Month: May 2004

Levity

Listening to: Tributo Al Niño Rivera – Afro Cuban All Stars – Distinto Diferente There are blessings to count. S coming back from Sydney has been a godsend. Today, after work, we met at our local, as per normal every Friday and Saturday for the past two months now, and we had our compulsory Hoegaarden half a litre. Then we headed off SHOPPING! S needed new clothes for his string of job interviews. He had his mum buy him a Hugo Boss suit earlier in the week for his first interview, and he called us the day of his interview to ask how to tie a tie. Today, on H’s recommendation, we headed to Raoul’s, where the shirts are damn nice lor. It is not often guys shop together for clothes (!), but we three kings of orient went and did it with much glee. Me and H picked out shirts for S to try, and we were, as usual, poking fun at everything in the shop, much to the consternation of the nervous sales …

Bringing the family

Listening to: Bolero Sonámbulo – Manuel Galbán/Ry Cooder – Mambo Sinuendo A few weeks ago, we were sitting at the dining table having dinner. All was usual. Mum was griping about everything. Sis was complaining about something at work. Brother-in-law was asking me some inane question in an effort to drum up conversation with me. Brother was silent. And little Josh was trying to get everyone’s attention. We dished the food onto our plates of rice as per normal. Then it was Dad’s turn to scoop some stuff onto his plate. I stopped the spinning lazy susan to help him. And that’s when I saw it. He picked up the serving spoon in the most laboured manner, his right hand trembling quite significantly. Parkinson’s. My first thought flashed. Then I was mesmerised. I looked at him eating for the rest of dinner. He did complain to me about having the shakes. He usually doesn’t complain much unless he’s afraid. But I think he was aware that I was aware and observing him. I met him …

She’s a beaut, mate, but she’s sending me to the poor house

Listening to: Riding With the King – John Hiatt – Y’all Caught OK, who wants to buy a 1986 Mercedes Benz 300SEL? I got this car in 2002 for a real bargain by Singapore standards – $28K for 5 years left on the COE (for non-Singaporeans – Certificate of Entitlement – yes, you need a certificate to show you are entitled to own a car). It seemed a real bargain then. For $28K you can only put a deposit on another decent car. This baby (monster) was so well-kept by her previous owners that I felt guilty taking her off their hands. I’m renowned for trashing cars. My last car in Sydney was known as the Sports Car, because of all manner of sporting apparatus I kept in the trunk, the back seat, the front passenger seat and the roof rack. I’ve grown accustomed to her face, her large, cumbersome frame and her reluctant purr in the mornings, when her transmission doesn’t want to wake up yet. She is low-maintenance with the TLC stuff, but …