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It’s a pity that there aren’t many mention on the Basic Bread course from at-sunrice Global Chef Academy. Initially I had doubt whether the course would be useful or not. But after spending 4 day x 6 hours, I can truly recommend this to anyone who is interested in baking bread. The chef explained the concept in simple terms and took patience to answer silly questions from the aunties.

The only complain is that the content of the course actually covers more stuff than just basic bread. He took the basic recipe and made it as the basic building block and spiced it up to make it more interesting. So, it’s plenty of contents to digest in such a short course.

In first day, we had one hour classroom session to learn the theory of making bread. Afterwards, we proceed to make Dinner Roll which he spiced it up by putting in fillings to the dinner roll. We also prepared the dough for Baguette Viennoise for the next day. He also shared his personal traditional baguette recipe.

The second day was the most packed session. We baked the Baguette Viennoise, made Country Bread (which he spiced up with garlic butter), Challah Bread and various kinds of Rye Bread. We had overdose of bread on that day. But it’s fun to see that from normal rye bread, we can make various kinds of bread depends on the shaping and fillings lemonade, raisins and walnuts.

The third day was less packed. We only made Focaccia, English muffin, Toast Bread and whole wheat bread.

The fourth day was just assessment day where we had to make Challah bread on our own (apart from they mixed the dough for us) and a written assessment.

After the course, I knew i had to get a mixer to start Gunadi Bakery.


It takes ages to know this notes taking productivity. It’s amazingly simple to number the pages and create an index page in the first page.

I didn’t follow the todo list steps though as I’m using Wonderlist to keep my todo list with due date.

This should be part of curriculum to improve one’s productivity.

The next step is to make my daily debrief session as a habit.

Singtel Hello Card is the calling card i used to call my mom.
The quality is reasonably good with occasional echo problem. But the billing for the card is just a pure con job.

Today, after I enter the phone number, it mentioned that I have 16 minutes left for the call. But I had the sign bell that the balance is finishing in after 5 minutes and the call is disconnected short after.

I know Singtel charge has first 10-minute block or so but this is still cheating custom’s money. Bleh.

It’s not easy to bring up a kid. Recently, Marco was having fever for past 2 weeks. In the past 2 weeks, there’s always questions about how often can we give the medicine: paracetamol and ibuprofen (and the variants) syrup.

The few points I took from fever:

  1. Instant thermometer is the most important item.
  2. If the fever is below 38.5 C, give paracetamol. If it’s higher than 38.5 C, give ibuprofen.
  3. Paracetamol has interval of 4-6 hours between intake. Ibuprofen has interval of 6-8 hours between intake.
  4. Please note on the maximum number of times per day.
  5. The time interval between the medicine There’s time interval between paracetamol and ibuprofen. However, the time interval is only for the same medicine. For example: if you have given paracetamol at 1 pm, you can only give the next paracetamol at 5 pm the earliest. However, if the fever is still high at 2 pm, you can give him ibuprofen. But you can only give the next ibuprofen at 8 pm (and paracetamol at 5 pm).
  6. Do not sponge him with ice or cold water as this will screw up his internal body temperature. Use lukewarm water, or tap water with abit of warm water.
  7. The fever patch for the forehead is so small, I doubt it’s actually useful to reduce the fever.
  8. Keep track of the temperature with the chart if possible.

And finally, if the fever never really subsides after more than 1 week, insist on urine or blood check for the baby. High chance there’s infection going-on and antibiotics is needed.

I have been struggling on how to get the Unix/Linux Commands monitor/rule working in SCOM 2012 R2. The information is really scattered around.

Let’s start with few tips:

  1. Basic information is always at the Technet site: SCOM 2012: UNIX/Linux Authoring with Shell Commands.
  2. Check on the special characters. The link only mentioned ‘<‘, ‘>’, ‘&’ and quotes. Actually, you also need to escape ‘$’.
  3. Which brings to another point, first test is to run it with /bin/sh –c “<your shell command>” – where <your shell command>.
  4. And another test you want to do is NOT to create monitor/rule with the command. But create a TASK with the command. With task, it will give you the necessary error output to work on the command/script.
  5. Go through the tips in OpsMgr 2012 UNIX/Linux Authoring Templates: More Information on the Shell Command Templates. It mentioned that you need to target Computer instead of Operating System. However, I tried to target Operating System before and I think I manage to get it work (unverified).
  6. Try to create the monitor/rule using the template in the SCOM console instead of VSAE. This helps to isolate other problems.

Few weeks ago, my wife and I celebrated Chinese New Year in Singapore. In Singapore, Chinese New Year can be a challenging affair. For people like us who don’t have relatives in Singapore, Chinese New Year is a challenging period where we have to prepare food for ourselves or be happy with fast-food joints for at least 3 days. You see, during this period, the whole city is like a ghost town. Shopping malls, restaurants, and food courts are closed. Most of the supermarkets are closed and the ones that open do not carry fresh ingredients, if they haven’t sold out.

To prepare for the city shutdown, we did some stock up few days before. It’s not a good idea to stock up 1-2 days before the new year as the only ingredients remaining are the left-overs and usually in bad quality.

For this period, I have planned few dishes for the menu. Steamed fish is a must-have dish for new year. Because in Chinese, fish symbolizes the hope that the coming year would be more than this year. For the steamed-fish, my wife bought sea-bass fish. Unfortunately, she forgot to ask the staff to clean the scale and the fish innards. So, I had to clean the scales with paring knife. After cleaning the fish, the next challenge is to clean the innards. I tried to open up the belly and pull out the innards. But, I still couldn’t do it right. Luckily, there’s youtube. How the world was before youtube, gosh …

Steamed Fish

Steaming  the fish is actually a simple affair. Plenty of recipes in the internet. The key is to throw away all the aromatics (gingers/scallion) and any liquid after steaming and replace with new aromatics. This time I pour hot-oil to fish and it does help to give sizzling effect and slight cook the aromatics.

Another dish I made was sichuan tofu, inspired from Every Grain of Rice. From this recipe book, I have learnt so much that tofu can actually be very delicious and exciting.

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And … that’s part 1 of my Chinese New Year cooking.

Day 5: Write a letter to a loved one. Chances are high that there is someone in your life that you’d like to say something important to. Maybe it’s a wife, a parent, a grandparent you never really got to say goodbye to…take the time today to write that out. It can be positive, negative, or anywhere in between. The beauty of this letter is that you aren’t sending it in the mail, you’re simply “voicing” something that needs to be said. Should you choose to share it later, that’s okay, but you don’t have to. Doing this can be a great way to heal anger that’s been pent up inside, or to release a pressure valve of sadness we may have been harboring over something lost.

Done on another medium.

Day 4Via negativia; today, pick a habit that you’d like to eliminate from your life. Bad habits are like armpits, we all have ‘em and they all stink. Whether cutting soda out of your life, or putting a stop to your porn addiction; either way, as with yesterday, think about the steps you’ll take in order to put the kibosh on that negative habit. And again, also think about how you’ll keep yourself accountable to that goal.

I want to be less organized. I want to manage my expenses. I want to spend less time with computer or electronics. Maybe for now, I want to get rid of using too much computer. I will start by spending at least 30 minutes with books before sleeping. And my first 30 minutes without touching computers or phone (unless there’s urgent call of course).

Day 3: Decide on one positive habit you’d like to implement in your life. Whether seemingly mundane (like flossing) or perhaps life-altering (exercising every day), think of something you’d like to add to your life that will be beneficial. Then, think about the steps you’ll take to get there, and how you’ll keep yourself accountable.

It’s easy to decide on the positive habit to implement. I have a list of them kept in my mental mind. For example: wake up early in morning (as early as 5.30), meditate in morning, being more organized, etc. The tricky part is how to get there and make it accountable.

Let’s settle on waking up early in morning.

  1. I am trying to force myself to always wake up early starting at 6.30.
  2. I could be groggy throughout the day but I will persist on it so I will sleep earlier on the night to naturalize the cycle.
  3. I will persist on this habit for 30 days.
  4. I will gradually push the waking time 10 minutes earlier after 1 week.
  5. And, no coffee after lunch.

The accountability is a tough one. Probably this blog (despite how outdated it is) acts as my accountability for this new habit.

On the #1 topic, apart from those, I want to start writing this journal to give self-control on myself. By writing this journal in morning, I book-start my day. The same idea that people meditate or exercise in the morning.

Day 2: Continuing to work within that idea of constraints, try to write a 6-word memoir of your life so far. This idea is rumored to have originated from Papa Hemingway. The benefit is that with only six words, you really have to filter your life to what you deem most important. It may take you many iterations, but you’ll end up with something that speaks largely to who you are, if notin toto, then at least in this moment in time.


My 6 word memoir:

Many things to achieve. Lack Discipline.