Birthday In Absentia

Yellow Flower

Today is my mother’s birthday. She would’ve been 63. I went up to the nearby food mart this morning to grab half a dozen samosas to celebrate. I don’t know if my mother had ever had any samosas in her life, but I know she would’ve liked it.

To mark her 63rd birthday, I’ve decided to open my humble photoblog, Chromatic Life, for public consumption today. I used to have a domain for it, but I didn’t get to work on it before the domain expired. Yeah, I suck.

I’m using Pixelpost to power my photoblog, which I highly recommend. If you can’t be bothered to install any script or just don’t have the web space to build one, Shutterchance seems like a good alternative. Shutterchance is more photoblog-ish than Flickr-ish in nature because you can only publish one photo a day, but it’s free and you get a nice URL to go with it.

Anyway, I hope I’ll be able to keep posting to my photoblog because the last time I had one, it didn’t last very long. Wish me luck!

Can I just say “Untitled”?

— I’ve never been in an ambulance until last Monday. I sat in the front seat. Would’ve been cool if it was only a joyride and not because your better half is in an excruciating pain.
— I’m still trying to figure out how to make it to the hospital by bus in the shortest time possible.
— I have already figured out that the hospital is only two turns away from our apartment.
— The bus ride to the hospital always feels longer than the ride back home.
— I like how you can get a transfer ticket. That way you only have to pay one bus fare even though you have to hop on two buses to get to where you want to go.
— I think I know how to get to wherever I want to go in Kitchener-Waterloo area by bus now.
— CTV must’ve screwed up last night because I think I watched the second episode of the new season of Grey’s Anatomy last night instead of the season premiere.
— I’ve been posting Troy’s daily progress (and setbacks) in his blog because his friends read it and I though they’d like to know.
— I hope Troy will make a speedy recovery and can go home soon. I’ve never felt this lonely and alone since my mother passed away.
— Well, I’d better make my lunch before getting ready to go to the hospital. I’m tired of having Tim Horton’s stuff for lunch.

Never the One for Predictability

Dead Tree

I’ve kind of fallen out of love with digital photography. I don’t know how or when it happened but I just did. I’m in love with film and vintage cameras. I love how unpredictable the results are. I love the excitement of getting rolls of film back from the photo lab, how I always can’t wait to scan the negatives. With digital photography, everything is just so quick, so instant, so predictable. I’m not a purist. Hell no. I love Photoshop and the latest and greatest digital cameras make me drool. I guess I just don’t like things to be predictable. That’s why I always modify recipes when I’m cooking. I want the final products to be unpredictable.

Hopefully I’ll fall in love all over again with digital photography when I get my very own digital SLR camera. Troy and I are going to start saving up for one very soon. We’re thinking of getting the Pentax K10D, which is not even in the market yet. In addition to having a built-in shake reduction system, it has “weather and dust resistant body that incorporates CCD Dust Removal system”. Sounds perfect for the careless me. :) Of course we still have to check out the reviews for this camera to see if its performance matches what’s on paper. If it turned out to be a piece of crap then we’d probably just pick up either the Pentax K100D or the Canon Digital Rebel XTi . No Nikons for us because we have no Nikon lenses we could use in our collection.

I have two rolls of film to finish this weekend. One is from the Rolleicord and another from the Holga. I’ve been using lens attachments intended for some obsolete instamatic camera with the Holga. I attached the lens to the Holga with a piece of duct tape. Why? Because Holga is just not unpredictable enough for me! ;)

5 Foods You Just Have To Try

I came across this “5 Foods You Just Have To Try” meme while I was browsing some food blogs and I thought I’d tag myself to do it, since I’m not feeling inspired enough to blab about anything else. Food is as good a topic as any. Since I’m Indonesian and Indonesians typically love their food, my list contains primarily Indonesian food with a link to the recipe so you could try to make it if you wish:
1. Gulai Otak, or Beef Brain Curry. It may sound gross but it’s oh so good! Can’t find any place in Canada that serves this, sadly. I could make it myself but I’m not sure if I’d be able to find cow brain at the local meat shop. In case you’re wondering, the brain tastes a bit like omelette but with custard-like consistency. Best eaten with freshly-cooked, long-grain rice. Yum! Here’s a picture of this dish.
2. Bubur Ayam, or Chicken Rice Porridge. I’ve posted about this rice dish before. It’s the ultimate comfort food for Indonesians. I think it’s because in Indonesia it’s one of the first food mothers feed to their babies as soon as they can chew. Best eaten when the day is cold, like now. I think I’m going to make it for lunch.
3. Pempek Palembang, or Fish Cake with Sweet and Sour Sauce. There are several kinds of Pempek. My favourite kind is the one with a whole egg in it called Pempek Kapal Selam, or Submarine Pempek (because it’s supposed to look like a submarine). I’ve made this before but it just never tasted the same with what we have in Indonesia. Go here for pictures of this dish in its natural environment.
4. Martabak Telor, or Deep Fried Beef Wrap. It’s very easy to make and once you had one, you would want to have more and more. I’ve made this before and my version tastes pretty much like the real thing. I’ve also had it in a restaurant in Canada but they replaced the beef with lobster. It was just as good, though.
5. Poutine, as pictured above. It’s so good in an artery-clogging way. How could one not like french fries with cheese curds and gravy poured on top of it? Of course not all poutines are created equal. Some are better than others. It all depends on the gravy, I guess. And just because you’re having the poutine in Quebec — which is where this dish comes from — doesn’t make it great. We learned that from experience. The best canned poutine gravy brand, however, is St-Hubert, which is also a Quebecoise rotisserie chicken restaurant chain.
So, what are your five foods? Leave a comment or the link to your post if you decided to do this meme on your blog to let me know. The next best thing to finding new music is finding new food to try out! Don’t you agree? ;)