December 9, 2013 § 4 Comments
lately, we have been feeding ourselves better after a whole month of hospital visits and finding remedies, there is truly nothing better than good wholesome food and some silly laughters at the table for wellness.
We’ve been taking our time to unwind in the evenings. Slowly easing into the comforts of the couch and listening to each other crazy day at the cafes. While we laugh about silly moments and take serious issues with some good wine , it is easy to just feel vulnerable. Stop, breathe and enjoy the little things in life.
The year is coming to an end, yet there are so many new things to embark on. Letting go of all the mishaps and forgiving mistakes. Opening up to happier days, taking time to understand yourself and others, and being real.
It’s always a good week when all the pie is gone.
November 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
came to an end, it’s been a great journey discovering new and old things but more importantly packing back life lessons
In Seattle I met a retired journalist who travelled around central America/Asia. We talked about feminism in the modern century and food economics over a communal breakfast table until lunch time. Her big colourful night dress spoke as lively as her words. They were always filled with purpose and confidence, a passion to spread truth and equality amongst people. Her garden overflows with west coast produce, only shows much desirability for a sustainable earth. To think that her thoughts formed 50 odd years ago and are now still so strong, encouraged me to keep this green lifestyle. “We are children of the earth”, and I can only say we are all one. She currently runs a local radio station up in Carmel, NorCal.
In a flea market on the west side of NYC, I found a precious stone collector who sold jewelry. Her bright brown eyes, light blond hair and grey knitted sweater showed her simple demeanours. Yet behind that quiet greeting, her tone carried weight. We exchanged witty banters almost immediately and continued the light-hearted affair with much indulgence. She travelled around Asia in 1983 when Black Saturday happened in Hong Kong, and had a Singapore sling at Raffles Hotel. She kept moving around, a nomad like me. We both found home in our suitcases. Where the road or wind shall take us, we ride along with it. Eventually, she returned home, surprisingly back to the same streets her grandparents were born.
What happened, I asked.
I got a dog, she chuckled.
Our suitcase is our home, we all have baggages and unnoticeably we seek people to unpack them with.
While doing yoga in hotel rooms was fun, I signed up for Tara’s classes on Broadway. It was such a pleasure to start the day in a big room filled calm ambience, good music and awesome people. Meeting Tara and the instructors themselves was like meeting a family, you could tell everyone is passionate about their work and understood one another well. Now I just wished I could attend the classes everyday back in this island, videos and her cookbook would have to replace all of that for now. We can be in completely different places from our everyday lives but fall into the same habits.
Another highlight from this trip is meeting Vanessa at her new amazing apartment. Her professionalism is simply impeccable and has such a warm personality. Hope Marshall gets a new companion soon! Also got the chance to catch Felicia & her sweet friend Persia. Thanks girl for the lovely Saturday brunch! Some exciting happenings coming ahead.
So thankful for the safe journey and adventures along. The experiences were unforgettable. Stay true to yourself (as cliche as it may be). When the rest of the world runs on the race of materialism, seek for altruistic faith. Search for purposes and meanings but don’t miss what is in front of you. Sometimes things need to fall out of place to fall in place. Other times, you just really need a pint of kambucha or glass of wine with your favourite person. It’s as simple as that.
also a big thank you for those who are following me on this journey on instagram!
October 26, 2013 § 2 Comments
There’s something amazing about being in the right place at the right time that brings life together. Just whole.
I am on the road again. This fall it’s all about reunions at weddings, reconciliations with like-minded beings and creating that deep sense of connection. We flew into Orlando a week ago and are in Seattle/Portland. I’ve been blessed to meet the splendid Kinfolk team, caught Diane & Todd at Book Larder for their book launch, drove on the wide open road, ate & drank at some amazing spots (which I shall write in another post). .
At some point, I reflect on what have changed or remained the same over the years. It’s all exciting and yet nerve wracking simultaneously. Like a delicate bittersweet chocolate, difficult to capture at the start but soothing at the end. Inside, there is a wanderlust soul, reaching out to little things in quiet places, to make moments count, to create and continue inspiring.
Next stop New York New York.
September 28, 2013 § 2 Comments
There are many exciting things coming ahead as this year comes closer to an end. I could hardly say it is coming to an end because of the beginnings of many splendid things. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading to the most anticipated wedding of the year. I can hardly contain myself thinking about it and the thought of receiving the first hug from the bride brings butterflies in my stomach. There are also many more writing projects and can only hope it gets better. The local writing & creative community is sprouting like wild alfalfa, and I cannot help but to absorb all that has been offered and gather more inspiration from the talented beings.
It’s only recently that things started to gain sunnier perspectives. Small little efforts of catching the sun rise every morning, balancing the body upside down against all possible gravity (and still fall over) and penning down all the sincere thoughts. While little endeavors are achieved, they are hardly noticed within the self. Because there is much fear of getting too excited or filled with vigor and they soon turn into downpours.
Nevertheless, we can’t sell ourselves short for who we are and those moments that make us, us. A tug in the heart that pushes any hard truth into meaningful experiences. For anything in between is merely unrewarding. Find that small courage and calm voice, turn any negativity into attributes.
I’m starting to draw again. There is more creative and intuitive flow to this settled heart. A quiet walk to the grocery store, inspired me to make a tofu basil artichoke dip for dinner. I’ll update the recipe soon, meanwhile, I’m searching for 25 personal attributes to thankful of. So far, I’d only found 2 but was told there are 999 more. Perhaps one day, I will have the courage to find 1001 but for now, I am taking one step at a time.
If you don’t love yourself, you’ll always be chasing after people who don’t love you either. – Mandy Hale
August 27, 2013 § 3 Comments
53 weeks ago, I was on a flight back from Melbourne. A quiet trip for myself in search for clearer air, amazing coffee and a change of perspective with time . I found lovely cafes that slowed us down and connected honest people with fresh simple meals. I wanted to move with that pace and time.
I found the same momentum here in this sunny island. While I thought I was going to leave again, I chose to stay.
At that time, someone once told me that whatever I choose to do, make sure the sacrifice for that decision is worth it. I can’t say it is all worthwhile. On a bad day, like many others, I get jaded. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have good days, in fact, some days are too splendid to be true.
I have been living on my own grounds but fearful of losing close ties. So I got stuck to a system that didn’t allow me to be as mobile or advance myself with career. Nevertheless, I pulled myself away the last week before a birthday trip and reflected on the year. When it’s quiet, you suddenly listen more. Truth is, I had made so many baby steps and fell countless amount of times that those little accomplishments are forgotten. Mostly because I was waiting for personal acceptance or approval. Then to realize, living on other’s people acceptance and approval is not living at all. You just have to be present with life.
Before leaving for Hong Kong, I made some almond milk by soaking them overnight and blitz the shenanigans out of them until it becomes a smooth velvety pillow like texture. When I got home last night, I reached out into the fridge and took a sip. It was so much more tastier than the week before. Perhaps, like the almond milk, I just need to wait for events to develop its own characters, and for now, keep steadfast.
200g of whole almonds with skin
350g-400g of purified/filtered water
half vanilla bean, scrapped
1 tsp of honey
a pinch of salt
After soaking the almonds overnight, process it them in a food processor. Add in vanilla bean, honey and salt. Sift it through a very fine sieve or cheese cloth. Be patient with this process! If you prefer it to be sweeter add some brown sugar while soaking it but try to let the flavors take their own courses as it can sit in the fridge for 7-8 days.