Monthly Archives: August 2009

Watching Moon

MOON starring Sam Rockwell

MOON starring Sam Rockwell. Click to read my latest review.

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In Penang with Pierre

不久前,我和方展发到槟城为 《让爱自由》作宣传。这次的行程没有那么赶,但因为早上班机比较早所以我们都累了,一抵达滨城就去吃东西,然后回到房子休息。我睡了个小觉,然后起来化妆之后又是吃东西。感觉这次到槟城从早吃到晚。哈哈!

大家都特别热情,在 Queensbay Mall 玩游戏,大家都抢着要上台,让我们受宠若惊。多希望有时间多呆一晚,然后可以去游览槟城。上回拍《小娘热》也没有什么业余的时间游览槟城,真可惜。希望接下来有机会哦!

Pierre Png and I were at Queensbay Mall in Penang some time ago for the promo of “Yours Always”. It was an early flight that morning and right after we arrived in Penang, we had breakfast with the Malaysian crew who were at the airport to pick us up, and then headed back to Krystal Suites Apartments for a short nap before getting ready for the event.

Having lunch at Krystal Suites Apartment

Having lunch at Krystal Suites Apartment.

Looking fresh with our hair and make-up done!

Looking fresh with our hair and make-up done!

The lady who did both our make-up and hair.

The pretty girl who did both our make-up and hair.

The lovely Catherine, who was mothering us and making sure everything was running smoothly.

The lovely Catherine, who was mothering us and making sure everything was running smoothly.

At Queensbay Mall with Lavin as our host.

At Queensbay Mall with Lavin as our host.

We played the same games we did in KL. Here is me role-playing as the not very interested second girlfriend of Pierre.

We played the same games we did in KL. Here I am role-playing as the not-very-interested second girlfriend of Pierre.

Here's another contestant.

Here's another contestant.

This autograph session was overwhelming. People were rushing to get in front and the crew had to assist in maintaining order. We couldn't finish obliging all the autographs so the organisers allowed fans to come back and collect their posters once we've signed them all.

This autograph session was overwhelming. People wanted to take photographs and were rushing to get in front. The organising crew had to assist in maintaining order. As we couldn't finish obliging all the autograph requests, the organisers allowed fans to come back and collect their posters once we've signed them all.

This little girl wanted to use her camera to take a photo with us, but didn't know how to operate it. How cute!

This little girl wanted to use her camera phone to take a photo with us, but didn't know how to operate it. How cute!

We had an interview lined up after the event and fans were following us as we made our way to this cafe. The girls even followed me into the restroom, which was a first for me. I do appreciate the support but it was a bit awkward. Haha! Here we are finally settled down for the interview with the local paper.

We had an interview lined up after the event and fans were following us as we made our way to this cafe. The girls even followed me into the restroom, which was a first for me. I do appreciate the support but it was a bit awkward. Haha! Here we are finally settled down for the interview with the local paper.

We were interviewed separately, so here's Pierre doing his interview, while I explore the cafe.

We were interviewed separately, so here's Pierre doing his interview, while I explore the cafe.

This cafe is very interesting because it's a "toilet" concept. Toilet bowls are used as seats, bathtubs with a glass surface as tables, and wait till you see the food!

This cafe is oddly unique. Toilet bowls are used as seats, bathtubs with a glass surface as tables, and wait till you see the food!

My tom yum ramen with chicken drumstick served in a toilet bowl!

My tom yum ramen with chicken drumstick served in a toilet bowl!

Guess what this is?

Guess what this is?

No it doesn't stink. It's soft-served ice-cream. Haha, interesting presentation!

No it doesn't stink. It's soft-served ice-cream. Haha, interesting presentation!

Pierre goofing around with the urinal display on the wall.

Pierre goofing around with the urinal display on the wall.

Pierre looking totally the part!

Pierre looking totally the part!

Shower heads adorn the walls of the cafe

Showerheads adorn the walls of the cafe

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I thought this was somewhat cool.

Don't we all get pensive in the bathroom anyway?

Don't we all get pensive in the bathroom anyway?

The reporter and us.

The reporter and us.

Our minder Ada. Thank you for looking after us!

Our minder Ada. Thank you for looking after us!

想握你的脚?

那天拍戏的时候,不小心踩到蚂蚁窝,被咬了一口,我大叫起来!
本来拍很伤感的剧情,给我这么一喊一,点感觉都没了。除了痛之外,就是感觉到环境的潮湿。
哎哟,还真破坏美感。哈哈!

I was filming the other day when I didn’t realise I was invading in ant territory. I felt a sharp sting in my toe (I was wearing peep-toe boot) and my scream pierced through the trees.
The scene was supposed to be melancholic but I lost all that emotion with the scream. Not exactly the prettiest image.

蚂蚁窝就在这棵大树的另一边。
蚂蚁窝就在这棵大树的另一边。

The nest is on the other side of this tree.

超大的蚂蚁!!!!
超大的蚂蚁!!!!

Pity you can’t see the ants clearly. They’re huge!

我叫的很大声,大家还以为发生什么事。
想握你的脚?

“Your Foot in Mine”?

蚂蚁好恨,咬了伤口还流血。
蚂蚁好恨!

Look how vicious the bite was!

展发随身携带的 First Aid Kit。
展发随身携带的 First Aid Kit。

Pierre Png and his ever-ready First Aid Kit.

展发细心的帮我服药,哎。。。耀栋,你输了!
展发细心的帮我敷药,“想握你的脚”!哎。。。耀栋,你输了!哈哈!

Pierre carefully cleans the wound and apply a spray-on bandage. My hero!

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小娘惹庆功宴

我们不久前在 Parkroyal Hotel 的 Cafe Plaza Brasserie 和《小娘惹》所有台前幕后的工作人员大庆祝一番。当天和老板 Mr Lucas Chow 坐同一桌,便开始聊了一些他对我们戏剧组的计划。很少有机会这样近距离和老板接触,所以也忍不住想多了解他对我们的制作,演员有些什么看法。这我就留在下一篇吧。当天听说有90人出席,但我没有办法和所有的人拍照。我拍照比吃的还要多, 哈哈!

(七步成食)Easy Cooking: My Recipes

I’ve been so busy in the past few days to realise my episode of Easy Cooking was yesterday. Actually, it’s a case of I didn’t even realise it was Friday. Nonetheless, I’ve received several requests asking me for the recipes, so here they are. Feel free to try them out and share your tips here!

Rosemary Cauliflower Soup

Rosemary Cauliflower Soup

Rosemary Cauliflower Soup

I’m not a fan of cauliflower because they taste rather bland, but with this soup, it taste better with each spoonful! It is rich in fibre and does not make use of cream or milk to achieve the thick consistency. If you cook some meat separately and add it in, it becomes a modification of a healthy porridge. I use a lot of ingredients to make the soup, so it will be flavourful without the use of any salt or sugar or (gasp!) MSG.

You will first need to make the vegetable broth.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Pine nuts

Pine nuts

Chopped onions

Chopped onions

After you’re done with the broth, you’ll need to prepare the soup.

Ingredients for vegetables

1 cauliflower (approx. 500g, chopped)

1 medium potato (diced)

1 large shallot (chopped)

2 garlic cloves (chopped)

1 celery branch (diced)

2 tbsp pine nuts

2 tbsp olive oil

1 twig of rosemary

Steps

4. Heat 2 tbsp of oilve oil in a large pot and cook the shallot, garlic cloves, pine nuts and diced celery branch for 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Add the cauliflower and potato. Cook for 5 minutes on low to medium heat

6. Add the vegetable broth and rosemary. Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

7. Remove the rosemary and pass the soup through a hand mixer or food processor.

Lemongrass Chicken Shrimp

Lemongrass Chicken Shrimp

Lemongrass Chicken Shrimp

I recommend this dish because it is colourful and healthy and if it’s the only main dish you have, there will still be enough meat and vegetables to provide a hearty meal. I like using natural herbs because they not only smell good but also add a more interesting flavour to the food.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Snap peas and coriander

Snap peas and coriander

French beans and carrot

French beans and carrot

Chicken breast and cooked shrimps

Chicken breast and cooked shrimps

Ingredients

200g chicken breasts (sliced)

150g cooked shrimps (You can use raw shrimps as you please but that would require additional preparation steps)

2 lemongrass sticks (chopped)

3 garlic gloves (chopped)

1.5 inch ginger root (peeled and chopped)

150g fresh carrots (peeled and chopped thinly)

200g fresh French beans (ends removed)

150g snap peas

Fresh coriander (English)

3 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp fish sauce

1 large tbsp of olive oil

Steps

1. Marinate the chicken breasts strips in oyster sauce. Set aside

2. Chop the white part of the lemongrass thinly, making sure to remove any hard part.

3. Heat a large wok. Add the oil and after about 30 seconds, add the ginger, garlic and lemongrass. Cook for a few minutes.

4. Add the chicken breast. Cook for about 5 minutes.

5. Add the carrots and french beans. Cook for about 5 minutes.

6. Add the snap peas, cook for a few minutes before adding the freshly chopped coriander.

7. Add the fish sauce to the shrimps and add it all into the wok to be cooked for a few more minutes.

Some water might need to be added depending on how long the washed vegetables have been set aside before cooking. Once the shrimps are cooked, the dish is ready to be served. The vegetables should remain firm and must not be overcooked.

Mixed Berries Lavender Yoghurt Ice Pops

Mixed berries lavender yoghurt ice pops

Mixed berries lavender yoghurt ice pops

Berries are high in anti-oxidants and make  refreshing dessert. Lavender usually makes you think of essential oil and is otherwise commonly used as a fragrance for bath and body products, but it can also be used for cooking. I’ve been trying to find recipes for this herb and there are plenty of lavender ice-cream recipes online but I wanted something less sinful and more healthy. So here I’ve improvised and created this yoghurt pop. Because yoghurt is used as a base, it taste more creamy than icy, so in a way, it’s like ice-cream without the cream.

I love raspberries!

I love raspberries!

The raspberries in this recipe is used for decorating purposes and can actually be skipped. You can improvise the recipe by adding the raspberries in together with all the other berries to make the mixture. If you can’t get hold of lavender sugar, you can use regular fine cane sugar. The amount of lavender seeds and sugar used will determine how lavender-ish your ice-pops taste, so adjust according to your personal preference. Here is what I did with the raspberries.

Ingredients

180g raspberries

2 tbsp fine cane sugar

1 tbsp lime juice

Half a dozen shot glasses

Steps

1. Place shot glasses in the freezer.

2. Place the fruit in a pot with the sugar and lime juice. Cook for about 2 minutes.

3. Strain the seeds and pour back into the pot. Cook on medium heat until you obtain a thick syrup-like consistency. Let cool.

4. Pour into the shot glasses to describe a pattern and leave the glasses in the freezer again.

Raspberries and blueberries

Raspberries and blueberries

Strawberries and blackberries

Strawberries and blackberries

Greek style yoghurt

Greek style yoghurt

Lavender sugar, lavender seeds and lime

Lavender sugar, lavender seeds and lime

Ingredients

250g mixed berries

50g lavender sugar or fine cane sugar

2 tbsp water

300g Greek style yoghurt

2 tbsp lavender sugar or fine cane sugar

Steps

5. Place 5 tbsp of sugar with mixed berries in a pot. Add 2 tbsp of water and a pinch of lavender seeds and cook until the berries are soft. Puree in a food processor

6. Mixed the berry puree with the yoghurt and add 2 tbsp of sugar. Adjust sweetness according to personal preference. My experience so far is to have the mixture slightly sweeter than I like because after it’s frozen, the sweetness will be just right.

7. Place in the fridge to cool (or use an ice cream machine to churn). Then pour into the shot glasses and place it in the freezer again. While still soft, insert the wooden sticks then place it into the freezer again for the pops to be fully set.

vPOST=SHOPPING!!

I’m thrilled to be fronting the vPOST campaign because I love online shopping! I do shop in malls too, but the best thing about online shopping sites is that they have no opening hours and there’s greater variety, perfect for the kind of schedule I have right now. With all these advancements in technology, shipping items from overseas becomes much more convenient without the exorbitant price tags too! I can’t wait to start shopping and share my purchases with you!

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很开心能当 vPOST 的代言人,因为我经常都有在网上购物!哈哈,有时要到商场购物会很累,而且也未必能找到自己要的。网上就不同了,不但可以有很多选择,也不用受到营业时间的影响。现在要从外国的网站购买物品也不用担心运输问题啦!

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That's Jeremy the stylist getting cheeky with me as Ryan the hairstylist looks on with amusement.

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Jeremy making sure everything looks perfect for the picture.

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This is the same styling team behind my Star Awards look too! The photographer didn't want to have his identity publicised (Thanks J nonetheless!). Jeremy, Joanne, Ryan, Bryan and Xueling (from left to right).

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With the vPOST client and representatives from the creative agency. Thank you all for having me, now you've given me a perfect excuse to shop more! Haha!