Category Archives: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Dissoi Logoi

As a young man (many years ago) I toyed with the idea of getting a motorcycle and when I sought my father’s opinion, he highlighted to me both the pros and cons of using a motorcycle as a means of … Continue reading

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I Need Schooling on Feelings

Decades ago, my uncle had a thriving business until an apprentice went down the road and opened a similar business. He even appropriated the company name and added a “xin” prefix to the name. “Xin” means “new” in Chinese. Usurped! … Continue reading

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Political Correctness Gone Mad

Kevin Roberts, the chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, quit after sparking uproar by saying a lack of women in high-powered jobs in advertising was not a problem and that some women lacked the “vertical ambition” to make it to the … Continue reading

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“The Greatest” the Greatest?

My friend, the Thailand-based American author John Arnone wrote a letter to The Nation, a newspaper in Thailand about Muhammad Ali; needless to say it was heavily censored before being published and John said his letter “should have a few … Continue reading

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Epiphany

Never go shopping with someone to whom you owe money. You will feel like shit. In order not to make you feel bad, the person to whom money is owed will say things like “Oh, I bought this only because … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Nur Diana Muhammad Ismail and Denise Phua

36-year old Nur Diana Muhammad Ismail had wanted to hold a fair selling apparel at Tampines 1’s atrium in May just before the start of the fasting month. The email from the mall that says “We are not so keen … Continue reading

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Skin Deep and Deep Shit

An aesthetic clinic has opened up in a neighborhood mall and it’s packed to the gills. In fact, it’s like a fish market. It’s operated like an assembly line – you go in, get your zap, you go out. Meanwhile … Continue reading

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What Did You Say?

Used to be “gay” meant “happy” and “old” meant old. Now old is “pre-loved” or “new-to-me” and really old is “vintage” or worse, “antique.” And dilapidated, crumbling buildings are sold off as “heritage” treasures. Used to be “Indonesian” means things … Continue reading

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Another Year, Another Fad

Unless you are hiding in the jungles of Indonesia, swinging from tree to tree there with the likes of Jusuf Kalla, chances are that you’ve probably heard 2015 is the year of the adult coloring book. Sellers of these books … Continue reading

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Daniel Asshole Craig

British actor Daniel Craig was paid US$10.7 million for Skyfall, making him the highest-paid James Bond actor ever, and the film was the first Bond movie to break the one billion dollar mark. After the success of Skyfall it was … Continue reading

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