TODAY: Open Season – Wives to cabs

Before I customarily paste today’s TODAY article, here’s a post I found about my writing for TODAY:

think mr miyagi has a damn simple job. he’s this guy who writes bout what other ppl wrote in their blogs. add a few comments…. and TADA! finish one article. hey. i do the job for you cans! i’m in need of cash alrights. just need to go GOOGLE.COM and search for stuffs like… “bad-mouthing of ministers” or “singapore blogs” or “president election” and WAH-LA! all he does is “copy and paste” what they say.. literally copy and paste. haha. oh wells. he looks comical though. the cartoon version of him right smack in the middle of the page. ah. oh wells. if i fail my A lvl (CHOY!) think i’ll scout for his job and break his ricebowl. =D * beams *

Tolong! Please don’t fail your ‘A’ levels. I need this ricebowl. (Won’t one lah, you RGS – Hwa Chong type! You just mightn’t do all that well for G.P. if you wrote like that, though.)

Today’s “copy and paste” TODAY: Open Season – Wives to cabs

Bloggers are a diverse bunch of people and they’ll pontificate on any topic under the sun, as some highlights from past week’s postings show…

BLOG IT IF…

… you swallowed a bitter pill (or “if you feel bitter about your ex-spouse getting all your money”):

Today reader Derrick Tan followed a recent “Voices” debate about wifely duties, marriage and divorce laws in Singapore, and decided he had something to add to the argument.

His blog, titled “Men’s answer to feminism”, (www.menspeak.blogspot.com), has only one entry. But some of the comments left there are as long as the post itself.

Commenter victeoh, who by the length of his comment, should really have his own blog, argues for a Family Charter to supersede what he thinks is an outmoded Women’s Charter because of its incongruence with the usual emphasis on a “3-generation family”.

He writes: “Because of my ex-wife’s objection, my parents did not get their access rights (to their grandchildren) legally … In Singapore, a 3-generation family is encouraged but strangely under the Women’s Charter, marriage is like a contract between 2 persons only and grandparents are not a party to it, and therefore, the Court cannot rule on grandparent’s access.”

victeoh also argues that the Women’s Charter is unfair to men, especially in the area of maintenance entitlements for ex-spouses.

“Wives get a maintenance even if she has high qualifications (such as my ex-wife who has a Master’s degree) and high income (such as my ex-wife who qualified easily for a platinum card) … This is the case even if the breakdown in marriage is due to, say, adultery by the wife! Such discrimination must be reviewed.”
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A special kind of gymnastics meet: Bishan Sports Hall, 27 August 2005. (photo by mrbrown)

All of youse who came and helped out at last Saturday’s class, thank you and well done. I’m sure the parents of the special needs children are just as thankful, and you’ve seen for yourself the faces of the kids at the class. Innit grand?

There were 25 people who emailed, sms’d or simply turned up to help. I’ll be putting your names on a list of volunteers to call upon when help is needed.

But first, here’s an update on what we’re planning to do:

As you know, the 61 children who enjoyed last Saturday’s class did so because all of you helped to manage this session which was on the brink of complete chaos. It is not a conducive environment. Ideally, a class in that arena should have a maximum of twenty children, one head coach and two helpers.

We’re expecting more calls from more parents of special needs children, so if we were to continue running just the one session, we’d see about 100 kids or so in one class. We need five separate sessions. Five hours. Our company cannot afford to give five free hours.

We intend to work with the Singapore Sports Council for a solution. And I’ll keep you posted as to the outcome.

In the meantime, you’re all champions. Thanks again for helping.

Surf stop: mrbrown’s Flickr set of Above & Beyond’s Special Olympics Gymnastics class

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Shame from the album “Bad Love” by Randy Newman of which I have the original CD.

Press the Face III: Janice Wong’s book about Janice Wong

Janice Wong emailed me last week about getting Tomorrow.SG to feature her new book. So, I’ll blog about it to give it a chance to be tomorrowed, cos y’know, you don’t just publish a book and hope to get it tomorrowed on its own. It needs to be blogged about first, right?

So, here, I blog it. Janice Wong’s book. And it’s called “SPG: Single Picky Girl: A Collection of Columns”.

I haven’t read it ‘cos she hasn’t sent me a copy, so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not. Apparently I can get a copy if I win a ‘why I should win a copy of Janice Wong’s book’ contest. Apparently I can join the contest by writing a 41-word paragraph about why I should win a copy of Janice Wong’s book.

Apparently, I can write a paragraph, like so:

I should win a copy of Janice Wong’s book because I need to have a copy of the book so I can blog about it, so that someone else can submit it to Tomorrow.sg, so that more people will read it.

And then I can email her the paragraph and she will inform me whether I’ve won or not. But till then, I really can’t tell you if the book’s worth buying. It’s not out till 14th September.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Haere ra e Hine from the album “Maori Songs” by Kiri Te Kanawa of which I have the original CD.

Channel NewsEarlier & the Blue Screen of Death

Prime Time Morning 3-in-1 Coffee
Mornings are never my prime time

‘Wah, damn early, can?’ was my first response when mrbrown informed me that the SWF organisers had scheduled us for CNA’s Prime Time Morning slot to talk about the blogging segment of the festival. It was also my second and third responses.

Now, we’re never good morning people (haha, good morning people, haha), and not having enough sleep the night before, plus the infernal jam on Lornie Road (must be the new ERP charges on the other roads) put paid to any chance of either of us being pleasant interviewees.

First up, nobardy told mrbrown he couldn’t wear his favourite blue shirt, so he wore his favourite blue shirt. One of the producers scrambled to find a non-blue top from the Channel 8 wardrobes, and came up with a cream coloured sweater that matched every pixel of mrbrown’s cream coloured skin tone. I can hear him screaming at this blog post now: “It was ivory-coloured, you moron!”

Turtleneck jokes aside, the other thing that didn’t go well was the fact I didn’t know we were already on air when I kept looking at Suzanne Jung’s notes on the coffee table, hoping to pre-empt her questions. mrbrown was already up and away peppering answers to the interview questions when I finally gave up trying to see the questions. The teleprompter thing also proved to be a distraction, as were typos on the teleprompter thing.

Next thing we knew, the interview segment was over, with Suzanne telling us her blog was not under her real name. So we told her we’d search the web under the terms I am a hot CNA presenter chick’. Sure find one.

Then, eh, we didn’t talk about the Singapore Writers’ Festival at all. Fark us dead, we’re not earning our per diems for the festival. But then we’re not getting paid for today’s interview, so nair mind ler.

Surf stop: mrbrown’s flickr set of today’s CNA segment.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Where’s My Everything from the album “Labour Of Love – The Music of Nick Lowe” by Greg Brown of which I have the original CD.

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Help still needed

This morning, mrbrown and myself are scheduled to be on CNA’s Prime Time Morning show, you know, the early in the morning one where they talk about the stock market and interview analysts from financial firms like Wanker & Stains?

We were emailed a series of questions, most of them were quite easy to answer, so, sure pass one. Except this one, which, because of one mere set of double negatives, has gotten me and mrbrown perplexed, and as a result, we won’t be able to sleep tonight:

Given that both of you have newspaper columns too, would you say that blogging doesn’t remain sacred if its not in cyberspace?

So, please, if you could, help us out and decipher the question. Because we is just bloggers, so, nosso smart, y’know?

The other thing I can’t figure out is why my RSS feed doesn’t update properly, even though I’ve taken to blogging more regularly. So, if you’ve got any good WordPress tips, help me out also. Can? Tankew.

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and that’s why you take this medicine when you have a cough

Nullarbor Song from the album “Barricades & Brickwalls” by Kasey Chambers

Migration

It’s time.

This blog is moving to its own server at miyagi.sg. Please, please, please, please, please, please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds. Oh, and RSS feed for comments is also available. So cool, hor?

Because I still support Blogger and how it got me started so easily, all entries before this post will remain here, though, but comments will be closed from now. (OK, yah lah, I can’t be bothered to migrate everything over lah. I got a day job, ungderstang? Where got time?)

At the new place, which is WordPress powered, you’ll find categories like Ingterneck, Navel Gazing and Food & Beverage, and there’s a nifty calendar thing as well as an assortment of things that will screw up my template.

You’ll find duplicate posts there from July to date, because I wanted to populate the site to see what it looked like, and now I can’t be arsed to remove them.

The other blogs I collaborate on will still be on Blogger:

See you over at the new place!

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This is what it looks like

iTunes Party Shuffle is playing a copy of How Can You Keep Moving from the album “Into the Purple Valley” by Ry Cooder

Welcome here

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Thanks for dropping by here. Now bookmark this page, add it to your feeds and then…

Sing it wif me!

(Agnes Cunningham)
(C) – (F) – (G)
(C) How can you keep on moving un (F) less you migrate (C) too
They tell ya to keep on moving but (G) migrate, you must not do
The (C) only reason for moving and the (F) reason why I (C) roam
To move to a new lo (G) cation and find myself a (C) home
I can’t go back to the homestead, the shack no longer stands
They said I was uneeded, had no claim to the land
They said, Come on, get moving, it’s the only thing for you
But how can you keep moving unless you migrate too
Now if you pitch your little tent along the broad highway
The Board of Sanitation says, Sorry, you can’t stay
Come on, come on, get moving it’s their everlasting cry
Can’t stay, can’t go back, can’t migrate, so where the hell am I
How can you keep on moving unless you migrate too
They tell ya to keep on moving but migrate, you must not do
The only reason for moving and the reason why I roam
To move to a new location and find myself a home

~How can you keep moving (unless you migrate too)

The old stuff prior to July 10 can still be found at the old place.

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Adieu, old glob. You’ve served me well
How Can You Keep Moving from the album “Into the Purple Valley” by Ry Cooder

A very engaging week ahead

For starters, there’s the humongonimous class at 6pm at Bishan Sports Hall on Saturday which NEEDS MORE VOLUNTEERS! Thank you again, Threez!

If you like working with kids, and you should, you might want to come down at 5.45pm Saturday and let me tell you what’s required of you. From 6 – 7pm, you’ll enjoy one of the most fulfilling hours of your week, working with special needs kids as they’re put through their paces by our head coaches.

Email me here, and I’ll put your names down for the hour.

Thank you.

Then, if you don’t already know, there’s the Singapore Writers’ Festival, which showcases some non-Singapore writers, and Xiaxue, mrbrown and myself.

The three of us have been engaged to conduct a talk and workshop about ‘How to create and maintain blogs‘ on Saturday, 3rd of September, at the National Library Black Box on the 5th floor, then we’re off to Rouge for some networking night, and then we’ll be conducting another talk about ‘Creating online communities through blogging’ with Cory Doctorow! Cory Doctorow leh!

Earlier this evening however, I was informed by Linda Chia that our first talk and workshop has been sold out! Free one also can sold out leh!


Special Olympics

Special Olympics

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