Sibu 96000

sibu 2005 louisa me

I’m in Sibu right now. I totally forgot about the long Labor Day
weekend and just booked my tickets at 10:30 am today and the only
available flight was at 2:20 pm so I decided to take a break and get
some R&R back home…hook up with my gf, visit my family, and get
some righteous pharmaceuticals…not necessarily in that order… ;)

I’m kidding!

Though the ampoules (the contents of which will remain unnamed for
now, but will be reviewed soon – and don’t comment about the
significance of the word ampoule for those in the know, for Christ’s sake :p) I just took was real good. Real good. :)

I’m going to nod now…

Water slide for shit

shit water slide

A lot of people understandably don’t shit directly above the water
receptacle due to the “splash factor”. We usually aim upstream, so to
speak, to avoid public use toilet water from splashing on our ass
cheeks (or worse, into the actual hole itself).

shit water slide close

This practice seems to be widespread, as this water slide show.
We’ll deliver your shit straight down, so it won’t stain the bowl! The
wonders of modern sanitation engineering! ;)

shit water slide shit

It seems that my logs are a bit too much for the water slide to manage though coz it just stuck there.

It should have followed the laws of physics and the dynamics of water and slid right down, but it didn’t.

I guess that says a lot about my diet. ;)

Viagra (sildenafil tablets) vs. Cialis (tadalafil tablets)

viagra cialis start

Viagra (sildenafil) is very well known as a first line treatment for Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Cialis (tadalafil)
debuted a couple of years after the release of Viagra and is considered
the second generation of PDE5 inhibitors. I managed to get these sweet,
sweet pharmaceutical sample packs in pristine packaging (and with the
pharmaceuticals still valid for consumption to boot!) from as a gift
from a good friend who prefers to remain anonymous. Thanks R! =D

Viagra (sildenafil citrate)

viagra blister pack

This is the promotional sample pack of Viagra from Pfizer. This is
the product that gave Pfizer a long dominance on the lucrative ED
market…and in pharmaceuticals, that is one hell of a long head start.
ED used to be called “impotence” but that term had certain connotations
that challenged the male ego, so medical professionals dubbed it
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) instead, which sat better with XY
chromosomes, as it doesn’t have any negative implications and/or
references regarding performance (or rather the lack thereof ;)) and
pushes it into the realm of clinical legitimacy. ;)

Viagra (sildenafil tablets) debuted as the first clinical treatment
approved by the FDA for ED and put the brand name Viagra into a
household name and made Pfizer millions from “The Little Blue Pill“.
Viagra is the pharmaceutical blockbuster that every pharmaceutical
company wishes they own the patent to. :) The promotional sample pack
by Pfizer (it’s meant for medical practitioners to prescribe to
qualified patients for free trial use to see how the subject tolerates
this particular medication) contains four (4) of the familiar diamond
shaped blue Viagra pills in nice packaging and the Pfizer logo on it.

viagra blister pack bubble

Here’s a closer look at the Pfizer Viagra promotional packs – the
four blister packs contains a diamond tablet of Viagra (sildenafil) 50
mg in each solid cocoon. It doesn’t have the “Sample – Not for Sale”
stamp, so experience tells me that it either came from the “diverted
pharmaceuticals” (a catch-all euphemism) market, or the person who
sourced it has really good pharmaceutical industry
connections. I’m going for the latter since this generous friend of
mine gets a lot of pharmaceutical products.

viagra blister pack back

The back of the blister pack contains the highly acclaimed VIAGRA
brand name in bold blue font. The lettering beneath states the dose and
the generic name – “50 mg SILDENAFIL TABLETS“, and the
Pfizer logo dominates the rest of the real estate. There is also text
that reads PM81401 on the foil. The batch number is located on the
bottom and the expiry date (10/2005) is listed. It’s still good. ;)

viagra vgr 50

Each Viagra tablet has VGR 50 imprinted into the front of each diamond shaped pill.

viagra pfizer

The Viagra tablets are also adorned with the Pfizer pharmaceuticals company logo at the back of the blue pill.

Cialis (tadalafil)

cialis blister pack

Cialis came in late into the ED game but the Lilly marketing machine
worked overtime to make this a bestseller. Cialis was promoted as
better alternative to Viagra due to tadalafil being effective for 36
hours after the initial dose…which was a major issue Viagra users
experienced – time dependant dosing. The 36-hour Cialis Difference
was coined then, and it was publicized as a relatively safe ED
medication which works up to36 hours and absorption is not
significantly affected by food. It was a breakthrough! Middle aged men
everywhere rejoiced as they realized that they could just innocently
pop a Cialis tablet a day without having to carry a Viagra tablet
around “just in case” they get some on a date. ;)

cialis blister pack bubble

The Cialis pharmaceutical promotional pack contains 2 x 20 mg
Cialis. I’m not sure what to call the blister pack sealed doses – are
they pills? Tablets? Capsules? It looks like…a fruit of some sort.
The tablet design is unique – there is a large rounded base tapering
off to a tip. The front of the pack contains the lot number as well as
the expiry date (DEC/2006) – it’s still good. ;)

cialis blister pack back

The back of the Cialis blister pack is nicely decorated – there’s
the Cialis brand name with the generic names listed below in different
languages – tadalafil, tadalafilli and tadalafilo. The 20 mg per capsule dosage indication is visible and the Eli Lilly logo is watermarked at the bottom.

cialis strange pill

Here’s a closer look at the Cialis pills – it’s certainly different.
The Lilly Cialis pills are orange in color and have no markings on the
front.

cialis c 20

The back of the strangely designed Cialis pill is imprinted with a stylized C 20.

I’m keeping the Viagra and Cialis packs for my collection. There is
a common misconception that ED medications are aphrodisiacs (e.g. they
can induce sexual activity). They’re not, the pharmacological mechanism
does not involve sexual arousal. It won’t
turn you on…and most of you already know that. It’s just a pet peeve
of mine when people says it does. Methamphetamine is an indirect
aphrodisiac. Viagra and Cialis are not.

viagra cialis end

I don’t consider Viagra and Cialis to be recreational per se, but
I’ll probably try some and write a report on it. I have to say that my
chemical of comparison would be methamphetamine though, so don’t expect
raving reviews from me. ;) I’ll like to give it a go though, just for
fun.

Except I can’t bring myself to eat them, they’re packaged so nicely by the pharmaceutical companies!

Cigarettes from Langkawi in the mail!

mr lim package

I received a Pos Malaysia Pos Ekspres (Next Day Delivery) package in
the mail today from Mr. Lim in Langkawi. He was kind enough to send me
cigarettes for review purposes. Thanks Mr. Lim! :)

mr lim package contents

I was puzzled regarding the initial content of the packaging at
first (having been on the receiving end of several items of *cough*
dubious nature in the past) but since it did not come with an entourage
of police, I decided it was safe to open the package up. ;)

mr lim package cigarettes

Peel – Menthol Orange and Fisher Lights
are two of the cigarettes that Mr. Lim sent me. He’s also the
distributor of DJ Mix cigarettes in Malaysia and can be contacted at limmalaysia@gmail.com
[gmail.com] for the people who’re interested in obtaining the entire DJ
Mix range of cigarettes. He has a real brick and mortar shop in
Langkawi and has sold the DJ Mix line to people overseas and inside
Malaysia from the sixthseal.com comment queries in the past.

…and no, Mr. Lim, there’s no commission for this. sixthseal.com is a pure community oriented site. :)

P/S – Future new cigarettes for review purposes would be much appreciated though. ;)

Legal disclaimer: sixthseal.com cannot be held legally responsible for third party transactions.

Cha soba (Green tea noodles)

cha soba

Cha soba is a green tea noodle dish served cold (chilled). There is a side of noodles, a dish containing fresh spring onions and wasabi, as well as sauce.

cha soba macro

Here’s a close-up of the soba noodles. Soba is made from buckwheat
flour and green tea powder is added to the mixture to make the noodles
look green. It comes with nori (dried seaweed).

cha soba mix

I like to eat cha soba by just mixing everything together to form a chilled noodle mix. :)

cha soba side dish 1

Just add a couple of side dishes…

cha soba side dish 2

…and you’re set for the perfect meal. Zen…

Pomegranate Blueberry by The Coffee Bean

coffee bean pomegranate banner

The Coffee Bean chain has come out with a new drink…a fusion of
two different fruits – pomegranate and blueberry (color coded for your
convenience too ;)).

coffee bean pomegranate ads

Pomegranate Blueberry comes in two varieties – ice blended (cold)
and tea latte (hot). The new ad campaigns has two nice tag lines too – “Pucker up for anti-oxidants” and “What good fruits become in their next life”.

coffee bean pomegranate blender

We both went for the Pomegranate Blueberry Ice Blended (RM 11.50) –
here’s a shot of the blended fruit fusion in The Coffee Bean’s blender.
I had pomegranate [sixthseal.com] and wrote about it before in a previous post.

coffee bean pomegranate blueberry

Here is The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s implementation of Ice Blended Pomegranate Blueberry in all its glory!

coffee bean pomegranate blueberry ice blended

It tastes wonderful…the two flavors complement each other nicely
for a refreshing ice blended drink – catch it while it lasts at your
nearest Coffee Bean (and Tea Leaf)! ;)

Malaysian canteen style BLT sandwich

sesco blt

Behold! I present to you Malaysia’s very own BLT sandwich, available
not only in most office and school canteens, but in lower end bakeries
as well. It differs from the classic BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) of
other countries due to the premium nature of bacon over here, so the B
is substituted by (more) BREAD. Our very own variant also has TUNA mix
in lieu of TOMATO sometimes.

sesco gula melaka

I’ve been eating canteen food for the past few days, and the only thing I enjoy is this caramel tasting kueh made with lots of Gula Melaka. It has a very chewy texture. Hey, at least it beats the canteen’s “BLT” sandwich any day. ;)

Panorama view of Kuching in the morning

kuching panorama

Here’s a panoramic view of Kuching taken this morning as I was
driving to work. It’s shot from the Petra Jaya overpass just before the
toll station from across the river. I used Panorama Assist in scene
mode and the Nikon Picture Perfect software to stitch the four
individual images that I took. The nice thing about the Panorama Assist
mode is the translucent overlay of the previous image that was taken to
be used as a guide for the next panoramic shot.

This is Kuching in the morning…welcome to our city. :)

Memories Grand Cafe

memories grand cafe

Memories Cafe (or Memories Grand Cafe, Grand
Memories Cafe) is an old eating establishment located along the old
part of town. The signboard looks weathered and faded, and this adds to
the charm of this themed restaurant.

memories grand cafe 1

Memories Cafe has an interior designed to look like a blast to the
past, back to the good old diners of the 60’s. There are various decors
and posters from the past to immerse the customer in the ambience of
the good old days.

memories grand cafe 2

Diner style seating arrangements is also available on one side of
the place – Memories Cafe seems to attract a wide range of clientele –
the cafe was partially full when we were there for lunch and people
from all walks of life (there’s the cliche again ;)) comes in.

memories grand cafe posters

Check out the posters mounted on the walls – Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
The Sound of Music, a Beatles poster…man, this place is old skool…

memories grand cafe blended ice

I had The Memories Blended Ice (RM 8.50) for the
drink. It was so good; I ordered another one as dessert. ;) It contains
“espresso, mocha powder blended with ice & milk, topped with
whipped cream”. There are other themed drinks such as “The Elvis
Blended Ice” and “The Marilyn Blended Ice”, but they’re just variants
of ice blended coffee.

memories grand cafe big texas

The main course consisted of The Big Texas (RM
15.90), which the waiter recommended. It’s the cafe’s flagship burger
and it’s huge! It comes in either beef or pork options and I went for
the pork. The description of it goes “BBQ burger served with beef
bacon, cheese slice, tomato, cucumber, onion, tomato sauce and
pork/chicken patty”. It’s served with crinkle fries on the side.

memories grand cafe big texas macro

Here’s a closer look at “The Big Texas” – check out the crispy bacon
and the generous patty (steak cut would be a better description for the
portion) of tender and juicy pork chunk topped with melted cheese.
Mmm…

memories grand cafe karen

I went there for lunch with Karen over the weekend, who’s a friend
of a couple of my co-workers, to discuss about insurance with
investment options. She just ordered drinks coz she had already eaten.
We were there for nearly two hours and still felt welcome by the staff,
despite our extended visit.

memories grand cafe sign

I never knew that Memories Cafe had such a vibrant group of
customers – it always looks empty and dilapidated from the outside.
.but I know better now. It’s one of the best kept secrets in town. It
has good food and attentive service at reasonable prices. Memories
Grand Cafe will surprise you if you haven’t been there before – check
it out.

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