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Muchness March 28, 2010

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Teacup Alice

“You used to be much muchier before. Yes you were much more Alice the last time we met. You have lost your muchness.” – Mad Hatter


Imbalance March 25, 2010

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It’s amazing how asymmetry is so prevalent in our lives – almost like a universal law. I write better with my right hand. I stretch better with my left leg. My right eyebrow has a bald patch while my left eyebrow is too bushy. I park better on parking lots on the left. I only start cycling with my right foot.

And yet, what amazes me more is that despite such empirical evidence, human beings still get so absolutely unnerved when an unequal equation occurs e.g. Effort ≠ Output, Affection ≠ Reciprocity, Fervent prayers ≠ Blessings, Diligence ≠ Income, Exercise/Diet ≠ Weight Loss.

For this reason, I have a hypothesis that the earth is metaphysically not round – but rather an  irregularly-shaped lump with these strange mammals trying to balance things all day long in absolute futility. And what happens? More unnecessary collapsing occurs.

p/s: I’ve been watching lots of Big Bang Theory and some Sheldon must have rubbed off me. I’m also trying to disguise some personal angst using semi-scientific jargon.


Doors March 19, 2010

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 5:51 pm

Knock knock

I’m not sure why but the door motif has been on my mind of late, and isn’t life just one continual row of doors opening and shutting simultaneously? Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t, but always, always we wonder if there’s a purpose to these outcomes whatever they may be.

Doors mean different things to different people but for me, the door is the transition from the known to unknown. It’s the what-if, the facing of fears, the revelation of what is to come. And the only way to open a door in style is to do it with eyes wide open.

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.  – Helen Keller

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open. – Bob Marley

God enters by a private door into every individual. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door. – Emily Dickinson

See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. – Revelations 3:8


Guys say the darndest things March 11, 2010

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 9:53 am

Specimen #1

“Haha so cute you girls say the same thing at the same time. When I first saw you two together, I thought you were a pair.”

Tip: Guys, if a girl has short hair and wears sporty clothes at a sporty activity, it does not necessarily mean she’s not straight. If  you aren’t sure, try not to be so quick to openly declare your speculations especially if this is the first time you are meeting someone.

Specimen #2

“I met Maggie Q and she’s hoooooot man. Hey, you’re her height! Urm, but she’s slimmer than you lah.”

Tip: Is there even a point comparing an ordinary human being to one of the most beautiful celebrities on the planet? No. While your overactive imagination and hormones may like to project unrealistic images of hot chicks to real-life folk, it’s best not to articulate these comparisons, especially if this is (again!) the first time you are meeting someone.


I’m Old Fashioned March 8, 2010

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I was watching  Elvis Costello’s Spectacle with Tony Bennett last night and started tearing up at his performances, especially at this Johnny Mercer classic:

I’m old fashioned, I love the moonlight
I love the old fashioned things
The sound of rain upon a window pane
The starry song that April sings
This years fancies are passing fancies
But sighing sighs, holding hands
These my heart understands

I’m old fashioned but I don’t mind it
That’s how I want to be
As long as you agree
To stay old fashioned with me.

The lyrics! The voice! The piano arrangement! Swoon swoon swoon!! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I should have been born sixty years ago.


Bloom March 5, 2010

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Muji Tea

Jasmine Blooming Tea (Red)

Today’s tea is brought to you by Muji, the purveyor of all things lovely. Fragrant, light and perfect on a hot, sunny afternoon where I am blasting the air-conditioning in the study room. I love drinking tea from the huge “sugarcane juice mug” because its capacity is the perfect encapsulation of substantial.


Tai O Tea March 3, 2010

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Dai O Tea

The One in the Middle

I was in Hong Kong recently and had the chance to see the more scenic side of this city thanks to dimsumdolly. I especially liked Tai O Village – it reminds me a little of what Ubin could have been like if it had been allowed to naturally thrive into the 21st century,  except it’s surrounded by some pretty awesome mountains.

We hiked there from Tung Chung on a pretty hot day so this chilled red infusion tea seemingly only found in Tai O was such a lovely refresher. I’m not sure exactly what flower it’s made of, but it tastes like a mix of hibiscus and arbutus – yummy!

I wasn’t able to bring some back as this tea was sold in wet, red mounds which didn’t look very airport-friendly:

How Dai O Tea is sold

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