Celebrate life’s small victories

Ross Hall

June 18, 2021

Photograph of a classic Ramen Bowl with instant ramen, pork slices, boiled egg and spring onion

Instant Ramen is a single serving, you can’t get it wrong, all you need is a pan and boiling water, staple. It’s so easy to make even small children manage it. How I came to completely screw it up and turn scrummy noodles into a congealed, tasteless mess is anyone’s guess.

Needless to say, that night’s dinner was a silent and tense affair.

The next day I was determined to right my wrong. I prepared my ingredients, took my time and served up something quite tasty. Yes, it’s “just” Instant Ramen. It’s made with packets and prepared pork and pre-sliced spring onion (to my credit, I did boil the egg). It is not haute cuisine by any stretch of the imagination.

Yet for a few minutes, as I slurped my way through lunch, I was a Michelin Star Chef who’d prepared a sumptuous banquet. It was fine and hearty food. I would have served it had the Emperor, Queen and a few other heads of state turned up under a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances.

To you it’s a bowl of instant ramen. To me, it’s a small victory.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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