Ken Ridge MRT

27 Jun 2019 – The White Crow

Mon-Tue: @NUH and stressful times with a complicated family situation. Have been more on the MRT than bus the past 2weeks due to convenience&destination to KentRidge/NUH. Fortunately I can choose the time, thus avoiding rush hours. Reading helps to distract the claustrophobic feeling; the cleanliness&safety is impressive.

Am reminded of Goh SiGuim when passing thru’ MainBuilding LobbyB. Told Karen that I see her partner in crime big&clear on the NUH wall and her reply: my claim to fame, well at least she has a claim to fame – hahaha! Hopefully I will not see this wall for a while after today!!

Fame is a fickle food 
Upon a shifting plate, 
Whose table once a Guest, but not 
The second time, is set. 
Whose crumbs the crows inspect, 
And with ironic caw 
Flap past it to the Farmer’s corn; 
Men eat of it and die – Emily Dickinson

Excited about my SG Bicentennial Commemorative S$20 Note.

Chat with Gayle who is a chef in FL/USA : Golden Paste! It gets everywhere and you don’t want to wear something that you don’t mind getting stained. It smells like dirt, but the health benefits are worth it. Boiled turmeric. Then you add coconut oil and black pepper. It’s great for inflammation.

Have been given some in capsule form by bro-in-law, Michael who also believes in the benefits. Doug English – a veterinarian in Australia has been doing studies for decades of the health benefits of turmeric

Not that the stains will put me off, but will wear gloves when skinning&cutting these.  The Chinese call them yellow-ginger when translated from Chinese, Assam is Malay. I add it (fresh) to some of my dishes, especially fish when it compliments the dish, ie to my taste! Nasi Ulam (been a long while since I last made this) is another dish where turmeric enhance the flavour. Have not tried it as as a paste, usually prefer spices&herbs if I can get them fresh.

Birthday greetings to nephews Chon&Clement and the Huang from HI who is somewhere in Thailand or China at present. Except for Chon’s pix the others are taken this year!

Wed-Thu: gathering energy for a Penang trip over the weekend with Les&Ivy+Lawrence meeting Chon to sort out family matters and to have a good time catching up with an old friend&flat-mate from Dublin days, not forgetting Penang food too! As Alonzo said – with Amy, there is always food and at the moment, not just food, but happy thoughts said niece Sue. Movies is a way for me to shift my focus and The White Crow, out today is my way to energize.

Inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993), it reminded me of another movie – Mao’s Last Dancer, both excellent movies which I would probably watch again.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world ― J.R.R. Tolkien