hold my hand and we can jump straight into the cold unloving sea
Negative Space: The Art of Papercutting
Papercutting is a long loved art of Chinese culture. I have always been fascinated by it. Old PoPos and YeYes sit on the sides of roads and in malls with a cart full of dangling, delicate red paper. With the tiniest pair of scissors, they can render you a tiny red version of whatever you ask. They find joy in small children and will often gift a small paper cutting to them. I remember treasuring a tiny red rabbit made out of that velvety but delicate paper. Some of the art is layered, to make a unique and 3D setting. Some of the art is meant to be a shadow art, complete when a light is shone on it. But my favourite type are the complex circles where a full scene is created, the paper so full of holes that a single errant finger could rip the whole scene away.
My Mother Blessed Me With Her Name
In my culture, names are of the utmost importance. Names are a blessing, a gift, a guide for your child to to navigate life. My mother, pregnant with me, went to a fortune teller to understand my future. And from the future he told her, she found a name that would bless me with gifts that she found I would lack.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's storm?
Shall I compare thee to a summer's storm? None could ever weather a force like yours. From the depths of summer did your heart form,
A Summer's Storm
A sailor sets out from shore, all alone Planning on her return before the storm. Wanting to discover her skills, unknown.
Affirmations for Monday, May 31
I am not the best person in the world. I was not the best person yesterday. But I am going to try to be a better person today. And even if that better doesn't mean good, it is better than the person I was yesterday. Being better means that I'll try to be kinder. It means seeing things from other people's point of view.
The Fallacy of the Thrift Shop
The fallacy of the thrift shop is that it is simultaneously one of the best tools that we, as individuals, can have to fight over-consumerism and one of the tools that have been warped to support over-consumerism. The rise of thrift shops is often taken as a sign that more people are engaging with circular economies or at least thinking of reusing their items and giving them a new life by allowing others to have them. Yet both buyers and donators of thrift shop items, particularly clothes, are contributors to this fallacy.
To Save the Water Cycle: Stop Building Cities
As we all hopefully learnt at some point in our educational history, water cycles through its different phases. It spends time in the sky in clouds before it precipitates down onto land and bodies of water, where it can seep into the groundwater or lakes. Eventually, it will get drawn back up again to renew the cycle. But what if I told you that we're breaking that water cycle?
Lotus Paste Mooncakes
In China, one of the most important festivals each year is Mid-Autumn Festival. It falls on the moon closest to the autumn equinox. To celebrate, we eat mooncakes. Although there are many variations, the one that I grew up eating was a lotus-paste mooncake with a salted egg yolk inside but other variations include savoury ones, such as pork filled, or sweet ones like read bean. In recent years, new variations have also developed, but I am a stickler for tradition. I have always disliked the salted egg yolk, so this is a fully vegan recipe! This mooncake is a bit savoury but mostly sweet-ish.