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Chef of the century

Setting foot for lunch at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon would b something i considered to b an important milestone for a food writer in singapore.

He is named chef of the century with a total of 26 Michelin stars under his belt

finally!

I truly felt thankful for this opportunity n in the midst of one dish, I could feel the rush of emotions.

Really enjoyed the desserts! By Francois Benot

I asked if they were inspired by childhood games n he said, yes by childhood memories.

Then he flashed his hp out showing his prized dessert creations

Thru a translator,i said to him: thank u for having those memories

For they made mine.

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Transform by yongey mingyur rinpoche

How to transform emotions into loving kindness compassion meditation?

Eg anger

The opp of loving kindness compassion

Transform

When u have anger, normally u press down anger

Or u believe anger n it becomes ur boss

1. Recognize anger
O, I have anger

2. Understand others anger using ur anger as eg

3. Exchange with others, I m gg to take all others anger/suffering fr anger into my anger
May all b free fr anger, bcoz of my anger

N my anger today bcame meaningful
Hello anger, u can angry now

Juz let it b n Anger is transformed

normally u think emotion is bad, but u can transform Into practice

How to transform material problems into loving kindness compassion meditation?

Eg lose job

I lose job, Others also, not me only
Many others worse than me

My losing job as representative of all sufferings for all sentient beings

Bring that all on

Then my losing job becomes meaningful

This is a Recycle practice : garbage becomes gd

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Seasons of Beauty

this is beautifully put

April 25, 2011

Aging Gracefully

As we cultivate our life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are creating and doing as it is about our appearance.

We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages—from its full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between—human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

The early years of our lives tend to be about learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can. We move through the world like sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are waking up to the world. In this youthful phase of life, our physical strength, youth, and beauty help open doors and attract attention. Gradually, we begin to use the information we have gathered to form ideas and opinions of our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are saying, doing, and creating as it is about our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we become full, expressive, beautiful, and productive.

When the time comes for us to let go of the creations of our middle lives, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves, as we release our past attachments and preparing for a new phase of growth. The children move on, and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks, and the grey hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience. In the winter of our lives, we become stripped down to our essence like a tree. We may become more radiant than ever at this stage, because our inner light shines brighter through our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age comes from the very core of our being—our essence. This essence is a reminder that there is nothing to fear in growing older and that there is a kind of beauty that comes only after one has spent many years on earth.


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26months

亲爱的沁芝

已经26个月大,又5天了:)

这个月,我们带沁芝gai gai好多次,摩天轮几乎是每周都去,让沁芝在这里练习脚力,爬爬楼梯,

在helix天桥上,沁芝坚持自己拿包包和水壶

我们从摩天轮一路走到city hall,买了些食物,再搭地铁、车回家。一次搭地铁,人挤人,另一次搭巴士。

至于搭什么,都是沁芝作主,沁芝说bus,daddy就答应。不搭地铁。

这天,daddy租车载着婆婆姨姨去滨海晚金沙赌场附近。之后去ntuc finest@marine parade,沁芝乐坏了

这就是沁芝看到的夜景

mummy真的很喜欢daddy租车载我们外出,可以载着姨姨和婆婆一起出去。就是一车子,一个家的感觉。

mummy小时候,mummy的mummy也经常让公公载我们一家出去,也许是去changi village吃饭,之后到海边散步、看飞机,有时到机场吃swensens

现在长大了,有了这样的能力,有了自己的家,每次daddy租车,虽然贵一些,可是就也带给我一种很简单的快乐,就像是孩子时候的快乐的延续。

沁芝一样喜欢的。我知道。

:)

这个时候的沁芝,有机会品尝到来自法国Bours小村庄的有机自制果酱,真是有幸

沁芝喜欢橙子口味的。

mummy这天带着婆婆姨姨去吃点心,沁芝粥、叉烧包、河粉,来者不拒,不亦乐乎

之后带沁芝逛超市,她看到小兔子,抱着深吻

不过沁芝最喜欢的,其实是很平实的东西,像是这鸡蛋糕,叉烧包,已经让沁芝乐透,阿姨说,沁芝很聪敏,懂得怎么把塑胶袋往下拉

:)

26个月的沁芝,爱上了刷牙,

daddy买的牙刷,最近开始用上

但更多时候是婆婆耍的

daddy买了透明的软牙刷和香蕉口味的牙膏,让沁芝从不爱刷牙,到每天喜欢。

婆婆看沁芝笑得灿烂,每次说,gong gin na=傻孩子。

mummy就喜欢看沁芝刷牙,这种方式,婆婆抱着沁芝的手法、沁芝躺下的姿态,mummy就爱看

有几次,想说,不如试试看给沁芝刷牙。

但mummy真的就爱看沁芝被婆婆抱着刷牙的样子。

好像看到小时候的自己,知道了自己错过的什么。被抱着的小时候的自己,根本不懂得的温暖,现在透过沁芝看到了。

我就贪婪着这个。

沁芝被疼爱的样子,mummy都一刻一刻记下来给沁芝看。我觉得这些太可贵。太值得收藏。

我们从来不可能知道别人为我们如何付出,即使有画面,知道的、领略的,也可能只有很微乎其微的一小部分。mummy时常说,沁芝长大了,要好好孝顺、听阿姨和婆婆的话

这些照片沁芝看到了,一定也觉得心房暖暖的、炽热的,融化了吧?

你看,都是爱的画面。

婆婆脚痛、多么劳累,还是坚持要让不爱吃的沁芝,一口一口把饭、水果吃下,即使抱着到外头,不停绕,自己再辛苦也无所谓,只要沁芝乖乖吃下。

婆婆说,夜里沁芝就爱这么躺着睡,要”婆婆sayang“,婆婆拍拍屁股,拍到睡觉为止。婆婆脚酸了,也无怨无悔

亲爱的沁芝,你知道吗?这也是mummy小时候最爱的。

还有,沁芝这个时候经常有便便困难的时候,这一次也是紧紧抱着婆婆,半个多小时候之后才纾解、通畅

婆婆就这么放下晚餐,陪伴芝芝

婆婆说,有一回,沁芝也是这样,大不出来,婆婆就用毛巾抱着沁芝跑到楼下的诊所,请医生帮忙。

亲爱的沁芝,能知道那是怎样的爱吗?

这一天,我们原本要带沁芝外出,但因为便便困难,让沁芝心情受影响,之后只要婆婆,哪里都不去,任谁进来劝说都不改变主要,一直抱着婆婆不放。

mummy知道的,沁芝最困难的时候,最需要力量的时候,是婆婆这么抱紧沁芝。

:)

那是我们其他人没有给的安稳、安全。

沁芝生病的时候,如用白水煮粥沁芝就不爱吃,ah hui姨姨特地用猪骨熬汤,再用汤煮粥。就为让沁芝有好味道下肚。

这是沁芝最爱的pose

26个月的沁芝,已经懂得和大人开玩笑了,把ah tin姨姨叫成ah dai姨姨

而且沁芝的word bank不知不觉收藏了很多词汇、生词、名词

阿姨问沁芝:“沁芝早上喝coffee吗?她说:“aw zou zapp” (prune juice)阿姨说她听了,吓到!

daddy带沁芝下去散步,热出一身汗,问沁芝是什么,她说:“流汗”

最近把high chair再带回去给沁芝坐,她每天傍晚就和我们一起吃饭,喂沁芝,成了每天下班后的另一routine,她学会mushroom,会自己用筷子,喜欢用汤匙从锅子里勺饭,要soup、fish时,说“soup、soup”⋯⋯⋯⋯

惊讶沁芝居然
学会用粉红色的筷子,自己吃饭。

生病的时候,还会说“lao pi lao pi”(流鼻涕)

今天阿妹姨姨抱着沁芝和selly、婆婆下去补习,把沁芝抱回来的时候,她说,沁芝会说:“selly tuition,沁芝go home”

这个时候的沁芝,有了自己的第一盒彩色笔,拿着colour pencil要daddy sharpen的时候,daddy说:“you muz say help me”

结果沁芝说:“daddy, help me sharpen”

阿姨说,某天早上沁芝不小心把ipod touch的image弄大,居然说:“pai liao pai liao”(福建话:坏了坏了)

吃饭时,饱了的时候,她说:“mai liao mai liao”(福建话:不要了。)

这个时候的沁芝很爱耍嘴皮,某晚婆婆叫:”ah hui哦,泡milk milk lo“

沁芝居然立刻模仿婆婆说:“ah hui 姨姨o,milk milk o”之后每夜如此。

如果姨姨去得太久,婆婆说:”怎么姨姨去woodlands泡奶?“下来问沁芝,姨姨去哪里泡奶?沁芝便说:”woodlands“

这天,沁芝不知怎的,心血来潮,要大家称她:“沁芝姐姐”。ah boon舅舅不依,叫她沁芝妹妹,结果她哭得稀里哗啦。

mummy问她:“head n shoulders”怎么唱ah?

她居然也模仿mummy这句,还津津有味。一副骄傲的样子

wow

26个月的时候,我们让沁芝上happy train,每一周用不同语言教学,有华语、英语、日语

这就是沁芝的第一份功课和手工:)

每次mummy说:“you muz colour inside not outside”

结果沁芝现在也这么模仿,但还是老涂外面不涂里面。

喜欢盒沁芝一起colour,现在沁芝已经养成和mummy一起colouring的习惯。

沁芝上学,居然学会了宽和窄,才25个月大就懂得这概念,真了不起,今天上日语课,hiroi/semai说几次就懂,还有sequence,还有用夹子夹东西,看得mummy好骄傲。

今天她心血来潮,挑了粉红色的裙子,穿了一天,真的很可爱。原来,小宝贝已经这么高大了!

放学回来,舍不得脱掉。

今天mummy第一次自己带沁芝上学,有公公载,沁芝上车就说公公good morning,让公公好开心。下来更站起去吻了公公的脸颊:)真会讨人欢心!

但第一次带着沁芝,起先有些担心,后来忘记了那担心。一个小时的课程就过去了。真的很珍惜这样和沁芝在一起。我们一起搭乘德士回家,沁芝在车上说,daddy working come c zhizhi play ball ball ok?

这天,沁芝和mummy一起do colouring,mummy在旁赞她,她高兴得起身拍掌,客厅里的大家拍过一轮,她跑到厨房找婆婆再拍,再要阿姨也拍,过后,甚至跑到房间抓起阿豪哥哥买给她的小熊,抓起小熊的手,拍拍。

这些都是陪伴沁芝的好朋友,沁芝还记得pooh bear是ah hui姨姨买的、小小的teddy bear是阿豪哥哥买的

还有这些

今天她一手抱着pooh bear,另一手挽着rabbit,说:“bear bear also”,她会用also

这是daddy新买的

barney jigsaw puzzle

最近沁芝喜欢中文故事书了,姑姑买的《小蝌蚪找妈妈》、《小兔乖乖》成了新的朋友。

沁芝知道大灰狼、知道兔妈妈回来时边敲门边说:“小兔乖乖,把门开开,快点开开,妈妈要进来”。

记忆力超强,mummy念到哪里稍作停顿,沁芝便懂得接上。

小宝贝这个时候的表情很丰富、姿态更是不胜枚举

我都爱

:)

有几天,沁芝不让mummy回家,和沁芝一起睡觉,沁芝兴起,唱twinkle twinkle little star

好甜蜜

然后跟mummy玩,简单如在床褥后面玩peek a boo

或是这样躺着

对我们两个来说,都是极为珍贵的一刻

其实,mummy还是很喜欢看、拍沁芝冲凉。觉得婆婆给沁芝冲凉的每一刻,都是那么传统、旧式的味道。婆婆要淋沁芝的头,叫沁芝:“buck jiu,mi mi”(眯眯眼睛)沁芝居然懂得照做

喜欢看着沁芝享受着这样的洗澡,有一个人把自己抱在怀中,这么小心翼翼地洗着,之后被阿姨抱着进房间,由婆婆赶过来给沁芝擦香油。

沁芝当初还那么小,婆婆说,就怕抱不好,让沁芝滑下水,没有两下,沁芝已经这么大。

沁芝冲凉后的routine就是抹身、擦粉、擦温热肚子的如意油(婆婆称香油),沁芝每回会双手把衣服拉起,让婆婆擦,这天,她拉起衣服后说:“dor zai⋯⋯⋯”音还往上翘!

亲爱的沁芝,may u b well n happy always

每次看沁芝的照片,总是有感动的时候,是那份率真、天真、无邪那么真挚、动人。keep it that way,我的宝贝。

不管经过了多少时间。

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Affirmations

April 22, 2011
Words of Wisdom

Our minds accept as truth the critical statements we tell ourselves, but it can also accept our positive affirmations.

The words we speak and think hold great sway over the kind of life that we create for ourselves. Many people live their lives plagued by negative thoughts and never even realize this. They tell themselves and others that they are doomed to fail, not good enough, or not worthy of love, yet they are amazed when their reality starts reflecting these words. Just as the subconscious mind accepts as truth the critical statements we tell ourselves, however, it is also equipped to instantly accept the veracity of our affirmations.

Affirmations are statements chosen and spoken consciously. Once they enter our realm of consciousness, they also enter our subconscious mind where they have the power to change our lives. The affirmations you create should be specific, not too long, worded positively, formed in complete sentences, and spoken in the present tense as if what you are affirming is already true. It is a good idea to repeat your affirmations daily. You may want to tell yourself that you deserve to be happy or that you are in control of your destiny. Or, you may want to focus on a particular goal, such as attracting new friends. Rather than telling yourself you want to be well-liked, say, “I am well-liked.” Your subconscious mind will pick up on these positive messages, and you will begin to live your life as if what you are affirming already has happened. Soon, your reality will begin to reflect your affirmations. If you find that you are thwarting yourself with negative thinking, try repeating your affirmations several times a day. Write your affirmations down and say them aloud or in your mind. Allow your conviction to grow stronger each time you say your affirmations, and your negativity will be overridden by your motivation and positive thoughts.

Affirmations are a powerful tool for creating our desired reality. We consciously and subconsciously invite opportunity into our lives when we say affirmations. Trust in the power of your affirmations, and you will very quickly create what you have already stated to be true.