Author Archives: Lohcifer

Imputation of stupidity

Coffee Bean lays claim to having invented the ice blended drink decades ago. Well, so what? Copycats and disrupters are changing in a big way, how business is done. The biggest taxi company in Singapore has just reported a massive … Continue reading

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How to Age Cigars

Do cigars get better if you age them? Is the Dalai Lama Buddhist? All cigars are smokeable. But freshly-rolled cigars tend to smoke better if laid aside for about a year. Some continue to become nicer even after many years … Continue reading

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Monkey See Monkey Do

My best friend Phil responded to my last post by saying “you provided a sound analysis of marriage and composed a pretty accurate picture of looking many years down the road. Yup, your wife does in time come to look … Continue reading

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For Richer, for Poorer, in Sickness and in Health…No Shit!

In Singapore, 7,614 marriages ended in a divorce or an annulment last year, up by 1.2% from 2015. I can’t really comment on why people get divorced. People have their reasons and I guess some marriages are simply too broken … Continue reading

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Barbarians in our Midst

Invited people to a soirée recently – a time of piano music, champagne and caviar and the replies I’ve gotten convince me that Singaporeans need to seriously attend some etiquette classes. I indicated that only those who CANNOT make it … Continue reading

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Another custom-made Baki

It is always a joy to receive a meerschaum pipe from Fikri Baki – no one carves meerschaums like him.

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Starbucks at Jurong Point on Sunday June 25th

If you own a cafe but non-paying cretins plonk themselves in the seats, use your electricity to charge their electronic devices and stay all day without paying, would you like it? Why can’t students study at home? In my youth, … Continue reading

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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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