We were at the Obama Magic KL event in PJ Hilton earlier this month. Roger Fisk was in town for a couple of days to anchor the conference
brought by ADOI's Marketing Magazine
. Who is he? He's Barack Obama's (ex) National Special Events Director, hired to supervise campaign teams in about 32 states during Obama's presidential campaign. Besides giving great insights into how he managed the ground campaigns, Fisk shared his experience in gaining campaign support using New Media which he considers an important element to the success of the campaign.
Managing over 150 events across the country, he told the crowd that his campaign also employs new media strategies such as blogging, email alerts and social networking tools such as Facebook to harness the power of the Internet to reach the masses. From their own web platform (http://www.mybarackobama.com
or nicknamed myBO), they were able to engage solid support from voters. Specialised applications within the site allowed people to interact with one another, give people information about the campaign and even tools for people to set up their own Obama party/fund-raising-event in their neighbourhood. The tools were so versatile… Continue reading »
Yes... she's the only Malaysian
to be short-listed for the Best Job in the World. So what is the Best Job in the World? Pretty much being the Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Yes, white sandy beaches, exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef- below and above water and then finding ingenious ways of promoting it via blogging, videos and photos. And if that doesn't sound like paradise you get generously paid for it!
So this is Jackie Miao
, from Sabah who from thousands of video applicants for the job is in the top 50! Huzzah!
How the competition goes is that there will be 11 in the finals, 10 selected by the Queensland tourism board and 1 from the 50 based on how many on-line vote she/ he gets.
We love plucky Malaysians who are gung ho and eats sago worms live on camera for her audition vid. So folks she's a foodie!
And we believe that foodies should go places. They should start their own countries, have their own flag, be able to swim in the sun and sit on the beach and eat fresh seafood all the time. They should basically rule the world-lah. So here's a shout out for all you Malaysians out there, foodie or otherwise, young, old, big and small, vote for… Continue reading »
Kenny Rogers Roasters now serve fish, yes you heard them. For a limited period you can get a Kenny Balinese Baked Fish promotional meal. This is pretty much fish fillet baked with their own concoction of bumbu sauce so it suits our spicy palates.
Like the roast chicken a Balinese Baked Fish meal comes with three side dishes at RM18.90. And you can also order your very own surf n turf version. For RM28.90, you can get the fish with a quarter chicken, three sides and their famed muffins.
KRR also delivers. Just call 1300-888-878 for information on delivery areas and orders. Delivery times is between 11.30am to 10.00pm daily. Continue reading »
"Hot and crisp omelette riddled with oysters"
It's been a while since any of us been to Pulau Ketam and we must say that nothing much has changed. At Port Klang we found the jetty that goes to Pulau Ketam and had to stand in a longish boat for a trip to the island. We passed a lot of mangroves on the way all the while taking in err… fresh air and the prevalent fishy smell. No prizes for guessing what we were going to eat that day.
First up we were greeted with a row of chicken feet drying in the humid air like a macabre art installation. There were also sea eagles on the hunt on a nearby island (probably been driven crazy by the smell of fish). On the mud flats just below the jetty were loads of tiny crabs and mud skippers and we even saw a green crab with purple limbs. There was also a small heron looking for a bite on the mud flats.
But lets get to the food. There's been quite a bit of mixed reporting where this restaurant is concerned but it's still full of people. So always an indication that a place is edible. First up, some mantis prawns cooked in batter. It had a more intense taste than normal prawns, almost like eating the head part of the prawn throughout. The way it was prepared reminded us a little of how they make sweet and sour pork. Then, from the restaurant next door came omelette with oysters. Again some friends mentioned to us that it's a bit of a hit and miss. On the day we came though, we found it quite satisfying and got a little tongue-burn from eating it hot and crunchy.
This book is very thorough. The question that came to mind when I opened it was that, “can a gwailo teach you things about your own food?” Yes, he can
. I am a little bit ashamed by all the things I did not know. Here’s a quick look through. Despite all the nice pictures, this book is a little like a textbook so you need to be a… More »
Its official! The 1st Annual FriedChillies Foodsters' Awards is on the way. With 10 delicious
categories to vote
, from which 5 categories are people's choice
nominations (thank you to all who submitted their fav places), voting now opens until 22nd March before results are tallied and announced mid April 2009! Awards that are up for grabs include Best Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, Kopitiam, Burgers, Char Koau Teow, Chicken Rice, Banana Leaf Rice & Crabs. Lock your vote in at http://www.friedchillies.com/afa
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"Anyone for blue rice?"
Now here's the thing, if you're not from Kelantan and spend most your life as a West Coaster, the chances of coming across Kelantanese food in your daily life is sporadic at best. That is unless you really seek it out. So when in Kelantan, let your tastebuds go wild. Hence first stop from the airport should be this bustling little roadside stall selling all you need for a good, bracing Kelantanese breakfast.
They have laksam here and nasi dagang and nasi kerabu as well as all sorts of kuihs. They even have duck rendang and nasi Jawa which you eat with satay and kuah kacang (their version is of course sweeter). In amazement I watched local punters carrying plates laden with rice and lauks to their table (I am not even sure I can eat all that for dinner much less breakfast). All hail the magnificent Kelantanese appetite.
I of course had to try a bit of everything. Nasi Kerabu is the disturbingly blue rice that tasted really different from anything I’ve ever eaten- it’s so alien to me that it could have come from Venus and I’d be none the wiser. All nasi kerabu comes with its accompaniments such as sambal nyiok (pretty much dry-fried coconut with hints of fish), budu (salty, local fermented prawn gravy with chillis in it), bbq chicken, salted duck’s egg, bqq beef, ulam (a fragrant bouquet of local leaves shredded finely), fish crackers and solok lada (a boiled large chilli stuffed with fish paste).
It’s a real mouthful isn’t it? Frankly nasi kerabu is an acquired taste. Those who love it, dream of it at night while us lesser mortals try it and move on to something more familiar. Though the rice is okay enough, I found the pile of ulam that you're supposed to mix it with a little too herb-y. I much prefer the nasi dagang. The Kelantanese version is white glutinous rice speckled with lots of wonderful browns and khakis unlike Terengganu’s which is all white. Nasi dagang is one of my favourites eaten with a nice tuna curry (KB’s is of course sweeter but delicious). Here they also eat it with a nice chunk of duck rendang cooked until soft. It's barely 8am I and am eating duck slow cooked in oil and coconut and spices and who knows how much sugar. It felt a little wrong but its so tasty, I finished the whole lot in no time.