Menu for Friday, 2/19/10
Breakfast: Cold cereal (non-fat milk and Honey Bunches of Oats cereal) and hot Kombucha Green Tea (lightly sweetened w/ Stevia sweetener)
Lunch: Mom’s Tuna Sandwich on multi-grain loaf bread and hot Honeybush milk tea (w/ vanilla soy milk and lightly-sweetened with orange blossom honey)
Dinner: Fried Daing na Bangus (marinated milkfish), Sinigang Bangus (milkfish soup (stew?)), white rice (Mom still refuses to have brown rice, which is healthier for diabetic people), and fresh cold water.
After Dinner: hot double rooibos red milk tea and popcorn (while watching the Olympics on TV. I still don’t understand why we can’t watch it live when we’re on the exact same time zone as Vancouver, Canada… :roll: )
I think everyone’s already aware but there were a few public blog sites, such as Livejournal, VOX, and such that were also offering their users to have their entries published in to a book, whether if it’s for your keepsake, a gift to your family and friends, or even attempt to sell them commercially and see if you’re worthy enough as a writer to be a best-selling author of pure randomness. There are writers who do write personal memoirs of themselves and then get published. There are some writers who write commentaries of important issues (whether they may be social or political) and still get published. There are even everyday bloggers who earn so many user hits every day that the number of hits can also determine their right to be considered a worthy author to be published, and thus many of them write ideas and lists of topics every blogger can blog. They’re pretty helpful, I admit, as I own a few, somewhat.
I brought this subject up because I went back to reading the English translation of an ancient Japanese work of literature, The Pillow Book by Heian Era palace court lady Sei Shounagon. I’ve already wrote a pre-review of the book since I only read the first few pages. However, just by reading the first entries (or passages, as the translator referred them as) I can already tell that this is one of the very rare ancient texts that consisted of pure randomness. Despite of that, the book also gave us a good insight of how life was like as a member of the Imperial court at the time period of cultural flourishing, known as Heian Era. Call it the peaceful period of cultural bling-blings among the higher-class people at that time.
Sei Shounagon began writing these random passages when the empress whom she was serving handed her extra pieces of paper who didn’t know what to do with it. The court lady gladly accepted it and thus began writing these passages/entries for her own personal amusement. Her style of writing can be considered common among many blogs (being witty, lyrical and humorous) today, but back in those days it was something fresh and brand-new to society. Traditional-minded scholars and even some members of the Imperial Court thought it was something non-artistic and some were even annoyed by Sei Shonagon’s tone of voice through her writings. Nevertheless, she covered several themes in short stories or even just a few sentences per passage/entry. Themes includes society in general, love, nature, family, friendship, certain people, general culture, foreign cultures (mainly China) and just your everyday monotonic gossip.
I admit that after reading some passages from the book I felt inspired to adapt the various general themes she used for my own blog. The thing is that I have to be seriously inspired to write about any one of those themes. In some passages Sei Shounagon wrote had short poetry in them, which differs herself from most regular bloggers today. Most of us in general just don’t seem to have a lyrically-artistic mind for us to write some witty poetry that describes the overall tone and meaning of the entry written, but there are probably some in which they would have some type of lyrical prose and poetry as one entry. Anyway.
Been writing too much in this particular entry. Written to break the boredom period I’m experiencing right now.