29 April 2010

Find the memory confront it like a crime
Beat it up
Our clothes and precious things we'll leave them all behind
Just give it up

Forget the painful past
Let go of all you grasp
This is the last I'll ask
To meet me here at dawn

For all the distilling one does as a self-proclaimed aesthete; the collection of moments, memories, the endless yearning, what is important to me sometimes feels like it ends up as a vial of colourless liquid. Pure and precious, but ultimately cold. Still. The tremors, the rich warm tenaciousness of Bird's voice stirs this liquid, draws wide reverberating ripples from its centre. And only in these movements do I begin to detect the opalescent shimmers that escape me on darker days. Too long, it's been too long.

11:51 AM;

22 April 2010

My parents visited Tokyo at the peak of cherry blossom season recently, and viewing the pictures they took made me rue the fact that I gave up the chance to go. I can only imagine how breathtaking it must have been to encounter whole mountains completely blanketed in pastel blooms.

2:34 PM;

19 April 2010

The sweetest thing I find is when people give you things and say nonchalantly, "I just thought you'll like it." Thanks Daryl and Meiling.

8:58 PM;

13 April 2010

The Lumière brothers created this film, Vue Lumière No. 76 - Serpentine Dance, in 1896 by hand-colouring the black-and-white footage frame-by-frame. But the effect of the swathes of technicolour swirls is so mesmerizing, I'd say it is magic.

6:17 PM;

03 April 2010

"Edie Beale goes to Girl Scout camp" - how's that for inspiration?
Put J Crew's polish and Grey Garden's endearing zaniness together, and what you get is this impeccable Fall 2010 collection. Above are my favourite looks, you can find the rest on style.com.

11:30 PM;

01 April 2010

On a rainy afternoon this week, I got around to trying out the recipe for bread and butter pudding from a back issue of Idealhome magazine (with a few tweaks of my own). I have made bread and butter pudding a few times before without great success, because it invariably turns out too soggy no matter how long I leave it in the oven. However, this recipe I found does not call for one to submerge half the dish in water. This turned out to be the trick in turning it a crisp, golden brown all around!

sending the dish into the oven with great trepidation...

surreptitiously checking on it every few minutes...

perfect with a cup of tea and a good read!

Bread and Butter Pudding

(serves 4)

8 slices white bread, well-buttered on both sides with crusts cut off
50g sultanas
500ml milk
4 large eggs
1 tsp cinammon powder
4 tbsp white caster sugar, plus extra for sprinking

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
Grease a 7.5cm ovenproof dish.
Cut the bread into triangles.
Lay the bread over the base of the dish, and sprinkle with sultanas between each layers.
In a saucepan, heat the milk until hot but not boiling.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and cinammon powder then add the hot milk, stirring well.
Slowly pour over the bread and sultanas.
Leave the pudding to stand for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with sugar and bake in the oven for around 40 minutes until the top is browned and crispy.

2:56 PM;

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I lean my head slowly to the side, reflect on the camellia on the moss of the temple, reflect on a cup of tea, while outside the wind is rustling the foliage, the forward rush of life is crystallised in a brilliant jewel of a moment that knows neither plans nor future, human destiny is rescued from the pale succession of days, glows with light at last and, surpassing time, warms my tranquil heart.

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