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My Asia trip picture on Stylist Magazine website (finally)

Just a quick post to let you know that finally I got my head around the over 2,000 pictures from my trip and will be starting the “Asia F-Diaries” (more like memories, by now) VERY SOON. (I promise. Trust me. There are two posts already in my backlog. Really. I swear on Marina O’Loughlin’s pen- or should I say fork? ;).

Note: this post has been edited after Stylist kindly agreed to link to my blog from their website. thanks! 

What really got me over the edge and finally overcame my writer’s block is that today Stylist Magazine published one of my pictures from Malaysia on their website Travel Section. Here it is:

Malaysia Kelantan underground chicken kampung kulim

In October 2012 I travelled across Asia. One night in Kelantan, a Northern Malaysia state bordering Thailand, I ate at a roadside joint where two old men have been cooking “underground chicken” for 25 years. Chicken is marinated in spices, cooked over coconut husk charcoal under a tin and swiftly chopped. No sauces, no cutlery. A piece of history on a banana leaf.


In October 2012 I travelled across Asia. One night in Kelantan, a Northern Malaysia state bordering Thailand, I ate at a roadside joint where two old men have been cooking “underground chicken” for 25 years. Chicken is marinated in spices, cooked over coconut husk charcoal under a tin and swiftly chopped. No sauces, no cutlery. A piece of history on a banana leaf.[/caption]

I though- if this picture is good enough for Stylist, well, it’s good enough for the blog- and actually my blog readers should be seeing it first.  So here it is- with the same caption I sent to Stylist (which i am quite proud they published).

Another big factor pushing me to finally start writing was taking part in a collective “blogging session” called #Blogbash – it’s a nice and creative concept by blogger network @NuffnangX, bringing bloggers together not just for food drinks and self-PR, but around what should be the real focus- writing/photographing for our blogs. We sat together around a table at @TheLuxe_ (Spitalfield), and tried to clear some of our posts backlog by writing a post within the time limit of a dinner. A great idea and a super fun evening!

P.S. As I said, Stylist after my complaint agreed to place a link to my blog alongside my post. I love Stylist as much as the next woman in London with half a brain, but I still think this should be a default policy. Now, I don’t want to enter into the evergreen debate on whether and how bloggers should be compensated when writing/taking pictures/ producing content for brands and publisher. . I don’t want to get competitive and angry and bitter about this blogging thing- just today I learnt that BitchBuzz, one of my favourite blogs, is closing down because its editor Cate Sevilla admits that the market is saturated, and she’s tired of the bitchiness and competition. I am nowhere near the fame and traffic of the Bitch Buzz ladies, yet I feel the pressure as well- and I don’t want that.

So I promise- I will be writing again and more extensively about the “Underground Chicken” of Kelantan, this time just for myself – but most of all for you.

 

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One Comment

  1. What I didn’t realize was how much better Asian food could be than what my experience of it was. A lot of Chinese cuisine in America is actually nothing like the traditional style. It is much too greasy, and dominated by a simple array of flavors that doesn’t really capture the complexity of Asian cooking.`

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