What he gave me was a muse.

Not have been inspired these days. I don’t know what to cook. I can’t hear what my body says. Is this so called “writer’s block” kinda phenomenal?

I wasn’t sure how I was going to spend my day off, but somehow I ended up spending time at Granville Island where my favourite public market is. As I was ambling around in the market – still uninspired, I finally bought some freshly made Chestnut & Yam Ravioli from one of the venders. I tucked it into my shopping bag and turned around, then some hand crafted 3D pop up cards got my attention. Many of the cards had Japanese influenced theme, so I looked up to see who was the artist for these beautiful cards. It was an elderly gentleman with beautiful white hair and clear blue sky eyes.

“Are you Japanese?”, “Yes, I am. Where your inspiration coming from? I see Japan in your art.” He replies with his hands on his heart, “It is my wife. She is a second generation Japanese Canadian. She is the reason for my creations.”

I didn’t need any cards, but wanted to buy one from him so bad, which I couldn’t explain why at all, but I HAD TO buy one.

I spent good 10 minutes and finally picked one.

“OK, can I buy this please?”, “It is yours now. Free of charge.”, “NO NO NO”, “YES YES YES! Please take it, it is a gift from my wife for you!”

I just quietly vowed and thanked him with tears flooded in my eyes, wondering why he decided to give it to me. It was so touching but still wasn’t sure how I should take it when I got home. So I opened the card again, looked at it from many different angle, and all at sudden I realized, what he gave me was not just his art, what he really gave me was a muse.

Now I am looking at the light and shadow of the card creates in many different ways. I found an inspiration.




Feel like eating…Red!

BeetsHave you ever felt like eating food in a specific colour? I have. And I actually do often. I try to listen to what my body says to eat, and today, it’s Red. Red is the colour of Root Chakra, the colour of blood, of the life force. Red is manly. Red is stimulating, and Red is heavy…ah! That’s why it’s the colour of Root Chakra…

I am quite ignorant about nutrition facts, but now I wonder if red foods have common traits. Well, let’s see.

Simply eat watermelon with lots of shredded lemon zest, olives, S&P, and olive oil.
Marinated Surf Clams in Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette, with Japanese Pickled Red Beet Cubes.