Bathroom mat fries

I show Z the waffle-cut potatoes I had prepared before baking.

She said, “looks like bathroom mat”.

Which, of course, they did.

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Z spice of life

So I had some russet potatoes and I was thinking, I’d make some cottage fries. It would be easy. Chef John will guide me:

But I thought… maybe I could do waffle fries, since I have this new wavy cut peeler that I got recently from a pasar malam. Cheap.

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People who live in shoe boxes shouldn’t…

[Jan 2018 note: I started writing this in Dec of 2014, just after Z was born, and we had moved into our little shoebox apartment, and we were learning to deal with living in a small space. I think all marriages should start with deprivations and sufferings. So that subsequent changes will be seen as improvements. Compared to the shoebox, the 3-room HDB flat we are living in now is like a mansion. Sort of. Anyway, like many of my blogposts, I started with a draft of this and never finished, and never “published” the piece. Then a few years later, I trawl through the detritus of my mind that are the unpublished drafts, find something that I think could stand to see the light of day, and decide to update and publish it eventually. And considering I am planning a camper van trip, the lessons learn seem apropos. ]

I know the saying, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t walk around naked”.

But what shouldn’t people who live in shoe boxes do?

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Gourmet Coffee and the purpose of life

So in the news was the story of “Astronaut Coffee”. Go Google it. I’m sure you can still find reference to it.

In case you can’t (or are too lazy to Google), it’s about this New York Cafe owner who sends a bag of coffee beans into space, and brews coffee with it later. And charges US$50 a cup (S$66).

Would you pay US$50 for a cup of astronaut coffee?

How about one of the 11 most expensive coffees in the world?

I wouldn’t.

I think Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and any other hipster coffee place selling “gourmet” coffee is a waste of money.

I like local kopi-o.

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No Home for Old Men

Or dead men.

I bought my flat when I was 36. The flat then was already 30 years old. As it is a HDB flat, it was on a 99-year lease.

By the time the 99-year lease expires, I would be 105, if I were still alive. Likely, I would be dead. And it would not be my problem.

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Z’s in N2 this year, and the teacher asked the parents for the meaning of the child’s name. And we forgot.

So this was what I sent after the deadline:

“Zoe” means “life”. The other day, someone referred to me as Zoe’s grandfather. I did not expect to be a father this late in life. Zoe was an unexpected gift, a gift of life. And she is my life.

“Chloe” means “green shoots”. But really, I just like the rhythm of “Zoe Chloe”.

Also, she can go, “Zoe – Chloe – Goh-ee!” at some later point in her life. Maybe.

But yeah, she is the spring in my autumn, the green in my greying years. And the green shoots that is sprouting (and has set roots) in my heart.

[Note: See also “Family Name”.]


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Plans for Tasmania

Fall colours in the Cradle Mountains of Tasmania should be gorgeous.

There are no direct flights to Hobart from SG. Most have a stopover – either Melbourne or Sydney. So why not spend a few days in Sydney? Or Melbourne?

So fly to Sydney/Melbourne. Stay for a night or two, then fly to Hobart.

Rent a campervan for 1 week or so then fly back to Melbourne, stay a night or two, then fly back to SG.

ThenĀ Emirates had a sale! How fortunate!

We managed to get air tickets for the three of us to Melbourne for $1600. (A few days later, I checked and the prices had gone up! At least for Emirates. Qantas still had a competitively priced fare, but Emirates.


Not to knock Qantas but Emirates is highly rated. Of course that is for their first class. But one hopes some of that quality trickles down to Economy, no?

Also, Airbus A380. Anyway, we had already booked with Emirates.)

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