Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Wandering Alone

No excuses at all. Nope. None. Let’s dive right in to the post.

I’m currently interning in Singapore, which is a gorgeous city, and truly multi-cultural. I mean, where else would you see people from so many different races, places and culture all stuffed in one little garden city?

As the first trip ‘alone’ anywhere for a considerable period of time, it has been truly an amazing experience. And when it comes to traveling to any place, one week is just not enough. There’s so much to absorb in and that can leave you quite baffled really. The first week, you’re trying to get to know the places around you, trying to look at the beautiful things while still trying not to get lost. You’re walking around looking at fascinating things, painting a mental picture for you to revisit some other time. And then, you start to notice the quirkiness in the culture. The little things that you are not used to back home. The little things that make you feel like you don’t belong. And this is when you start wondering: ‘Can I understand more about this place and their culture?’

And as the Singaporeans say, ‘Can, la!’

Wandering alone on the streets, I was silently trying to put in a mental picture of the people, the places and the culture. Of how almost everyone is hooked onto a gadget. How you notice some people use a Kindle, and some an iPad. But almost anyone has a large screen mobile device. And contemplating on such interesting differences, I got lost. Completely, absolutely lost 4 times. It’s a strange feeling. Like a sugar-rush of excitement as you take in the place around you, and then creeps in a bit of confusion which dissipates to let the thrill of discovering something new take hold of you. It’s also quite tiring here. People walk around so much. It’s quite a task when you’re here trying to get used to all the walking. And the roads/paths are not really on a flat terrain which does nothing to help you already tired legs.

Amidst all this, there’s also the adventurous palate gravitating toward the food stalls. Being a vegetarian is tough, I found it tough to locate interesting dishes that revolve around the local cuisine which have no meat, because, let’s face it. Meat is a big deal here. But I did manage to find some interesting delectable goodies like a chocolate rice-flour dumpling, a chinese veggie-version dumpling and interesting Japanese Jelly and Sushi. Buying these Japanese goods was interesting because I got to flaunt my (extremely limited) Japanese knowledge! And in return they were quite happy to hear me speak broken Japanese.

And all this touring and experimentation is in the sidelines of actual lab work here. The labs are just gorgeous. The kind that are huge, where things work and where you feel nice doing whatever lab work is required.

And, here’s to more experimentation.

As for pictures, I’ll show you the sights of Singapore some other time.

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Color sprinkles

Ok, so let’s get the party done with. Basically, it was Sanj’s (very late) birthday party and she had called us for lunch. And a few hours later, she literally kicked us out (jus’ kidding! she had to get some official stuff done) Anyway, the point is, she was supposed to cry for the dress we got her and exclaim her thankfulness. And we got this: “It’s pretty” But yes, we did get treated to chocolate cake and a certain ‘American salad’ which had bread crumbs, cheese slices, mushroom slices, corn and lettuce with dressing.


These words are in German and translate to”Storm and Stress.” And, this was the title of a play by F.Maximilian von Klinger.

So, I’m thinking that “DURMSTRANG“, the famous northern wizard school, to which Viktor Krum, the international Quidditch player, attends is basically a wordplay of these words. These things are called spoonerisms.

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  1. You haven’t broken something in school (a tubelight or some lab equipment)
  2. You haven’t nicked something as a souvenir from the labs
  3. You haven’t eaten during class
  4. You haven’t given hell to your teacher
  5. You haven’t sent a teacher packing her bags
  6. You haven’t created cracks on the walls by talking too much
  7. You haven’t had feasts everyday in class, courtesy of ppl’s moms who are great chefs!
  8. You haven’t slept in class and the teacher finding it out
  9. You haven’t been suspended from school (even if it is for 1/2 a day)
  10. You haven’t bunked school (I’m really sad that I’ve never been able to do this but we have bunked tuition)
  11. You haven’t been made to to stand outside class until you finish eating ice-lolly and walk into the  class with coloured tongues
  12. You haven’t played pranks on “poor, unsuspecting people”
  13. You haven’t sung “Happy Birthday” for a teacher and been punished for it
  14. Your class decided to go for a movie when there was a special class scheduled
  15. You haven’t failed atleast one test
  16. You haven’t “mutually discussed” during tests
  17. You haven’t done crazy stuff during excursion

My first ever “board exam” was over today; we had biotech practicals, it was good! LOL, we had fun!!!

All those who read this, please add whatever you want!

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Welll… okay… not sounds but sights..

Diwali came and went… all I did was gorge on the yummy food. I did make cake for Diwali but accidently added Rice flour instead of Maida (Wheat flour) so it turned to be majorly yuk!! But surprisingly, my bro and his friends seemed to love it!! (score for me, atleast someone liked it, even if they happened to be a bunch of 1st graders)

So here are some of the diwali pix i took:






Most of it’s smoke (pollution) but yes, Diwali is just abt holidayz and food and good pix for me!!

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I am eternally thankful to the “Rain Gods” for “showering their blessings” on us yesterday. That’s what made us(and not Lucid) get a holiday today. The first call I got as soon as I reached home yesterday from school was some parent representative saying no school!! *Hooray!!!* And so, I did not have to study physics like “OMG I have a test tomorrow.”

And, Diwali’s coming up! Food! Yay! Holidays! Double Yay!!! I usually wait for the evening when the sky is lit with fireworks and try to capture nice pics of fireworks bursting and stuff. Newayz, I convinced my mom to make donuts for Diwali and so we decided to try making them. It tasted pretty fine only it looked a LOT like a vada. It was an experiment gone wrong! So my mom’s back to square one, wondering WTH to make. She just might end up making Gulab Jamuns. ( I like them, so I ain’t complaining)

So now, to beat boredom, I have taken up random photography. Here are some of the pictures I took:

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