Thai Frame

Happiness is…when your girlfriend take you on a date to a quirky restaurant you’ve never heard of.

Thai Frame is a restaurant and minimart which serves Thai street food and sells Thai food products. I felt like I was transported to Bangkok!

We’ve got Betagen, pad Thai, pork leg rice and some dessert. I’m so going back to get the homemade coconut ice cream I was too full to eat!

proper conversation, not mindless chatter

I love all forms of communication – written, spoken, digital or physical – especially those where we exchange thoughts & jokes.

However, as the means of communication becomes cheaper, faster, and easier, its quality dissipates. Proper conversation is few and far between – most people just send short and abbreviated text.

What I really like is phone calls or long face-to-face conversation. But they are so rare that when I do get them, my heart flutters and I feel like tying those people with a rope so they don’t leave so soon (while keeping my cool not to look like I have no friends haha!)

Maybe people are embarrass to talk since they are so used to hiding behind a screen. But if so, shouldn’t it be easier now to reply to a message, or write a simple thank you when a simple question is answered?

No, messages are normally ignored because we are flooded with so many of them that they have lost meaning. Then we conveniently blame our lack of courtesy on our lack of time.

Which is rather sad to me. So I vow to try to reply to every message and end every conversation properly. On weekends, I call close friends who enjoy engaging in meaningful conversations. I even bought a whole set of stationery to write cards and letters again. This way, I hope my everyday discourse will not be reduced to mindless chatter…

Culture also teaches us how to eat

“As wonderful as science is, culture also teaches us how to eat”, Michael Pollan explaining the French Paradox. Perhaps the secret to the the French slim figures -despite eating rich food – is dining slowly.
I miss dining in brasseries by the pavements in Paris, strolling by the Seine river with a Berthillon ice-cream in my hand, and just live without a timetable…
#stopdreaming #lifeisnotmeasuredbyfunalone #foodphilosophy

Learning Japanese from a lazy egg

Doings things gives me adrenaline rush, which in turns makes me want to do more – it’s almost like a drug. But time is always a limiting factor; so even my leisure time has turned productive (?!). What do I do on Instagram? Learn Japanese from Gudetama, my favourite lazy egg.

What I’ve learned:

  • yaruki (やる気) = motivation
  • yarukinai (やる気ない) = demotivated
  • 気 = Qi
  • Minna o machikane = Everyone waited
  • Kyushoku (給食) = school lunch
  • Jikan de ichi su (時間で一す) = It is time
  • Minna o machi kane kyushoku no jikan de ichi su (みんなおまちかね給食の時間で一す = Everyone, it is time for school lunch everyone’s been waiting for (?)
  • ikiteru (生きてる) = alive
  • kiiroi (黄色い) = yellow
  • Asonjya ikemasen (遊んじゃいけません) = do not play
  • 遊 (yau) = tour

How I plan to write recipes 

“A tenet of journalism is that “the reader knows nothing”. As tenets go, it’s not flattering, but a technical writer can never forget it. You can’t assume that your readers know what you assume everybody knows, or that they still remember what was once explained to them.

The principle of scientific and technical writing applies to all nonfiction writing. It’s the principle of leading readers who know nothing, step by step, to a grasp of subjects they didn’t think they had an aptitude for or were afraid they were too dumb to understand.”

– William Zinsser 


“There’s not much to say about the period except that most writers don’t use it soon enough.”

– William Zinsser

And I am a speaker who uses few full stops #chatterbox


travel should generate a whole constellation of ideas about people

“If travel is broadening, it should broaden more than just our knowledge of how a Gothic cathedral looks or how the French make wine. It should generate a whole constellation of ideas about how men and women work and play, raise their children, worship their gods, live and die” – William Zinsser
How true.
Been avoiding going to touristic places and doing touristic things when I travel. Some of my most memorable holidays is living like the locals – e.g staying in a wooden Malay house at my teacher’s kampung or living with my Japanese family.
If I can, I’ll like to go to China and stay in a house in a hutong, or anywhere in the world really. Anybody want to invite me to stay with them? I will cook for shelter (?!).
(He Zinsser said one of the best travel book is ‘Walden’, written by Henry David Thoreau. Many books and articles from different sources that I’ve read (and enjoyed) lead me to this book again and again. I must carve out some time to read it this year. Probably at a quiet beach holiday.)

Food or flowers will do, thank you

It’s so liberating to know that you don’t need or want many things…or at least less than what you think.

I am still trying to reduce my belongings by half. I just packed a box full of things I no longer need or want. I aim to only keep things that serves a purpose and/or spark joy.

It has come to a point where belongings feels like a burden. Choosing and maintaining takes takes up time and mental energy – intangible things which are much more precious to me than material things (that I don’t need).

Gifts initially elates me, but later makes me feel guilty. I don’t want to get rid of things given to me out of love. And I understand the act of giving something to someone you care about – I do that often and I think its a wonderful thing.

My pretty dressing table – with just enough cosmetics and accessories – sparks joy. 
But then again, I don’t like many things in general. I have very specific, and often, peculiar taste – which only a few people know. Besides, I rather have your time/company.
In my effort to not have more incoming material things, I’m letting my friends (you) know that if you want to be nice to me. You can…
1. Take me out for lunch/dinner and talk to me about things that excites you
2. Invite me for any outdoor activities
3. Teach me how to cook your favourite food/ share your best family recipe
4. Take me go fishing (bonus: barbeque the fish together after)
5. Take me camping (bonus: building a campfire together)
If you REALLY have to give me something you can hold/buy, let it be perishable e.g food or flowers.
Now, I gotta go around the house and figure out what else I can get rid of….

Bananas over Beijing

Seven years today:














I guess banana has always been my fruit of choice whenever I hike and that I’ve always been fascinated by food (in an esoteric way). Beijing was fun!

When I visit next, I shall:

1. Eat strawberry bing tang hulu 糖葫芦
2. Visit a local market to buy spices and Chinese cooking stuff
3. Possibly create a ‘Chinese Language’ notebook like I did for Japanese + get a book before that
4. Check out their sthings e.g dollar shop
5. Hangout & dine with locals and learn more about their culture (always wonder how it’s different from Malaysian Chinese descent’s)