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Putrefied Shark

*a short update*

I forgot to mention I had my first taste of Putrefied Shark or Hakarl they call it, at the Viking restaurant. It is actually raw, eaten after it is buried for about 2-3 months in winter, or 6-7 weeks in summer, to release ammonia, heavy metals, and in some cases, cyanic acids in them. I can’t believe I actually tried it! Tasted just like our very own ikan masin actually, but because I am never a fan of ikan masin, I can’t stand the Hakarl as well, obviously. 🙂

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There is more info on putrefied shark here.

p.s. Now I think of it, I’m not so sure if this cuisine is halal or not. *yikes*

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November 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

Reykjavik, Iceland – Part II

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Day 3

It was a very cold morning. I woke up early just to have a stroll outside the hotel, while waiting for the bus to take us on the tour.

First stop was to the Thingvellir National Park. I was pretty confident my old boots would survive the rather adventurous hike, just because it wasn’t bought in Malaysia (surely it can survive any winter conditions!), and it’s still in a very good condition even after 5 years! And yes, I do know it can get rather slippery when walking on snow-turned-ice conditions too. But little did I know, the hike through the park would get rough, because it’s pretty steep at some point, and the wind can put anyone off balance at anytime – even someone on the heavy side, like me!

So, there was I, crawling at some points, grateful for any hand that held on to me along the way. But even then, I loved, loved, loved the place. Breathtaking sceneries all the way. Holding on to a camera is definitely out of the question in that condition, but I was ok with that. My mind was already set even before the trip to just enjoy the view, and not let the camera get in the way. I had loads of other cameras around to capture the memory anyway! 😉

We walked from one end to another, where the bus waited. Naturally, us Malaysian will always be the last to get in. Jakunlah katakan… hahaha…

Next up, was the geysir.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The erupting Great Geysir

Geysir (sometimes known as The Great Geysir), in the Haukadalur valley, Iceland, is the oldest known geyser and one of the world’s most impressive examples of the phenomenon. The English word geyser to describe a spouting hot spring derives from Geysir (which itself is derived from the Icelandic verb gjósa meaning to erupt. The English verb gush is probably related to that word). Geysir lies on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill at 64°19′0.05″N 20°17′59.64″W / 64.3166806, -20.2999, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 400 metres south.

Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 60 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time.

The walk from the bus to the Geysir is not too far, but it was much, much tougher than at the National Park! It wasn’t steep, but it was too slippery for most of us. Three to four of us had to hold on to each other, only to be blown away by the wind at some points. And trust me, the wind made us move at least 1-2 metres away with just one blow. Terasa kurus pulak masa tu…

And we were lucky because when we get to the geysir and as usual, busy taking pictures and all… it erupts! Wooohooooo… I just felt lucky to witness it – live!

Had buffet lunch at the restaurant and made our way to the gorgeous Gullfoss Waterfall next.

Penatla pulak… will continue later!


November 26, 2008 at 11:31 am 6 comments

Ben and Grandpa

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Pulut kuning from his Siti for his 3rd birthday.

I am a bit too lazy to write about the trip now, just something about the little one’s obsession – Ben 10!

There are 3 main characters in the series – Ben, Grandpa & Gwen. So these days he calls his Babah, Grandpa!

Grandpa, what are you doing, grandpa?

And the Babah have to answer,

I am doing this and this, BEN!

And talking to me, he will ask something like this,

Gwen, what are you doing Gwen?

… and my answer obviously had to end with “BEN” too, or he’ll keep on asking until he’s satisfied.

Yesterday, we were visiting a showhouse, so the hubs asked him,

Do you like this house, Imtiyaz?

He answered,

Yes, I think so, Grandpa!

Alahaiiiii…

I think he likes the sound of Grandpa, and Gwen, and Ben. I just hope he doesn’t continue this habit until it stuck with him. Imagine people’s face when he actually calls his own dad GRANDPA!

November 24, 2008 at 1:28 pm 11 comments

Reykjavik, Iceland – Part I

The journey to Reykjavik, Iceland was long. KL to Bangkok on Thai Airways, and transit for 2 hours before we got on the Scandinavian Airlines to Copenhagen, Denmark. At Copenhagen the transit was for a good 6 hours, before we hopped on Iceland Air for another 3 hour journey. So the total came up to a good 26 hours, more or less.

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But no, I still didn’t sleep while waiting for dinner. Upon arrival, and freshened ourselves up, a few of us decided to just take a walk to downtown Reykjavik. Not much of goings-on though because it was already past 6pm. We returned just in time to see the team from Norway arriving at the hotel.

Next up was dinner at a Viking Restaurant. Spent some time catching up with colleagues, and amusing ourselves with the on and off act from the Viking performers. I was already super tired halfway through dinner, because of the long journey & I don’t sleep well on flights – any flights!

Day 2

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The next day, after breakfast, we had the meeting, which turned out to be a little bit ‘hotter’ than expected. Apparently, there were rumors on the company selling our business unit because it doesn’t really fit into the new direction of the company, so everyone was pushing the boss to reveal the truth, or whatever he knows. And yes, it’s confirmed, just that we don’t know how much it would affect the current operation, in a way. Oh-well, just have to wait and see!

Then we proceeded with the city tour. And guess what? It snowed!! A thrill for some of us who saw snow for the first time, but for me, anytime is exciting when it comes to snow! Tak kira laa first time or not… rite?

We ended the tour with a trip to the swimming pool… konon2 to do what the locals do…

Haaa… masuk changing room terkejut!

Because their custom is to take a shower – nude! Because they need to ensure you clean up properly with soap before entering the pool. And there is only 1 shower with curtain. Go figure! 😉

We survived, minus the humiliation of having to expose all, thankfully. And the experience was wonderful! Imagine dipping in a hot tub when the temperature outside is around 0 degrees or lower, and the tub is out in the open, mind you! The walk from changing room to the pool was the coldest ever!

There is a proper pool for swimming, and several hot tubs with different temperatures, so you get to go from one to another. Sorry, I don’t have pictures of the pool, but you can always google! 😉

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Dinner for that night is at the Perlan Restaurant, similar to KL Tower’s rotating restaurant. The restaurant gently completes a full rotation every two hours, but since it was night time, I didn’t see much of a view actually – it was just lights everywhere. The night ended at one of the nightclubs in town for some of us.

To be continued…

November 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm 6 comments

The House Test… obviously takde keja :P


What the House Test Says About You


You consider yourself important, but no more important than anyone else. You love attention, but you don’t feel like you deserve more of it than anyone else.

You aren’t against being community oriented, but it’s not really your thing. You tend to prefer to focus on your family and not the neighborhood around you.

You are a playful, charming, and seductive person. People feel instantly close to you.

You look good in a low maintenance sort of way. You do the minimum required to be attractive.

You are moved by romance and love. You are optimistic about people, and you love hearing about happy endings.

The House Test

November 12, 2008 at 11:30 am 1 comment

Bathroom Habit… for fun :)


What Your Bathroom Habits Say About You


You are very independent and self-centered. You don’t solve other people’s problems – and you don’t expect them to solve yours.

Your look is put together, classic, and stylish. You always look fashionable without trying.

You have the perfect blend of confidence and class. You’re proud of who you are – but you don’t broadcast it.

In relationships, you tend to be very romantic and demanding. You’ll treat your partner like gold, but you expect a lot in return.

What Do Your Bathroom Habits Say About You?

November 12, 2008 at 9:19 am 2 comments

The Trip

As much as I am looking forward to the trip tomorrow, I feel bad having to leave my boys behind. But admittedly, it is one way to escape from my normal routine, minus the guilt! And admittedly again, it would be good for myself too, to at least ‘forget’ about all the housework (and office work) once in a while.

I am looking forward to a dip at the hot springs, also at the Blue Lagoon for its famous geothermal seawater bath. Who knows, it might be of benefit for my coccyx pain! 🙂

Ouh, if the weather permits, there’ll be a Northern Light hunt too!

We would also be treated to a Viking dinner on the day of arrival, a lobster dinner, and also dinner at Restaurant Perlan – one of the most exquisite restaurants in Iceland with highly unusual architecture. The “Pearl” rests on six huge storage tanks, each able to hold 4 million liters of geothermal hot water.

It’s a wonder the country’s called Iceland, but all that is mentioned has the word ‘hot’ in it!

Also, I am looking forward to the extended trip (only 6 of us) to Copenhagen for 2 nights!

That’s a lot to look forward to in a week eh? Hihihi…

November 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm 8 comments

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