Monday, August 28, 2006

The closed loop

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In college, organic chemistry was my favourite subject. It was not because it was interesting, nor because it had real world applications.

I loved it because it appeared so difficult. The amount of equations, processes and reaction steps that one needed to know was frightful. Fortunately, I chanced upon an underlying structure (out of many others, no doubt) to all those migrating electrons and apparitional bonds. It should not surprise anyone- it was electro-negativity. Instead of relying on the brute force of memory, I had the periodic table to help me. The universe ceased to be a mystery- it was 42.

After that, I moved on, and went on to study mechanical engineering. Organic chemistry, although an interesting experience, appeared to have been nothing more than a sightseeing detour.

Three years later, a small part of organic chemistry finally became applicable in my life. I made chilli oil.

Okay, enough of that rubbish. I made chilli oil yesterday, this time a larger quantity that before, and with an interesting twist on the side.

Also ready is a small quantity of Szechuan pepper oil made by heating dried pepper husks (花椒) in very hot oil for about 10 minutes. The vat of chilli oil will be doped with a prudent quantity of pepper oil to give it a tinge of lip-numbing effect.

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On a more personal front, my family and a large bunch of relatives (of about 18 people) are making enquiries towards a trip to Beijing somewhere this December.

2 days ago, they were having a dinner together when I exchanged a few text messages with my mother.
Having dinner in Renaissance Hotel with Chongs, Loongs and guests from Malacca. […] We all miss you.
Send my regards to them all. The grapevine tells me of a trip to Beijing. Sounds fantastic. Can you all please get me a quote too?
They say the same to you. By the way, quote for 1 or 2? (WTH...)
Don’t care 1, 2 or 9. Can get the quote in a quantity-invariant form, such as cost per unit participant.
To share a room is cheaper than single occupancy!!
That sounds something the aunts would say. Send her a snort and a grimace.
Ya, actually your aunts dictated that massage to me. Guess you know only too well how their minds work.
Stopped by at Sabrina’s house after dinner, just got back 1 hour ago. JLee came to sleep over, with just a toothbrush in her hand. She is so cute. Tomorrow we’re all going to Jonathan’s birthday.

Damn, how I miss their company. I’m going to Beijing.

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Blogger Wuching said...

red hot chilli peppers!

8:37 am, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Dr. Tan said...

Wicked! Do try to come.
I'll be needing *counts*
flash head,
more batts
more cards

11:30 am, August 28, 2006  
Blogger 小李飞刀 said...

Lol, Szechuan chilli oil...

Looks like somebodies taste bud is being domesticated.

1:28 pm, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Yes, they are hot. Very hot.
I like.

Dr Tan:
That's a lot of kit. Do not forget the notebook and a lot of hard disc real estate. And a suitable plug adaptor.

And the camera body.

Little Lee:
I wouldn't say 'domesticated'. It is more like 'found an interesting additive'.

1:52 pm, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Dr. Tan said...

Shouldn't be too hard. I'm getting a nice cam/notebook bag soon already.

Oh, also maybe a tripod (you will provide this I know), chargers.

6:22 pm, August 28, 2006  
Anonymous kyels said...

I like the first picture.


11:50 pm, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Dr Tan:
I only have two tripods. We have way more than two cameras.

Thank you! And welcome to my little home. Some tea for you?

12:19 am, August 29, 2006  
Blogger plink said...

Did you really ask your mother to quote in 'a quantity-invariant form'?

One or two?


2:55 am, August 29, 2006  
Blogger xromantica said...

thanks, lao chen :)

love the chilli pictures.

12:49 pm, August 29, 2006  
Blogger plink said...

You've been tagged.


6:16 pm, August 29, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

'Quantity-invariant form' sounds so cool doesn't it? Yes, i used that phrase.


TQ. Thanks for droping by.


7:18 pm, August 30, 2006  

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