Month: October 2004

Motor Morons’ Motoring Weekend

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Being With You – Smokey Robinson – Billboard Top Hits: 1981, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music. No, I didn’t go watch the rugby or the wakeboarding this weekend, because every time I looked out the window, it looked like it was gonna rain chubby rain. What I did instead was a spot of retail therapy with a friend who’s looking to buy a car. Because this was the first time either of us were looking at showroom cars (as opposed to caryard ones), we were very excited. We collected half a dozen brochures before we mustered enough courage to ask for a test drive. Yes, me and my friend are what you would call Motor Morons. Very tiring weekend, but here’s our Motor Moron Motor Review: Chevrolet Aveo: Not a good feel at all. Horrible interior with plastic trimmings that look like Airfix parts. (In fact, the drinks-holder fell apart because the airfix glue never glue properly). The doors were …

Chopsticks Olympics

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Working Class Hero – John Lennon – Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music. I’ve had a string of bad days work and otherwise. There were hours where I couldn’t make heads or tails of what I was supposed to be doing. But there were breaks, thankfully, and one of the breaks was spent having lunch with my father. Good thing my father’s the quiet sort, and to most other observers, inscrutably so. You can almost hear his brain ticking, but ticking about what, you don’t know. I reckon the ticking these days is mostly about trying to figure out how to control his fine motor movements. I was mesmerised again by his determined use of chopsticks to pick up peanuts from a plate while we lunched at a Chinese restaurant near the office we share. He zig-zagged the chopsticks towards the plate, hovering over the plate for about half a minute before catching …

This Sporting Life*

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Prelude To A Kiss – Duke Ellington – This Is Jazz (Volume 7), of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music. This weekend promises to be a sporting weekend. There are three major events on this our little island. There’s the 57th Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens at the Padang, the Wakeboarding World Cup at Bedok Reservoir, and the Corporate Triathlon at wherever it is they hold triathlons. I want to watch the SCC Sevens because I haven’t watched one in ages. It’s a palatable rugby carnival for non-rugby nuts, given the simplified 7-a-side format (as opposed to 15s), with a picnic atmosphere. It used to be an even more picnicky event, with the old Satay Club across the road from the Padang. This year, as with previous years, rugby clubs from around the world will compete in games lasting a maximum of twenty minutes, so spectators would be able to watch a dozen games in a day. I remember playing for …