Friday, November 30, 2007

Lunch at Pertutti's, Prahran

Looks like I'm really blowing my budget this week. Had a $10 pasta lunch today at Pertutti's on Chatham Street, very near to Coles and Safeway in Prahran.

This one looks interesting.

Each dish is served with garlic bred and cheese.

This one is mine - Fettuccine with chicken

After I reached home, something else greeted me - a spoilt oven. Things in our house always break down at the most 'convenient' times.

I had to resort to cook chicken in soy sauce with boiled cauliflower instead of my typical baked chicken.

Oh well, when you're hungry and desperate, all food tastes good anyway.

Oh yes, I wanted to enjoy some fresh air too, so I had dinner on the front steps of our house. For $5, this port is quite a good deal. Available from Aldi, Franklin St.

This sparkling chardonnay pinot noir was bought from Dan Murphy's near my workplace fr $8.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Lunch on Chapel St, South Melbourne

I had lunch at a cafe on Chapel St with one of my coursemates on Wednesday.

She ordered a beef burger.Somehow, sticking a knife in the middle of the burger irks me a bit, its as if the burger was murdered...

The burger's served with lettuce, tomato, bacon and egg.

I ordered a chicken club sandwich.

Its also served with egg, bacon, lettuce and tomato.

Look at that egg yolk drizzling down the burger. Yummy !

Even architects have to chill out some time, by playing soccer. It was held at the field near Richmond train station at 630pm.

In the midst of the action...

The anxiety kills me !

I on the other hand was 'distracted' by the team's mascot, Muffin.

She's a really active, little ball of white fur...

...and so cute !

Tonight was Neil's last Thursday night dinner. We cooked the usual pasta in tomato sauce...

To add some 'asian flavour', I stirfried some beef sausages and leftover steak with onions.

Thats all for now. Cheers !

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Game Review - LOTR Battle for Middle Earth 2

If you've time and money, you should get your hands on this game: Lord of the Rings, Battle for Middle Earth 2 if you're a fan of LOTR. This is a real time strategy game released a year ago I think.

Main menu

You can customise your graphic settings here. I'm using a X1950Pro 256mb.

In this game, I'm playing Isengard vs. Men [Gondor]. Start off with a furnace to gather resources...

and place a uruk pit near the enemies' base. Immediately churn out a horde of Urukhais.

and equip them with the War Chant power. Grants +50% damage and armour.

Rush immediately and destroy their structures. The process will be very swift because of the 'war chant' power. I then take out their farm...


...and stable. Now they won't be able to spawn any units.

After this, retreat and spawn more units.

You can put the units into formations and stances [attack, balanced, and defensive]. The urukhais have a special ability to group together for +25% armour but -40% movement.

Take them for the final attack on their fortress...

... and voila - u've won !

This screen displays your points after the game. This game took 4:52 mins.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hochiak's pork leg hoi sin stew

I was browsing thru Hochiak's website today, and since I was defrosting the pork since this morning, I thought of trying his pork leg hoi sin stew.


  • 1 whole pork leg (preferably hind leg. Ask your butcher to cut into chunky pieces with skin intact)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 5 pieces dried chilli (soaked to soften, say for 2 hours)
  • Large pot of water to boil
  • Warm water
  • 1 tablespoon palm oil

Seasoning (combine into a bowl)

  • 2 tablespoon sweet hoi sin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 4 pieces salted plum
  • 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt


Bring water in large pot / wok to boil. Add pork leg and allow the pork leg to cook in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove pork leg from water and drain.

Heat up oil in wok on medium heat. Saute garlic till aromatic.

Before the garlic turns dark brown, add pork leg and dried chilli and turn up heat to high. Add combined seasoning and stir well to coat the pork leg.

Then, either transfer pork leg into a smart cooker / rice cooker or suitable pot, fill up water to just cover the pork leg and allow it to stew on medium low heat for at least 1 hour. If you have charcoal stove, the better. Allow gravy to reduce to your prefered thickness.

Just imagine, the taste of the soft pork meat and fat filling your mouth. Wah.... hochiak !

Freaky - Bridezillas

Eating like it's going out of style ... the Bridezillas wedding cake consumption competition.
Photo: Reuters

Thats cute - Ready, set, go !

Anime Review - Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan

L-R: Kamina, Simon, Yoko

Its been a while since I've watched a feel good anime that feels like Power Rangers / super robot show. This anime has just done it ! Interesting plot, and good animations. After watching it, I feel the 'power', if you get what I mean.

Synopsis (from Wikipedia):

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann takes place in a fictional far future where human beings have been forced underground and thrive in isolated subterranean civilizations. These "villages" have no contact with the surface world nor other villages. Since frequent earthquakes damage infrastructure, the villages must constantly expand deeper into the earth — individuals designated to this task are known as "diggers".

Jiiha Village is the home of Simon, a fourteen year old digger who was orphaned when his parents were killed in an earthquake. He is respected by the village elder as the best of the diggers, but is ostracized by his peers. After discovering a special drill key deep in the ground, he is recruited by an eccentric fellow orphan named Kamina into his group, the "Gurren Brigade". Kamina dreams of the surface world, which he visited as a child with his father but had to return home because he was too weak to survive.

After a failed attempt at reaching the surface, Kamina is jailed by the elder and Simon resumes digging, only to discover "a big face" deep in his tunnel. As he excitedly fetches Kamina to show him the discovery, he is caught by the village elder, but Kamina's punishment is interrupted by the ceiling of Jiiha Village collapsing as an enormous robot falls into the cavern. A girl named Yoko appears and tries to fight the robot with a large rifle, but initially cannot do much. Simon takes Kamina and Yoko to the "big face" he found earlier and discovers that the small drill key can be used to activate the small robot which he uses to end up destroying the much larger robot and effectively break through to the surface.

It is on the surface that Simon and Kamina discover that there are more large robots known as Gunmen piloted by "Beastmen" that terrorize the surface dwellers during the day. Simon and Kamina help Yoko and her village destroy three more Gunmen and Kamina takes one for himself, naming it Gurren. Eventually, Simon and Kamina decide that they will go on a journey to end the constant struggle between Beastmen and humans. Simon and Kamina are initially accompanied by Yoko and a mechanic from Yoko's village named Leeron as they head out to find the Beastmen's Human Eradication Army main head-quarters, while dealing with various Beastmen warriors, including the vicious Viral.

Along the way, Simon and the others are joined by more humans, including the "Black Kinsmen", led by Kittan, and Rossiu, a strict young man from an underground village, forming the "Great Gurren Brigade", leading up to a major battle with the Human Eradication Army which results in the death of Kamina, the arrival of Nia, the mysterious "daughter" of Beastman leader Lord Genome, and the population of Earth's surface.

The second half of the series moves seven years into the future, where mankind has become prosperous and led by Rossiu, Simon and the other members of the Great Gurren Brigade. Though all seems well, after 1,000,000 people populate the surface, a new catastrophe begins with the arrival of the Anti-Spirals, including Nia's sudden "transformation" into an Anti-Spiral messenger, and the threat of the moon literally falling onto the Earth. Simon, along with the Great Gurren Brigade and former enemy Viral, now lead the battle to defeat the Anti-Spirals and save Earth.

The robot piloted by the main character, Simon.

The same robot after taking drugs :P. Its drill just keeps getting larger as the anime progresses.

One of the major battleships.

The main cast in their heroic pose.

Of course, there are some ecchi elements too.

Hordes of mechas join together in a big battle.

Somehow, the bad guys look very clumsy.

Links [da-anime] mp4, 55mb

Episode 01
Episode 02
Episode 03
Episode 04
Episode 05
Episode 06
Episode 07
Episode 08
Episode 09
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12
Episode 13
Episode 14
Episode 15
Episode 16
Episode 17
Episode 18
Episode 19
Episode 20
Episode 21
Episode 22
Episode 23
Episode 24
Episode 25
Episode 26
Episode 27

Enjoy !

ps: If you like this anime series, check out Eureka Seven (links included). Its really awesome !

Eureka Seven


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