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My Other Love

Hi fellow bloggers and followers!

Today, I started another blog here for my other love, ORIGAMI, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. I’ve been working on some cool origami projects lately and I think pictures of them deserve to be blogged (as if they haven’t been uploaded before. My Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not full of them!).

Please do check it out :

Haz Folds


There will not be much musings or ramblings over there. Just pictures and brief descriptions. A photo blog, if you will.

Thank you!

-hazrock, folding away

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in -


Once Bitten Twice Shy

“I didn’t know you had a rock ‘n’ roll record
Until I saw your picture on another guy’s jacket”

-Great White (Song : Once Bitten Twice Shy)

Ahh! One of those songs I loved in the 80s! And I think, the term “hair bands” was conjured up by someone who had bad hair and was jealous of these guys. I mean, look at their hair. Long and lustrous locks. I wonder what hair products they used. Probably the shampoo used for horses, which I’m told, works wonders for human hair. Now, I have no equestrian skills whatsoever. But I’m still gonna giddy up and get some of that horse shampoo! Whoa!

Mee Hoon Soto from Makan Bagus!

I had previously written about Mee Soto (Earlier post : Soupy Tales). And last weekend I had a craving for some. So I went to Makan Bagus! again on Saturday morning for a quick fix. Ahh! So good! And so yummy! These noodles are made for slurping!

After I ran some errands and picked up the kids from their weekly religious class, we went to visit my parents. Imagine, to my delight, my mom had cooked Mee Soto for our lunch!

My mom’s Mee Soto. Good to the last slurp!

Twice on the same day! Double whammy! Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two rights, UTOPIA!!

-hazrock, angel song

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in -


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“Batter” Than Me

“I told myself I won’t miss you
But I remember
What it feels like beside you”

-Hinder (Song : Better Than Me)

Hinder!! Love their songs! Although I think they are a great recording band and only sound great in their records. I mean, have you heard them live? Let’s just say, my ears have not forgiven me.

Fish and Chips

Oh what a classic and comforting dish. It’s the weekend and I suddenly felt like cooking up a storm.

I got a good deal for sutchi fillets from a supermarket near where I live. So I thought I’d make Fish and Chips. Grabbed some lemons, Idaho russet potatoes and a bottle of tartare sauce while I was there as well.

Yes, I used tartare sauce from a jar. I’m not a professional chef. Not everything has to be made from scratch. A lot of times, I took some help from the store to make my life easier. Yeay!

The classic batter for fish and chips is a beer batter. That’s how they do it in England. I substitited the beer with sparkling water. Hey, the chefs on YouTube said we can use that if we don’t want to use beer. So I did!

And traditionally, Fish and Chips is served in a paper cone made from old newspapers. I’m not comfortable eating fish and fries sprinkled with newspaper ink. So I used the brown paper which is often used by mixed-rice sellers here to wrap food to go. I don’t think those brown papers are food-grade either. But they gave me a peace of mind.

-hazrock, lips of an angel

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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in -


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Origami Madness

I thought I’d take a break from food and cooking today. Just posting some pictures of (successful) origami models I have tried folding in recent months.

Water Bomb Tessellation
Tessellations are so interesting! But a lot of pre-creasing which leads to the paper eventually “collapses” to the desired pattern.

Books and bookshelf
These are so adorable. They can be a part of an origami dollhouse made entirely of paper, which I guess would be a huge and ambitious project.

Little boxes
Cute boxes, although I do have a nagging annoyance that they don’t really stand perfectly upright.

Apple, designed by Shuzo Fujimoto. Really nice one and a joy to fold.

Another tessellation, Clover Folding (3 stages). Love this!

And I challenged myself to fold the 5-stage Clover Folding too. Patience is key. And a lot of folding !

Creeper. Gamers who play Minecraft know this.

Andrea’s Rose, another tessellation I learnt.

The beautiful Kawasaki Rose. OMG! These are so addictive! I must’ve made a ton of these!

-hazrock, fingers twisted in knots!

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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in -


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Blog Of The Year 2012


I was recently presented with the Blog Of The Year 2012 Award. Thank you Nick of Talkin’ Shit. It’s a real honor. Please go check out his blog. Real life stories, some funny, some unbelievable, especially those “DOW” (Douche Of The Week) ones.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – The Thought Palette
and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

I only have 1 star so far. Much appreciated.

I now nominate these blogs for this award as well.

Thoughts From The Outdoors – David writes poetry of the fascinating outdoors. Wonderful nature photography as well.

Vittle Monster – Vicente does reviews of restaurants in the San Francisco area. I love how he not only reviews the food and ambience, but also posts photos of quirky stuff around the restaurant. Nice!

Voices In His Head – Marcus writes funny stories and observations about daily life and his family. He has written a book. And I always HAVE TO read at the end of each post how he would shamelessly (kidding! Lol!) promote his books.

Living For The Next Meal – Sweet Nimmie cooks! She has some wonderful healthy and simple recipes in her blog. Do check them out.

The Phoblography – Dave’s awesome photo blog! Nice photos of England. And such a clever name of the blog too.

sixpuns – Clever, witty, humorous. Yes, “groan inducing” puns in every post. Love it!!

greetings from england – Lovely blog by Hibiscus Rosa Noor. “Chatterings of an easterner in the western world”.

Thank you!

-hazrock, yeay!


Posted by on December 29, 2012 in -


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David’s thoughts on the Bottle Tree at Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park.

Thoughts from the Outdoors


This photo comes from my good friend Hazlin at

She took this creepy photo the other day….At least i thought it was creepy….


Slowly engorging…

Drawing all the minerals

from the ground

And showing a belly

venomously distended….

He strained to raise his bulk up


but just remained content to feed…

and feed…

Until all the area…

near and far…

hung on to just

a tender thread of life…

As this glutton

just drank and ate more…

despite their attempts…

their vain attempts…

to stop him…


David L. Whitman 11/11/12 amazed and shocked….

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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in -


The Flight Of Icarus

“Fly on your way like an eagle
Fly as high as the sun”

-Iron Maiden

I can still feel the energy of the 5000-strong crowd (or more?) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium when Iron Maiden came to town in 2011. There I was in a sea of black, almost got thrown into the mosh pit. Haha!

It will not be a food related post today. Just some picture taken yesterday when we visited Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park.

Flamingoes at the Birds and Buddies Show

Kiddies at the African Aviary Waterfall


Pelicans and kiddies feeding them. They smelled like fish after that!

A Hitchcock movie?

Qistina with a friendly brilliant-colored macaw

My little hatchlings

Marissa, scared of all the live birds, only managed to take a photo with a penguin statue

A quick water play to cool down on that hot humid day

Tired kiddies napping in the car.

-harock, not an angry bird

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in -


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