Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tag : Wasiat Dari Orang Kaya

sangat kelakar tag ni. tajuk pelik. soalan pulak bermacam-macam. menarik untuk aku yang suka soalan-soalan tag ni.

ha, dah tu kasi pulak gamba kerbau ni. ntah kerbau sape yang tak dapat royalti untuk gamba ni. tak ditambat pulak tu. hilang kang. kerbau oh kerbau. kalo kasi time raya haji tu, berpadanan jugak ye.


tag wasiat ni diberikan oleh fida, yang kaya dengan bakat membuat dan menghias kek. lazat!

1. ucapan terima kasih kepada si pemberi tag
macam fida, aku pun nak buat lauk nasi mandy dengan kerbau ni. terima kasih, fida. burp!

2. bagi balik wasiat ni kat 7 blogger yang paling active atau 7 yang paling tak active
kak arin yang kaya dengan posting - kadang 3-4 posting sehari!
aisha dan nadiah yang kaya dengan pengalaman di negara obama
fairus yang kaya dengan pengetahuan fotografi
ica dan hidayah yang kaya dengan bakat penulisan

3. bagitau diorang ni yang diorang dapat wasiat dari orang kaya kg sepening lalat
oit korang. korang dapat tag ni. meh le ambik. hihi. (seperti biasa aku tak kasitau diorang. moga-moga diorang jenguk blog ni dan dapat kejutan!) hihi.

4. cerita 3 perkara apa yang anda selalu lakukan sambil tengok tv

tengok tv sambil blogging
tengok tv sambil makan
tengok tv sambil dodoikan si kazim

5. bagitau 3 makanan pelik yang pernah anda makan

burung puyuh goreng
daging rusa
satay unta

bagi aku yang picky-eater ni suma dah kira pelik okay!

6. cuba bagitau berapa orang dah kawan anda kat facebook
tak pasal-pasal ade soalan ni. tu la aku cakap tadi tag ni agak klaka. ok. dalam facebook ade lah kira-kira 300 lebih. semuanya aku kenal secara peribadi, dan kalau tak pun mungkin kawan yang selalu berkomunikasi di alam blog ni, dan beberapa kawan mr. khairul.

maaf, aku tak luluskan orang yang tak dikenali, jadi kenalkan diri dulu ye! *senyum*

7. camne korang berjumpa spouse korang or pakwe or makwe...kat mana?
ha. kan dah kata dah. ntah mane datang pulak soalan pasal pakwe ni. man, aku tak pernah bahasakan mr. khairul sebagai, "inilah pakwe aku. haha." memang klaka. ape-ape pun, aku dah banyak kali sangat ceritakan pertemuan pertama ni, jadi kalo korang rajin, sila google sendiri. hoho.

okeh, masa untuk blogger-blogger di atas untuk claim kerbau ni ye. cepat-cepat. kang kerbau yang tak ditambat ni hilang pulak!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fatburgers : Not So Fat

fatburger.

the name itself seductively beckons a burger junkie like me. is there anything more worth chomping down then a good juicy burger that is ALSO fat in size? hailed from california, it proudly claims to be 'the last great hamburger stand'.

oh, great. first, it's 'the world's greatest hamburger' at fuddruckers. then just few days later, 'the last great hamburger stand' at fatburger. i think i can flush down that 'i'll lose some weight when i hit 31' resolution!


for some reason, fatburgers are also known to be a very expensive burger. the burger patties are 'fat' and you can choose from 1/3 pound to a monstrous size one!

a standard burger comes with mustard, relish, onions, tomato, lettuce, and mayo - and the waitress will ask you which one you'd like to hold, or otherwise - custome made the way you like it. when you buy a burger, you have to pay for all the 'add ons' like cheese and some other stuff. and that does not include what you pay to get some fries and a coke as well!

it's still my birthday week, so i ordered the signature fatburger, quarter pound, with EVERYTHING.

the fatburger counter @ mirdiff city center food court

again, as a burger junkie i had always wanted to try the fatburgers since noticing the branch in dubai, after years of loyalty to the 'golden arch' and the 'king'. there's an actual restaurant in dubai mall, but we went to the fatburger counter in the food court of mirdiff city center instead.

we didn't plan to eat here - a football match was on between korea and one other country (i couldn't care to remember) and mirdiff city center generously used the entire half of the food court to put up a huge screen to show the match.

we noticed a fatburger counter at the foodcourt, so decided to give it a go. one amusing thing about making orders at fatburger was that when i finished my order, the one at the cashier repeated my order in a sing-song manner, while the kitchen crew at the back joined in - together, and aloud!

not exactly singing, but berirama. it was really cute, and new!


usually, at a food court, food are not always sent to you. you order, wait for your food, or pick a seat, and then come back to claim your dish. however, that's another nice thing about fatburger - patrons do not need to wait at the counter for food to be ready, or come back yourself to pick up your food.

they gave me a 'road cone' with numbers, indicating my order. and they sent my burgers right to the food court table.

and the toy car that kahfi was playing? it's a not free toy with a kids' meal. it's simply complimentary, just for making me wait for my burger. nice, huh? hihi.

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...and making its appearance into syigim's tummy is the...FATBURGER!


...that did not look THAT fat to me! it should be called CUTEBURGER, for its petite size (for a burger) and round balled-up shape!


okay, to me, for a burger to be worth eating, and worth eating A LOT, it has to have these criteria :

  • the bun used must be sesame seed bun
  • the patty must be so juicy that with a bite, a lil oil comes out. NOT healthy, but irresistable!
  • now this is the MOST important - the bun to meat to condiment ratio must be in perfect proportion with each other.

paham tak? contohnya kalo burger tu nipis, salad tak bole banyak sangat, nanti rasa salad tu akan menutupi rasa daging. kalo daging tu gemuk pulak, kena la mayo ngan tomato sauce pun banyak baru sedap. cheese walaupun sedap tapi kena berpadanan dengan kandungan mayo. inilah namanya 'undang-undang ratio bun-meat-condiment syigim'.

all size-talk aside, the fatburger DID NOT meet any of my criteria!

masalahnya fatburger yang aku order, burger dia kecik sangat tapi salad, mayo, mustard dan benda-benda lain kat burger tu banyak sangat jadi aku tercari-cari rasa sebenar daging burger dia!


true, i was the one asking for EVERYTHING to go with my burger, but i didn't expect the condiments like mustard and onion would overwhelm the taste of the burger. and this is because, my burger is NOT FAT!

and it's certainly NOT JUICY!

the salad, and other stuff on my burger were super fresh, yes - unlike some burgers yang salad pun dah ade hitam-hitam sikit! and the fries was also crispy on the outside, and sweet soft potatoes on the inside - however, all that doesn't matter if the fatburger you'd expect is NOT FAT, and not juicy too!


fatburger tastes good, don't get me wrong - but when it's boasted with that 'great hamburger stand' tag, and serving expensive burgers - they didn't meet my high expectation.

my verdict - tasty burger, but highly overrated, and definitely overpriced!

i guess i should've taken the 1 pound burger in order to appreciate the 'fat'ness?


oh, just a quick spin on the world cup match we watched. we were supporting korea (being asians) and happy to note that most of the people around us were also with the korean footballers.

sebenarnye seronok tengok bola ramai-ramai walaupun dengan strangers. semangat betul! be it near-hit or misses for the goal post, cheers would erupt. i love the atmosphere. tambah-tambah tengok kat dubai ni, ade pak arab ngan family dia. ada pak arab teens satu gang. ada pakcik-pakcik kerala india. ada satu gang filipino.

bersatu atas nama gila bola!
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ok. time to start eating ONLY 'skinny' food. whatever that is!


Monday, June 28, 2010

World Cup, The Musical! @ Dubai Outlet Mall

sigh.

the length people go to, just to celebrate 'the greatest show on earth' - the FIFA world cup!

last weekend we swung by dubai outlet mall for jalan-jalan and our window shopping was pleasantly 'interupted' by a loud band of what appears to be footballers; blowing trumpets and swinging pompoms - among others! they created quite an atmosphere in the shopping mall.

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also seen were girls and guys in 'football-suit' and skates - so yes, it looks like the actual round black and white standard-looking football - with hands, head and legs, skating!

there's a certain 'high-skool-sports-day' feel when teens in football jerseys walked by playing all sorts of musical instrument they can carry. they walked right behind the 'skating football'. right in tow are the 'cheerleading footballers' - teens in jersey, waving pompoms. and following suit were 'mascots' wearing jersey of favorite football teams.

and if you think the infamous vuvuzela is missing - think again. eventhough making an appearance slightly smaller, making lesser noise - it's still NOISE!

khaleef had fun just standing there in awe of the performance, while kahfi enjoyed clapping hands along with the beat.

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for dubaians, if you wanna catch this loud spectacle, head on to dubai outlet mall, or mirdiff city center - and i bet mall of emirates also have this 'show'.




Sunday, June 27, 2010

Birthday Dinner @ Fuddruckers

i celebrated my birthday at a cosy burger joint, boasting the 'world's greatest hamburger.' fancy fuddruckers for festivity?

ini kazim

it's thursday night, on my birthday. mr. khairul wasn't feeling well, eventhough he planned to dine in fine at a special japanese-italian fusion place, and tomorrow's his day off. instead, i said let's just hang closer to home so that he didn't need to drive far, because it's really just 5 minutes away.

besides - fusion? fine dining? just one squiggly little food thingy on a big huge plate? us with 3 kids? thanks, but no thanks, honey. i wanted to eat, and eat a lot. i wanted a nice, big, fat juicy burger for my birthday, so we chose 'fuddruckers'!

fuddruckers is an american fast casual, franchised, restaurant chain that specializes in hamburgers. it was founded in 1979 in texas. ~wikipedia

think a little bit of 'chillis' and more of 'TGIF', you'll have an idea what 'fuddruckers' is all about. what sets it apart is probably the salad bar where you can add additional toppings to your burger - like salad and sauces, from jalepenos, salsa, tomatoes, to coleslaw. squirt some BBQ sauce, mayo, tomato ketchup, mustard, or a drop of tabasco for that zingy finish. there's even cheese sauce!

fuddruckers branch @ JBR

we went to the one in JBR (jumeirah beach residence) just opposite our place. it's on the first floor, on the boutique side of JBR, near a pedestrian bridge.

if it's winter, we would've walked right to JBR. however it's summer. so it's just suicidal to walk in this weather!

if you want to park, there's a small lot right by the pedestrian bridge, which will take you straight to a lift up to the bridge, cross it, turn right and you'll see the 'tchetche' cafe, and fuddruckers right next to it, at the end.


i was too excited (and hungry) that i didn't take any pictures of the interior, but i remember a lot of yellow, red, a splash of blue with tons of wood. bright, sun-shiny and cheerful family-friendly place.

perfect.

the waitresses were filipinos, so you can expect good friendly service with a smile, as they're well-known for. khaleef and kahfi were immediately given coloring 'books' and little crayon boxes to keep them occupied.

my shrimp and steak

ok, eventhough people come to fuddruckers for the 'world's best hamburger', mr. khairul insisted i have steak - because i'm the pampered birthday girl!

so i got myself the 'shrimp and steak' - a quirky combo indeed - meat and seafood. it's served together with steamed vegetables, fat fries and garlic bread.

the shrimp soft; sauteed with capsicum, tomatoes, herbs and spices. the steak, juicy and tender as expected. the sauteed bits placed upon the steak gave it a rare mexican-american taste - rare to me, since the steak i'm used to is usually served with brown sauce or sauteed mushroom.

i'm happy to report that the 'rare taste' turned out to an excellent change!

mr. khairul's grilled salmon

mr. khairul opted for the grilled salmon, served with steamed vegetable, garlic bread and baked potato.

his verdict : it was a good meal, except for the questionable cheese sauce on the baked potato. hmm.

the steamed vegetable, both on mine and his were delicious - cut-up carrots, cucumber and brocolli - fresh, sweet and salty to complement the main dish.


mr. khairul also ordered his must-have hot chicken wings. i don't fancy the bbq sauce enveloping the wings, so i tried one, and let mr. khairul finish the rest.

oh, and drinks are bottomless, yay! at first i thought there's no refill because my peach iced tea was served in a super huge glass! in fact, we ended up without having a refill!

(just look at kahfi drinking from the glass!)


the kids meal can be ordered from the 'coloring book' given to the boys earlier, so we got khaleef the hotdog meal, which he shared with kahfi - monster hotdog, served on hot steamy bun, with fries on the side. a can of orange juice was included as well.

check out khaleef's expression when his bapak tried to inconspicuously 'pau' his hotdog...


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well, well.

it was a simple birthday dinner, but as a 31 year old mom of a feisty kid, a terrible-two toddler and a baby, along with a not-feeling-well pillow partner - a quiet, cosy family place that's close to home was just what we needed.


..so thank you, honey for another memorable birthday treat. BIG hug to you!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kalau Binatang Ada Facebook

macamana agaknya kalau binatang ada facebook? begini lah agaknya komen-komen binatang tersebut kat STATUS yg mcm korang selalu post tu!

(tak pasti siapa penulis sebenar yang klaka ni, tapi terima kasih kepada mr. khairul yang mengforward. gelak gile-gile kitorang - yang paling lawak ayam yang nak digoreng tu..)

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nyamuk : baru habis ronda rumah ajoi. kenyang burp, Alhamdulillah.

cicak : isteriku tersepit pintu!

kucing betina : "anak i yang ke-5 baru tanya siapa bapaknya. i bingung nak jawab apa. i sendiri lupa bapaknya siapa."

ayam : kawan-kawan, kalo esok aku tak update, bererti aku dah di goreng. i luv u all...

nyamuk : siot, sekali drug addict gua hantam daaaa. gua positif HIV AIDS...uwaaaaaaa

kucing : baru je add awek sebelah umah. keturunan PARSI beb!!!

tikus : operasi malam ni, selongkar kitchen kabinet! sape nak ikot?

katak : malam ni nk wat konsert la..da lama x ujan ni..hangat oii..

ular : rasa mcm nk makan lauk telo la malam ni..mana nk cari ek..

anjing : aku tension bila ada mat rempit berkumpul tepi rumah aku tiap malam. nak tido pun x senang.

kuda : patah kaki; rider aku bangang salah timing bila nak lompat pagar, sekarang rehat kat kandang.

kura-kura : aku sakit hati bila bini aku berjalan. lembab mcm siput babi

siput babi : aku sakit hati bila bini aku bergerak. lembab mcm kura2


buaya : hari ni aku lunch kaki manusia. kawan-kawan lunch apa hari ni?

burung kakak tua : penat betul nk ubah stigma masyarakat. walaupun aku Burung Kakak Tua, tapi aku burung jantan!!

babi hutan : susah betul nak cari makanan halal sekarang ni.

kera : semalam GF aku bagi bunga. sedap jugak kunyah.

tikus : aku makan mee goreng mamak kat al naz maju @ precint 9. meh la join sekali.

sotong : aku bengang bila tapak sulaiman ejek aku si lembut.

ikan laga : boring sey, duduk sorang-sorang dalam tangki ni.

ikan parang : kurang asam punya manusia, letak gambar aku kat depan plastik keropok.

ikan jerung : kenapa x de sorang pun nak add/approve aku. :-(

ikan bilis : wah ramainya kawan kita. tahniah remy, ko kawan aku yang ke 5000.

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ha ha. way to be 31, syigim...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

31 Years of Syigim

thank you for ALL your thoughts and well-wishes. i appreciate it very much! you're part of making my birthday a little more special today!
































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it's my birthday, and i do this every year. i kept copies of facebook birthday wishes. i just love looking at them few years down the road...


it's really for my personal keeping. simpan dalam notebook, nanti makan space. so i post je la kat blog. hihi. don't mind me, yah?


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