Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sambal udang, sotong ..Otak Otak

Ever wonder how I could understand that text ??
This is what I eat every day and Malaya Bahasa(Malaysian Language) is written in English alphabets.

And what is Sambal ? Its kind of chili paste or something, Xtra hot material and udang should be Prawns and sotong would be Squid ( Thanks to the hotel breakfast every day I have which has pointers). Its all about fish here. Yea Nasi Lemak (Malaysian coconut rice) is basic food you can have in here.
I would say most of malay food is the perfect, well experimented or well thought about combination of Indian and chineese food.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


For getting to eat what I like, getting to see lot of greenary around, getting the sunrays direct to my face I wake up every day in KL .
This city boasts of lots of things from the fastest train in south east Asia to the talled twin towers in the world. I was lucky to experiance both. It has the best roads I have seen in this world and one of the best public transport systems.

I love this country for the kind of food that people eat here. Its a perfect blend of indian and chinese food. And the abundance of sea food make it the best for me.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Celebrate Onam when your are abroad and alone ?

Onam is coming near, and this world of professional nomads, many like me could be strangled in some part of world where you find yourself alone, away from others malayali's, not even one online on chat :(.
Yes onam is a festival which should be celebrated along with your family, in your house along with other who share joy in celebrating this festival. Onam is another important reason for malayali to come and meet their family, have couple of days away from work, eat typical mallu food. Onasadya, onakodi, onakali, oonjaal (the swing), athappoo and many more are part and parcel of this festival.

But what should others do, who are away from their family and working in odd timezone.
1.First thing that I would do is to find others like me in the city where I am, I am rest assured that there will be some one like me. Use google or any another social networking site to do so.Try to organize a meeting with all so that we could have dinner or lunch together and share of onam, may be on same day or nearest weekend.
2.Looking into fundamentals of this festival, its all about enjoying the hard work we have done (harvest festival, ofcourse we no more do paddy cultivation) , make sure that you spend enough that we really enjoy the day.
3.Never forget your family this day. Make sure you call your home, close relatives and friends this day. This is a very good reason why you should call them.
4.Make sure that you take atleast one of your colleagues to a nearest indian restaurant, and try sharing your experiences about Onam and Keralam.
5.Try doing something creative, may be you never get some flowers to make attaapoov, may be write a creative happy onam mail and send it across to all your friend.
6.Make this opportunity to do some more shopping, may be a set of new dress :), if Mr maveli comes this way, let him be happy that his praja is always happy.

Eat good food , wear the best dress, play hard and work less on Onam day