Month: January 2006

Happy Year of the Dog

It’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. Technorati Tags: Chinese New Year, singapore Tweet

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. Technorati Tags: donato pizza, food, singapore Tweet

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

[Read Part I here] I 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. Looking 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 …