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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Friday Night is Steak Night


Thursday, February 2, 2023

Weekend Activity

Visiting relatives with a bit of land is always fun. A quick moped ride (my first since my accident in Sydney in 2000....) to the Durian orchard in the morning to harvest ingredients was a lot of fun. We went to harvest Birdseye chili. The red and green. I look a little pained cos there are about 197 ants crawling up my legs, biting me. Why? I don't mean them no harm, they are the aggressors. 

The result: totally worth is standing in an ant hill, fighting off all sorts of flying insects and the prospect of snakes on the bike (what's that movie about?). 

Friday, January 6, 2023

What Shape is YOUR Body?


Before we get into any debate about "Over or Under" for the toilet paper, let me ask this: 

Who puts the holder THERE? How would you even be able to reach that?

#Fail #Design #Construction #Autsch #Toilet #Designtoflush

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Un-appetising Cooking Shows


Disclaimer 1: I do not know this person, I have no issues with him. This is not about a personality of any contender in any of the shows I am referring to. This image is purely to illustrate a point I am getting to and is in no way meant to evaluate the skills of this chef. I do not intent to insult the chef shown or question any of his life's choices. All not for me to comment on. 

Disclaimer 2: This is not my image. If you are the image owner and would like me to remove it, I will. 

NOW! To the point. I have been watching a few shows where contestants have to bake or cook. Desserts, 3-course meals, amateurs, Iron Chefs. All of that. I noticed that in many shows contestants wear singlets. I have yet to see a hair net. Rarely does one see a contestant use gloves when handling food items. 

I find that slightly revolting. I imagine that facial, arm pit or other hairs might end up on / in the food. Singlets??? Should it not be at least a T-Shirt? We ask kitchen helpers in food courts to wear hairnets. Why not in a cooking show where we have women with long hair not having to tie up their mane... Now a new ruling comes in force in my neck of the woods that anyone in the F&B industry has to wear a face mask at work. 

Is there a different standard for hygiene when it comes to cooking show to enhance the showmanship? 

#Cooking #thinking #Hair #Hygiene #Cleanliness #Food #Preparation #Contestants #Competition #TVShow 

Work from Home - THE New New Normal?


I have had a home office of sorts for over 20 years. Leaving Germany aged 24, I have communicated with my parents first via fax from Australia, later through Skype. Over the years I have learned how to best make use of the home office space and how to juggle between the official business location and being at home when pumping out work. The pros and cons of online meetings are old friends. 

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many people discovered that one could work from home, not having to follow a rigid schedule of office hours. Employers were sympathetic when it came to parents having to juggle kids, household and work in one space. Great! I appreciate that concessions were made. 

However, I never believed in the narrative that the era of the office is over and that the WFH paradigm will take over. Many articles proclaimed the downfall of office buildings as the place to perform ones task. Doomsday projections saw the construction industry suffering as there would be no demand. Funny memes about Zoom filter failures circulated. 

Well, go out now. Drive to town in the morning. EVERYONE is back to the office and traffic is as thick as it used to be, if not thicker. People now also discover that there is an upside or two to the daily commute. For instance, one doesn't have to start working the moment one wakes up. A podcast can educate me while I drive to the office; something I wouldn't do when working from home. 

I could say "Told you so". But it would not be credible as I don't have evidence of having said that the world will return to the office. Personally, I am happy to be back in my office a few days a week. When I am not in, I am usually travelling or working on something that requires quiet time. 

#office #WFH #Pandemic #Return #Normal #Back #Spaces #ExplorationofSpace #Work #Leisure 

Smart Food?


Not that I expect sticks to be smart, but... 

#Sign #Confused #Food #Chicken #Thigh #Collection #exploriationofspaces

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

MCVE 2024 - Already Excited About Our Show!


The Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Exhibition will be back for its sixth instalment in 2024. Held 9 to 11 May, the event will be hosted again in MIECC (Malaysia International Exhibtion and Convention Centre). The floor space of 8 500 square meters indoors has been filling rapidly since the announcement of a new floor plan with many of the previous exhibitors coming back. 

Talking about the scheduled program, Organiser Stefan Pertz said that exhibitors and visitors can expect the usual fringe programme to be re-instated. "Obviously, we worked with constraints during our last show and the coming one will be under the paradigm of the post-pandemic ruling, which allows us to host our fringe programme again," he said. 

Sponsorship opportunities are being snapped up already with MAN Truck & Bus Malaysia leading as the Gold Sponsor. Being a communications platform for the commercial vehicle industry in Southeast Asia, MCVE 2024 offers customisable sponsorships to cater to the individual needs of each participating brand. 

The new floor plan is to facilitate a better flow throughout the exhibition while a new website, launched in January, is go offer a better user experience too. Better space utilisation offers more brands the opportunity to partake. The website is geared to giving participating brands more visibility. 

Organisers expect that a number of updates will be posted shortly, keeping the market informed about the programme, participation and activities around the event. 

#asiantrucker #mcve2024 #Event #Expo #transport #Conference #Exhibition #Malaysia #Showcase #Trucks #Buses #FringeProgramme #AsianBuses #Media #Publication #Trailer #Brakes #ABS #EBS #Curtainsider #Promotion #Launch #Happening #FifthWheel #Tyres #Tires #Axles #Axle #KingPin