A fine savour on simple pleasures

My aim is to reduce the tension in my mind by sharing my thoughts and experiences in the things that I love; which I could not express openly due to circumstances. Be it in doing stupid things, experimenting on new recipes, failings in research work, writings..just some doodle ranting stuff

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

meaningless rant~


another rant..

seriously, im like a dead fish here..its juz the 12th hour smpling..got 6 more samples..another 12 more hours..shall we go forward with a new dish to prepare? tapi mcm mls je nk upload gmbo T____________T aigooo...dilemma..dilemma.. am actually waiting for the centrifuge to spin another 3 more minutes to process the samples before proceeding with tests..

what did i ate today?

-corn flakes with full cream milk (bfast)
-1 twiggies perisa coklat (lunch)
-bihun sup pantas 15min siap! (got an egg, green onions, a sausage, and 1 tomato <- the only things in fridge, no time to do marketing) - ehem ini teatime :P -corn flakes, again (dinner) -2 dates, 2 biscuits (kuih raye, semperit n makmur)


*scary gary* @.@ its like i have a bottomless pit.. *feeling at a loss*

ohh..at last the spinning has stopped..hehe


Saturday, September 26, 2009

3rd lab - determination of glucose content using DNS method

well, this time I'm too tooo tooooo lazy to take pics of the kids, and hell..those kids really know how to mess things up..the lab was done in 2 sessions (which means, 2 weeks consecutively) and then the eid hols comes in..dem..im lazy to talk..coz im actually waiting for the materials to be autoclaved.. (around 1hr more to finish).. y am i still at lab at 8.30pm of saturday ni? even to myself, it is still a wonder.

the concepts behind the sugar measurements was developed due to the solutions having no colour or odour whatsoever. hence detection was difficult. but that was WAY WAY WAY back then. this method is the cheapest (as in most economical), quite laborous, abit hazardous but rather precise in detecting total amount of simple sugar..which has been established a looooog time ago..what is simple sugar? simple sugar is the basic unit of carbs (i think so..pardon me if im wrong, i juz pour out frm my brain), which has 3 elements, C, H and O..aiya..carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atom..with the formation of C6H12O6..with the carbon acting as a skeleton..an extended shape has hundreds and thousands of C in them with different branchings..ehh..mcm melalut..

back to main topic..so basically, by having a standard curve that has been produced earlier with a known amount of gluose used, one can determine through the calculated amount of light that can pass through a certain solution..the darker the colour, the harder for light to go through kan? this is known as transmittant light at which reciprocating it will result in the calculation of absorbance.. (absorbance in this case means, how much light has been absorbed by the sample which can be detected by a spectrophotometer at UV-vis range)

so basically, its an easy lab..but the hardest part was to make the standard..u need to be super precise..if not, all ur work is a goner lah..


ade keje nak wat lg tapi mls..

agar well xtest lg..


aigooooo... T_____________T|||||


Monday, September 14, 2009

Announcement 2 Abe!!!

Yosh2, selingan untuk sementara waktu;


*throwing confettis* *sending lotsa love*

Its my lil brother's birthday, he's turnin' 21. Sweet 21. I'm really happy for him since everything seems to go smoothly with his life. God bless to you my darling little brother. This onee-chan of yours will always root you all the way in your life! :)

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Jijong,

When I go home, I'll cook everything that you like! Tomyam oso of course!


Kakya loves you lots and lots!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Love for Kulim ||| Food Review

Yeap, again I return to my hometown. BUT, with new purpose in hand, at which to celebrate the Ramadhan with my family members. This faithful occasion happened last week, on our Malaysia's Indepence Day holiday (31st Aug 2009), which means, I have an addition of 1 day to spend with my family :) O how I feel so blessed to sink in the arms of my momma. She's the best mum in the whole wide world. Its the same with my big sis, she the cool type. We do a lot of things together like really great buddies.

My 1st lil bro accompanied me through the onslaught; the travelling was horrid. We bought a ticket which promised us an 8.30pm Super Nice bus to Kulim (take note of the name, I was really being tricked by the name and the picture of the bus at the counter), instead we finally boarded a stupid,-I-duno-wat bus at 11.30 pm. Fish. totally Fish. like wat my bro wud say.

Doing this doing dat, yadda~ I'm home!

We really have fun at home. Eat2, play2, shopping, listened to Ami's (2nd lil bro) singing n guitar strumming~ It is enjoyable and stress-releasing.

One that truly leaves a sweet taste in my heart was my trip to Penang with Kak Kim for the sake of finding rare ingredients for cooking~<3 We moved out around 2 something and reach around 3..its actually really early when considering all the jams along the way.

The winding road that is very busy..lots of lorries go through here because they can cut through 1 highway toll.

My sister's driving. Obviously. I'm a loser when it comes to driving =_________=;;

The sea, from Gurney Drive's view..its a walk away from Gurney Plaza, the shopping mall we're heading to . Looks quite pretty right?

Quite a nice view dont cha think?

Think again.
This is the close up view of the rocks. pfft, what shameful eyesore. Promotion on how beautiful and clean Penang is? Come again? I don't quite catch which part is clean and beautiful. Upclose I mean, but this pic is not even microscopically close.

Me and mah big sis. Saje syiok sendiri XD

We bought our things here. Heck so expensive those imported stuff T_____T I can feel my hands shivered when I took out the dough from my purse *laughing* It's not that I that concern of the costs, but its way out of a student's budget..xpela, once a while mahh..

It took less than 2 hours to complete the tasks, we need to hurry home since we need to cook ait..lagi another 1.5hr of driving takut xsempat. Hence I board on the ferry to cross the ocean from Penang Island to the mainland. and the best of all its F.O.C. heheheh

Pics on the ferry. We didn't move much. Coincidently our car was parked just beside this so-called 'window'. So, drop by and take a snap2 :)

Dem I look fat @__________@||||

Hence the results of our heroic conquest were these; (which means the food review is starting)

Eggplant side dish~ Gajinamul

Steamed eggplant pieces marinated with soy sauce, red pepper flakes, crushed garlic and sesame oil. Add a little of sesame seeds with diced green onions, it'll turn so marvelous! People who can't stand the hotness and the taste of garlic, you can reduce the amount of such ingredients to turn your gajinamul into a mild one.

Stir fry noodles with vegetables~ Japchae

The noodles are special ones, made from sweet potatoes, with a mild sweetness and springy feeling when eaten. Also, it won't easily destroyed with heat since it has strength. The veges were stir fried with a lil bit of olive oil; spinach, carrots, green onions, shitake mushrooms and button mushrooms, later, being swirled by a wee bit of soy sauce as well as sesame oil. There's some thinly sliced beef as well to enhance the flavour. A bite will push you up to heaven! My eyes went starry at that point. It was soooo nice. Can't simply put it in words.

Vege soup with Ju hu Chiu

As the name implies, its vege soup with dried squid strips. The vege used was cabbages, the normal cabbages. The soup was rehydrating and refreshing. Yet the way of cooking was so simple. One must make use the garlic and some meat before adding hard veges inside.

Ayam masak merah/ Red cooked chicken (yeah, its a direct translation)

The chickens were deep fried first before proceeding to being transferred into a gravy made up of chillies, big onions and tomato blend in together. We can usually tastes this savoury during weddings and events since its one of the most popular dish which is accepted by all the races in malaysia.

Soy bean side dish with an addition of stir fry dried anchovies ~ Konjorim blends with Myulchi bokkeum

Yep, for malaysians it must looked like the normal fried anchovies with ground nuts right? Nononono.. These are soybeans that has been soaked for 8hours before being cooked with soy sauce, minced garlic and sugar. The taste? Simply marvelous~ yumyum! How to describe? Its sweet, its sticky..soooo addicting. The fried anchovies are actually stir frieds using a nonstick skillet without oil. Later, just mix them together into this purrrfection XD

Pizza from Pizza hut *lol*

Of course we didn't made these ourselves *laughing* The credit goes to Pizza Hut..To me the taste is so-so lah since the toppings are just moderate..But this is considered decent enough.One is chicken, another is tuna.


*laughing* as the name implies, this sweet full of fibre fruit graced our stomachs with its majestic abilities in helping our GIT tract. The sweetness is quite moderate, not so sweet and its abit hard. This means, its not that ripe despite the colour. But then, it is still considered nice.

Mushroom soup

Well, comes togather with the pizza of course. To my surprise it is not that bland like usual. Quite creamy and thick. Actually it is not so hard to made this, you just have to have some milk, corn starch, some chicken boillon, chunks of button mushroom and basil, wallah! a mushroom soup is ready! Since it is quite costly, I prevent myself from trying to make it. Let's see when the time comes, at which no monetary constraints has to be considered, I will definitely try it. haha.


Since the mooncake festival is not that far (i think it coincide with the hungry ghost festival right? not so sure), these cakes are everywhere. Kak Kim bought some for us to eat. Quite nice but supppeeeer sweet. My poor tooth can't stand it :P Let's see..how to describe the taste..buttery creamy red beany taste with extreme sugar content *lol* To people with sweet tooth, its the best for you guys.

Fried chicken blended with tumeric powder

This is a very traditional fried chicken swirled with some salt and tumeric powder. It is soo delicious and simple. No need all those extra-extra stuff. Good enough to be eaten with steamy white rice..mmmm *drooling* man..

Well, the food review ends here. Many occasions passed through before the completion of this post. Since this is so long that's why I took so much time. Next I'll talk about the makan-makan at my house in Serdang huhu..

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lab 2 : Determination of Albumin's isoelectrical point

Well, as can be seen, this time the kids havta pinpoint the isoelectrical point of albumin. What is an albumin? Albumin is a kind of protein that originates from egg, the egg whites. That's juz its pretty name *lol*. Well, as proteins is very sensitive. Like a high class lady. No heat, no acid/alkali, no harsh handling; nearly EVERYTHING will effect a protein. Once all these kinds of treatments hit the poor lil lady, she'll crumble and looses her shape.

Basic knowledge, a protein retains its shape through the help of alot of bonds; some hydrophilic, some hydrophobic; some are really strong, some are weak, but important. These bonds can be easily hydrolized even with mild treaments which will lead to percipitation. Some proteins will be able to resist; as the treatment condition ceased it can return to its shape, but some wouldn't do. Sadly speaking.

Hence, this lab is to educate the kids on how to think logically. Since proteins behave according to the charges they have, they will be positively charged (H+) if they're in acidic condition, and negatively charged (OH-) if they are basic condition.

What will happen if the nett charge is 0? Well, it will loose both charges and becomes a zwitterion. So, what do you think will happen to all the bonds? and consequently what will be the physical attributes of such proteins?

Think baby, think.These are my teammates, demonstrators for the lab sessions (in layman term, we functions like mods in forums on the net, some sort liddat). From left is Kak Anu, Kheng2 and HF. Only the hand of my dress can be seen at the upper corner of the pic *lol* and another gal is missing in action (she's abit at the back) :D

My supervisor gave a 1 hour lecture on photospectrometry, since it has not been covered before. The kids have to use a spectrometer to determine the transmitant light in order to calculate for the turbidity of the solutions they prepare.

This is the spectro they use. It harbours 4 unit cells for faster reading. But I discourage them to use it since the cuvettes used are plastic, which is very VERY susceptible to scratches, which leads to a not-so-accurate reading. Quartz is too expensive and fragile for them to handle.

Pretty kids :)

Moving here moving there. Few spectros have to be shared since equipments are not enough. But then again, this lab is actually more equipped compared to the lab that we use during our undergraduate studies. God, they should truly be thankful.

This team has to repeat again their work since the spectro they use are not stable. The reading flactuates terribly. Kesian..

So tired..today is not a nice day. Rain rain rain..makes me feel sleepy all the way..My head and my eyes hurt..Tomorrow my labmates are coming to my house to break the fast togather..
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