October 2008

Useful Plurk Tools for your WordPress blog


Plurk is yet another free social networking service with striking similarity to its 2 year-old counterpart, Twitter. You might even call Plurk a clone of Twitter, but Plurk has a lot more to offer, it’s more social than Twitter, and it’s as close as it gets to becoming an IM!

This is how the people at Plurk describes themselves.

A really snazzy site that allows you to showcase the events that make up your life, and follow the events of the people that matter to you, in deliciously digestible short messages called plurks.

The followings are the tools that makes Plurk work with WordPress.

Retrieving Plurks onto your WordPress blog
Plurk for WordPress is a simple plugin by Ricardo González that retrieves your latest plurk messages and display it on your WordPress blog.

Sending Plurks whenever you publish or Edit a post on your WordPress Blog
WordPlurk is a nifty plugin that allows you to post your WordPress blog posts to Plurk.

Plurk Updater sends a Plurk to your account anytime you create, publish, or edit a post on your WordPress blog. You can pick and choose when Plurks are sent and what text is passed along with it.

Sarawak’s Pepper Town – Jakar Rest Stop

12km from the pineapple town of Sarikei is the Jakar Rest Stop. The rest stop consists of a few rows of shophouses and an awkward monument to symbolize the place’s main produce – Sarawak’s pepper.

Jakar (Zakar), is a Malay word that carries the meaning of a man’s sex organ. It’s still a mystery to what makes the pioneer in choosing such term to their little township, but I guess they’re just following suit. I mean, there’s fucking roads in Austria, why can’t they name their town Dick? right?

The Dick
Or maybe it’s just the pepper plantations…

Will Chua
Will Chua was kind enough to guide us here for a peanut soup stop, at the expense of his working hour at his family-owned motorbike store.

Peanut Soup
The peanut soup. Will Chua’s favorite during his free time. Erm, someone said there’s better peanut soup elsewhere, I’ll review it when I had the chance to taste it.

Diners
Peoples stop-by here enroute to Sibu from Kuching, or vice versa. That’s why it’s called a rest stop. Usually they’ll get quick food here before continuing their journey.

Groceries
The coffee shop even has its own mini mart!

Eggs and Pepper
The eggs and pepper. Still seen in some old kopitiams, some will put pulut panggang, some put karipap. But as for this one, it seems like their pepper is free. Put in such a big bottle. But it’s not surprising anyway cause they can always get from the Dick when they run out of pepper.

Sarikei’s Asam Tom Yam Prawn Noodle

I went on a food hunt trip to Sarikei a couple of days ago. On the day the fuel was 40 cents cheaper than it was 2 months ago, the car was refuel-ed to the max and off we go to Sarikei, in search of the great Sarikei’s Asam Tom Yam Prawn Noodle.

Road sign to Sarikei
Approximately an hour later, we found ourselves at the Saratok-Sarikei junction. Turn right to go to Sarikei with 9 more km to go. Jakar Rest Stop will be our next stop!

Welcome to Sarikei
You won’t miss the welcome sign!

Sarikei town
Welcome to downtown Sarikei!

Hiek Lik Cafe in Sarikei
Mirians might be familiar with this coffee shop’s name. Ya, the one just opposite of Boulevard Shopping Complex. It even has its own motel in Sarikei! I heard they’re of the same business proprietor.

Paris Hotel, Sarikei
Paris Hilton was here okay? Don’t play play.

So what brings me to Sarikei this time around?

Glory Cafe
Glory Cafe’s Asam Tom Yam Prawn noodle. Highly recommended by a few prominent bloggers in Sibu, I’ve gotta go taste it for myself. For something that costs RM14 a bowl, it better be good.

Kampua Stall Uncle
This is the typical kampua stall, guaranteed to be in every kopitiam (coffee shop) throughout Sibu and Sarikei. But we’re not here for that. Maybe next time, uncle.

Lime juice
As usual, the drink comes first. We ordered “San suan” (Three sour), a type of drink with combination of 3 acidic fruits, lemon, lime, and pickled salty plum. Good for washing away those fats after heavy meals :)

Glory Cafe's Asam Tom Yam Prawn Noodle
The tom yam soup (gravy?) is perfectly cooked with the essence of prawns, lemon-grass, tomatoes, onions, and a pinch of lime to enhance the flavor.

The Prawn
Generous portion of the River shrimp (Udang galah), sliced in half for easy consumption. Do handle with care if you’re wearing bright garments as the prawn juice will spill all over you, literally. But it is almost impossible to prevent even with extra precautions. Prevention is better than cure, so wear dark next time you’re here.

The Noodle
The tangy egg noodle.

and after a few moments…

Done Business
We’re done. I’m sorry but I’ve to say this classic travel lines, if you haven’t tried this dish from Glory Cafe, then you haven’t been to Sarikei yet!

Oh ya, next stop will be Jakar Rest Stop. Stay tuned!

Welcome Back to Sibu

This is the tallest building in Sarawak, as of now. It is the most recognizable landmark in this bustling town of which the economy is fueled by its vast resources of timber.

sanyan-welcomes

No, I’m not gonna be writing an introduction of my hometown. But, Alex Allied is back!


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