Published Monday, 21 July, 2014
amusings , linguistics , sociopolitics
Devil. Whale. Chlorophyll, Violante, Treacle — you name it, Hong Kong probably has someone who goes by it. The former British colony is obsessed with weird English names.
Unusual appellations have been found on people of all kinds. The secretary for justice is Rimsky Yuen and the previous secretary for food and health was York Chow. Among celebrities, there is a Fanny Sit, Moses Chan, and Dodo Cheng. Models? We have a Vibeke, Bambi, Dada, and Vonnie. But lawyers take the prize. There is a Magnum, John Baptist, Ludwig, Ignatius, Bunny and four — yes, four — Benedicts.
Odd names make for odder situations. Last July, police arrested a woman named Ice Wong with 460 grams of ice — the drug, not frozen water. Months earlier, the law caught up with Devil Law when he was brought before a judge for drug possession and crashing his car into a bus. In 2010, a woman called Cash Leung was jailed for paying cabbies with fake cash.
I agree that most of the monikers that the writer mentioned are pretty peculiar, but why ‘Moses’ or ‘Benedict’? Anyhow, check out other unusual English names that Hong Kongers gives themselves here!
Then there is Petroswickonicovick Wandeckerkof da Silva Santos, a 12-year-old soccer prodigy who has begun training with Corinthians, one of Brazil’s leading teams. Even in a country flooded with amazing names, his 19-letter first name and 12-letter middle name have raised eyebrows.
The boy said it took him awhile to learn how to pronounce his own name. His father, José Ivanildo dos Santos, a soccer coach, has been repeatedly questioned about the choice.
“The woman at the notary public’s office thought it was terrible and called me crazy,” Mr. dos Santos said in a televised interview. “But I told her I’d name my son my way.”
Read about the weird and wondrous variety of Brazilian names here!
Today’s Google Doodle is super cute and funny!
Try to squeeze in some football during your office meeting, but watch out!
When the boss is coming…… flip the channel quickly! Also, notice that both graphs are showing downward trends? A consequence of the World Cup? Though to be fair, I guess this occurs in offices everywhere, even without the globe’s biggest single-event sporting competition going on!!! :P
Published Thursday, 12 June, 2014
I knew the World Cup was going to start sometime in June but I had no idea that it was going to start TOMORROW (well, at 4 am local time tonight really) until I saw the Google Doodle today!
Not that it really mattered in the least, since my interest in football is basically close to zero……
Published Wednesday, 11 June, 2014
amusings , anthropology , quoteworthy
I know this is supposed to be a satire (it’s The Onion after all!), but at the heart of every satire is a grain of truth……
Of course, no ENTJs are exactly alike. Sure, we all like to talk. We like to be the boss. We can all move through the universe unrestrained by any law of physics and treat every so-called heavenly body as a mere plaything worth but moments of our attention. But just because I plunge my fist through a planet doesn’t mean that every single ENTJ is going to follow suit. We’re extraverted, intuitive, and nearly omnipotent, not clones.
If you’ve never taken the Myers-Briggs test, you should definitely do it. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the people around you. And if you end up an ENTJ, welcome to the club!
If not, you will kneel.
Read Sara Alford’s humorous article, ‘I’m An ENTJ, Destroyer Of Worlds’, here!
Published Monday, 26 May, 2014
amusings , finance
So I finally took the day off and hauled myself down to Phillip Investor Centre in Raffles City to set up a trading account this afternoon. The relationship manager attending to me was an older man. He handed me a whole ton of forms to fill up. I was filling one in, and hesitated slightly over ‘name of employer’. So he said, ‘No need to write current employer if you’re still a student.’ Barely stifling a chuckle, I replied, ‘Oh, I am not a student!’ And promptly wrote my company’s name and address down. :)
Published Sunday, 25 May, 2014
amusings , quoteworthy
I first read a version of this article in the Straits Times on Thursday (22 May) and found it utterly hilarious……
Lion cub ‘runs wild’ after smuggled on Russian train
A Russian woman who smuggled a 50-kilogram (110-pound) lion cub onto a sleeper train claiming it was a domestic cat was being questioned Thursday, police said.
The big cat was exposed after it began behaving aggressively early Thursday on a passenger train heading for the city of Yekaterinburg 1,400 kilometres (850 miles) east of Moscow, police said.
The lion cub’s female owner “could not cope with the situation and it was necessary to urgently isolate the animal which was running wild,” police said.
Continue reading ‘‘domestic cat’ smuggled on russian train’
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!
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 Saturday, 10 August, 2013
amusings , c'est la vie
Something really amusing happened to me yesterday evening……
Was supposed to meet my friends for dinner and decided to take a train there. The MRT I boarded wasn’t crowded. There was an Indian guy (almost an uncle, but not quite) sitting down, with an empty seat on each side of him. I sat down on his left. Almost immediately, he slid over to the empty seat on his right!
I was like huh????? Because I was in a normal blouse and skirt, and wasn’t wearing any (overpowering) perfume, so why on earth did he act this way? I didn’t understand it either, but I guess he saw something in me to be avoided! :P
Published Wednesday, 10 July, 2013
amusings , gastronomy , la famiglia
Bought tickets to Cook a Pot of Curry yesterday, and really really really felt like eating curry after that.
When I got home after work today, I was greatly amused to see that my mum had cooked…… a pot of chicken curry. :D
Published Friday, 31 May, 2013
amusings , finance , quoteworthy
This is a cute little snippet which appeared in a little brown sidebar, next to an article titled ‘Yuan bond offerings off to strong start in Singapore’ in today’s Today (by the same writer)……
The name’s Bond … Bak Kut Teh Bond?
While analysts are upbeat about the potential of offshore yuan-denominated bonds issued in Singapore, nobody seems certain what to call them.
Initially, many people stuck with “Dim Sum Bonds”, which is what yuan debt issued in Hong Kong is known as. However, to differentiate Singapore’s offerings, some have started to call them “Lion City Bonds”.
But some think that shows a lack of imagination bearing in mind the colourful names given to bonds elsewhere, such as Japan’s Samurai Bonds and Korea’s Kimchi Bonds.
Published Saturday, 18 May, 2013
amusings , digital life , japan , linguistics
Flipping over a table in anger:
Putting the table back nicely:
Throwing the guy who put the table back nicely:
(╯°Д°）╯︵/(.□ . \)
HAHAHAHA how cute are these Japanese emoticons? To see a whole amazing and amusing list, click HERE! (My colleague J sent me the link – she loves Japanese things!) Enjoy! ｡◕‿◕｡
Published Friday, 17 May, 2013
amusings , science
This morning, while I was walking through the void deck of a nearby block on my way to the MRT, I saw a mynah pulling out bristles from a natural straw broom lying against a wall. Building its nest, I suppose……