The Caulbearer

 

“Virtue has a veil.” Victor Hugo

My daughter was born with a caul, or a hood, or a veil over her face.  She is what is correctly termed a   Caulbearer, or the one “born behind the veil.”

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In many cultures, a Caulbearer is believed to be blessed, destined for greatness or to have a special destiny, to possess psychic abilities and be a bringer of good luck. They are said to be able to predict changes in weather patterns, find underground water supplies and are natural healers.

The caul itself is purported to be a talisman against drowning, a personal protection against the evil-eye and an object that brings good luck in business.

For the longest time, I didn’t know about the existence of Caulbearers, stumbling upon this topic only recently, but perhaps not accidentally.

It is fascinating to know that there are such beings among us.

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*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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Matcha HAS Caffeine

 

Okay this is not really a recipe type of blog, but take this as a sort of Advice from me to you.

Well, I am writing this now, in the middle of the night fully awake, fully aware of my state of mine.

And I blame the large glass of Matcha float that I drank a while ago.

Let me paint you a picture of the predicament that I am in, I have a deadline, basically a work deadline that I knew that 8 hours normal worktime will surely not be enough. I tried to focus on the task at hand, cancelled about 2 meetings I was keen on attending, and yet, a las, it was 6pm and I was not even halfway through. And in the typical Australian workplace, most of my colleagues were packing up and saying their farewells. It’s the easter weekend so some of us are starting their weekend early and are even going to fly overseas for some well-deserved break. Anyway, back to me, so the panic is prickling, and the fatigue is creeping up, by 7pm I was the only person in the office. I decided to go out for dinner in a nearby ramen joint, after a nice bowl of hot slurpy goodness, I had the sudden urge for Green Tea or Matcha.

Sidenote: this happens to me often, craving for Matcha.

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Anyway, my feet where were already dragging me to where I can get my fix. Before I was even aware of it, I was telling the nice Japanese Lady, “1 Match float” please. I didnt have to look at the menu, I was a regular at this place and I knew what I wanted. In a couple of minutes, I had in my hand my precious MATCHA float, about a size of a Starbucks Grande. And it had Matcha soft serve on top. So, I happily sipped away while i skipped away into the rain, back to my cold crummy office.

Powered by the caffeine, i managed to blast off all the tasks i needed to finish for tomorrow. I look at the clock and it’s 11PM, and yes I’m still at work. I could barely feel the tiredness, the only reason why I know that I’m fatigued is that my hands are feeling tired from scrolling the mouse and me typing. The problem is, i feel like I had just sniffed cocaine, because I’m so very much AWAKE. I really dont know why, i dont know much caffeine Matcha has,but I’m not sleepy at all. It’s now 12:24AM and I’m trying to may be feel tired from writing this.

I am happy about completing the work, and I’m so stressed about not being able to sleep tonight. Tomorrow we’re going to a really long road trip after work, and I really really need to rest.

So this is my advice to whoever is reading this, dont drink Matcha at night.

It has a substantial amount of caffeine, that is keeping me up past midnight.

True Dreams

 

 

“No, there was nothing unusual in any of these dreams as dreams. They were merely displaced in Time.”

― J.W. Dunne, An Experiment with Time

 

I have vague memories as a young girl. I only started remembering life, clearly as it happens, when I turned 12. It was also when I started having true dreams.

 

The one that I remember most vividly is a vision of myself in an airport check-in counter, looking my usual Type A self, with two children in tow – one was a boy and the other was a curly –haired girl. I knew it was a boy because he was playing with a car, and the curly-haired girl was towing in turn a rag doll.

 

So was the truth revealed to me when I was still in my teens. I, who never wanted to have children, will have two. The first one will be a boy and the next one, a girl with curls. And that eventually, I will be working and living abroad.

 

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was beautifully radiant – even I was amazed at how good I looked. Everybody was complimenting me on my looks, my OB-GYNE wanted me to join a pregnant ladies beauty contest which for me was a truly, truly amusing idea. Everybody was saying that my child will be a girl because I was so pretty.

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When the time came for the ultrasound, everyone was equally astounded that it was a boy. But of course, I was not. When it was my daughter’s turn, she did not disappoint – she had curls like Shirley Temple.

 

Dream done and dusted.

 

From experience, the truest dreams and premonitions come in the wee hours of the morning, that time before dawn, just before waking.

 

Dream and remember.

 

 

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Induction Changed My Life

 

I can kind of vaguely remember the first time I had to buy my first induction cooktop when I started to cook for myself. I am a firm advocate of eating and enjoying home cooked meals. I will have a separate article about that in the future. For now, let’s talk about man’s gift to home cooks everywhere: the amazing and unassuming induction cooktop. I first bought a portable one when I was living in Dubai. I once had a electrical cooktop, but it got busted after a couple of years of overuse. And I really do overuse it. So I wanted to get another good product and I saw this was on sale.fagor1

When I got it home and started unboxing it, I was giddy with excitement. Kitchen gadgets tod this to me, probably in the same way my brother gets excited when a new PlayStation game he likes comes out. So there I was, setting up my new cooktop, and was ready to boil water. Clearly, I was only going to make pasta. I crouched down my chaotic cupboards and looked for my best pot and filled it up with water whilst humming Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera. I turned on the cooktop, and it beeped, and beeped, and beeped and after a couple of seconds, it turned off. I mean, mother of pearls! What was going on? I tried it again, and still it would just turn off. I began to wonder if I once again got a defective product. I say once again, because at that time I just bought a really nice food processor and I didn’t know that to make it work you need to cover it up so that the safety switch will be turned off.  I brought it back to the store only for the sales person to give me a “how ignorant” look. I honestly do not want that to happen again, and so I had to fish through the trash the user manual. What is wrong with this stupid induction cooktop! And well, the manual wasn’t really much of a help. Luckily though, since the bloody thing was on sale, the  appliance store threw in a pot with it. It was a hideous looking pot that I was planning to throw out. Then, I double backed, may be… what if… so I filled in this pot with water and there you have it the cooktop was boiling my water in a matter of seconds.

At this point, I decided to go to the internet, and you’re probably thinking, what the hell took you so long? I had no patience look through user reviews on kitchen wares and stuff like that. I started googling about induction compatible pots or whatever. And there you have it, apparently, not all pots are induction ready and you will actually need to look at the label specifically. Unfortunately, most of my Tefal pots and pans were not! Now I have to search for new pots and pans that would be induction friendly, I would say. A good indication is if the pot has a kind of coil icon.

 

Luckily, they were easy enough to find, and I found a lot from IKEA. and boy, was my life changed! This is even better than a stove with fire cause of the precision of the temperature. I can boil water really quickly. I can set the timer. I can cook and watch Netflix at the same time. I was so happy about it that I bought a set for my mum at home.

Seriously, get one!

Government vs Private Employment

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”  – John Ruskin

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

I am an expatriate based in the United Arab Emirates.  I have worked for an Abu Dhabi government office for almost 10 years.  My title is Clerk but in truth my work load is PA multi-tasking into almost all aspect of office work. I have received an offer from the private sector in Dubai with a good title to boot.  I am sorely tempted to accept this offer but I hesitate to take the plunge.

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Dear Hesitant Expat,

Why do you hesitate?  Let us weigh in the options.

You have employment with the Abu Dhabi government which, though the salary is not very high, the benefits are superb.  If I am not mistaken, you have relocation allowance, housing allowance, educational allowance and other perks like health insurance and working with locals. You also have good work timings (7am to 3pm) and two days off, not to mention long public holidays.

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Working for the private sector entails the same if not more work demands on your time and health and less benefits. Most offices in the private sector have only one day off and hours are longer (8am to 6pm), but not all. However, in the private sector, you may be given a better work title and more flexibility in the work place.

If you are ready for a change,  know for sure what you are getting into, and think that you will have fulfillment and happiness in a new role, then by all means take the plunge.

Moving forward is good for the soul.

Hope this helped.

 

 

 

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Homemade Pizza Faster than Delivery

Are Romans Italians? Or is it the other way around? Did they have pizza back then when they owned almost half of the civilized world at the time? And now, we have the Italians, and they kind of are still well-known for bringing us the most famous and everyone’s favorite take-out food:Pizza. And well, you might say that this become popular thanks to the Muricans, as I myself have memories of eating Pizza Hut when my parents feel like splurging on Sundays. Yes, you read that right, Pizza Hut is a splurge for us. But enough about me. Let’s talk about what I’m going to teach you.  I’m simply going to tell you about the pizza dough recipe that I’ve discovered and enjoy so much.

Well, how did this come about, I love pizza so much, however I cannot afford pizza all the time. And god knows what kind of unknown GMOs that go into making one from a fast food chain. I have made pizza before. You may check it out at my old site – chesnutsykitchen. However, I always did my pizza the traditional way, ie activating yeast, mixing it with the dough, letting it rest, kneading It, letting it rise, knead and bake. So as you can see, it’s really kind of demotivating to actually do pizza on a busy weeknight. I would then just opt to order delivery. It’s not great pizza but it satisfies me just same. However, after ordering, paying and devouring my fast food pizza, I’m always left in a state of dissatisfaction or may be even regret, cause I’ve wasted money on crap food and well, I just ate crap food.

Today, I have found a way to enjoy pizza and not have to hate myself as a result. Today, I present you my favorite pizza mix with two simple ingredients: greek yogurt and self-rising flour. It’s so simple to make. I dont even need to knead it too much because the yogurt makes the dough soft.

So basically, just mix the two ingredients, knead and feel the dough, and when you’ve gotten the texture you like, flatten and bake. I usually start with the same amount, 1 cup of flour to 1 cup of yogurt, then feel my way through it. And I would more likely add more flour in the mix. Whilst I’m doing this, I set my oven to maximum heat.

Then the baking, I flatten my pizza dough on top of a baking sheet lined with baking paper for easier extraction later on. I put on all my fave toppings, and when I say all, I mean, pizza sauce and bocconcini. I pop it in the oven for about… well, until the cheese melts. And VOILA. Home made pizza without the fuzz. You’re welcome.

One batch I added Salmon, the other I topped with a Poached Egg

Bad Employers

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day. “ — George Allen, Sr.

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

I am a computer teacher in a small private primary school in the Philippines.  I belong to the marginal sector of Philippine society, providing for a family of four comprised of myself, my wife and two small girls with a minimum wage budget.  I have a very stressful job – not because it is a difficult job but because of difficult employers –a husband and wife team.  The husband is a shrewd businessman who sees employees mainly as business tools while the wife is a micro-manager who keeps employees on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  At this point, life seems bleak with no good prospects.

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Dear Hopeless Employee,

Be of good cheer, there is always hope.

We do not always like our employers but we sure need the job.

We cultivate the patience of Job (of the Bible fame) when it comes to all the sh*t we can take for the sake of providing for our family.

If there are perks in your current work that makes it worthwhile to stay, then take that into consideration.  If it comes to the point when you cannot take anymore, my advice is to look quietly for new employment and leave.  Try to see where you can qualify.

Sometimes, fate gives us a kick out so we can accept and embrace better prospects.  Things may look bleak now because you are stuck in a bad place, but once you get out of the rut, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that God has a better plan in store for you.

We can live in misery for a time, but not all the time.  Find your happiness.

Hope this helped.

 

 

*I aspire to be justice and mercy combined.

 

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