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Shannon Lim-de Rooy
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Wishlist for your office? 

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This is what I crave for this month – a hearty bowl of Split Pea Soup, my take on Erwtensoep, the quintessential Dutch winter dish.

New recipe and an overdue update on the blog

#winterfood   #dutchfood   #comfortfood   #soup  

2015: Closing Cycles

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.
Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.
You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.

But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister.
Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.
Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.

That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.
Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.

Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.
Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.
Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.”

Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.
Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.
Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.
Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

- Paulo Coelho

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Christmas Pancakes Light? My attempt at pouring shots with Iphone 😄

These beetroot pancakes with maple syrup is quite yummy & looks pretty at the breakfast table. The only puzzling thing is these pancakes turned brownish when cooked through. Anybody knows how to keep them red?

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Happy Dong Zhi (Winter Solstice) to all Chinese friends! 冬至快乐!!! 

Dong Zhi is the day when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest, In China, the arrival of winter is celebrated by families and is traditionally the time when farmers and fishermen gather food in preparation for the coming cold season. Dong Zhì is still an important cultural celebration for Chinese all over the world. In Chinese beliefs, it is also the day when everyone becomes one year older and celebrated with glutinous rice balls. 
Happy Dong Zhi (Winter Solstice)! 
How about some Black Sesame Tang Yuan (Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls) in sweet ginger syrup or coated with ground cashews?
Dong Zhi brings back nice childhood memories - a fun family affair where everyone gather to make cute colourful tang yuan.

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via Dr. John Cassone 
This is a short defense of the value of witch doctors, alternative medicine, and the like, which raises a reasonable point: the medical establishment in the Western world is on the whole terrible at making you feel like something useful is being done, i.e. the psychological aspects of medicine, and as the psychosomatic system is actually a fairly important one and has very real effects on the body, its neglect of that can cause real physical harm.

Phrased another way, separate from the "expert mechanic of the body" aspect of medicine is giving people a way to conceptualize their condition and deal with it. This can be very important, and people's needs in this regard vary widely, from the religious, to the new age, to sitting down with a pile of textbooks on medicine. (This is distinct from sitting down with the same pile of textbooks in order to understand the condition so that you can treat it more effectively: that same pile can have a second, separate virtue, which is to help one understand and conceptualize even what one can do nothing about. That is to say, for some people – myself included – this satisfies the same emotional need that a houngan satisfies for others.)

All of which is to say, so long as you aren't going to a witch doctor instead of to an actual doctor, and as long as the witch doctor (or the actual doctor, for that matter) is neither scamming you nor harming you, the combination can actually be fairly beneficial.

I suspect that, like with any situation where multiple professionals are treating the same condition, things work best when they view one another as colleagues working on different ends of a problem, and worst when they view one another as competitors. The crystal healer who urges you to eschew chemotherapy is not doing you any favors, but neither is the oncologist who urges you away from your emotional support.

Via +Andrew Hunter.

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Sawadee ka (Hello in Thai) from beautiful Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. Good to be back to great Thai food & hospitality always.

I'm standing in front of the famous Chiang Rai landmark - The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings. The temple actually looks more sparkly & beautiful in real life.

#thailand #buddhisttemple #asiatravel

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A cosy reception in Kuala Lumpur with close friends and family, at lovely Gita Bayu venue and we had a great time.
Random photos taken by family & friends
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