My favourite colour is very nice

Far East Plaza Chicken Rice

This is an exercise in self-awareness. I still have the habit of not answering questions properly. No, let me clarify that. I still have the knack of not answering questions – by giving an incongruent answer.

E.g.

Q: What’s your favourite colour?

A: My favourite colour is very nice.

Q: Does it taste like tomato?

A: It feels like tomato.

Q: Are you hungry?

A: I feel like chicken rice.

Anyone whose ever borne the brunt of such answers, please, accept my sincere apologies on behalf of answerers of a similar ilk. My wife sympathises with you too, because I unanswer questions like this several times a day.

Q: What time is it?

A: Not hungry yet.

I’m told some wars were started because of this.

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The Sea-Monkey Diaries, Part Five

It’s a case of Monkey See, Monkey Do. Or Sea-Monkey See, Monkey Do, if you want to be more specific. Or Sea-Monkey Sea-Monkey Do…

But anyway, Paul Chan’s started his own colony. For the benefit of his kids, of course. Of course! And I’ve been told that they’ve run out of Sea-Monkey kits at the Toys R Us at Tampines.

There’s nothing wrong with raising Sea-Monkeys, but if you want to assuage your guilt, you can blame this blog, or if you have kids, just say it’s for them. It’s an educational tool after all. (Daddy, is it true that female Sea-Monkeys can fertilize their own eggs? Does that make them Lebanese Sea-Monkeys? Or are they simply Homogenous?)

If you can’t be bothered, then just watch tv. Speaking of which, how about that American Idol huh? Congratulations Jordin Sparks. What an Idol, what a name for an Idol.

Looking back to the beginning of the season, and as much as I’d rather forget, I’m recalling and admitting to saying that I thought Sanjaya Malakar was a hit, and that he ‘got my vote’.

Next time, must be very careful what I write.

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Vale, Wayne Thunder

I’ve just been informed that Wayne Thunder, drummer of The Suns, passed away last night. I met Wayne together with mr brown when we recorded an ‘interview’ on the mrbrown show last January at his parents’ home.

Wayne and his bandmates were infectious with their passion about their craft and about promoting local music, and will be dearly missed.

His funeral service is at 8pm tonight at St Joseph’s Bukit Timah.

Rock on.

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Little Slope, Big Slope and Boogie Street


Back alley, Bugis Junction = by ☆ lcy

From Wikipedia:

The fame of the original Bugis Street has spawned many namesakes eager to capitalise on the brand, even though many tourists, as well as some young Singaporeans, have no inkling as to the reasons for its erstwhile ‘glamour’.


Yes, if not for the page on Wikipedia I’d have thought that the history of Bugis Street had something to do with cross-dressing warrior tribes from South Sulawesi.

What really piqued my interest was not actually the seedy side of Bugis Street as described on that page, but rather the references to “Xiao Po” (小坡; little slope), referring to a section of downtown Singapore. I had been wondering if anyone else remembered references to “Ta Po” (Big Slope) and “Xiao Po” (Little Slope), which basically formed the two sections of the city.

If I’m not wrong, “Ta Po” referred to the area west of the Singapore River, and “Xiao Po” referred to the area east of it. This division was apparently made by the Chinese population before the 1950s. Although I’m not that old, I remember my grandmother asking the rickshaw driver to take us to somewhere in “Ta Po” for me to get my bowl haircut.

Does anyone else remember this and hopefully has a more detailed explanation of why this was so?

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The Sea-Monkey Diaries, Part Three

Day 5

No, we’re not bored with our new pets yet! No, they’re not glorified dried larvae. They’re alive and they’re feeding on the tiny spoonful of gunk we scraped out of sachet 3. Just as well we got to watch them feed and defecate (yup, they shit), because it was a depressing American Idol day, when our favourite Idol contestant of all time was not voted into the finals.

For the benefit of those who need to see moving pictures before they believe that Sea-Monkeys are real animals:

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