Friday, 22 March 2019

Turtles all the way down

"One of the challenges with pain - physical or psychic - is that we can only approach it through metaphor. It can't be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language. And we are such language-based creatures that to some extent we cannot know what we cannot name. And so we assume it isn't real. We refer to it with catch-all terms, like crazy or chronic pain, terms that both ostracize and minimise. The term chronic pain captures nothing of the grinding, constant, ceaseless, inescapable hurt. And the term crazy arrives at us with none of the terror and worry you live with. Nor do either of those terms connote the courage people in such pains exemplify."

As usual, John Green is right. How does one describe pain? I had a recent encounter when I was asked to describe pain based on a numerical chart and, through the haze of pain, my brain can actually form a coherent thought, "This is bull." How would one know whether the intense pain should be a 5 or a 8? How would one know whether there could be a pain that can be worse because, at this very moment, the pain is so severe that it feels like the world is closing in on you? 

In a way, pain defies a fundamental belief that I hold close to heart. I have always believed that I can make something work through sheer hard work. It doesn't matter that things are shitty now, I can fix it if I work hard enough. But pain defies that. You cannot work hard to make the pain go away. You cannot work hard to not be ill anymore.

As usual, John Green makes me emo. Thank god I am an eternal optimist. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018



好想唱K。 好想在这天冷的夜吃冰淇淋。好想跑可又累的不行。



Saturday, 27 October 2018




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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Konjiki Hototogisu Chijmes

To be honest, I have never heard of Konjiki Hototogisu during my trips to Japan. When I first heard from a friend that a Michelin Bib Gourmand ramen store from Tokyo was coming to our sunny island, I was baffled. What is this Konjiki Hototogisu about?

We went down one day for lunch (perks of working in City Hall) and the queue was not too long, thankfully. We were seated quickly and ordered. All of us picked the Shoyu Hamaguri Soup Ramen.

The appetizer arrived and we were surprised to find a small bowl of rice with clams inside. It was a cold dish and very light and refreshing. The clams were sweet and fresh. 

Next up, the ramen! There were step-by-step instructions on the table telling you the tips to enjoy this bowl of ramen. First, you were supposed to hold the warm bowl of noodles in your hands, and inhale the aroma. Next, you try the broth before mixing everything and tucking into the bowl of soup with noodles.

The broth was light and delicious, with a slight hint of black truffle. The noodles were thin and springy. The thin slices of cha shu was not bad, fresh tender pork. The egg, which we ordered to share, was unfortunately nothing to scream about.

Now waiting to see if the standard will remain after a few months.

#01-17 Chijmes 
30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
11:30 am to 10 pm