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Anyway, after two days of recuperating from such strenuous activity, I ventured out to the pool again. But not before my pit stop at Sports World again to get a cotton based hair cap, new set of ear plugs, ankle braces and as an after thought, knee braces too. If only I could show you how I looked and felt that day. So many tumultuous emotions, so many self inflicted facial expressions. I am sure if the producers of 'Ugly Betty' were around they would have snapped me up in a jiffy and renamed their show 'Fat Jetty'. So while all this is going on, my proper swimming suit has arrived. I shy away from looking at the tag only because it has so many X's on it. Though now at least I blend in the costume department with all the other swimmers, but I tell you... I so match with Willy the whale too. We are also colour co-ordinated. My costume is black and my cellulite riddled arms and legs white (if I say so myself), and so is Willy. Black on top with a white belly. So as the movie is named 'Free Willy'. I also every night make a mental movie named 'Free Me' from such a sad bondage.
Don't worry diary, I am not going to get all weepy on you now. It is just my hormones acting up. I have to stop being so loquacious. I guess I am done talking to you diary. If only you could write back I would give you my e-mail address only to know your opinion on my rantings. Well...what the hell...I will give it to you anyway. Miracles do happen. So here goes...firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing from you. So have a good day the Sam Q way!
Chicken sausages, cheese and pineapple rolls
Traffic light pasta salad
Sticky chicken drumsticks
Vietnamese style light summer sandwich
As stuffing you can use cooked chicken, tuna, salmon, boiled eggs, sausages and salamis.
As spreads you can use, low-cal mayonnaise, cream cheese, ketchup sweet chilli same, mustard, hummus.
As fillers you can use, lettuce, herbs, coriander, chopped celery, tomato, grated carrot, grated cheese.
Spiced coconut prawn stir-fry
Born in the USA
FROM 14 to 20 May, Bithika Restaurant, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel will feature an array of American food that is sure to please palates. American food has changed and developed for over the last 500 years. From colonial classics to modern day trend setting dishes, American delicacy encompasses a divine history as well as vast flavours and textures. Check out what Bithika has on offer and tantalise your taste buds. For more information or reservations please call # 8330001, ext. 4221.
THE European Commission Delegation to Bangladesh organised the second Euro-Bangla Fusion Students Chef Competition on 6 May 2008. Starting in 2007, it has been an annual competition open to all institutions involved in chef training. The main purpose of the event is to help students innovate and create new recipes involving European and Bangla culinary art. Habiba Binte Mahmud won first prize in the 'Main Dish' while Md Azizur Rahman snatched the laurel in the 'appetizer' category.
Of lobsters & pastas
PAN Pacific Sonargaon welcomes you to a celestial dining arrangement with a delicious variety of Italian entrées like pasta, ravioli, and spaghetti with lobster- a gastronomical treat for foodies! The festival will continue untill 14 May 2008 with a sumptuous variety of dishes at CIAO, from 6 pm - 11 pm everyday. The cuisine is purely Italian so that you can take a welcome break from regular food, and at the same time, feel right at home. The meal comes in a-la-cart menu with a range of ten dishes. There is also the option to go to the live cooking station and order your choice of food. For reservations, please contact # 8111005 - 4240.
Ode to Sarah
IF I were a poet, I would definitely have written a poem or two by now. But a poet I am not, and oceans of verses I've never penned. But, Sarah, you inspire me in such emotions that I've never felt before you came along.
Sarah, the day your ma told me she was expecting you, I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. I was excited beyond words. But all I could do was tell her she needed to see a doctor straight away. I took her to my friend, Dr. Shahana, who confirmed that you were on your way in about eight months time.
As days passed I came to welcome you as an entity and called you my Shonapakhi. When your ma sent a text saying, “you are probably having a granddaughter”, joy and excitement knew no bounds. I went wild and on a shopping spree for girlie stuff and couldn't stop smiling.
Time flew and it was time for you to make a royal entrance. As your ma screamed in pain, I held on to her hand and waited for you to come, comforting her and chanting prayers at the same time. Then you presented yourself...a little bundle of joy. You had such lovely, grey eyes and long, black hair. You were a total antithesis to the wrinkly, frowning, bald baby that I was expecting. You were, no doubt, the most beautiful newborn I had ever seen. And you were so small and helpless; I couldn't help but feel protective towards you.
You were born on Mother's Day, 2007. What better gift could a mother want from her daughter than a lovely, little granddaughter?
A year has passed since then. A complete year! Imagine that. In the meantime you've managed to do a lot of things. You took your time to roll over, to sit on your own, or to crawl. But, you've shown us that you aspire for greater things. You walked at eleven months and you say so many things now. And your mind...you have a very strong mind of your own. You drive us all around with your invisible noose around our necks.
My day starts with turning the cell phone alarm off and kissing your little face on my mobile display and your face is the last thing I picture as I doze off at night. You take up most of my waking memory. You're the very essence of my life.
Shonapakhi, my darling Shonapakhi, you're always going to be privileged as far as your Jan bhai and I'm concerned. You're our first grandchild and a very important part of us. And on this day, your first birthday, we pray to Almighty Allah for you and wish the very best of everything that life has to offer you.
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