Friday, March 24, 2017

Behind their mask of meekness

I am very much 'amused' with some people who let people bully them and not stand up for their rights or even attempt to do so even though there's opportunity, time and it's safe enough to do so. When I say bully I mean it in the loosest manner, it could mean being discriminated based on gender, race, religion or social standing; road or parking bullied, treated rudely by service staff, bad service or overcharging at that restaurant. Or it could even be as simple as having people cut in line at that checkout counter. They then come to whine about it on social media, which usually leads to public outcry and shaming and cursing. Chances of the bullies finding out that people are upset with them via social media are almost zilch, especially if the 'crime' are not so big.

And sometimes, the chance arises where someone else is around and the person stands up for them, trying to defend a friend, righting what's not right. After all, friends do fight for friends, don't they?

So here's the funniest part, instead of being grateful, the whiner goes around whining that the friend embarrassed the whiner by defending them, that the friend should have just kept quiet about it. And the whiner goes around to a lot of people to whine about this friend. And this will start a round of bashing and shaming the friend instead. People who fraternize with the whiners aren't usually the kindest kind, they thrive on gossip and shaming. Words they use are cruel at their most charitable The injustice that was stopped is no longer the issue, but the friend who defended the whiner is. The friend's defence embarrass the whiner, that's really a major crime, that friend must be made to look like a major villain!

So what do you say of these people? Are they really the bigger bully hiding behind the mask of meekness? Or do they let themselves be bullied to satisfy their cravings of pure unadulterated meanness?

Yes, this is a whine post, though I am still deeply amused.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Stranger Things

If you grew up in the 80's, mad about Lord of the Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, Atari and high handlebar bicycles, and wished that they'd put together all your favorite coming of age movies, this is definitely a must watch.

Taking the best of  films, books, and TV shows from the 1980s and mixing them into it's very own sci-fi magic, this Netflix series gives homage to The Goonies, E.T, Stand by Me, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Gremlin, Indiana Jones as well as a few  Stephen King's thrillers. The sense of dejávu you get in almost every other scene, is like going back into the comfort of simpler times.

I'd recommend a marathon of all the 8 episodes from Season 1 over a weekend (or in one night like we did 😜)

Just watch it!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

DIY Denim Knife Roll

Weekend Project #2

An accessory I've always wanted for my tools. My first knife roll, to store and transport all my knives.

Denim Knife Roll by Athene
I made it simple enough just to fit all my current knives (plus a couple of extra slots for my dream knives) with two big additional slots for some other kitchen tools and kitchen towel and a (wonkily) hand-sewn name card slot. 

First I planned on adding a copper rivet ring to hold the lace, but patience is obviously not one of my virtues, I couldn't wait for the shop to open on Monday to get the rivet, so I decided to sew the lace on instead. 

As someone said, that makes it an original design, I can tie the lace anyway I like, I can make it pretty with knots or just slit it in for those professional moments. 
My current favorites neatly tucked in the knife roll

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Moss Garden with Stone Flights of Stairs

First weekend of 2017 project.

Project 1

Glass Terrarium : Moss Garden with Stone Flights of Stairs.

 I used at least four types of moss to create this micro garden, along with some bamboo grass, pebbles and old wood. Plus a couple of pygmy doresera.

I snuck in some carnivorous plant in there, see if you can find it.

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Moss Garden with Stone Flights of Stairs 

Thursday, January 05, 2017

What's your passion?

A friend asked what's my passion these days, as I am one always with something different up my sleeves.

Here's what I told him.

My passion has always been food and all things related to it. No matter what other interest I pick up along the way, I always go back to my original love, food. I guess I'm one of those lucky few who have turned their passion into their life.

Passion is not something you look for, it'll find you, and draw you into a web that you wish not to escape from. When you spend every waking hour thinking about it, turn your life upside down to fit it into your life, waking up in the middle of the night with some ideas or thoughts about it, let your bath water go cold as you follow your trail of thoughts on it, that's passion. 

What ever your passion is/are, make sure you do it with zeal, and hopefully that will be your legacy.

~a foodie who's inspired to be a food connoisseur~

The friend who asked the question, he's one of those really passionate person who holds no bar when he does things. Him, I envy his passions, and at times I hate him because he makes me want to take up those interest too! 

p/s: late last year I started again with them carnivorous plants. But this time I am limiting myself to drosera, pinguicula and dionea. Specifically NO Nepenthes, as we can remember perfectly well how that took over my garden and life the last time. I will not fall to temptation regardless how appealing they are (here's to wishful thinking)