anecdote, food, Inspiration, Life, prose, Storytelling

A Ruined Lunch

While savouring contentedly the platter of food before me, I couldn’t help but notice a burly-looking Chinese man chomping his food laid over two platters. There was a mouth-watering piece of mackerel drizzled with curry on one platter and the other was filled with mounded rice, braised pig’s trotters and a salted duck egg; not forgetting the little dish containing black soya sauce. Seeing how he was enjoying his food put me to wonder if he had a clean bill of health. Just when I spooned another mouthful of rice, a stumpy pigeon drew my gaze away from him to itself as it waddled towards my feet. Instinctively, I drubbed my left foot in a bid to shoo it off. Guess what? It jumped off in flight towards the burly man, and he in turn shooed it off back to me. As all that happened too quickly, the pigeon flapped its wings in flight over my platter. “Gosh! It’s ruined,” I cried horrendously within. Try as I might, I had failed to ‘fortify’ my platter with my hands in time. And so the dust descender must’ve scattered over it from the pigeon’s feathers in its startling flight. What a ruined lunch! Thank God, I managed to finish two-thirds of it.
© Derrick Lim

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anecdote, fear, Inspiration, Life, prose, Storytelling, writing

A Gecko Fright!

Tell you a startling tale. Remember the tall grey mug, sitting on the dining table, filled with a tad bit of aloe vera juice with its jellies aplenty which you’d asked me to finish up. I drank a little intermittently but never finished it all. And when I returned to finish it off…”Blah! Lizard!” blasted in my head. Before I could take that in, the long, slender and sizable reptile darted out of the mug when lifted off the table. My eyes turned swiftly to the direction it trailed off. It startled me only a split second — it happened so rapidly — leaving no time for one to react! I bet the grey reptile was more startled than me. It actually shot out of the mug and took a nosedive descent onto the table. Before my eyes could pin down its track of escape, it took a death-defying plunge off the table and scooted off before I could recover from the startling fright. What a Lizard!
© Derrick Lim

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A Flaky Scare

Feeling the overwhelming hunger pangs while marking, I hotfooted to the kitchen for a quick bite. Opening up the tupperware containers one after another, seeking for a desirable bite of delight, I finally found two Chinese pastries with gelatinous winter melon fillings. Like popping in a pill, I opened my mouth to the widest possible to squeeze the flaky piece in to every stretchable space within. A facile feat for me! When I finally did, some flaky bits fell to the sink top; of which I didn’t expect to, for I had done the gorging as immaculately as I could, I thought. Thinking that it was the moment to savour my delight, I directed a downcast glance to see if there were anymore flaky bits fallen, escaping my sight. Lo and behold! A white ant crawling across the flakes emerged brazenly from nowhere. Yuck! A resonating disgust echoed aloud in my head. Retching it up was the thought popped up! Within seconds, the delectable pastries ended their fate not in my gut but the bin. What a palpitatng scare!
© Derrick Lim

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Ants Invasion!

Tell you something revolting this afternoon at lunch. Just when I forked up a honey-glazed chicken wing into my mouth, a colony of ants was seen crawling over the metal casserole! I cringed at its sight but with the wing still held between my teeth, as if the latter were still safe and untainted by its invasion. At the drop of a hat, I whisked the casserole off to the sink top, transferred its contents into an orange plastic plate and bam! the ants fled helter-skelter. In no time, they vanished like they had never appeared. Did I discard the wings? You tell me… 

© Derrick Lim 

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