You’re Different, My Love – haiku

You’re different, my Love.
Don’t turn your full life to none.
Keep your head. Alone….

Singapore – Jun. 26, 2020 / 22:31

I won’t let you change your life just to be with me. Fly, dear Self.
As you wish
‘Coz you’re the master of your own Life.

May all beings be happy.

Eyes Are Partying – haiku

Eyes are partying.
Sleepless night is back online.
Is lockdown over?

Singapore – Jun. 24, 2020 / 12:45am


My desk misses me so much!
Pardon, your bed misses you so much?
No. It’s the bike misses me so much!
Oh? You mean the couch misses you so much?

May all beings be happy.

Picture borrowed from Shusama Patel Thank you….

work_at_home_v1-01_4x

What’s In My Steamed Cupcake – ranting

There is so much to learn in a cup of steamed cupcake.

There is love surrounding it. There is pain inserted to it. There is patience blended in it. There is hope. There is despair. There is smile and frowning at the same time.

I love learning to cook but the process of searching and trying the best recipe has been part of the journey. Some recipes were just failure and more were not shown to public because I have not enough patience to read my nasty good friends’ comments – trust me their love is bigger than their sarcasm but I still can’t deal with it.

I always hope that I have more time to try on more recipes but there are a lot of limitation that bump me like the bumper-cars on the arena – work, household chores, books, movies…. Name it. But the despair is more about thinking too much of who will eat the food as I am alone in this small apartment. Sometimes I will just call the cleaning lady to bring some home, or ask her to share it with the other cleaning staffs and security guards – some despair is just not reasonable and mine isn’t exception.

Yet I still love learning to cook, exploring ingredients and techniques, trying some different cooking from different places of the world. I’m not big fans of culinary but all the food that I’ve made myself has built some side of mine to know that I still want to go around the world some day to try on the original food in its place of origin.

Just smile more and frown less.

Here is the process of my steamed cupcake today! The result isn’t as good as the real recipe yet I smile at myself for today’s joy.

May all beings be happy.

43A2DD80-71B4-451B-BEE7-231DAE7155DF

Ingredients of my simple steamed cupcake

AAE1B5FB-0942-4DAF-BC48-6324484D818A
These are the cup and paper sent by my friend from Jakarta.

96BB1B55-29D4-4693-A85A-D2138B0258B5
Mix, mix, mix….

299F203B-9877-437B-BD24-ABD24207F9ED
Put pandan pasta into half of the dough

5FB0F644-E409-4BC4-9E87-94B4664872C1
I know it is not even… The recipe said for 8 cups but maybe the size of the cup is different from mine. No problem!

E32DB79F-DA1E-44EC-A6F3-0C80E86167A7
Into the steamer….

277BE078-9B62-44FE-8189-D6EDED38572A
8 cupcakes: 3 successful, 5 “next time better” – still it made me happy!

Morning Greets Sweetly – haiku

Morning greets sweetly
Eyes that open lazily.
Love is truly blind.

Singapore – June 19, 2020 / 21:40

Only human beings own the ability to manipulatively respond to anything, while other beings will always respond honestly as they are. Morning will always present bright colours either with the shining sun, cooling rain, wrapping cloud, awaiting meeting, and other possible hustle-bustle of the job; yet people will not always smile in the morning. There are those choosing to start the day with heavy burden and drudging steps.

If you wanna see what true love is, find the love shown by the nature and learn through it.

May all beings be happy.

img_5080

Can Wind Vanish, Love – haiku

Can Wind vanish, Love?
Look how pressurised we’ve been!
Just give me soft Breeze.

Singapore – Jun. 18, 2020 / 21:30

—-

Sometimes you wonder why the wind blows all the hopes. Sometimes you want strong wind to dry your sweat. Sometimes you are longing for soft, nice breeze to accompany you in a solo journey. Nothing is permanent….

May all beings be happy.

img_0163

Listen To The Masks – haiku

Listen to the masks
Hanging ear to ear. Take one,
Let the party start.

Singapore – Jun. 17, 2020 / 19:45

—-
You need your masks, not to hide but to show the kindness of a human being even if you have to suffer in the dark.

May all beings be happy.

CD4E0151-21F9-4039-9001-B7CBF8F0742B

Awake While Asleep – haiku

Awake while asleep:
Concocting cocktails of dreams,
Or mocktails of facts—

Singapore – Jun. 15, 2020 / 18:30

If you think your life is too crazy, drink some mocktail. If too plain, add a bit of cocktail. Don’t let any concoction make you either 100% asleep or fully awake.

You get that, dear Self?

May all beings be happy.

Layers of Self – verses

There is time when Mr Grey is reluctant to evaluate others’
Actions,
Motions,
Emotions,
Notions—
For as much as the head’s dullness, true colours won’t lie
And untrue intentions will reveal.

In the mode of working class,
Putting layered of dignified masks in silence,
Enchanting intelligent chorus in public,
Smirking in the dark.
Beloved dedication
Decorated with
Stabbing behind—
….

Doesn’t it matter?
No—
Take a time
As long as Time wishes to be with you:
Hiding behind true Smile,
Singing in the Heart,
Reciting poems in the Soul.

Someday
When the floor invites you to dance,
Offering the best music of Life,
Then down to the floor!

Dance until the Light fades away
Which is never.

Now
Observe all the moves
Of the masks around you
Which will undo themselves

One by one.

May all beings be happy.

Singapore – Jun. 9, 2020 / 21:58

 

Who’s That YouTuber – haiku

Who’s that YouTuber
Breaking the bones to pieces
But reviving Self?

Singapore – Jun. 7, 2020 / 22:11


I never imagined before that I will have enough time re-watch Studio Ghibli’s then watch history-based Korean TV series —Hey! I don’t watch that Itaeawon Class type of thing— then take random choices in Netflix (If you know Dead Poets Society, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Little Rascals, The Hobbits, 47 Ronin or Assassin’s Creed then you know what random means to me) and…..

…. additional contents in YouTube other than those I’ve been following for years. Too much information: I’ve read less recently 😷

And here is what might have been one worst result of all the watching thing: I found Chloe Ting’s YouTube channel and decided to join the 30-day challenge to get flat belly. And I can’t just give up! I’d better make Super score for myself! Or else, I’m gonna hate gym forevah!

Thanks, Chloe Ting!

May all beings be happy.

🙏🏼

It Says Thanks To You – haiku

It says thanks to you
For showing true and untrue
Through this emotion.

Singapore – Jun. 1, 2020 / 22:15


Realising that a gift is not merely about a special thing wrapped beautifully but more about the true among the untrue is a gift itself. No matter how it feels inside until now, I still thank you.

What a beautiful Life!

May all beings be happy….

 

Time’s Bringing Good Acts – haiku

Time’s bringing good acts.
Places add good vibes to it.
How I miss your peace.

Singapore – May 25, 2020 / 22:29

—-

I miss two places the most right now: Bali and Ayutthaya. Once this circuit breaker is exited, those two will be my destination.

May all beings be happy.

18FA7A61-6590-40E4-8824-1A95F29F3C76

Rendang for Eid – my mood

What is one of the most delicious food in the world?

Rendang!

People think it is of Malaysia original. NO, it is not. It is originally an Indonesian food, more exactly from Padang, a place situated in Sumatera. Is it that important to debate where food is coming from? Not at all…. Yet I think I would be gracefully proud to tell people that I’m successful to cook one of the most delicious food from my own country rather than that from neighbouring country.

I present this rendang to all Muslim wherever you are…. Eid Mubarak!

All my cooking is always started with “Browse the Net, dear Self!”

392F9816-218F-4FC6-9B64-61159306A1FE

The list of treasure is found in the Net…. Guess what they are.

 

Let me boast my knowledge about spices and the rest of the “squad”: nutmeg (powder), turmeric leaf, cumin seed, coriander seed, cloves, lemongrass (I love this piece), tamarind, ginger, galangal, kefir lime leaves, red chilli (small and big ones), shallot, garlic, coconut milk (instant though).

 

6270C3F4-A2DD-4283-8883-A73B65F79C34

I was a “chilli queen” but by time I’m afraid of the burning taste on my tongue. So let’s get rid of the seeds and use only the peels.

 

A50B669D-2C1B-41F2-92B5-F1B096FA87FC

Grind!

 

I normally use traditional stone pestle and mortar but this high quantity of herbs will hurt my hands so allow me to use the food processor. Such a sin haha

 

1841CC60-6719-4225-9268-B162152145D1

Almost one kilogram of beef – not the AA grade, just a good one

 

D769DE1D-2351-4BDB-BADA-CA972ADC6557

Boil all together!

 

5EEFC689-7202-4BED-9B6B-5351699B1642

Oh no! The pot is too small, coconut milk should be poured into it in three stages. Be patient, dear Self….

 

839CD1F1-E5B0-492D-9F1C-DC634C62BFA9

After one hour on the fire – oh my

 

D0419C68-5E4A-42DF-801F-0FD1940115BA

After one and a half hour – it gets oily, almost ready

 

8A6CF632-E6D7-4830-AB1C-83DE1DA63AD7

Done in almost 3 hours (browsing the Net not included)

 

 

My rendang is accompanying me in this Eid — no home country visiting this year, no gathering in the Embassy, no friends will be visiting due to the Gov policy of social distancing. It is fine. Hope this pandemic is over immediately and leaving good memory for the rest of my life….

May all beings be happy….

Singapore – May 23, 2020 / 12:08am

Which One Is Your Sign? – tanka

Which one is the sign?
Lightning or thunder? The one
Striking you. It is?
If they know, either isn’t.
The message is what it is.

Now here —

Note to self: whether it is the lightning or the thunder isn’t significant if you can’t read the sign.

Interesting!

Penumbra Haiku

..... Just ....... Haiku .....

ram H singhal

Journey of Creative Enlightenment

Flora Fiction

A Creative Space

tinytotspoetry

Aspiring to be the best at writing. Poetry lover, haiku and free verse to be precise, I hope to one day master

myScribbles

Absent-minded musings

ZERLIN

Realizing life goals...

Melody Chen

Word-Experimentalist

Den of Dreams

Creativity Is a Wild Thing

Daydreaming as a profession

Just writing some poems. No pics, no GIFs, no vids. Keeping it simple.

Pee Kay

voice_of_the_pen

The Broken Specs

Here's To Express.. :)

Indonesia Labour Database

Knowledge is Power

Light Play ~ Revitalize

we are fish that play in a sea of light

Cooking

recipes, tips & ideas

Simplify Tasks

Want to learn the simple way?

myvvoice

Escaping reality or facing reality.

The BELOVED

Our hearts are home, secured in God's Love. Find Hope and Encouragement in The LORD, The HOLY BELOVED.

thoughts and entanglements

A collective of poems and photos. All photos taken by me unless stated otherwise.

Rusted Honey

Poetry, haiku, tanka, and micropoetry

OwnShadow

Looking for people to share the written word

Madamsabi's Blog

Coffee For The Mind, inspiration for the soul!

unbolt me

the literary asylum

THE RIVER WALK

Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

Inner Peace

True wealth is the wealth of the soul

Luna

Pen to paper.

(Metanoia)

Fan of GOD

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

Verona

- Renee verona -

Bombay Ficus

Running, Writing, Real Life Experiences & Relatable Content.

Learning to write

Just your average PhD student using the internet to enhance their CV

a.mermaid'spen_

graphs of my Universe

New Lune

A blog full of tips, inspiration and freebies!

Belajar Numerik Al Quran

Dan sungguh, telah Kami mudahkan Al Quran untuk pelajaran, maka adakah orang yang mau mengambil pelajaran? (Al Qamar 22, 32, 40)

chipping in

listen, and keep it clean

Shanmugam's Blog

Articles on Spirituality. Psychology, Mindfulness, Spiritual Enlightenment & a Collection of my Poems.

niaART

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing YOU can be. Maya Angelou

WordPress.com Apps

Apps for any screen

Poetry and Prose

From soul to soul

Eden Hills

My Life on the Farm

Mlathi Wulung

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

Dread Poets Sobriety

Irreverence's Glittering New Low!

Asosiasi Mahasiswa Pecinta Literasi

Nge-literasi atau terjajah selama-lamanya?

Alifis@Corner

Apa adanya, selaraskan akal dan hati

bibilintikan

just a little nod in the ocean

Chez Lorraine

A journal of an Indonesian in The Netherlands

%d bloggers like this: