Post-Father’s Day Life Updates

Time for some updates regarding the blog and important stuff I've been working on. Father's DayJust spent a regular day at home with the family, we're still maintaining social distancing and living like hermits apart from Lea's office commute. I could probably use a haircut soon. Diet/NutritionOn the Father's Day weekend I made some ten-don… Continue reading Post-Father’s Day Life Updates

Inventing A Tea Recipe To Support Intermittent Fasting

If anyone wants to try it, the full recipe is included. Coffee has been an addiction since the good 'ol late night studying-partying college days, so we're closing in on a twentieth anniversary soon. And recently my coffee drinking has gone through the roof since having kids until I started getting daily headaches. But recently… Continue reading Inventing A Tea Recipe To Support Intermittent Fasting

Four Fountain Pens I’d Like To Leave To My Kids.

My dad got me started in fountain pens in my teens. I still remember using a maroon Pilot fountain pen that he bought me when I went to secondary school. I used that for many years doing homework, writing and sketching. I still have memories of taking it to tuition classes. It eventually broke and… Continue reading Four Fountain Pens I’d Like To Leave To My Kids.

A Decade Of Creature Portraits (2008-2018)

First, a little backstory. My Chinese ancestors were teachers from Guangxi, but when my paternal grandfather came to Malaysia almost a century ago, he started up a small photo studio on Jalan Rahmat in Batu Pahat, Johor. I'm told the shop did not survive hard times, but I do have a few older cousins who… Continue reading A Decade Of Creature Portraits (2008-2018)

I Finally Managed A Bucket List Checkmate.

Three days ago I played the Black pieces in this 3 minute Blitz game on LiChess against alfonsonaranjoa (rated 2065) and managed to cross off something off my bucket list: the rare smothered mate. Prior to this I had never, never been able to pull this off in any competitive game. With coronavirus and kids(!)… Continue reading I Finally Managed A Bucket List Checkmate.

Minimalist Recipe #4 – Sub 15-Minute Seafood Spaghettini

This recipe was adapted from Ben's Chargrilled Seafood Spaghettini Ingredients - Spaghetti or spaghettini- Chilli flakes- Wedge of lemon- 1 garlic- Prawns- Squid- Baby spinach Method Using a frying pan that is deep enough, add some water, a teaspoon of sea salt and the spaghettini. Bring to a boil on medium heat. The water level… Continue reading Minimalist Recipe #4 – Sub 15-Minute Seafood Spaghettini

Against All Odds – The Life & Times of Azechi Umetaro

Woodblock titled Mt. Fuji #2 by Azechi Umetaro (1979). Image from ukiyo-e.org Azechi Umetaro knew from a young age that all he wanted to be was an artist. However, he was born to a poor farming family in the remote village of Uwajima, about 900 kilometres (559 miles) from the city of Tokyo. Ordinarily, this… Continue reading Against All Odds – The Life & Times of Azechi Umetaro

Recipe #3 – Six Minute Rice Paper Pizza (Minimalist Solo Lunch)

Cooking for one person is generally not very efficient, since there is already a minimum base effort required to prepare ingredients and also cleanup. So I modified this quickfire recipe to solve all that. The key ingredient. Ingredients- Vietnamese rice paper (normally used for their spring rolls) I ordered mine off Lazada here- Mixed vegetables,… Continue reading Recipe #3 – Six Minute Rice Paper Pizza (Minimalist Solo Lunch)

Found Some Poems I Wrote 20 Years Ago.

Found a text file I archived with some poems I wrote circa 2000. They could be classified into two genres, love poems and....depressing emo minimalism (LOL). Some didn't age well, but some I'm still quite happy with, despite the melancholic vibes and Robert Frost homages. I think that some of them have never actually been… Continue reading Found Some Poems I Wrote 20 Years Ago.