Category Archives: The Reader

Another Pair of Balls Lost

“Until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an ‘existential’ … Continue reading

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Bound to Happen

I was in the bookstore the other day when I overheard a young lady saying to her boyfriend “I am going to read a book this year.” Am. Going. To. Read. A. Book. This. Year. A book. One book. This … Continue reading

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A Salute to House of Anansi

Taiwanese writer Li Ao once said “Taiwanese are scoundrels but they are lovable. Hong Kongers are craftier, Singaporeans are stupider and the mainland Chinese are more unfathomable.” There are probably still many who believe that Singaporeans are stupider than the … Continue reading

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Chinese People Speaking English must be Singaporeans!

Came across this the other day; no idea who wrote it, but I think it’s brilliant; here’s my edited version: Questioner: You look Chinese. Singaporean: I am a Singaporean. Q: But you look Chinese. S: I am a Singaporean Chinese. … Continue reading

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I Am Emoji-free

SMS language, textspeak or texting language is the abbreviated language and slang commonly used with mobile phone text messaging. Such language is usually accompanied by emojis or emoticons. The word “emoji” is from the Japanese e, “picture,” and moji, “character.” … Continue reading

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What the British Left Behind

Anglophiles praise the British for civilizing the rest of the world. Well, if you think rape and plunder is “civilizing the rest of the world” then you must really love to kiss British asses. Then they are those who say … Continue reading

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Will the Ban be Lifted?

Playboy announced last week that it will no longer feature pictures of naked women. Does this mean it will no longer be banned in Singapore? I remember those schoolboy days of passing the bloody contraband under the table! Some people … Continue reading

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More Power to You, Arnold!

Fearing the inkbrush as much as the sword, the first emperor of unified China, Qin Shi Huang (259 BC – 210 BC) burned books. He also ordered the arrest of over 400 scholars and buried them. To celebrate the end … Continue reading

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Gone Girl

The Financial Times says “Read it and stay single” and the author herself, in her Acknowledgements, thanked a couple for reading the manuscript in the months leading up to their wedding, saying “It doesn’t seem to have harmed you guys … Continue reading

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The Devotion of Suspect X

This is one book I couldn’t put down. The Devotion of Suspect X is a 2005 novel by Keigo Higashino that has sold over two million copies in Japan and is said to be a national obsession. In fact, Higashino has been … Continue reading

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