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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hairy Food on Hell's Kitchen! @,@

I love cooking. Well to be perfectly clear, I love experimenting in the kitchen. So, I took gourmet cooking class and I also watch cooking shows to learn techniques (still not a good cook though :P ) My recent fascination is watching Gordon Ramsay's mentor Marco Pierre White on Hell's Kitchen (this was, I believe, shown in England last year). I never knew him but my husband told me about him:
By the age of 33, Marco Pierre White had been awarded three Michelin stars, becoming the youngest British bestowed with this accolade.
Known for being foul-mouthed, volatile and controversial, Marco Pierre White was the enfant terrible of the British kitchen through the 1980s and 1990s. His verbal and physical brutalizing of other chefs and diners was the stuff of legend his cooking the stuff of genius.
In spite of Marco's accomplishments and fame, he was not quite contented or something irked him so he gave up his Michelin stars and he stepped away from the stove for eight years. So, he's back on the limelight and I really admire him the way he handles issues that arise on the Hell's Kitchen even when he sends customers away for complaining, it's hilarious to be honest. However, last night was a disappointment and realization of his messiness. One customer (or two) found a strand of Marco's hair on her food but he just dismissed her with no apology.
I admire his dedication, passion, drive and frankness but that was so unhygienic! I wish an international law can be made that all Chefs and Cooks worldwide should wear hairnet or a hat to pull the hair back. On the other hand, if I was that woman, I would not bother waltzing towards Marco knowing his reputation. She should have just talked to Maitre D’ Nicholas. Anyways, here is Marco's advice to young Chefs:
To realise your potential, first understand why you are doing what you are doing. What is your motivation? If you are prepared to invest the time and have the capability of a star, go and get it. But don't lie to yourself. Be a realist: only work for something you truly want, something that's possible within yourself.

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Racism Around the World

In the present time of advanced technology, we all may proudly say out loud that people have forgiven and forgotten the era of discrimination, which was a thousand years ago. But deep in the thoughts of, perhaps, over half the population of the world, discrimination is lurking and waiting for a good chance to display ludicrousness of racism, silently or contemptuously. Depressingly for some of us, fair skinned or not, however hard we try to deny the truth, discrimination around the world is like a disease that plagues the mankind up to the present-day. The common approach by racists to others who do not possess fair skin, blond hair or blue eyes is absolutely vile and inhuman.

"Spreading the word of love and respect for each individual who suffer the ugliness of racism keep them going to fight for their rights as a human being. They continuously support each other in any manner they can and living their life in this unmatched purpose."

People from ethnic minority regions and the so-called third-world country are those who suffer from racism unmistakably. They get hostile reception from other fellow human beings who unfortunately and strongly believe in themselves to be superior because of the lightness of their skin and hair, and because they speak, and claim it to be theirs, the international language, English, fluently and effortlessly. Despite this sickening absurdity, some fought back and never shown defeat by being active and proudly involved in anti-racism organizations. Spreading the word of love and respect for each individual who suffer the ugliness of racism keep them going to fight for their rights as a human being. They continuously support each other in any manner they can and living their life in this unmatched purpose. Nonetheless, not all people who were born with fair skin, light hair or blue eyes harmoniously agree with this unreasonableness of racism. Some of them support the anti-racism group generously and proudly. However, some of them perhaps do embrace the purpose of anti-racism groups discreetly, i.e. maybe without the knowledge of fellow fair skinned citizens. They engage themselves in this manner so as not to be labeled in such activity and be discriminated as well by their fellow countrymen. This is like a tug-o-war, between racists and anti-racists, that people deny to be happening endlessly up until our generation. And, these same people, who disagree with racism, are one of the reasons why nations continually classify people into different races. They do not want to get involved and would rather just watch the charade of irrationality.

"Hence, discrimination based on races are spread out around the world. It is the unpleasant result of the ancient history of humankind. When will it end? When are we going to say we are just one race? That is, human race."

Consequently, racism keeps the economical gain of people, from minority groups and from Far East, extremely low. Some countries, if not all, compensate people according to race, immodestly. This is actually demeaning the talent, knowledge, perseverance and hard work of these people, who are discriminated, for not getting the same compensation as the other 'lucky' human being, i.e. fair skinned people. It is sometimes laughable, and annoying at the same time, that racists pay wages of fair skinned people more, even if some of them are absolutely clueless and rely on others' assistance (e.g. talent and knowledge); these 'others' are people of minority groups. This is a matter of a fact. Because of this racism, people are not compensated according to their talent and work experience, but rather according to the lightness of skin. On the contrary, as a result of racism towards dark skinned people, they fight back too by discriminating everyone who are not as dark as them. They do so proudly and boldly. Other people too who have ancient history of suffering discriminate others too. Moreover, people from every region in each country discriminate others who are from other regions. Hence, discrimination based on races are spread out around the world. It is the unpleasant result of the ancient history of humankind. When will it end? When are we going to say we are just one race? That is, human race.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Casablanca

Geca's Love Life is Like Casablanca
"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."

For you, love is never finished. If you've loved someone once, you'll always love them.
You're an old fashioned romantic... even if your relationships don't end up as romantic as you'd like.

Your love style: Traditional and understated

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Complicated and ambiguous

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Unbiased View on Blogging Code of Conduct


I am relatively new to blogging but one does not need to be an expert or an old timer to know the basic code of conduct.  It is of human nature to know code of conduct whatever medium is used or wherever.  

I, myself, is not aware that there was a written code of conduct until I hit "blog code of conduct" on google and met Tim O'Reilly, well not personally but through his web writings.  Nonetheless, people need to be constantly reminded of basic rules anywhere in the world, real-life or online.  Through my keen observation which means lots of browsing, during my free time, not everyone is bothered to care what is the blogging code of conduct. 

For me though, blogs should only consist of properly written articles. Hence, grammatically correct and taking consideration good morals.

Not only that articles must be in correct grammar and spelling but also well-thought out and considers the world wide web users. With that said, a blogger should be polite in any manner of writing in any subjects, not aggressive and arrogant nor rude which means abusing access of world wide web. 
However, I am not suggesting that only those who can write grammatically correct, and in most courteous ways, have the right to be a blogger because I believe in freedom of speech and expression. 
On the contrary, as soon as I see crude language on a blog, I quickly close the page and make a mental note never to visit the same page again.  I must admit that I am not a master of this but, at least, I try my best each time I write. 

Writing in public reflects one's own personality and character, even those who prefer to write anonymously and use aliases.  It is a free world to speak up one's own thoughts in any way they can.  Nevertheless, we should take responsibility with every words written and sent throughout the world wide web. Writing is like presenting one's self applying for work or doing a presentation at the board or conference room. 

Hence, it is like advertising yourself.  However, for some, maybe, restraining bloggers to be honest and straight-forward blatantly and flagrantly would make themselves feel suppressed and stripped-off of their rights to freedom of speech and expression.  Therefore, some, if not all, may resort to exaggerate, more aggressive approach in their writings. 

After all, who would really enforce with a fist, metaphorically, the blogging code of conduct?  To each his own, I guess. 

Happy blogging!



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Passionate Kisser

You're a Passionate Kisser
For you, kissing is about all about following your urges. If someone's hot, you'll go in for the kiss - end of story. You can keep any relationship sizzling with your steamy kisses. You're total spark plug, and your kisses are bound to get you in trouble

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ways to Show Love

Since my last post speaks out loud about love, I will expand the subject by sharing ways to express feelings to someone we love. There's no secret on being romantic, everyone knows how or what to do but sometimes we all need to be reminded. Each one of us have different ways on how to show love. Some people are more vocal about their feelings while others refuse to utter the words, "I love you". I'm not an expert when it comes to relationship, but I know how it feels to love and be loved. It's a great feeling when you know that your love is reciprocated. Saying "I love you" is not enough. Showing your love bridges the gap where no words of any language can define. Hence, actions speak louder than words. I know it is easier said than done but when you finally found "the one" and there's no pretense between the two of you and you share the same emotions, expressing feelings the best way you can is romantic enough. Expressing your love everyday, in multitude of ways, helps build a more romantic relationship which can be addicting in a very good way. So, let's get on then with simplest ways to show love:
  • Say "I love you". - Only when you mean it.
  • Write a poem or a letter. - It doesn't matter how bad your writing, spelling or grammar.
  • Hold hands.
  • Watch movies together.
  • Cuddle up.
  • Cook special dinner for him (or her).
  • Kiss. - Either when people are looking or not.
  • Hug.
  • Go for a walk on weekends.
  • Talk on the phone.
  • Send love text messages.
  • Flirt with each other.
  • Share private jokes.
  • Go out for a meal.
  • Say sorry. - Whenever you know you've hurt your lover's feelings.
  • Save romantic souvenirs.
  • Bring flowers.
  • Serve breakfast in bed.
  • Do things without being asked.
  • Sing to each other.
  • Look into each other's eyes.
  • Never end the night with a fight not resolved.
  • Stand up for each other in times of troubles.
  • Share your dreams.
  • Compliment him or her.
  • Admit your mistakes.
  • Listen intently. - Even if he (or she) says boring stuff.
  • Make love.
  • Say good night with a kiss.
  • There are more ways to show love. Feel free to share how you express your feelings for your loved ones here. ^.~

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