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On Furniture

My husband and I either sold or tossed all of our furniture before leaving San Francisco because we didn’t know what kind of space we’d have in NYC and most of our furniture were a hodgepodge of IKEA, Craigslist and various other hand-me-downs anyway that we deemed unworthy of the cross-country trek to Manhattan. That essentially left us with a blank canvas for furnishing our new apartment. Except, perhaps, when it came to the kitchen. Those who know me know that I love to cook and there was no way I’d part with my assemblage of kitchen accoutrements, cookbooks, et al. And so, for the first few weeks in our apartment, I’ve been able to prepare pretty elaborate meals that we’ve subsequently eaten sitting cross-legged on our apartment floor. Not exactly the stuff of gourmet dreams and totally cramming my aspirations of becoming a domestic goddess.

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Groceries in NYC

Adapting to life without a car in NYC has been an interesting experience. Since we’re fortunate enough to live close to the subway, I haven’t felt the need for a car too much and have found getting around a largely straightforward experience. Sure, shopping for furniture is taking a while longer than it used to and I’m wearing out my favorite flats a lot quicker with all of the walking around, but these are hassles I’m more than willing to accept for being able to live in a city so densely compact that I can walk down a block or two and find some new interesting place to eat or tea parlor to work from pretty much whenever I care to.

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Life in A Noodle Soup Dish

Rather than working through my mountainous to-do list, I decided to spend the day cooking one of my all-time favorite dishes, mee rebus.  A classic Malaysian dish displaying Malay, Indian and Chinese influences, the soup is a sweet and savory gravy made by combining beef broth, prawn broth and creamed sweet potatoes and is best served atop fresh egg noodles, preferably thick (although thin works, too).  Not only is it wonderfully delicious, it is also a dish that I’ve come to associate with my grandmother whom  I never had the chance to meet because she passed away before my parents married.  Mee rebus and a couple of black and white photos are all the things I have left to get to know my father’s mother with.  She passed on this recipe to her daughters, all five of them, and then my late aunt passed the recipe on to my mother. Every time I’m home, I make a special request for this dish.

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To Mirror or Not to Mirror…

…That is the question.

Last summer, I carried six camera lenses, one DSLR body, a Lumix point-and-shoot and an iPhone camera through Laos and Indonesia.  While we were on our honeymoon.  Poor hubby! Depending on the scene, one to all three systems would come out of my bag for a shot.  Do I really want to add another camera class to the mix?

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