Food photography for Snacks & Bites

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Lekor - photography by CJ

Lekor nipis - photography by CJ

Rojak special - photography by CJ

Rojak special - photography by CJ

Ever tasted the delicious lekor (fish cracker) from Terengganu?

Ann, my good friend’s partner has setup a food stall (named Snacks & Bites) in Tesco, Melaka and I was requested to shoot two of the food she is selling: Lekor and rojak special.

Lekor is Terengganu most famous local food. It’s made primarily from a combination of dough (sago flour) and pounded fish mainly from mackerel and sardines, fried and served with hot chilli sauce. Basically there are few types of lekor Ann’s selling. One of those is lekor biji which round in shape, crispy outside and tasty inside. Another type is lekor nipis which is lekor cut into pieces and fried until it’s crispy (As photo above)

Rojak is a malay term for mixture, and it’s usually a fruit and vegetable sald dish commonly found in Malaysia. Rojak special Ann’s selling is the recipe from Ann’s mother, which is the mixture of fried tofu, fried fishball, fried tau kee (fried beancurd skin with minced fish filling), and a special chilli sauce mixed with ground peanuts and lime juice.   

If I were to rate these two dishes, I would give:

  • 9/10 for lekor, it tasted very much like those I had in Terengganu
  • 8/10 for rojak special, it’s delicious especially the mixture with the sauce added, however I am not a big fans of tofu so I always order without the fried tofu.

The hygiene of Ann’s stall is good. Cooking utensils, cooking oil, environment and workers are clean and tidy. One thing I suggested to Ann in order to improve would be replacing the polystyrene cups and plates she is using. Being an environmental lover too, she noticed that and would replace those soon.

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Did you know: recycle paper

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I am not a virgin by http://www.naturalandsustainable.com

I am not a virgin by http://www.naturalandsustainable.com

Why Recycle Paper?
Statistics show the following:

  • A typical office generates about one pound of paper per employee and that from that paper, 77 percent of what is wasted in offices across the country is recyclable.
  • Most of the paper wasted is high grade paper.
  • Using old paper to make new paper uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than making paper from trees.
  • Pollution is also reduced by 95 percent when used paper is made into new sheets.
  • 40 percent of all waste going to landfills is paper. Cutting down on paper waste will extend the lives of our landfills.
  • Newspaper can be recycled into egg cartons, game boards, new newspaper, gift boxes, animal bedding, insulation and packaging material.
  • Office paper is recycled into paper towels, tissue paper and toilet paper.
  • Corrugated cardboard is created into new cardboard and cereal boxes.

With these facts about recycling paper the multiple benefits to the environment are obvious.

[source: http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Facts_About_Recycling_Paper]
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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Santa's Reward from http://www.scottgustafson.com

Santa's Reward by http://www.scottgustafson.com

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

“VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
“115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.”

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Newsman Francis Pharcellus Church wrote The Sun's response to Virginia.

Newsman Francis Pharcellus Church wrote The Sun's response to Virginia.

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

[source: Newseum http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/]
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Does evil exist?

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The professor of a university challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?” A student answered bravely, “Yes, he did”.

The professor then asked, “If God created everything, then he created evil. Since evil exists (as noticed by our own actions), so God is evil. The student couldn’t respond to that statement causing the professor to conclude that he had “proved” that “belief in God” was a fairy tale, and therefore worthless.

Another student raised his hand and asked the professor, “May I pose a question? ” “Of course” answered the professor.

The young student stood up and asked : “Professor does Cold exists?”

The professor answered, “What kind of question is that? …Of course the cold exists… haven’t you ever been cold?”

The young student answered, “In fact sir, Cold does not exist. According to the laws of Physics, what we consider cold, in fact is the absence of heat. Anything is able to be studied as long as it transmits energy (heat). Absolute Zero is the total absence of heat, but cold does not exist. What we have done is create a term to describe how we feel if we don’t have body heat or we are not hot.”

“And, does Dark exist?”, he continued. The professor answered “Of course”. This time the student responded, “Again you’re wrong, Sir. Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in fact simply the absence of light. Light can be studied, darkness can not. Darkness cannot be broken down. A simple ray of light tears the darkness and illuminates the surface where the light beam finishes. Dark is a term that we humans have created to describe what happens when there’s lack of light.”

Finally, the student asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?” The professor replied, “Of course it exists, as I mentioned at the beginning, we see violations, crimes and violence anywhere in the world, and those things are evil.”

The student responded, “Sir, Evil does not exist. Just as in the previous cases, Evil is a term which man has created to describe the result of the absence of God’s presence in the hearts of man.”

After this, the professor bowed down his head, and didn’t answer back.

 [source: http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/religion/a/einstein_god.htm]

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[新闻] 印尼‧5年了,心仍在痛‧南亚大海啸灾民创伤难癒

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(印尼‧楠普克)12月26日,是南亚大海啸5週年。当年承受生离死別、家园消失的灾民,如今也逐渐恢復正常的生活步调。

然而,对於10岁的伊科拉来说,这是她永远挥之不去的惨痛回忆。除了父亲外,她的家人都在海啸中遇难。

伊科拉来自印尼苏门达腊楠普克(Lampuk)一个平静的小渔村,2004年12月26日发生南亚大海啸时,巨大的水墙把这个渔村从地图上狠狠抹去。

亚齐省以回教徒居多,但当地100多名华裔週日(12月20日)在班达亚齐举行集体悼念会,放河灯及供奉祭品,悼念葬身大海的亡魂。(图:法新社)

亚齐省以回教徒居多,但当地100多名华裔週日(12月20日)在班达亚齐举行集体悼念会,放河灯及供奉祭品,悼念葬身大海的亡魂。(图:法新社)

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