The Last Time

Whenever I see TaeRi, I cannot disregard her unusual birth. Holding her tiny hands in mine is an incredible almost sacred experience. No, she will not be idolised but she will be loved! 😀 As I was composing my congratulatory note to accompany the flowers which I’ve ordered from Floral Garage Singapore for Ryan, Valerie … Continue reading

Surprise! I’m TaeRi 태리 :)

But… But… There was no appointment. Can you believe it? The stork delivered without making prior arrangement! This has never happened to anyone in my family (extended inclusive) even though Vanessa, my younger daughter, was nearly born before arrival nearly 3 decades ago. In Australia, around four to five in 1,000 births are recorded as … Continue reading

The Image Of Thought

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard Below is an image from my recent photo-walk in Singapore. I was looking to my right when I saw a chef having his break time at an alley behind the restaurant where he works. He … Continue reading

How To Waste Your Spouse With Pleasurable Measure!

“Bacon or “bacoun” was a Middle English term used to refer to all pork in general. The term bacon comes from various Germanic and French dialects. It derives from the French bako, Old High German bakko, and Old Teutonic backe, all of which refer to the back. There are breeds of pigs particularly raised for … Continue reading

Will Walk For Yoghurt And Get Shaved For Banana!

My younger grandson TY is now 11 months old and has grown quite a bit. Well, a lot actually! He’s now wearing XXL-sized diapers while his older brother puts on XL even though TJ is 2 years old. I can foresee TY growing up to be a gourmand (hopefully gourmet, too) just like me. He … Continue reading

Ah Lim Bak Chor Mee (Jalan Tua Kong)

Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面) or BCM for short, is a staple street food in Singapore. You can be sure that if one stall (selling any food) is successful, there will be many copy cats using the same or similar name punctuated with “original” or stories of some relations linked either through blood or previous employment. … Continue reading

Our Breaking Fast Bonding Meal During Ramadan From Pu3!

Millions of Muslims around the world are now observing Ramadan, a holy month of religious devotion and fasting. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. At sunset, families hasten for the fast-breaking meal known as iftar and in Singapore, Nasi Ambeng is a popular communal meal shared by families and friends. My … Continue reading

Fried Mee Sua (Misua) Recipe 炒面线食谱

In one of my trips to Malaysia, I got hold of a large packet of handmade Mee Sua from Malacca. We usually make noodle soup with minced pork balls out of it but this time, I decided to fry them. “The earliest written record of noodles is from a book dated to the Han dynasty … Continue reading

Don’t Overbake Them, Brownies!

Question: Who lives by these rules? 1. Never quit. 2. Be yourself. 3. Don’t put too much flour in your brownies. My father was invited to visit her a few times after that. Once, he had heard that she was recovering from a serious car accident, and he stopped by to drop off a package … Continue reading

Lessons From My Grandson

My elder grandson turned 18 months today. No longer the centre of his parents’ universe with the arrival of his younger sibling but he’s maturing… Taejin has taught me kindness by sharing his binky, which by the way is his most prized possession, straight from his mouth and popping it into his crying baby brother’s … Continue reading