June 9th, 2014


Round Ice vs Ice Cube?

I'm sitting in front of my laptop in my sauna-like room, waiting for my plain water to cool down.
Earlier, I went down to get some plain water to quench my thirst, while I made my way to the kitchen I was expecting to find a bottle of cold water in the fridge and planned to mix with some room temperature water so it wont be too cold.
However, as I opened the fridge, I only saw lots of chocs, some soysauce bottles, a 2L mango lassi drink, and a 1.5L 7-Up drink...there wasn't any plain water in the fridge T_____T
So, I look up at the counter top, to get the room temperature, there wasnt any water left too.
In the end, I could only get the water from the boiler and add some ice..Unfortunately, there was only few cubes left which of course, the ice melt almost as soon as I added them into the water.
 So its either I have to drink it hot, or wait for it to cool down.. Since my room is super duper hot, I choose the latter one.

and so, while waiting, and wishing there were more ice to fill up my water, I started to wonder and became curious about this thing called ICE.
While there are various types of ice shapes available, for me, the norms would be the usual cube shaped or crushed, or those kind of ice u get when u buy a pack of ice at 7E or the ones u get when u buy a glass of milo ice at mamak stalls..i have no idea how to describe the shape what more to google the pics xD i think its cylindrical, with a hole or something at the center..not sure :/

ahh, look how thirst-quenching it is..my water is still warm :(

like i've said, i know there are various shapes and some are very unique.. but i noticed when I watch some J-dramas, when they order a glass of alcoholic drink (i've no idea which type, but certainly not beer or wines), it would be served with a round shaped ice.
When I first saw it I found it so cool..I always wonder why, round? why not triangle? why not the usual cubes? is there any reason why it must be in that shape? is it particularly for a certain types of drink..why not using the round ice for ice water..but at the end of the day, I would just let it pass and assume it was for aesthetic purposes without asking my best friend, google (LOL)
and recently, during my trip to Japan, I met my brother's couchsurfing friend, Akira which we had some Okonomiyaki together. During our meals, Akira had ordered some alcoholic drink for himself, and it was served with the round ice! this had trigger my curiosity again. while my eyes had been eyeing on the ice shape once again I let it pass, without doing any research googling

So today, while waiting for my water to cool down, I had turned to my friend Google, to enlighten me why ROUND?
and so, by my 2-mins Googling, I managed to enlighten some points.
1. Its most commonly used in Japan
2. Its commonly used when drinking whiskey rock something
3. How it is made- by the easiest, cheapest method or by meticulous, hand-freezing method
4. The Importance of ROUND

ice ball
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ahhh~ now I'm considering of buying the ice maker from Daiso :D I'm sure they have it, saw it before..
and now, my drinks are cool, I shall thirst my quench while watching the video...

1. I do not drink, and have never drank even a sip nor even plan to drink in the future
2. I do not own any of the pics, all pics are found from google images