In response to Cee’s Photography, Share Your World tag.
What is your favorite comfort snack food?
For sweet ones, I did say, ice-creams and chocolates. These foods are associated with treats and happiness for me, as I was not allowed to eat these regularly as a child. Ice-creams are cold which could worsen asthma, and chocolates are heaty which could cause sore throats and fever.
For salty ones, I did say, cheese. I do believe that the taste of cheese is an acquired taste – one either likes it, or dislikes it. I love it. I take cheese with anything, or rather, anything with cheese.
If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)
Sephora. I like Cee’s answer – Ikea, but I will still go with Sephora. Imagine spending one weekend alone, testing every single product in the gigantic beauty store.
What was the largest city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?
Beijing, China. It is a whooping 16 801 square kilometres. Everything there is enormous. The pedestrian walk path is as wide as three standard cars. The ancient imperial palace goes on and on, so does the ancient imperial gardens. Needless to say, the Great Wall of China goes on for miles, and also up and up into the sky. The sky seen from the Great Wall is boundless. Beijing is a place worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.
Finish this sentence: It has recently come to my attention that …
Warm water for bathing in your own house, while being a fairly basic desire, is a privilege.
(The Long Story) My water heater has been down for 6 days now, and the new one which I ordered will only arrive this coming Tuesday. By then, I would have had showered using the scoop and bucket for over a week. I am very comfortable with the scoop and bucket, because I had been taught to use it by my mother. I had gone through water-rationing exercises (no running water from the tap) and also a few episodes of broken heaters in my life, and I know how to react. However, I am the one boiling the water using my electric kettle this time round, not my mother. And this has made me conscious of warmth, how human beings obtain warmth nowadays, and how our ancestors obtain warmth in the kampung (old fishing village), or the wilderness.
Humans discover how to make fire. They use fire to heat air, water, etc. And then they discover how to harness electricity, and use electricity for heating. So heated water is a privilege. It is likely that in some parts of the world, people still bathe with cold water all the time.
In Bali, I saw people bathing in the public drain. I was puzzled at first, but realised soon that the people were there because the water there is warm, since it flows down from the mountain hot springs.
Below is one of the large hot spring at the hot springs lodge I came down from. It was raining, so the lighting is not good.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Electricity. And that I can pay for a replacement heater without worry. I definitely look forward to the new heater arriving! Thank you for the blessings, Universe. They are most kind, and I have been most fortunate.
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