Cook Up A Storm

Celebrating Chinese New Year away from home means I won't be able to see my family, my friends and most importantly eat Chinese New Year food! I want my pork dishes~~~ No point whining about it so my friend and I decided we shall cook pre Chinese New Year dinner last night. We had so much food! It could feed the whole of Africa I reckon.

Take a look at the ingredients I got just for my two dishes, stir fried mixed vegetable and braised chicken with mushroom.

Hmmm fungus, pork, chicken and vegetable~~~

Took me two hours to get those ingredients washed, soaked and cut. Very tiring process but it was worth it. The end products are just yum! Another two hours of cooking later, we got these!


Stir fried mix vegetable, braised chicken with mushroom, stir fried asparagus (in the container), herbal chicken soup, dessert and alcohol~~~ With just the three of us eating, we didn't finish the food. I foresee it will feed me for a good week.

But now the nightmare begins...

I hate washing dishes...

I'm so proud of myself for being able to cook Asian dishes! Never knew it was so cheap too! The stuff I bought above total to RM 50.60!!! So cheap, so much and so nice!

I'd like to thank my lovely Doctor for giving me links to the recipes. Love you lots.

Happy Cow Year Everyone~~~

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Good Old Times

My Google Chrome opens three default tabs every time the browser opens. GMail, Facebook and Queer Rant. Knowing the blogger gang's ability to spam a hundred mail per day, my email is the first thing I'll read through. Not just that, I get my comments emailed to me too. Explains why the prompt response to some.

This is followed by Facebook. I'm a Facebook addict in denial. I simply love Facebook and I don't know why... Guess I'll never know what I'll find reading through the news updates. Like "oh my he's got bod!" or "that's the boyfriend?!" and such. Not to mention how amused I am seeing so many comments on me changing my status from "Single" to "In A Relationship". Never thought it would cause such a hype too...

Anyhow, I was browsing through the uploaded photos that my friends upload and I saw this.

It's an extremely ancient photo of my primary school time. I spent some time looking for myself even! This photo was taken 16 years ago. Fancy that! Sure brought back many memories of my childhood.

Have fun trying to look for me in the photos. Clue, I was scrawny back then.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

But I Just Wanted...

A belt. A freaking belt! Singular item! One thing! Satu bende! 一个! And guess what happened when I went to shop for a belt with my clubby friends? I went out of the shop with a tie and a shirt... This was after my shopcapade... My credit card limit~~~ Well I didn't reach my limit. No where near actually but it did blow a hole in my pocket none the less. 

Sighs but I LOVE my the things I bought!

This was the extra buy, the shirt and the tie. I love the combination. A little American Flag tie but am totally in love with it. It's totally hawt! And the cardigan, I can just melt staring myself in the mirror. Yes I'm full of myself today (bite me) but with good reason too.

Functionality Meets Fashion.

I was out in Popular bookstore during lunch time. Was in desperate need of men's fashion magazine. My usuals are GQ and Men's Folio. Those are the only ones I can find here anyways and the rest are in Mandarin. As much as I love ogling at the models, I actually read the articles as well (breaking news to some).

Anyhow, as I was paying for my copy of Men's Folio at the cashier, the girls and two of them might I add were giggling prolifically. I thought there was something on my face like mayo from my Spicy Chicken McDeluxe or chilly sauce from the fries but it wasn't. Then I looked at the girls trying to figure it out. The look that they gave me... It's one of those giggle and look that says, "OMG he's cute!".

I know I know but I'm not just saying this. I really am not. I know what that look looks like. I do it all the time and well this is the first time I'm noticing it on someone else first hand and they're looking at me! Swoons being the operative word here.

Guess it was a good impulse buy that shirt and tie.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

I Feel Alive Again

It's been a long while since I've read a good book. So long in fact, I've forgotten what's it like to read, letting the book take me where the writer wants to take me, the smell of a book and the feel of the texture on each page as I turn to read the next. I love my book and how I could go on for a good few months or was it a total year without reading is beyond me.

This morning was a perfect setting for me to start reading again. Sun is shining bright but it was a windy morning. Perfect to laze on the bed reading a good book and what book was it? It was a present from Sam for Christmas. Thanks Sam.

The Manny by Holly Peterson. Looks like a chic lit doesn't it?

Rat Rat's futile attempt to chew on paper...

Chic lit or not, I'm curious to know what the story turns out.

MANNY [MAN-EE] N: A nanny of the male persuasion.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Girl You Ain't Proud Of It!

The strangest thing happened at work yesterday. My senior come out to me. Oh yes you read it right, he came out to me while we were on our way to a workshop. Maybe coming out isn't the right term. He's loud and proud and all but people in the office still wonders why he's not married. Seriously... How can they even think that...

Imagine, he even does the snaps. Here's how. Start with right hand on the naval, makes a circle outwards and ends with a snap. Attitude is the key. That's his salutation with one of my girl colleague from uni. Yes, such queen diva he is in that sense.

I know I'm not much of an actor when it comes to acting straight but I just don't do loud and proud here. This place isn't KL. This place isn't Singapore. I'm not feeling adventurous to find out what people think about homosexuality nor do I want to change whatever their perception is.

He was asking a bunch of general questions about my past.

Do I have a lover?

How many previous lovers?

Where do you club?

It was a rather awkward situation, working colleague and all. I'm not the sort to shit where I eat so this was totally unacceptable. Well no matter, we have to look out for each other so I keep his secret and he keeps mine. He did mention that if I need to talk to anyone about it he's alright with it.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

A Bowl-ful Of M&M's

A bowl-ful of M&M's helps the medicine go down or at least that's how it would be if Mary Poppins had M&M's. This is no ordinary M&M's I tell you and no they're not peanut M&M's either. They're Peanut Butter M&M's! The last I could recall, I had these in Aussie but couldn't find it here ever since then.

But as fate would have it, I found them while I was out hunting for candycanes with The Doctor. It was after New Year so no such luck on the candycanes. So I was randomly walking in one of the aisles of this supermarket located in Jaya One and I found Peanut Butter M&M's!!!

Rat Rat getting his little paws on them Peanut Butter M&M's!

Such a delightful treat to have found it being sold in Malaysian shore. I didn't want to open the pack but it's been such a tiring week for me (post viral infection drama) and I just want a nice treat for myself. It's divine combination to eat peanut butter and chocolate together. Yummy!

Do you know what else comes to mind when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate? Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Hmmm such sinful delights!

Gosh... It's heaven~~~ I should have hunted for it when I was getting my Peanut Butter M&M's... Next time round then. I shall stock up on chocolates.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Awwww Cute Doggies

Gotta hand it to my brother in law. He finds the funniest things on Earth to watch some times.

Just like this little cute commercial advert.

Just a random thought, The Doctor loves dogs.

Anyhow, it doesn't matter with how many guys you're doing it with, just remember to use rubber. If dogs made of rubber can look that cute, so can yours. I think... Doesn't sound right now does it?

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Oh So Very Queer...

This actually took place when I was out with my clubby friends to a mamak/shisha place to chill. This is also where we first encountered the "Islamic Beer". Finally gotten around to uploading the photo for all to see. The so called 99.99% alcohol free fermented malt drink...

Come grab your Islamic Beer!!!

Halfway chilling while enjoying our "Islamic Beer" it started to pour like a typhoon hitting KL. Rain water was splashing all around us and even the hut that we were sitting in was leaking! Wet blanket was definitely the understatement of 2008 that night. Everyone's mood just gone sour at that point.

Everyone agreed that we should just call it a night. Problem was, it was still raining and the waiters were all sheltered in the main building. One of us had to go and pay the bill. Out of the blue, everyone started to toss loose change at me to pay the bill. Obediently I agreed.

But suddenly I realized, "I can't pay the bill. I'm wearing FABRIC shoes! You pay.".

Then he replied, "I can't! I'm wearing suedes!" and tosses the money to the guy who was wearing leather shoes.

Poor sod came back to us with his trousers wet up to his knees. At least his feet weren't wet. Hehehhe. Well he did muttered and muttered loudly for all to hear, "Women...".

I love my shoes too much just to get them all wet. They're my precious.

How queer can I get huh?

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Lonely Is The Night

It's two forty in the morning and I'm still awake. Been trying to get a proper sleep but I kept waking up every three hours like clockwork. The medication is not drowsy enough. Now it's raining and everyone is already asleep. It is a Monday morning after all.

Even The Doctor is asleep. I miss hearing his voice. Cold night and alone awake, tossing and turning in my bed. I just wish I can listen to him speak over the phone.

Lonely is the night indeed.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

New Year, New...

Sickness... Not new sickness but just good old fever, cold and sore throat. Imagine waking up at three in the morning with tonsil all swollen and nose flooded and oozed with mucous. Immediately I smsed The Doctor and we ended up chatting on the phone for almost three hours. Helped him kill time while waiting for his morning shift in the hospital.

It got worse when I woke up in the morning at about ten. Raging fever and throbbing headache. My housemate was kind enough to send me to the clinic. You'd think things can't get any worse in a clinic but it did. I had to wait two hours for my turn. The thing about having a bad fever is the body can't regulate it's own temperature and I started to shiver in the waiting room. They don't even have a blanket for me to keep warm... My bones started to ache and I've never been in such pain from a fever prior to this.

Got me really annoyed. There I was in pain for two hours and the nurse did nothing to help. Just sat behind the reception and be bimbotic... They work in an extremely slow pace... Customer service is obviously not their priority.

When my turn finally came, I was already hypoglycemic and I couldn't stop shivering. Took them long enough to attend to me... The doctor took my temperature and it was 39 degree Celsius! My bones were aching more than ever and I couldn't wait to get out of the room. It was way too cold and my bones were really aching.

Got my prescription of many colorful pills and went grocery shopping. Bought lots of juicy fruits and for some odd reason, I got Koko Crunch... Guess I just wanted to eat something that doesn't require cooking. It's been ages since I had Koko Crunch. Oh and I got Vitagen too, grape and original flavor.

I feel much better now but still light headed and bones are still aching. Most probably I won't go to work tomorrow. I could use the rest and I haven't done my laundry... It has been pouring yesterday and today I'm sick.

I shall go get my mug of Koko Crunch now. Hungry...

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Quirky Relationship

I wouldn't call what I have with The Doctor quirky, a little different but not like it has never happened before. But relationship with my mom is rather quirky, well with my parents in general anyways. As my previous posts have indicated, I'm not all that close with my parents unlike The Doctor and his mother. From the sound of it, they're chummy friends ala Cheers. Alcohol on the side and best buds all round!

I have a different sort of bonding with my mother, one that doesn't involve alcohol or chummy chats. She cuts my fingernails. Yes I'm 23 going 24 this year and yes I am fully capable of cutting my own fingernails. It's something my mother and I have between the two of us. The last time she cut my fingernails, she even buffed it till all my fingernails were shiny! Talk about being a queer son with mommy's home pedicure center.

On a completely different note, I think my mother is still in denial of my sexuality despite coming out to her last year. How did I conclude this? The Doctor has met my parents (I've met his family too) and they were getting along fine, maybe a tiny rough patch when my mom tried to share with him (The Doctor and The Non Believer) what Jehovah's Witnesses is. She kept telling The Doctor that one day I'll get married, more nonsense, kids and other nonsense that a son should be.

Maybe all that Jehovah's preaching is getting into her head and giving her false hope. To put it simply, there's not leverage that my parents can put on me to get married and have a "happy" family let alone using prayers and hope for the straight for me.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Addiction To Spice

Food is here really blend. There's nothing like food in KL like hokkien mee, bak kut teh, fried cockles, dim sum and fine dining. Ipoh food, gosh how I miss Ipoh food. Dim sum, Ipoh hor fun, Hakka mee and the hawker food. Then there's Malaccan food, the satay celup, chicken rice balls, mee Siam, pork satay, cendol and Baba food.

Yes I really love my food.

There's a kind of food that I've never tried before in my life. I love my "belacan" and "sambal" but never had anything like this. It's called "lalapan". It's basically raw and boiled vegetables served with "sambal belacan" and a plate of white rice. I like having my "lalapan" with fried fish or fried chicken on the side, I need some sort of meat on my plate.

Instant addiction!

The "sambal belacan" is really one of a kind. Never had I had such spicy food before! What's more, it's highly addictive! It makes me want to have more despite it being extremely spicy to the point of heartbeat racing and perspiration working on overtime. I get this high eating it and it's just so spicily delicious! There's just no way to describe it but to try it for yourself. Extreme deliciousness~~~

See, everyone of us has a hidden sadomasochism.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Christmas Party To Remember

It seems that William's tardy blogging habits have spread to me. He's infamous for his tardy travel posts and I wonder why is that. Hehehehe. This post is a week overdue but just as well that it's late cause a friend gave me a YouTube link to accompany my post. And what a hilarious and QUEER YouTube it is!

Last year I missed the Christmas party at Paul's and this year I almost missed it but last minute decision made me go. It was my first time driving in KL. My first time driving on the North-South highway and my first time driving in Melaka. Suffice to say, we all miraculously survived. There was a little drama entering the North-South highway but it wasn't anything major (Sam's brother was screaming "I don't want to die" for some reason...).

Driving drama aside (The Doctor seems to think I have bad driving skills...), the party was awesome. Sleepover, food, drinks and loads of drinks, reruns of Marry Poppins and Mamma Mia and recap of the past stories. We even played The Game of Life! I hearts that game so much! I love my boardgames.

Fun fun fun~~~

I'll skip the details as many others have blogged vivid detailed accounts of the party itself but all in all, it was a reunion that I desperately needed. It's been ages since I've been to one of these gatherings and I've been missing out a lot of them ever since I started working. I really do miss my queer family. Despite the dramas that's been going on, I still love them. Which family is not dysfunctional sometimes right?

Another memorable part of this party is my unexpected chance meet with The Doctor. Gosh this is just like Andrew and his doctor in Desperate Housewives! What a queer coincident!

Anyhow, do watch the YouTube below. This is how a Queer Christmas should be.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Music Of 2008

With 2008 already history let's have a little recap on the music that rocked 2008. These are the music that, to me, defined 2008 and the songs that I danced to during all those time in Market Place.

Hats off to you DJ Earworm. It was a brilliant mix to recap music for the year that was 2008!

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Status: Dating

I guess the title says it all. The Queer Ranter is dating in spite of having to work on the other side of South China Sea. It seems like Long Distance Relationships (LDRs) are the only sort of relationship that I can have at the moment. Not because I prefer it, it's the locations I seem to be when engaging a relationship. They are always away from the city, KL to be exact.

I'm not saying that there's no queers elsewhere of KL but I can, thus far, never find someone that I am remotely interested with. Even more so here where I am currently, I've only managed to meet up with two queers. They say the scene here is comparatively better but what scene is there here? Maybe I've not found the right channel...

But no matter.

Now I have The Doctor to look forward upon my return to KL. Things are happening fast and things are happening slow. Either way, things are happening between us. We'll take our time getting to know each other and see if things work out between us. Take it slow and steady through rocky and shallow waters.

One thing for sure though. Phone bill is going to skyrocket and I'll be even more of an Internet Junkie. This is the price to pay for technology that helps bring us closer. At least I have some plans for the coming months to go back to KL for short breaks. We can meet up and catch up and he will most definitely try to fatten me up with good food. I feel like a chicken being fatten up for slaughter...

Unexpected things are happening at the start of 2009 and I'm very keen to know what this year brings.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

Oxymoron of 2009

Mamak-ing while sitting under an umbrella waiting for the rain to stop isn't the perfect setting that I'd like to chill with my friends. Not just any rain but those huge downpours sort of rain. It's noisy, cold and annoying. I get annoyed getting wet by rain. I love rain when I'm dry and away from the rain.

But prior to the mistimed horrendous torrential downpour something peculiar came up. Islamic Beer. Yes you read it right, Islamic Beer. Oxymoron of 2009. Islamic (alcohol is "haram") and beer (full of alcohol). So what exactly is Islamic Beer? It's just a malt drink with gas and fruity flavors. It's equivalent of fruity bubbly. The lady said it's 99.9 % alcohol free.

Seriously... The things people come up with...

Just as I thought that would be enough of an oxymoron dose for one night, this popped up. My dear friend (also known as "Muka Ketat" and flashed victim) loves pork even though it's "haram" for him to do so. But he found a way round it this tricky situation. Say "Bismillah" before eating and also say a prayer before slaughtering the pig. Then you'll have "Halal Pork"!

Wouldn't life be boring without these lovely oxymoron to keep us entertained?

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter

When A Queer Shops...

What's my new year's resolution? I've got none. I don't do resolutions cause I feel it doesn't do anything for me. I'd rather take the new year a day at a time and embrace every moments of it. Cliche as it sounds but carpe diem fits this description well.

So to start off the new year, I ceased the day by going shopping in KLCC and Pavilion. I am amazed at my shopping because I was literally, "Oh nice... Take. That too. Take". Well I did have a rough idea of the things I wanted to get and I did get them. Except for a few sudden splurges here and there.

How am I suppose to bring these stuff back?!

My favourite buy was Dilbert 2.0 20 Years of Dilbert hardbound box edition from Kinokuniya (I believe a reader spotted me there lugging this 10kg book). Good bargain too cause I got it at 30% discount! RM 370 - 30% = RM 259!!! That was the first item that started my shopping spree.

Then came the working clothes. I love the dark grey checkered trousers (why do people here call it pants?) and two new cardigans. That should keep me warm and stylish in the office for a bit. However, I didn't manage to find many working shirts that I like. So I only settled with one. Got a three ties to mix and match with my current shirts in my wardrobe.

For casual/clubbing wear I got two shirts, a pair of jeans and a pair of shoes. I just realised the shirts aren't in the photo... Probably in the washing or somewhere in the house. One red with black fine line from Topman and white short sleeved shirt from Zara.

Finally I've gotten something heavy duty to combat the harsh weather and working condition, Biotherm! Basic cleanse, tone and moisturise and an added sunblock. SPF 50. That should keep the UV rays away.

So what's the damage? Approximately RM 2000. Well it's a price to pay for the satisfaction of shopping. I totally enjoyed my shopping workout. It's a complete workout with weights involved and lots and lots of cardio. Why gym when you can shop? Hehhehe.

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter