Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Nature ride at Hulu Langat

Hulu Langat area has a super duper route for bike rides. Fortunate enough to join the regular hard core riders one Saturday morning.
We started around 730am, headed for Pangsun before making a U turn and the challenging Genting Peres was next. Wow! First time in Hulu Langat and I cycled my way up with them. Tomato boleh! hahaha!

It was hard, it was tough going uphill but the cool mist, fresh air, birds' singing gave some inspiration and the joy of cycling encircled in nature.

9km of hill climb...

Dr. Rum was truly the king of the hills. First time up Genting Peres and he just zoomed off together with Kenny as if it was a flat route.

and the tomato was the last one up to the Umno signboard.
Have a rum...I'm Dr. Rum!

Eric and Kenny

...Malaysian riders on their regular training

....Going down & furious, depending on how much brake pads you wanna save...hahaha!

After the downhill thrill, we went pass the beautiful Semenyih lake (hope i got it right). A perfect place for fishing but you gotta beware if a guy ask you to join him for a fishing trip and it happens that his fishing rod still has the price label hanging on it.... Gunung Belakang Rosak lah...(Brokeback Mountain)....hahaha!
After a refreshing break at Tekala picnic spot, it's time to head back to Pekan Batu 18.

Kampung chicken eggs and nasi lemak were heaven for our brunch after our bike ride.

John has his share and it's Eric having his chow down. Yumm yumm!!

This is a highly sought after packaging of 100plus for riders....yeah!



Last month just before Christmas I went to Thailand for work…yes, work! ….and….err…and a bit of holiday and sightseeing also lah. Went to Rayong & Bangkok.

Put the work aside, so let’s have the jalan-jalan cari makan dan tengok sini sana story. It all started in KLIA cafeteria, Food Garden. Early morning breakfast so it has to be roti canai lah, except this time it’s roti bom. For sure this airport mamak kept in touch with Italian or French cuisine presentation whereby plate is very the big big…but…food small small and sits in the middle looking very lonely.

On the MAS flight, sad to say I’m a ‘sakai’ cos I was greatly impressed by the meal. It came in a stylish presentation, a long box which resembled some mooncake boxes. In it were sandwiches, an apple, water & Cadbury choco snacks. Food boleh tahan only lah, it was the meal BOX that impressed me….hehe!

Even after the meal, I was shivering as someone must have ‘accidentally’ turned the air-conditioning to “Freeze them all…Muahahaha!” Oh sorry, I watched some hero & villain movie the night before so that’s how the evil words came out….muahahaha!!
Anyway, time to warm myself. Time to have eau de vie, the water of life. In other words, wine, not rum! Hehe!

Tomatoman with colleague.

After gulping wine… tomato red!

Yup, wine finito and I’m going places, physically as well as mentally….hahaha!

Bangkok airport gives you a very industrial feeling with original concrete and metallic colours.

My colleague seemed kinda sick with this craztomato who keeps snapping pix here and there.

Howdy partner....want some coffee?

Lunch at Rayong town, about 180km from Bangkok. We stopped by a western restaurant which serves Thai food. We had wachamacallit….err, no that was not the name lah…it’s some kind of Thai food lah. Sorry, I didn’t take down those names…
....the wachamacallits....

One thing I gotta show you is the men’s toilet! Open air toilet! Yeah, we have fresh air and therefore can pee without holding our breath.

That toilet gives a very natural feeling lah like back to nature…..hahaha!

Dinner was fresh seafood. Yummylicious!!! The most unique was Thai style of sushi or umai (Sarawakian sushi)
Fresh raw prawns eaten with raw onions, mint leaves, semi ripe mango. Ooh la la!!
.....more wachamacallits....hehe!

At 720baht, we go these studio units for our hotel room, in Rayong. It comes with a jacuzzi! Looking at that the whole night, I had to sing this song in tomato version…..Lonely….i’m so lonely….i have no girl girl to be with me….hahahaha!

….Stay tuned for episode 2….

Monday, January 28, 2008

Food Glorious Food!!!!!!

Sarawak laksa

Tomato kueh tiaw

Kolo kueh tiaw

Welcome to the world of Kuching hawker delicacies!

Sarawak laksa…..tomato mee….tomato kueh tiaw….kolo kueh tiaw, all very delicious until yummylicious !!!!

You can find these super yummylicious food right here in Klang valley. Yes, it’s at kopitiam Restoran Megah Good Luck, Jalan SS24/8, situated in Taman Megah.

Sarawak Noodles…guess who’s the chef?

Chef Alex in action

So kaw-kaw delicious 1 is not enough, must have 2,3 or even 4….hehehe!

Ahem! For all the lengloi who wants a taste of Sarawak….err… I mean the food, and you’re not sure where that kopitiam is, tomatoman here can take you there and will belanja you oso lah….kekeke! On?
Call me, sms me 0123923737

Friday, January 18, 2008

Running For Nothing

Running for nothing????
Whoa! come.....??

Being a runner, when I saw this article, I can't put it down, just had to know what it is all about. So I quickly read it....

Running For Nothing
As my friend Roger Weber started the 2006 Chicago Marathon, he noticed something on the ground. It was a runner’s chip—the device each runner puts on his or her shoe to record progress at various timing stations during the race. Apparently, one poor runner would be traversing the next 26.2 miles on foot with nothing to show for it.

Officially, that runner did not run the race. There would be no record of his participation. Even if he had finished the race in record time, it wouldn’t have mattered. The folks who organize the race set the rules, and no matter how well someone runs, if the officials say the runner doesn’t qualify, that’s the way it is.

In one sense, that’s also the way it is with all of us. We can run what appears to be a good race by doing good things for others and obeying lots of rules. But when we arrive at the final checkpoint—heaven—and haven’t made sure our name is recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life by putting our faith in Jesus as our Savior, we’re disqualified to enter.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

Are you trusting in Jesus? If not, you’re running for nothing.
- Dave Branon

It’s not what I achieve that qualifies,
It matters not if I gain wealth or fame;
The only thing I must be certain of
Is “Have I put my trust in Jesus’ name?”

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wounds That Heal

Last month, my colleague lost her mother due to an infection after going through surgery from an accident.
Three days ago, my friend lost her colleague who was a victim of a hit & run.

It is tragic as both passed away so unexpectedly. Their families & loved ones are shocked and saddened. They need much comfort to go through these difficult times. This is the time where we tried to comfort them by sharing their sorrows.

Today I read Our Daily Bread and this is what I came accross...

Wounds That Heal
Years ago I went through a time of painful emotional loss. A missionary friend who had experienced a similar situation comforted me and then offered these words: “In the future, Christ can use your emotional wounds to help heal others.” Later, on a trip to visit a missionary training school, I lodged in a place where I saw a portrait of Jesus’ nail-pierced hands. Below it, on a music stand, was the sheet music “He Touched Me.”

Rarely have I experienced a string of circumstances that spoke so vividly to my situation. In His gracious providence, God used them to comfort and direct me. It became clear that healing flows from the wounded hands of Jesus and that our wounds can help others.

In hindsight, I have learned how God’s comfort in suffering can build bridges to those in pain. Paul made this point clear: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

Are you bringing your emotional pain to God? His spiritual healing can help you to provide comfort to others, just as through Christ my friend comforted me. —Dennis Fisher

Oh, give Thine own sweet rest to me
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee,
To everyone in needful hour.

Christ was broken for us to comfort the broken among us.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Celebrating 2008 Pacemakers Style!

Pacemakers welcomed 2008 with a fantastic run at Lake Garden on 1st January and here are some excellent photos courtesy of Pm22 Tey. He an excellent photographer snapping our precious moments.

Check it out!

New year's eve didn’t party so now do both running & dancing lah…..a.k.a Bee Gee’s Staying Alive

Houn: Phhhhhuuuuiiiii!!!! How come taste like warm beer?!?!?
Gary : Hmmph?!?!?! @%*#?!?!

Aiks!!!! Personal friends Khoo (nickname: ku ku ciao) and red faced tomatoman caught red handed!! These two really "run bright" hokkien it's "cau kerng"

Dr. Rum with a sheepish smile….malam tadi apa buat??!! Yit Thing at the side also beh tahan….hahaha!

Monday, January 7, 2008

May-Noo (Menu)

Gotta share this menu with you from my jalan-jalan cari makan episodes. Err...actually this menu is from the coffee shop I patronise weekly if not fortnightly for lunch. It's only about 100m from my office....hehe!

For a bananaman like this tomatoman, these direct translations of Cantonese into alphabets spoken in Engrish accent are perfect! Otherwise I'll order as "that one....ah...yes, that one know ...the "hou sek" one ah.....ya lah, that one lahhhhhh"

But ordering in English spoken with kwailow accent may complicate things : FUKUA KAI

I'm getting hungry reading all these...

Trust me, I have no idea what coconut seafood is....??

Instructions below are quite confusing if we don't think like the taukey nio....hahaha!!!

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