Who let the rooster out?

The title is referencing to this song.

I apologized for the unclear image but this was the 1st thing I saw yesterday morning before I head to work.

This is my first time seeing a rooster for almost 2 decade of living in my neighbourhood.

Unfortunately I do not know the fate of the rooster. I didn’t spot him after lunch.

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“I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)” – Il Divo & Celine Dion

My song pick for the week is this song sung by Il Divo and Celine Dion, titled “I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)”. The 1st part of the song is sung in English, and the 2nd half in French.

You wouldn’t believe me if I said this song was released in 2006, would you?

I think that good music is timeless and you’ll remember them as a classic song. I have a lot of ‘classic’ songs that I think people should take a listen to and I hope you enjoy listening to this.

“I Believe In You (Je Crois En Toi)”

Lonely
The path you have chosen
A restless road
No turning back
One day you
Will find your light again
Don’t you know
Don’t let go
Be strong

Follow you heart
Let you love lead through the darkness
Back to a place you once knew
I believe, I believe, I believe
In you

Follow your dreams
Be yourself, an angel of kindness
There’s nothing that you can not do
I believe, I believe, I believe
In you.

Tout seul
Tu t’en iras tout seul
Coeur ouvert
A L’univers
Poursuis ta quete
Sans regarder derriere
N’attends pas
Que le jour
Se leve

Suis ton etoile
Va jusqu’ou ton reve t’emporte
Un jour tu le toucheras
Si tu crois si tu crois si tu crois
En toi
Suis la lumiere
N’eteins pas la flamme que tu portes
Au fonds de toi souviens-toi
Que je crois que je crois que je crois
Que je crois
En toi

Someday I’ll find you
Someday you’ll find me too
And when I hold you close
I’ll know that is true

Follow your heart
Let you love lead through the darkness
Back to a place you once knew
I believe, I believe, I believe in you

Follow your dreams
Be yourself, an angel of kindness
There’s nothing that you can not do
I believe, I believe, I believe
In you.

Should you visit the farmer’s market (‘tamu’) or the supermarket when buying fruits and vegetables?

Last Sunday when I was dragged to become a ‘driver’ early morning, I reluctantly woke up and did the errand. Passing by me as I drove to do my errand was the early morning market, or we call it ‘tamu’ locally. These market operates very early around 7 in the morning and ends by noon, at least the one in KB does. I have been wanting to visit the local tamu and I guess last Sunday was the opportunity to do so.

I think of the ‘tamu’ as our farmers’ market. In other countries, the farmers’ market is the place where you can buy and support local vendors. Similarly, a lot of vendors are selling their produce of fruits and vegetables here. I was in for a shock when I noticed the differences between the ‘tamu’ and the supermarket that I frequent.

If you have been buying your groceries from the supermarket (like I do, guilty as charged!), perhaps a visit to the ‘tamu’ would change your perspective of things? Here’s what I think after I visited the market:

  1. Some produce is cheaper here.

Never underestimate the prices sold at the tamu. As I was a first timer, I walked around the vicinity and survey the prices of the things I wanted to buy. Almost everyone sells at the same price. 1 kilogramme of tomatoes for $2, red onions at $1 per kilo, 3 cucumbers for $1 and so on. I bought half a kilo of tomatoes for $1 and there were about 5 tomatoes. I think the same 5 tomatoes in the supermarket would cost me more than a dollar. And the best part? Next point!

  1. Free to choose which produce you want.

I get to choose which tomatoes I wanted. I have the tendency of choosing the ‘prettier’ ones over the ones that have dents or spot. I know, it’s a bad habit. Maybe I just want my tomatoes to be visually pleasing. A lot of produce in the market are yours to choose so you could always choose the not rotten or ugly ones out, or the bigger fruits over the smaller ones. A lot of the fruits and vegetables in supermarkets are prepacked so you don’t have the option to choose them freely.

  1. Competitive market.

Almost every vendor have the same selling price point so you’re not losing out. 1 notable feature is when they advertised in the open air such as “1 kilo $1!” It’s a way to attract you to see what they are selling and I also think it’s the charm of visiting this place. I mean, you won’t hear people calling out their prices in the open, right? With the exception of an auction place maybe.

The other 2 minor points would be the freshness and the variety of the fruits and vegetables. I think there is more variety in the market than the supermarket in a way that you have more options to buy from these vendors. For example, 2 vendors may sell the exact same onion at the exact same price and you may choose to buy 1 kilo from vendor A and another from vendor B. Furthermore, the freshness of the fruits and vegetables between the vendors aren’t very apparent, unless if you know how to tell the differences between a fresh one and the not so fresh vegetable. From my observation, every vendor seemed to be selling at the same quality.

Of course, not every fruits or vegetable can be found in ‘tamu’, so to speak. I didn’t see any vendors selling lemons, avocados, strawberries and only 1 vendor was selling grapes. These fruits are imported and I don’t think it’s worth for the vendors to sell these at the market. So while these ‘premium’ ingredients aren’t sold in the local ‘tamu’, a lot of the common fruits and vegetables are being sold, such as long beans (sayur kacang), leafy vegetables (sayur sawi, sayur kangkung, etc).

So the next time you want to buy your fruits or vegetables, how about stop by your local farmers’ market and compare the different prices and qualities the open market has to offer? A lot of these vendors are run by individuals with family members to feed and not run by mega corporations. By buying from them, you help the families directly. Personally, I feel good that my money spent in these markets are helping the families in their living.

Review: Osrah Optima Steamer Car Detailing, Mumong

Whenever my brother asked me when will I go wash my car, I always procrastinate. Maybe because I am not a car enthusiast and I couldn’t care less about the appearance, more so when it is in dark green paint. The dirt won’t be as visible as in white paint cars so I didn’t bother to wash my car all the time. Today happened to be my free day and I decided to give my car a wash.

I don’t know many car wash places and I just happened to remember there’s one by the roadside near the round-a-bout. If you are coming from Seria, use the ‘old’ road to KB Town, not the Muara-KB highway or Jalan Maulana. It’ll be the 1st round-a-bout.  I’m biased but it helps that they have a large green banner (my favourite colour is green) so I remembered easily there is a car washing service there.

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So I drove my car in to Osrah Optima Steamer Car Detailing. I was lucky that I didn’t wait too long to have my car washed. I would have thought it to be just an ordinary car wash with water but what I didn’t know is that this car wash operates on a steam jet machine where high pressure steam is applied to wash your car, effectively removing stubborn dirt. It was only after I observed 2 other cars that were in the process of getting their car washed that I realised, this has to be the place to remove those cat poop that was on my car for months (Okay, this is embarrassing!)

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What a sunny Saturdate with my car

I mean, just take a look at that ugly spot. I have no idea how it didn’t prompt me to go wash my car. I guess when you see this everyday, you kind of get used to the dirtiness and it didn’t bother me that much as time goes on.

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Before

And… it disappeared! Ta-dah~

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After

I only asked to wash the exterior, which cost me $6. I couldn’t understand in the beginning when the worker asked me ‘luar sama dalam saja?’ (inside and outside only?) and I assumed it to be more than $10. According to the price list below, it’s $10 for both inside and outside wash. -face palm- My English fails me this time round.

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Price range and packages

I tried to remembered the last time I send my car for a car wash and I found this receipt dated 15/5/2016. So that means, it’s exactly 11 months since my last car wash. No wonder I almost couldn’t remembered as it happened so long time ago!

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So yep, am I satisfied with their services? For someone who hasn’t make the effort to wash her car for almost a year and comes out with a super clean car, I’m super impressed. I can’t see any dirt on the car and ordinary car wash wouldn’t be able to remove those stubborn stain so this car wash service receives A+ for my grading. Stop by their Instagram page or FaceBook page to contact them.

Thanks for reading! Now I hope my neighbours’ cats won’t be sh*tting on my car! haha.

Blogs that I (try to) read daily

As I graduated and earned a college degree, I realised that my reading skills slowly plummeted. I think it has to do with the absence of every day reading while I was pursuing my degree and now, reading can sometimes be a chore. And to think that before I had to read something almost every other day to complete my assignment! However, like a habit, it has to start slow and gradually you will get the hang of it.

There are 2 blogs that I wanted to introduce today: The Financial Diet and Spills Spot. Both are blogs that discusses about money in general and tips on managing our finances. I think that as I am slowly getting used to the working adult life, money is ever so important than it was. Having too little or too much isn’t good either.

Both blogs gave me a pleasure in understanding how I come to terms with money. It’s a hard-hit reality when I read some of the posts such as ‘Frugal Living is a New Mindset‘ and ‘35 Money Questions You Should Be Able To Answer By 35‘ but I believe that posts like these will help me grow as a person, hopefully equip with more money-sense.

I think this is $2 worth my money

It is a bad habit of mine recently that I crave for fatty food when I want a quick fix of satisfaction. I was glad that Ayamku sell this menu called ‘Chix cute’ (no spelling error) for $2. It consists of average 10-14 pieces of chicken breast cuts in small pieces. Think of it like the Japanese kara-age menu, only cheaper.

Comparing this to Jollibee’s Chickenjoy, which is $3.70 ($3 without the drink) and consist of rice, gravy & a piece of chicken with a drink, I think ‘chix cute’ is still worth the money, even after you asked for 50cents rice from Ayamku, which totaled to $2.50.

Review: Gerai Makan Soto Hj Tuah Tutong

After a day out yesterday, my mom bought me to eat at this famous eatery place. It was located at Tutong new market.

Gerai Makan Soto Hj Tuah Tutong, as the name implied, is a place known for their soto. They have been operated since 1964. According to my mom, they used to sell their soto at Seria before relocated to Tutong.

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Their soto menu dominates most of the page.

I don’t feel like having soto in a middle of a hot day so I opted for a plate of fried noodles. I ordered the mee goreng kosong and air pisang cincau. I haven’t drink air pisang in years! It made me miss my ugama school years a bit.

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This fried noodle was only $1.50. For fried noodle chicken, it’s $2 and fried noodle beef at $2.50. Every fried noodle comes with a bowl of soup. The mee kuning they used wasn’t cooked enough so when I ate it, it felt a bit ‘hard’ but portion wise, it’s a lot so definitely worth the money. I mean, you can buy $1 or $1.20 from the cubestores for like a quarter of what this place serves so it’s definitely worth my money to eat here. I want to come back to this place again to try their other food.

D-I-Y Pizza; It only cost me 86 cents.

Occasionally I would stop by Supa Save just to buy their freshly baked wholemeal bread ($2.10 for a loaf). I know, it is kind of a waste of my car mileage and fuel so I try to look for other discounted stuff along the way so that it is somewhat worth my trip.

I saw this mini pizza wholemeal base for 75cents. It was sold as a pack of 2 pieces. Immediately I knew I could make a pizza out of this as I have the ingredients at home.

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To make this simple pizza, you’ll need 3 ingredients: beef patty, a slice of cheese and tomato/chilli sauce. You could use any kind of meat such as slicing a sausage or a chicken breast into pieces. If you love cheese, feel free to add more slices of cheese or using mozzarella or parmesan cheese. The reason I used sliced cheese is because it is cheaper, and also, I have it in my refrigerator.

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If you do takeouts, you’ll get these tiny pack of sauces. Free!

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Firstly, fry your meat ingredient. Make sure it is fully cooked. Set aside.

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Coat a little bit of oil on 1 side of the pizza base. Then, fry the oil less base for a minute or 2 under lowest heat.

Once flipped, turn your heat to the medium setting. Spread your sauce all over the base, placing your cooked meat and your cheese on top. Cover your pan for another minute or 2. This will allow your cheese to melt.

After 2 minutes, you could peek to see if your cheese had melted. Switch off your stove and let it rest for another minute.

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Serve!

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Unfortunately, I over coated my pizza base and over cooked it. Therefore, I ended up having a burnt bottom crust. I guess there’s always a first in everything!

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Cost breakdown:

  1. 2 pizza base – 75 cents (40 cents each)
  2. A pack of 12 pieces slice cheese – $2.50 (21 cents for each slice)
  3. Beef patty – Unknown. The one I had is a pack of 20 patties so I’ll just estimate it to be $5 for a pack. (25 cents for a patty).
  4. Sauce – FREE! But for a teaspoon of tomato sauce from a Maggi bottle ($1.20), that’s probably less than 1 cent.

Total cost: 86 cents for a small personal size pizza.

Review: Beesket Brunei

I was lucky enough to score a $5 voucher from Beesket today when I answered correctly 3 questions from Shakespeare Day at KB Sentral.

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I was enlightened as I have never tried their drinks before. There were a variety of combinations to choose from, for some fruits or vegetables require an additional 50cents as they are expensive. I don’t exactly remember which ones but I know kale, avocado, mango and strawberry were among the ‘add on 50cents’ options.

The price of a Beesket drink starts from $4.90 and because my voucher is $5, I need to have at least a fruit or vegetable that requires additional 50 cents. I felt like trying kale and the cashier recommended a combination of kale, pineapple and mango.

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Under neath this is an auto-censor magnet so the moment you placed your options, the screen (picture below) will tell you the price of your drink immediately.
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Only 146 calories!
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It kinda felt good when I only paid 90 cents for my drink with my voucher. #poorworkingadult
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A copy-writing suggestion: Maybe have the ‘No Sugar, No Powder, No Additives’ tagline in white?
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A lot of discounts!

To be honest, I never ate kale so I wasn’t sure how it tasted like. But I won’t deny that this drink is punched with vitamins. I also like how you’ll get a card and a stamp for every drink you purchased. I might stop by again to use the discount coupon.

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My kale-pineapple-mango drink.