I didn't enjoy my dinner last night. No, the food was good; really, it was one of my favorites actually, black pepper fish with rice, with extra 'cili padi'.

So what went wrong?

It was THE ordeal before dinner.

Earlier in the morning I had to help Nat out with some spring cleaning at her house; basically I had to move stuff, the heavier ones mostly, & I had to dust, sweep and mop the place while she sat down drinking iced lemon tea. Nah, just kidding; she helped out too. Well, at least a bit.

Now, you'd be wondering why there's only the 2 of us in the whole picture, well that's because her family went down to a trip at some place, & the spring-cleaning job was rested on her shoulders, which meant it was my problem too. Sigh... As there was no running away, I started out in the morning, and finished the damn thing somewhere in the evening.

It was then when Nat complained that she smelt something funny, a foul stench to be more exact. She told me that she already smelt it in the morning, but she thought it was just a random smell carried by the wind. But it wasn't. It was worse. So, being the organisme with the XY chromosomes, I had to be the one to check it out, trace where it came from, & get rid of the smell.

I began sniffing around, and traced the stench to the toilet. Initially, I thought it was a case of bad diaorrhea 'floating' in the toilet bowl and someone had forgot to flush it, but it wasn't; I was thankful though, really. Now, on top of their toilet was a additional ceiling before the roof, housing a giant water tank.
I virtually checked the whole house, and it was at the toilet the stench was the 'strongest'. Thus I had to check the place as well.

So I got a ladder and climbed up the place, it was dark, damp and it stinked. With each step I climbed, the stench got worse, and finally when I could see, I saw a dead rat staring at me. I almost fell off the ladder from the shock and the stench, yeah, more due to the stench. Okay, target found, now to eliminate & destroy.

I called out to Nat telling her I found out the source of the 'lovely' smell, and asked her for 3 things, a pair of tongs, a large handkerchief & a plastic bag. Hell, I wasn't gonna hold the rat with my hands! After covering my nose and mouth with the handkerchief ala Mexican bandit, I had to brave the stench again, & I had to climb up to the ceiling in order to extract poor Remy. The climb wasn't easy, there was nothing to hold on to, and the damn ceiling floor was damp and dirty.

After struggling for almost five minutes, I managed and took the pair of tongs to put the rat into the bag. It took me 3 attempts, as dear old Remy was squishy and slippery, also the stench as I drew him nearer to the plastic bag was 'intoxicating'.
Post-extraction, I called out 'bombs-away' & dropped the plastic bag to the floor below, I was careful to ask Nat to re-locate the bag, I didn't want my 'leap of faith' to land on Remy.

I removed him out of the house, but the 10 minute ordeal had gotten rid of my appetite. Hungry as I was, I didn't seem keen on having dinner anymore, even though I was starving 15 minutes ago. And the guy, Anton Ego asked Remy to 'surprise him'; no thanks, I'll pass and stick to good ol' human chefs. Rats and dinner just don't mix.


Spaghetti in 5 easy steps

Women love men who can cook. Gone are the days when cooking was only for women, and ahem; most of the best chefs today are men. Yes, there are top women chefs, but I'm just stating the facts, no need to get upset, ladies.
I've been sitting at home and I've been cooking a lot in these few days, thus I decided to share a simple recipe in my blog, in order to update the drought of posts in my blog.

Okay, today I'm gonna list out a simple spaghetti recipe, this is dedicated especially to you Kav; I read your 'successful' burger stint the other day. Honestly, you gotta get yourself a girl mate, or... this recipe.

Right, let me list out the ingredients;

i. Spaghetti (San Remo or Buittoni)
ii.Sauce (Prego or Dolmio)
iii.The meat? (Sausages, meatballs, crabsticks)
iv. Garnish (basil, parsley, cheese powder)

The steps;

Step 1: Bring a pot of water to boil, add some salt into it. Leave it to boil for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Put the spaghetti into the pot, and leave it for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your spaghetti. (Angel hair takes a shorter time, spaghettoni types take longer times)

Step 3: Now it's time to prepare the sauce. Put 4-5 tablespoons of sauce into the saucepan, (I love mine thick!). Heat it up over a small fire.

Step 4: Add the innings into the sauce after 2 minutes. Slowly stir the sauce for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5: The sauce is done. Just pour the sauce on top of the spaghetti and dig in!

This recipe serves one, feel free to be creative and compromise accordingly to the number of people to be served.

p/s: I apologize for my 'inactiveness' in updating my blog recently, with me being quite busy with job interviews and no Net at home makes it quite hard to post.
But, as they say, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'.