Wandering Wednesday#13: The end

The End

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I’ve had fun with this series – 12 weeks of sharing some of the places and themes I discovered on the world wide web. I learnt a lot of things along the way, like creation myths in various cultures and the power that music has on us, I found some great recipes and cool places to read books online.

But all good things must come to an end, and so must this series. I might post more of these if the mood strikes, though the chances of that are slim.

As they say, when something ends, something new begins, and I already have a new series planned, so keep an eye out for it!

In the meantime, here’s The Doors with their beautiful song, The End. Enjoy!

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Wandering Wednesday #12: Comics!

Whenever I find myself stressed out or bored, with no way of escaping the confines of my cubicle at work, and with limited net surfing options – I can understand why they’d block Facebook and Twitter, but WordPress to? That sucks! – I find myself turning to the few online comic sites that do get past the firewall. So this Wednesday, allow me to share some of the strips that have made me laugh out loud at work!

Regular readers of my blog would know that I have a cat, so this first strip was one I could relate to immediately. But I’m sure you’ll crack up reading Cat vs internet by The Oatmeal whether or not you’re cat owned.

This next site is especially for women. Created by Cathy Thorne, Everyday People cartoons are a hilarious take on women, and on the people who love and annoy them!

And then of course, there’s Dilbert, who will never let the joy go out of work! 😉

If you thought all I did at work was fun and games, think again. I give serious consideration to the important matter of ensuring that the Is are dotted and Ts are crossed. As an editor, I find that a lot of people have problems with the apostrophe. If you’re one of them, then this is for you!


Oh, and before I forget…there are those cute black and white love is cartoons too, and there’s…Archies and …

I’m sure there are plenty more! Have you got any favorite comic sites to share?

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Wandering Wednesday #11: The power of music

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Music is the language of the soul, says a popular adage. Now, scientists are finding that this may actually be true.

Researchers have found that recreational music-making and drumming can improve immunity, and daily sessions of voluntary music-guided slow breathing can significantly reduce blood pressure. Here are 7 Ways Music Breaks Can Improve Your Health.

Ever wondered Why Music Makes You Happy? Researchers have found the answer – listening to music triggers the brain to release the happiness chemical dopamine.

Does this inspire you to go make music? If you’re anything like me, you’d say “Me? Make music? Sure, if you want to clear the room!” Help is at hand for us non-musicians in the form of a cool iPhone app called “La Di Da” that creates music using “reverse karaoke.” You sing into the iPhone, then the computer program writes the music in the appropriate key and even auto tunes your voice for you. You can read more about the app and watch it in action here.

Have you ever experienced the stress-busting/mood changing effects of music?

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Wandering Wednesday #10: Creation stories

Title page of a manuscript of the Prose Edda, ...

Title page of a manuscript of the Prose Edda, showing Odin, Heimdallr, Sleipnir and other figures from Norse mythology Image via Wikipedia

It’s fascinating to read about the creation myths from various countries and cultures, old and new.

Norse mythology believes that Odin created the world from Ymir’s dead body – Ymir’s blood was the sea; his flesh, the earth; his skull, the sky; his bones, the mountains; his hair, the trees.

The Egyptian creation myth, meanwhile, has a decidedly new age ring to it. They believe that that in the beginning, there was only Nu, swirling watery chaos, out of which rose Atum, the sun god of the city of Heliopolis. Atum is believed to have created himself, using his thoughts and will.

And according to the Navajo creation story, we currently live in the Fourth World, which was formed following some important events in three underworlds.

The Native American (Blackfoot) creation myth tells of how the order of life and death was decided — the decision was taken based on weather a rock would float in the water or sink!

Do you have a creation myth in your culture? Here’s a Hindu creation story.

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Wandering Wednesday #9: Christmas treats!

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Danish Christmas tree

With Christmas just round the corner, I’m sure you’ve all got your trees up and your shopping done. Now, it’s time to think about the Christmas feast!

Christmas in India is incomplete without plum cake – I can eat huge quantities of it in a single sitting! This year, how about trying out this divine looking German plum cake – a new twist to an old tradition – or then try baking an Indian plum cake.

You could give your celebrations a French twist this year with this yummy bûche de Noël or Chocolate Yule Log cake.

With the weather outside growing colder, there’s nothing more delightful than a glass of warm mulled wine. I also found  a recipe for a chilled mulled wine – not sure if it’s for me, but you could certainly give it a try if you like!

With drinks and desert out of the way, it’s time to think about the main course!

How about this flavorful mustard and maple syrup glazed ham, or a fiery, Goan Pork Vindaloo served over boiled rice? If you’d rather take the roasted route, try out this Italian rosemary garlic roast turkey, or keep things simple, with this yummy Chicken with New Potatoes.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions and treats?

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Wandering Wednesday #8: Altered books

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While browsing the internet at office one day about 7 years ago, I came across some fantastic altered book artists. A little research and digging around on what altered books are and how to create them threw up one interesting statement for me — when it comes to making altered books, there are no rules! At that time, I didn’t consider myself to be creative…I had repressed those instincts deep inside. But as I went through some altered artists’ websites and read about altered books and how to make them, I was in love!



– Altered art page from Life 101 by Modern Gypsy. See more pages on Shutterbug.

An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. They may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. –  Wikipedia.com 

Sounds interesting? Then why don’t you try making your very own altered art in just 60 minutes!

As you learn more altered book techniques, or how-tos for any other form of collage or paper arts, you might find it helpful to create a techniques book to list out the process and experiment with the technique.

If you need some inspiration for more altered projects, Ink Stain Roni has a fabulous theme list that is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

And if you’re like me, you’ll love the eye candy on these two artists’ websites:

You can also take a peek at some of my altered art book spreads on my photoblog, Shutterbug.

Hope you enjoyed this little altered book tour!

Do you do any paper arts or other art and craft projects?

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Wandering Wednesday #7: Meet Paulo Coelho

The tribes challenge at SITS helped us form some great bloggy relationships. I’ve already done one blog post swap with Jacki. Now I’ve done a guest post for Meaghan! Read what I wrote on her blog here, and don’t forget to check out her blog while you’re at it!

Moving on to the Wandering Wednesday post…

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Paulo Coelho is one of the most influential authors of this century. He is also one of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed all of his books – be it his best-selling The Alchemist, which has spent 150 weeks on the New York Times Bestselling list and is one of the Top 20 Bestselling Books from all times,  or the beautifully romantic By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept, or the powerful 11 Minutes. Needless to say, I also keep up with Coleho’s blog. Here are some of my favorite posts from Paulo Coelho’s blog.

If you read Coelho, you’ll know that he talks a lot about personal legends. But what is a personal legend and how do you find it? Read The hero’s journey to find an interesting summary of the journey each and everyone of us must undertake if we want to live a live that justifies our existence and face our Personal Legend.

In The four forces, Coelho presents four short tales that illustrate how building our soul requires Four Invisible Forces, namely love, death, power and time.

What is happiness? is a question that most of us have grappled with, including Coelho, who shares his thoughts on this question in this interesting post.

I love the way Coelho shares his thoughts and time with his fans. In Twenty years later: Between Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, Coelho shares snippets of this thoughts, almost in diary fashion, as he travels through Siberia on a 90-day pilgrimage to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first time he followed the Road to Santiago.

So, who is your favorite author? If you’re a Paulo Coelho fan, which of his book(s) do you like best?

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Wandering Wednesday #6: Food for thought

Ever since my college days, when I was pursuing a Masters in Mass Communication, I’ve loved feature writing – right from coming up with a topic to researching it and writing a piece. Lately, I’ve read quite a few interesting articles that made me pause…that made me rethink my world view…

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For instance, how many times have we heard the phrase: “think happy thoughts!” Self-help books and  self-styled gurus try to tell us that we must change our negatives into positives to bring about a transformation in our circumstances. But did you know that research has shown that positive thinking can be downright harmful in some cases? Don’t just gasp, go on and find out Why positive thinking is bad for you.

Once you’ve figured that one out, come back and find out what is The problem with happiness. I’ll give you a clue – the more importance you place on being happy, the more unhappy and depressed you become.

Have you ever wondered how you think about your life? Is it a well-planned life, where you invest time in finding a clear purpose; or a summoned life, where you examine each concrete situation by sensitive observation and situational awareness? Find out in The summoned self.

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The digital age has given rise to a whole lot of new words – such as Tweetup – that have become so popular that they’ve made it into the dictionary! Want to immortalize a “new” word of your own? How about going In search of a new word for Married?

Could you come up with a new English word, or did you find yourself leaning toward coining a new word in your mother tounge? Does that make you wonder if maybe your mother tongue places some restrictions on your ability to think? Find out! Does your language shape how you think?

Have you come across any interesting features recently? Thoughts on any of these articles? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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Wandering Wednesday #5: What's cooking?


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I don’t know about you, but I enjoy looking for interesting recipes online (it’s another matter that I don’t cook too often, but hey, I can look!) so, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes with you.

My all-time favorite soul food is prawn rice, a recipe I learnt from a Madhur Jaffrey cook book (I forget the name now). The husband, though, loves chinese sytle noodles, and I just came across a really simple recipe from The Local Cook for a chicken stir fry with noodles. Gotta try this out on the weekend!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I need to have exact proportions and measurements to get things right. Which is why I love Mom Food Project’s recipe for three different consistencies of white sauce. No more lumpy white sauce in my baked veggies, yay!

When it comes to all things sweet (and sinful) you can be sure that I’ll be at the head of the line! One of my favorite bread spreads is Nutella — it’s absolutely divine! But if you’re bored of just spreading it out on toast, try out this amazingly simple Nutella bread pudding by ovenhaven and get transported to Nutella heaven!  

Hope these recipes entice you to go into your kitchen and cook!

Got any favorite recipes you’d like to share? You know I’d love to see them, so drop me a line in the comments!

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Wandering Wednesday #4: It's all about books

Old Leather Books-- Thomas Love Peacock

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Want to read something, but stuck for ideas? Take a look at my bookshelf!

You could also look at Random House’s list of Top 100 books – both novels and non-fiction. Or try Biblomania’s free online literature.

If classic literature is more your style, head over to Planet eBook and download them for free!

Don’t want to download? Then head over to 101 Zen Stories and read stories online!

Hope you enjoy visiting these sites as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you!

Do you have any favorite sites that you’d like to share?

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