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Seeing

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

 

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Sparkler

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Purple campanula, with its rich hue, sparkles in the garden.

Green Tea Chocolate

Kitkat Japan

I’ve seen pictures of the Maccha Green Tea Kitkat, popular in Japan, and I’ve always wanted to try it. Well, I almost jumped for joy when I saw it at an Asian supermarket.

And what made it even more convenient, the American distributor has stuck a small label listing the ingredients and nutritional value in English. Some of the ingredients listed included green tea powder, cocoa and vegetable oil.

Now for the sampling, to see how the matching of chocolate and green tea turns out.

I think it tastes more like a creamy dessert with a subtle fragrance, reminiscent of the green tea ice cream that I have had the chance to try on several occasions.

And rather strangely, the flavor and fragrance of the Green Tea Kitkat reminds me of pandan flavoring. Pandan is an extract from the pandanus leaf, and is used extensively in Malay and Indonesian desserts.

I do like this interesting Kitkat flavor. And best of all, these bars still have that famous, addictive Kitkat crunch.

Q&A

quote on wisdom

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”

– Naguib Mahfouz

 

Breeze

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A view of a small island in Singapore across from another small island.

I was sitting behind this bush, enjoying the breeze. There is something distinctive about tropical sea breeze: its “fullness”, lulling with relaxation. And I feel that this image somewhat captures it.

Of Perches and Denim

 

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Pet hotels in California must provide elevated platforms for cats.

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Denim is now the official fabric of California.

 

I read an article about the more than 800 new laws that will take effect in California this year. Two particularly caught my interest.

1. Kennels and pet hotels are required to check on the animals once a day. They must also provide elevated platforms in cat enclosures. I guess this is to ensure that kitty gets its share of perches each day.

2. Denim is now declared as California’s official fabric. This is a recognition of the fabric’s role in the history of the state.

In 1853 Levi Strauss journeyed to San Francisco to make his fortune in the California Gold Rush. He became a businessman. The turning point came when the miners needed strong durable pants. In 1873, Levi and his partner invented the blue jeans.

Cat on the Roof

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