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Two Types Of Potatoes

This afternoon, D and I did a quick grocery run to purchase some of our monthly staples. Because there are no ‘old potatoes’ available anymore, we ended up buying two types of new potatoes – 5 kilo red and 5 kilo regular. I like red potatoes…

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Stir-Fried Lettuce

Chinese do not usually eat raw vegetables. So being from Chinese ancestry, I have been eating stir-fried lettuce when growing up in Malaysia.

Now living in a land of abundance, I realised that this happens to be the easiest and fastest way to get rid of a whole lot of lettuce. All you need to do is to cook the lettuce leaves in a little bit of vegetable oil, add some garlic and a dash of oyster sauce. This method allows you to reduce a whole head of lettuce into just a bowl of green veggie goodness. You may eat this with rice, noodles, or heck I put it in between my bread.

I might be the inventor of the stir-fried lettuce sandwich?!

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Food & Drinks

Asparagus Risotto

I have a box of frozen asparagus peels and ends that I saved since March. In order to make room in the freezer, I made an asparagus broth which I then used in a risotto. The recipe I found on-line calls for a bit of white wine but I did not care to open up a new bottle for that. So my version, this time, is halal.

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Brain-Melting Heat

A few days ago, I wrote about the sorry state of the lawn. I also mentioned the tough survival of certain wild plants, namely wild daisies and dandelions. So after lunch today, I picked up the necessary tools, put on my gloves and tidied up the yard by removing the wild weeds. I just cannot stand not doing something about it. Phew… and I survived the brain-melting heat!

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Jibber Jabber

Brown Patches Of Grass

As a result of the month long drought, no one in the neighbourhood can boast of a lush green lawn. Most of our front yards are sorry looking patches of dried-up grass. One also see a scattering of unwanted wild plants in the lawn, proclaiming their natural toughness. We need rain…

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Health

Melatonin

According to Wikipedia, melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. I personally find the following excerpt regarding blue light quite interesting and relevant to our modern lifestyles:

Blue light, principally around 460 to 480 nm, suppresses melatonin, proportional to the light intensity and length of exposure. Until recent history, humans in temperate climates were exposed to few hours of (blue) daylight in the winter; their fires gave predominantly yellow light. The incandescent light bulb widely used in the 20th century produced relatively little blue light. Light containing only wavelengths greater than 530 nm does not suppress melatonin in bright-light conditions. Wearing glasses that block blue light in the hours before bedtime may decrease melatonin loss. Use of blue-blocking goggles the last hours before bedtime has also been advised for people who need to adjust to an earlier bedtime, as melatonin promotes sleepiness.

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Belgium, Human Nature, Malaysia

Scoring Points In Life

This Saturday afternoon, many are glued to the TV watching the World Cup match between Belgium and Tunisia. Because I cannot sit still for too long and because I have many things to do, I chose to leave the TV on to listen to the commentator and to glance at it now and then.

I was busy reading the current news and recommended articles on my computer upstairs when I came across an article written by Romelu Lukaku. Here is a note-worthy statement from the essay entitled I’ve Got Some Things to Say:

Those people weren’t with me when we were pouring water in our cereal. If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me.

Fortunately for me, I never had to add water to my food or drinks. Physical hunger was never an issue in my life. Nevertheless, growing up in a what-was-then third world country, I did experience the lack of water, day-long black outs, unpaved roadways, and dealing with corrupted people. I know and therefore understand mental hunger and bitterness. I know how this anger can drive some of us.

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