most tragic song?

One of my favourite songs. I have a fondness for some 70s / 80s sappy rock songs ok?

Most people remember this as a Mariah Carey song. Granted, she helped to popularize it, topping the charts in multiple countries. In fact, I didn’t know about the history of the song until 4-5 years ago. But no, it was written and recorded in 1970 by Badfinger and was not even originally released as a single!

Did you know how tragic this song is? Or rather, the tragic story of Badfinger. “Without You” was written by bandmembers Pete Ham and Tom Evans.. both of whom committed suicide several years after the song was released. And I guess what makes it more tragic is that Badfinger is now not more than a footnote in music history.

Paul McCartney once described this song as “…the killer song of all time.”

overnight oatmeal!

oatmeal

Meet my new breakfast of choice. Overnight oatmeal! Made thanks to my new obsession for food blogs.

It’s so easy to make! I scanned several recipes until I found a simple one that did not require yoghurt.

I used:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup soya milk
1 tsp brown sugar
sprinkle of ground cinammon
handful of raisins

And in the morning, I stirred in 1/2 tsp of peanut butter.

Oh my goodness, it is heavenly yummy! I prepared it overnight in my vacuum tumbler flask so that I could bring it to work to eat for breakfast. Happy to say that it lasted the journey and stayed cold in my tumbler 40 minutes later!

In my mind are multiple possibilities for future yummy oatmeal breakfasts – mixed spice… Nutella… more peanut butter… ground ginger… chopped apples… dried mango… chia seeds (I must try this. Apparently when soaked overnight it turns into the consistency of tapioca pearls!)

The best part of eating oatmeal for breakfast – I’m so happily nourished that I don’t feel like snacking before lunch! Neither do I feel so full that I’m drowsy.

happy weekend

I just had a fantastic weekend. So awesome, that I’m surprised the Monday blues were not that bad.

1. Friday: Watched Django Unchained
I was looking forward to watching this for the longest time. Quentin Tarrantino’s films are such a joy to watch, even though they’ve been getting increasingly violent of late (since Kill Bill). But I adore his soundtracks! Just like Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarrantino has a knack for choosing the most obscure music that you otherwise wouldn’t discover had it not been on a movie soundtrack.

This was the opening song, and set the mood so well. It harks back to epic films of the past.

2. Saturday: Two great meals
Ever since moving out, I miss my mum’s cooking greatly. So going back home on Saturday for lunch was another highlight. Plus, I brought back some more of my cds! Sadly, all my vinyl records and over 50% of my cds are still at home. One day I shall bring them all with me… and clutter up my new place!

For dinner, we went to Keppel Bay to use my TCC Birthday discount. The food was decent, especially since it was 50% off, so I cannot complain. The best part of the meal was the chocolate cake. It was my first time at Keppel Bay too. I’m impressed by how peaceful and scenic the area is. Quite unlike “normal” Singapore!

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3. Sunday: So many things done in one day!
My husband always calls me a bumblebee because I can’t keep still at home. I have to do things. Example, I cannot leave a stack of dishes in the sink. They have to be cleaned as soon as I can. So anyway. On Sunday, I was very pleased to have – cooked lunch (pork rib soup with apple and rice), baked Nutella cookies (with this recipe), vacummed and mopped the floor, did laundry, and prepared slow cooker dinner for Monday. I’m giving myself a Gold Star! Oh, and in between, I found time to start reading my newly acquired book – Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down.

After all that work, we walked to our favourite neighbourhood cafe for pizza dinner. A perfect ending to a perfect weekend!

I hope every weekend could be like this weekend!

dream vintage photo #1

I haven’t bought any new vintage photos in the longest time!

This appeared on my Flickr stream. It’s exactly the sort of photo I dream of finding one day.

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Little girls in bunny rabbit costumes, complete with carrot. In hues of pink. How not to love?

Hello 2013 (belated)

Gosh! 1st post of 2013?!

This is what I’ve been up to for the past three months.

1. I turned 30. And it’s great! When I was in my teens I dreaded the thought of being 30. But now I’m so glad that my 20s are over. It also helps that people still think I look 25.

2. I got married. Happiness is when you know that you’ve finally met the right person to be your best friend for life.

3. I moved across the island, from West to East. I’ve spent all my previous 29 years in the West, so it’s great to finally be  an Eastsider!

4. Husband and I bought a new nest for ourselves. And with that comes the dealing of bank loans, insurance, renovation, etc.

5. I am learning to cook. Have to go beyond my usual staple of rice and fried egg and tofu. I set up a tumblr for my mum to see what goes on in our kitchen. I miss my mum’s food, but so far we’ve been going back once a week to eat.

So it’s been an amazing 2013 so far, with many changes in my life! So excited to see what else the year has in store!