Starting the year by looking backwards: 2012 in review

WordPress sent me this report and I’m greatly surprised that there are so many viewers from all over the world reading this blog. Thank you all for the encouragement. I’ll do my best to blog more this year!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Time for a Change, Perhaps?

It’s been a while since I last posted. Even my biggest fan, DC, has given up checking back because he knows I’ve been busy with other things.

It’s not easy to keep a blog. First, other things in life complicates the time and space to write the blog posts. Up till September, it was an especially busy work schedule coupled with illness, and then death, in the family. The funny thing is how one keeps chugging on, keeping the pieces together all the way until the difficult period passes. It wasn’t till October, when things lightened up somewhat, that I thought to myself – sod it, this blog is my outlet, why feel guilty about (not) keeping it up? I gave myself the month off, telling myself that I’d start again upon return from a R&R holiday. After my return, I did indeed upload photos to Flickr and block out the outline of the posts, but felt so exhausted at the end of it that it all still lies languishing. At about the same time, a friend asked how I stock my freezer. I happily wrote out a draft when I lost concentration at work, but it swiftly morphed into a long list.

I realise that it really should be less effort to keep up this blog. I’ll write shorter posts and perhaps put the photos into a montage instead of commenting on every photo. I’ll be less crazy about making sure the posts are balanced. Sometimes I eat out more and there are more great places to write about. Other times I cook a lot and there’s lots in that department. Yet other times, there’s nowhere worth eating at and I go back to the same trusty dishes I’ve been making. What do I do in these instances?

This led into some existentialist angst on behalf of the blog – the name itself keeps me to food and travel. Shocking as it is, food and travel aren’t the sum total of my obsessions. I bought some house cleaning gadgets in the past few months and would like to share some of my extensive online research on how to buy them and not to make the same mistakes I made! I also started playing Diablo 3 a lot more, and Starcraft 2 after pre-ordering the expansion pack. I also have a garden that I’m somewhat less interested in, but I hope to start on some herbs and vegetables at some point. How do I fit all this into this blog.

A name change seems to be on the cards. Does anyone read this blog still? If you do, let me know by commenting and let me know whether I should keep the name or change it. If it’s for change, what name do you suggest?

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com 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 Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 173 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 427 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 20th with 87 views. The most popular post that day was The Hottest Chicken Wings in Singapore.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, crysta.livejournal.com, breadtopia.com, facebook.com, and google.com.sg.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for post apocalypse, basilico buffet, chongqing, apocalypse city, and deli moroccan.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

The Hottest Chicken Wings in Singapore June 2010

2

August in China: Views of Chongqing May 2009

3

Basilico Buffet January 2010
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4

Southeast Asian-Style Coca Cola Chicken Noodle Soup May 2009

5

Isetan Supermarket’s Hokkaido Fair February 2010

Public Service Announcement: Festive Season Eats

Hi all,

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your lovely comments. The next few posts are going to focus on festive eating, partly because I have a glut of entries from the past Christmas, (birthday) and New Year eating, and partly because I’m having some technical problems with my travel photos.

OK fine I’ll tell you the story: I just changed computers and switched back from Ubuntu to Windows 7. The problem is that the two systems aren’t compatible and when I tried to transfer files using my portable hard drive, Windows 7 didn’t like it at all and formatted the hard drive instead. To make things worse, my old computer decided that it’s not going to start up anymore. Guess what, my travel photos are all inside the old computer.

I’m probably going to bribe ask someone over for a meal and to fix the problem for me. Anyone? 😉

In the mean time, it’s only eat and cook entries for a while till things get fixed. Happy eating and cooking!

Eat well, be well,

Wai San x