Monday, February 23, 2015

Developing a taste for horror stories?

Last year, I was devouring almost all of the comics novels I could find on Sandman by Neil Gaiman from the library, after attempting to read "A Game of you" I bought from Sunny Bookshop years ago. Strangely, I couldn't go beyond the first few pages of that story then, but last year, I could easily flip page after page and even read more stories of the series. I like some of the illustrations, which could be quite gory at times, and the interesting plot. A good summary is found a.

During the recent flight back from Tokyo to Singapore, I watched the 1st 2 episodes of a Japanese anime "Parasyte: The Maxim" and got hooked on the story line of a high school boy Shinichi having to live with and work with an alien parasite Migi (who ate up his right arm after his failed attempt to eat his brain and control his body) to fight with other parasites in human hosts. I have caught up with the rest of the episodes and eagerly waiting for 20th episode to be out this weekend! 

I like the storyline and a few times I cried for Shinichi's loss. Over the Chinese New year holiday, I found another interesting horror Japanese anime "Tokyo Ghoul" - another school boy Kaneki Ken who got attacked by a ghoul (human eating monster) Rize and ended up having organ transplant from Rize who got crushed. Kaneki experienced hunger for human flesh and had to learn how to survive as a half human and half ghoul with the help of his new ghoul friends who were trying to blend into the society and only survive on suicide victims and enjoyed drinking coffee. Season 1 has 12 episodes showing fighting scenes between the special investigators and the ghouls and the physical and emotional torture and changes for Kaneki. I'm waiting for Season 2 Episode 8 to be out too :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year

On the eve and 1st 2 days of the lunar new year, my family and I will have dinners with our relatives from my mom's side. For most of them, we only see them once a year. Lots of eating and shaking of hands with greetings and wishes. Some of the ang pows have lovely/cute designs.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The good memories of the work trip in Tokyo

The recent work trip to Tokyo late last month was quite tiring due to lack of sleep, but I was able to enjoy the food ("goma" black sesame pudding, teppanyaki dish of mixed rice, soba and beef tendon for lunch, warm udon with tempura for dinner, udon soup with tempura at a different restaurant for lunch), as well as a bit of sight-seeing (Asakusa and Sky Tree) on one of the nights with my colleagues.

DIY desserts

Last month, I managed to squeeze in some time to make a chocolate cake using coconut milk and dorayaki (Japanese red bean pancakes). This weekend, sadly I can't bake, as I have been down with cough and runny nose. I'm looking forward to other weekends to try new recipes :)