Published Sunday, 8 December, 2013
gastronomy , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
At the British Curry Awards this week more than 40,000 nominations poured in from fans. (Among the winners, Karma, in Whitburn, for Best Spice Restaurant Scotland, and Shampan 4 at the Spinning Wheel, in Westerham, Kent, for Best Newcomer.) Prime Minister David Cameron took the stage between choreographed dance sequences and declared the foreign dish now central to British identity: “To all those who think being British depends on your skin color, wake up and smell the curry!”
I read Huma Yusof’s New York Times piece, ‘The Threat to British Curry‘, with great interest. Writing about Britain’s curry crisis, she concludes that it ‘says more about the country’s prejudices than its palate’. Other than prejudices, I find that her article brings to light intriguing issues of identity, culture, authenticity, nationhood, politics, race and class – a whole gamut! Truly, food for thought.
Published Friday, 29 November, 2013
art , quoteworthy
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Published Tuesday, 26 November, 2013
quoteworthy , sociopolitics
As the furore over the various spying controversies rages on, this letter in Today newspaper is particularly instructive……
Has any country never spied on others?
From Ee Teck Ee
Many countries have claimed to be surprised and have expressed indignation at being spied on by the United States or its close allies. They should have known better.
How could any security agency do its job without intelligence collection, which is but a euphemism for spying?
Satellites are taking photos and tapping conversations. Submarines are intercepting messages on the seabed. Being spied on is as unpleasant as ageing and death, but just as inevitable.
If any country claims that it has never spied on friends or foes alike, or apologises for having done so and promises never to do it again, are we to believe it?
Today, 23 November 2013, page 13
Published Sunday, 17 November, 2013
amusings , linguistics , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
Gotta love Rachel Lu’s ‘Meet China’s Beverly Hillbillies’, not just for its amusing sociocultural content, but even more for its brilliant linguistics. For example, this paragraph is sheer genius:
They are the tuhao — tu means dirt or uncouth; hao means splendor — and they are the Beverly Hillbillies of China. Or something like that: A crowdsourced translation call on China’s social media yielded “new money,” “slumdog millionaire,” the “riChinese” and “billionbilly.” When English falls short, French is on hand to help: Tuhao have the artistic sensibilities of the arriviste, the social grace of the parvenu, and the spending habits of the nouveau riche.
And you can read the rest of the article here!
Published Wednesday, 6 November, 2013
adventures , gastronomy
Ordered teh si kosong peng for the first time ever this afternoon. Never knew that there was such a drink before today, haha! (I usually don’t order drinks when lunching, but if I do, it’s usually teh peng.)
Anyway, the teh si kosong peng was lighter, fresher and far less sinful than teh peng. Such is the power of evaporated milk!
Published Friday, 1 November, 2013
And so November has arrived, all grey and rainy……
Published Monday, 14 October, 2013
Restarted yoga classes this evening, after a hiatus of more than a year, at a community club near my home. The class is younger, but slightly more international: there’s an angmoh auntie and a Filipino woman. There is only one guy, but alas, he is not hot. Haha.
To greater flexibility and inner peace!
Published Sunday, 13 October, 2013
digital life , education , school , sociopolitics
Once upon a time, I looked at my boss’ list of Facebook friends, and noted, with some admiration, that it was full of doctors, lawyers, civil servants, academics, and other movers and shakers of the like.
Then I looked at my own, and realized that it was exactly the same.
And that is, perhaps, one of the most best legacies that attending a top school can bestow upon you…… yes, the power of social capital……
Is this the most imba (first time using this word! :D) press release published by a local governmental agency ever? (Hat tip to friend Mel for the link!)
Prologue: True love…seriously?
It was May 2012 when a married Singaporean man was attracted to a female Chinese national and the couple decided to develop their illicit relationship further. Unfortunately, as with many heart-rending love stories, they did not live happily forever as both were married, but not to each other.
Click HERE to read the rest of the press release! There’s even a photo montage at the bottom of the page!!!
Shared the link with a couple of other friends, and SY commented that ‘the corp comms must have psycho-ed the perm sec [permanent secretary]‘, haha!
Last but not least, check out other press releases by the same organization here! Most of them start with corny titles and introductions!!! :P
Published Thursday, 3 October, 2013
dining out , gastronomy
Colleagues R and M took GE and me to a yong tau foo place for lunch today. It actually isn’t very far to walk from our office, but you’d have to go uphill then downhill (and then uphill and downhill on the way back), so luckily R was driving today.
The place turned out to be a little joint, called Fatty Aunt Yong Tau Foo, located in a void deck in a sleepy HDB estate. They have a pretty large selection of yong tau foo items. Nonfried items were stored in a top-opening ice cream fridge, while fried items were placed on shelves right above. Most items are $0.50 each. They have all the different noodles and even yam rice as well, and you can have your yong tau foo with soup, sweet sauce, chilli sauce, bean sauce, laksa or minced meat.
I asked them what their recommended items were, and one of the staff replied that they were ngor hiang, yam fritters, tofu topped with meat and some special fishcake (which I think contained mushrooms). So I ordered all of those plus a few more items (no rice or noodles for me!), and paid $4.30 in all. (Everything was $0.50 except the tofu which was $0.80.)
Continue reading ‘fatty aunt’
Published Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
digital life , la famiglia
My mum finally bought a handphone, a Nokia Asha 305, after years of people asking why she had none. (Actually, she did get a brick-sized Nokia in late 2000, but gave it to my dad for some reason or another.)
So she called me at work this afternoon to announce her new number. After that, at 1.10 pm, I sent her a message, ‘Hello mummy!!!’ About two hours later, at 3.05 pm, she replied, ‘Tks’.
The manual her phone came with is unsurprisingly scant, so I’m helping her google for information on how to use some functions. :P
Published Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
adventures , leisure
Will be having my first Western floral arrangement class after work today, at the community club near my office! Signed up for this course a month ago and have been counting down to today! Have never ever done floral arrangement before, hence my excitement!!! :D
Published Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
c'est la vie
And a quarter of a year more to go!!! :O
Published Thursday, 26 September, 2013
fashion , quoteworthy
Robin Givhan, New York Magazine fashion critic, recently took questions at a live interview hosted on Reddit. I love her answer to this question:
Why on earth did you devote your professional career to something as inane as fashion?
Oh, you’re just trying to get my goat, aren’t you? Surely people have mentioned to you that fashion is a billion dollar global business in which every single person must engage? I did not set out to write about fashion. My desire was simply to be a journalist and the fashion beat was open. Over the course of the years, I’ve learned the fashion is a fascinating business about selling magic. It is done on the backs of our optimism and our insecurity. It is as much psychology as commerce. But I’ve also learned that every day we make split second decisions about people based on their attire and those decisions can have powerful implications — see the story of Trayvon Martin and his hoodie. It’s important for us to understand how fashion works and how we connect to it.