Poverina's Blog

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Orang Miskin Staple: Canned Sardine

Remind self not adabi brand, my poor tongue is repulsed by the generous presence of ajinomoto.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

How to Find the Tools Tab in Firefox - Explained Minus Jargons

Updated version of firefox= lousy. Because, from here onwards, I cannot see the tools tab. I need the tools tab to work on my S3 organizer.

Steps to Make Tools Tab Appear under the Evil Windows 7 Reign

1. Open the newly updated to lousy form firefox.

2. Put fingers on F10 and Alt keys simultaneously.

3. Then use the other free hand to punch V key

4. Then T key,

5. Then M key...

6. And the Tools tab will appear with File ...Help Tabs on the top left corner.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Yu Kee@ Hilltop

Breakfast - The fried rice is warm. The minced pork stuffing is home made unlike the ubiquitous disgusting commercial minced earthworm found in 99.0 % "economy" tofu. RM 2.00 for rice + tofu. Yu Kee is that shabby shop right next to Doctor Terry Huang's.

Lunch - The whole set is RM4.30. Except for the plain water soup which is lukewarm the other ingredients rice and dishes are cold. The salted mustard is well seasoned not over sourish like the universal acidic "salted" mustard. One part of the chicken was in the initial stage of decay. I think the cook dried the chicken carcass a bit long in the sun before frying. Overall, food here is cheap and fit for human consumption. One of the little oasis amidst "outside food hell" in this ugly city.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Acupuncturist's Side Income

To my darlings in Noord-Nederland and Duitsland,

There's a few rough patches in life since last year. One of them is my honourable mother had such a bad fall in the bathroom, her legs don't function as they used to be. She tried many things under the sun. Yesterday, her impulse propelled her to a new acupuncturist shop.

The acupuncturist is a soft spoken local Chinese lady married to a Chinese doctor from Macau. Both look young like in their early thirties. He struggled to amuse their 7 month old baby while she attended to Mom.

She inserted seven long needles on and around mom's right knee cap, followed by one round of moxibustion. Then the needles would have to stay in the knee for twenty minutes. Mom told our sweet face acupunturist to ignore us while waiting for the needles to work their prickly magic. Her husband quietly ordered a plate of rice and they both had lunch at the other side of the partition.

We can see this young couple have to work very hard on their new business. The rental and expenses for the small shoplot alone is three thousand ringgit monthly. We were the only customers there for one whole hour. She has to take another part time job as a visiting doctor in another Chinese Medcine shop twice a week. We estimated another ten thousand ringgit by just looking at the modest stock of Chinese herbal and zoological paraphernalia. When I saw this...

That, five big Chinese characters means something like errr " Special Grade Big Gecko", priced at 15 Malaysian Ringgit for one pair. Seriously, I love chicken, pork, beef and even crocodile jerky. But a reptilian jerky of this level - the size of my palm - puts even me - off.

Traditional Chinese Medicine reference books would tell you this cousin of the geckos I see every night on my white ceiling is good for respiratory problems such as asthma. The Macau doctor happily waved the lizard lollipops to my face as he shared a herbal soup recipe for my asthmatic dad. Mom and I side-eyed the heads and claws. " Of course, you chop off these," he quickly divined our yucky thoughts, " What we want is the torso and most importantly, the tail."

Mom left the shop with some herbs that are supposed to complement her acupuncture treatment and I walked away with the gecko - photo only.

"There's no way they can convince the locals to take this, the local people would rather eat the local giant monitor lizards ( which feed only on decaying dead bodies ) than pay 15 ringgit for these," mom prophesied. A plate of decent rice here costs about 7 ringgit.

Maybe the Surinamese have some ideas of making geckos more appetizing?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Directory Review: Submit Health Links

Directories have the security box to prevent automated submission. This directory's one is not easy to use because they didn't tell you the letters generated are case-sensitive. Had to try a few times before I made it. Since I can't give reciprocal, I paid USD 10 for "lifetime" regular links. However they rejected my application and some more my USD 10 cannot be refunded because they needed to be paid ten bucks for the time taken to review. "Jake" don't tell you why your site is rejected, you have to find out for yourself by reading their guideline. My verdict is: Submit Health Links is a money sucker directory. ( Draws an X, one down ) Nah, this is the link:


Submit health links cheated ten bucks out of me.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Snacked in 1Borneo: Suxxxx

Just wanted something light coz nothing on the heavy side menus can tempt me. Sushi King yeah I know it's meh. Ordered soft shell crab handroll sushi. They gave some nice crispy crispy crab LEGS LOL at least the cucumbers are crunchy. Also ordered clam soup, but da soup came only when I am chewing the last segment of the skinny crab leg. I was thinking it is unlikely to go wrong to make anything out of a dashi stock, but don't forget cooks in Kota Kinabalu are incredibly lazy. Two of the skinny clams are darn sandy. A lovely dashi stock with sand Ha! Then saw a fabulous photo of nyonya pie tee at THE CHICKEN RICE SHOP. So trylah. Let curiosity kill this kurap cat lah. Sure enough the eight ringgit plate with four tiny hats is filled with the ubiquitous KK lazy formula=jicama and carrots only. Real nyonyas will vomit blood for sure,LOL. The two days old leftovers in my fridge taste better than these. Thank you for joining poverina's mini snack tour in the grandest life style mall in Sabah.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ais Kacang Hell

Ais kacang Kota Kinabalu is hellstones or rather hailstones. Concept of shaving ice into fluffy flakes is virtually alien. The worst ais kacang is the one in Foh Sang. Neh the shop in the middle row. Biggest hailstones. ever. somemore seven ringgit. They say the one in bukit padang is the best. Never have the time to explore that. Must make that a future project. For now found the ais kacang at sugarbun at least fit for human consumption. Dunno why food sellers here so lazy one.