Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekend Cheap Sledding : Between Fun and Butt Concussion

It was another enormous snow blizzard hitting our area again last weekend, paralyzing the whole 4 states, forcing the authorities to declare State Emergency.

The ran amok blizzard brought along more than 2 feet of powdering snow covering the ground and with the sunny day after the blizzard, it was a perfect combination for SLEDDING! Yeah!

We went to our friend's place, Bob & Aifa's in Claymont, Delaware which located 20 miles south of Philadelphia, spending our good Sunday at their place together with Zaki, a working dude from Valley Forge

Awaiting at Bob's place, were Irfan, the Temple Uni guy and Fendi, the UPenn chap.

Irfan & Fendi fooling around in the snow at Bob's backyard

Going sledding was an impromptu idea. We just finished watching EPL game in the morning, and while having lunch somebody came out with the idea of sledding.

Everybody agreed and after lunch, we were ready going for sledding.
  • Thick powdering of 24 inches snow [checked!]
  • sunny day [checked!]
  • suitable attire [snowcaps, gloves, snowboots, snowpants, snowproof jackets etc [checked!]
All set to go! Just 2 small problems.

One, we didn't have sleds and second, we didn't know where the sledding spot are around Claymont . Whose idea was that to go for a sled again? Brilliant.

The plastic sled

So we spent our first hour of sledding session, hopping from store to store in Claymont and Wilmington, looking for the sleds.

Ironically, all stores were out of sleds. I just can't believed it forgodsake!

The actual sled that we were looking for

We ended up buying 2 cheap inflatable air pocket plastic floats. Well, it was better than nothing since we were running out of time.

Zaki & Bob figuring out how to blow the float

Using iPhone place finder apps and gps, we managed to find the nearest place for sledding.

It is Rockford Park of Delaware which is located just 15 minutes away from Claymont.

Zaki : Practise makes perfect

When we arrived there, the hilly park was already packed with sledders especially kids.

The lone hill, with the height of almost 3 stories building and the ride from the top to the flat ground is about 100 feet long. It looks fun!

The Rockford Park Sledding Hill

After making sure the plastic floats were loaded with enough air, we went sledding down the hill by taking turns. It was fun!

Fendi's first attempt

Eventhough it was not as fast and long as the toboggan slide, but with the average speed of the sled surfed down from the sloppy hill, it was ridiculously awesome!

We found a carton box and used it as the alternative sled. It was not bad I can tell you.

Zaki's first attempt with the box sled

Eventhough we did look a lil bit awkward with everybody else using the real sled, rubber tube and snowboard. But who cares? As long we have fun!

and Zaki's first accident. Makan snow!

Just one thing. Since the floats are not made for sledding, it easily got flat due to our weight and heavy duty usage. We had to pump the floats from time to time after sledding down.

Bob sledding down the hill with the float

Tough job of climbing up the hill and the float was no more float. It transformed into tikar.

We had to pump it up over and over again. The implication of using float as sled.

But it never stopped us, we had a lot of fun, just like other "kids" around us. Heh.

"I think these Asians are freak I tell ya" whispered the kid to his friend

Smooth sled with the rubber tube.

The result of using flat plastic float and a carton box as a substitute for sleds?

I had bruised chest and a painful butt afterward! Argh... I'm sure the rest are having the same impact too or worse?

Race time!

We went back when it was almost dark with crunching belly, shivering of coldness, watery nose and painful concussion butt.

Well, that is the cost we have to pay for not using the appropriate equipment but the pain will cure. But the fun? It will be remembered for ages. Awesome.

And I'm still having problem to sit down properly.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Best Ever Fish & Chips : A Salt & Battery of NYC

If you are a big fan of Food Network Channel in Astro, I bet you know who Bobby Flay is. He is a celebrity chef that has his own tv program in the cable which includes FoodNation, Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay, Grill it! With Bobby Flay, Iron Chef etc.

Bobby Flay da man

But our [actually it's my wife's] favorite program of his is "Throwdown! With Bobby Flay". In this program, in every episode Bobby Flay challenges cooks who are renowned for their specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off their signature dish.

During the competition, both chefs prepare their particular version of the dish, and both are then will be evaluated by local judges to determine the winner. Sounds fun 'eh?

In season 2 Episode 5, Flay challenged Matt Arnfield from New York City, the owner of A Salt & Battery and his infamous signature dish, Fish & Chip.

Matt Arnfield won this competition.

Matt Arnfield & Bobby Flay the Iron Chef

We bet his fish & chip must be very very very good, since he beat Bobby Flay in a throwdown! =)

Since we were in Manhattan, New York City last Fall, we took that opportunity to search for A Salt & Battery shop that is located in West Village, Manhattan to try the fish & chips ourselves.

After strolling around in Brooklyn and Greenwich Village the whole day, in the evening we headed to West Village by foot for a search mission of that place.

The shop from outside

We found the place which is located in the working class area of West Village, Manhattan. An authentic English fish & chips shop. Surprisingly, the place is not as grand as we thought.

It's only a tiny shop with few chairs and one long cornered table inside the place. Most of the costumers were ordering for to go. That impressed us. This must be good.

The shop, this time from inside and the only table

So we ordered ourselves their infamous haddock and halibut fish & chips. Add with some salt and tartar sauce, there we were, on the real treat.

Ordering for the best fish & chips. Authentic and typical wall of English fish & chips shop.

The fish was superdelicious. The crispy batter reduce to softness by stages, fried without being too greasy. The chips? It was amazing. Crispy and thick, with juicy and tender in the inside.

Together with the tartar sauce, it was a dynamite! My mouth is watering just by thinking of it again.

We came just because of you

So that was our dinner for that night. After spending almost an hour in the shop, enjoying every piece of the best fish & chips we have ever had.

My significant other and her baby sister enjoying every single piece of the delicacy

We left the shop and continue walking towards Chelsea area before heading back to Mid Town Manhattan using subway, where we we stayed for the whole week.

Walking back, looking for the subway station in Chelsea, Manhattan Island of New York City

And Bobby Flay, at least you lose to the best. Nothing to be ashamed about it =))

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Legalize Marijuana?

How you can tell somebody has been using marijuana?

There are some signs you might be able to see. If someone is high on marijuana, he or she might :
  • seem dizzy and have trouble walking;
  • seem silly and giggly for no reason;
  • have very red, bloodshot eyes; and
  • have a hard time remembering things that just happened

When the early effects fade, the user can become very HUNGRY and sleepy.

Note :

In U.S., there are 14 states which legally aprroved marijuana for medical use. So how harm is marijuana can be?

My wife and I recently watched on TV, a tv program about legalizing marijuana for the State of Pennsylvania.

One of the panel, a medical profesor from UPenn quoting, "well, the marijuana effect for human health is not that much". Does it shows how disharmful marijuana is?

You tell me =)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Women & the Mysterious Habit

Coach - bought last month

Cole Haan - bought recently at Milwaukee

Coach - bought recently at Milwaukee

Marc Jacob - Bought end of last Summer

Banana Republic - bought last Fall

All the bags above are new and my wife never used any of them yet. One of the bag, she bought it from online and the others, we bought it from outlets in Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

She only use two [2] handbags all this while.
  1. The old black Gap handbag that she bought at OU back in Malaysia to go to class.
  2. The other one is the Furla handbag for non-class purposes.

Furla - the first handbag she bought in US and always carry around. most of the time. all the time.

The "funny" part is that, most of the time, when we go out, she will throw all her stuffs including her purse, lipstick, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, sunglasses etc into my backpack and she will jalan berlenggang. [erk..??]

My poor backpack. My wife has her own compartment in this backpack.

Here's the thing, eventhough she already has a bunch of UNUSED handbags excluding those that we left back in Malaysia, she is still keen to buy more handbags and spend hours and hours looking at handbags online shopping websites. [??]

Well I guess, there are things that should be left unexplained and don't even ask why. Especially when it comes to women and their shopping habits. PEACE*

Because you will not get any acceptable justification and you never will. And I still don't understand.

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