Nescafe Ice review

nescafe ice can

Nescafe Ice is the newest lineup in the canned drinks portfolio of
Nestle Nescafe brand of coffee products. Nescafe already has a canned
drink range, in the slimmer and taller canned and ready to drink form
factor, with a variety of flavors. Nescafe Ice is the new product that
conforms to the standard 330 ml canned format.

nescafe ice deep chill

Nescafe Ice is the latest product in the Nescafe drinks line to jump
on the X Ice bandwagon. It is marketed as Nescafe coffee with a “deep
chill sensation”, which is a phrase for making “it contains mint” sound
better. πŸ˜‰

nescafe ice mint

Nescafe Ice has mint added to it like all the other X Ice products
out there. However, it is the first non-carbonated canned drink in
Malaysia to add mint and the “Ice” suffix to it. It does have a mint
aftertaste to it, which can be pleasant on a hot day, but still, coffee
is coffee. Nescafe Ice doesn’t offer anything new, but it’s a
refreshing drink…

Nescafe Ice is great for those who want the convenience of coffee in a
can. Personally, I drink a lot of coffee (not the euphemism, coffee
coffee) in a working day, and I like the mint aftertaste, so I consider
it a great addition to Nescafe’s canned drinks portfolio. forum suggestions

I’m peaking like fuck right now (insane dose) but you didn’t need to
know that, I’m sure. I’ll just get straight to the point – in this
tweaked out, I-want-do-do-something frame of mind, I’ve decided to jump
on the forum bandwagon. I figured that since I’m not around most of the
time, I’ll make this blog more interactive.

I’m going to set that up today (while I’m still productive – that
is, if I don’t die from a stroke in the next few minutes, which is a
big if, considering the probably malignant hypertension that I’m
currently experiencing with extreme cranial pressure extending to
behind the eyeballs, permanent chest pain, ultra rapid heartbeat, and
extreme breathing difficulties, but I digress and bore with details)
and I’m open for forum topic suggestions.

Off the top of my head, there will be:

Open to all:

General discussion
It’s like a pre-requisite for a forum, or so I hear…

Forum member introduction
Please make this your first stop – a short post to tell us about
yourself. It can be as detailed as you want (feel free to tell us the
details about your bowel movement patterns) or as vague as you want
(just say hi).

The Lounge
Inspired by bl – talk about any topic under the sun, perfect for the
bored reader who wants to talk, or just while away some time at work at
your employer’s expense. πŸ˜‰

Food and snacks forum
This will be a forum for all foodies – talk about anything and
everything related to food, excluding restaurants. Basically, if you
can eat it (without fatal consequences) it goes in there.
Except if it is psychoactive, there’s another forum for that. This will
be a celebration to food and food only. That means no other threads
besides ones that elicit saliva in response.

Restaurants and cafes
Venues for food – know a great place for eating? Share your cuisine
experiences! We want details. Pictures allows in here, so go crazy.

Tech and gadgets
Tech talk…consumer electronics, PDA’s, cell phones, anything…you
can buy/sell/trade here too, but caveat emptor. I’m not going to be
responsible for reader-reader exchanges.

Music and bands
This is where you talk about anything with a beat, and even those
without. Warning: Posting about how you love a boy band is probably
going to get you flamed. πŸ˜‰
I’m thinking about allowing .mp3 files to be uploaded here.

Movies and TV
The latest blockbuster to the lamest B movie – talk about films,
movies, anime, whatever rocks your boat. Links to torrents/direct
downloads are unofficially encouraged, but uploads are impossible
unless it’s a paid privilege, due to bandwidth issues (bandwidth costs
money, ya know ;)). Oh, and XXX movies doesn’t go here – it goes into
the other forum.

Books and literature
The written word – talk about books, literature, hell, even The Bible,
if you like. Reviews and recommendations to critical dissertations, as
long as the source is printed, it goes here.

This is where you can talk about upcoming events or organize one…

The Rest of the Known World
The forum for Australians, Americans, etc. πŸ˜‰

Adults-only forums (passive age check):

Passive means that it’s not going to be enforced, I just have to
legally state that these forums are not for the ones under 12/16/18/21
(refer to state laws) years of age due to its content, but if you tell
me you’re 18, who am I to say you’re not? πŸ˜‰
Basically, there will be a checkbox saying that you are 18 years and
over while registering as a member (free), and you have to check that
in order to view and post in these forums.
That means I’m counting on you to tell me if you’re a minor – if you’re
a minor and you check that box anyway, I can’t be held legally
responsible…but that is not officially condoned or encouraged, since
I have to legally say that too.
In fact, from a legal standpoint, I shouldn’t even be stating the
obvious, people automatically check the 18 an over checkbox anyway.
But I don’t encourage that. At least I can’t legally say that I condone that practice. πŸ˜‰

Drug discussion
Illicit, OTC, Rx, any recreational drug discussion forum, and that includes pharmaceuticals.
Heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, benzodiazepines, pharmaceuticals,
psychedelics, anything that has recreational potential – please post
about it. Legal or illegal, prescription-only or over the counter, from
the usual suspects to research chemicals – if it can be used
recreationally in the broadest interpretation of the word, we want to
talk about it.

Note: The server farm I’m on is drug-friendly, it
took me a long time to find one that is, so don’t worry about legal
ramifications. Anonymity is encouraged, but not enforced. Just use
common sense, don’t slam law enforcement here, but don’t get unduly
worried too – the server is hosted in the US and I’ve been assured that
in the unlikely event that a US law enforcement arm request details
about the blog, the good people managing the hosting center I’m with
will do a complete transfer of content to The Netherlands instead,
where they have another server farm.
That’s the reason I chose this particular hosting service – no one can
legally get on my server due to ambiguous legal circumstances that I
have the privilege of enjoying due to the geographical (and thus
jurisdiction-wise) location of this server and where I am currently at.
I was advised to host my stuff at the server farm in The Netherlands,
but I didn’t want to, coz I wanted to be on the US internet pipeline.
However, I’ve been assured that I can and will be moved there, in the
unlikely case that legal issues arise. Thus, don’t worry about IP logs,
I won’t log the forum IP addresses – and don’t worry about what you
post…if push comes to shove, this will all be moved to The
Netherlands. The significance of that particular country? One word: bl
is hosted there. OK, maybe that’s 4, but you get the point. πŸ˜‰
Your privacy is protected here.

The Dark Side
Just like the bl forum, this is the yin to balance the yang – drug
dependency and withdrawal, health issues, quitting drugs…it’ll be a
supportive forum, no flaming the addicts and all that. The drug forums
are not meant to replace the great ones out there – it’s just “our
place”, a more personal forum with more accurate regional context.
It’ll be the friends of veritas helping each other out (literally, if
you’re in the same geographical location) kind of thing. Like the forum
above, no dealing is allowed, please take that elsewhere. By elsewhere,
I mean email me directly instead. πŸ˜‰

Clubbing and nightlife
Share how you got wasted during the weekend…drug culture discussion goes here.

Ethanol and tobacco
The intoxicating liquor and the flavorful leaf – cigarette and alcohol
topics, legal vices only. There will be a certain (perhaps significant)
group who uses drugs and drinks and smokes too, but the former should
go where it belongs. You’re welcome in the Drug discussion forum. You
may not be over here, coz a lot of people who smoke and drink do not
take illicit substances.
Thus, ethanol and tobacco related subjects only. Oh, and Bhutan
citizens are welcome here, we know your government is legally insane. πŸ˜‰

Life and living
These forums are not strictly adults only, but the threads are not minor friendly either, so age-check will be used.

Working Life
The forum for the working class (white or blue, there’s no such distinction now) to bitch about work. πŸ˜‰

College and University
Tell us about life in varsity. No holds barred, this is the place where
you can run Top #10 most aesthetically pleasing girls in your faculty,
talk about which classes to avoid in a university coz of the lecturer
from hell, or conversely, which ones to take, coz of a lenient
lecturer. Hell, you can even talk about that guy you like in your
class, and hopefully a friend of his can post the phone number.
It’s everything about the best years of your life – who is fucking who,
which chicks are easy, ways to score points with a tutor, how to bypass
that web proxy in your halls of residence, what clubs to go to around
your uni, etc. A place to hook people up in the same university, create
networks for friendship, relationship, clubbing events management,
meet-ups, or who has “stuff” in your city.
Oh, and that last one will be deleted, no dealing drugs in the forums.
Stuff is alright though, that generic term can mean anything. You could
be talking about who has that Chemistry textbook you need for Chemistry
101 for all I (legally) care. πŸ˜‰

The Grapevine
Tell us about a rumor you heard, or just slander someone you hate e.g. one of my co-workers is a drug user.
The place where reputations can be torn down to shreds and characters figuratively assassinated.
There is only one rule: You’re responsible for what you write, so if
you call me in the middle of the night, asking to remove a certain
derogatory and untrue post you made while drunk…I will, but it would
be easier if you didn’t post that in the first place.
Cheaper too, since I would appreciate a token reload to my cell phone
so that I can get online using EDGE/GPRS coz I don’t have a net
connection at home. πŸ˜‰

Sex, Love and Relationships
Discussion about relationships – not porn, rather relationship advice
and sexual issues. Advice on whether or not to break up with that
cheating two-timing boyfriend of yours (yes) or whether to break up
with the drug using boyfriend of yours (no ;)) – it’ll be the forum for
all relationships – love, sex, friends with benefits.

Local news and political discussion
The place where you discuss news and political decisions – anything
which affects you, be it legislation that is about to be passed, who
you’re voting for, issues like arming the National Drug Agency (bad
move)…let us know what you think. You have a right to express your
opinion and the moderators have a right to delete it if they deem that
it’s unconstructive.
Examples of comments that will be deleted: “I hate (insert race) coz (reason).” does not tolerate racist or bigoted remarks. Policy
discussion is encouraged, as is calls for reform, but not attacks based
solely on racial/religious/cultural differences.
It’s in adults for two reasons: that’s the age of suffrage and to facilitate more mature discussion.

XX chromosomes
The forum for XY chromosomes. The posts are likely to offend:
“Empowered new age women” or whatever they call themselves nowadays. πŸ˜‰
Most likely the above and then some. Let’s not forget about SNAGs, rushing to defend a female to get in her pants. πŸ˜‰
Unless you’re “one of the guys”, or has a sense of humor, please don’t
go flaming around in here. Lesbians, homosexuals of the feminine
variety, females who has a non-hetero sexual orientation, or whatever’s
the PC word of the day – you’re welcome too. πŸ™‚
It’s a place for the people to enjoy feminine aesthetics (doesn’t
matter if you’re male, female, or “other”), and posts may contain
“juvenile language”, “vulgar depictions”, or “derogatory remarks”, and
most likely all three.

Site related:

Suggestions and complaints
Let’s hear it – this forum will be a work in process, and suggestions
and criticisms are always welcome, but not always implemented. πŸ˜‰

Restricted access:

Ministry of Truth
(Forum members with access with have a symbol)
veritas will post here, and the said posts may or may not be reposted
on (and as it stands, it looks like it won’t be). This
forum is access restricted – it’s for trusted people only, with strict
screening and perma-ban on violation of NDA.
My apologies to my family, my gf, my co-workers and known acquaintances
of said groups of people – for obvious reasons, you will not be able to
view this forum.
No, it will not be spidered or cached, and no, I won’t allow access to the abovementioned, so don’t bother asking. :p
This will contain posts by veritas – complete with pictures and videos. Just like it was. Just like it always will be.
There, I found a solution to the authentication problem. πŸ˜‰ blog posts
(Forum members will gain access upon reaching 35 posts and will have
posting privileges upon 60 posts – this will be indicated to
differentiate active forum members and lurkers)
This is where new blog posts will appear in advance of
the actual posting at the blog. The lead time can be minutes to days to
never – this is where the drafts are posted for earlier reading (if you
have reading privileges) and comments (if you have posting privileges).
The comments will be ported to the blog, chronologically.
This will also be where the “missing” posts will be…as well as entries that will never be posted on the blog…
Note: This forum will not be accessible to the people who’re associated
with my family, girlfriend or co-workers, even if the requirements are
met. The rule does not apply to people who are not in that group, but
the posting requirements are, to establish that you are not affiliated
with the abovementioned groups listed in veritas’s ban list.
Moderators and bloggers I know will have automatic access without having to hit the 35 post requirement.
The same NDA also applies to everyone, since this forum will contain
posts of a sensitive nature. Leaking out information = permanent ban.

Moderator news
(Moderators only – the moderators will have the Moderator tag)
This forum is open to moderators only. Policy, news, stuff like that. Moderators will be emailed upon a new post.

I would need moderators to well, moderate the forum, and if you want to be one, you can email
and I’ll get back to you. I’ll give you an email address
with POP and SMTP privileges (which I won’t cap, so you can go crazy
and put up attachments up to 6 GB and run amok with the bandwidth*) and
web mail (IMAP) access. I’ll foot the bill. I’ll throw in a token
angpow of RM 6 as a small gesture of appreciation and a hand written
letter to boot.

*Please read The Fine Print (TM) below. πŸ˜‰

Preference will be given to people who’re online a lot (it’s a bit
of a requirement, since you’ll need to pop in now and then :p), and
people who comment a lot will be given #1 priority. It’s open to
lurkers too, basically anyone who’s interested will be considered.

The Fine Print:
The accounts going over 5 GB per month will receive a polite email from
me to request reasonable use and the suggestion of Gmail as an
alternate p0rn exchanging system. I won’t shut down accounts, but in
the case of non-compliance, I’ll kill one kitten for each 1 GB over 5
GB you use and email the gristly video to you so that you’ll have the
conscience of that weighing on you before you decide to send that email
with the 645 MB p0rn .avi attachment. πŸ˜‰
One kitten will be massacred with a balisong and gutted in a manner
which RSPCA will not approve of and recorded to be emailed to you for
each 1 GB over 5 GB you use per month until the guilt convinces you to
stop or I run out of kittens, whichever comes first.
The above does not apply if you can email me back within 48 hours (hey,
I have to search for kittens, that needs time) with an acceptable
Acceptable explanations include:
1. “I was using it to send a 6 GB zip file of my recently deceased
(insert family member) to (insert another family member) for
2. “(Insert primary email service) died on me, and I had to send that
extremely important 7 GB presentation/assignment/company accounts to my
(check one: employer/lecturer/client) which will (cross out the ones
that does not apply: get me that 1 million dollar worth contract/either
make me graduate or have to repeat another semester/be instrumental in
my career for promotion prospects and/or huge bonuses).”
3. “Don’t get your panties all in a twist, proleate. Jesus, it’s always
with the bandwidth bills, I’m sick of hearing about it. Here’s $1
million from my trust fund, don’t bother me again.” (In the case of
which I will give you all the bandwidth you want, and my soul thrown in
for good measure)

Explanation #1 and #2 will make me release the kitten and explanation #3 will never happen. πŸ˜‰

Unacceptable explanations include:

“I was using it to exchange movies and/or porn to with my friends”

and will result in an email reply to request that you use your
work/uni/ISP email instead…and a movie clip of one kitten being
killed by me. πŸ˜‰

Please add any suggestions and email me if you’re interested in becoming a moderator.

Oh, and if I kick the bucket today, please tell my parents I love
them, and that I died happily (if not peacefully). One other thing,
tell them to keep this blog alive, renew the domains and hosting. My
password is (insert root password before passing out). πŸ˜‰

Feel free to post-humorously kick my ass for not taking sensible
counter-measures to quickly self-medicate by chemically overriding the
screaming NE and DA production, arresting the absorption of the
time-released stimulants (had a combo of IV, smoking and oral ingestion
at the same time, and the last one can be nullified with charcoal
pills), lowering the seizure threshold with a combo of quick acting and
long lasting cocktail of lorazepam and clonazepam, and heavily sedating
myself with midazolam and massive doses of alprazolam and diazepam (all
of which is in abundance just 3 meters away), but illogically choosing
to ride the high instead. πŸ™‚

Come to think of it, while you’re at it, you might as well tell my
gf that I’m sorry about everything, send my employers my regrets for
not being able to finish the current project I’m working on due to my
untimely demise (and tell them to get a C# programmer to finish it, the
code I wrote is near completion for RC 1 and is well documented to
boot, so a 30 day fixed term contract C# programmer should be more than
enough to complete the build, the latest of which is in my notebook,
which you can have (the code, not the notebook), on the condition that
no other files or folders are touched, coz some of them are quite
incriminating, and not just to myself, but 5-6 (maybe 10) other people
as well, but if said files and folders (which will be referred to as
“photos and videos” henceforth) are accidentally viewed, please
promptly forget that you saw what you saw, and for Christ’s sake, don’t
tell my gf, but my parents already know, so pass the notebook to them
after said source code is extracted, and remember, the notebook goes to
my parents, not my gf, it’s very important, the difference between
grief and anger, I kid, there’s nothing incriminating here ;)), and
nominate someone amongst the readers to keep the comment spam at bay.
Oh, and pass my non-existent Cayman Islands account number
1-6-0110-666-6 to my lawyer so he can disburse the funds in this order:

60% to my parents and sister
30% for him to do the necessary money laundering to legitimatize the
profits from drug trafficking which that account contains (it’s cool,
he’s a lawyer, he does stuff like this all the time)
6% to my gf (and it should be reminded that my notebook, CD-Rs, hard
disks and other media storing device, inclusive of anything which can
potentially store .jpg, .jpeg, .avi, .mov, and .mpeg suffixes goes to
my parents, not my gf, a very important distinction)
and 4% to the person who actually believes this. πŸ˜‰

Excuse me, I should be setting up the forum. Hit me in the comments or email
to express interest in becoming a moderator. There is no time frame or
cutoff period coz I don’t even have the forum up yet. I’m putting it
between my work related programming and the Sunday mass I have to go to
tomorrow. Kidding. About attending mass, that is. πŸ˜‰

Well, enough verbal diarrhea, it seems that I’m not going to die
tonight, since I feel slightly better now, but I’m going to take more,
so it’s 50-50 either way, but I’m serious about the forum. Hit me to
tell me the preferred forum you want to be moderating, and understand
that some forums will be less popular than others and that I will be
choosing based on qualification for certain forums (e.g. drug
discussion, which shouldn’t be moderated by someone who hasn’t taken
anything stronger than Asprin, or the dark side, which wouldn’t bode
well should it be moderated by someone who only smokes cannabis, or the
grapevine, which would be hell of a forum to moderate and still thread
the thin line between free speech and libel lawsuits against me ;)).

General discussion and The Lounge and others like that doesn’t need
a prerequisite except having a strong online presence (that means you
have net access at least 4 hours a day, it’ll be good if your job
involves sitting in front of a computer), since those two are the
probably high traffic ones.

The forum will hopefully be self-sustaining and provide fresh
user-contributed interactive content so there will be something new to
read every time you hit the blog. I’m working on another project (for
the blog, not work) which will be announced soon as a feasibility
study. I’m counting on the latter to create a self-sustaining blog,
literally, so hopefully that one pans out.

First things first though…hit me at
I’ll be here all weekend, which sounds sad, but is necessary to
complete both work and personal projects, with chemical assistance,
naturally. πŸ˜‰

It should be noted that the forum will have a different intellectual
property stance – the stuff you post is yours. You retain all the
copyrights to it, and “own” it, to put it bluntly. Thus, please ensure
that it’s not copyrighted by someone else i.e. post photos you have
taken yourself/have the copyrights of or those under public
domain/Creative Commons (remember to give credit) licenses only.

This IP stance goes for all the posts people make as well – you own
the words you write and you’re responsible for it. Basically, anything
you post here is (C) (Insert Your Name). This allows forum users to
retain their intellectual property and distances myself from IP dispute
issues at the same time. It also relieves me from libel lawsuits if you
decide that talking about your boss/some prominent politician/etc and
putting real names (both yours and theirs) is a good idea. πŸ˜‰

That’s not to say that I won’t delete posts you regret making
though, here at the forums, we go the extra length to
make sure that you can speak freely and protect you* at the same time.

Nifty, eh. πŸ˜‰

*Fine print is here: I’ll protect your rights the best I can, but in
order for me to do that, you have to understand that you can’t e.g.
slander someone with a good lawyer, unless it’s true (in which case
you’ll have to convince the court with hard evidence) and even then,
political figures attracts unwanted attention. In line with our free
speech stance, you can do whatever you want, and we’ll protect your
right to do it, but if shit hits the fan, it’ll be best for all if it
doesn’t have a real name to fly to, if you get what I mean…

For those who don’t – if you’re going to slander someone, for
Christ’s sake (or for your sake) don’t put your real name, and since
the IP’s are not logged, that means you can say whatever you want.
Unless there is a takedown notice issued to me, in the case of which I
will comply, to protect my own interests.

The gist of it is – use common sense, I won’t hand over server logs,
coz I can’t, but don’t get me in trouble either, coz I can’t afford to
since I’m a *newsflash* drug user and all, and that means that I will
be in trouble, should the police, say, raid my place, or, do a urine
test on me. You won’t, of course, but think of the children! I mean,
think of me. πŸ˜‰

OK, enough writing, I’ll be doing more forum creation from now on.

I’ll furnish progress reports from time to time in the comments.

Jesus, now that sounds really sad…

Right, if you’re interested…

Italiano’s Pizza and Pasta review

italianos kuching

Italiano’s Pizza and Pasta is an authentic Italian eating
establishment located at Abell Road in Kuching. The place is owned by
an Italian and it’s been in operation for quite a while, and with a
reputation for authentic Italian food to boot (no pun intended).

italianos interior

The interior of the place is nicely done, there is a lot of wood
based furniture and a large replica of the outline of Italy strung
together with cloth with the colors of the Italian flag on the ceiling.

italianos napkin

Italiano’s has a set lunch promotion going on for RM 9.90, with a
choice of four different main dishes. I went there for lunch just now
with my co-workers Penny and Mancy. We each ordered a different main so
we could try the different variations.

italianos waitress

The person in charge of our table was friendly and attentive – the
service at Italiano’s Pizza and Pasta is great, and the waitress was
kind enough to accommodate unusual requests like customers asking to
take photos of her. πŸ˜‰

italianos soup

The meal started with the soup of the day – it’s a tomato based
creamy soup, with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower,
carrots and various other ingredients. It’s a hearty soup, nice and

italianos pizza

This is one of the mains that we ordered. Pizza Margherita
is described as “pizza bread baked with tomato sauce and cheese”. It
has a thin base and is unlike the topping piled American style pizzas.
This is a more authentic Italian pizza with just tomato sauce, cheese
and herbs. It’s great – I give this two thumbs up!

italianos risotto

The second main dish that we shared is Risotto Francheska
which the menu bills as “Italiano’s style tomato rice cooked with
tomato sauce and vegetables”. I liked this dish as well; the risotto is
rich and creamy, with a lingering aftertaste.

italianos pene

The last main that we ordered is Pene Arabiata,
which is “short tube pasta cooked with tomato, dry chilly, olives, and
garlic in tomato sauce”. This is a spicy dish, and that always scores
points with me. It tastes good and it’s always fun to stab penne rigate
with a fork. πŸ˜‰

italianos mirela

I wanted to order tiramisu, unfortunately Italiano’s were out, so
Mirela recommended another dessert. At least, that’s how I remember the
spelling as she enunciated it out for me. She’s not from Italy, as I
assumed, but is of Bosnian origin. She’s really friendly, and has this
fragile beauty about her…but I digress, we should be talking about

italianos pudding

This is the pudding type dessert that Mirela (pronounced MIER-la)
recommended. I don’t know what it’s made of, but it’s very creamy, with
a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a sweet aftertaste. It’s has cherry
sauce and chocolate drizzled over it, but it’s not cloyingly sweet, it
manages to allow the creamy taste to dominate the pudding. It’s

Italiano’s Pizza and Pasta comes highly recommended from me. The
food is good, the ambience is warm, and the service is great. You can’t
go wrong with Italiano’s if you’re looking for authentic Italian food
in Kuching.

Sobranie Mints cigarettes

sobranie mints

Sobranie is a London based cigarette brand and Sobranie Mints is one
of their slim cigarette product lines. Sobranie Mints are not available
in Malaysia, as far as I know, but I managed to get a pack of these,
courtesy of Irene. Thanks!

sobranie mints back

This pack of Sobranie Mints is from Korea and the back of the pack
describes it as “A menthol cigarette of style and distinction from the
famous House of Sobranie”. These cigarettes are definitely different
from the first look – the pack is long and thin.

sobranie mints specialty cigarettes

Sobranie Mints are marketed as specialty cigarettes and retails for
much higher than normal premium cigarette brands, from what I gather
from the prices on the Internet cigarette retailers. It certainly looks
nice, with the blue-green hued graphics…

sobranie mints made uk

This particular pack is made in the UK despite the Korean
characters. It’s an ultra light cigarette with 5 mg tar and 0.5 mg

sobranie mints pack compare

Here’s a size comparison to give perspective to the dimensions of
the Sobranie Mints cigarette pack. It’s much longer and slimmer than
regular King Sized cigarettes.

sobranie mints foil

The pack is lined with gold foil with “Sobranie” inscribed on it.

sobranie mints cigarettes

The Sobranie Mint cigarettes have a nice greenish blue hue on the
filters, which slowly tapers off as it reaches the end. The tip of the
filter has a gold band and letters spelling SOBRANIE, also in gold. The
cigarette body is inscribed with “Mints”, written in the same bluish
green color, in italics and underscored. This is one classy cigarette…

sobranie mints filter holes

Here’s a closer look at the Sobranie Mints filter – notice the two arrays of airflow holes…

sobranie mints cigarette compare

This is another side-by-side comparison to a regular cigarette.
Sobranie Mints are much longer and slimmer, with an equally generous

sobranie mints cigarette

Sobranie Mints are fun to smoke. It feels strange to hold such a
slim and almost fragile cigarette instead of the regular sized ones.
Sobranie Mints smokes well too, with nice notes of mint dominating the
tobacco taste. It’s well made and burns nice and long, producing a very
satisfying smoke.

sobranie mints end

I finished the pack of Sobranie Mints before I knew it. It really is
that good. I wouldn’t say that it’ll replace your regular cigarettes,
but these things are so fun to smoke that you can’t help but smoke
every one of them…

Chocolate umbrellas

chocolate umbrella canopy

I noticed this whimsical chocolate umbrella display in a grocery
shop just now. There are two different colored display umbrellas
housing arrays of smaller chocolate umbrellas underneath the canopy.

chocolate umbrella ribbon

The chocolate umbrellas come in two flavors – strawberry cream and
orange cream. It retails for RM 1.50 each. These mini replica umbrellas
have a hooked handle and a tapering cone, making it look like an
unopened umbrella. It comes with a pretty ribbon to boot. πŸ˜‰

chocolate umbrella wrapper

Upon removing the wrapper, I found another paper-foil wrapped around
the chocolate umbrella. These things are called gizitas umbrella
chocolate & (orange or strawberry) cream.

chocolate umbrella shiny

The unwrapping of the second layer reveals a shiny cone of
chocolate, with a plastic base that acts as a handle and also doubles
as a decor.

chocolate umbrella inside

The strawberry cream and orange cream chocolate umbrellas taste
pretty much the same to me. It’s an Indonesian product, and you know
what their chocolate tastes like, no offence. πŸ˜‰ The chocolate umbrella
is made up of a cream center, followed by a layer of wafer, which is
filled with actual sugar granules (!), followed by another layer of
wafer, which is then coated with chocolate.

It’s nothing to write home about. I just thought the chocolate umbrella display was interesting. πŸ™‚

Wall’s Paddle Pop Hip Hop Jelly

walls paddle pop hip hop jelly

Hip Hop Jelly is the latest variant of the Wall’s Paddle Pop series
of iced confectionary and it offers something unique – it’s not ice

paddlepop hip hop jelly

It goes for RM 1 each, in line with the Paddle Pop pricing structure, which has always targeted children as it’s primary market.

hip hop jelly wobble

The Paddle Pop Hip Hop Jelly is described as an apple and peach
flavored ice confection, but the thing that makes it stand out is
it’s…well, malleable nature.

hip hop jelly

Download: Hip Hop Jelly []

Look at Mr. Happy. πŸ˜‰ In short, it’s very flexible. I imagine a lot
of fun can be derived from shaking said ice confectionary by its
primary target market. It doesn’t lose its structural integrity by
being shaken. That’s probably where the “hip hop” name comes from – it
wobbles instead…

hip hop jelly china

Hip Hop Jelly is made in China and seems to be made primarily from
jelly and a lot of air bubbles. The inside is made up of an unknown
substance which seems to be a cross between jello and ice.

hip hop jelly inside

The jelly tastes surprisingly good too…the apple and peach flavors
is very thirst quenching and I had five of the Paddle Pop Hip Hop
Jellies in a row. It’s a hot day, and these things are fun to eat.

Pizza Hut Ocean Treasure Tempura King Prawn

tempura king prawn promo

The Tempura King Prawn platter is the latest addition to the Ocean Treasure series of Pizza Hut offerings. The tagline goes The king on the platter joins the ocean treasure and it’s a side dish for the Ocean Treasure pizza series.

ocean treasure pizza

The flagship of the Ocean Treasure series is the Ocean Treasure
Pizza, which has prawns, calamari, crab sticks and other seafood as the
topping of the pizza.

ocean treasure pizza slice

I’ve always liked the Ocean Treasure Pizza – there’s nothing like baked crab sticks…it just has this delicious texture to it.

tempura king prawn platter

The Tempura King Prawn platter is described as “a delicious bundle
of crispy golden bites made up of crunchy Tempura King Prawns,
irresistible Tempura Calamari Rings and tasty Criss Cut Fries with Cool
Lime Mayonnaise”.

It’s good – the tempura king prawns are great and the dip is nice
and creamy, but I found the fries to be the best thing on this side

At least it’s not crinkle fries. πŸ˜‰

Pepsi Fire and Pepsi Ice

pepsi fire pepsi ice

Pepsi came out with two new additions to their range of drinks. It comes in a pair – Pepsi Fire and Pepsi Ice. Pepsi Fire is billed as Cola on Fire
and images on the can depict a “hot” theme, with fiery red color
schemes and fonts. Pepsi Ice on the other hand goes with the “cold”
theme, and it’s billed as Ice Mint Cola, with crystals and such to contribute to a cool theme.

Pepsi Fire has an intense amber color and two
people commented that it has a warm note, much like drinking Chivas
Regal with coke. I didn’t notice that at first myself, but then again,
my taste buds aren’t all that pristine. I did notice a slight hint of
strange warmth as I drank it though, and it tastes like regular Pepsi
spiked with alcohol.

pepsi fire ice drink

Pepsi Ice on the other hand is artificially blue in
color. There are a lot of X Ice offerings out there e.g. 7-Up Ice,
Sprite Ice etc, just to name a few. Pepsi Ice differentiates itself
with hints of mint though – you can really taste the cooling mint
element in the drink. I prefer the color of Pepsi Fire though; X Ice
has been done to death…

pepsi fire ice mix

Now, the next test is to mix equal portions of Pepsi Fire and Pepsi
Ice to create a Pepsi Fire and Ice drink. πŸ™‚ I had wanted to do that
ever since I saw the ads for the drinks a while ago – it seemed like
the natural thing to do.

pepsi fire ice violet

I first filled a glass with a quarter of Pepsi Fire and then put in
an equal amount of Pepsi Ice. The color changed from amber to purple
and settled to a slightly clear violet colored concoction. It tasted
like…well, Pepsi.

pepsi fire ice fire

Pepsi Fire and Ice could rejuvenate the sex industry – temperature
differential fellatio (or hot and cold blowjobs as experts refer to it)
where the working lady swaps in an ice cube could be replaced with a
can of Pepsi Fire and another of Pepsi Ice before administration in
sequence. πŸ˜‰

pepsi fire

Pepsi Fire. Feel the burn!

CNY red underwear!

cny red underwear shop

I was out with a couple of friends and we chanced upon these bright
red underwear for sale – it’s meant for Chinese New Year. It was quite
popular too, as quite a few people were looking at it. We were doing
that too, when a sales person came up and asked us what size I was. I
told her I didn’t know, and we discussed about the merits of having a
loose versus tight fit. πŸ˜‰

cny red underwear

We all bought one box of the red underwears each. I didn’t have time
to have a detailed look at them last night. Besides, I can’t read
Chinese. Thus, I brought them to the office this morning and got them

cny red underwear 3

The Emilio Valentino 100% combed cotton briefs comes in a set of
three. I bought the L sized ones, while one of my friends went for the
M and the other had to go for XL.

cny red underwear chai

One of them has the Chinese character Chai meaning
Prosperity emblazoned in gold across the bright red underwear. This
interplay of color is supposed to be very auspicious – the red, a
traditional color of the Lunar New Year celebrations for the Chinese,
combined with gold, which symbolizes wealth, comes together to make on
hell of a prosperous brief.
You’ll want to be wearing these when you’re gambling.
Sure win one!

cny red underwear dragon

The other has an image of a dragon, presumably to symbolize the “dragon” that lies under the bulge when one is wearing it.

cny red underwear prosperity

The third and last one has the gold Chinese character for Fu,
which roughly translates to happiness, in the family context. It’s
probably wise to be donning these on during the Chinese New Year eve
reunion dinner to avoid unwanted questions and stop bickering relatives
(if any).

cny red underwear angpow

It also comes with ang pow (red packets)!

So there you go – the complete package for Chinese New Year.
Prosperity for gambling sessions, dragon for you-know-what sessions,
and happiness/unity for the reunion dinner. All bases covered.

cny red underwear wearing chai

Don’t forget to tell me in advance if you want to set up the
traditional Chinese New Year gambling session…I’ll be donning this Chai brief on the outside. I’ll be letting it all hang out. πŸ˜‰

Elektra the movie

elektra banner

I caught Elektra during the weekend with a bunch of friends. I
didn’t plan on going to the cineplex, but we just happened to pass by
and decided to catch a movie. The only one showing was Elektra (12:30
am). I am familiar with Jennifer Garner from Alias Season One and Two
(which I watched back to back, while stoned most of the time).

elektra merchandise

The popcorn and snacks bar had a showcase of Elektra merchandise –
there was a beanie with “Elektra” on it, the cuff that Jennifer Garner
wears as Elektra in the movie on her right arm (RM 69.90) and a cell
phone Dangly Thing (TM) going for RM 20. I was attracted to it for some
reason. I can’t explain it, I have never bought those things and didn’t
think I ever would.

elektra snack bar

I was wrong. Can I be excused on the grounds that I wasn’t sober at
that time? :p I bought the Elektra cell phone dangly thing and affixed
it to my cell phone right there on the snack bar. I had so much trouble
coz I didn’t know where to affix it (never had one, remember?), so it
took the better part of 5 minutes and a friend together with the
counter girl to help me.

elektra box

I had a better look at it just now – it’s enclosed in a box with the Elektra logo on all four sides…

elektra box marvel

…and the Marvel and 20th Century Fox logo on the opening side.

elektra second look

The cell phone dangly thing itself is the standard string affixed
accessory that fits most cell phones. It’s made of solid stainless
steel and has two nifty parts that allows it some degree of movement.
One side has the Elektra logo…

elektra marvel embossed

…and the other is embossed with “TM & (c) 2005 MARVEL. (c) TCFCC”.

elektra dangly thing

Thus, I found myself in possession of a cell phone dangly thing.
It’s not that bad though, I found it rather useful for the times you
put it in your side pocket – the metal rod can hang out and allow easy
“pull” retrieval of the cell phone. Nifty.

elektra movie

Oh, and Elektra the movie? It sucked. But hey, it had Jennifer Garner in it, so it didn’t suck that hard.

OMG, the warnings are all true! My IQ dropped the instant I bought a cell phone dangly thing!

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