Sweet sweet smells

Be Mesmerised and Intrigued by the Perfumes Personally Concocted by a Professional Perfume Maker in Singapore

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The other day, I was exploring Arab Street with a friend, and she decided to introduce me to her friend’s shop. It’s called, “Sifr Aromatics,” and it’s located at 42 Arab Street. Sifr Aromatics – a fragrant place to be Sifr Aromatics is a perfumery. Well, that’s a word you don’t see everyday. Let me explain. It’s a perfume shop. …

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The Fantastic Experience of Fine Dining at Casual Dining Prices – Roots Kitchen Bar @ Dickson Road

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Last week, I was invited to review a newly opened restaurant called, “Roots Kitchen Bar.” I was very intrigued by the idea behind their eatery and thought that it would be worthwhile to check it out. What attracted me was the concept behind their restaurant, which was so noble yet simple: To provide the experience of fine dining (i.e. professionally …

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A Singaporean Company that Makes Awfully Disgusting Buckwheat Coffees and Teas but Claims to be Singapore’s Best

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I have never written a highly negative and damning review before. If it’s a critical review, I’ll usually include something constructive or highlight the product’s redeeming qualities. But this is the first time in my life that I’ve encountered a product that’s so horrendous, there is absolutely nothing positive or redemptive about it that I could comment on. It is truly …

Fika Swedish Cafe

Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro – Swedish Meatballs that Tastes Way Better than Ikea’s!

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A few days ago, a friend brought The Fiancée and I to a Swedish cafe. It’s called, “Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro,” and it is located at 257 Beach Road, at the intersection of Arab Street and Beach Road. (There’s another branch at Millenia Walk too) The front of the cafe. Neither of us have been there before, but we’ve …

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Oh My Bacon!

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A few days ago, I visited an eatery with a few friends. We’ve been yearning to visit it for quite some time. Why the yearning? Because it’s a place dedicated to… BACON! Yes! OH MY BACON is it’s name! And oh my bacon indeed! My friend told me about how this place sells everything with bacon in it – including …

Salted egg potato chips and salmon skin! Dangerously addictive.

Deliciously Addictive Salted Egg Goodies!

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Good things must be shared! A few months ago, my colleague introduced me to this website: Irvin’s Salted Eggs. Recent screenshot of their website. http://www.irvinsaltedegg.com/ They specialise in making delicious potato chips and deep fried salmon skin, seasoned in delicious salted egg sauce! Salted egg potato chips and salmon skin! Dangerously addictive. The very thought of it sounds so good. …

A once stable hand, now trembles. Doing calligraphy has become a greater challenge.

Right Hand Trembling

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It’s been about 4-5 weeks since my right hand has been trembling uncontrollably. Yes, it’s just my right hand. It has nothing to do with coffee or sleep. Regardless of how much coffee I drink (or don’t drink), and regardless of the amount of sleep I get, my right hand – and only my right hand – will tremble. A …

A Song Dynasty (medieval) clock that made use of water/mercury and wheels to track the time. More information about this clock can be found here: http://www.messagetoeagle.com/mechanicclock.php (image above taken from this website too)

Classical Chinese Conceptions of Time

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Time is a fundamental aspect of human life. The experience of time itself influences the way cultures understand time. This understanding of time, in turn, influences the way people distinguish and relate past, present, and future. (Yes that’s right, there are people of different cultures and societies that perceive the relationship of past, present and future differently from the understanding …

WWXD: What would Xunzi do?

What does Xunzi have to say about rituals and social justice?

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This post will be a follow up to my previous post (see Investigating the Relationship between Ritual Propriety and Social Justice in the Early Confucian Tradition), where I will explore the relationship between li (ritual/ritual propriety) and social justice as found in the works of Xunzi, another pre-Qin Confucian philosopher. WWXD: What would Xunzi do? Or rather, WWXS: What would …

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Investigating the Relationship between Ritual Propriety and Social Justice in the Early Confucian Tradition

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Here is a draft proposal for a paper I wish to write. In the book, Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times, Joseph Chan argues that there are three principles of a Confucian perspective on social justice. The three principles are: (1) sufficiency for all, where “each household should have an amount of resources sufficient to live a materially …

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The Lofty Vision of Ritual Propriety in The Book of Rites (禮記 Liji), “Summary of the Rules of Propriety (曲禮 Qu Li), Part 1”

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[This is an exploratory post as part of my research] In this exploratory post, I will focus on the lofty ideals of rituals and its claims of bringing about a harmonious society as expounded in the first chapter of The Book of Rites (禮記 Liji). In approaching the ancient texts, it is important to bear in mind that many of …