Forever Thirty-Five

Today, there is one more age counted on my life.

After today, I will be at forever 35, I think it is the most beautiful age of a woman. Also I promised to myself that no matter how many years will be added up to my life, maybe 75, 85 or 95…, spiritually I am 35.

Maybe it will be wonderred why I don’t want to stay at 25? (Yes, it is a younger and attractive age since it looks so fresh.). But after I had gone through 10 years from 25 to 35, I am very confident and happy to remain on the more mature and wise stage.

Recently I have been recalling the memory between last B-day till today, the most beautiful and bitter one happened on the same thing. Plus I also had understood something from it. That is the EGO.

It will be a life long practice that don’t be stuck by the EGO but stand out from it, free the SOUL.

All the BEST.

Birthday selfies since 2012

 

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An expat in Mumbai Memo 1

There must be some reason behind that we left our place and be the resident in an unfamiliar city. For me it is kind of romantic adventure, to live in a city which is extremely on the opposite of my homeland. Yes, it is my reason and sounds bit crazy. More than that,  I work for a company which 90% of staffs are Indian….I tell you, it is really crazy.

Here crazy is not a bad word, on the contrary, I defined it as a mood of challenge, positive and alteration. With the mood I started my crazy life in Mumbai from 11th of  July in 2016.

The first challenge is monsoon. Usually monsoon starts in June and stops in September. That means there are at least 4 months of rain. Personally I hate rain, not to mention it happens in summer. The wet and hot…humid. It doesn’t keep raining but usually rains suddenly and heavily. Thus the traffic becomes terrible and the road is sometimes flooded. And if at that moment there is no single vehicle you can call for giving you a ride, it would make you feel like in the hell.

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The best solution is wearing rain boots.

Honking is the unique one on the streets. Drivers honk the horn no matter it is hurry, alert, pushing or noticing. For me it became kind of meditation whenever I was walking on the road, just ignore all the mess and noise, only focus on my steps. And crossing the road which is without signals is always like a competition. There is no such word “courtesy” on the road, everything and every one are competing with speed and spunk.

Dust, Dust and Dust….it is everywhere: floor, bed, desk and of course including my body. I think it is because the condition of roads. Majority of the roads in Mumbai are not well maintained and dust fly with the running of vehicles.

It is worth to talk about the train, the most important part of the life of Mumbai residents. Most of the staffs take trains every day between home and office. There is no gate for checking the tickets and even no guards because there are very huge numbers of passenger in and out in the train station every day. The rate of tickets are cheap and affordable. And as the same, there is no such word of “courtesy” in the train. While getting on and off the train I feel like the competition again. Just be ready for fighting…stand stable and hold your bag tightly…and go go go!!!

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It is good that female have their own carriage.
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Passengers are always hurry to get on and off the train.

Well, so far you may only read my crazy life of challenge. And there are still many, interesting or not, Let me tell you next time.

-To Be Continued-

Indian Cuisine Dreamer-Lesson three

We will have a BBQ party for those expats work in Mumbai. Since I usually keep away from meat, it would be nice that I prepare some food for veg.

Paneer has always been my choice when ever I visited a place and had food in a restaurant.

There are various kinds of paneer dishes, this one was my first try to cook paneer. When I reviewed the ingredients list I felt little bit satisfied because most of the spices are in the kitchen. Today I went to the supermarket purchased only two staffs: Kasuri Methi and Paneer.

We need ginger, garlic cloves, onion, tomato, chshews, green chilli, kasuri methi, coriander leaves, and powder of: turmeric, red chilli, coriander plus garam masala powder. Besides, I add peas and potato.

The taste is so nice.

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Paneer Masala plus peas and potato
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Ingredients.

 

Indian Cuisine Dreamer-Lesson two

I have never thought that yogurt could be made for a dish. This time I learned to cook potato with yogurt and spices.

I could not find fennel powder so I thought it might be a solution to use a tool which I had seen in the supermarket and make fennel seed to be powder.

However, it is not like what I thought and definitely I am failed to make fennel powder.

Besides, I could not find ginger powder either. According to the staffs of supermarket they recommend to use ” ginger paste”. But in fact it is total different for ginger paste tasted sour and salty.

Above didn’t bother me and I just want to go ahead. Hopefully it won’t be made to be another taste.

Dahi Aloo

  • 1 extra large potato or 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1 cup milk yogurt or cashew yogurt
  • 1 cup water, add more if required
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi (don’t add if making for fasting or vrat)
  • ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • 1 tsp fennel powder/saunf powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ inch ginger/adrak, grated or chopped
  • ¼ tsp dry ginger powder/saunth
  • 1 tbsp oil or ghee

Finally I think it is almost done since my flat mate tried it and not with a bitter face.

Indian cuisine dreamer-Lesson one

It has been long time I am thinking to have a  Indian cuisine cooking class.

After coming back from China and finally I can stay in India for long, yes just came back to Mumbai for 1 and half days I explored on the website for Indian cuisine cooking class which is near by my apartment. However, I found it is not affordable for me since one class costs me 1500 INR. So I decide to learn from recipes.

There are lot of recipes I can find from website. The most attractive part of cooking Indian cuisine for me is various spices: colourful, fragrant, like a secret and I just want to find them out.

My lesson one: Mushroom Masala which mentioned on the website is kind of goan masala. I feel much satisfied that I learn some spices today.

coconut+spice paste

  • ¼ cup sliced onion
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, chopped or 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut
  • 2 pieces of 1 inch cinnamon sticks/dalchini
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper/sabut kali mirch
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds(孜然)/jeera
  • 1 tablespoon coriander(胡妥) seeds/sabut dhania
  • 4 to 5 cloves(丁香)/lavang
  • 5 to 6 dry red kashmiri chilies
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric(薑黃)/haldi
other ingredient’s
  • 1.5 tablespoons oil
  • ¼ cup sliced onions
  • 200 grams button mushrooms
  • 5 to 6 kokams or ½ teaspoon tamarind(羅望子)
  • salt as required

Since I had known how to prepare the paste I can make some other masala cuisine such like: aloo(potato), paneer, cauliflower, Okra….and with Chapati, Bread or Rice.

Oh I need to mention one thing which is a very important role for Indian cuisine that is a good blender. I purchased one as well.

Can’t wait to start my lesson two next weekend.

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All required ingredients
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Ingredients grinded to be paste
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My first Indian cuisine

 

Mumbai-not just a stop of rove

There has been a rover living in my soul, my heart, my mind.

However, I am not only a rover any more when I walked out from Mumbai airport carrying two luggages filled with my staffs which are in a very small part of those I left in Taiwan. Yes, a very small part because my whole life, my memory, my families, my friends….are all be left behind the soul of a rover, my ego.

It has been more than two weeks passed since that humid day I was picked up and sent to the hotel, be tired but excited; be wondering but ready to explore. Since that day I am not a only a rover but also a resident in this city which I have been dreaming of.

The city which can’t even be compare with my native one: the city is mess, dusty, dirty, crowded, noisy….yes, can’t even be compare with my native one: the city is romantic,  lovely, kind, lush, active, easy….the city which has been waiting for me to do something and make my dream come true. Yet, what is the dream? Does it hide deeply inside of me and till now I even don’t find  what it is exactly calling me to do?

I am still wondering but somehow I feel there is something different inside. Most part of me is different. I smile for it is better than ever.

Life is definitely going to be normal, easy, or maybe it is without challenge when everything has been settled down. What else I can find for the rover inside?

Certainly it is my next,  keep going.

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酸黃瓜地球日記-我是我所認為的自由

其實我並不想一個人。

然而當我內心升起了一種渴望,我便開始憂慮那種不是一個人的時刻。

例如此時我想著出發去某些地方,在哪兒停留,遇上什麼樣的人,…這一切在我筆下的描繪,都充滿著美好的想像,一切都該是我一個人的夢,而不是兩個人的妥協。

有時候也想著兩個人的時光,大概是有著「什麼時候下班,上哪兒吃個飯,旅行,看場電影,逛街買個什麼東西」,這樣平凡的溫暖,在兩個人執起雙手的時候,格外踏實。

而我,而我到頭來卻可能仍舊是不願妥協的那一個叛徒,背離那一個看似完整,不容瑕疵的愛,靜靜享受自由的孤獨,讓願望在一個人的路上開展。

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