This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.
Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light. The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek. I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing. As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is. For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras.
As I walked around this adorable little flower, playing with the light from various angles, I thought about its significance to the Peranakan culture – we use it as a natural colouring for some of my favourite sweets: Apom Berkuah, a crumpet-like pancake slathered with caramelised banana sauce; Kueh Salat: a 2-tiered cake, on top a creamy & fragrant custard, redolent with coconut milk & pandan, on the bottom, toothsome & decadent sticky rice. Both of these are traditionally beautified with a touch of the butterfly pea flower extract.
When I did a little digging, I discovered that Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is taken for health benefits, with antioxidant, analgesic and anti-stress properties. All in a dainty pretty little flower; I have some dried flowers in the pantry, I am going to make myself a cup now.
I have been having a lot of fun making my breakfasts higher in protein, lower in refined flours & sugars. As pancakes are one of my favourite foods (and not just at breakfast time), it seemed like a good candidate to spend some time on. Here are some of my experiments to make a healthier, higher protein, naturally sweet meal. Continue reading “Fun with Healthier Pancakes”
I have enjoyed visiting & revisiting re-posted posts on Blogs I follow. They are reposted typically because they have a significance to the Writer, and having the opportunity to read it (again) is a privilege.
I am inspired to do the same; repost something from my archives, once each month this year. Care to join me and celebrate our Pasts together? If you decide to join in, ping back to this post so I can find you.
Last month, I revisited the idea of Seasons in our lives. This month, in line with my conversations about Beauty, I relook the role of music in my Life.
After the brush with pneumonia & the long ICU stay in May last year, it took a while to recover the ability to talk. And sing. As I struggled to regain control over my vocal chords, I promised myself that once I was better, I would do something more with my voice. I have since begun singing lessons (with Mom & Dad). Funnily & happily, the singing exercises have helped my running; using the breathing techniques I learn in our singing sessions, I can control my breathing better which translates into running faster & longer. Once again, I am reminded of how precious music is.
This is written in response to Daily Post’s Daily Prompt, Longing
There are times in my life when I feel an inexplicable sense that something isn’t quite right in the universe, a longing for something that I can’t articulate; this is a feeling that Loving Husband has termed my “existential loneliness”. In these instances, the one thing that I turn to which helps soothe the persistent ache is music.
I spent a happy hour exploring the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru last week. It is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates turned trendy by all the cafes and shops that have taken up residence. While we visit to shop and eat here frequently, I haven’t taken the time to wander around. It is amazing how different things look when one is not pressured by time or agenda; when we have time to stop and peer at fruits growing, to discover hidden gems. Continue reading “Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome”
I have been thinking about Beauty in our World: how we respond to it, how we can share it, and the difference it makes to our lives. Increasingly, I feel the need to leave a trail of beauty behind me, as much as I relish and benefit from enjoying the creations of those around me. Continue reading “Encounter with Beauty: 30-Day Challenge”
Following Zimmerbitch is an eye-opening experience: Su’s photography is spectacular and her insights astute. She has recently taken over the curation of The Changing Seasons, a monthly blogging event that celebrates the changes in our world throughout the year. This past December, my 30-Day Challenge was to take a Photo-a-Day. I had so much fun thinking & reflecting on the month through photos so when I saw Su’s contribution to The Changing Seasons, I just had to join in! Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: January 2018”
On my mind is how I want to bring Beauty to the world we live in. I listened to a Ted Radio Hour episode called What is Beauty? and this is the question I have been pondering. Would I do it through music? a poem? a kind word?
One of my favourite blogs, Miss Gentileschi at Art Expedition, reposted some posts from her archives. I thought it was such a fabulous idea, that those of us who have not had a chance to see them would get to do so.
I am inspired to do the same; repost something from my archives, perhaps once each month this year. To my delight, I discovered that my 1st WP posts were made in February 2016, so this is just about my 2nd Year Anniversary Month! What fun!
Care to join me and share something with from your Archives to celebrate our Pasts together? Once a month, for the year of 2018.
I picked this post Seasons Come, Seasons Go, as we enjoyed an extremely cool breezy few weeks – extremely unusual for Singapore. It almost felt like we had a Winter! I am reminded that as we go through different seasons in our lives, each one good or bad will eventually pass. My challenge is to live in the moment, whether good and ill, embracing the seasons’ joys and challenges.