Ranjanidevi, Winner of Top Chef (Desserts)

Desserts have always been my Achilles heel, so when asked to cover the winners of Top Chef Monash, I immediately jumped at the chance to interview Ranjanidevi Kannan’s (@randeedeeeeee) winning plate, aptly named: The Decadent Trio, which, as the name suggests consists of a beautiful brownie trio of the following flavours: salted maple brownie, white…

Ridma, Winner of Top Chef (Veg and Non-Veg)

On 25th september, MUSA announced the “Top” chef event which was one of the few virtual events in Monash. Students from all schools were encouraged to participate in the 4 day event. I had the privilege  of being able to interview Ridma who was one of the participants and the winner for not one but…

Amanda, Winner of Top Chef Appetizer

One of the contestants for this year’s Top Chef Competition is Amanda Tan, a first year first semester student pursuing Psychological Science. For this competition, she had prepared an extraordinary four course meal for the judges. However, the main focus of this interview is on her scrumptious appetiser. Her dish is a mini 3-way egg…

Midnight Memoirs: Wonder

We can sail away tonight On a sea of pure moonlight We can navigate the stars  To bring us back home  In a place so far away We’ll be young, that’s how we’ll stay                                                                              -Neverland, Finding Neverland-Broadway recording, 2015 To all the outcasts, the dreamers, the journeymen, and the wanderers. We are all searching the…

Midnight Memoirs: On The Shore

It was new year’s, I was a fledgling to drinking and yeah.. You can guess how it ended. My face firmly planted on the ground but the weird shit didn’t happen when I was awake, it happened in my dreams and I have never been filled with such existential dread as I was after that…

Midnight Memoirs: As Long As You Do It Well

Wow, so blue. I’ve never seen such a pristine sky. The floating white cotton-candy clouds scattered in the bright blue looked like islands where angels belonged. Standing in a 35-degree weather with a crop top and denim shorts, I waited for my boyfriend to pick me up. In just a day, I was flying off…

MONCH @ Halab KL

Right in the heart of KL, stood Halab, a Middle-Eastern restaurant that offered a whole host of Syrian, Yemeni, and Arabian-inspired dishes. We visited Halab during the afternoon, and given the long queues, we had seen just a while away, for Halab KL’s famous shawarma, it was clear we were at the right place. In…

Humans of Monash: Nic

When I was in primary school, I really wanted to impress this girl. So, I was like ‘Wouldn’t it be sick if I wrote a song for her?’ But turns out I did not sing her a song, in fact, I showed no one that song but I was like you know what? It’s kinda…

ESCAPISM: Turbulence

Taking in the fresh air and the coolness of the evening breeze, it seemed cruel that, in the midst of admiring the beauty in nature, I am reminded of the bitter reality I can’t seem to escape. What is reality, if you ask? I don’t know: you tell me.  As if the world only asks…

MONCH! Wizards at Tribeca’s Magical Fusion Food

A pastiche of Western and Eastern dishes has become a common feature of the trendy KL cafe. That being said, Wizards at Tribeca and its gastronomical treats set itself apart from the typical café food many have come to expect. This should come as no surprise, given that it is the heart-work of the same…

LGBTQ Corner: The Gift

“I have a gift for you.”  I couldn’t quite tell if I was happy or scared. She refused to tell me what this gift that was chained and secured with the most sophisticated lock was as if it was caging a yet-to-be-known creature. Even I, the greatest locksmith of the heart, wasn’t able to crack…

LGBTQ Corner: Yes, sex is cool but…

I worry sometimes that I would never receive the love they write about in books, the one’s they make movies about, because everything I’ve ever seen has always revolved around the aspect of sex. Sex has been a topic rarely discussed in my neck of the woods, and when it was brought up, I found…

Hello, Future

“Hello,  future.”  The words echo into oblivion. The silence was  loud and deafening, but I know someone, or something out there, is listening to me.  “It was rather impolite of me, isn’t it? if i don’t offer you a greeting.”  Again, no response. Fair enough.  “I’m aware of my. . . lack of manners in…

Hello Future: Struggling

An anxious anecdote of mine.  We all have big dreams and big thrills.  Get all As  Get into a good university  Graduate with all HDs  Get a good job, 5 figure salary and above only  Marry before they call you an old maid  Have a family  I’m now 20 and I’ve just barely ticked off…