Wednesday, October 31, 2012

and a funny radio design

ReviewReviewReviewJan 15, '11 10:44 PM
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Category:Computers & Electronics
Product Type: Other
Manufacturer:  -
Juat look at this  gadget . Itis a  radio with a funny for me design !
As fpr its operation i codnt have any comment since this was a defunct radio, just operating to make noise !!

 The  front panel with the speaker

The top panel showing trhe knobs and remain . The On off button togeter with volume is the knob from the  left above the rtight LCD  panel ,and is onw of the  two working knobs of the radio

Also tuning knob is working , but just two carriers can be haerd

Here is a different point of view

and from here  is the headphones power supply and radio band (FM MW only )

2 CommentsChronological   Reverse   Threaded

smile6670 wrote on Jan 16, '11
Nothing..but cute

portstevos wrote on Jan 18, '11
this must be a look but no go radio! Sure does look the part and cute but if it cannot pick up a station, maybe it is just a one off faulty radio, perhaps another will work great, where did you get it Zach?

SR 2562 MP3 player 256 MB

ReviewReviewReviewJan 27, '07 8:15 PM
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Category:Computers & Electronics
Product Type: Other
Manufacturer:  OSIO
The above numeral seems not to correspond with any MP3 model found in the internet so I suppose it is named by our local importer. Two weeks ago we were the intermedaite to sugegst for a project that includes playback of speeches. I was a little disappointed that the local store did not make any deduction ever for such number… Its street price is just Eu 35

Its box uses a built in magnet for the opening-closure of the box. The player is put inside a b black plastic foil as shown in the picture .Under the plastic foil you can find two operating instructions booklets, a USB to Chinese mini-USB cable a mini CD and a battery.

As you may see the model is quite sporty in contrast to our use. The cord includes a mini compass as ‘bonus‘. The battery is drained by the time.

The model requested was 256 MB. AS it will be used speeches, it does not require standard MP3 levels.I tested today that for talks or speeches, just 16 kb on WMA (using Winamp) are enough! 22 kb WMA are sufficient for near-to-FM quality.

And here you will find a summary after using with sample files for about 2 hours

1. Greek as well Chinese letters in the mp3 name cannot be correctly shown.THis comes in contrast with its surely Chinese origin! In all these 3 cases the corresponding ASCIi roman character set waas shown.

2. Languages used are modern and traditional Chinese English German French Dutch and Korean
3. Its earphones have bad curving: middle tones are enhanced, comparing to mine Degen 929 earphones
4. Comparing to other MP3s the audio is a little bassy
5. FM radio: has better sensitivity over Sansa E130. Also it has better audio response over Sansa 130 ….seemsa as simeilar to my degen 828

Spectrum analysis of pink noise files showed the following results:
-MP3 128 is linear, till 18.1 kHz (MP3 128 bandwidth)
-WMA 48 (the highest compromise for 44 kHz) was also linear to 18.1 kHz curved then up to 20.1 kHz then dropped to zero
the resulted noise however was much distorted.
-WMA 64 was with the same curve as WMA 48 but better audio
Based on this , the player plays music exactly ‘as is’.
But mixing WMA and MP3s together can cause the player to crash and reboot…..For this reason, i converted all MP3 files into WMA.

Recording: it has 4 setting but all of them are very low quality. I could neither use it for voice recording . Winamp shown 32 kb/8 kHz for the best setting. .

Transfer speeds: about 1 MB/sec, using watch

As by result the MP3 player is quite good for radio and has better audio over my others but lacks good quality recording.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thai coking made easy

Thai  coking made easy

 Sukhum Kittivech

This is a 100 pg color book made Wei chuan Publishing , a subsidiary  from the well known  food manufacturer in  Taiwan . Sukum Kittivech the author is a cooker in S California , as noticed in the pages of this book. The book is written  in both Chinese and English
This is one of my oldest books  I have from Chinese cooking .

This book is structured this way :
-conversion table
-Seasoning  sauces , spices , cutting vegetables
-How to make several seasoning  sauces
-recipes a a semi random way . 2-3 recipes per page with ingredients structured in ‘modules’  and photos of required ingredients

Several of the  recipes  notice in the book : 

Chicken  salad , ground mea in lime sauce , pork salad with shrimps , tai sausage , papaya salad , tai BBQ , beef swerved BBQ (same with the Indonesian recipe) , , baked rainbow trout (same with the fish in wrapped aluminum foil ), tai toast (shrimps and minced eat deep-fried in piece of bred ), son in law eggs (traditional Chinese recipe) , fried chicken in cashew nuts , stir fried pork and curry , rock and roll clams, chicken and red curry , (soup), masaman beef, chicken soup, tai spaghetti , spicy  chicken in fried rice , fried bananas , Thai custard tai ice coffee or tea !

Among simplicity or difficulty? Most recipes ere easy to make with most ingredients art between 3and 12

Did I do anything? I already made  several recipes , the most interesting I made was  the tai toast as well a recipe with grilled prawn in lemon and fish sauce

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Indonesian English Echols Dictionary

Echols Dictionary
Indonesian English

Echols Indonesian  English dictionary  is possibly one of the best Indonesian  dictionaries > I had the second edition (a small  book of ca A6 size )  but on ca 2000 found the  third  edition which is much bigger than the previous . qnd here I make some comparisons

The  second edition as above noticed uses  the old writing with dj and tj for j and c respectively Since I have gifted  the book 4 years ago to the library , I do not remember  its edition with less than 200  pages in total > I have found that there is a  fourth edition
IN contrast the 3rd  edition is much fuller also hardbound as the 2nd with more than 600 pages of entries . You can find also all the  English relative words , many jawa and sunda 

Except this , it is a typical dictionary . No info on the language or grammar .suitable for someone who knows a bit of the language as me. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Discipline without shouting or spanking

Discipline  without shouting or spanking
Jenny Wyckoff and Barbara Unell

And something now very different now . This is a  book on how  to learn to your children discipline  the relatively easy way .

As you may see  this is a  English lang book translated into English . This publisher is specialized in piratical books for handling children but has also cultural activities!

This book is mainly a tips and hints book but has a special  structure for much easier  use (ie as reference ) written this way :
Small description
How to obstruct such situations
How to solve these  situations with do’s and don’t;s
A case study

Her is an example

How to handle a child which is  a ‘couch slave’ and  plays  either Playstation or watches TV

Obstruction : switch off the TV , do more action , let you child find new ideas to be more energetic
- solving this problem : let the child using them (as eg watching TV for less than 2 hours ), show her to be more active , praise her when the subject is carried out
- don’t’s  : don’t ler you r child watch TV the time you work on the house  ,  neither  leave the child eat while watching TV

Some other nice tips for discipline:
-charge your child a work to do in a specified time
-the grandma rule : ‘ when you work , you eat’ , ie a style of agreement “ when you carry out the work I want , you will what you wish”
-praise your child after she carries her job!

More than 30 cases are referred in this book. I sample some of them

Aggressive behavior
The child adheres to his parents
Destroys Articles
Asks for more freedom
Not obeying  what you say
Back talk
I want it now !

Our usage? : Yes  for several of these cases . Sometimes with success sometimes without …
I think that this book is a good companion  to embarrassed parents.


Complete Malaysian cookbook

Complete Malaysian cookbook

More than 240 recipes are refereed to this  18x 18  cm book of ca 270 pages and a pric of  ?9 .
This is the last book I ordered  this year on Jun 12 as part of cooking series and concludes   my line of cooking recipes
Written by a native Malaysian  chef of  possibly Chinese origin is a color edition. This book has a different  aspect of recipes divided  by region (county )

Here is a  small pickup of recipes  by the region some of them are referred by tre author (notice that I only refer to the titles of recipes without further explanation )

Johor : Laksa johor , laksa bersundas , mee rebus, sayur lodeh , teochow fish
Melaka : ikan masak kuah lada , nyonya ayam (nyonya inhabitant  Chinese )
Negeri Sembilan: rending rimbau, renadang pinang , dodol
Selagor : (my picks )fish and curry , prawn sambal , beef steak
Pahang:: rendang daging , dadar  masak acar
Kelantan: kuzi ayam  , egg curry , kerabu sotong kering
Terenganu : sambal ikan , kembong, ayam solak , nasi minyak , nasi ulam
Penang: penang laksa , penang acar , roti jala , chicken breiyani
Kedah (Kataha a region with arab also taste ) acar limau , masak Arab daging , danca  Arab Kedah
Perlis : gilai daging , kurma daging perlis
Saabh/Sarawak : sambal santan daging , dendang daging , madu kameyan

How easy are they? Well tre all kinds of easiness to very complex –either by ingredients  or by difficulty . Most of them requie at least 6 ingredients . exceot of the difficulty of finding the proper material se also describes the use of kuali (a small wok)

How many I made so far? As for the moment I have made the recipe of the cover page , the satay , together wit its accompanied peanut  sauce. Relatively  easy recipe

Kuala Lumpur Melaca and Penang

Lonely planet

Kuala Lumpur Melaca and Penang

This was a  book I was  expecting  for some time  for helping a  feind of me and student , who was to visit Kuala Lumpur  for a summit together wit h some travel reasons in order to learn something from the city . 
However the book  was tht time under  print . I did a pre order in one of the main bookstores in my city , and was arrived  ca 2 months after ! Anyway the book has  not been used so much until  writing this review (though still partially ….)
This book has the  typical PL design format though  this new version has several  design modifications
As for example  the cover paper is matte instead of plasticized
For example on the  second and third sheet show a map of the region (W Malaysia ) and there are  small typo clouds  showing the picks  of the point
There are (as with other books)  pictures of the top picks of the region . Some very ncie pictures show the Petronas towers , the KL Chinatown . The Batu caves , the nyonya food, the Merdeka square and many more .
Then is a chapter with some general info
Events  by month
Itineraries – shopping info –travel wit children

Then the description   is the same as with previous book(s)
On start the when  , why , food blogs, night markets , net  resources
History  - sights – tours - festivals – sleeping – eating  (with price level tag ie $ $$ $$$ )- transport-

A chapter with history  together  with a timeline on bottom page A special  box referred to orang asli and separate for bumiputras
Malay cuisine
Culture with similar info as in previous book
Environment chapter  with a box  referred on tigers on Penang
Specia chapters  for dictionary tranport health languages

This book in total is very interesting for you  to prepare your travel and

Cook Malaysian !

Cook Malaysian !
Lee sook Ching

One of my oldest  again books on Malaysian  cooking  bought in mid 90s  which is one of the most vcomplete  reference books . This was one of my first  ever  books in Malaysian cooking and this has a format  close to A4 paper and is hardbound

This is a classical  recipe cookbook with standard hierarchy . It first starts with  terms of cooking together with a shot of most ingredients and some drawings and hints for cooking

Then the series  gies this way together with some random recipes :
Rice : nasi lemak , nasi beriani , kunyit
Meat: satay ,spring rolls ,rendang
Poultry : almond chicken ayam , golek
Seafood : otakotak , pie apple curry
Egs and soy : sambal telur , eggs with crabmeat
Veggies: gado gado , fried eggplant
Soups : streamed melon soup , chicken and corn , beef soup
Noodles: laksa lemak
Desserts (20):  pineapple tarts , vadai
Misc : soybean milk

Glossary of all ingredients translated in Malay and Chinese and in Chinese characters with short explanation and description . It is by far the  most comprehensive list in more tna 15 pages
A short description of spices
Also : if a term is in Malay or Chinese  is shown in italics. (in order to look in glossary )

This is a clearly textbook. However there are about 30-40 pages in between  this text showing the most interesting recipes . But the recipes  are shown in far pages . AS for example the satay  photo shown on pg 123 the recipe is referred on page 31
The last  color sheet shows a photo with all ingredients. And other page shows 71 of the most used veggies
If the recipes  are easy? Well most of them are very complex in terms of ingredients  and  very few are  simple . and ver many ingredients  were not available
If I did any recipes? Yes but I did only one (nasi  beriani ) with nearly the half of ingredients > he most peculiar was the  poppy seeds

This is the reason I kept this book on the shelf

PS: from this book I have learned about the fish called pomphret.  a wide fish . till previously I thought it had  relation  to ……….wafer! (called gofret in Greek , this fish is not included in any English dictionary) (until I saw a picture of it in the internet )

Malaysian favorites

Women weekly 
 Malaysian  favorites

This year ;looking for  something  easy for Malaysian  cooking  I was  quite much looking not only on the net but also on Amazon  for a small  but quite  easy book on Malay cooking . This book as advertized there was with the promise for easy and fast Malay cooking

And really  this  book after received together  with a bunch of other cooking books in the June 12 order , can be deemed this way . as with most recipe books is a small less than A5 sized  books and fully colored with about 35 recipes , each of them shown in the one page and on the other with  the recipe

Here are part of these  recipes :

Hot and sour soup (hhm  yummy and my top Chinese dish made with nearly everything ) prawn laksa , curried lamb pastries , laksa  lemak , spicy fish  in banana leaves , rending , curry capitan (!!??), squid curry , beef stir fry with ginger (look at the photo , is the middle book receipe ), swordfish curry , mutton and potato cury , cucumber and pineapple sambal , roti canai (pita bread ), mee goreng

From these above  I have  tested the recipe on the photo  twice with slightly different techniques with slightly different results

This book is general has some peculiarities :
Instead of oil is uses ghee (Indian butter )
This recipe uses soda (something uncommon as  far I know )
There are some other recipes with nonstandard ingredients for example silverbeet or okra , so I don’t believe  that all of these   are really Malay or just thoughts of the author

IN general  several  of these  recipes are quite easy  to do with medium level of ingredients (appx 7-10  )

Indonesian dishes

THE Chinese book for Indonesian dishes

Don’t freak looking this book !
This is a bilingual book written  in Chinese and English with nice and delicious dishes  from Indonesia. It is one of my oldest  indo cooking recipes, possibly more than  15 years ago !! and it is written in HK

For this  reason I m not sure when I bought it and how , though surely via letter .
As with the Murdoch books this is also a pictorial book  with ca  40 recipes , Instead of Murdoch’s  (I will call here as M ) this book  ha a big photo on the right or the left pane which the opposite page  has the  recipe in bot Chinese and English .
Instead of  describing you  the  contents I will show  you only  part of the  recipes :
Indonesian baked fish with banana leaves (similar  to M’s fish in alu foil ) , acar , satay chicken , padang beef (close to rendang beef) padang chicken , pegedel  (with minced potato?), beef  soto (soup  with beef and veggies )gado gado (spicy salad with peanut sauce )sambal eggs , fried rice ,kola kola (vegetables in coconut milk ) , coconut milk doughnut and others

On the end of this book there are pictorials of the ingredients (sauces are shown inside small Chinese  plates ) plus illustration on how to make pastes , dips fry peanuts , tofu and coconut spreads

Several  of the names here are  somehow different  then in other book (as eg the  rending is shown as padang )
The most interesting  recipe  here comes  with a story of me . it is gado gado , a recipe not shown in other book so far. I still remember  when I was  in Bali , one day we were to visit the lake of Bali , we were to visit the orang asli people . ON the top of the mountain , we made a short  pause   for ca 15 minutes  for drinking a coffee
In the  meantime before  starting this tour , on the hotel  were have eaten enough  for breakfast . IN this bar waiting , looking at the hotel’s bar I have seen this gado gado and because I have eaten enough before ,  I  had the mood to taste but did not. So it was something that kept  to my mind. But 8-9 years after I tried it in Matahari , the Indonesian  restaurant  in my city!
This  gado gado is basically  a spicy salad with tofu beans eggs and other vegetables

Difficulty level of these recipes ? No so much with not so many ingredients  . I have tried several  but the only problem was the non availability of many ingredients (as eg belacan laos and gula Java )for example , unless you replace them with something  local

Friday, October 12, 2012

Colins gem M-E E-M dictionary (Eng Malay )


This is my first ever Malay dictionary  bought from Collins in UK directly on early 90s  via lewtter As as fan of books  i know the company and  these dictionaries  from miid80s  as for that time i have bought the Greek version which is very handy and very practical due to its  small size  7 x 10 cm

There is also a very funny case that i took with me on our trip to Bali on Sep 2000  Our host fir touring Bali was quite surprised looking at this ! (not even that i knew his main language  )

Now bavk to the dictionary . In contrast  to the greek version , this book uses bot only the ejaan baru (new speling )but shows also the use of vowels , the changes in consonant letters , the prefixes and suffixes again in the new system

The next  chapter shows some grammatical information again with all pre- and suffixes  and their meaning , the numerals ( sowing : orang , ekor , buah , biji , batang, helai , keping ), the numbers (by some way i always forget the sebelas  as the 10 ), the ordinals ( 1/5th etc ) , the Arabic month s, weights, times , Malays states ,

Instead  of   describing  the dictionary entries  i will show you with pictures :

The Malays English part is shown this way: There are 288 pages

The English  Malay part is shown this way . This part is included n pages 290 -614

IN any way  this book  was very helpful  for those older times and is more than enough  for the traveler

Wednesday, October 10, 2012



As you may know Lonely Planet is one of the most authoritative  publishers of  tourist  books in earth . This  book (in contrast  to more  than other 70 countries ) did nt exist in the bookstore (Public) so I made  an order  via them on 2011.
The  total time  was I think ca 1 week

I Previously  found from the local market the book  for Bali/Lombok  we used during our trip on 2000

Now back to the book  with just a description of the contents

This book is quite thick of ca 640 pages , with Malaysia contained in pages 89-490  for  Spore on 491-570 and for Brunei 571-594
  • First text pages refer to the latest political situation in Malaysia  till 2008-9
  • Then pages for itineraries
  • 15 pages with history of Malaysia . But most of it (2/3)contains the more recent history  from Mahathir till today . IN these pages are  several short stories of as eg  of the founder of Malaysia Kini , the Malaysian annals m, the site  of Sabri Zain’s Sejarah Malaysia  and the Peranakans
  •  Pages  about Malaysian culture : lifestyle , economy , media , religion , architecture , music , crafts . as for Music  these singers are  shown: Zainal , Nurhaliza, Adibah , Sh Majid , Kugiran Faizal  Atilia Fran (I know all except Atilia ). From Singapore they refer Electrico Corine May .    KH Chan , Stef Sun , Tanya Chua and Ah Du
  • Food and drinks including regional species and related vocabulary
  • Environment :about the nature  . Special reference to green turtles (in Rantau Abang??)
  • Outdoor activities

Then  each chapter shows a short history  of the area in mind (say eg Kuala Lumpur ), highlights , climate , orientation , info maps m sights activities , tours events , sleeping , eating , drinking, entertainment , shipping , getting there away . Everything  with addresses , phones web pages and how to get there

Special health chapter (with recommended vaccinations such as  tetanus hepatitis measles polio typhoid vancella ) as recommended  by WHO

Special language  chapter with th  most  necessary vocabulary . Also special chapter for Singlish.

A typical  Lonely Planet  design (pictorial with tabloid design ) with several extras . Notice  that included wee some updates on 3/12/10 though listed as unverified with corrections /changes to the text

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baraem and commentary on .... (read inside !)


Baraem is a children TV channel more particularly for preschool children with Arabic headquarters . IN a short check today I found that this channel is indeed part of al Jazeera and is aired via the 13E Hotbird satellite

We used this TVchannel in order to get rid from the possibly ‘destructive’ influence of Winx (if any ) that could be caused with the ‘magics and spells’ and now this is our daughter’s favorite  TV channel (many times she asks for Baraem ) with slightly less interest in Star the nationwide TV channel and she watches it mostly on local afternoons 8 pm ie before she goes to night sleep .

This is not exactly the reason to write this article but rather  for the reason you will see at near he end of it So please be patient !

IN this channel you will not watch Sponge Bob or Dora the explorer (though the latter is quite affiliated ) but are many other series possibly more interesting than them . . Since I do nt know Arabic (I am only intending to learn the numbers ! ) I will try to describe them here:

A locally produced puppet show

Cila tula : this is only with exact title as it is Arabic . This is a TV show with a female show woman , two puppets style Muppet show , many children and their mothers that play upon the guidance from the show woman

Reihanna and zhuzhu : here I have a picture of them as above .I don’t know if it is Arabic or American , but shows these two puppets living in a forest together with a ‘bus’ and some other puppets including another that seems like an alien

Emergeny cars : a medium class CGI produced cartoon (quasi 3D). these cars also transform into robots (exactly as happened with the movie transformers !)

Fire fighters : with the same CGI graphics as the previous .suppose from same coampny , which is American , and nearly the same way of stories

A series with a young girl and a mini dragon . An interactive story as Dora the explorer . She opens gate doors , takes the key from this door etc Also CGI produced Look the pic above !

The unfortunate monkey : this is the most sophisticated in graphic terms (CGI ) showing a monkey in a jungle who strives to live but always is unfortunate

………………and many other series . the above are the currently airing via Baraem

Now the reason to write this article . I thought that Max adventures were one of the most sophisticated anime series in CGI tech . This made me reconsider it thinking thtat the monkey is also on the same level


I looked on Al Jazeera Children and Rai Gulp with more series  having the same very high class graphics !

Wednesday, October 3, 2012



AW Hamilton
and this is the last book from my order for Malay language , written again by A W Hamilton in a size of A5 and layout as wit the books bought and then returned back to Amazon . Tough not noticed anywhere in the book for who is the publishing company, there was only the printing company at the lest rear page in Milton Keynes. I decided to keep the book , as with some minimal research i did not find it in any online library

This is a book wit the most simple format with just a short into text and all the proverbs . What surprises me is the 'Romanization ' of the Malay text as it is uses the character ch instead of c (of ejaan batu ) and tak (from tidak )is written as ta’ .
That possibly means to me it has been written on end of 19th century or early 20th when Hamilton in between others founded a different Romanization system as Malays have today with ejaan baru

Ther are a total of ca 300 proverbs , each proverb is followed by a verbatim translation then by its meaning

I show here two examples

Aku bukan budak makan pinang
I am not a child of the banana eating stage
I am not a simpleton but of the mature age

Malu bertanya resat jalan
If shy to ask you will lose your way
If slow to question you go astray

Biar putih tulang jangan putih mata (dan kecewa???as a song says )
Better white bones than the white of the eye
Rather them shame it were better to die

I think that this book has not only invaluable information but also has a historical value as public domain that possibly cannot be found anywhere



Yet another book of he March 12 Order for Malay language and  culture written by Hasan Muhammad Ali again from the Singaporean publisher Times Inc and shows  te idioms as a format of compound words
And another book with interesting info

Chapter 1 is just the introduction
Chapter 2 describes idioms as like a play with words sh9wing  some examples as with anak engkat (adopted child )
chapter 3 discusses the reason to use the idioms with examples from various texts
chapter 4 discusses  the meaning of symbols on how the Malaysians language  is a proverbial language
Then on part two it shows the Malaysian idioms with this format :
  • idioms - compound words sorted alphabetically
  • translation or explanation in English
  • re-translation in Malay 
  • an example 
  • its translation  in English 
These are a total of 300  expressions . Those times  i had some time to compare it with the book kamus bahasa baku , which is my largest Malay - English dictionary with use of more than 10 years . BY comparing the first  30 entries , 12 of them were not found in the dictionary

MY opinion is that this book tgouh introductory still can help quite the student of  the language


A W Hamilton

This is another book of the special order made via Amazon this year (2012 ) on Feb - Mar together with books  related to Malaysia
Pantun in this book  is described as " the popular vehicle for the expression of poetic feeling among Malays in a vesicle which is called in their tongue as Pantun , pronounced as pan toone '

Looking a bit  on these pantuns i recognize that :
1. Pantun is actually a quatrain
2. There is a uncommon rhyme , the first and the third line have the same rhyme . same happens with the 2 and 4 th line

Consider this pantun  shown in the back of this  rhyme

Berapa tinngi pucuk pinang
    tinngi lagi asap diri
berapa tinngi GUnug Lendang
'   tinngi lagi harap hati

translated as

however high the palm he stretches
   higher is the smoke of fire
however the Mount Ophir reaches
    higher still is my heart's desire

So i can suppose the Malays have a good tradition for rhyming their lives

As for the structure of the book , afer the introductory test , there are 150 quatrains presented. The main txt is shown in the right pages while  a caption (with the main meaning ) and the translation is shown in the left part
On the end of the text there is a vocabulary  of 900  word

This book is written by AW Hamiton and is a re-edition of 1987. Due to the structure of the tect i can suppose that this possibly has been written more than 1 century as another book of him is now on public domain . Look at the next posting !(Malay proverbs )

Tuesday, October 2, 2012




This book is one of my oldest cooking  recipes  book which I bought on  90s in UK  when  I  visited  London for 5 th  time! I was  the filler  person for a group of 3  to visit London and Paris , and I think that I bought it from Dillons  book mega-store in Charing Cross (I dunno does this store still  exist? I didn’t find any web page from them in the web  )

This book  could be better  called as leaflet of 60 pages  with the same size  with the previous books ,but the most important  difference is the color and the  illustration . as the  publisher is Murdoch , it has the  design of a newspaper  with 3 columns  , with  4 photos  for the step by step and a  full-page picture   in the right pane  with the finished  recipe. And a small  colored box shows  the  ingredients .

The  second page shows many things:  a conversion between  Australian and British systems , a mini glossary , a  recipe  simplicity mark with peppers and oven temperatures . But this is not unique to this book as all these books of this series (I have also Lebanese  cooking  guide ) use this reference in this page.

The 4th and 5 th page sow all the necessary  ingredients with some minimal info together  with  suggested  replacements

Each  two pages show a recipe  as noticed above . Chapters are separated by the types of meals . Below are  the chapters  with sample recipes:

Soups /satay /accompaniments : example recipes are beef and veggie soup , satays with peanut sauce , fried banana , sambal oelek , cucumber relish (made with vinegar , sugar , salt and mint , as far as  heard  this  is barely  Indonesian as the older days  there  was also a Greek version! )

Rice and veggies : coconut rice , nasi goreng (fried rice ), pineapple curry
Meat and poultry : meat balls with tomato vermicelli , beef rendang , padang chicken
Seafood: king prawns with peanuts, baked fish (wrapped in alu  foil with spices )fish cutlets in curry sauce
Desserts : mango crepes , steamed bananas with cinnamon and coconut sauce

What is  the most important  is that all dishes (including the others here omitted ) are very easy  to be made . The step by step picture procedure helps very much  in  simplifying the whole process .

As  this book is quite old , I have made all these above  recipes with success . MY most favorite  from all is the beef rendang , he fish wrapped in alu-foil , he cucumer relish and the peanut sauce covered satays !

Thai cookery secrets

Thai  cookery secrets

 by Chris Dhillon

Something  tht you possibly not know  is that I also  cook sometimes . But please  bear in minf that  I prefer to  cook rather  Asian  cuisine  than local . I do it more than 15 years ago  and I also have a wok  but for electricity  rather for gas (which I do nt have )

This  book is one of the ca 100 books  of Asian cooking and one of my most recent purchases  via Amazon   this June . Tough  bought that time this is the first  time I made a recipe from this book

Now I ma returning back to this book  and the recipe I made , which  consisted  from prawns (though fresh  was required by the recipe  I used  frozen! ), garlic , grated lime  zest (??? I used lemon rind instead ) red chili (I used sambal olek instead ) ginger cumin oil and lime juice , and still the recipe was delicious

I am now  to describe  the book  with its structure  with first some intro :
 Chris(ine ) Dhillon  promises with this book to cook delicious curries and pad thai (the street  style of Thai cooking  with noodles  mixed with eggs peanuts shallots etc )

In this book  at first  the ingredients are described together  with their substitutes for example you can use ginger instead of galangal! This is  on chapter 2

Ch 3 : herbs used in Thai cuisine and how to grow them  in house : coriander , basil, garlic , lemongrass  etc

Ch 4: Thai ingredients by nutrition and health

Ch 5 : equipment . eg coffee grinder suitable to grind ingredients , a blender a wok . How to season the wok . (only  for  gas , as for my electric oven it is not  required )

Ch 6 : tips for cooking , preparation , finding the tasty balance and tis for stir frying . I use  wooden spatula to stir the ingredients

Ch 7 curry pastes with minimal description

Part 2 : step by step recipes  with some examples 

-Curry pastes  and sauces :  recipes on how to make them
-Appetizers : examples: fish cakes , chicken satay, tempura veggie
-Coconut milk curies : masaman curry , aubergine curry
-Water curries ; traditional pork curry
-Stir fried : basil chicken , cashe chicken 
-Pad thai :  prawn pad thai , chicken pad thai
-Soups : chicken in coconut milk , chicken noodle
-Veggie dishes : pak choi,
-Rice  dishes : steamed jasmine rice , stir fried  rice 
-Noodles : Bangkok stret style  dishes
-Salads : Pork with lemongrass chicken salad 
-Desserts : exotic fruit salad

MY notices :

1) Most of the mentioned ingredients  are – or possibly were – available in specialty  grocery store , as well as Lidl (the German hypermarkets under the name Vitasia )

2) Most of these recipes  are generally  very easy to implement . and require  not so much time to be cooked (tough preparation can be  of 15 minutes ! )



digging little more in my malay boooks collection this is  the oldeest of these books , of my age! (1963) Look at the photo below

I am not sure when i boght this book but must be about 6 years ago , I found i think via internet  from a local bookstore in UK involving old books, and seemingly scarce and is the first edition

IN the preface the writer mentions two important  Proverbs 'lain lubok lain ikan nya' (each region it its distinct customs ) as a difficulty  to register he local procedures One more important proverb noticed there is biar niah anak , jangan mati adat (ew prefer to lose a child  than a custom )

This book is a 128 page book  wit paper reminding type of old newspaper. Size is smaller than A5 and by context is by far the  most detailed reference book for customs , especially for Malay  ethics.

Here i  will show you the structure of the book  without going into details . and only for the human ethics (not the  royal ethics as i was not interested )  that  covers nearly the one third of the book

Chapter 1 : House hold and kampong customs

Chapter 2: earlobe piercing , - bersunat (circumcision )- beranak /bersalin (chilbirth and delivery )
the last part shows soem inteesting analysis as :
- lengann or kirim perut (riocking over abdomen - mitoha? in INS )
-actual delivery
-making or naming baby
- tempoh berpantung /taboo period  for the first 44 days / ie the period  the mother is banned to do anything
- bathing the mother after 44 days 

Chapter 3 : marriage
 1 - marriage of a maiden

    a- selection and study of to be bride " before choose the wife choose the parents first
    b - application of bride's hand / betrothal / dowry/ token (ring for example )
    c) sending dowry and solemnization of marriage  of behalf of a kadhi
 2 -hair finishing & teeth filling
     -henna staining
 3 -bersanding (sitting on bride couch)
  -mandi2  berlimau (ceremonial bathing )
  -samburt menyambut (bride's visit to the groom's house )

2 marriage of a widow
 ask for hand
special : marriage ceremony of a young children widow

Chapter 4 Funeral

there are not subchapters  here ; all this process is described  in 8 pages in 3 large sets


Royal malay customs and traditions
this is the part i m not interested  so i skip it !! (though these are double pages )

Grey scale photos showing  materials  used in ceremonies : Swords

Enggku Mai's bio (possibly the person interviewed  for making this book available )

A comment : this  book is by far the most detailed from the books related to  Malay traditions . As it is half century old i can suppose some of these processes  are possibly vanished or simplified . Only a young Malaysian can advise me !

Book: Malay customs and etiquette

Malay customs and etiquette
By Datin NOor Aini Syed Amir  (DNASA )

Mrs DNASA  for short as referred in the book is the daughter of a diplomat and wife of a prince . and as referred in the book she has a log history of writing  from her youth and lives in Perlis
This is one of the books ordered in April this year via Amazon . I had the chance the previous days to have a semi fast  reading of this book that consists of ca90 pages that have been rad in ca 2 hours ! The text is quite simply written with very few unknown words to me , that I skipped , and made for the sake for writing this article.

The book is written in early 90s in S’pore  by time books with a foreword by Saizuddin Chik  minister of Culture  in Msia  ,though all photos  are of the 60s era  (for Greece)

This book goes with basic insights on Malaysian customs. IN contrast to the other books referred before , it digs deeper  into the etiquette  on  what is necessary  for the foreigner  to know (dressing , gifting etc) . For example  the first don’ts  are not to wear the shoes inside the house , as it is a Muslim country . Salam  as noticed in oter books  is shown here  with a picture . Also on how women have to sit as the yoga position  is deemed rude . How you pick some one by using the thumb pointing . The halal food and how pork is deemed for Malays as well the cow for Indians .

Her eis a  brief passage of the chapters followed

Table manners : eating  with fingers ad the process  of washing with kendi . Process for eating nasi daun pisang  with the banana leaf . eating with chopstick  or fork and spoon . The special spoon

Festivals :  after showing the basic listing of festivals , there is a reference for Open Houses (described as  the date the master of the house open the house for special occasion  to his relatives frinds etc ) with the description of appropriate gifts to ethnicity and dressing per occasion

Life happenings (birth marriage  etc )
- ON birth of confinement , suggestion of gifts (though  flowers are one of the best for every occasion throughout the book ) and includes  3 special ceremonies naik buaian /poton jambul/ jejak tanah
-  birthdays : shows  landmark births  and special on 60s
- marriage : with some analysis  to 4 ceremonies : hantar tanda , bertanang , akad nikah , bersanding
- funeral : about the dressing I was  quite impressed that though the main dressing   for Malays is  white , dark dressing  is the most suitable for foreigners

I jump the chapters  for Indian and Chinese  customs and go to the most complex part: addressing people

IN the page 74 the writer suggests , that if you meet a high class person VIP and hyou are confused how to address him , Is better to address him   by a higher level (something that happened in Greece  many years ago )

IN same chapter it continues with several tables for styling rulers  governonrs  royals appointed offices.
 Also included  are several royal words  as patik as equivalent  to say (I), the sudden word auntie as informal word to call an elder woman (this is refered in the book as anecdote )

This is a short overview of the book with a minimal commentary
IN short this book describes the what I have to learn to attend a Malaysian hapoening together with some etiquette