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Archive for March, 2010

Imagine that baby. Now…

I walked out of the meeting room, almost smacked into the family of 5. I looked down and there was the tiniest of them crawling faster than a choo-choo train. He crawled and he crawled, he finally cleared that tall cabinet. He lifted his tiny concentrated-on-crawling face and looked.

And he saw a wooden paneled walkway of 100 metres ahead. It was a long, long way, even to me. Then this quirky baby just gave a tiny sigh and laid his tiny face and head straight onto the floor, as if to say, “Boy, is that a long way to go, let me take a little break.”

I saw that little boy crawl and I wonder how is it that babies can crawl and right themselves up to sit? So naturally, don’t they need to learn to reverse, back up and sit their behinds down? One of those mind-boggling matters.

Pull-ed Coffee

I started my little journey with this friend named Coffee some years ago. As a child, I was fascinated with the aroma of the brew. Waking up in the bright morning sunshine dancing into to kitchen, the shadows of the leaves in the backyard throwing their shadows onto the charcoal tiles, I would sniff my grandmother’s early morning mug of coffee and enjoy just the smell of it. She took hers with lots of sugar and cream.

As I grew up, Starbucks made its presence felt in the country, and I was curious and started having their caramel macchiato. Wow! That was just lovely. The drink was sweet, with lots of sugar and cream, wrapped in the sweet caramel-ly taste. It was my favorite drink during my university days, young girl fresh outlook on the world, starry eyed and impressionable. I would sit back on the armchair provided by Starbucks and watched the cars go by outside, safely cocooned in the pseudo homey atmosphere of the café.

Aha, then comes the plunge into the working world, I moved on to drinking latte. The milky brew satisfying though not sweet, allowing me to enjoy the aroma of coffee yet masking the bitterness with the frothy milk. Hmm, not bad, not bad at all…then, if I had no time at the office, I just take my coffee with cream and nothing else. Those were what I would like to name the shaping years, the years that threw me into the whirlpool of work, growing up, discovery, self-awareness, thoughts, and mistakes.

I would like to think that those years helped shaped my character for the better.

Finally, this is by no means the last leg of my life, but I have graduated to drinking coffee, black, with nothing else. Ahh, that strong, bitter brew, the untainted aroma of it, lingers within the recesses of your tongue. I have finally learnt to appreciate the brew. I remembered this as a time of transition. Now rare are those times when I do not drink the coffee black. However, there are those times, when I indulge that sweet tooth and have Nescafe tarik, especially today, when I woke up with aches in all my joints and limbs. I walked into the office and am thankful for somebody who did not mind “manja-ing” me, fixing me that perk-me-up.

Tomatoes

4.30pm rolled around and I was hungry. Ooh, yes, hungry. Having exhausted all options of unhealthy food, fried banana chips and peanuts, I went into the pantry and removed a nice, red tomato from the refrigerator. Aha! I’ve never eaten tomatoes like one would eat an apple until today, I totally ran out of options you see. Happily munching on it, I offered it to my colleague and she stared at me, wondering how on earth I could eat a tomato like that! Then a question that always confused me surfaced. Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Floored, that I am! So to Blackle went I. It seems fruits are the means with which a plant pro-creates, and we were basically eating the placenta of the fruit. Err, now that you put it that way, yucks! My interest piqued, I went on to read that, a fruit contains seeds and a plant could grow out of those. So, a single plant could be a vegetable and a fruit, all nicely packed in one! In summary to quote that article “A fruit is a container by which a plant disperses its seeds and a vegetable is any edible portion of a plant!” To answer the question of the tomato, it’s a fruit, simply because it contains seeds. And corn, is a grain, fruit and vegetable! Beat that, instant coffee! Ha!