Category Archives: The Departed

A Quintessential Nice Guy Has Left Us

In the seventies, when he was in his mid-20s, Huang Wenyong quit his teaching job in Kuala Lumpur and came to Singapore with 50 bucks in his pocket to join the local TV station as an artiste and subsequently acted … Continue reading

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Is the Iron Lady Rusting in Peace?

The Iron Lady is dead. World leaders sent condolences, laced with sugar-coated words of syrupy, empty praise. Clueless bloggers who were still in school when she ruled, raced to be among the first to post glowing tributes. In some streets … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Roy Ang Chai Siang

It must have been some 30 years ago when I first met you. You were a reporter in a press trip I headed to the Philippines. And I was in the Philippines on Wednesday – in Tagaytay – when I … Continue reading

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Wake Up to the Idea of Attending Wakes

Parties attract people but even the best among us tend to avoid visiting wakes and funerals of relatives and friends. Sure wakes and funerals can be unpleasant at times, but to me these are the only times one has to … Continue reading

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The Passing of a Forgotten Man

He passed on at a ripe old age – well into his 80’s, 86 to be exact – but the send-off was rather muted. Only a handful of people showed up. Maybe I’m idealistic. But to me, a grand old … Continue reading

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Broken Pipe: Craig Tarler

Cornell & Diehl’s Craig Tarler, a giant in the realm of pipedom went to the Happy Smoking Ground on September 4, 2012, aged 82. Craig was a 1952 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading

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RIP, Rita

I’m saddened to hear so late of the passing of my former student at the University of South Australia, Rita Goh. Apparently she passed away on September 12 after succumbing to bone cancer. Rita has written two books – Hack … Continue reading

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City of the Dead

I have been a regular visitor to the Philippines for over 30 years now but some things Filipino continue to fascinate me, among them the balut, and the Chinese cemetery. The Manila Chinese Cemetery was designated as the resting place … Continue reading

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Bye, ET

My ex colleague Lee Eng Thay, often referred to as ET Lee – always intense, always entrepreneurial, always enterprising and always a consummate go-getter – unfortunately succumbed to a brief illness on Sunday July 8 2012, one day after he … Continue reading

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Goodbye, James H Goodsell

James H Goodsell, known as “The Bowtieman,” husband of Sally D Goodsell, passed away on April 12 at the age of 89. Son of Madeline V (Garrity) Goodsell and James M Goodsell, Jim grew up in the Hartford/West Hartford area … Continue reading

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