Fire in the Belly

Ramen is a family favourite;  meals out often finds us in a ramen shop. Happily, ramen has become extremely popular in Singapore and we are in no shortage of places to visit & revisit.

FireRecently, Older Daughter brought us to her discovery, Ikkousha Ramen housed in CHIJMES, a restored historic building complex which was formerly a Catholic convent. The restaurant is an unassuming space which has a typically short menu. While I usually shy away from spicy broths, the idea of God Fire really tickled me. And so, against better judgement, that was the one I selected. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t excruciating and there were no lasting ill-effects.Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 9.51.44 AM

Thinking back on this brings to mind the phrase fire in the belly in a less literal fashion.

With the world going mad around us, I admire those who have strong feelings which spur them to action.  As opposed to the helplessness and deep sadness I often feel for the natural & political disasters that run rampant. For now, I resort to baking, writing & music – these are the balms for my troubled mind.

How do you respond & cope with all that is happening around the world?

This is one of my favourite covers of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which never fails to lift my spirits.

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Fire hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent




17 Replies to “Fire in the Belly”

  1. I absolutely love Leonard Cohen. I was able to see him in Denver 7 or 8 years ago? One of my all time favorites. Do you play an instrument? I deal with the challenges of the world by enjoying the outdoors, working, writing, photography and really trying to focus on gratitude. Some days it is sooo hard, I cant lie. I am Very happy the holidays are coming…

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    1. Isn’t Leonard Cohen a genius? You are so lucky to have seen him in action!

      I play the piano well enough for recreational purposes :). I mostly sing in church choirs.

      Thank you for sharing your modus operandi for tackling challenges. I think where we focus makes a huge difference – I, too, try to think on the Beautiful and Awesome. I, too, only succeed doing so on most days.

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  2. The name would have had me try it too! And my son proposed to his Vietnamese/Phillipino girlfriend by putting the ring in some similar soup (PHO)
    And interesting to hear the fire in the belly defined – once had a hot yoga teacher who said not to drink too much water during class or we’d put out the fire in the belly – the fire we were working hard to create! And a warmed core is a pathogen-fighting core!!


    1. Firstly, congratulations on the upcoming wedding!

      OMG! It must have been a memorable proposal finding an engagement ring in one’s bowl of soup noodles!

      Thank you for sharing about your hot yoga experience – i have heard it said from a tai chi teacher as well: she was specifically referring to cold water during tai chi.

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      1. Thanks – and the original date was last summer but the bride’s family could not make it work and they decided to wait – and in hindsight it was a good idea – and we are leaving it in God’s hands – 😉
        They might even do a beach wedding and that would be cool
        Ok – wishing you a great week ahead

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  3. I, too, am a big fan of ramen. Grew up with it in the house, one of the first things I learned how to cook.

    Spicy/hot ramen is a challenge for the kids these days, eating the hottest possible, seeing who can handle it. 😛

    As far as politics, I try to avoid it when I get up in the morning and before bedtime. Actually, I try to avoid it as much as possible as there’s little I can do, and it does more harm (to my inner peace) than good. Before the internet, we lived in a more ignorance, and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

    There’s something to be said about that wonderful quote, “be the change you want to see in the world”, rather than trying to get the world to comply to what you think things should be. The latter is impossible, the former, within our control.

    A short answer. 😛

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  4. This is definitely not a dish for the faint-hearted! Looks delicious and loved your musings about fire in your belly! Oh, this was the first version I ever heard of Hallelujah and still one of my favourites. A great way to start my day! In today’s world these are the songs in which to seek solace!


  5. I respond to these things very much like you, Ju-Lyn: baking and being creative. And I also admire people who have fire in their bellies who take up the fight and won’t give up like Greta Thunberg. She’s an inspiration to many.


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