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Eve Of Lunar New Year Of The Rat…Wuhan Virus!

Tonight, we celebrate the eve of Chinese New Year (CNY) with a Reunion Dinner.

Except for me, I am in Bates Motel and Chef Boyadee has just popped by to discuss a special meal for my CNY celebration in Bates. Comforting indeed!

Families will gather for dinner and a popular dish is steam boat or hot pot whereby many relatives can gather for an easy meal of dunking meats and veggies in boiling broth.

Customer Service Of Bates Motel dropped by my room to wish me happy new year with a pair of mandarin oranges in an oriental paper bag with greetings of prosperity for me. It is a nice gesture and meaningful touch, I felt.

Wuhan Virus has arrived in lil red dot.

A Chinese man from Wuhan arrived in Singapore and stayed at Rasa Sentosa Shangrila with 9 of his friends and his son. He arrived with a sore throat and soon felt unwell and was brought to SGH accident & emergency.

His son also tested positive for this strain of the Corona virus.

Many are avoiding crowds as we will not know if tourists from Wuhan are around and may be carriers of this virus.

What a scary thought to start the new year.

Hopefully no pandemic. Mr Docile is on high alert as he is in infection control business.

It seems Scotland has also seen its first case.


Makings Of A Great Chef

I feel that sometimes, it is not necessary a great chef that makes a meal great but the ambience, company and event that makes it so.

Please do not misunderstand that I am belittling chefs – no…no…we need chefs to create that oomph of a dish and that creative artistic plating of the food we see before us in fine dining restaurants.

But what I am referring to, is that those meals of beauty and elegance often leave the diner still hungry haha! Or at least that is what majority of my business associates tell me!

I remember how a meal in an Australian outback fire tasted so good when a tripod was used to brew bush tea and a simple meal.

Under the stars, in the outback with my Aussie pals and the guide doing the cooking, the meal was simple and delicious, non pretentious.

Chefs take great pains to craft and plate a meal.

I remember Mr Docile taking me for a meal at Morsels at Dempsey Hill.

Every dish was an artisanal crafted plate.

I could literally count that singular piece on a giant plate.

Mr Docile paid a handsome price for the meal but it left us both, I am sure still hungry. I was but, being polite, I said nothing. He said nothing as well.

The cost was paid for the ambience or what we call the environment and feel as the restaurant setting was like a barn with lesser than 10 tables.

The place could not seat more than 20 persons at most without losing the circulation space.

Comparatively speaking, I was wined and dined at Cat Cora before, another restaurant by a great chef.

The restaurant was enveloped by an aquarium or a fish tank and I could see sting rays, sharks and all sorts of fishes swimming around in the restaurant as I feasted on food and the marine life.

This is by far a bigger restaurant than Morsels and the menu was more commercial I feel and lesser of a personalised ambience of a chef’s attention.

So to me, what makes a great chef is the experience I am given for that meal.

It makes it more memorable when supping with that special someone or family or commemorating a special occasion that was accentuated by the meal and the service staff.

It is about friendships, camaraderie and the laughter or tears that came with the meal.

Food is eaten when happy or sad and it is the experience we remember of the Chef who prepared it.


Teaching Wifey A Lesson In Tit For Tat

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.

Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.

‘Careful,’ he said, ‘CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them.. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the! Salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’

The wife stared at him.

‘What in the world is wrong with you?

You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’

The husband calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.’🙄🙄🙄🙄

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Bates Motel – Day #34 Is 28 Jan 20 When I Could Be Released (?) Maybe…

I am looking forward to going home on 28 Jan 20 if my wound continues to behave and becomes less inflammed.

I cannot thank Dr Lim enough for his smart thinking to use iodine or what we call Betadine to treat the wound. Good call on his part!

Tomorrow is the eve of Lunar New Year…the Rat is coming and the astrologers have predicted good things about the year of the Rat!

I am glad to receive good tidings for the Rat. We all can use some good things in 2020.

I am happy to boot out 2019 as it has been a tough year for all…economic issues, Trump issues Bush fires, volcano activity in Philippines, HK protests (*this is long drawn as there does not seem to have any end in sight)

What will the year of the rat bring for me?

I wonder?

I am not asking for much…

Good health, a less difficult mum who fights me on every aid I try to give her, a more mentally sound dad as in he applying his brain more and keeping dementia a little further!

I feel everyone has their own trials and tribulations. But it is sad when you have a solution before you but cannot use.

My mum refuses home care assistance twice a week, 3 hours each time to help with laundry, buying of meals and groceries and helping my dad with games, activities to help him with his cognitive issues.

Just like that, my dad is also deprived of any help and I am crosd with my mum for this.

I recoil back on my hospital bed.

I effectively withdraw from trying to help mum as she feels she does not need it.


Bear Bricks – I Learnt This Is The New “In” Thing For Collectibles

I just learnt a new term – “Bear Bricks” that costs thousands of Singapore dollars.

It seems those in their late 20s are crazy about this new collectible item.

I don’t find these in any way huggable but collectors buying them will happily put them in display cases.


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