21.4.06

frog soup for the working(wo)man's soul

wellness frog

ampulets have been working hard the past couple of nights to present you this picture - something light to end the week with!

Ah, of course, as you can tell, the work was done in the living room with our television in the background tuned to this strangely addictive Korean drama series.

One day, having just watched the theatrics stirred in the imperial kitchen just because the emperor has decided to go for a hunt, J remarked how like this fictional Korean imperial kitchen our workplaces - public or corporate - are on our island.

In our workplaces we scurry to please our bosses (that is, both clients or superiors) and fuss over each demand, whether frivolous or significant. In our homes, parents fuss over the tiniest detail of their precious children's lives. In our relationships, we scrutinise each gesture and word, prod at it with the predictions of stars and birthtimes. If we walk the countryside, it is to scour for herbs and other treasures to enrich the meal. If we raid the libraries, it is for secret recipes that will earn us the praise of the emperor. In the imperial kitchens there are unspoken rules, scheming old maids and endless protocol laid out by petty court servants and eunuchs. So, like the kitchen maids, we can only take comfort by pinching at the luxurious meals served, snatching at whatever indulgence we can find - each gastronomic adventure more delightful than the previous.

How nice it is to close one's eyes and in the unconscious lose sight of lines and form - and depart from appetite and taste. Or that final rest, a different kingdom.

But this being a Friday night after a 12hr workday and I, a mere clumsy and reckless kitchen maid (not to be trusted with clay jars of hundred-year-old sauces or secret recipes), has spent it indulging in 2 mudpies with J, a junior court jester and my partner in love and servitude!

9 comments:

. said...

my mum watches that show!!! she bought the whole vcd collection...48 discs?

l&g said...

hey, the best Mud Pies i have tried are the ones served in TGI Friday's. the Friday's nearest to us, would be in Johor B. About ten mins. away from the causeway. a must try for those who have tasted Mud Pies somewhere else. Slurppp...

said...

for TOHA:

http://helmen.blogspot.com/2005/12/k750i-itunemywalkman.html

this guy's blog has some cool stuff that can be used for the K750i, like sync your itunes with the phone.

w said...

hi there, you don't know me (i read your blog via orangeclouds) but here's a cutesy jewel in the palace related link which might be of some interest...

http://flash.cyol.com/product/05121802324416.swf

ampulets said...

Ru, thanks. I will go look-see! the panorama function is a real gem. I did not know till I heard from you. :)- TOHA

ampulets said...

w - thks! but i must confess i don't understand it!

jing - ah, my dad is in the same league...He has a whole carton of korean drama series, and gets teary-eyed often. Oh well, he also bought the igallop.

lg - let's go JB one day! though J and I don't have sart-sart motorbike, we'll have to take the bus. hah.

said...

TOHA - maybe we should do a K750i-panoramic-shot-a-day. On? :-)

ampulets said...

Ru, can can. have to wait till about 2nd to 3rd week or May, when work get a little less hectic. Let's think of some places good for panaromic shots. :)-TOHA

ampulets said...

Sorry, ru. misinterpret your proposal. a paranomic a day? still better to wait till after first week of May. these days, sometimes I dont even get to see the light of day. :(-TOHA

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