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  • Why you shouldn’t buy bird food with Milo in it – Part II

    Why you shouldn’t buy bird food with Milo in it – Part II

    My feathered friends made this clear before they disappear: the difference between a big pan of the deluxe blend and a small pan of Black Oil and Striped Sunflower Seeds is the trouble involved in separating The Undesirables. Above: Every time the birds kick The Undesirables off to the ground, I have more to clear. […]

  • Why you shouldn’t buy bird food with Milo in it – Part I

    Why you shouldn’t buy bird food with Milo in it – Part I

    Shelter-in-place happened too quickly and coincided with my tooth extraction. We had no time to run down to Sloat garden to stock up our bird seeds. Around end of March, when the lockdown dates got extended, we felt that we should order some bird food online for our rooftop party. We happily bought a 10-lb […]

  • Little steps towards the greater good

    Little steps towards the greater good

    Jon has sent me a draft to his novel and tasked me to draw. I’m not sure I’m up for it, but I’ve started on the littlest character in the story. The Western Honey Bee is a new friend that has turned up on our rooftop since March. Every day, the busy bee buzz around […]

  • 2020: April #1secondeveryday

    2020: April #1secondeveryday

    Out of curiosity, we started growing plants and attempted to build a bird sanctuary (of sorts). Whatever that we have created in the last year has made this roof access a haven in times of a pandemic. { Afterthought } When shelter-in-place started last month, April 7 seems like a date not too far away. […]

  • COVID-19 journal: Sprouting a new attitude

    COVID-19 journal: Sprouting a new attitude

    When the White House warns against going out to buy groceries, it is only natural to avoid heading out during the projected apex. Yet, after three weeks of onions, potatoes and carrots, we do crave something, new. “Let’s grow bean sprouts out of mung beans!” “How? We’ve ran out of soil. And it is going to […]

  • Look on the bright (and smooth) side of life [II]

    Look on the bright (and smooth) side of life [II]

    After making varieties out of my smoothies, here are some of my unconventional favourites. Horlicks is my childhood drink, it is enriched with 14 vitamins and minerals. I like to think that the Horlicks I love, is a British product, completed by Singaporeans (the open secret to viscosity is condensed milk). With a smoothie – which […]

  • Look on the bright (and smooth) side of life [I]

    Look on the bright (and smooth) side of life [I]

    Breakfasts used to be effortless with the twenty-four-hour Donut shop around our corner and several bakeries on Clement Street. I could have a Maple-glazed-jelly-filled Donut on Monday, a Char Siew Sou on Tuesday, an Old-fashioned Donut on Wednesday, a bowl of Century Egg Congee on Thursday and a dozen of Donut Holes on Friday.  Weekends are the best. Jon […]

  • The purée-fect oral surgery diet

    The purée-fect oral surgery diet

    The dental clinic gave me strict instructions to have a clear liquid diet on the first two days after my excruciating tooth extraction. Of all the suggestions on their list, I found coconut water to be the most appealing. However, it was not enough. Twenty-four hours later, at lunchtime, I could sense my weak and […]

  • 2020: March #1secondeveryday

    2020: March #1secondeveryday

    The month everything changed. { Afterthought } San Francisco declared a state of emergency at the end of February and March started with many people panic buying at Walgreens. March 16 started as a date we marked down for my tooth extraction – I was nervous but did not see the shock coming. Coincidentally, on […]