Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yummy Lamb stew! And Yes, I cooked it!

Thought of cooking dinner today and well, I did. Went grocery shopping a few days ago. Cooking at home is so much cheaper and healthier I think. So, todays dish, I wish to present to you, Lamb Stew (Aaron's style [student style. Didn't have all those fancy herbs and wine]).

It's a very simple dish actually. I learned it from one of the best chef I know, my dad.
All you need are:
Onions, garlic, carrots, leek, peppers, and potatoes.
And not forgetting, the lamb. You can use beef or chicken if you like.

Marinate the lamb with rosemary, black pepper and a pinch of salt. Grill it on a pan with a little bit of garlic. Grilling it will allow the flavor of the meat come out in a way.

Grill till the meat is slightly charred or browned. Take the meat off the pan (do not clean the pan just yet) and allow it to rest.

While you let the meat rest, fry the vegetables with the excess juices and oil from the meat. Its not necessary but I like my veggies slightly grilled, taste better.
DON'T overcook the veggie. After you're done, transfer the veggies into a pot, put in the lamb next.

Pour the amount of water you desire (depends how soupy you want your stew to be). Put 2 dried basil leaves, rosemary, salt and black pepper into the stew for seasoning. Then let it boil.

When it starts to boil, let it simmer for another 15-30 minutes or so. At the mean time, start cleaning up the cooking area (unless you have someone to do it for you). Don't forget to stir.

Cook some rice (if you prefer rice) or you can get some french loaf. It's up to you. In this case, I chose rice.

Serve it any way you like and Woahla.... There you have it, a simple delicious home cooked Lamb stew... Enjoy.. I know its very brief. Any questions? Just ask me. HAHA.

Intergrated Project Video...

Took me one week to finally upload the video and resolve the audio issue for the video. Somehow Youtube removed the audio due to some copyright issue. Oh well, the new music is just as good (I hope). Do enjoy! Once again, thanks a lot team for the hard work. I miss I.P. Days.... All the meetings and the lunch and get togethers after. Good luck in your exams and final studio work.


To those who are having holiday now. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

To all my dear Sibu-ians

Please don't try too hard in getting people to visit our town. If there is nothing to see, there is nothing to see. Please don't come up with weird videos to show off our small beautiful town.
1. It is embarrassing.
2. It is a rip from the Beijing Huang Ying Ni song and I can still hear it in the background.
3. It just shows that if SMC actually Use this video, they support Piracy.
4. There is no originality.
5. The singing sucks.
6. People in facebook support.

So please.... Don't use it. AND never do it again... It makes Sibu-lang like me, VERY EMBARRASSED to say I come from here.

Here is the video... Laugh your butts off... Because I already did.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sacrifices

Into the world we run,
What is ahead,
We do not know.
Young and innocent we were to think the world was all that.

3 years in the world and we are all beginning to ask ourselves.
Is this what we really want?
Is this what we want to live for?
Is this all worth the sacrifice.

Yep, that is what I have been thinking lately. Don't ask me why but something tells me that it is. Four years ago, I was in F5 worrying about which course I am going to take. 1 year in foundation year and 3 years in getting my diploma of Architecture later, I am beginning to question myself. Is it really worth the sacrifice? Burying myself in work and stress and ignoring the fact that I have friends outside of what I call my future is slowly taking its toll on me. I am suddenly feeling guilty for abandoning my friends from MUFY for 3 years and my excuse was always because I am busy. What will I do when I go overseas? Will I then forget those who were with me and by me for the past 3 years in college as I embark the challenge of the University?

As I am now sitting in front of my computer trying hard to finish my final assignment for my diploma, I am asking myself if it is all worth it. Another 3 years or so to go buddy. You willing to go the distance. I remember in my first year, a lecturer asked us, "You ready to throw away your social life? Be prepared to throw it away." 1+3 years in college, 1 failed relationship, 6 semesters of on the edge of insanity, 1 life threatening illness and many lost time.... That was my welcome to the world. Ask me if the sacrifices was all worth it, I will tell you now. Ask me in another 3 years. Then I will tell you the answer. Life is indeed a climb which we all have to face. I am way beyond my childhood years and finally realizing that life is not just 1, 2, 3... Its chaotic and ugly but yet beautiful in many ways.....

Confusing post? Well, thats how confusing life is.... Life, Love and Lost... Thats the story of life.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Helping out......

This post is supposed to go up so long ago but due to my busy schedule, I only managed to post it up now. On the 4th of November, we were recruited to help save a booth which was bending beyond control by our fellow Taylorians who were showcasing it to the whole of Malaysia. In the mist of all the submissions and stress, they can't get out of this so we might as well help. That is what friends do right? Well, we went to One U shopping mall at around 230 P.M. after our lecture series to save the collapsing booth to find out that...

One of the members was sleeping on the couch... This is what happens when you don't sleep for days - You will sleep anywhere.. Even in Public.

The booth was somehow bending because of the pulling force of the bands.

"HELP US!!!" The members of the booth designers.

Before we started, we went to look at the other booths from different architecture universities in Malaysia.
How models can communicate to even children...

The only other booth (which won).. Yea, somehow there were only 2 booths designed and Taylors didn't win. Sorry guys but you all did your best and I thought you all will win.

Before we started the repairs, the team was interviewed by Taylor's "reporters".

And Li Qun was explaining about the ideas and the construction of the booth.

It took us 3 hours to fix the booth. But in the end, it works and looks the way they wanted it to look. The space and ambiance created by the booth to showcase the works of the students of SABD was very interesting. Very warm and yet witty. Let the pictures tell the story.
The two female designers of the group.

What the booth is all about.

I love this...


How the models are held and showcased.

The booth... Finally fixed.... Sorry if I promoted it too late... But overall.. I love it! HAHA... Sorry to hear you all didn't win. I know you all deserve it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Intergrated Project. 14 weeks of hard work.

On August 2009, an unlikely bunch of people came together to create 2 companies with the names N.I.C.E Designs (architectural firm) and T.G.I.N. Sdn. Bhd. (Contractor company) to "compete" with 7 other groups of companies to design an art gallery for our clients/lecturers Mr. Keith and Pn. Habizah. After 14 weeks of hard work and meetings with the clients, T.G.I.N and N.I.C.E would like to present to the world, "THE GALLERY", which if build, will be along Jalan Raja Chulan (in our dreams that is) but please, enjoy and
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication to the completion of this project. It was indeed a pleasure working with you guys. The design looks great(though we didn't win) but we did all have our fun. We are really a bunch of MULTI-talented people. Kudos to all of you and you future. Hope to work with you again in the future if we do have the chance. This post is dedicated to all of you.

*Thank you T.G.I.N (the company I am working in): Tang Li Qun, Tam Huei Liq, Ken, Lim Toh Hong and Jack.
Thank you N.I.C.E Designs for being so nice: Rebecca, Aaron L, Zaki, Ahmed, Amman, Adi and Leon.