Author Archives: Lohcifer

Can Professors Think?

Kishore Mahbubani’s thinly-disguised plug for his latest book has some noteworthy points. (It was an op-ed piece entitled How the Western media gets the Korean crisis wrong published in The Straits Times on May 13th. Google for it.) However, I … Continue reading

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A JT Cooke

JT Cooke is a legend among American pipe makers; his waiting list is at least three years long. Happy to acquire a brand new one recently:

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One More Bang

A true collector can never have enough S Bangs; since my first Bang, I’ve added several to my cache. Pictures of a couple can be found somewhere in this blog. The one above shows my latest Bang. According to the … Continue reading

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Inhospitable Hospitals

You know the country is totally fucked up if people are stealing milk powder from supermarkets. Milk powder companies spend millions courting hospitals and incentivizing them to plug their brands. They do this by cash donations and all forms of … Continue reading

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There are More Mercenary Doctors than you Realize

The medical profession has more shenanigans than you would ever imagine but when a member of the public wrote to the press recently in a letter entitled Critical for private medical providers to change their ways, a doctor responded with … Continue reading

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Going to Hell in a Handbasket

Those born in 2015, on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, were bestowed with the Baby Jubilee Gift. This year, $3.45 million will be spent on baby gifts for babies born last year. The money is from the … Continue reading

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Pang Sua Pond? Approach with Caution!

Serious board meeting late last week. Men and women who control billion-dollar business empires in attendance. Suddenly one man seemed to be convulsing, his body reverberating. What happened? What happened was he happened to take a quick peek at his … Continue reading

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Making a Mountain out of a Molehill

The movie Beauty and the Beast started its run in Singapore on March 16th. Prior to that, the National Council of Churches warned parents about the movie and its possible influence on their children who watch it. At the same … Continue reading

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Ban the Shit out of Everything!

A letter to The Straits Times on March 16th says “Smoking while driving also raises risk of accidents” and another letter to the same papers on March 14th says “Make it illegal to smoke in vehicles.” I have not heard … Continue reading

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A Hulu Pipe

For the Chinese, hulu or the bottle gourd or calabash is a symbol of prosperity, abundance, good health and longevity; which is the reason why on my 60th birthday, JQ presented me with a reverse calabash briar pipe made in … Continue reading

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