Old and New
I have used this razor for as long as I remember, probably over a decade. The other day I left it in the shower, JC saw it, and she told me it was time to replace it (not sure why she never said anything when it’s in its usual spot on the sink). Admittedly it’s gotten pretty nasty, but I’ve always been reluctant to replace it because of cost and lack of availability. In Hong Kong, the only place I’d ever seen it was in Jasons at Gold Coast.
A few days after, I was walking through PARKnSHOP at Provident Centre. There, hanging on an otherwise empty rack all by itself was a Gillette Sensor Excel. It was a bit strange, because the entire section was otherwise completely devoid of razors (restocking maybe?). When I saw it presented to me in such a manner, I knew it was time to replace. The price turned out to be pretty good, too: HKD$34.90.
I can’t remember if the original was ever so shiny…
Enjoy these times, Geordi.
You’re the chief engineer of a starship.
And it’s a time of your life that’ll never come again.
When it’s gone, it’s gone.
Continuing from the last HK update, I wanted to write a little bit more about my cousins and aunt. When I think of them, I see Scotty giving the bit of advice above to Geordi in the Star Trek the Next Generation episode, Relics. The context is different, but the way Scotty said “When it’s gone, it’s gone.” really resonates with me. My cousins and my aunt are gone, and I will never see them again. An entire family is gone. The permanence is difficult to accept.
My father died pretty early on in my life, but even so I have a lot of fond memories of him and I can talk about these memories with my family, and they understand. I can ask my sister if she remembers the time we did this or that, and she can nod in agreement and reminisce with me. With my cousins, I can no longer do that.
I was watching some game videos when I saw one of Space Megaforce for the Super Nintendo. My cousin NVG first introduced me to this game; it was one of the earlier SNES games we played together, and every time I play it I am reminded of him. Now, there is no longer a single person that I can mention Space Megaforce to who can understand and acknowledge that time of my life that will never come again.
In the show, Scotty boarded a shuttle at the end and flew off into space, never appearing in canonical Star Trek’s 24th century again, appearing only in non-canonical novels and the reboot. I suppose I can think of it that way for my family: my cousins, my aunt, my father, and my grandpa are all together in a shuttle somewhere, and although I’ll never see them in my “canonical” life again, I’ll be able to see them in my dreams and memories.
Sunday roast chicken with vegetables
Some notes about last night’s dinner, for future reference:
1 300g pack of cut-up free-range chicken (走地雞)
1 zucchini, sliced
2 carrots (the smaller, pre-packed ones), sliced
2 potatoes (Russet, from Oregon), sliced
8 garlic cloves, couple of them smashed, rest whole
Salt, pepper, rosemary, olive oil
Temp. set at just under 200C on the dial, probably wasn’t hot enough. Try 200C next time. Also wouldn’t hurt to rotate the pan, because chicken was fine but some vegetables slightly undercooked. Another idea would be to remove chicken, stir vegetables, then cook a few more minutes. Not sure I like the “natural” flavor of free-range chicken, either. Finally, maybe try mincing some garlic to use for marinating the chicken for better flavor.