ad astra per alia porci

June 22, 2008, 4:09 am
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Working as a security guard is an exercise in existential despair. I worked shifts that lasts till my employer said it end. I guard a door and focus on nothing else. I pace the same square of marbled floor. I cannot sleep. I spend all my time waiting for lunch, a break, or my boss to come swaggering along with his walkie talkie to tell me that my shift was finally over.

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canoe packs!!!
June 22, 2008, 1:51 am
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I should have never clicked on that post in Styleforum. Now I am addicted to the rugged good looks of a canoe pack and I am dying to get one.

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the best seldom wins… so what?
June 22, 2008, 1:02 am
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Why am I not surprised. Holland is out of Euro 2008 following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Russia in the Quarterfinals. The most entertaining side which is tipped as hot favourites to bag the tournament is once again knocked out.

Watching soccer over the years have taught me one important lesson in life: the best does not always win, and success involves a large element of luck. So don’t be too proud when you win, because you were lucky. And being great does not translate to success.

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my heart is a lonely hunter
June 21, 2008, 2:39 pm
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“They are all very busy people. In fact they are so busy that it will be hard for you to picture them. I do not mean that they work at their jobs all day and night but that they have much business in their minds always that does not let them rest…the New York CafĂ© owner is different. He watches. The others all have something they hate. And they all have something they love more than eating or sleeping or wine or friendly company. That is why they are always so busy.”

I must admit that I am a sucker for books with nice-sounding titles. Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is one such book; the metaphor is so apt and the lyrical quality of the title made it necessary for me to read it. Its title hints at what the book’s themes are, and these themes appeal to me greatly because I can relate greatly with what McCullers had to say.

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baking and the modern way
June 21, 2008, 2:07 am
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It feels odd to chance upon a gem of a quote in a baking recipe book but I guess the process of creating food and the making of a choice regarding what to it is itself infused with the creator’s perspective on life. Brillat-Savarin said, “tell me what kind of food you eat, and I will tell you what kind of man you are.” Our choce of what to eat is an expression of our own worldview and attitude to life.

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White bread
June 20, 2008, 2:48 pm
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A landmark day: I made my first ever loaf of bread today! Actually it is two loafs. The bread was pretty dense; it reminded me of chiffon cake. Next time I should let it rest for longer to get a less dense bread. The taste was there though. It is definitely better than the average Gardenia or Sunshine crap we get. My sister remarked that the bread is slightly too salty; I will add less salt next time.

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Linguine with Garlic and Oil
June 20, 2008, 11:26 am
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A Roman standard, apparently.

My sister didn’t like the strong garlic taste. It is quite a spartan recipe. But I love garlic. I used fettuccine instead of linguine. Parmesan helped give the dish more flavour.

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