Month: August 2019

Seputar Istilah Rumah Tangga

Terfikir pagi tadi tentang istilah rumah tangga.

Bila rumah itu bertangga, maknanya kedudukan yang tinggi.

Oleh itu, walaupun orang Melayu sekarang tidak lagi tinggal di rumah bertiang perkahwinan tetap disebut berumah tangga kerana membina institusi yang bertaraf tinggi.

Boleh kata senada dengan istilah mendirikan masjid.

Sirap Bandung Soda Recipe

Sirap Bandung Soda Recipe

This is a recipe passed down from my oldest auntie. The ingredients are one thing but I think the method is the key here.

  • Carbonated Ice Cream Soda
  • Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • F&N Rose Syrup
  • Vanilla Essence
  • Salt
  • Ice  
  1. Pour ice & syrup into a jug
  2. Stir continuously while pouring in ice cream soda & evaporated milk
  3. Add a tiny amount of vanilla essence & salt

Key technique here is to keep on stirring and never add water else the evaporated milk will curdle. Using evaporated milk with higher milk fat content such as Ideal will make the mixture even more susceptible to curdling.

There’s no exact ratio as you just need to eyeball the color and add to taste. But as a guide, we usually use 2 cans of evaporated milk for a big bottle of soda.

But if you really wanted the exact ratio of ingredients, the book Johor Palate did provide some hard numbers and a variation of the method. I’ve personally never tried it but it kinda make sense.

First Public Outing of Paylah.com

This had been under wraps for several months and finally today Paylah.com is out in the public. We enable organizations to receive recurring payment from all banks in Malaysia. I’ve chosen this venue because I’ve discussed with Dr. Zulkifli Hasan, Dr. Daud Bakar, Aiman & Muaz about recurring donation for NGO 2 years back.

The solution I proposed back then was rather bodged together so the performance is low and cost is high. Now we can enable direct collection to organizations with lower cost. Even better, organizations can pay our fess later.

We share address and resources with Instaweb

A Reflection on KonMari

I’ve sold them all

If you know anything about the KonMari method you’ll probably realize it involves a lot of throwing out stuffs. It’s hard to do, as it is against our primitive nature as hoarders. However, it is important to overcome that primal instinct in order to bring ourselves to the next level.

Unused items not only occupy physical space but also mental space. As long as I have the items for previous ventures I’m still stuck in the past instead of focusing on the present venture.

The glory days of publishing industry in Malaysia had gone for a good 5 years or so but I still had the books from back then. It made me still hang around the fringes of the industry and hoping to come back although it’s a dead end.

Now I’ve get rid of the books from back then and focus squarely into tech. It feels liberating, I can move faster than ever before. In fact, I’ve been writing more since I’m free from the pressures of making a living from it.

There’s still more stuffs that I needed to get rid of, especially those that remained unopened after I moved house. But for now, let’s leave the store unopened.

Super Long Term Review: Crumpler Bags

I’ve been using Crumpler bags since 2011 when I bought one to bring my iPad 2. As you can see from the picture above, there’s already 3 versions of the Crumpler logo. I also have another one which is a backpack that can carry DSLR + laptop.

All held up pretty well – the zippers, velcros and buckles works. The lining still intact, no tear from carrying stuffs around. Slings and straps also remain intact.

It survived 8 years so far and I expect it can easily hit 10 years. That’s real quality.