Thursday, 3 May 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Stocked with this pimped hot chocolate beverage. It even has a profile card to describe the taste, roast, intensity, origin, beans.
Today I had the Ranoha from Sulawesi (single origin), harvested from a microlot small batch production. Honey processed. Buttery and creamy, bursting with almond and caramel notes.
When even my beverage has game, I'm left reflecting upon myself. When did I last raised the bar?
Images taken at Mechanic Cafe in Cheras Selatan.
Friday, 6 May 2016
1. Hair cut (layered) = 50,000 dong
2. Express mani and pedi= 40,000 dong
(Both with trimming cuticles and painted ala French)
3. Eyebrow shaping = 10,000 dong
So when it costs RM17.95 only...I went for it!
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
|A major road at District 1 of HCMC|
It's hard to believe just over 40 years ago, the people were warring with the Americans, the French, the Australians, South Koreans etc.
It's harder to believe that the people emerged victorious with what little they had - their spirits, the sweat off their brow, resilience and the desperation for independence and to own their own land. Heck, there was no water for days on stretch that they drank their own urine just so they keep hydrated.
It's hardest to believe that what rightfully belongs to you can be taken away by an outside 'higher / bigger power' if you aren't vigilant or you don't know how to defend for what's yours.
This is Vietnam, folks.
Be cautious in portraying joy for this day, there are those who will chide you. This day is also known as Black April too. It's unlike how the Westerners see 'independence day' July 4th with much parties and boozing. Plenty of the red flags with star / sickles, flower wreaths, pastel flags, billboards with that 1940s war-ish artwork dotted the roads, highways and home doorway entrances.
|Flower wreaths marking the significance of 30th April.|
Vietnam's Reunification Day here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reunification_Day
Fall of Saigon wiki read - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Saigon
Thursday, 28 April 2016
I'm sure the heavy furious pounding of a keyboard doesn't translate into quicker and/or better work produced...It's like slamming down the phone handset after a frustrating call.
(A post left in draft mode and should really be posted sometime back in 2014).
Sunday, 5 July 2015
So here's the recipe from memory and gut feel. Rearrange and reappropriate if proportion seems off. Have fun.
Fry til the oil re-emerge from the ingredients.
Fresh red chillies (2 pcs cut to bite size) six birds eye chilli (more if inferno level is what you are trying to serve up! I chopped up these little babies cuz I love to surprise !! ), curry leaves, cinnamon sticks, cardammon, star anise, cumin, black pepper, cloves.
Sunday, 3 May 2015
2. In a small pot, pour in coconut milk and palm sugar.
3. In low heat, melt palm sugar. Stir throughout.
4. Add pandan leaves and another 3 tbsp sugar into the pot. Cook in high heat. Stir until sugar is melted and coconut milk bubbles.
5. When flavored coconut milk is hot, turn down the heat. With one hand, slowly pour it into egg yolks and another, whisk the egg yolks.
6. Pour egg yolks back into the pot. Let it simmer and stir throughout. The solution will thicken. It should take about 10 minutes. If it’s not sweet enough, you can add more sugar.
7. Discard pandan leaves with a pair of chopstick and tongs. The kaya would be sticking on the leaves, remove them with chopsticks.
8. Transfer to a bottle. Let cool, cover and refrigerate. It should keep up to a week or longer.