Family Breakfast @ Journal, Publika

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Today I decided to treat my family to a cool breakfast and we decided upon Journal in Publika mall in Hartamas. 

The map on where it is here :

The place are from the same guys who did Ben’s, Plan B and a whole slew of Ben related eating joints, namely the BIG group. Makes me wish I would get royalties or even have a stake in the group as my name is Ben as well. However, life is not a bed of roses and even if it is, the thorns are nasty. Anyway, I digress, the place has a very homely/industrial feel along the lines of Plan B with good ambiance. The music that was rockin’ their sound system were primarily classic American music, namely MoTown, classic rock, soul etc. That in my opinion enhances the homely feel of the place as listening to music you grew up with or at least music that are old evergreen songs. This is further enhanced by black and white movies that were on a LCD screen, I believe the movie I say was Do Re Mi, an old P. Ramlee classic. For those of you who can’t stomach the dialog or the music from P. Ramlee, you will be glad to know the audio from the black and white movie is muted so please un-cringe your stomachs.

As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words and I have more than 10 which should do better justice to show what I mean by the ambiance of the venue.  

Another nifty thing that I like about this place is actually the menu. In my zest for life and more importantly, food, I neglected to take a photo of the menu. Now we can’t have this blog post without something I consider a signature of the eating spot. However, thanks to Google, I sourced a picture from someone else so here is the menu:


Now we have that out of the way, here is the meat of this blog post, the food I ate or in this case, gorged down.

I had the pleasure of eating what they call the “Plan B Platter”. It consists of two drinks, namely Coffee(black in my case, onece you go black, you ain’t going back they say) and fruit juice(Orange juice and no, this time no wise crack remarks on why I choice this, just felt like it).

The main dish consists of sauted musrooms, baked beans, a hash brown, bread, a hotdog, two slices of ham, cherry tomatoes and a choice of egg serving type. There eggs serving types that they have are poached, sunny side up and scrambled. There could be more serving styles but I stopped the waiter as scrambled eggs were the magic words I wanted to hear.

The food arrived promptly and it was good. The taste was a cut above your average western breakfast. Not too much salt and it does not taste like warmed up food. I especially like the mushrooms, it still has the taste of mushrooms and it was not covered by seasings and what not. The cherry tomatoes were a nice touch as well as I find the cherry tomatoes much tastier than your average tomato. Like the mushrooms, the seasoning is not overpowering so the taste is still there and you won’t feel like downing one gallon of H20. 

The rest of the stuff on the plate is good as well, very tasty as as I mentioned before, a cut above.

Good food with good ambiance, how can this not be good? The pricing is on par with other BIG Group run eating joints which means the prices are slightly higher than above. However, most foodies are willing to pay a premium for good food like myself so I think the pricing is okay.

Good Food Burp-O-Meter Scale Rating
8/10 Awesome Burps

CM9 Storage Shortage Problem

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Those of us who are still with their T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant with CM9 are painfully familiar with the space issues and no matter how hard you try to clean it up, it still happens until the next time you wipe your phone.

My solution to this is brutally simple:

I extended the internal storage space to 2 gigs and the swap partition to 512 MB.

However this was also not quite enough as apparently some extra script voodoo needs to be done. The reason for this and the actual script are located here: 

Thank god for XDA developers. 

Hope this helps


– benjamin wong

Scathing But Liberating Truth

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Buoyant Fantasies,

Collides with reality,

The truth emerges.


Truth, liberating,

Momentary pain arrives, 

The pain, cauterizes. 


Falsehood now severed,

Its time to begin anew,

Free of lies to self.

Sieg Heil

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I do not agree with that the Nazis did in World War 2 and I am using their signature salute figuratively. I am in no way a Nazi supporter not do I support totalitarian regimes. 

However, one thing that iron fisted leaders do well would be purging the country of crappy politicians and getting shit done. It is what draws people to such leaders in times of dire need. Something we all need these days, leaders with ample will and capability to deliver the goods.

I would Sieg Heil to such despots myself if it were not for the fact the price is too high and such leaders usually screw up the country in the long run or turn insane. If those leaders are lucky, they will be immortalized and the people will somehow develop amnesia, forgetting all the crap that the despot did.

Guess life these days is always between a rock and a hard place. Indecisive leaders and power hungry despots, a honest hell and a false paradise. History that is a littany of false starts and missed chances or revisionism of history, redacting the bad parts.

Okay, enough pretentious thoughts on how things are. I will end this diatribe by putting in a picture of this blog post’s namesake. 


Interesting times we live in eh?

The Stars

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Twinkling and twinkling,
So tempting and so fleeting,
Are you looking too?

Distantly you shine,
Beauty in simplicity,
Can I pluck you down?

Myself, powerless,
Being drawn to twilight’s light,
May I touch the light?

Cascading and pure, 
Starlight washes over my mind,
Warm light that’s not mine.

The light receding,
Warmth and comfort fades away,
Dawn arrives, star’s gone.

Dawn obscured the star,
Celestial orb in the sky,
Will the light return?


My first attempt at soapy poetry. LOL

Scenes From #Bersih 3.0 [28-04-2012]

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Scenes from the rally I attended. Wish things turned out differently but in the end the point was made. No more bullshit please.


Video of the aftermath:

I grant you that the guys who breached the police barricade had it coming but I can’t help but feel the subsequent actions were overdone. The Police were just doing their jobs though and did it well until some idiot decided to charge the cops. Sigh…..

However, mission accomplished. People of all walks of life, races etc came together and demanded free and fair elections and the end of corruption. A noble cause.

Mass Effect 3 Collector’s Edition

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Just got this. A little present for myself.

Lego Shop In Copenhagen High Street

March 21, 2012

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Went into the Lego shop in the high street near Copenhagen City Hall. Cool beans !

Brings back old memories.

KL By Night

March 3, 2012

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SharePoint 2007 Email SPUtility.SendMail() Guide

December 7, 2011

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This is just a note that I have for using the email server specified in the SharePoint central admin.

StringDictionary headers = new StringDictionary();
headers.add("subject","How to use SendEMail from SPUtility");
headers.add("content-type","text/html"); //This is the default type, so isn't neccessary.

string bodyText ="This is the body of my email, in html format.“;

SPUtility.SendEmail(web, headers, bodyText);

Reference Link :

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