Project – Our Sea bones

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

Words, they are not the most important thing, but there lies beauty in language, and it is after all one of the main forms of connecting with other members of the same species. Photographs, as static as they may be, are said to speak a thousand words. Beautiful photographs especially, and I believe there is much truth in that.

I am honored to be part of this side project by FeeLim Photography. A supply of beautiful and quaint photos and words carefully picked for the purpose of saying things that often go unexpressed.

In a day and age where everything is immediately accessible, things we mean to say often go unsaid, and the beauty of this world in itself gets unnoticed. We feel a lot of things, and in the backs of our minds we know beauty is out there, but do we really say what we feel, appreciate the world that is happening around us?

So this is where we bare our souls, and if like us, you appreciate film photos and raw intentions, find us, on http://ourseabones.tumblr.com

Or you can like our page: https://www.facebook.com/ourseabones

Join us, on this journey of exposing truth and beauty. I hope you find something that speaks to you, as much as it has to us.

T.

The Hungry Girl’s Diary – Peanut Butter reviewed

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

A new segment to this wordpress – The Hungry Girl’s Diary. a compendium of gustational experience in and out of the kitchen.

And what better way to start, with Peanut Butter.

If you know me well enough, you’d know that Peanut Butter falls into the category of things I can’t live without. Skippy’s Creamy Peanut Butter in particular. Nothing is more satisfying that a generous dollop of PB on a slice of warm multigrain toast. Life doesn’t get any better…

Maybe it does. One fine day, a good friend of mine stumbled upon a blog post. He twittered me, “This reminded me of you,”

PB toast with Pickles – No taste-memory of PB toast nor of pickles would help me comprehend how this would taste. Wholesome, creamy, full bodied peanut butter, ridden and laced with tangy green hamburger things. No amount of cognitive capacity would allow me to imagine the flavors.

So I had to try it for myself.

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And I’m in love.

No amount of taste-imagining you do will prepare you for how this is going to taste. But believe me, it is amazing. The tangy crunch of pickles doesn’t offer much of a taste, rather it adds dimension to the creamy goodness peanut butter offers. That and a slice of toast off a good loaf of bread, and you’re on your way to enlightenment.

Go on, you know you want it.

So go forth, make pickle peanut butter sandwiches:

Makes 1 open face sandwich

– 1 Slice of Multigrain Toast – I got my loaf from Swissbake (65 Calories)

– 1 heaped tea spoon of Peanut Butter (65 Calories)

– 4 Slices of Heinz Hamburger Dill Chips (0 Calories)

Total Calorie Count = 130 Calories (45 Calories from Fat)

Get the original recipe here

T.

Review: SUP! – Stand Up Paddle

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What is SUP?

Stand Up Paddling or SUP involves standing on a surf board and paddling with a canoe like oar. The origins date back to ancient times, where it was the mode of transport for Polynesians traveling from island to island.

As a sport, it originated in the 50s in Hawaii, as a way for surf instructors to manage large groups of beginner level surfers. It has since seen a revival, spreading gaining popularity in Australia, California, some parts of SEA, including Singapore.

The boards used in SUP are slightly bigger than your regular surf boards, and the oars are shaped much like those used in canoeing.

 

The Experience

The beginners level is a 1 hour class where the basics such as how to stand up on the board, how to paddle, and how to safely fall out of the board if you lose your balance. You will then move on to balance exercises, and the rest of the class time for you the practice. Our instructor Isabelle, was very nice to leave us with the boards for another 1.5 hours (THANK YOU!)

Mounting the board was simple enough, though the challenge is how to manipulate your weight placement, especially when entering slightly choppier waters. On flat water, once you found the sweet spot of the board, you’re good.

 

What to Bring

1. SUNSCREEN – you’re gonna be exposed to UV rays so this needs to justification

2. A Bikini/Board shorts is fine. Beach wear basically.

3. No to eye wear – I’d highly advise you leaving your Oakleys, Pradas or Ray Bans or whatever brand, on land. Sun glasses don’t float, so unless they’re a pair of cheap market shades, no-no.

4. Guts – be alright to fall and make splashes, do funny dances when trying to gain balance. Seriously, have fun while you’re out there in the sea!

 

Where, and other notes

I took my class under SUP School Singapore at Tanjong Beach, Sentosa. Instructor’s name is Isabelle. For more information about class slots and rates, you may find them here

SUP School also offers SUP – yoga (which I have yet to try!). My fooling around on the board has proven that practicing yoga on the SUP board is no easy feat. Lots of core, but its a great way to feel where the imbalances are in your body. What’s even more enticing is that you’ll be out in the sun with sea all around!

 

Who should SUP? YOU should SUP.

 

T.

 

SUP School Singapore

Tanjong Beach Sentosa –

MEETING POINT:
Singapore Paddle Club (SPC) sheds

 

 

Smoke stung eyes

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“She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims…” ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

In times of weakness, when sadness is bold and everything appears depressing, blink away the tears from your smoke stung eyes, and you’ll see the light in everything around you.

T.

A Calm Confrontation

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“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” ― Horace Mann

“Give yourself to your breath,” and almost everything is magnified – the twitch in a tight hamstring, the ache in the shoulders, the stray hair that gets caught up in a passing breeze.

Feelings too are unable to escape the magnification. Submersed in calm; it is a calm confrontation.

It has been said, the man who cannot weep for the loss of a friend is ever sadder than the one who mourns – why should grief be a cage? Primitive, and most absolutely raw, a rawness that makes us human.

Feel it, accept it, and it flows through you mercilessly, undulating and spiraling. As forsaking as it may feel, remember all that is passing, will pass.

T.