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Yearly Archives: 2010

The Lure of Pilgrimage (My Eat, Pray, Love Journey)

Istanbul – to eat It is a sun-kissed day in May and I am devouring a sugary, dusty pink lokum that has been infused with rosewater. I have a splendid view of both Europe and Asia from the bohemian café that I’m sitting in. The rhythmic sounds of the sapphire-blue Bosphorus waves thrashing against the [...]

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La Serenissima

I closed my eyes and there I was…I blink once. I blink twice. But could this be true or is it just an illusion created by my solitary mind? There I was with you…we’re sitting gazing at the captivating view; watching the sunset on the mountaintop. The sun starts extinguishing its fiery fire in the [...]

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For the Love of a Fairy Tale

Tread softly into an enchanted forest, where the lush green foliage envelops you with its magic. On your right, you might glimpse a cottage made of candy and two young children sampling its sugarcane gates and gingerbread door. On your left, you might see Peter Pan and Tinkerbell whooshing past you in order to catch [...]

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Finding Abundance

Many years ago, I came across this beautiful hardcover book called Romancing the Ordinary. The title piqued my curiosity and true to its promise, it has bestowed upon me a revelation that was life-transforming. The author, Sarah Ban Breathnach, was at a restaurant when the ceiling tile fell on her head. She was left bedridden [...]

The Ambitious Violet

When I was a child, my mum had invited her friends over for afternoon tea. We lived in a sleepy town in the midst of the Irish countryside. Nature enveloped us from everywhere like a verdant green carpet that swept across the earth and hills that centered a magnificent aquamarine lake. Nothing much happened around here. Most of the townsfolk were farmers, bakers, butchers, or teachers. We rarely delved into the bustling cities for fear of becoming hedonistic and worldly. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we slowly developed our own placid lifestyle and detested anything but.

Mum was baking her signature Victoria Sponge Cake. Soon, the house was infused with its warm, sweet scent. She also made the jam herself. She’d used some summer forest berries made of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries to create an intoxicating spread for the cake. It never stays on the cake tray for more than a day.

When Mum laid the cake and tea on the table, she tapped her head as if she’d forgotten something. She asked me to gather some flowers for the table before her friends arrive.

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