Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lively Newscasting

I watched a weather report/forecast over the CNN this morning. What made me interested on watching it is how the presenter was doing it.

She appeared very relaxed and joyous, making mundane  information appears interesting. With the help of graphics, of course. But mostly I'd say it is because of her personality.

This, and at the conclusion of her session - at the transition of handing back to the news anchor. The anchor held her on and they had a short chat; quipping about how 'fly' the weather girl was. The weather girl replied enthusiastically and they exchanged a few lines afterwards. A friendly morning chat with a colleague in the office. So human.

Now why can't we have it like that in our daily dealings and interaction with other people? Meetings are so formal that it sucked souls, and people are not as relaxed as they  could be. Let's change that. Let's be more human.

And hopefully our newscasters are not too uptight no more.

Have a great day. Greet other humans.

For the record, this is my first blog entry typed entirely from my Xperia Active smartphone.
Sent over Gmail, while on board KLIA Express towards KL Sentral.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Food: White Brick Oven

I baked our own bread many years back (only for a short while) using the automatic bread maker that Naza redeemed through Cosway. Quite simple, really. You put in the ingredients the night before and leave it on overnight. The next morning is a beautiful dawn greeted by the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked bread. It tastes good, but one day the machine broke down. So was my bread making.

In April's edition of Going Places (food issue), the mag featured an interview with Mustafa, the man behind White Brick Oven. I filled the 40 minutes flight from JB to KL in awe, and from the descriptive texts therein (with photographs) I could almost smell their wonderful bread.

I'd consider dropping by their place for their good loaves, next time I'm in KL with the family, time permitting InsyaAllah. Of course, would be informing them 2 days in advance for our take home orders.

Price list is here. Yes, quite steep but I'm sure they're worth it. Things that take time are always worth it. And you can't rush art, right?

Read their blog here.

Perhaps I'd chat up with Mustafa and get some pointers on bread making at home for weekends (when I don't ride, of course).