Lab guy marks another one

6 11 2010

Photo from a Disneyland (Anaheim, California) trip with Sagewin, Brother, and Friendship.

IN EPISODE 13 of season one of “The Big Bang Theory”, I found the following exchange to be unforgettable.

“Hey, check it out.  I got you a Batman cookie jar.” – Leonard

“Oh, neat.  What’s the occasion?” – Sheldon

“Well, you’re a friend and you like Batman and cookies…” – Leonard

Unforgettable because it’s one of those little things that bring someone special to mind.  Besides the obvious reference to The Brave and Bold, Leonard’s thoughtfulness brought to mind my genius of a friend, Sagewin.  See, even his nickname evokes the image of a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom.  So fitting for him that I often forget to refer to him by his real first name – Erwin.

He has never given me a Batman cookie jar.  But he has given me lots of Superman movie posters.  He knows I like Superman, movies, and posters.  Once I do get around to having them all framed and hung on the walls, I’ll send him photos.

We haven’t seen each other for years, and with each one that passes, I’m even more reminded that some bonds do defy distance, time, and even logic.  My friendship with Erwin has.  Especially the logic part – how else can I explain the patience with which a UC Davis Ph.D. candidate keeps a lowlife like myself for his friend?

Today, Saturday, November 6th, marks his birthday.  Happy birthday, Erwin!

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Just here for the chicken and probably noodles on the side

4 11 2010

My not-waterproof Canon IXUS860IS was at the mercy of the evening drizzle. But I couldn't resist taking a shot of this.


Zong at Westgate

THERE ARE restaurants that you keep going back to just because of one dish.  We go back to Zong just because my mother loves their salted egg-crusted chicken.  Around it, we build the menu.

For this weekend dinner at their Westgate branch, we made a spread that had fresh prawn dumplings (hakao), steamed pork spareribs with taro, prawns with broccoli flowers, hot and sour soup, spinach and seafood soup, and yang chow fried rice.

Prawn Hakao (fresh prawn dumpling)


Steamed Pork Spareribs with Taro


Prawn with Broccoli Flowers


There were a lot of broccoli in this dish. I favor the stalks, actually.


Hot and Sour Soup


Yang Chow Fried Rice

At any place that offers noodles, I would get myself some.  Here, I got myself a huge bowl of beef wanton noodle soup.  Not exactly disappointing, but cetainly not on a par with the likes of my all-time favorite Kim Hiong (in Ongpin), and my new favorite Mey Lin (hand-pulled noodles).

Beef Wanton Noodle Soup

I certainly don’t confine myself within the bounds of appetizer-soup-main course-dessert.  Because aside from the noodles, I also had to have their hot and sour soup, and the spinach and seafood soup.  At some point, I checked myself if I were fancying our usual Chinese dinner as some sort of degustation.  That, or probably, I was just my usual insatiable self.  Something that prompted a couple of things – firstly, ordering three of the top dishes of the night for takeout; and, secondly, crossing the street for dessert at Café Breton.

Insatiable means takeout!


I love the cobblestone feel of tables at Cafe Breton.


The bill!

Oh, I spoke too soon.  I meant, “prompted three things” as the Chinese theme extended well into the following night.  But this time, it was takeout from Ongpin, consisting of beancurd hot pot with mixed seafood, broccoli flowers and leaves in oyster sauce, and yang chow fried rice.

Beancurd Hot Pot with Mixed Seafood


Broccoli Flowers and Leaves in Oyster Sauce


Yang Chow Fried Rice



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