Month: March 2011

Cleaning up the birdshit

It will have been one month this weekend since my mother’s passing. We’ve kept busy and we’ve tried to keep our emotions at bay for the most part, allowing ourselves only spurts of grieving. I still hope that maybe if I keep busy for long enough, I might let the passage of time dull grief. But really, if not for my very supportive and loving wife and my darling baby boy, I don’t know how I’d have been able to hold it together. For Naomi and I, our Annus Horribilis began last November with the sudden death of her brother in Shanghai. Since then, it seems to have been one shocking piece of news after another. And watching Japan reel from the earthquake is just… I don’t know. My sister’s friends who’ve been similarly bereaved because of their parents’ sudden demise tell her that ‘the first few weeks is usually spent looking for things’. My sister, brother and I have been doing just that – keys, passwords, safe combination numbers, bank statements – some have …

CNA marketing VP, please rot

For sending out this email, the Channelnews Asia marketing and communications vice-president should rot – on earth first, alive, then reconstitute herself and rot in hell again, over and over. The same goes for any company or person who even contemplates her offer. Tweet

Mobile roaming

Some of my late mother’s friends, on hearing of her passing, took to texting her on her mobile with tributes and messages of how shocked they were and how much they would miss her. I kept her mobile, an Phone4, for a few days before I passed it to my sister, who’ll be keeping it and its number for sentimental reasons. It hasn’t been all sombre or pleasant, as there has been more than one telemarketer trying to close a sale even when he’s been told that the person who used to own the phone has recently passed away, like a fortnight ago, hello, if my mother was alive she’d have chewed you up and spat you out good and proper. I’m still checking her work email too, so that urgent business matters can be attended to, ¬†although it could have been said that Kate Spade sales were urgent business matters too. Goodness, she got/gets a lot of spam. Tweet