Monthly Archives: May 2010

Yeo’s Yo-yo

David Adelman wasn’t the only little Napoleon who struts around like a rooster. The US ambassador to Singapore wasn’t the only public figure who had to eat his words recently. The normally inarticulate and unintelligible Philip Yeo – another one of … Continue reading

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He’s Full of It

Another politician with a big mouth. The most difficult thing to eat must be your own words. At his nomination hearing in February, when asked if he intended to engage Singapore on the issues of democracy and press freedom, David Adelman had … Continue reading

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Brownout

Remember that scene from Good Will Hunting when Matt Damon’s character was talking to his therapist, played by Robin Williams? Will: You know, I was on this plane once. And I’m sittin’ there and the captain comes on and he … Continue reading

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The Housemaid

I’m looking forward to watching The Housemaid, a re-make of a 50-year-old Korean classic by Kim Ki-young.  This time around, South Korean director Im Sang-soo (President’s Last Bang, A Good Lawyer’s Wife) has finished shooting the remake and has submitted … Continue reading

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So Goh Goes

Dr Goh Keng Swee died at age 91 on May 14. He was an instrumental figure in the development of Singapore from its first steps at nationhood through to the 1980s. Newspaper reports say that he left behind his wife, … Continue reading

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Pain-in-the-ass Dieters

Practitioners of high-protein/low-carb diets promoted by the likes of Dr Robert Atkins can be an irritating lot, especially when it comes to Chinese meals. Most Chinese meals are shared – each person has a bowl of rice and all share … Continue reading

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Never Look Away

With each novel Linwood Barclay comes out with, he moves further and further up the list of must-read thriller writers. In Barclay’s latest book, David Harwood is a reporter for a low-rung local paper who is living a happy life … Continue reading

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Triploids

I learned about Triploids from Rebecca Rose. Triploids are hermaphrodite oysters “invented” for those who shun oysters during the summer spawning period when their fresh becomes milky and swollen. Although purists don’t turn their noses up at ovulating oysters, many … Continue reading

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Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Voilà suddenly some poseur who claims to be an ex-banker is now head of strategy for the financial services sector in a consulting practice. Those of us who know know for a fact that his only experience with banking was … Continue reading

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Sack your Boss!

The recent conviction of four Rio Tinto employees for bribery sent shudders through the China-based foreign business community, and again raised questions about the transparency of the Chinese courts. But what caught many by surprise was the immediate – and … Continue reading

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