Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thieves o thieves Part II

This is Part II of thieves o thieves. Yes, I have a new story here, but I really don't want to continue doing Part III or IV or on and on..

Today, my colleague's handbag was snatched by a lone biker. We were walking back to the car after having lunch at Glenmarie Shah Alam. Suddenly this biker was turning in from a junction, very close to us and so close that we thought he were about to fall off from his bike. Then he snatched my colleague's handbag which she was holding at the strap. But thank GOD she was fine. Not hurt, but just scared. We all are.

It just happens everywhere. Not sure if the biker was stalking or just passing by and grab on this opportunity. It just happens. Daylight or night time. They just take the opportunity when it arrives.

Why do snatch thieves have to take away our freedom to walk and enjoy the time? Is it our mistake to walk in public?

I was sort of angry at myself for unable to do anything even though witnessing it.
I was stunned myself, can't even see the motorbike plate number. Just remembering his shirt. What use is that?

Hmm, I am very saddened with this and I just hope the thief (and others out there) will be caught soon. Caught and not released after bail. It's caught and sentenced!!!

Ladies, maybe you can just bring your purse out instead of a sling bag which may contain more things than you need to bring around during lunch.

Be extra careful during the start and end of the month as people get their salary and will have an amount of cash in the bag.

Try to recognise the snatch thief helmet colour / any stickers / unique identifiers (They will change their clothes / number plates, but most probably wear the same helmet)

If you really need to use a handbag, buy those bag with detachable straps. If the thief gets the bag, at least we won't get drag away when he pull the bag.

Carry your bag in the opposite direction from the road. If the cars are on your left, then hold it to your right and vice versa.

Always have duplicates for important accessories, for example your car keys or any keys you may have.

Please make a snatch thief police report. Ex-policeman use to tell us that some people will say they drop it, in order to simplify it. But please don't. Only when we report, then the police will know and they have a record. The police DO works. If we didn't report, the police will have the impression that our place is sooo safe, not roundings are required. So, please please, the least you could do is, report the case as a snatch thief case.

Takecare all...

Monday, June 26, 2006

Thieves o thieves

It was a late Saturday night, I reached home after supper around 12pm... My brother also went out for supper&watching footie at mamak and reached home around 1am.

An hour pass.

It was 2pm. I heard a woman's voice. Shouting "No, No" and then a speeding motorcycle's sound.

Gosh, I jump out from my bed and rush down and open the door and true to my beliefs, another snatch thief case. It's just 4 doors away from my house and I can feel the situation as if I'm in her shoe's, from her shriek and narrowly being a possible victim times before.

Another case. With my pillow still in my hand, I can see all my surrounding neighbours coming out for her and talking and comforting her. She just reached home and about to open the main gate when the thieves took opportunity.

I silently thank GOD that only her belongings are stolen and not a life is stolen.
What a world I am in.

Prevention is better than cure.

If Im the king of the king of the king of world, I would ask that all the snatch thieves, and rapers be punished with life sentence.
Why so harsh?
Because, with these people around, we will live in fear, everyday. Worst still, we will lost our lives because of their action. GOD will punish them, I know for sure. But for now, what should we do?

I can't sentenced them for life. Till, the day I asked GOD, please take good precaution everyday.

From my experience,

1. Please lock your car door the moment you are in it. Be it in parking lot, outside your house, just drop your friend off or in Sahara. Even if you didn't see a single human. Just lock the door!
(I was in my car outside my house, about to go to work. Waving bye bye to my sis. A motorcycle suddenly stop few steps in front of my car and the pillion rider runs towards my car. I quickly lock my car door. He tried to open it and I looked at him. Thank GOD he run away when he cant open it. I was stunned & shocked like h**)

2. If you reached home and need to open the main gate, look at your surrounding. If you see any suspicious people especially two people on a bike, drive another round or call someone out in your house to open the door for you. They are very much in the category of thieves (Sorry for those who sincerely loves to ride in pairs). These people mainly hides near a car / park next to trees, switch on the high head lights and drive slower to see any suspects hiding nearby.

3. If you see someone following you (yes, please be observant) don't drive back home and thought you can rush into your house faster than them. Drive to the nearest police station. Yes I did that myself, I don't want to be sorry. I even make a police report. I'm glad the police entertain me and kudos for them! Please ladies & men, don't drive home. Just go to the police station.

Hope these reminders are useful for you and till then, I prayed for justice and hope everyone live in peace and harmony.

Take care all, see ya!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A cake for my dear friend...

It was my friend, Cherlyn's birthday... I was cracking my head to get her something nice as a present... i've bought her bag, earrings, bracelets, skirt, books ... hmm.. i dunno what to buy!

So, i have a 'brilliant' or maybe 'not so brilliant' idea!

Bake a cake for her? Something personal?

So, the week before, I 'practise' by making a biscuit cake. I got the recipe, courtesy of Kenson and I'll share the recipe here.

250g butter
200g castor sugar (gula halus)
7 eggs
28 pieces of non creamer crackers (no flavours)

1. Beat the butter and sugar together until it is creamy and hard. After that, put it aside.

2. Take the 7 eggs and one by one put into a bowl (A) and hit for 10 - 15mins. (No need to separate egg whites and egg yolk)

3. Crush the biscuits into small pieces and put it into the bowl (A). Then, slowly put in the butter&sugar mixture. Beat it for about 5 minutes.

4. Pour the mixture into a pan/clean bowl and steam it for 35 - 40mins.

5. Ta daaaa, a nice biscuit cake. Enjoy it!

So, i make the biscuit cake... and it turns out looking and tasting more like a kuih keras rather than a biscuit cake? Fine, I post mortem and found out that's because I accidentally mix the egg and the flour and beat them together! wrong! should have beat them separately and then only mix them together. duh, try to be creative and that's what i got..

so, the very next day, i buy the ingredients again, and try my luck for the second time. This time, it turns out cool! (that's because i follow instructions this time)
Very nice looking, but a little bit oily (haven't figure out why yet) maybe i should put lesser butter the next time around (trying to be creative again....)

So, my job is done? No, i still feel something amiss and need to bake a nicer cake for my dear friend here. So, I decided to bake a chocolate cake. chipsmore, chocolate syrups.. yummy

So, the following weekend, I went to buy the ingredients (after much searching in Google; looking for 'simple and easy chocolate cake')
I make my first chocolate cake, complete with chipsmore..
Again, I share my recipe here...

A box of Pillsbury Moist Supreme Cake Mix (Devils Food)
1 and 1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of oil
3 eggs

You can buy the Pillsbury Cake Mix at most supermarkets, I bought it from Jusco.

1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease pan with some oil.

2. Mix the cake mix, water, oil and eggs together. Beat at low speed until the mixture is moistened.

3. Then beat at high speed for 2 minutes.

4. Then beat slowly with hand (using the spatula) for 2 minutes.

5. Pour the mixture into a pan.

6. Bake around 35-40 minutes. If you want cupcakes, then bake around 20-30 minutes.
You can try to put in a toothpick and if it comes out clean, then its done!

I manage to come out with a decent cake here, and I have to say it's pretty simple for a beginner... Personally, I do love it, and i scatter some chipsmores on top of it...

And my output?? ta daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

the cake

the muffin (:p)

I made some simple wordings and presented the muffins to Cherlyn, wishing her a Happy Birthday and I hope she likes it! Personally, I was happy that the cake is 'edible' (and not hard anymore)

For next year, of course I hope to do better and maybe I can prepare her a meal complete with cakes & desserts? Meg, ganbatte.......................

See ya guys, and do try the recipe out when you have time! Ciao~

Monday, June 19, 2006

Weekends in the kitchen

hmm, i had a nice and relaxing weekend.. having fun baking cakes! suddenly there's this urge to bake cake and cook! so i opened up mum's recipe book and i found recipe's dated back to the time before i was born! precious, really precious... flipping through the book till the last page (i have to say there's hundreds of recipe there).. then i go back to the first page. I guess it's the easiest cake to bake. its called the magnificent swiss roll.

Yes, i bake that.. pictures worth a thousand words.

i know it doesnt really looks like swiss roll, but but.. it taste ok... if i didnt overcooked it.
the picture looks more like a sandwich doesnt it?

I thought by baking it longer, it will turns out nicer (but NO! its proven wrong)

A cake might not puff up / raise / 'kembang' because there is not enough air in it, or the mixture is beaten too long / too short.

Lesson of the day: Trying to bake a cake longer will not make it nicer & fluffier (both outlook or taste) now i see...

I will try again the coming weeks, making sure
1. swiss roll are cylinder looking, mine looks more like a flatten sphere?
2. don't overcooked it.

hope to share more 'edible' pictures later on... see ya :)