As a food blogger, yes, I have my bread-and-butter Melbourne restaurant and coffee posts, a few recipe posts, and a sprinkling of Singapore food posts. But there’s also an undercurrent story behind everything, and I sense that it manifests within a few posts here and there.
I tend to have an introspective gaze towards the world and things around me. Besides loving everything related to food, I also have a fondness for syntax, poetry and words. I acknowledge now that I’m not exactly a maestro with the English language. Still, I enjoy going on a curved path with my posts occasionally when the mood hits me. I feel a slight thrill when these tangential posts get published, but the sad thing is nobody reads them!
These posts often gets lost in my blog archive because they’re often not linked to any specific venue or dish. So, I’d like to push them out of hiding and share them with you here. I’ll also include in here a couple of the more bread-and-butter posts that I feel were written particularly well.
So… with absolute shamelessness, here’s me pimping out my collection of past blog posts that I’m personally proud of!
Lazy Start, 29 Sept 2010
It has been said that the first post within every blog speaks a lot about what its writer is like. I originally named this post “Imperfect Start” but changed its title later on. This post tells me that a food blog post doesn’t necessarily have to be riddled with pretty pictures to be a nice read.
Where Dinner Table Meets Big Screen, 6 Oct 2010
This post took me forever to complete. Earlier in my blog life, my posts were quite creative. Here, I tried to show how the eating scenes within a movie (Home Song Stories, by Tony Ayres) propels the plot and pulls the story together. The movie revolves around Chinese migrants in Australia, which resonated closely with my own life as a migrant here.
Seat 44K, Flight EK405, 25 Dec 2010
Travel always hits you with a sense of poignancy. I wrote this post right there, inside the plane, enroute to Singapore. It had been nearly two and a half years since my last visit, so it made me think pensively about my life choices and the paths that I’d chosen thus far. Loved, in particular, the last few paragraphs I wrote here.
Fat, 17 May 2011
This is one of my few posts which involved poetry. To be honest, it’s hard to find a place for poetry within a food blog, it’s so hard to weave it in! I wrote this short, poignant poem sometime back, but thought it should have some relevance within this blog because the piece revolved around a Chinese meal..
One Year In, 29 Sept 2011
One year can be a scary milestone to many of us. I’m not so much proud of this post (it was mostly fluffy words) as much as what the date actually meant to me. I saw it as a reality check, and a grounding pillar as to which direction I should be headed next. By this point, I sensed my posts were getting more ‘commercial’ and less introspective and personal. I secretly wanted to go back to the way I was one year before.
Market Lane Coffee, 1 Nov 2011
This was my first post where I used poetry to blog about a place. The establishment’s puristic philosophy towards coffee allowed me to language out my growing love for coffees using a series of short, succinct poems. I was so excited when this post got published, but not many people really understood or appreciated the poems.
Myanmar Voyage, 27 Dec 2011
I learnt from my earlier post “Singapore, A Conversation In Pictures” that an effective story can be told using much brevity with words and tons of pictures. Here, I used the same technique to summarise my Myanmar holiday. The travel pictures also looked pretty good, and of course there were pictures of Burmese food!
Favourite “Bread-And-Butter” Posts, 2011
Dead Man Espresso (Oct 2011) marked as one of the first posts where I started feeling really happy with my picture quality, Ora Café quickly followed suit. I liked, in particular, how I drew poetic and landscape references out of the degustation dishes at Attica (Nov 2011). Other posts where I’ve had a nice marriage between half-decent writing and great pictures include Albert St Food & Wine and Twenty & Six Espresso (both Dec 2011).
The Brix Café & Bistrot, 2 Jan 2012
This degustation meal turned out so beautiful and inspiring in my pictures that I realised I could use the same photo-story style as my Myanmar trip. Interesting how I didn’t have to talk at length about that meal in order to convey how much I loved it. The pictures told it all. I hope to use this style of blogging (using less words) more.