21 Apr

london 2pm 22.5C sunny saturday 2018

7.23pm 19.1C sunny sunset at 8.07pm.sunrise 5.52am.

i think the heat is abated. highest temp today was 23.4C . its very pleasant. not too hot .

it was very sunny in the morning, so i went walkabout, doing my migratory route daily to the library, today i went to the marylebone library. after which i went into the waitrose nearby just to see what is there. i had a sample of japanese sushi rice they they were giving out to taste. very nice of course . it was supposed to have avocado inside, but i could not taste it, not that avocado has any taste… this sample has chili powder on it , which is not usual in japanese cuisine. but nowadays we have fusion style cuisine, so anything goes really. 

the store was quite busy, i guess people were enticed to come out of their houses and flats, by the good weather.

on the way back, the bus swept by a  crowd demonstrating and marching on the side of park lane. protesting against the genocide in algeria,armenia, according to the placards. (thank goodness they were not blocking off the road for it) and in the green grass of hyde park on the other side there may well be men on horseback gathering around, still there from earlier this morning, when i saw them. i guess to celebrate the queen’s 92nd birthday today. it is her real birthday, not the official one which is in june. added 24.4.18 tuesday . i read that armenia’s president has resigned because of strong protest against him extending his tenure beyond the 2 terms. he resigned in today’s news.(i got it from the new york times newsletter… did u know that cher, and the kardarsians are descended from armenians?)  so it could be the protest is about that, and the placards may be referring to the  genocide of armenians by the ottoman empire. 

there is a very nice sunset that i can see from my kitchen window. the rosy tinge is making everything inside the flat take on a glow. and i got to borrow this book about pooh bear, called the best bear in the world.a collection of four stories inspired by aa milne. i think people like those pooh bear stories so much that they want more of it. and they illustrate it in the style of the original too.



a page from the best bear in all the world

added. i see in the daily mail a report that the next generation may lose its ability to cook, because takeaway meals are so popular. i remember when i was growing up in malaysia, i did not learn how to cook. firstly my mother did all the cooking, and we never did need to learn how. also hawker foods were so cheap that hardly anyone wants to cook at home. so i know what that society is like, where no one cooks at home or at least most dont. i know my family is an outlier, because my mum cooks for us and hardly buys from hawkers. when i came to london it was so expensive to eat out all the time… even in those days when price wise it is quite cheap compared to the average wage; but we are fresh from malaysia, and in those days when we convert to ringgits it sounds very expensive as the exchange rate was like £1=Rm8 (i think). now it is Rm5. but if what they say now is correct, that the young generation are buying home delivered meals, instead of cooking themselves, are we breeding a whole bunch of people who dont cook at home any more? i dont think so, because it is still more expensive to buy food to be delivered… rather than just cook the food from scratch. but it is a circular arguement, it might well be if u dont know how to cook, you will not find it cheaper to make food from scratch because u dont know how. so we might have a generation that is forced to buy meals to be delivered, and forced to spend more on meals than if they can eat cheaply cooking it themselves. but, you know what? i think people will learn to cook if they have to, just like i did when i came to london. there are cook books, so people can learn from them. the skills of cooking wont get lost.


9 Responses to “life”

  1. Garfield Hug Sunday April 22, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    You are right in that the new generation millennials may lose their ability to cook whilst the other millenials are giving up professional qualifications like lawyering to become chefs! How the world spins!

    • alifesgayventure Sunday April 22, 2018 at 5:38 am #

      now you mention it, i have noticed that there are a lot of hawker- like pop-ups now selling street food startups by millenials. but unlike the traditional hawkers, they are gimmicky.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday April 22, 2018 at 7:26 am #

        Yup it is the trend now with Master Chef and everyone or anyone can be a Chef.

      • alifesgayventure Sunday April 22, 2018 at 9:18 am #

        over here, it seems people just like to watch the cooking shows, but they do not inspire them to take up cooking.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday April 22, 2018 at 9:36 am #

        Here it is different. Alot of guys are taking to stalls or restaurants. Maybe cos we are a foodie nation.

  2. alifesgayventure Sunday April 22, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    i remember hearing of how some of the old time hawkers stalls are closing because their children dont want to follow them because of the long hours. yet here you say the young are going into the food cooking and catering business. perhaps they are trying to do what the coffeeshops have done with the kopitiams… make coffee so trendy that they can charge 5x the price and more people still buy their coffee.

  3. juliehcares Sunday April 22, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    I love Winnie the Pooh!

    • alifesgayventure Sunday April 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      i am surprised in a way, that winnie the pooh is known in it popular there or is it only a few who like its humour. it is so english in its humour. glad you like it too.

      • juliehcares Sunday April 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

        I grew up with Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. I don’t know if they are still popular but with the movie Christopher Robin coming out, Pooh will get another life. 😀

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