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Pak Ya’s Corner is a small HALAL Chinese food restaurant. The restaurant is very simple yet the service is very good. And the food is very, very delicious!

We have tried most of their various noodles, soups and rice sets. I love their Kong Po Chicken Rice which is a rice set consisting of a plate of plain rice served with chicken cooked in a tasty black sauce. I think their Kong Po Chicken Rice is simply delicious.

Their dim sums are worth trying too. They are almost as good as those served at some more expensive restaurants. The other day mum ordered some for her dinner while we ordered other dishes from the menu. It ended up with mum having to reorder her dim sums because we almost finished them up while mum was helping my little brother Ahmad Ali to finish his food!

We also love their tasty tofu soup. Tom yam is also on the menu but we haven’t  try it for my parents are fussy about tom yams – they love those really authentic tom yams as the ones served at the Black Canyon Coffee (please refer to ‘Eating Out -Thai Food’).

Pak Ya’s Corner is owned by Pak Ya; who is also their chief cook. Pak Ya is a very friendly and wonderful Chinese Muslim. Located in Kampung Pandan, Pak Ya’s Corner is open daily from 3 pm to 1 am; and closed every other Wednesday. So far, the food are always tasty and we always enjoy eating there.

For more information (including map, address and phone number) of Pak Ya’s Corner, please refer to this post: Masakan Cina Yang Halal (Karim’s Blog)

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Yesterday, 1.5 million of people watched Barrack Obama, 47, taking the oath of office on the National Mall to become the 44th US President. He is the first black American to win the presidential election which made the inauguration of Obama a symbolic meaning for African- Americans who suffered slavery and then racial segregation that made them second class citizens. During the administrations of the previous US President, George W. Bush, lots of war goes on in some of the Muslim countries such as those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. The prison in Guantanamo Bay, where many Muslims were tortured, was also set up during the administration of the 43rd US President. And I am glad that in one of his first act, he had ordered the U.S. government to suspend prosecutions of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days. I hope that he would shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay and stop torturing the prisoners and have a better relationship with the American Muslim as well as the other Muslim countries. Like my little brother, Ahmad Ali (please refer to his blog post on Barrack Obama), I also hope that he would help to stop the war and help to create a peaceful world.

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PAS candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid bin Endut has been declared the winner of the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat by-election for a majority of 2631 votes. The results are as written below:

Mohd Abdul Wahid bin Endut (PAS candidate) – 32, 883 votes.

Wan Ahmad Farid bin Wan Salleh (BN candidate) – 30, 252 votes.

Azharuddin bin Mamat (Independent candidate) – 193 votes.

A total of 63, 993 out of 80, 229 voters cast their votes in the by-election.

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One of the first things that may come to our minds when coming across the word Guantanamo, is the nasty prison in Guantanamo Bay. But fortunately, not everything about Guantanamo is ugly and nasty;  in fact Guantanamo may also reminds us of something as sweet and beautiful as the song. ‘Guantanamera’ or in English it means ‘a girl from Guantanamo’.

I’ve been hearing the chorus of this beautiful song ever since I can remember; for mum loves to sing it to herself every now and then. And since mum only sang very few songs to herself, I’ve been asking mum about the song for years. Anyway mum could only remember the chorus for it was an old, old song that mum used to hear ever since she was a baby. And since she was only about 2 or 3 years old when she started to sing the song, the chorus is all that mum can remember about it’s lyrics. So, what I heard was only:

‘Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera,

Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera…’

And a few days ago I was really thrilled when I heard a very sweet song from dad’s laptop. To my surprise, it was the song that I’ve been longing to listen to all these years – GUANTANAMERA! The song is so sweet and beautiful and the lyrics are as beautiful as the song that I just want to hear it again and again. Even my 5 years old little brother Ahmad Ali was attracted to the song. The very moment he heard the lyrics he knew that it is a Spanish song and now he always sing the song and even surfed the internet for the lyrics to write in his blog.

Dad played a few video clips for us but the one sang by Sandpipers is the best even though Pete Seeger’s was quite nice too. Some others’ sound so weird and the changed in its music arrangements made the music sounded so different and not as melodious as the music in the video clip that was sang by Sandpipers.

Impressed by this lovely song, I surfed the internet to find out more about the song.  In fact the history behind the song is as amazing as the song itself! It is perhaps the best known Cuban song and is the most noted patriotic song in Cuba. The song was written in 1929 by Jose Fernandez Diaz or also known as Joserto Fernandez. Anyway the beter known official lyrics are based on Jose Marti’s poem (‘Yo so un hombre sincero’ – written in 1895) as adapted by Julian Orbon. As Jose was Cuba’s nationalist poet and independance hero, the use of his poem as the lyrics virtually elevated the song to an unofficial anthem status in the country!

Note: For more information on the song including it’s lyrics, please visit this link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamera).

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Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide which sublimates at room temperature and at atmospheric pressure. Dry ice is very useful as one can use it to keep things cold, to make carbonate drinks, making smoke effects, trapping insects. One can also use dry ice for lots and lots of fun science experiments.

On the 31st of December 2008, mum and dad bought us Baskin Robbins ice-creams. And as usual, there were lots and lots of dry ice packed in the paper bag to keep the ice-cream frozen.

Back home, I showed my brother and sisters how to make ‘clouds’ using dry ice. I put a small piece of dry ice in a bottle filled with water and ‘clouds’ started to flow out from the bottle. We tried all kinds of experiments to make ‘different kinds’ of clouds. We made cloud that went up high and also the sort of flooded the ground. And we did really enjoy ourselves very much.

The next day, I surfed through the internet to search for new ideas for new ideas of how to play with dry ice. I found so many sites that wrote about dry ice and how to have fun with them. Apart from that I learn a lot more about dry ice too. Such as the correct way to handle dry ice and safety rules. Dry ice is so cold that it could cause severe cold burns. Also one should make experiments using well-aired area for the carbon dioxide release as the dry ice sublimates could harm us.

Playing with dry ice is really fun but it can be very dangerous too. So, one has to learn about the safety rules and follow the rules carefully. Playing with big pieces of dry ice may not be a good idea without an adult to help us.

Playing with dry ice I not empty fun as we can have fun and learn new things too. In fact, it is a very  educational experience!

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