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The Simplest Aphrodisiac: Epilogue

14 February 2011


After three amazing years of food blogging on the The Simplest Aphrodisiac, the time has come for this blog to bid you adieu. I know this announcement may come as a surprise to many of you, but I assure you that a lot of thought had been put into this and I'm ready to take this important step.

The biggest reason behind this decision is a happy one. I'm proud to tell you that someone very dear and special to me recently said "Yes", not just to me but really to us, and it was a memorable moment that was filled with the purest of bliss. We're now two people very much in love, and we share something that I know I would cherish with all my heart.

The question you would probably be asking now is: what does this have to do with the blog? The answer really is related to how this blog had come about, for it was started because of someone else in the distant past. That I would expect my loved one now to share this same space (and memory) would be insensitive, if not unfair as well. No doubt this blog had also seen me through the emptiest of days as it had given me purpose in otherwise silent and unforgiving moments; this is something that I would always remember and be truly grateful for. But the story now is no longer about me alone. A new chapter in life has begun and it is time to start anew.

Understandably, this blog has more than three years' worth of painstakingly written food posts, all of which were so meticulously organised from the title down to the individual blog labels. I would be lying if I said I couldn't be bothered or don't feel anything at all at this point; indeed many hours and sleepless nights had been poured into trying to take that perfect picture as well as trying to find the perfect words to illustrate and describe each meal, each spoon or forkful, and each bite. Moreover, I have made many friends through this blog and was also thrilled to have received so many emails and notes from individuals who would have been complete strangers to me if not for our common love and interest in food.

I should let you know however that this is not really goodbye, as far as my love for eating and sharing the love for it goes. Perhaps you would be able to find my words and pictures on food elsewhere, but in a space and style that you would not normally associate with a food blog. I must admit though that I have lost some of that eagerness to snap away at my food with my cameras, having returned to enjoying food as it is as well as in the company of others. When I do take pictures it's often with my iPhone, and only because I've been quite fascinated with the artistic effects created by some of the apps that I have.

Just so I do not ramble on any further, I would just like to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement that you've shown towards me and my blog these past years. It was a fantastic ride and I enjoyed every single moment of it. Last but not least, here's wishing everyone a most loving and happy Valentine's Day :)

20 Foodie Comments:

myfoodsirens said...

Ciao, Harris! Gonna miss your posts but I know you will still be around for a meal together ya?

Have a happy Valentine's with your loved one! She is one lucky lady :)

PS: What's that delish looking chocolatey thing in the pic!!! Haha.

February 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Anonymous said...

Dear Harris,

I am sorry to see you go. I have been reading food blogs for almost a year now, mostly to learn how to cook beautiful meals, but I have been most inspired by your passion for food and art. I hope to visit Singapore this summer to experience the amazing food culture that you have portrayed here. Best of luck with your future food endeavours.

Cheers from Canada,
Jenn

February 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM
oysterdiaries said...

Congrats on finding your other half (:

Cheers to more good eats and a happy future!

February 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM
HungryTrotters said...

awww..Harris, i'm gonna miss theSimplestAphrodisiac. We'll still keep in touch and share each other's experiences and food, of course! :) And I'm just very very happy for you...and even though this blog bids adieu, TheSimplestAphrodisiac will always be my favorite (as what i've always acclaim from the start:D)

February 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Daniel said...

Wow, I'm having mixed reactions towards this news, but nonetheless I'm really happy for you overall. =)

All the best and we will catch up over a good burger soon! =)

February 15, 2011 at 1:03 AM
dot said...

HARRISS! I don't believe your blog is coming to a close. It's been one of my favourite and you've been a great blogger all this while. At the same time, what you're doign is immensely sweet, and you do sound really happy, so I'm glad for you too :) Have a very happy valentine's day!!

February 15, 2011 at 5:55 AM
Xinli said...

I am going to miss your posts so much in the future. =/

Regardless, all the best to the both of you
hopefully we can still meet up for makan sessions =)

February 15, 2011 at 7:23 AM
phoebe said...

congratulations on finding the other half :) I'm sure we'll meet up and enjoy good food together! Meanwhile, bask in love.

February 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM
PY said...

I am very happy for you and she is one lucky girl. While I surely will miss your posts but I definitely understand where you come from. So all the best in everything you do.

February 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Hungrybunny said...

Hi Harris,
Wow congrats. Whatever the reason is, I'm sure for you to give it all up must have been because shes's worth it. I hope you had a splendid Valentine's. Take care and eat well :)

February 15, 2011 at 8:43 PM
*Harris said...

Myfoodsirens: Yes I'll still be around for meals and even outings. And I must say that I'm lucky to have her as well, she's just amazing :) btw, that delish looking thing is a fried choc ball from the dunearn heh

Jenn: Thanks for reading, I'm sure you must have cooked some really good dishes in Canada :) If you need anyone to show you around (food places esp) when you're in singapore, I'd be most delighted to help :)

Oysterdiaries: Thank you :)

Hungrytrotters: Thank you Lorraine, I hope to meet you soon as well when you return. And of course, please keep in touch!

Daniel: Sure, the girlfriend likes her burgers too ;)

Dorothy: Thank you Dorothy, I too felt a bit odd to discontinue the blog so abruptly, but I suppose I'm doing it for a bigger, and more worthy cause for someone who means a lot to me. Hope to see you around!

Xinli & Phoebe: Thanks! Of course, we'll meet for makan sessions for sure. She loves food as well hehe ;)

PY: As I also replied to someone, I consider myself lucky too :) I'm still reading your blog so keep the posts coming!

Hungrybunny: Yes, she's worth it, and so deserves such a big act. Valentine's was amazing, hope you had a great one as well. Take care! :)

February 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM
cook.snap.eat.love said...

I just came across your blog, and must say that I am very inspired by it, pity that this would be the last post I will see, but I will definitely look through all your posts!

Congrats on the yes! It must have been wonderful! All the best with everything!

February 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM
*Harris said...

Thank you :) there may be a new blog in the works, but not so soon heh ;)

February 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM
Fen said...

Oops, my comment comes alittle late but it is never late to say that I am happy for you.

Definitely not about closing the blog but rather, it is always sweet to have the other half and gosh, time flies considering how long I have read your blog.

Stay happy, pamper each other and we keep in touch in fb...

All the best... and see you soon...

February 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM
*Harris said...

Fen: Thank you. Yes I will pamper her as advised heh. Time flies since we began tagging on each other's blogs, but it's nice to know that we've come some way from being fellow bloggers to friends. Hope to see you soon! :)

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