Category Archives: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Join! It’s Free! Or is It?

When Raffles Town Club first opened, it was positioned as a top-end members’ only haven and enclave. Fiercely touted were its supposed European design, central location (no, no, not tucked away in the boondocks) with superlative fine dining restaurants and … Continue reading

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Known Knowns, Known Unknows and Unknown Unknowns

When Damai Beach resort first opened in Santubong Sarawak, the management thought that finding labor wouldn’t be a problem. The natives, like the Ibans, they figured, would eagerly grab the job opportunities. But management hit a brick wall. What was … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!

In this shallow world we live in, if you are a billionaire, people will line up to smell your farts. If you have the money to act in your own kung fu flick or ride around on a motorbike or … Continue reading

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Scary! They Walk Among Us!

A couple of days ago, a three-meter-long python was found outside a well-known department store at Orchard. (Now, that’s nearly ten feet of snake!) Pythons are the world’s longest and heaviest snakes. They are constrictors. People and animals in this … Continue reading

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Ji pai xi liao

Xi Jinping is a power-crazy despot. His hardline stance towards the volatile orange man-child in the White House puts the world in peril. The Third Plenum of the 11th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 1978, when Deng … Continue reading

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Ephemeral and Temporal

In the end, everything is ephemeral – the stuff you own, the relationships you cling to. It is said that attachment is the root of all sufferings. It is also said that one must be detached – this way, you … Continue reading

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I thought, I thought…

Many people, when coming across an idea or a subject, mentally race ahead to conclude whatever picture they have in their minds. Example: I said “I heard durian prices…” and before I could finish, the person to whom I was … Continue reading

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What Happened to your Apostrophe?

Bad English speakers proliferate my world. I hear more and more people dropping the apostrophe when referring to someone or something related or belonging to a person. I hear people saying “Daniel mother” instead of “Daniel’s mother” and “Daniel pipes” … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream

So the summit’s tomorrow. And I have a dream. Well, the Bible says old men will dream dreams and young men will see visions. Anyway, back to my dream: At the end of tomorrow, Chubby and Orange Man both happy … Continue reading

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The Trump-Kim Summit. Enough Already lah!

So, two of the world’s craziest megalomaniacs are coming to Singapore to talk peace. Why Singapore? It’s neutral – we sleep with everyone – and we are safe because we are a fucking police state, with CCTV cameras aimed even … Continue reading

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