisation of European countries, crime, integration issues, etc... Watch this and don't get all riled up over nonsense pervading our multimedia.

Japan Stunned the Springboks ... Deservedly

How big was this result ... let me put in proper perspective ... if it was the football World Cup, is it like Malaysia beating Brazil ... ono because Malaysia cannot even make the World Cup finals proper. 


So, this is also NOT like Japan beating Brazil in the World Cup because Japan is a proper force in football and its not that shocking even if Japan beats Brazil. This is like New Zealand beating Germany in the World Cup.... cause South Africa or the Springboks had been multiple champions in their past lives, and NZ like Japan has never ever come close to football glory and rugby glory respectively.

Even that comparison is not sufficient because its harder for underdogs to usurp their higher ranked foes in rugby than say football. In football, you can get a lucky goal, a deflected free kick, a mistake ... and then defend like hell and still beat a higher ranked opponent. In rugby, its muscles and grind and pressure constantly, you get very few freebies, you need muscle and deft passes and great tackling to get yardage. Which is why Japan is over the moon with the victory, they literally played out of their skins, and when the opportunity to tie presented itself a couple of times in the dying minutes, they did not take it but went for victory instead.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Real Property/Construction Awards We'd Like To See

More than usual, we'd be inundated with pages and pages of self-congratulatory, own-association, "sharing of the pig among members" by property and construction industries. This project good la, that gets gold award, that bronze award ... so many awards that its amazing to find any project without an award.

However, these peripheral, syok-sendiri awards are necessary for the industry ... much like how the Academy Awards started, we are so good, why no one give us awards... never mind, we give ourselves awards hah!

The public is not interested at all because you fellas do not give out the Real Awards ... such as:

BEST PROPERTY PROJECT for maximum percentage gain from official selling price one year after launch date (ta-dah!!!)

BEST PROPERTY PROJECT for the best discount from official selling price plus freebies thrown in

BEST PROPERTY PROJECT with the most innovative financing using the minimum down payment and extended period for further payment till handover

BEST PROPERTY PROJECT that delivers within the stipulated timeframe as advertised

BEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT with the fewest "touch ups" or "defects-construction issues" after handover

Monday, September 14, 2015

Melt In Your Mouth New York Brisket In KL

I have walked past this little kiosk a number of times but never patronised it till I read the excellent review by Vivian Chong in The Malay Mail a few days back. So I went yesterday and after the first bite into my beef brisket pocket, I kicked myself for not having this earlier.

Its just like the ones I had in New York and there the beef brisket is like a religion. Normally when you have a beef sandwich you are likely to encounter some shards of muscle here and there, a proper slow cooked beef brisket melts in your mouth.

I must say, the seasoning is just right. Not too many condiments. Its a 9/10.

He operates alone, so be prepared to wait.

Brooklyn Deli is at LG-7 (next to Boost Juice), 1 Mont Kiara Mall, 1 Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL.  Opens daily: 11.30am-10pm;

For bookings of roast beef, beef brisket or the metre-long sandwich, contact David Hoh at +6012-627 6193 

See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/eat-drink/article/bite-into-brooklyn-style-deli-delights-in-kuala-lumpur#sthash.gWz8lSMs.zl0gjN5O.dpuf

Friday, September 11, 2015

Slow Things Down

What is it about us humans that we always see the grass being greener elsewhere .. we always yearn to travel and see the world, catch the sights and sounds ... it usually takes an outsider to appreciate beauty as those inhabitants are usually too jaded to notice whats in their backyard ... watching this magnificent video would make us think Malaysia is sooo gorgeous ... maybe we all should be less jaded and 'slow things down' to smell the bloody roses.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Do Good, Be Good .... Why

Look at the poster ... its what I call CRAP!!!

In Christianity its because God so loved you, and now that you have been saved, you should be like Christ, be good, be nice.

In Buddhism, we are all just passing through, its cycles, we need to improve the present life so that our future life cycles higher in the road to nirvana. Karma is a bitch too, what you put in you plough... maybe not this life but eventually.

My problem with the above two 
postulations is why can't we be good for GOODNESS SAKE!!!??? Why do we need this fucking carrot being dangled in front of us, what are we, PETS!!???

I am not an atheist, and I do believe there is a God and its all very nice the love thing but let's leave it at that. Do not extrapolate that into my character. I am still me. If I do good its because good is really good, it brings out the best in humans. It is the right thing to do, AND YOU DO NOT FUCKING NEED TO HAVE FUCKING SOMETHING IN RETURN - you don't need presents, virgins, good luck, eternal life, good karma ... those are some other shit.

We have a mind, a sense of morality ... you may ask where do these come from ... even if they are God given, just say thank you ... but you do not need to do good because of that. Do good because the other side is evil/grey.

Yes I do feel good when I do good, so is that something for something, who cares... don't do it for presents or promises or to change your luck because those will only reveal how shallow your character is, and in the end your goodness is tainted and watered down. Will you still do good if there were NO CARROTS!!?? If you answer yes, thats the best answer and the only answer you need to hear. Good hearts can't be bought. You can nurture it but don't bribe me.

WE ARE NOT PETS... don't fucking dangle carrots/bones in front of us!!!