mental indigestion

Dual blogger September 25, 2009

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 11:52 am


The other blog

The other blog

I’ve created another blog for my work stuff. If you want to catch me in a mostly serious mood, feel free to drop by. 

This space remains my fluffy portal where whims and mopes thrive.


Sublime Soup September 22, 2009

Filed under: Kay poh recommendations,Whee! — mel @ 11:14 pm
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I’m not Cantonese but I love my soups. Especially shark’s fin soup, which no environmentally-friendly plea can keep me away from. Today, I hereby verify that the most fantastic shark’s fin you can get in Singapore is at Taste Paradise at Ion Orchard.

Image courtesy of Taste Paradise

Image courtesy of Taste Paradise

This double-boiled concoction is served in this earthy Japanese stone pot which keeps the brew warm even after 20 minutes (which is probably the time you will take to finish it – the portion is huge!). The texture is thick, but not with starch. Because it is brewed for 12 hours, the fish maw in the soup gradually melts to give it this fantastic rich flavour and consistency (it’s apparently good for your joints too). To top it off, there is this awesome crispy onion roll which you can dip into the soup.

For those who really dig Mother Earth and all that, there is also the green version of this soup  – they use mock shark’s fin and tastes 99.9% like the real McCoy. I can confirm this since I’ve had the green and the non-green one on separate occasions and both left me in a state of euphoria. 

Best to have during rainy days!


The Bucket List September 18, 2009

Filed under: Inspiration — mel @ 3:32 pm

My friend Hammie is going to do a marathon in Everest. It’s not something I would expect him doing, but in recent years, he’s become increasingly enthusiastic about hiking and this next feat is the riskiest he’s done so far.

This upcoming marathon has also made him extremely introspective about life. He knows his life is not really what he had envisioned 5 years ago. He knows he’s not the person he had always hoped to be. But he hasn’t stopped dreaming. So he created a Bucket List (after watching the movie it’s named after), ostensibly with items that involve exotic travel and high altitudes.

“I wish for you to not forget to visit those dreams every once in a while.”

Thanks for the reminder, Hammie.


Cool beans September 16, 2009

Filed under: Whee! — mel @ 11:12 pm

Breakdancing Bean

Dash’s visual interpretation of my congratulatory exclamation. It’s about right.


Crap Carpark Karma September 13, 2009

Filed under: Mopey mops — mel @ 12:09 am

Since reaching my driving nirvana  last year, I have gradually progressed to being a Somewhat Normal Driver except that my sense of direction is horrendous and I have to memorize my lefts and rights and landmarks religiously every time I drive to a new destination. It is reminiscent of the rote memory work I had to do with my Chinese compositions in school. 

Singapore is generally an Annoying Place to Drive Around In because in general, the repressed love to release their inner asshole within the metallic buffer of their motor vehicles. Top this with a space-deficient carpark and you know that it is going to be a hard day.

Today was a particularly bad day for me on the parking space front. A carpark that has a poor mechanical “bouncer” to keep the number of savage carpark hunters in check + lots of impatient Mercedes/BMW honkers who think the world owes them a parking space + not having enough money in Cashcard = Rude gestures + Migraine


The Year of Living Biblically September 7, 2009

Filed under: Kay poh recommendations — mel @ 7:42 am

This is a New York Times Bestseller that has bestowed onto me many guffaws, and as such, it is a blessing worth sharing.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by Esquire editor, A.J. Jacobs is really, just about that. But what can be a potentially dry, off-putting topic becomes one long comedy set-up that has just the right doses of sincerity and substantial research to make this an enlightening read. 

I love how how this self-proclaimed human guinea pig who is Jewish “as the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant” comes to terms with growing Moses-like facial hair (see pic above), chucking out mixed-fiber clothing, stoning someone in Central Park, purchasing a shepherd’s staff online and of course following the Ten Commandments. All this is done with the help of devout/”expert” Christians and Jews of varying denominations, of which he makes it a point to interact with and do some immersion journalism, including partaking of a drunken Hasidic dance and attending an Evangelical serpent-handling sermon.

His hilarious accounts are also peppered with some interesting reflections too:

“The year showed me beyond a doubt that everyone practices cafeteria religion. It’s not just moderates. Fundamentalists do it too. They can’t heap everything on their plate. Otherwise they’d kick women out of church for saying hello (“the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak …”—1 Corinthians 14:34) and boot out men for talking about the “Tennessee Titans” (“make no mention of the names of other gods…”—Exodus 23:13).

But the more important lesson was this: there’s nothing wrong with choosing. Cafeterias aren’t bad per se. I’ve had some great meals at cafeterias. I’ve also had some turkey tetrazzini that gave me the dry heaves for sixteen hours. The key is in choosing the right dishes. You need to pick the nurturing ones (compassion), the healthy ones (love thy neighbor), not the bitter ones. Religious leaders don’t know everything about every food, but maybe the good ones can guide you to what is fresh. They can be like a helpful lunch lady who—OK, I’ve taken the metaphor too far.”


Cringe September 1, 2009

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 9:23 pm

One bad photo is like an ant bite. Slightly annoying and something to be eradicated as quickly as possible and never remembered again.

A whole series of bad photos is like one of those nightmares that you know isn’t real but can’t quite seem to wake up from and has serious psychological repercussions.

The latter occurred yesterday when there was a farewell photo montage presentation at my workplace and to my horror, streaming images of me grimacing stonily / having extremely bad hair days/ on the verge of falling asleep/ mouth gaping wide at nothing in particular/ nostrils flaring were flashed rather inappropriately to a rather emotive Corrine May song that never seemed to end. Most of these photos I had never seen nor had been aware they were being taken and hope that I never ever ever ever see them again.

Non-camwhores should not be punished like this. If we are not able to provide you cute-cute posed photos looking ecstatic about life, it means  we never want any image of ours for mass display without proper authorization.

You may think I’m just being vain or over-sensitive, but someone quipped, “This farewell presentation is enough to warrant me never ever leaving this place.”

Given by what has transpired, I’m sure you are able to deduce that I have resigned from my current job (for the few of you reading this who may not know). While I have no idea what is the “game plan” for the “next phase in life”, I do know that I’m ready for rest and change, even at the expense of showing rather undignified moments.