Month: December 2006

Merry meals

There’s nothing like home-cooked Christmas meals, which usually (for us, lah) comprise of one or two things we’ve never cooked before, which causes great concern among the family-folk, who know that I don’t exactly eat healthily. But, thanks to one of the many cookbooks we have on our shelves, we made a great gratin, whose recipe (when executed properly) is such that someone inevitably asks, “how much cheese you put inside?”, to which we inevitably answer, “no cheese”, to which they say, “really? it tastes like there’s cheese”, to which we respond with a smug flourish, “nope, no cheese at all, good huh?” Having a four-course meal increases the chances of your guests liking at least one of the courses, and because there were guests at this year’s family Christmas Eve dinner who didn’t eat beef, didn’t like milk, didn’t take cream, afraid of carrots, petrified of bread rolls and had a phobia of fish, we were very pleased that the reaction to dessert was unanimously positive. But because this is not a food blog, …

Christmas Letter

Christmas Day Breakfast There was a woman in her forties strolling through the hordes at Takashimaya the other day, singing out loudly, “All I want for Creamer is my two frontee, my two frontee, my two frontee”. Auntie, we hope you get your two frontee and more. It’s time for Christmas wishes, and I don’t know why it is, but I’ve only just discovered that writing and sending Christmas letters is a tradition in some countries. People write long, wordy letters to friends and family about how they, their kids, and their pets have been doing the past year. They obviously haven’t been blogging. If I were to write a Christmas letter to my friends and family, it’d probably go something along the lines of ‘read my blog’s archives from Dec 2005 – Dec 2006, Merry Christmas’. But seriously though, there are some things worth saying again for Christmas, however we may celebrate it. For mine, this is my second Christmas with Naomi, and it’s something to celebrate all on it’s own. Apart from our …

Podcast: Trailer – Multiple Personalities Disorder

Yes, this is ‘the other stuff’ I’ve been busy with the past month, helping write a stage show for Hossan Leong, who is Singapore’s funniest man, and I’m not saying that because he’s my best friend, but he’s really really funny, because he can make people laugh by repeating the same jokes I’ve told, and which didn’t make people laugh. Many of the things he tells that people laugh at come from personal experience, which when I tell them, people just shake their heads and say ‘wah lao, you damn loser, man’. Like the time when we were sixteen and went to our first club, unfashionably early, so early that only elevator music was playing, which we thought was the ‘actual music’ that we were supposed to dance to, and so, we danced. We stopped momentarily when the ‘actual music’ was put on by the inscrutable DJ, only god knows what he was thinking, complete with strobe lights and all. Then we continued dancing. Wah lao, damn loser, man. They say it’s all in the …