Published Saturday, 5 November, 2016
amusings , quoteworthy , sociopolitics , uncategorized
Was clearing more stuff just now, as part of Operation Clean Room, when I found a Straits Times reprint of the following article (dated 10 December 1999)……
Many Happy Returns for Lost and Found
Culture: Tokyo center relies on honor, public shame to help owners get items back.
By Mark Magnier
TOKYO — This is where it all ends up, everything from bowling balls and crooked dentures to purses, cell phones and umbrellas. Welcome to the Tokyo Metropolitan Lost and Found, a veritable monument to the misplaced, the abandoned, the rejected.
Drop something in a public restroom or in a subway corridor in Tokyo and there’s a good chance you’ll get it back, here in one of the most honest nations on Earth, even if you don’t necessarily want it. And like so much else in Japan, the lost-and-found system is traditional, very well organized and rigorously maintained.
Continue reading ‘many happy returns for lost and found’
Published Saturday, 8 October, 2016
amusings , linguistics
On Monday morning, I stood at the sink, brushing my teeth in a post-sleep haze. Suddenly, in a flash, everything fell into place, and I could finally properly count from one to hundred in Kristang!!! :D
Published Saturday, 17 September, 2016
amusings , digital life , uncategorized
This afternoon, I finally reached level 20 (highest: 40) in Pokemon Go. Have also caught, evolved or hatched 76 (out of a possible 141) Pokemon. In fact, I just hatched a grotesquely adorable Mankey today!
Published Thursday, 8 September, 2016
amusings , digital life
Earlier this evening, I sat down on a bench next to a Pokemon Go gym, which was located a couple of streets away from my house. Battled several opposing teams and won a few times, but somehow could not take over the gym. (Still can’t figure out why!)
20 minutes later, I remembered that Pokemon Go was the path to madness, and went home for dinner.
Published Sunday, 4 September, 2016
amusings , digital life , television
Just started watching the Pokemon anime on Youtube, right from the very first episode where the protagonist Ash picks his starter Pokemon, Pikachu. To my surprise, most Pokemon can say only combinations of syllables in their names and/or just random grunts and squeals.
I find Team Rocket, the villains, extremely funny. The group, comprising Jessie, James and their Pokemon sidekick Meowth (the only Pokemon who can speak English perfectly), spend their time trying to kidnap Pikachu. Whenever they appear in front of the good guys, they will recite their motto thus:
Jessie: Prepare for trouble!
James: Make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world with devastation!
James: To unite all people within our nation!
Jessie: To denounce the evil of truth and love!
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Jessie: Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Meowth. That’s right!
Such bombastic baddies. And you gotta love their corny and cold jokes. For example in ‘Island of the Giant Pokemon’, Jessie and James are escaping from a giant flying Pokemon and run rather painfully into a large sign. As their predator swoops off, they conclude they were lucky to hide behind this sign and that ‘it’s a good sign!’ HAHAHA.
As this is a kids’ cartoon, Team Rocket are the underdogs – so they definitely get my support! Just can’t believe I missed out on Pokemon all these years!!!
Published Monday, 22 August, 2016
amusings , digital life , nine-to-five
Pokemon Go was released in Singapore on 6 August. I held off downloading it for more than a fortnight…… and finally gave up the struggle late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them! (Prior to this, I had never watched a single episode of Pokemon in my life.) Anyway I work in the Central Business District and noticed that people were placing lures at virtually every single PokeStop in the area the whole day round. And I noticed that once the clock hit six, all the Gyms nearby burst into life with the flames of battle. Clearly there are lots of bored office workers around!
Published Tuesday, 9 August, 2016
amusings , unorthodoxies
Happy 51st National Day!!!
Was window shopping at Raffles City this afternoon, and they were playing all the National Day songs. However on the ground floor, the music couldn’t be heard clearly, so I called the mall to ask that they raise the volume. I told them it was after all once a year! Think the operator must’ve been quite surprised by my request. She asked if I was a tenant or shopper, and replied that she’d forward my feedback to management. Not sure if they eventually increased the sound, but not long after I hung up, I thought the songs sounded just a tad louder. :D
Published Tuesday, 2 August, 2016
amusings , digital life , les amis
My friend Elizabeth flew off on 25 July to begin a yearlong teaching stint at an international school in Foshan, China. So I was chatting with her on Facebook earlier……
E: the work load here is very heavy
at least for me
Me: aiyo… nvm you can do it
just think of your ancestors when they made their way to sg in rickety boats
they did it
you can too! 💪💪
hahahah i like that analogy btw…
it really made me LOL-ed
Published Saturday, 30 July, 2016
adventures , amusings , linguistics , school
Rushing to NUS for a 9 am lesson and ending up being late (thankfully, a few others were even later than I was!) certainly brought back memories of the bad ol’ days. Reliving horrid history aside, my very first Kristang lesson this morning was a blast.
At one point, I asked the teacher Kevin if Kristang had any inflections, and he said no, which made it quite simple to learn (which means that it’s probably an analytic language). During the break, one middle-aged lady (who works at the university) told me she thought I was a teacher when she heard me ask about inflections. Haha!
We also played a number of fun games to reinforce the grammar. One was going over to another group to ask them what languages they spoke – all in simple Kristang, of course Our guest teacher, an elderly Eurasian called Mr Bernard Mesenas, commented that I was very serious during this activity, which was very good. :D
(And this is the first time I’m doing a ‘third’ language, not counting studying Japanese at the Ministry of Education Language Centre way back when I was in Secondary 1. The journey from the centre to home was long and tiring, and I gave up the ghost after four months of twice-weekly lessons.)
Published Sunday, 3 July, 2016
amusings , linguistics , sociopolitics
Just read my friend G’s blog post on alternatives for national service, where I learnt the term ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’, used primarily to insult the French.
Published Sunday, 19 June, 2016
amusings , linguistics , uncategorized
Sometimes I find my YLSNED posts are rather otiose (new word alert!), but hopefully someone else in the great wide world out there finds them educational all the same. :D
Published Tuesday, 7 June, 2016
amusings , anthropology , art , culture , linguistics
There’s apparently a whole school of superstitions surrounding the Shakespearean play Macbeth!
Published Tuesday, 31 May, 2016
amusings , linguistics
Wrote this sentence down after being hit by a bolt of afflatus!
Published Monday, 30 May, 2016
amusings , linguistics
Divagate, which sounds more like a scandal, is a synonym for digress.
Published Saturday, 9 April, 2016
amusings , digital life , les amis , linguistics
My JC senior Cheryl, a teacher, posted this status on her Facebook wall earlier today: