Archive for January, 2015

you learn something new every day

Several days ago I went on one of my usual Wikipedia jaunts, clicking from link to link, going through members of mediaeval European royalty, when I came across this interesting person – John Blanke!


exciting times ahead

The Singapore Exchange will reduce the minimum board lot size from 1000 to 100 shares from today onwards! Exciting times ahead!!! :D

forever 21

Kang Hao, Ming Zhen and I decided to watch Into the Woods at Filmgarde in Bugis+ this afternoon. I volunteered to go slightly earlier to purchase tickets, but alas, when it was my turn, only front row seats were left.

So I quickly decided to switch to Birdman. However, it just so happened that it was rated M18, and the young Malay woman at the box office absolutely, obstinately and steadfastly refused to sell me the tickets until all my friends were present and could show her IDs. Goodness! In any case, we’re all almost a decade past 18! So I guess that’s saying something! :D

As for Birdman, I went into the cinema not knowing what to expect. The film was about a washed-up movie star who wanted to stage a comeback by directing and acting in a Broadway production, and he tensions between members of the crew. There were lighthearted moments, but it was not a comedy. To complicate matters, what was shown on screen was often not what it really seemed. Very postmodern and meta. Overall, I thought it was a bit too highbrow for my plebeian tastes, though I still can’t decide whether I like it or not!

you learn something new every day

I came across the unfamiliar term amphora in a comment on a friend’s Facebook wall, and naturally googled. The word usually means ‘a type of ceramic vase with two handles‘, but has a whole host of other meanings as well!

aloha anaphora

One of my friends, B, who teaches at a top secondary school, posted this on Facebook on 6 January:

exasperatedly, I asked my class how come they’ve forgotten so many of the rhetorical devices we’ve taught them almost every year for three years now:

“Remember metaphors? Anaphora?”

Boy: “Huh? I only know Sephora.”

(Incidentally, while I did learn about metaphors in secondary school, I only learnt about anaphora in university……!)

Continue reading ‘aloha anaphora’

you learn something new every day

A lagniappe is ‘something given as a bonus or gratuity’. When I first saw this word, I thought it looked kinda Frenchy, and I was quite right! Check out its interesting etymology here!

you learn something new every day

Last night, I read this Quora topic and found out about James Harrison, or the Man with the Golden Arm. A truly amazing man indeed!

you learn something new every day

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets come in four shapes: the ball, the bone, the bell, and the boot! I had always thought that the nuggets’ shapes were completely random!


A very inspiring poem. Read more about it here.

Walter D Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

you learn something new every day

Junkanoo is a street parade with music, dance and costumes held chiefly in the Bahamas on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. (And Lonely Planet calls it ‘more funk than junk’!)


To the barefoot man, happiness is a pair of shoes. To the man with old shoes, it’s a pair of new shoes. To the man with new shoes, it’s more stylish shoes. And of course, the fellow with no feet – he’d be happy to be barefoot.

Measure your life by what you have, not by what you don’t.


fresh beginnings

I can’t believe it’s 2015!!! Happy new year everyone!!! Have an amazing 365 days ahead!!! :D

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