Saturday, July 25, 2015

Admonitions to a Special Person

Watch out for power,
for its avalanche can bury you,
snow, snow, snow, smothering your mountain.

Watch out for hate,
it can open its mouth and you'll fling yourself out
to eat off your leg, an instant leper.

Watch out for friends,
because when you betray them,
as you will,
they will bury their heads in the toilet
and flush themselves away.

Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.

Watch out for games, the actor's part,
the speech planned, known, given,
for they will give you away
and you will stand like a naked little boy,
pissing on your own child-bed.

Watch out for love
(unless it is true,
and every part of you says yes including the toes) ,
it will wrap you up like a mummy,
and your scream won't be heard
and none of your running will end.

Love? Be it man. Be it woman.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.

Special person,
if I were you I'd pay no attention
to admonitions from me,
made somewhat out of your words
and somewhat out of mine.
A collaboration.
I do not believe a word I have said,
except some, except I think of you like a young tree
with pasted-on leaves and know you'll root
and the real green thing will come.

Let go. Let go.
Oh special person,
possible leaves,
this typewriter likes you on the way to them,
but wants to break crystal glasses
in celebration,
for you,
when the dark crust is thrown off
and you float all around
like a happened balloon.


- Anne Sexton

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

California Dreamin'

Time of the Season

Monday, July 13, 2015

Blackbird

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life

You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Home Sweet Home



I'm back from my week-long holiday in Indonesia!

We visited two volcanoes and toured around the country of a thousand islands.

I suffered a bout of unexpected food poisoning and sore throat, which was a terrible ordeal indeed. But I managed to overcome these impediments and made the best out of my trip. 

Gonna start enjoying the rest of my break before school starts!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Steamboat Craze

Recently I've been having a craving for anything steamboat.

So... For the past week, I've indulged in both steamboat and Mookata. 

I'd just like to say... 

I HIGHLY recommend Hai Di Lao.

The service was absolutely fantastic.

When we entered the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by friendly staff who proceeded to seat us at the waiting area and serve us a delicious snack bowl which included dried banana chips, watermelon, oranges, and caramelized popcorn. We were also served winter melon tea.

There was even a playroom for children, and free express manicure service for ladies.

I was really impressed.

They brought us to the main dining area next, where we were promptly given hot towels by the staff. They even brought us hair ties and aprons.

We ordered a tomato and herbal chicken soup base. The tomato soup was fantastic - we were instantly hooked!



During the meal, we had ordered large intestines. Having had no prior experience with large intestines (Yes, we don't know how to cook them), we dumped the entire bowl of intestines into the boiling soup.

And the outcome?

The soup had a foul odour. We could not stomach it any longer, so we asked for a change of soup. 

It was absolutely our fault for having ordered the large intestines and dumping the contents into the soup, but they gave us a replacement anyway and did not charge us for the intestines.

AND. They even gave us a special bowl of fruits as dessert.

We were completely awed by their amazing service and attention to detail.


For those of you who aren't familiar with Mookata, it is a Thai-style steamboat where the hot pot sits on a trough burning charcoal which grills or steams the ingredients.

I've been hearing about Mookata for the longest time, but never got to try it. So when I saw that Charcoal Thai was having a student promotion, I simply had to try it!



I was a little taken aback by how tiny the pot was. This served two people, which seemed a little small to me.



It was really tiring flipping the meat constantly and ensuring that the meat did not slip down into the tiny rim of soup below. I also found Mookata a little too dry for my liking - I prefer soupy stuff hehe. 

It wasn't a bad experience, and the staff were overall pleasant.

If you are a student and would like to try out affordable Mookata, this might just be your best bet!

VCR

You used to have all the answers
And you, you still have them too
And we, we live half in the daytime
And we, we live half at night

Watch things on VCRs
With me and talk about big love
I think we're superstars
You say you think we are the best thing
And you, you just know
You just do

I wanna find myself by the sea
In anothers company
By the sea
I wanna go out to the pier
I'm gonna dive and have no fear
Cos you, you just know
You just do

Watch things on VCRs
With me and talk about big love
I think we're superstars
You say you think we are the best thing
And you, you just know
You just do