Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thanks for the erm...Condom.

Whilst I was in the midst of all the confusion and finding myself...I found a little gift on my bike box which made me unsure of how to react - laugh, cry, be flattered, be angry, be disgusted?




Laugh because it was a somewhat-kinda-warped cute kinda pick-up, cry because "What the hell, how long has it been on my bike? How many people have seen it? Wah lao so paiseh!!!!", flattered because someone who knew I ride THIS bike wants to sleep with me, and sleep safe so that's kinda thoughtful..lol~, and angry because "Hello? Who do you think I am??? So cheap ah?! Even social escorts get paid to be slept with okay! Kns...@$%#%^#". 

Anyway, I snapped a couple of pictures, and threw the condom away on the floor behind the bike parking lots. (Sorry for littering, but I didn't want to hold it for longer than a second, and there was no bin within 100 metres of me.)

Well, my perk-me-up (kinda~ this doesn't happen every day you know...) for the week.

Days prior to this, I met another rider after I was parked and was going off (he was just going to his scooter). It was raining when I was riding home, so what I do normally is just to hang my raincoat and rain pants on my bike mirrors to air dry. (If you fold them and keep them before they're dry they somehow develop a really funky smell...) Hours later, I had to go out and when I went to the bike, the raincoat and pants were gone!!! 

Okay not really, I found them folded and stuffed inside my helmet with a note from the scooter-rider telling me he had helped to fold my raincoat because he was worried someone else might take it. And left me his name and number. 

-.-" 

Good try dude...but because my raincoat and pants were WET, and you folded them and stuffed them inside my helmet, my helmet was now wet and felt icky when I had to wear it, my raincoat and pants did not get to air-dry and I had to keep them in my bike box and I would have to air them again later.

And the most classic part? Er...by stuffing them in my helmet, people CAN STILL STEAL my raincoat if they want you know? It's not like it's kept inside my box.

Days later I saw him again when I was heading out, (mind you, that condom was still on the floor) and after like 20 seconds of my fiddling with my jacket and gloves, he "suddenly" noticed my presence (he was probably thinking if I knew the condom was by him, if it was, and deciding if he should talk to me since I threw that away) and went 

"Hey!"
"Hey."
"How's your raincoat?"
HUH?!?!?! "Good." 

and I rode off.

When I came back the condom was no longer on the floor. I wonder if he, or who else, had taken it. Unopened ma, don't waste. LOL!!!


Raincoats&Condoms - They protect you from foreign fluids.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

New Voice to Look Out For - 符杰荣

A friend has released an album!

符杰荣 - 感情事件

恭喜恭喜啦!!!祝你专辑大卖!!!人气极旺!!! Huat ah!!!!!

Some time ago I mentioned a trip to KL to help a friend with his Music Video. Yup, he's the one - Fu Jierong (符杰荣, for those who can't read 繁体).

He was a Primary School teacher who has always loved singing and wanted to be a singer. An accident a few years ago finally made him decide to take action to pursue his dream. He has since stopped teaching in schools (due to, you know, civil servants can't do media things like that), but is now still doing what he does best - teaching as a tutor with his own tuition centre (with students from MANY A-list schools), and singing. =D

认识他也有4到5年了吧?(感觉好像更久)说讲义气,他这个朋友是一定有的。陪我走过了3段没什么完美结局的感情路,杰荣总会在身边为我打气,加油。因为歌唱,我认识了他 (super long story...I may talk about it another time as it concerns someone I don't really fancy talking about). 所以他说要发片,找我作MV女主角,我怎能不答应呢?


Super chui 搭档.
 We only looked the way we did because the flight to KL was at 7? Meaning 5ish in the morning, (I didn't sleep at all) I had to be at the airport. It was excruciating, having to be up and about, WORKING at that hour when I'm supposed to be heading to bed. -.-"

Why am I always getting myself into early morning flights???

 So he's not your idol-ish super handsome singer. But he can sing, and is sincere and genuine, and most of all, PASSIONATE, about singing. Just that alone is enough to make me supportive as a friend. After all, I know what it's like to go for my dreams - not easy. 

Eh he already looks better than he used to, just that the doctor he went to was not as competent as he made himself to be...*tsk* Anyways, more on that another time....




我以为MV Behind-the-Scenes

 Ariel!!!! I mentioned her in my Durian Buffet post. Known her for YEARS!!!!! And she still looks the same. God, you must make sure I look the same, or better, 10 years down the road okay?


 Makeup for my scarred legs.





Do not question the existence of the banana when you see the actual MV. 
Everyone else, other than the director, was wondering about the relevance of the fruit in the bathroom.
厕所里面为什么会有香蕉????

This MV was quite racy, and there were some intimate scenes with Jierong which had us super uncomfortable during the shoot, but hey, I'm quite professional okay, and he was too, as there was nothing hard pressed against me throughout the shoot, other than his bony chest which I had to lie on. Lol~

This was the MV for 我以为. You might have heard the song on radio 933...the song's super catchy. I heard it once and immediately I knew how to sing the song.

我以为

空荡的房间  弥漫的气味
昨日的缠绵  现在只剩思念

心里的抱歉  希望你能听见
所有的亏欠   都留给时间

爱情的标签  总有时限
别等到过期后才发现
它的美丽曾经过眼前

我以为  牵着手  就能到永远
童话里  的故事  不都有完美结尾?

相信我  从没有  真正放弃过
怪自己懦弱  从没说

你是我心里  所有


桃李MV Behind-the-Scenes







杰荣一路走来不容易,经过一次恐怖的车祸(那时他真的包倒好像木乃伊一样,头都差点撞坏了),他决定了要圆当歌手的这个梦,发了自己的专辑。 之后,还得扛着之前跟错公司的包袱,好不容易才让CD-Rama肯售卖他的专辑。

我们就支持这位新本地歌手,希望他在这条路能走得更远~
Let's help vote him into Yes 93.3fm's Top 20. Get your iWeekly and find the voting coupon, write down 符杰荣 - 我以为 as the song you wish to nominate, and mail it to Yes 93.3. Voting is only counted if the votes reach 933 between Mondays to Thursdays. Votes that arrive after that will be forfeited. 

Let's hope he makes it into Top 20, so that the music industry will notice this singer-teacher who dared to dream. 

I can't show the MVs yet as Taiwan as exclusive 全球首播. 
Want to hear his songs? Click here. ;)

If you like his songs, remember to vote for him yah? 
I thank you on his behalf. =)

And yes, his album has been released on the 1st September, and is available at all CD-Rama outlets! Support!



Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Invite: McDonald's Open Doors Kitchen Tour

Aha! Finally I'm here with this. Yes, the McDonald's Open Doors Tour is back! If you're lost, the tour was once open to the public for you to better understand how McDonald's function, and of course, to dispel all the untruths you may have heard about the "evils" of this fast food giant.

 Fond memories of this place - King Albert Park McDonald's. 
(Okay I have my answer. It's McDonald's, not McDonalds'.)

Being a Bt. Timah school student (I used to be from Nanyang Girls' High and Hwachong), how could I not have been here? After school or after school events like Sports' Day and MAF , this would be THE place to hang out and meet new friends. From where else, Chinese High la~~~ LOL!!!

Then I actually mugged for my O'Levels here. And met my good friend of many years. =D 

And I am here again~ Reminiscing about the past...nostalgia max...

Reserved for the bloggers and other media~ ^.^

I belong to Team A!
Because it was such a huge group (about 30 people), we had to be divided into 2 groups for the tour. 
P.s. Usually the tour would only take about 10 person each time!


Before this tour, I have to admit that I always had doubts about McDonald's foods. Like, how the beef patties are mostly fillers, and their fries being really unhealthy though I love it so much.

Was I wrong.... 


The very first thing that greeted me - everybody's favourite thing on the McDonald's menu!!!!
FRIES!!!!!!

Mc's uses only 100% vegetable oil, with NO trans fat, and they use ONLY quality Russet Burbank variety potatoes for their fries at EXACTLY 168ºC for about three minutes! (How precise can it get?)

Their fries contain no gluten, wheat, or beef extract flavouring, so what you taste is really just the fries, and the salt (or without if you like!).
 

What's more, the oil used for frying the fries are automatically changed by their filter system (either that or the staff will change the oil manually). So you can be sure that the oil is not used the WHOLE day or overnight~ No wonder the 11am fries taste the same way as fries you'd get during midnight~ Yum!!!! 
*having fries-craving now....*


金黄色的薯条!!!


*salivates~~~*



This is the grilling machine for their meat patties. Unlike the McDonald's game that some of us have played (you do know there is such a game?), McDonald's uses NO ADDITIVES, FILLERS NOR BINDERS for their beef! Only 100% beef. And no oil is added. Just a dash of salt and pepper to bring out its natural, juicy flavour. Plus they work only with parties known to abide by the strictest food safety and quality standards in the industry. 

As for their chicken? Ah~ They use only choice cuts from whole-muscle chicken including boneless breast fillet and thigh. And they make sure their chicken comes only from rigorously-inspected sources approved by the AVA, with strictly NO fillers. The same goes for their nuggets - only 100% white chicken meat!


This is the warmer. Food that has been cooked can only be kept for a certain period of time before they are disposed. In each of these labelled warming compartments are the patties, and each kind of patty has their own freshness time limit. 



Under this "Medium" sign are food which are not as frequently ordered. There will always be a High, Medium or Low sign to indicate how customer order flow is like, so as to prevent making of excess food and thus leading to wastage. 


Little reminders around the kitchen to help the staff adhere to strict quality control.


 More fries???


 NO!!! These are the Chicken McWings!!!! Same system as the fries - only 100% vegetable oil, changed on a regular basis~



 To ensure no wastage, based on experience, these are the numbers of pancakes to make at each hour. We can see from this chart that between 7-9am, the orders for Pancakes are the highest! I almost forgot how it felt to wake up so early for McDonald's breakfast! NICE!!!


 Steal recipe!!!


 Use what paper to wrap which burger? Got sticker not?

 All the "Supreme"s have stickers, why huh? You guys go find out then tell me k? ;)


 This the Bacon and Egg McGriddle wrapper!
("Created Just For You" printed on the back, can you see?)
Then at the bottom is my favourite Egg McMuffin's wrapper!


The Egg McMuffin bun! As well as the Big Breakfast bun. I love these on their own. Yup, without the grape jam. YUM!!!!! 
(It's 3.5 hours more before McDonald's serve breakfast!!! T.T)


 I believe this is for the egg in Egg McMuffin!


OMG the Fillet-O-Fish bread!!!!! My primary school teacher brought me to the factory that supplies these Filet-O-Fish breads to McDonald's, and I FELL IN LOVE with the breads! 
Especially when they are fresh out of the oven....the staff have to be careful not to press on the top or there will be fingerprints. Not easy to handle.

 Fillets of fish for the Filet-O-Fish™! 

McDonald's only uses prime white fish caught from the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Hoki and Alaska Pollock, to be exact. =) While still out at sea, their suppliers use a unique quick-freeze process to seal in the ocean-fresh quality. The fish is then filleted on shore by the fish experts, then frozen, blocked and formed into patties.

O.O Whoa~ Fresh~ It's not my favourite McDonald's burger for nothing! (I'm not a fan of meat.)



The sourdough bread of your Chicken McGrill!!! Mmmm~~~

Okay since we're speaking of buns, did you know that McDonald's has such a high standard of QC, that every single burger that arrives is of the same shape and size? Even the quantity of sesame seeds on the Big Mac are all pretty much the same!!!! *salute*




 To ensure proper hygiene, blue gloves are used for uncooked/raw food whilst white gloves are meant for handling cooked food. This is to prevent contamination of bacteria from the raw food onto the cooked food.
Thoughtful!


 The "Made-For-You" kitchen system. Food is prepared exactly the way you want it, with extra lettuce, no tartar sauce, extra tomatoes, no pickles. Yup, it'll all be reflected here so their staff know exactly what to do with your special order. Because every customer is different, they can customise your burger for you, just the way you like it. =D


There. All the sauces and ingredients for your customization. Lol~


And we head to the McDonald's freezer.



 It's -20ºC inside.

This is where we start talking about horror movie storylines, where you get trapped in the freezer and can't come out, and you have to find ways to stay alive and awake until someone opens the door from the outside to save you....

*想太多*

McDonald's freezers can be opened from the inside la! -.-"
Doubt you can get trapped inside even if you wanted to.

 So what's kept inside? The perishables of course.

 Corn cups! Ooo...eat these with butter....OMG~ Damn sex~~~


 Lettuce. Note the expiry. They keep these for less than a week. But usually they finish using them before the week is up. =D Oh btw, McDonald's only uses Iceberg Lettuce from Australia and the U.S for its natural sweet flavour and crispness. Hi, can I have more lettuce please? It's free right? ^.^


 OH MY GAWD!!! *weak in the knees* Cinnamon Melts!!!! 

Need I say more? I'm not exactly someone with a sweet tooth, but I tried it once and was impressed.
What? You never knew this thing existed??? How could you!?? *guilty myself*



 Okay I admit - I have no idea what these Frozen Eggs are used for. McDonald's eggs are freshly cracked and cooked with every McMuffin and Big Breakfast order. And the eggs are washed and sanitised to remove all signs of dirt from the shells, then oiled to seal in freshness of product and to ensure optimum food hygiene.


 Fries, Chicken and Beef Patties.


 APPLE PIES!!! I WANT A BOX OF THOSE!!!!!


When cooked, how could anyone resist these???


 And then we get herded into the warehouse.
 There's our tour guide explaining to us their concept of storage of food items- First In, First Out. 
Whatever comes first gets used up first. This is to ensure freshness of course!






 Who's a fan of this? The Garlic Chilli. Not me. I miss the plain ol' spicy non-garlic chilli sauce that McDonald's once had. Can it come back please? Let us have a choice? The garlic chilli was back by popular demand but the normal chilli could have stayed?


 Dehydrated onions? I didn't know such a thing existed!


 Cheese for the new Cheese Shaker Fries! OMG I'm in love with these! If you've not tried it, you're losing out MAJOR! Tell u why later!!!


 The crew pantry/relax corner. This is where crew find out the latest updates that's happening in the company or the branch, and where they relax and have their meals. Nicely decorated with bright and cheery colours to up crew morale! Me likey!







 The who's who. So that new crew can familiarise. We all know how difficult it is when everyone is introduced to you all at the same time - we can never remember who's the first or second guy by the time we get to the 5th person. =P

Every company should have this chart!


 Like how schools divide you into houses, they also do that with their crew, so that each crew leader gets to train their members and in turn train themselves for higher up leadership positions. =D


 Want to work at McDonald's anyone?

Okay I want to dispel myths that McDonald's pay their staff an hourly less-than-$3 rate. The country's minimum per hourly rate is $4.50. So they don't go lower than that. Rest assured that their crew welfare is *thumbs up*. I've hardly gone to a McDonald's outlet and seen low-morale crew. Almost everyone seems happy working there, from the students to the aunties. =DD


After the tour, McDonald's at KAP spoilt us silly by giving us a continuous flow of food items from their menu!

First up: CORN CUP!!!!

 Sweet and juicy and buttery...mmmm~~~~


 McNuggets!

 And I was talking about this....


 How many of you are fans of the snack Super Rings!???? 
*raises up my own hands and hops to get attention*

The McDonald's fries, coupled with the cheese shaker seasoning, tastes EXACTLY like the Super Rings!!!! Except that it's warm and fresh and crisp and may I say, BETTER!!! So if you like the orange doughnut-y snacks, try the cheese fries!!!!!!


 The cinnamon melt. One look at this and you can imagine how it would feel to sink your teeth into this fluffy caramelly treat...pure heaven~


 Us enjoying the hospitality bestowed upon us by the friendly fast food giant.


 That's me with hot sexy brainy Christine. She's one of the most fascinating females I know, and I look forward to digging her deeper. ;)

Oh yes, as quoted by her in Chrispytinetoo.blogspot.com, "together with Silver,  we wolfed down 2 box of nuggets, 1 box of Mcwing, 2 cup corn, 1 M size french fries, 1 Horlick McFlurry, 1 Cinnamon Melt, 1 Fillet O Fish & Big Mac."

She's not kidding. And in case you're wondering how we manage to remain slim (I keep insisting I am not but so many of you say I am so fine I am slim, just not magazine-material enough.), the trick is just to have a sharp heart-shaped face.

No la! I don't eat like that every day! I went home feeling super stuffed and had to prevent myself from bending over the toilet to gorge food out of my oesophagus.


 My companion and great-to-talk-to friend, Row. Love her to bits! Don't know why. I think they call it "affinity".

Anyways, 5000 people in Singspore have already gone for the tour since 2009, it's time you register for yours. Find out and see for yourself the honest truths about McDonald's food, and how it's really a whole lot of goodness and responsible marketing. 

Conducted between 18 September 2011 - 19 February 2012, in 25 restaurants world-wide, the Open Doors tours will take place every 3rd Sunday of the month. Register for the next one on the 15th October at www.mcdonalds.com.sg/opendoors now!


HavingFriesCravings,