Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bagels for Breakfast

While bagels are often recognized for its round shape and delicious taste (nothing compared to Nasi Lemak), it is the other mysterious and often enigmatic side of bagels that is seldom discussed - a topic that is generally unknown to many (because most people don't analyze bagels as seriously as a bagel fanatic) - the use of Bagels in Breakfast (some say they even eat it for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Supper!)

What is a Bagel ? Some of you could have walked past and said hello to one without even knowing that you had it for breakfast!

A bagel :

bagel (also spelled beigel)[1] is a bread product, traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked.[2] The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior. Bagels are often topped with seeds baked on the outer crust, with the traditional ones beingpoppy or sesame seeds. Some also may have salt sprinkled on their surface, and there are also a number of different dough types such as whole-grain or rye.[2]
Bagels have become a popular bread product in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, especially in cities with large Jewishpopulations,[3] many with different ways of making bagels. Like other bakery products, bagels are available (either fresh or frozen, and often in many flavor varieties) in many major supermarkets in those countries.
The basic roll-with-a-hole design is hundreds of years old and has other practical advantages besides providing for a more even cooking and baking of the dough: the hole could be used to thread string or dowels through groups of bagels, allowing for easier handling and transportation and more appealing seller display

A History on Bagels

Contrary to some beliefs, the bagel was not created in the shape of a stirrup to commemorate the victory of Poland's King Jan III Sobieski over the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.[citation needed] It was actually invented much earlier in KrakówPoland, as a competitor to the obwarzanek, a lean bread of wheat flour designed for LentLeo Rosten wrote in "The Joys of Yiddish" about the first known mention of the word bajgiel in the "Community Regulations" of the city of Kraków in 1610, which stated that the item was given as a gift to women in childbirth.[6]
In the 16th and first half of the 17th centuries, the bajgiel became a staple of the Polish national diet,[7] and a staple of the Slavic diet generally.[8] That the name originated from beugal (old spelling of Bügel, meaning bail/bow or bale) is considered plausible by many[who?], both from the similarities of the word and because traditional handmade bagels are not perfectly circular but rather slightly stirrup-shaped. (This, however, may be due to the way the boiled bagels are pressed together on the baking sheet before baking.)
Yes - all stolen from Wikipedia - go google Bagel and read the rest ...

Here's a cool old picture ...

My Personal Experiences Eating Bagels

I have been involved in / with bagels when I first ate it in 1998 when I was in the UK, but only became more active since ... no wait ... that was Nasi Lemak.  Ok .. I don't claim to be an expert on bagels but my good bud does have a lot of experience and interest in Crystals - in Metaphysics .... WHAT???? .. yup .. go check it out :

In conclusion - I leave you with some Bagel art ...

Another fine blog and informative article written by yours truly >_<

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Crystal and Mineral (not water) collection ....

... TADAAA ... Presenting the finer specimens of the KK Collection of Crystals and Minerals to the public for the first (and likely last) time

My fascination with minerals and crystals began when I was presented with a Lapis Lazuli which my mom gave me as a good luck charm during exams

Lapis lazuli /ˈlæpɪs ləˈzl/ or /ˈlæʒl/ (sometimes abbreviated to lapis) is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color.
Lapis lazuli was being mined in the Sar-i Sang mines[1] and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BC,[2] Lapis beads have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania.[3] It was used for the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).[4]

The Early Years

My Lapis Lazuli .... well not mine but similar lah - my one broke into a million pieces protecting me from evil spirits

Evil Spirit

Lapis Lazuli ...

Establishing a collection

Fast forward 15 years later .... zzzz I have amassed the glowy crystal below which was a gift from a friend ...

and then I progressed to crystals that were functional and cool .... 

This one can drink water out of ...

Dragon oso I got ... 

At the time of writing my massive collection holds all - most - some of the awesome crystals above.


There are no other interesting specimens in my collection.  I have no containers to keep them in.

Meanwhile, if you are thinking <WTF> is this guy (or girl) on ... - the truth is - go to this other blog to see a REAL crystal and mineral collection (incidentally he donated the glowy orange one to me) .... some say the biggest in Kota Damansara and Bandar Utama >_<

... and no I am not on anything

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

3M Privacy Filter for laptops

Lol .. there isn't really much to talk about when it comes to Privacy Filters for computers .. they either work or um ... they don't!

In this case - it does (i.e. it shields all your dodgy stuff you do at work - Facebook, Twitter etc etc from the eyes of people who sit around you) but this filter is not without it's flaws (but I suspect MOST privacy filters also have the same deficiencies.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

RLOD (Red Light Of Death) on a PS3

I own a first generation fatty PS3 (upgraded to 120 GB .. waaaaah (at that time lah)) for about 4-5 years now and so far - I have encountered
1) YLOD (Changed the laser and it was fixed)
2) RLOD (happened recently about 1 month ago)

These issues are apparently less prevailent in newer PS3's but since the PS3 super slim hasn't been out that long - I can't guarantee these problems do not occur.  I didn't have the RLOD issue for the past 5 years and only happend recently.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Puma Drift Cat 3's !

WARNING! Tthis post has nothing to do with members of the feline family doing an Initial D in a Toyota AE86!  If you were expecting something like this - please move on or go read about my See Yau Kai post.

Recently I treated myself to a new pair of driving shoes. 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Village Roast Duck @ BV1, Bangsar

Ok - if there's something I enjoy eating; it's RICE.  Curry rice, White rice, Briyani rice .. you name it!  In cantonese I am what you would call a "Fan Tong" (i.e. rice bucket!).  My current record is 5 big plates of rice at one seating (the fact that I ended up with a fever due to indigestion is another issue altogether!).

Sunday, 16 December 2012

myBurgerLab @ Seapark, Petaling Jaya

Ok - admittedly; as much as I enjoy fast food like the next guy, I am not a huge burger fan.  I enjoy the occasional quick bite at McD's or Carl's Jr. but I typically won't go out of the way to eat a BURGER. 

Usually when it comes to more 'premium' burger joints in KL - Fat Boy's would come to mind (mine at least).  However - a couple of months ago I heard about myBurgerLab from a food aficionado (let's call him "Y") and his raving reviews - it piqued my interest.