Monday, April 14, 2008

the most popular flavour in Malaysia

That's the claim made on the package of mango gummies that I received today, and who am I to dispute such a claim? I wouldn't be at all surprised if they are very popular in Malaysia, as they are very tasty indeed.

The mango gummies were in a care package that I received from the ever-effervescent Mel Of The Pink Guitar today, along with a whole schwack of music and the audio book for the Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock.

Thus far I've listened to the first two chapters, and have heard him say that when he wrote the book, Radiohead were merely considered to be a very good British band but since the publication of the book, their reputation and contributions have ballooned to the point where they are now considered to be one of the most important groups of the entire alternative era. Naturally this statement has cemented the author's credibility in my eyes, and I shall listen to the rest of the book with relish.

And I was surprised with how much I am enjoying the Donnas. Mel had been singing their praises, but until I listened for myself, I didn't appreciate what a fun band they are. Thanks Mel! You sure know how to brighten up a Monday.

Also making Monday more interesting was tonight's episode of Daily Planet, in particular the segment on the rotating house in Australia. Built mainly of glass and steel, it's actually very ecologically advanced,and quite lovely. And the power required to rotate it? The motor is no larger than that of a washing machine motor and costs about 12 cent a day to operate.

I sort of want one now.


Gifted Typist said...

Funny, I've been eating mango "dried fruit" lately. IT's delicious.
Did you know that running "amok" is a Malaysian word. Also "ketchup"

GT: your trusted source for useless Malaysian diction and dried fruit commentary.

JustRun said...

Great. Now I want a rotating house.

mellowlee said...

Aw, thanks Barb :O) !
I am on the lookout for Volume 2 of the Alan Cross Guide.

That rotating house is sooo cool!

Joe said...

Mango is a great flavor: in candies, chutney, salsa, compote, tobacco for the hookah, and juice for cocktails.

My eldest loves the Donnas. I'll have to give them a closer listen.

John Mutford said...

That house is pretty neat. Heck, the whole Earth should rotate.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mango dried fruit would yummy, I think, Gifted. The flavour would be way more concentrated without all the extra glucose.
I don't use "amok" nearly enough. I need to use my GT Malaysian Dictionary more often.

Me too, Justrun, but I also want the right yard to go with it. No point in rotating in order to look at the neighbour's dining room wall.

I've only had a chance to listen to the first two chapters, Mel, but I'm enjoying. I think it will be the perfect accompaniment to tax preparation day tomorrow.

Mango candies, chutney, salsa, compote, tobacco for the hookah, and juice for cocktails - sounds like the party's at your house, Bubs. And it will rock in its deliciousness.
Yeah, I have to listen to the Donnas more as well. Where have I been?

Touche, John! I wonder what happens though if the house rotates in the opposite direction of the earth? Do you go back in time?

mellowlee said...

I'm glad you're enjoying it. I wish he could have ended each chapter with songs from the artists he talked about, but then I imagine the guide would've cost quite a bit more! Also glad you are liking The Donnas. It's my happy music lately :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We should write a book like this together, Mel! What so you think?

Anonymous said...

Just based on the architecture alone that house is stunning. It's like, my dream yurt!

When you get to the Space Needle this summer... you know that it rotates at the restaurant level, right? You can always order 5 mozzarella sticks at $10, nosh on them VERY slowly, and get a nice view of Seattle, though!

(the food & prices SUCK there)

justacoolcat said...

I'm not a fan of the Donnas or the concept of a rotating house, but ply me with mangos and I can change my mind.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I adore The Donnas.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It IS yurtish, Michelle! I think that's part of what makes it so appealing - stylish yet cozy.
Mmmmm $10 mozza sticks! God I hope they're half frozen. Maybe we can bring in our own beer.

One mango rum cocktail coming right up, JustA, and keep em coming.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How have I missed them all these years, Dr M? I had blinders on, I think.

mellowlee said...

I think that is a fabulous idea Barb :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It would be fun and profitable, Mel.

Anonymous said...

I want some of those candies. Yum!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You've reminded me that they are in the cupboard, Leazwell. Now I want some too.

Anonymous said...

I'm Malaysian. Those mango gummies are the best thing to have ever happened to this country!!

Yes, Gifted Typist, amok is a Malay word. And so is ketchup.
Only here it's spelled kicap.

Look at me! A real live Malaysian blogger.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Dude, you guys are onto a good thing with those mango gummies.
Great to have the Malaysian words confirmed by a real live Malaysian blogger, BAP. I think I am going to spell it kicap from now on.