Monday, January 12, 2015

DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN

(music: Shake it Out - Capital Children's Choir)


I just discovered the live version of the CCC's Shake it Out cover. It sounds almost the same but I think I still prefer the studio recording (below).


It's probably the little boy who anchors the entire thing and is so awkward with his little hands. So adorbz.

Last night, I met Han and we dined at Nox: Dine in the Dark. We've always been fascinated by the dining-in-the-dark concept ever since we saw it in About Time, a movie that we watched together and both liked.

We were guided by our blind host (all the hosts are blind and therefore are much more attuned in their other senses), Rahamat, up a dark unlit staircase so we wouldn't be able to see the upstairs dining room at all, and by the time we were led to our chairs/tables, the darkness had consumed us.

It was actually pitch black, like blacker than when you close your eyes right now (because the light off of the device you're reading this on is still resonating somewhere behind your eyelids). Han kept saying she didn't know whether her eyes were open or closed.

There were three tables of two in our group, and we all stretched out our hands and listened intently to feel and hear how far away from one another we were placed.

We were served three courses with four dishes each. We had four smalls of appetisers, four bowls of main courses and four bowls of desserts. It was the most interesting meal I'd ever had in my life, and I loved it.

We were supposed to guess what we were eating, and some of it delighted us "oooh! omg! yay!" and some disgusted us "eee! what is this! tastes funny! I don't like, wanna switch bowls?"

As we weren't able to see, we had to bring the bowls to our mouths and just scoop/shove the little morsels of food onto our tongues.

I liked the smoked duck, I loved tasting a little tang of wasabi in one of the salads, smelled balsamic vinegar, there was lots of textured foods so our tongues would be able to appreciate the crunchiness of rice crackers, or roughly chopped nuts, we had abalone which we guessed wrongly was octopus. We also had foie gras, macarons and earl grey panna cotta for dessert.

There was a couple who was dining next to us, and the woman sounded like an obnoxious know-it-all, it reminded me of myself a little. I didn't like her.

She mentioned her experience in the dine-in-the-dark restaurant in Switzerland and said stuff like "miso cod" and "can you taste the cherry in the cake" all of which were very accurate/pinpointish guesses (as revealed to us when we went down later), that even her boyfriend/date Joseph asked "have you been here before?"

Han and I asked questions like Han wondering whether blind people wear makeup, and I asked whether everything in the room was black to facilitate the darkness (our host said yes; now I wonder what material our utensils were made of, they felt like metal... maybe black metal hehe).

Han and I understand that because we were in a unique concept and we could all really hear all our conversations, so the woman in that couple (I can't even remember her name, it was always her just calling out her boyfriend: Joseph this! Joseph that!) kept remarking on our conversation.

It was slightly rude because we sensed her sarcasm at things we both said, and we're like "dude, we're best friends, we have our own internalised understanding and humour at stuff, can you not interrupt."

Because we were in complete darkness, I told Han it would be a perfect place for a "blind date" because you'd both not be focusing on each other's physical traits at all. I brought up gross things to Han like adjusting your underwear or picking your nose.

Han dropped a lot of her food on the napkin on her lap, hehehe. I took advantage of the darkness to unabashedly remove pieces of food from my braces, in the most tak glam way.

After we had all finished all our courses, the host conversed with us about his life and experience as a blind person and answered all our questions. Overall, Han and I really enjoyed the food and the service and even the annoying girl of the couple.

It was delicious, fun and I had no qualms doing it with Han because we've both seen each other at our worsts, so now we don't even need to see each other anymore. ;)

It was an expensive meal, though, but our consolation is that it was our first meal together in 2015, and it can only get cheaper from here on out. Maybe that's really what the high cost of being blind feels like. :/

We walked out of the restaurant, had more conversations about it, like choosing whether we'd rather lose our sense of sight or sound, and how the blind look for jobs, unless they ask a sighted person for help.

Even if they use phones, they're only able to have phone conversations instead of texting? We reckoned that if they used the Internet, they'd have to use voice activation.

I was really happy last night, thank you Han for suggesting the idea. I'm so glad our first meeting this year happened in such a cool, unique, exhilarating setting. I'll always have the best with my best.

I would really recommend the restaurant for anyone who's up for an adventure. It will be great for your tastebuds and other senses, and you also contribute to the visually-handicapped. I loved my time there.

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