because you can be happy – a little bit about sake

 

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“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.” ― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

 

SO I recently attended a sake appreciation session, organised by Beam Suntory Asia, at World of Wines.

I am pretty much unstudied when it comes to sake and was definitely amazed by the complexity in making sake.

While the complexity may easily faze anyone, here are the 4 key things I learnt which will prove useful when choosing your prized bottle of sake, and deciding whether to serve it warm or chilled.

 

1. Rice Variety

Amongst the myriad of sake rice varieties available, there are 4 preferred/most commonly used by brewers: Yamadanishiki, Gohyakumangoku, Miyamanishiki and Omachi of which,

Yamadanishiki – Known as the Queen of sake rice as it produces a more “feminine” brew – sweet, floral and light

Omachi – Known as the King of sake rice as it produces a more “masculine” brew – robust, bright and strong

2. Rice polishing ratio

If you google this (which you will more than likely hit wikipedia) This can get a little technical. Choose one that falls into a category of Junmai Daiginjo – which means that the sake is “pure”.

Some brewers also fortify their sake by adding alcohol from a separate type to the brew, however this is not an indication of it being less luxurious, or of a lesser quality. Brewers sometimes fortify the sake to enhance the aroma, or taste of the sake. Think of it as adding layers to the flavour profile of the sake.

3. Water

Alkalinity and water source is obviously one of the things that would affect the resulting brew. Depending on the mineral content, the sake may appear yellowish or crystal clear, and may be “drier” or sweeter.

4. Maturation temperature

Sake is requires between 9 – 12 months to mature. Depending on the temperature at which it is allowed to age in will determine if the sake is best served warm or chilled.

 

I know I could’ve gone more into everything about sake, but for a newbie, I think this is a good starting point to depart on your sake journey.

 

To find out more about sake, check out Beam Suntory Asia on their Facebook page

I hear they organise food pairing and appreciation sessions, so be sure to like them to receive updates in your feed.

 

T.

 

 

Personal Notes – HOM Yoga Training November 2014

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Something personal to share – I will be embarking on my 200 HR Teacher’s Training Course with Hom Yoga this coming November 2014. Whether or not this leads me to pursuing an instructor career – I am leaving this open to what life has ahead for me, and the opportunities that may come by.
If you’re looking to pursue something, if it is something that inspires you and that you’re really passionate about – Go do that.
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” ― Albert Einstein
There is no greater achievement than realizing what amazing things you are capable of.
T.

So strong, so forceful – the way you have always wanted to be

 

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LIFE had definitely got in the way. Weeks are running, how few weeks do we have left of 2014?

 

To each his own, and with each day we discover more of who we are. As we grow, we become braver to assert ourselves, for time is not on our side. How long are you going to stand on someone else’s grounds?

Late have I discovered a post from everydayisa.wordpress.com – on the Staying Philosophy where she quotes Donald Miller, from his book, Through Painted Deserts, Light, God and Beauty on the Open Road:

 

Leave.

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn’t it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don’t worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.

 

And like Isa, I agree that what we fear most, isn’t exactly losing people; it is rather, learning to able to live life without a particular person – whom represents a certain comfort and habit in our lives.

Having said that, I find myself on the flip side of things. The desire to leave. Leave – we all have to do so, one day, in one way or another. Leave, we NEED to. And this desire to leave, I mean departing from the norms I had once believed I needed to conform to/emulate.

 

It is okay to be different, and to desire different things, or even, to desire the same things, but differently.

 

“Why are you not____?” or “You possess (such and such a quality) but why are you not like (so and so)?” – Do you find yourself often being faced with such questions? I would have to Hi5 you on that.

While in my younger days, admittedly I believed that it was possible that there was something wrong about me, which was why I never seemed to follow the stencil that seemed to draw out the life paths of my peers.  But the truth is, there is nothing wrong. But this self discovery and acceptance, while altogether liberating, leads on to a lonely and difficult path ahead. True friends will accept you, fair weathered friends might leave, and some might even despise you. And days can get painfully solitudinous – but take heart, for while it is a lonely path, it is not a path trekked alone.

 

And here is where I urge you to be brave, and to be compassionate towards yourself. And it will all be worth it.

To put it into an imagery, seabirds, while being birds, would be happy merely flying, but true happiness is flying out to the open sea – facing the crisp air and icy oceans, and not confined to the safe boundaries of lands, no matter how vast.

 

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” ― Honoré de Balzac

 

It is fine.

 

 

T.