Happy Year of the Dog

Red, can alreadyIt’s a happy new year when it’s a long weekend.

This weekend, I spent time at home with the family, went to play with dogs, then went to the hospital to visit someone who was unfortunate enough to suffer appendicitis during the weekend.

But all’s good, and I’m wagging my tail already.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of BillyPreston-Struttin of which I have the original CD.

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Nosso good alluvasudden

I had previously written about how wonderful the pizza at this place was. But sadly, it seems, in a matter of months, I’ve had to write this here post about how the pizza isn’t so wonderful anymore. And neither are the people behind the counter that serve it.

“Donato is very busy at his restaurant, he doesn’t come here very often anymore”

So the new chef tells me. Apparently Donato taught him how to make the pizzas, he also said when I told him that the pizzas tasted different.

Also, maybe they’ve had too many people doing a runner – they now collect your hard earned pizza money first before you are served.

Where’s the trust? Where’s the love? Where’s the good-tasting pizza gone?

Donato! Come back! Your new staff suck!

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Grey from the album “Skin (Disc 1)” by Endorphin of which I have the original CD.

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Sebastian Tan (Part II): They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway (that’s why Bengs like it)

[Read Part I here]

Sebastian Tan: Broadway BengI get exhausted watching Sebastian, or Ah Piew, as he’s known to friends, in almost any context. On stage, offstage, at friends’ parties – Seb’s almost always stealing the limelight, albeit unintentionally, with his incessant banter, dancing, singing, miming and about one soliloquy every half hour – in English, Singlish, Mandarin and then, Hokkien.

As Sebastian said during our podcast recording at the Dream Academy’s premises in Chip Bee Gardens, “I come from a Hokkien family, that’s why I can speak it (Hokkien) quite well”.

Quite well. The man makes Hokkien sound good.

Five years ago when I was business manager of an entertainment agency, I was told of a Sebastian Tan, an actor who was, in the words of a friend of his, ‘quite desperate’ for work.

the mrbrown show with sebastian tanLooking through his CV then, which had a smattering of ensemble performances now and again with no television work, it seemed difficult to place him in any television role, which at that time, was the purpose of the company I worked for. No matter that he had had prior training during National Service, with Mindef’s Music and Drama Company.

Was Sebastian disillusioned at any point during his career at not being able to eke out a living despite being known as one of the more talented men to ‘graduate’ from the MDC?

I don’t know if it was press presence during our recording, but Sebastian seemed pretty reticent to recount any of the feelings of disappointment that I remember him expressing when I met him years ago.

Or maybe it’s because he’s got Broadway Beng this coming week (and which is slated to tour KL as well later on in the year), and Army Daze in March. Whatever it is, Sebastian Tan Ah Piew deserves every minute in the limelight.

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TODAY: Let’s begin the year by talking dog

2501Vol020 MPooches air their grievances, just don’t call it cattiness …

Local blog aggregator Tomorrow.sg suggests: “From Saturday 28 Jan (Chinese New Year Eve) to Tuesday 31 Jan (third day of Chinese New Year), Tomorrow.sg will only publish posts that contain the word “dog” and/or “oranges”, or actual pictures of dogs and/or oranges. The posts can still be about anything Singapore-related, as always – they just have to include the theme words.” But before you get ‘too creative’, editor Daryl Sng adds: “Submissions about dogs dyed orange will be referred to the SPCA.”

Well, it is going to be the Year of the Dog, and a rudimentary search has found some bits of the blogosphere dominated by dogs.

Read more at TODAYonline [pdf][text]

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Sebastian Tan (Part I): They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway (that’s why Bengs like it)

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So went the SMS message from Sebastian Tan last Monday. If you didn’t already know, he’s performing in his solo show, ‘Broadway Beng’, where he sings musical theatre hits from the biggest shows staged on Broadway and on London’s West End.

And if you didn’t already know, Sebastian’s also recently returned from the West End, where he played the role of Thuy in the UK production of Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Miss Saigon’.

Sebastian Tan is dying to tell us all about the experience. “I learnt a lot about how the English don’t know how to ‘lim teh’ or ‘lim jiu’ or talk properly to ‘lim peh’!”

Now freshly restored to his Singapore-Hokkien, born-and-bred-in-Redhill roots, Sebastian will ponder the differences of all things East and West with songs like I’m a Ge Tai God and other great songs for the whole Fu*kien Family.

– Broadway Beng flyer text

Sebastian Tan: Broadway BengBut just how Beng is Sebastian Tan? Surely you’d imagine someone as uncouth as to be described as a Beng wouldn’t be able to pass muster at an audition, much less cut it as a practitioner in musical theatre.

We thought it’d be apt to have Sebastian on the mrbrown show, as a guest of Johnny’s Zhng My Car. We were right. Sebastian outgunned Johnny in the Hokkien stakes throughout the session.

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A pair of kumquats

KumquatsBecause Chinese New Year is nigh, my fruit of the moment is the kumquat. Why? Because it sounds like something you’d scold someone with. Which means it has a silly sounding name. Don’t agree? Well then, you’re a right kumquat!

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Wilson Pickett – Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You from the album “Random Tracks” by Soul Shower of which I have the original CD.

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Tet a Tet

After the Kitchen God has gone to the Heaven, preparations for the New Year festivities begin in enthusiasm.

I’m all for the Vietnamese community celebrating Tet. But when the Vietnamese community descends upon my neighbourhood, and has a huge ass garden party within earshot till the wee hours, I’m not so enthusiastic anymore. There’s only so much Viet ‘Tetno’ music you can handle on what you planned to be a quiet Saturday night at home.

But what to do? The Vietnamese are known for celebrating Tet in a big, big way.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Zero Zero One from the album “Everyone Loves You” by Naomi of which I have the original CD.

Surf stop: Celebrate Tet

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Reservist hangover

Tick bite!During my ICT in Queensland, we wore uniforms which were treated with permethrin, a vial of which was given to us by the Army before the trip for to soak our uniforms ourselves. I soaked the combat fatigues (No. 4s), but not our grey vests, shorts and socks.

Permethrin is a nerve agent which is very poisonous, and which kills insects on contact as well.

During one of the very few down times in the field, I took off my No. 4 top and wore a grey vest while I rested. A little tick decided to have a bite of my left upper arm. I didn’t notice it till a few hours later when I felt a bump on my arm. Then I stupidly plucked the insect off thinking it was an ant. It was only upon closer inspection that I realised it was a tick.

Now, it’s flared up, the spot where the tick used to be – and I think the little bastard’s head’s still under my skin.

Three things you don’t do, folks:

1) Go to Queensland for Army training – there are ticks in the woods there.

2) Pluck a tick off your skin – leaves the little bastard’s head under your skin.

3) Look up the internet to explain symptoms of tick bites – brings out your inner hypochondriac.

Damn right they should appreciate NSmen’s contribution to the nation!

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Brother Where Are You? (Matthew Herbert Mix) from the album “Verve Remixed 2″ by Oscar Brown Jr. of which I have the original CD.

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Institute of Policy Studies

Institute of Policy Studiesmrbrown and I went to the Institute of Policy Studies this afternoon and met half a dozen old schoolmates. We did a little show and tell for them. Later on, we finished the cakes and puffs which were at the table outside. Then we rushed back to work.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Soul For Sahib from the album “Waltz For Koop” by Koop of which I have the original CD.

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