Wow, what a guitarist!

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The pleasures of idleness

An idle moment

Came across the Idler website [link] while I was searching for a chapter in a mystery book I had read years ago on the Pleasures of Idleness. It was explained with a beautiful painting which I can’t seem to find now.

As copied and pasted from the site’s About page:

The Idler is a bi-annual, book-shaped magazine that campaigns against the work ethic. It was founded in 1993 by Tom Hodgkinson and his friend Gavin Pretor-Pinney. The intention of the magazine is to return dignity to the art of loafing, to make idling into something to aspire towards rather than reject. As well as providing a radical and thought-provoking read, the Idler is also very funny. The Idler website currently has no forum as Tom finds that the forum medium itself encourages whingeing, procrastination and rudeness of an unacceptable order.

Well, if the above doesn’t give me the assurance that I dont’ have to be on my toes all day then I don’t know what gives. I’ve read that all the great discoveries, inventions and other works of fame all happened due to an idle moment…Newton’s discovery for example. So why all the hurry and hullabaloo over work and progress? I understand our forefathers were better off than us - respiratory diseases are more widespread now than ever thanks to industrial pollution (and its work force), population control is difficult now due to advanced healthcare(and its research) and synthesised foods as you know leads to a variety of complications. Now if we all were happy-go-lucky, loving and friendly sort of people, what a difference this world would be. Alright we could be living in an era gone by with very little industrial progress but somehow I think we’d be better people.

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Grocery shopping

It’s now become a habit for me to write down the grocery list for the week on a large post-it note and stick it either to or inside mario’s wallet. Sultan center in Salmiya was a good place at first, however getting a parking spot is such a problem and it becomes very crowded inside the centre at night. Patience is not one of my virtues so waiting for over 10 or 15 minutes for payment makes me bored and cranky. And the lure of the supermarket is there - end up buying more than those on the list. But its chicken is the best.

So switched over to Citi Centre, bigger space, less crowded and not that tempting. Again sometimes get bitten by the supermaret bug but learnt to resist it. Here’s how the conversation goes when we’re at the Chocolates lane:

“Hey, there are some Lindt chocolates - milk ones, I’ve already taken a 3 pack of dark chocolate.”

“No, I don’t want any.”

“Then what you’ll have after lunch? Take a pack.”

“No, am trying to cut down ( inwardly  yeah right!). It’ll be too tempting if I see them lying around at home.”

“Exercise then instead of cutting down.”

After a moment’s thought, ”No, I don’t need any. Come on, let’s move from here. Let’s buy some biscuits.”

Biscuits are a less tempting section, though I love Khong Guan’s Lemon puff biscuits and picked up 2 packs. The Meats section is not a problem, cos they don’t look great raw. Would alternate the meats every week so that we don’t get fed up of any particular one (God forbid!). Reached home after a short while and what do you know, there was a pack of chocolates ;)

In a rare instance we had picked a pack of 30 eggs. Had planned to baked a few cakes and brownies. I could get a faint smell near the egg tray but thought nothing of it when Mario didn’t smell the same. A couple of days later, was going to fry an egg for breakfast and it broke open with water, a blackish fluid and a terrible smell. H2S - hydrogen sulphide. That’s the substance, it has a rotten egg smell. I remember doing a chemistry lab experiment in school where the liquid reeked of it. Yuck! It’s the worst smell ever. From that day forth, haven’t bought eggs at Citi Centre. It’ll take me some time and alot of sniffing to trust their eggs in the future. I had an interview that day and all I could remember when I went in was the sight of that egg.

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Finding Nemo


Sushi seems to be everyone’s favourite food. 4 years back, a friend Hang (and some 2 words after his name which I don’t remember - he was Korean) offered sushi to a group of us. We being first time eaters didn’t know what to expect and gulped it. Afterwards, one guy in the group had a strange look on his face and another looked like he was going to be sick. I didn’t know what my expression was, but I don’t think I hid it well cos Hang looked a little offended. I think my sis however liked it and somebody even said “yummy” to my disbelief.  

Ok, flashback over. Kuwait has so many sushi restaurants, even as fast food joints in the malls at Salmiya. I know there could be alot of expertise at work in the making of sushi but I just can’t bring myself to eat rice, raw fish and bits of few veggies when I’m hungry. Moreover I just can’t get the thought out of my head that I’m eating raw raw plain raw fish. Would it still be having some life in it, breathing? The second time I ate sushi was at home made by chef Mario. Even then I cooked the salmon.

And I know it’s supposed to be healthy and good for me blah blah blah. But can’t get past the raw meat and no spice concept. I think I’d prefer veg clear soup over sushi any day.

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My yapsolutely favourite character in Shrek…and what a great visual of Neil Diamond’s ‘I’m a believer’!

The way donkey irritates Shrek and gets on his nerves is so much fun to watch. Eddie Murphy’s voice is just so apt. Same reason why Mushu makes Mulan a treat to watch. I liked the movie more after watching it the second time.

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Extended family - the YST Extended family - the YST at my bday

Well, it stands for Youth Service Team not, You Still There? or  Yahoo Searchg Technology or You Sexy Thing. I think we all came to know each other about 7 years back, more or less and we got stuck as friends. Share many memorable moments and I love them dearly.  We played many a crazy game at our birthday parties, one-day meets or 2 day retreats. Hey guys, know that I remember u fondly each day! YST Chennai rocks!

Niju's bike game Niju’s bike game

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An atheist?

Came across this joke, and it seems too good not to be entered as a post. Have fun!

A young woman teacher with obvious liberal tendencies explains to her class of small children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks.

There is, however, one exception. A beautiful girl named Lucy has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.

“Because I’m not an atheist.”

Then, asks the teacher, “What are you?”

“I’m a Christian.”

The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Lucy why she is a Christian.

“Well, I was brought up knowing and loving Jesus. My mom is a Christian, and my dad is a Christian, so I am a Christian.”

The teacher is now angry. “That’s no reason,” she says loudly.

“What if your mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then?”

She paused, and smiled. “Then,” says Lucy, “I’d be an atheist.”

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Paton’s Cointreau Flavored Macadamia Nuts

Mario came back from Dubai with a box of Paton’s Cointreau flavoured macadamia nuts among other things purchased at the airport’s duty free shop. This was midnight 22nd. By now, time 5.16 pm, the box is half over with me being the major ,for lack of a better word, devourer. They are so incredibly tasty plus the nuts are supposed to be healthy! When did healthy taste good, I’d like to know. Like what Isaac Asimov said - The first law of dietetics seems to be: if it tastes good, it’s bad for you.

Well right now I’ve turned my back to them. If I just glance at the table where they’re comfortably sitting, silently beckoning to me, I know I wouldn’t be able to resist their call. Oof!

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Monk theme song on the ukulele

Came upon this video when I was looking out for some of the latest episodes of  Monk on YouTube. I feel the song sounds much better on this than on the guitar (of which there are more videos)…it looks kinda cute too :)

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Chore’s a bore

Yesterday was the day I decided to do spring cleaning. Got up the last few days snoozing my alarm till way beyond breakfast time (or morning for that matter). Surprisingly last morning I woke up before my alarm started screeching “That thing you do” (pun not intended)..reason being I wanted to make my bladder gladder. Talk about body clock. 

Ate some cereal with a little milk and stingy addition of drinking chocolate (take my word for it- I do try to cut down). Then got to tidying up the sitting room. The chore seemed delightful with the TV on and movie “Stranger than fiction” playing.  Rubbing the coffee table with tissue in one hand, spraying of pot pourri furniture polish with the other and the grit to get that last bit of sticky ‘what not’ off the wood. It worked, ha ha and I threw that paper with the little mess clinging onto it for dear life into the dustbin.  Somewhere in the midst of all this, I lost the story on the telly. Rewinded, stopped, admired the guy’s silk tie, reminded myself to check for that at the next sale at Centrepoint, and then forced my thumb on ‘play’. The movie went at a slow pace, not having the time or patience to watch it fully with the cleaning agenda on hand, I switched it off. Noticing the fine layer of desert dust on the screen, I got to cleaning it carefully and slowly. 

Fastforward to the evening. Cleaning agenda: computer table? check. cabinet? check. bathroom? check. bedroom? check. kitchen? uh oh. I felt like a dried out prune, drained of all energy. Arrrgggh! that kitchen. I had just baked a dark chocolate cake and while it was cooling on the counter, maybe just maybe I thought I’d give the counter a good clean wipe. Yawn, no energy -to elongate arm, stretch torso and exert force..well maybe another day. After all, don’t finish today what you can do another day, right?

Oh! and I did finish watching the movie over lunch. Emma Thompson makes it really worthwhile.

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