Category Archives: The Departed

Broken Pipe

A great friend and bro, Daniel Yeo, left us on 28th October. Many make empty promises, but Daniel always delivered. Many are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, but Daniel’s quiet composure was always a stabilizing factor. Many spout … Continue reading

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The Ultimate “Fuck You!”

Back in 1967, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev demanded something spectacular from the Soviet space program. He wanted to stage a dramatic midspace rendezvous between two Soviet spaceships. The plan was … Continue reading

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Tan Swee Leong

So the man with the golden voice – Mr Guthire Hour Tan Swee Leong – died on December 18th at age 77, leaving behind three ex-wives and three daughters. It took me a long time to decide to pen this. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Thamrong Phongthitithep

When I was working in the circus, there were more assholes and morons than good people. In my ten years there, I have encountered only a handful of good people. Thamrong Phongthitithep was a good man. I am very saddened … Continue reading

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A Tragedy

On September 4th, someone placed an obituary for the little Kurdish boy Aylan Kurdi in The Sydney Morning Herald: Aylan You did not deserve to drown in the coldness of water and in the coldness of human indifference. You were … Continue reading

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Farewell, PG

Farewell, PG. You left as suddenly as you appeared. You taught us how to live. You showed us the meaning of life. You didn’t care what others think; you didn’t need anyone’s approval, you were the master of your own … Continue reading

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Repose en Paix

Wednesday was one of those horrendous days when life dealt me a sucker punch right into my solar plexus. I was shocked to learn of the sudden passing of a cherished friend – a very decent human being and a … Continue reading

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Lee Kuan Yew 1923-2015

Thank you, Mr Lee. You transformed an impoverished island into a first-world country whose citizens – ordinary people like me – can take pride in. Today, we walk with our heads held up high because of your tireless efforts. Thank … Continue reading

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RIP, Mike

I first met Mike when I was in my 20’s – I wrote scripts for him – and over the years I have continued to keep in touch with him. The last time I visited with him was in Chiang … Continue reading

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Uncle Trouble

Chubby’s aunt’s hubby, who was Chubby’s mentor and the second most powerful man in North Korea after Chubby himself, probably pissed Chubby off so much that he was labeled “human scum, worse than a dog” and executed. Yup. Liquidated. Honestly … Continue reading

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