Lex Petros: January 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Goodbye Majel

This post is dedicated to the memory of Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of the creator and the "Great Bird of the Galaxy" of STAR TREK, Gene Roddenberry.

For those who doesn't know who she is, she played Nurse Christine Chapel on board the USS Enterprise NCC 1701, a recurring role along side Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy. She also lent her voice talent on many occasions for the Enterprise's computer voice in the TNG series right up to Star Trek Voyager. Majel also potrayed the role of Lwaxanna Troi, mother of half human, half-Betazoid ship's counsellor, Deanna Troi aboard the Enterprise-D.

After Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, Barrett had commissioned Celetis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights", to launch a part of his remains into space in 1997. On 26 January 2009, Celestis said that it would ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space the following year. The couple's cremated remains would be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft would carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The Roddenberrys' remains — and the spacecraft — would then travel ever deeper into space and would not return to earth.

"May the wind be in your backs Gene and Majel..."


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year, my friends...well, not quite yet, but still, the holidays are here!

I haven't gone to shop for my new clothes yet. I have today to do it. Got some errands to run like paying ALL my bills and. With CNY looking and following the proverbial band-wagon, all debts must be settled before the Lunar new year.

Apart from Christmas, I look forward to celebrating CNY every year. It's one of those occasion on which one would actually be able to see and catch up with friends and relatives mostly. The rest of the year is just one big rat race and filled with many chance encounters with a horde of acquaintances, but come CNY, we get to reunite with our dearest ones!

Well, I am looking forward to tomorrow's reunion lunch AND dinner. What to do? My parents are divorced, so my sibling and I have to join both sides on separate times to partake in this inescapable event.

Anyway, for those who eats out most of the time, you may wanna try this new restaurant, at which, I've recently had the chance to sample the food. It's called Cubes Restaurant (click here), a "London Chinese" restaurant located in Jaya One, set against a modern day facade but serving aromatic contemporary and authentic chinese dishes. Particularly, I enjoyed the pork ribs and the homemade tofu. Their signature dish is the "London Aromatic Duck", something I've yet to savour. Also click on this link to check out some pictures of the place.

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