A different kind of post today….
Wong Fu Marathons.
There. I said it.
Apart from spending time with friends and family, Wong Fu Marathons have been my ‘go-to’ post exam activity. I was introduced to this YouTube channel by Lil’ Bro just before my final high school exams. Yes, a high risk situation, I was able to maintain enough self control and avert any major procrastination.
Post-exams, I was hooked and ‘tradition’ has been observed from then onwards.
If you haven’t already heard about Wong Fu Productions, allow me to do the honours. It is a three- man American film making group, with their primary mode of delivery being YouTube. A majority of their videos feature non-stereotypical or caricature-like Asians, which is a refreshing change and possibly part of the reason for their success.
Over the years, their ‘shorts’ (short films) have evolved from the simple and fun uploads to very well crafted works. One thing that Lil’ Bro and I agree on is that regardless of story-line, the Wong Fu cinematography is well executed. The angles, panning, transitions and colour tones can draw one in before the story has come into full play. Oh and it always helps when they have an awesome soundtrack!!
Scenario: Friends and family members have spent the last year listening to Ming rattle on about what her brother has been up to in Singapore. She enthusiastically shows them photos from the milestones of his army training and is always at least one hour early for these aforementioned events. Additionally, she lugs around her oversized camera and uses up 8GB of storage space taking a ludicrous number of photographs and posting them all over instagram and Facebook with extended captions.
Diagnosis: a bad case of proud older sister syndrome.
The end of semester arrived after what felt like an endless three weeks of study and exams.
Third year has definitely provided its challenges and pressure is most definitely mounting – as my Pharmacology lecturer expresses, “You guys are on the market next year”. So, between study, more study and planning for 2015 (it seems early but as usual application deadlines and New Years will arrive with little warning!!), there has been little time for anything else!
Completing my final paper on the painfully timetabled final Saturday morning of exam period, I met one of my oldest food ‘partners-in-crime’, M for brunch on this chilly Monday. Being my third visit to the increasingly famous Devon Cafe (Mama and I have have enjoyed both their brunch and lunch), I was eager to introduce M to this brunch haven. We agreed that after a hectic semester, the feeling of being able to simply “chill” over winter break (excuse the pun) was more than welcome in a widespread embrace!
My insta-surveying had me eyeing the “Ultimate Toastie” special BUT to my the disappointment of my increasingly large winter appetite, I was told that this highly photographed dish is only served on Friday to Sunday! No matter, this momentary sadness was salvaged by the prospect of trying the “Eggs Blini”; Buckwheat blini, cured king salmon, salmon caviar, broccolini, sauce Mikado and poached eggs. Usually, ‘Benedict-type’ eggs are sometimes rather heavy, but thisdish was quite the opposite. Eggs were poached to oozing perfection, blini was fluffy and slightly sweet and was complemented perfectly by a tangy sauce and delicious cured salmon. Never having seen this on a cafe menu before, I thought it was rather unique and definitely something I would recommend for poached egg enthusiasts and those looking for a dish that is not the ‘run-of-the-mill’ brunch option.