Monthly Archives: June 2010

Screwed

On Wednesday, Orchard Road turned into Orchard River. It was a case of deja vu. Many of us still remember how Bukit Timah Road became Bukit Timah River last November. Commenting on the Bukit Timah flood then, Minister for the … Continue reading

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Gored

Remembered for their toe-curlingly smoochy kiss on stage at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the Gores, aged 62 and 61, had appeared the quintessential American couple. Al Gore has always been a bit of a blockhead but he and Tipper … Continue reading

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Shameless Exploitation

One day after flash floods crippled part of Singapore, NTUC Income ran a full page ad in The Straits Times featuring this picture above. The ad was strategically placed opposite page A10, the page featuring news about the floods. The … Continue reading

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Bosses are Better Liars

Dorothy Rowe, an Australian psychologist, in her book, Why We Lie says that even very small white lies are motivated by a fear of damaging our idea of ourselves as people and will catch us in the end. Some would argue … Continue reading

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Deceit Personified

As an adjunct professor I have been reminded that often faculty members become the most important texts that students read. In other words the teacher as mentor and role model is as indispensable as the lectures taught in the classroom. … Continue reading

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The Mustache is Angry with Constantin Films

Hitler is pissed off. His latest rant is against the iPad. Hitler is always angry. He’s angry at everyone and at everything. Very angry indeed. Angry enough to order all but his most senior generals out of the room so … Continue reading

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Paan

This is how you eat paan in India, it has been written. Go to a favorite restaurant and stuff your face till you can barely stand. Saunter down the promenade, lulled by the moonlit waves, tropical breeze and twinkling stars. … Continue reading

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Bloomberg’s Terminal Illness

When Bloomberg bought Businessweek last December, a group of the magazine’s writers, who were being transferred to the Bloomberg newswire, attended a two-week training session. They learned that the terminals, costing about US$20,000/- a year, drove Bloomberg’s business. It sounds … Continue reading

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Directing Directors

Is there really a dearth of talent in Singapore? Or are there other reasons? Some years back, I did a count. Here’s what I found at that time: QAF group managing director Tan Kong King was a director in 117 … Continue reading

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Engage Brain before Opening Mouth

In 1932, Herbert J Taylor wrote down four questions on a small white piece of paper to serve as an “ethical yardstick” for his employees. His simple creation has come to be known as The Four-Way Test. Revered by Rotarians, … Continue reading

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