Sunday, April 13, 2014

Atom Smashers Academy

Lately I was accepted for the first ever CERN Class in the Philippines piloted at the National Institute of Physics. For those who have been a sleepyhead in the world of science, CERN, which in English stands for European Organization for Nuclear Research, is an institution whose objective is to  operate the world largest experiment(and equally largest machine), the large hadron collider located at the northwest suburbs of Geneva Switzerland, along France-Swiss border. It is a mecca of physicists where it employs 90% of the world renowned physicists,  science luminaries, and if not Nobel Prize awardees, mostly Nobel laureate. It's also a cradle of the world wide web and other scientific breakthroughs of our times, e.g., Positron Emission Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, grid computing, etc. 

There were 500 or more applicants and only about a hundred were chosen. The demographics is widely diverse as some belong to the energy sector of physics, applied physics, medical physics, physics academe, etc. 

While most lessons anchored on heavy and advance mathematical abstractions, that didn't wane the sparkle of interest in the audience. Most of us are physicists. I am the only one who belonged to the astrophysics sector, and while astrophysics is my field of specialization, topics of the same nature is already relatively a walk in the park for me. 

Higgs has been one of the most relished points of discussion in class, and while it somehow framed the completion of the Standard Model, there are still questions left unanswered and to that, I wrote an article of where post Higgs science is heading. I wrote an article about it, mentioning other fascinating stuff of science as well, e.g., Dark Matter and Dark Energy to which I have been invited as a resource lecturer in several occasions by different science centers, massive Neutrinos, quantum gravity and String Theory. 

Most of the experimental physicists though, such as the lecturers, suspend their beliefs on the String Theory which is a good thing to keep the balance between experimentation and theoretical postulation. And it's easier to debunk a theory than to prove of its existence. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Melting Pot Cafe in Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur revisited

No we don't stride Malaysia year after year. But this consecutive year has been loaded with Asian sojourns that we have not only accumulated wealth of experiences on other cultures but also amassed miles with out flight points. 

Malaysia has been close to my heart because of its brooding industrial installations without compromising the lush greeneries. It's a bustling metropolis where you can still see monkeys scamper close to skyscrapers, boa constrictor slithers across six lanes and hawks freely loitered around aerial vastness with other birds. 

And whenever we are in KL, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur has been our favorite home away from home. 

So let me take you once again to their famous dining scape at Melting Pot Cafe and see how it has been the last time we were here

This time we roamed around the pool side and the spa and wellness rooms. 

Assorted bread. 

Spanakopita, Greek cheese triangle. 

Croissants, Danish pastry and more. 

Made of rice. 

Cereal mates. 

Cereal porn. 

Bread mates. 

Salad tops. 

Radish something? 

I devoured them as they are. 

Pair it with your bread. 

Salad tops. 

Top it on your porridge. 

A good morning meal. 

Ham, chicken version. 

Delicious even if it's chicken-based. 

Shanghai roll. 

Another sausage made of chicken.

Soba?

Hash browns?

Grilled tomatoes, good for the skin according to BL, that's why she's dermatologically radiant. 

Dimsum paradise. Why not, KL used to be proliferated by Chinese settlers during olden days.

Sioplets.

For those who are into super spicy, make sure you top this. 

If these are chicken, how do we call these? Corned Chicken? 

Chicken, delish.

I shouldn't be surprised if their pork and bean doesn't contain pork for as long as it's labeled just beans, unlike our can of pork and beans only contains one of two square slices of pork like it's a needle in a huge pile of haystack. Although on the other hand I am not really into pork. 

I don't think it's "carne norte"(ground beef) since they don't eat cow and pork here, so it must be chicken norte?

Veggies. Make sure you have one of these, it's good for digestive purposes.

Remember that Oreo commercial when you dunk oreo into a glass of milk? Well, you can dunk Pitta bread here. 

Close to home. 

Chicken with curry sauce. 

Fruit medley.

Different fruit juices. 

Nothing much has changed. It's still a consistent wide array of choices and because we are having a hard time finding for a perfect dining spot outside the hotel, chances are we tend to gastronomically hoard the fusion cuisine at the buffet. Yes, as adventurous as I am when it comes to taste, there are still Asian entrees that I couldn't understand and can't eat. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Secret Recipe at the Suriya KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

It an arduous day by itself, not because we are on an equatorial walkathon, but rather we are on a cogent quest for something to eat, with courses that are close enough to home. 

And we were thinking to hop from places to places, until we stopped by Petronas Towers, bagging a perception that it's a huge mall and that we can easily and conveniently find a goldmine of gastronomic delight. 

And when I said close to home meant that the restaurant must also have a branch in Metro Manila. Sure enough, Secret Recipe used to have a branch in Megamall so we tried our luck. 

Little did I know that it's a homegrown name in Malaysia(where it originated) but has spawned into other Asian places such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Philippines. It's a leading and by far the largest lifestyle cafe chain in Malaysia. And with that in mind, our bet(and bar) to its quality and taste of food was raised because of its sterling success. Number of branches meant they have sizable number of patrons too, and that their culinary offerings had been tried and tested. 

Chicken Satay(RM 9.50)

As if we ran out of Satay, we ordered another Satay-based course, Secret Recipe Fried Rice with Satay(RM 15.00)

Chicken Parmigiana(RM 19.50)

Thai Style Fried Rice(RM 16.50)  

Lemonade(RM 8.90) - nothing spectacular but we don't really have much choice when it comes to beverages. 

Chocolate Banana(RM 82.00) - loads of banana slices on a bed of chocolate cream with chocolate cake and coated with melted home-made chocolate. 

Known for its fine ensemble of sweets, they have plethora of cakes to choose from. You may try other variants.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Art Appreciation Day

It was an "art appreciation day" for us. So let me usher you in without saying much but rather seeing most-- a visual feast. Looks like this has been a de facto standard wherever country we are. 

The city as viewed from the inside. 

Various vantage points. 

Inside the museum. 

Hallway.

Gallery.

Well-preserved. 

At another level. 

Hanged pieces of art. 

Bells. 

Ancient(or modern?) chess board. 

Work of art in literature form. 

Writings. 

Mosque. 

 Mosque. 
Mosque. 

Mosque. 

Mosque. 

Mosque. 

Facade as viewed by the inside.

The restaurant inside the museum. 

It was raining that day. 
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