A Chinese New Year weekend turned retrospective as he contemplated on the meaning of life, inspired by the significant events leading to the brand new year.
The weekend took off with a brunch at Marmalade. They ordered all their favourites like the infamous carrot cake and homemade teas while he tested the Spaghetti With Smoked Salmon. The dishes were good, as usual. Everything went so well...until the staff came by with a lovely "no photography of the food allowed" greeting. So, as much as he'd love to visualise his joy, especially of that new found dish, he was left utterly disappointed. Anyway, the spaghetti was fantastic! The salmon was cooked just pinkishly right while the warm cream cheese sauce was rich and ever flavourful with each bite. Sad, isn't it?
Acceptance is about letting go.
Life is...full of surprises
Who would have thought a lion dance was going to start moments after the bittersweet brunch. Not just any lion dance, but a performance by the world-renowned, made-in-Malaysia Kun Seng Keng troupe. The crowd was left spellbound. Here are some highlights.
Of agility, coordination, grandeur and speed.
Almost a love story.
A change of scene.
The funky and harmless Qilin (Chinese Unicorn) took centrestage.
Whose your daddy now? Say my name! Say my name!
Surprises, take it with open arms (and enjoy it, truly).
Life is...pursuing completeness
What is completeness? A reunion dinner of friends and family, filled with love and of course, good food. The venue was his staple Taman Batu Restaurant. The turnout, 24 pax. The food; abundant, delicious and warm. Here are some interesting dishes that completed the night.
The no-frills, flavoursome, colourful Yu Sang.
The crispy-skinned Suckling Pig.The textural and aromatic Fish Meat Filled Chicken Skin.
The rich and prosperous Braised Pig Trotter.
The sweet/savoury, crispy Deep-Fried Prawns With Salted Egg.
Completeness never felt so full.
Like the break of dawn. Like that beautiful Sunday morning. Hoping the first meal of the day would be the best. Hoping the revisit to Marco Polo would be worthwhile. Hoping the rest could wake up in time. Here are some of the hope-turned-delicious dim sums.
Not a dim sum, but the freshest, most refined and most flavourful Yu Sang he had this year.
The beautiful blend of textures and tastes in the Fried Radish Carrot Cake.
The tender bites of the simple Fish Paste.
The ubiquitous yet wonderfully flavoured Char Siu Bao.
The soft and warm Glutinous Rice With Chicken
When there's a purpose, there's hope.
That was the last Chinese New Year weekend for the year.
But seemed like a lesson of a lifetime.
Life is certainly...a weekend extravaganza.
Of wonderful colours and flavours.
If you want it to be...
Still in time to wish you a wonderful Chap Goh Meh.
Hope you had a fruitful new year celebration this year.