Monthly Archives: October 2009

Small Mediums at Large

Taoists believe that you need to go through a “tang ki” to talk to the deities. A “tang ki” is the intermediary between you and the deities – a medium. But a small number of these mediums have caused large problems … Continue reading

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Sue Me! Well, Maybe Not…

Three criminal defamation actions filed by members of the Singapore Swimming Club against other club members have been thrown out by the Attorney-General because they were not serious enough to warrant prosecution. “The Attorney-General is of the view that these … Continue reading

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When Elephants Make Love

On October 14 in San Francisco, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison promised a US$10 million prize to any one who finds Oracle’s database software doesn’t run at least twice as fast on Sun servers as it does on IBM’s fastest computers. … Continue reading

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Swatch Service Center, Singapore: Resistance is Futile

Swatch has a service center at Wheelock Place and if you have one of the 17 or so watch brands they carry, you would have to go there to get your watch serviced when the need arises. I took the … Continue reading

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Protecting POTUS

Author Ronald Kessler seems like a serious enough fellow. He’s written books like Inside the White House, The CIA at War, etc and has won sixteen journalism awards.  His latest book In the President’s Secret Service is the only book … Continue reading

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Insensitive or What?

Montblanc created a limited-edition Mahatma Gandhi pen, priced at Rs1.1m (US$23,000/-) with an 18-carat solid gold, rhodium-plated nib, engraved with Gandhi’s image, and “a saffron-colored mandarin garnet” on the clip. The pens were unveiled in the week of October 1, … Continue reading

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Rest Well, My Beloved Grandparents

My grandparents – God bless their souls – died within six months of each other in 1985. Grandpa was born in 1898, the year Empress Dowager Cixi engineered a coup d’etat, and arrested Emperor Guangxu; grandma was born in 1902, the … Continue reading

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Hanging out at T3

Back from a flight recently. Landed at T3. “Good,” I thought, “since the food on board was so crappy that I declined the meal, I’ll go to B2 foodcourt for my mee pok.” When I got there – there was … Continue reading

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Centrepoint’s and Robinsons’ Staff Loafing at Starbucks

If you have no intention of patronizing an eatery would you sit at one of its tables and smoke? No, I wouldn’t do it. I wasn’t brought up that way. But people who work at Centrepoint and employees of Robinsons at Centrepoint … Continue reading

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Don’t Eat like You are Retarded!

When eating from a common dish, you do not double dip, meaning, you do not say, take a piece of bun, dip it into the gravy, bite a bit of it, then dip the part that was just in your … Continue reading

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