2010 in review

In recollections on January 3, 2011 by carinasuyin

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 360 posts. There were 11 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 22nd with 106 views. The most popular post that day was dan yuan ren chang jiu.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dan yuan ren chang jiu, young little girls, kolam, bridal shower decorations, and bridal shower decor.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


dan yuan ren chang jiu December 2006


kindred spirits October 2006


warabe ningyo September 2006


links November 2006


WWW i seek you love June 2008



barley and popcorns

In bits & pieces on January 2, 2011 by carinasuyin

waxflower mirth


Anoche cuando dormía

In poetry on January 1, 2011 by carinasuyin

It was a most lovely evening of great conversations and winsome tableaux; Glee bonding, delicious Louisiana-style BBQ shrimps, a sweet shy cat named Freda, and a beautiful fresh mint leaves steeping in a mug on a green IKEA HAMPEN rug – look closely and you’ll see wisps of steam spelling out J-O-Y… haaa… I awoke today with happy thoughts and made peace with the awful state of mind that shadowed Christmas. The pursuit of happiness continues anew…

Anoche cuando dormía
de Antonio Machado

Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que una fontana fluía
dentro de mi corazón.
Di, ¿por qué acequia escondida,
agua, vienes hasta mí,
manantial de nueva vida
de donde nunca bebí?
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que una colmena tenía
dentro de mi corazón;
y las doradas abejas
iban fabricando en él,
con las amarguras viejas,
blanca cera y dulce miel.
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que un ardiente sol lucía
dentro de mi corazón.
Era ardiente porque daba
calores de rojo hogar,
y era sol porque alumbraba
y porque hacía llorar.
Anoche cuando dormía
soñé, ¡bendita ilusión!,
que era Dios lo que tenía
dentro de mi corazón.

Last night as I was sleeping
by Antonio Machado
Translated into English by Katie King

Last night as I was sleeping
– blessed vision! – I dreamt
of a fountain that was rippling
deep within my heart.
Tell me, what is this hidden aquifer,
water, flowing up to me,
spring of new life
which never before did I drink?

Last night as I was sleeping
– blessed vision! – I dreamt
of a beehive that was nesting
deep within my heart;
and the golden bees
inside it,
from old bitterness weave
pure white comb and honey sweet.

Last night as I was sleeping
– blessed vision! – I dreamt
that a brilliant sun was burning,
deep within my heart.
It was brilliant because it lent
the warmth of home aglow,
and it was sun because it showed the light
and because it made the teardrops flow.

Last night as I was sleeping
– blessed vision! – I dreamt
that it was God that I had glowing
deep within my heart.


everything is illuminated

In love on December 18, 2010 by carinasuyin

At so many junctures on the individual paths that we have each taken to arrive at today, we could have made that decision or been given the opportunity to walk down another road.. and that would have led to an entire different reality. We are at where we are today on our own various terms, convictions and different measures of courage. Yet, the future that we now pledge to build together is hardly one found on our solo efforts alone.

It would be so romantic to say that the series of events and acquaintances has been predetermined but it is so much more meaningful to know that this has been a journey guided and accompanied by many a loving friend; blessed by wonderful families that were quick to love and to embrace a new son, daughter, brother and sister; and made wiser by past relationships and experiences that illuminated, drained, exalted and humbled.

The fifth glass of wine lingers warmly in my veins while these beautiful emo songs make me wish I could warble it out loud… truly I tell you, this is all the reason I need to be eternally grateful and to love you more than I could ever promise.

Oh I do believe
In all the things you see
What comes is better than what came before


pad thai promise

In love on December 6, 2010 by carinasuyin

Two years ago, we went for a cooking class at Mai Kaidee. I was showing you how to stir-fry vegetables in the little wok and turned to see if you were watching, only to catch you standing there in your apron, looking at me, silly and happy.

Much later that night, as we watch the colourful characters of Soi Sukhumvit 11, under the soft pink neon lights away from the pulsating bass inside, you told me you’ll cook pad thai for me someday when you ask me to marry you. My mind was telling me maybe it’s the wine talking, but my heart had melted like palm sugar in a glass bowl on top a saucepan of boiling water…


cracks me up

In conversations on November 30, 2010 by carinasuyin

2:23 pm Me: Irene in labour d since 10 am this morning. Isaac Wong is on his way 🙂
3:34 pm John: Well done.

7:37 pm Me: Baby not out yet! Poor Irene!
8:00 pm John: No rush

8:21 pm Me: Baby is here!
8:49 pm John: Yay



In bits & pieces on November 17, 2010 by carinasuyin

Phat-E in my favourite corner at home