It’s been a while…Hello, 2016

Back in 2013, I started this blog as a way of documenting memories and observations – and to practice writing in general. In September 2013, I started working at a business incubator, and disappeared in to the world of tech startups, university alumni clubs, and more recently, dodgeball. Fast forward almost 3 years later, and…

Singapore Night Festival 2013

Hello! Just had another post published on ‘Dead Curious’ – the online publication I write for. It’s on the Singapore Night Festival that took place this past August. I included a lot of photographs that I took too – Check it out here!       Bye for now 🙂 -Sophie

India: The Lost Key To My Heart

One can never adequately explain what India means to one’s self. All the ‘Incredible India‘ campaigns we see everywhere, don’t do India justice because they can only capture so much. Nevertheless, ads such as this one, are definitely beautiful – each ad campaign captures some essence of India. On the other hand, there are aspects…

Cook, Cooking,…CURRY?!?!

The funniest thing happened today in the Syed household kitchen. Allow me start at the end, and work my way to the beginning. My dad watched in bemused amusement at the tears falling from our faces (that is, my mother’s and mine). These were tears of, not joy per say, but rather merriment, in a…

Are You A Friend?

A good friend of mine shared this quote: “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde I feel that most people would associate this “song” with the notion of ‘true love’ or someone they think…

Film Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Hello all: To the people who read my blog or to whomever is checking it out. Dead Curious, the online magazine i’m writing for, just published another one of my film reviews. I’m pretty excited about it, because it was a film that really spoke to me and whose message found its way into the depths…

Colour Up My Life

If you know me at all, you would know that I L.O.V.E to take pictures of interesting looking plants and flowers. I love all the vibrant colours, and how they come together to form such beautiful things, most of which we really do take for granted. Here’s a bunch of photos I took in Charlottesville,…

Bright Colours in Food: Pomegranate Salad!

My mother made the most delicious salad – delicious not only in how it tasted, but also aesthetically, in the way it was presented. The attractiveness of the pomegranate seeds added a bright magenta colour to the salad, and a sweet, crunchy texture too. Other colourful ingredients: green apple, and cherry tomatoes! Doesn’t that look…

Snowstorm Procrastination: Red Velvet Cupcakes

What do you get when you have a snowstorm, a Romanian, and a Singaporean? RED VELVET CUPCAKES! 😀 Back in December 2012, there was a snow-storm in Charlottesville…the University of Virginia is notorious for never having snow-days or cancelling classes due to the weather, but luck was on our side this time. We got 1-2…

Sophie’s Sweet & Sour Prawns

Last summer, I decided to try my hand at making a common dish in Singapore: Sweet & Sour Fish. Instead of fish, I went and bought some fresh prawns, and cleaned them (boy is that tedious, but worth it!). Ingredients I used: prawns, onions, garlic, capsicum (peppers – green & red), tomatoes, spring onion, bean…

Summer Treats: Yoghurt, Granola & Fresh Berries

Two summers ago, I stayed in Charlottesville after our academic year was over, so that I could do a bunch of things: lease an apartment for the first time, experience a Charlottesville summer, celebrate my 20th birthday (June) with my University of Virginia friends, and of course, take a summer class (International Relations: Power Transitions…

My Mama Always Said: “Eat Your Greens”

Last year during Thanksgiving, I stayed with a friend and their family. It was a lovely time as we went to their grand-parents’ place. I wanted to help out in the kitchen, so I made this – the only work is cleaning, chopping and arranging the veggies 🙂 We bought the dip from the store,…