Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 24: Whatever tickles my fancy

Christmas always reminds me of Home Alone :) Hope you have a splendid day with lots of love, joy, food and pressies!

On another note, I won't be able to update the remaining 6 days promptly. I'm away on holiday and the last few posts have been queued. As the remaining posts require me to give a full report on a 'day', 'week', and 'month', I can't queue that :)


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 23: A YouTube video

Some 5 years ago, a creative YouTuber came up with a series called "Arby 'n' The Chief". If I recall correctly, I only watched the first, maybe second season, of these short funny stories. I laughed till I had stitches.

If you're a fan of Halo 3, heard about Halo 3, want a good laugh or have some spare time, check out the series here.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 21: A recipe

I tried a recipe once from Jamie Oliver's 10-minute meals app on the iPad and I loved it. It's hard to go wrong with this recipe (but it definitely takes longer than 10 minutes to make). Here's the recipe:


  • 250g fresh tagliatelle
  • 4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms
  • 150ml single cream
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 20g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 1 lemon
  • 70g rocket leaves
  1. Fill and boil kettle. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and add a splash of olive oil.
  2. Chop bacon into thin strips and add to hot frying pan. Fry for around 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until lightly golden.
  3. Fill large saucepan with boiling kettle water, place it on a high heat and add a good pinch of salt.
  4. Slice mushrooms. Pick and finely chop the rosemary leaves, discard the stalk.
  5. When bacon is golden, add mushrooms and rosemary to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until mushrooms are cooked.
  6. Thinly slice fennel bulb.
  7. Add cream to pan of bacon and mushrooms and bring up to a gentle simmer.
  8. Drop pasta into boiling water and cook according to packet instructions.
  9. Turn heat off under your sauce and finely grate in a zest of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  10. Squeeze the lemon juice into a mixing bowl and add 3 times as much olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  11. Wash and dry rocket leaves and add it to bowl of dressing along with sliced fennel. Mix it only when served.
  12. Scoop out and reserve a cupful of cooking water from the pasta, then drain the pasta. Tip pasta into frying pan with the sauce.
  13. Gently stir the pasta through the sauce. If the sauce is too think, add a little of the reserved cooking water to loosen it.
  14. Divide the pasta between your plates and finely grate the Parmesan cheese over the top. Toss the salad in the dressing and serve on the side.
Enjoy! ♥

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 20: A hobby of mine

A hobby... To pick just one is difficult. From the last 19 posts, it's clear to see that I have several hobbies, so I'll pick one I haven't mentioned.

I love to dance. I took up dancing almost 2 years ago and have loved every moment of it. Whenever I get a chance, I'll go dancing with my mates. If you had to ask me which style is my favourite, it is difficult to choose.

The Salsa is a dance that I've loved since I was a kid. It comes easily to me (especially following someone I've never danced with) and I love the little tricks and fun things you can do in this dance style.

The Viennese Waltz is magical. It's simple but looks simply beautiful when a lady twirls around, sweeping the floor with her long dress. It's lovely to watch and dance. But you can't do it for too long or else you'll be dizzy ;)

The Swing is a fun dance. It's cheeky and the songs you get to dance to it is great.

The Argentine Tango, ah what's not to love? The scene where Al Pacino asks Gabrielle Anwar if she would like to learn to dance the tango in the movie Scent of a Woman made me want to learn it.

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 19: A talent of mine

When I think of what talents I have, it tends to veer towards music. I learned the piano when I was in primary school. Did the exams, nearly dropped it but with some persuasion (and logical reasoning from my mom) I finished Grade 8. I haven't touched a piano in years.

After high-school I decided to take up the classical guitar. It is a lovely instrument, not recommended to take when you're learning the piano (according to my piano teacher at the time). Only made sense to me later. I learned it for a few years, did a couple of exams and decided I was done with exams. I asked my teacher to teach me various techniques and have been grateful to have learned. I have a guitar (I can see it from where I'm sitting) but it needs some fixing. I haven't played it in over 2 years.

I made a pact with a friend that every decade of my life, I will learn an instrument. I played the piano until I was a teenage, played the guitar in my 20s and next up is the cello. But before that, I want to brush up on the other instruments first so I feel I have not wasted my time (and money) on them and I will do justice to the cello.

What's next after that? I'll have to think about it...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 18: Whatever tickles my fancy

Leaving for a vacation in a couple of days. Guess which part of this graph I'm in...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 17: An art piece

Art, in more ways than the obvious.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 16: A song that makes me cry (or nearly)

It's not only the lyrics and music but also his voice that makes the whole song come together perfectly. It's this perfection that gets me every time... I hope to someday listen to him live.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 15: A fanfic

Fanfics are something of the past for me. I used to write but I have lost inspiration (not interest) so it is hard to come up with one within the day. Everytime I come up with an idea, I think I should start writing again but it's harder to put ideas into paper until unless you have momentum. So for today, instead of writing a fanfic, I'll talk about fanfics and me :)

I first came in contact with fanfics about 10 years ago when I was looking if there were more stories on the internet about one of the series I was following. At first I was surprised because it seemed so much like the series but there was something different about it. I researched some more and later found a huge community online that hosted all kinds of fanfics from various shows, games, real people. It was endless.

Before I wrote some (just a handful), I read a lot to get a feel of what people wrote about, understanding a point of view of character, dos and don'ts, etc. It was an interesting experience and I met a few people online (other fanfic writers) who happen to be some of my closest friends today.

I do wish to write fanfics (or original fiction) again. Perhaps a item to add to my "101 list".

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 14: A non-fictional book

When I think of a non fictional book, I think of uni days. Most of the books I had to read put me to sleep... but one. I actually found this book interesting, even though I'm from a technical background. It was like the book was telling me a story.

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman.

His perspective on the world, current affairs and how IT is part of it all is interesting. I still sometimes read his opinion pieces on the NY Times and follow him on twitter because he's inspiring.

To read his articles, his page is here:

In other news, I'm still working on my 101 list. I've only managed to come up with 12 items so far and I have less than 6 days to go!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 13: A fictional book

I have far too many fictional books, however I'm currently reading A Game of Thrones.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 12: Whatever tickles my fancy

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 11: A photo of me taken recently

Do I still look the same... about 20 years later? Hehe...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 8: A photo that makes me angry/sad

It makes me sad (and angry) to hear how ill treated dogs are in China. It's just... horrific and inhumane!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 5: My favourite quote

"The sea's only gifts are harsh blows, and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Now I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind death stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head."
Into the Wild (2007)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 4: My favourite book

"Every disposition of the ground was good; and she looked on the whole scene, the river, the trees scattered on its banks and the winding of the valley, as far as she could trace it, with delight. As they passed into other rooms these objects were taking different positions; but from every window there were beauties to be seen. The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings. [...]

There was certainly at this moment, in Elizabeth's mind, a more gentle sensation towards the original than she had ever felt at the height of their acquaintance. The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. Reynolds was of no trifling nature. What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship!--how much of pleasure or pain was it in his power to bestow!--how much of good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character, and as she stood before the canvas on which he was represented, and fixed his eyes upon herself, she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before; she remembered its warmth, and softened its impropriety of expression."

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This description of Elizabeth's first visit to Pemberley marks a changing point in Elizabeth's feelings for Darcy - Chapter 43.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 3: My favourite television program

The problem with having a favourite 'anything' is that it changes from time to time. Today I may like something, in a few months something else but 2 years later I might like what I like today again. So for now, my favourite television program...

New Girl

It's fun, quirky and the characters are easily relatable. When I watched Friends, I was much younger than the characters in the show to relate to then. With New Girl, I'm in that age group so I get where they're at, i.e. finding a job, good relationship, renting an apartment, issues with friends, etc. So far, the show has been interesting, but I haven't read any opinionated articles or other blogs about the show to see what others think.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 2: My favourite movie

The Pianist (2002)

Just like Day 01, it’s hard to choose a favourite movie. Not your typical destruction of Warsaw true story but still heart wrenching. It has one of my favourite songs, Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in G Minor, (Op. 23, No. 1), played by the main character Wladyslaw Szpilman for the German officer in the film. One of my favourite scenes as well.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 1: My favourite song

To end the year that was 2012, I'd like to share for the next 30 days, as much as I can relate to the events this year, an item from a list of things each day.

Aqualung - Strange and Beautiful

I have a lot of ‘favourite songs’ and it’s hard to choose so this was the first of my many favourites that I could listen to at any time, any place and any day of any year.

101 in 1001 Days

I started doing a list of things in January 2009 and I was meant to complete it by September 2011. I was going well initially but somehow along the way, I forgot about the list and stopped keeping track of the things I wanted to do towards the end.

I have taken a backseat, especially this year. So, to mix things up and put some drive in my life, I've decided to complete the 101 things in 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) challenge once again.

Start Date: 20th of December, 2012 (because I like the date: 20/12/2012)
End Date: 17th of September, 2015 (1001 days later)

This will give me time to compile my list from now to the Start Date :)

Stay tuned!