Friday, April 4, 2014

Sweet turnovers | Agony of love


I chanced upon this dessert stall on a beach in Pangkor Island, Malaysia. The pancake is known as Apam Balik. I think the word Apam has an Indian origin. Balik means turnover. This dessert is something like apple turnovers, only that the filling comprises of sweet corn and ground peanuts. According to a dear friend of mine, Singaporeans call it Kuih Pulau Pinang, after my hometown Penang. Some Singaporeans must be obsessed with Penang, LOL!

Seeing the stall reminded me of the coconut pancakes known as tourments d'amour sold on the beaches of Les Saintes island, near Guadaloupe. Wives of fisherman would make them while waiting for their men to come home, hence the name 'agony of love'.

Love is sweet. It should not be agonizing, though it sometimes is. It's in your heart and no one can take it away from you because it is Allah who places it in there in the first place. If it agonizes you too much then maybe it's not it. Maybe it's something you had and not have anymore. Maybe it's over.

"Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had."
- Women of History

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