Tokyo Banana (Hello Kitty edition) The Perfect Omiyage From Japan!

tokyo banana hello kitty

Once again, my pals have surprised me with a super-cute Hello Kitty gift that I did not know existed. The Hello Kitty x Tokyo Banana World omiyage is truly adorable. What better gift for a Kitty fan who also loves Tokyo Banana? Yes, I know, the Japanese probably don’t even eat Tokyo Banana confections, just like we do not eat the ‘Merlion chocolates’ sold here. πŸ˜€ But these are too adorable! I’d totally buy some myself the next time I visit Japan.

tokyo banana world hello kitty apple cake from ginza

It’s an egg-shaped sponge cake that has a layer of ‘milk cream’ within, that’s enveloping the apple jam. And, of course, there’s Hello Kitty print on the sponge as you can tell. Taste-wise, it’s not overly sweet (which is good).

This item is sold in boxes of either 4 pieces, or 8. You can find more information about it at the official website here.

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Lots of thanks to Carolyn, Steven + Melinda! πŸ˜€ This Kitty fan is very, very happy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Book Review: ‘educated’ by Tara Westover

educated by tara westover

Amy Chua, author of ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’, calls Tara Westover “one of the most gifted writers that I’ve read in a very long time”. But, make no mistake, this book ‘educated’ is Tara’s memoir (not a novel) which will leave you wondering how the events listed in it can be true when they seem so impossible. How can a girl born in a Mormon family, with no access to education (and without even a birth certificate!), raised to help out in her father’s junkyard and supposed to marry and bear children without so much as ever stepping foot into a school, eventually end up going to Cambridge and Harvard, and getting a PhD?

I didn’t find a single picture of Tara in this book, not on the covers, nor within the pages. So I went ahead and Googled her. And oh, I also found out we’re both born in the same year. (>_<)Β 

Tara’s life seems more exciting than anything ever seen in Hollywood movies. Her father seems most pious and preoccupied with the End of Days (even burying a thousand gallons of fuel as preparation). Thanks to him, the family also gets into a series of horrific accidents. The first left Tara’s mother with ‘Raccoon Eyes’, which signaled serious brain injury. Yet they did not send her to the hospital because the family did not trust doctors and hospitals, believing that God would heal them instead. Working for her father, Tara herself got injured when a spike of iron pierced through her leg, followed by a fall of about seventeen feet.

Besides a chain of accidents, Tara also had to deal with a possibly mentally ill brother, “Shawn”, who would stick her head into the toilet bowl, twist her arm (till he broke her wrist one day), strangle her, then eventually apologize for whatever he’d done. For some strange reason, Shawn had multiple head injuries from various accidents, but none managed to kill him. It was only much later that Tara realized her sister, “Audrey”, had also suffered in Shawn’s hands. This crazy guy even killed his dog Diego, a German Shepherd, with a small blade instead of a bullet to the head or heart. The poor dog likely died a slow and very painful death.

Another brother, Luke, had his arm “gashed” because of the machine their father brought back and insisted his children work with. Later on, Luke became blind in his left eye after he had been shot in the face with a paintball gun.

And to be fair, apart from causing his family members to suffer injuries, the father also got involved in a horrific accident: an explosion that devastated the lower half of his face and left a hand looking something like a deformed claw.

To me, the family does sometimes seem like hillbillies, the deranged sort we see in horror movies. Yet Tara has her brother, Tyler, whom she dedicates this book to, who helped set her on the path to getting her education.

And it was by no means easy, getting to become Dr Westover. She developed stomach ulcers. And because she was financially strapped, she got a job as a janitor, and even tried to sell her blood for money. Because of what had happened at home, she went on to have a mental breakdown, sleepwalked and often awoke at night standing in the middle of streets, and she also had panic attacks.

What a life! And she’s only in her 30s. Read this book if you want to know how she got to where she is today, and find out what happened to those family members too! πŸ˜‰

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“In retrospect, I see that this was my education, the one that would matter: the hours I spent sitting at a borrowed desk, struggling to parse narrow strands of Mormon doctrine in mimicry of a brother who’d deserted me. The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.” – Tara Westover

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre: 2nd and 3rd Visits

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre indian rojak

We had lunch at the Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre a couple more times after the first visit and made some interesting discoveries. For one, there’s a Fareground on level 2 (more details at the end of this post) where there are food stalls you won’t expect at a regular hawker centre in Singapore! Also,Β we noticed there’s a marked difference in terms of customer service based on the two stalls we bought food from at the first level.

Let’s talk about level 1 first. The Indian rojak pricing is rather arbitrary. You probably won’t pay the price that’s stated on the menu. The dude can say that today’s potatoes are slightly bigger (and you’ll be wondering “REALLY?!”) and you have to pay extra. But you can’t do much about it as you’ve already made your selection and handed the plate over to him to cut up the ingredients. Unless you’re prepared to walk away without the food and without making payment, you’ll have to give him the amount he’s requesting for.

Also, I really don’t like prata that’s been pre-cooked and left to ‘sit’ in a corner for a while. If it’s not hot and crispy when served to me, I take one bite and decide that I won’t be back for more. Period.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre prata

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Meanwhile, the couple manning the porridge stall were absolutely fabulous. I ordered the Meatball Congee ($2.80) and a thai-style tofu ($3). The couple’s really good at asking customers if they want add-ons like an egg, you tiao, or even veggies. The lady told me the spinach was really fresh as it’d arrived that morning and even listed some health benefits. πŸ˜€

Pasir Ris Hawker Centre

She was even adamant about “dressing up” the tofu nicely with spring onions, fried shallots and all before it’d be allowed to leave her stall. πŸ˜€ And she’d also wish you (in Mandarin) an enjoyable meal. It was truly a pleasant experience getting food from her stall.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre

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During our first visit to this hawker centre previously, we didn’t even notice that there’s an upper level. This time, we took the lift to level 2 and found the ‘Fareground’, which definitely caters to a younger crowd.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre Fareground

There are at least 2 stalls selling Thai food, bingsu, burgers, Ma La Hotpot, korean food, ice cream, Western food, Poke bowls, kebabs, and even a ‘Cajun On Wheels’ stall where you can get seafood buckets.

During our 3rd visit to the hawker centre, we had fish & chips and beef boat noodles from one of the Thai food stalls.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre thai food

The beef boat noodles ($5) are really good. The beef slices are tender and not overcooked. Noodles are springy. And the broth is tasty, with the spiciness kicking in after each mouthful. According to him, it’s well worth the 5 bucks. I agree.

beef boat noodles pasir ris central hawker centre

The fish & chips ($6.20) were delightful. I wasn’t a big fan of the chicken chop and the (cold) mashed potato. But the fish was crispy on the outside, and juicy within. πŸ˜€

Fins and Feathers Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre

I would order this again. πŸ™‚

fins and feathers review

D’Best Fishing Pond At Pasir Ris: What Happens When You Meet A PRO

Pasir Ris Fishing Pond Tips

We didn’t know that the swimming complex at Pasir Ris is closed on Wednesdays, so when we went by yesterday with our gear, we couldn’t go for a swim so we went fishing at D’Best instead. I’ve blogged about the skill fishing at Pasir Ris before, and little did we know that each trip here would teach us something new. We got to watch one of the ‘regulars’ (who’s probably in his forties or fifties) catch just about every fish in the pond. In the picture you see above, the fish in the net PLUS those in the red pail were his haul yesterday. Apparently, he’s part of (what I’d call) an uncle co-operative.

This group of uncles is made up of ‘pro’ skill-fishers. And whoever’s especially lucky that day will do the fishing. They split the cost evenly and also share the final haul. For example, 3 of them might split the $45 cost, with each person paying $15. And assuming there are 30 fish, each takes home 10 fish. So each fish would cost just $1.50! (@_@) Smart, aren’t they? They caught so many fish yesterday that I saw them give some to the park’s cleaning attendants!

As we found out yesterday, deciding to fish after the uncle group had left was not a wise decision at all. The operator, having watched fish after fish get caught, decided he would not release more fish into the pond. I could only see one pomfret swimming round the pond, and some snapper hiding in a shaded spot.

We caught 2 of the snappers. Here’s the slightly larger one we cooked for dinner:

pasir ris pond fishing

Things we learnt from the experience:

  1. If you can’t see any fish in the pond, it’s probably safe to say that there aren’t any / many. The uncle co-operative might already have descended upon the place and taken the best of the lot. They seem to come by every single day, take note of how many fish get released into the pond each time, and are obviously very skilled at fishing.
  2. If the water surface looks very dirty, it’s likely the fish won’t be feeling too well, and won’t want to bite either.
  3. If it’s been raining yesterday, it’s probably good to pop by today.
  4. Fishing under this wooden lookout point is possible too (pictured below). I caught my snapper there. As the fish are resting / hiding underneath it, make as much noise as possible when dropping your bait into the water, so the fish will be curious enough to come have a look.
  5. Using live prawns as bait is best (D’Best sells them at $5 for 100g). We tried using prawns purchased from the supermarket; they didn’t work as well.

pasir ris d'skill fishing

When we started fishing after the uncle group had gone, I commented that we’d be lucky if we caught two fish. And we did. πŸ˜€

pasir ris pond price 2018

FREE Stuff At The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival free popsicles

So we FINALLY popped by the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival for the first time. It’s been going on for months and the very attractive prizes available when the Carnival first began have already run out. I was prepared to spend S$20 today at the games booths, but it was drizzling when we popped by at about 4pm, so we simply took a quick look around the place, grabbed some freebies, and left. Even though it was chilly, we enjoyed the free popsicles (I liked the Mango flavored one, and found the Wild Berries way too sour).

To get the popsicles, you simply have to locate the postbox, pen your wishes onto some postcards to mail out to friends and family, and drop them into the box after attaching stamps. (*The postcards and stamps are provided by Prudential) Thanks, Pru!

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival free postcards

Then go claim your free popsicles. πŸ˜€

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I didn’t find many of the prizes at the games booths attractive. He, however, liked the donut-shaped Minion ones.

Him: “See anything you like?”

Me: “Nope.”

Him: “The Minions? Round ones nice mah!”

Me: “HUH?! Useful if you get piles in future? :D”

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival games stalls

People wasted no time in getting onto the rides the minute the drizzle stopped:

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival in March 2018

Lots of instagrammable spots. And lots of puddles / ponding too…

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival instagrammable spots

Like I said… lots of instagrammable spots…

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival review

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I’d certainly not wait too long to visit the next time round. Hopefully, the Carnival will happen again next year. πŸ˜€

I love the idea of reconnecting with loved ones, and I’m pleasantly surprised that it comes with a free sweet treat too! πŸ™‚ If you haven’t already visited the Carnival, do go. There are lots of F&B stalls as well. I didn’t take pictures of those as most of them were not ready for business when we popped by at 4pm.

Pal Visited Multiple Movie Theatres To Get These Hello Kitty Tumblers For Me

Hello Kitty tumbler Singapore

I’m completely floored. I have no words. So let me take a minute…

So my pal sprang the ultimate surprise on me today. Come to think of it, he deserves an award. I had no idea he’d gotten these Hello Kitty tumblers for me. I didn’t even know these tumblers existed – I’m blaming the non-existent promotion online. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m on Facebook every single day and I didn’t even see any news about this. Whuuuuttttt?! What’s even more touching is that he went to various theatres in order to collect them all. (There are 4 designs!) *sniff sniff*

In any case, if you’re as clueless a Kitty fan as I am, these tumblers are sold at Golden Village cinemas in Singapore. I found this tiny little ad on their website:

Hello Kitty tumbler Golden Village

Eternally grateful. I don’t eat popcorn so if I had to get 4 combos in order to collect all 4 designs, I’d gag. The smell of popcorn makes me nauseous – I can’t even sit next to someone eating popcorn. So yay! Now I have them all without the popcorn! πŸ˜€

Each Kitty bow comes in a different color too. I’d initially thought there were two similar pink ones. Then on closer inspection, I realized one is more of a Barbie kind of pink, and the other is a “millennial pink”(?)

What an amazing day! I’ve got Jenny Bakery cookies handcarried from Hong Kong by Steven & Mel, and the loveliest Kitty tumblers from Samy. #ilovemypals πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Update: The (kitty head) cap is ridiculously difficult to remove, if you manage to get it on in the first place. It’s best to just drink from the cup directly, instead of sticking on the kitty head and straw.

Renaza: Unexpected Prices For Facial Treatments At Palais Renaissance

palais renaissance facial

If you were to ask me how often I visit Palais Renaissance in a year, my very honest answer would be “just once or not at all”. It’s one of those places that I believe only those who want to ‘see and be seen’ (*ahem* Mediacorp celebrities getting their hair done *ahem*), or just want to avoid the hoi polloi at (sometimes) crowded malls, go to. At any other mall during the weekday lunch hour, facial or hair salons should be packed but it wasn’t the case at Renaza during my visit. I was definitely pleasantly surprised. But there’s more…

You can try any of their facial treatments for as little as $38. And a jar of snail cream? The full price is $69 but I believe you can ask for the discounted price. *I’m not sure if their pricing strategy is doing them a disservice: wouldn’t the people who visit Palais Renaissance be willing and able to pay more? And wouldn’t some equate a higher price with better quality? Facial salons deep in the heartlands have tried to charge me more money!

Not a normal sight: Prices on the wall…

renaza facial price

Besides the comfy-looking blanket and pillow(for your legs!) you see in the first picture above, I’m also a fan of their (what I shall call) ‘towel-wrap’. At other facial places I’ve been to before, you have to pull the entire “garment” down over your shoulders. Here, you just wrap it under your arms and button it up.

renaza wellness lifestyle lab

Though I’d signed this when I was filling out the usual particulars form, I had not “discussed all of the above with the consultant”.

renaza consent form

In any case, I was there for the Vita Aqua Glow Express Facial, which takes anything from 45 minutes to an hour. They say the usual price is $180 but I suspect few (if any) customers have ever paid that price. πŸ˜€ Why do I say that? ‘Cos the package price for 10 sessions is $388. That means each session will cost just $38. If you opt for the full facial, prices vary. I’ve been told it’s $588 (consultant) vs $1088 (Facebook manager). *’Full facial’ means you get the works – extraction, massage, etc.

A handheld and wireless device is used to cleanse my skin, and the impurities removed are supposedly emptied into clean water thereafter. And the consultant shows me the result:

renaza review

I get 20 minutes of masking time in the dark, before my face is cleansed with the device once again. I actually took this picture myself, as I realized I could still see under those cotton pads, and my handphone was right next to me. πŸ˜€

renaza orchard

At the end of the day, I like that my face feels clean, there are no nasty red bumps from extraction (because it didn’t happen), and the result lasts for 2 to 3 days.

renaza palais renaissance

After the facial, there was a cup of tea and some biscuits awaiting me. I liked that there was no hard-selling involved. And I had even misheard and misunderstood what the consultant said to me. She mentioned that the 10-session package would cost 3-8-8. I thought she’d purposely dropped the final ‘0’ as most of us speaking in Mandarin will sometimes do, when the figures are ‘large’. And obviously, anything that costs a couple thousand dollars would require some mulling over back at home, so I left. πŸ˜€ Turns out it’s actually $388 for 10 express facials. πŸ˜€

renaza orchard review

Renaza has two outlets: Palais Renaissance #03-10 and Marina Bay Link Mall #B2-23.

If you’d like to experience a trial of their Vita Aqua Glow Express Facial too, simply fill out the contact form below:

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Food Diary: 409 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 / Teck Ghee Square Market & Food Centre

teck ghee market good food

We don’t usually pop by the Teck Ghee Market for food as it isn’t close to home, so this post serves as our food diary of the most recent trip. I really enjoyed visiting the market and purchasing veggies at really low prices. How low? For instance, a bundle of spinach at FairPrice might cost me at least 85 cents, but it’s 4 bundles here for just $1. (@_@) As for the hawker centre, there were some hits and misses…

#1: The Western food stall was a hit. Liked the chicken wings and the crinkle cut fries (a fav in my childhood). I really cannot stand shoestring fries.

#2: Chicken rice at $2.50? Bring it on. Don’t expect a lot of chicken though. The rice was oily and fragrant, and the chili sauce was pretty amazing. I just need more chicken! Hence the chicken wings you see above. πŸ˜€

blk 409 ang mo kio food

#3: Soya bean drinks + dessert stall. I liked the soya milk with pearls. But I made a stupid mistake ordering the beancurd with aloe vera. It seems like very few people order the aloe vera and it smelled and tasted like it had turned bad already. But the beancurd was hot and comforting, and really hit the spot. *Note to self: order only the bestsellers (just regular beancurd and soya milk, and forget the “exotic” stuff)

ang mo kio ave 10 hawker centre

#4: The char kway teow was pretty good too. And I have no idea why the picture turned out blurry. Perhaps I was too hungry and my hands were shaking. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

409 ang mo kio food

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I’d totally visit again. It seems like the ‘older’ the hawker centres are, the better the food. The new ones with the fancy cash-collecting machines and CCTVs tend to be disappointing. πŸ˜‰

Hi-Fruit at Royal Square (Novena) And Why I Think Bubble Tea Trumps Fruit Tea

Hi-Fruit royal square novena review

I got tricked into going to Hi-Fruit. He told me we were going to get bubble tea (*YAY* as always) then it turned out the Fave voucher was for fruit tea. Bummer. I’ve only ever bought fruit tea once (from Tea Folia at Bedok Mall when there was a promotion going on, that seemed too good to miss). Allow me to explain why I don’t like drinking fruit tea. By ‘fruit tea’, I mean those fancy-schmancy kinds with actual slices or pieces of fruit suspended in a beverage served in cups like those usually used for bubble tea. Apparently, it’s being sold as being more refreshing and healthier than your regular bubble milk tea. HOWEVER, pay close attention to the fruit that’s going into your drink. Better yet, WATCH the staff at any shop prepare your drink. Do they WASH the fruit and get rid of the pesticide residue?

Do you know which fruits have the most pesticide residue? Well, there’s strawberries at the top of the list, with apples and grapes close behind, for example.

And guess which are the fruits commonly sliced up and put into those fruit teas? πŸ˜‰

There was this one time we went past a newly-opened fruit tea shop in central Singapore, and we were almost tempted to get some. Till I noticed the staff taking strawberries right out of the box, slicing them and dumping them into the cups without first washing them. Horrified, I ordered bubble milk tea only.

I’m ok with fruit that have inedible peel so go ahead and add watermelon, mango, kiwi, and orange into my fruit tea. But strawberries and the like are an absolute no-no. What would I have to do to get all that pesticide out of my body once it’s ingested?!

At Hi-Fruit, we ordered their Taiwan HongYu Fruit Tea and Taiwan Four Seasons Fruit Tea. They tasted rather similar so I cannot tell you which I prefer. Besides, there was quite a lot of fruit added into the cup. Mainly watermelon, though.

My only grouse is that a short plastic spoon (though it’s a pretty pink) was provided for a tall cup of fruit tea, rendering the spoon useless at retrieving the fruit under all the ice cubes until you’ve finished the entire drink.

Hi-fruit singapore review

And we brought the cups home. After re-using the Tea Folia ones as ‘pencil cases’, I’ve realized these plastic cups are very useful. Because they’re transparent, you’ll always be able to see what’s inside. And the lids keep the dust out. So please don’t throw those cups away! Find a way to give them a new lease of life! πŸ˜€

Here’s the menu if you’d like to see what else is on offer at Hi-Fruit:

Hi fruit royal square novena

Hi-Fruit royal square menu

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I’m surprised they aren’t more active on social media. It looks like they set up shop in January. Hi-Fruit has 15 followers on their FB page (with the latest post being a 23rd Jan one) and they have 926 followers on Instagram but only 8 posts.

*Another reason I think bubble tea sales will always outstrip that of fruit tea is because it’s less messy to drink bubble tea. Also *ahem ahem* (don’t quote me on this) but you can ‘smuggle’ bubble tea into the cinema and drink it in the “dark”. But with fruit tea, it’s a bit more complicated as you have to remove the lid, and stab the pieces of fruit with that fork. Put simply… too leceh lah. As for the supposedly “healthier” beverage, well, don’t forget about the pesticide.

Book Review: ‘Two Sisters’ (Into The Syrian Jihad) by Γ…sne Seierstad

Two Sisters by Γ…sne Seierstad

This book, ‘Two Sisters’, has been described as “riveting”, “gripping”, “intense and compelling”. And it’s true. It’s almost like one of those Harry Potter books which I’d get from a bookstore at the launch and then proceed to read all day and even through the night till I’m done. However, and this is one big ‘HOWEVER’, I feel strangely disappointed. Like ‘I should go ask for a refund’ kind of disappointed. Reading all 411 pages of this book, I wanted to know not just why the two sisters went to Syria but also what happened to them in the end (did they get killed or get back home safely?). The book focuses mainly on the ‘WHY’. And I’m left feeling there’s no closure. Like an itch which cannot be reached yet demands to be scratched, I want to know what happens to the two girls! Urgh! Perhaps there’ll be a sequel to this ‘true story’? πŸ˜›

Also, I only realised at the end of the book that “Ayan” and “Leila” are not the real names of the two sisters. It’s like only finding out that Harry Potter’s real name is “(name withheld) Potter” at the end, and I’ve been ‘deceived’ all along. *sigh*

In a nutshell, teenage sisters Ayan and Leila (not their real names) leave their home in Oslo, Norway, in 2013 to travel to Syria. Their father, Sadiq, decides to go after them and try to get them home. Unfortunately, he gets captured and tortured, but eventually escapes. Subsequent attempts to get his daughters home fail, but Sadiq manages to burn through lots of cash in the process. In the end, he’s broke (both financially and in spirit), his daughters are supposedly wives and mothers now, and the family is torn apart as the girls refuse to return and Sadiq can only dream of turning back time and having his life return to what it once was.

So, if you’re wondering why teenage girls would want to head to a warzone and leave their cushy lives with family behind, this book offers some clues. They *may* have naively thought that they would be “fetching water for the sick to working in refugee camps”. πŸ˜‰ More importantly, you’ll put together the pieces and find out how they got radicalized. It could have started from something as simple as spendingΒ “hours on YouTube listening to clerics and preachers”. Eventually, they’d think they are saving their family members from Hell (“If you died as a martyr, you could choose seventy family members to join you in paradise.”) And as the two girls reveal to their family, once they were in Syria and married, there was no need to pay rent or water and electricity bills (the State took care of all that), houses are free, and they received monthly groceries plus money without working at all.

You might wonder why the girls’ parents were so ‘blind’ toward the obvious radicalization happening right under their noses. The girls hadΒ started wearing niqabs (causing a headache in school for their teachers and Principal), and even cut out their pictures from family albums (to prevent outsiders from seeing them uncovered)! Based on the things they were sharing on social media, their parents, teachers and friends should have been alarmed and promptly put a stop to things. But they didn’t. The mothers in the community even paid for anΒ extremist (though they didn’t know it at that time) Koran teacher called Mustafa to come teach their kids.

In the end, before leaving, Ayan bought lots of things but didn’t pay the bills, signed up for multiple mobile subscriptions (sold the phones and SIM cards) and raised money for the trip to Syria. This refusal to pay the bills was even viewed asΒ “economic jihad”.

Interestingly enough, when her father needed money, he had questionable ways of raising it too, such as by selling ‘fake news’ to journalists, who ended up printing what he had supplied. In return, Sadiq received thousands of Norwegian kroner.

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I can’t say I didn’t raise an eyebrow or two at a certain part of the book, where a text ‘Defense of the Muslim Lands’ was referenced’…

“The unclean have duped the dull masses of Muslims by installing their wooden-headed puppets as false figureheads of states that remain under their control.”

*cough cough*

And this next portion made me think that ISIS may have done lots of questionable, if not horrific, things but they’ve at least got something right:

“Although cigarettes were not forbidden in the Koran, they were deemed haram by ISIS and looked on as a form of “slow suicide” and pure pleasure. ISIS came down hard on people smoking on the sly, even in their own homes, and flogging was the usual punishment. Selling or smuggling was worse.” (p215)

*clap clap*

By the end of the book, you’ll probably come to the realization that the initial question of “Why would someone go to Syria and join ISIS?!” has become a simpler one – “Why not?”