Is it just me or did the annual Formula One (F1) night race appear out of the blue this year? Were we all majorly distracted by the General Election? There seemed to be no sound or fury for the longest time, then hey, F1 is this weekend!
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Something I read during the election campaigning period, written by a certain Andrew Chia on his Facebook page……
Woke up on 12 Sep 2015
Saw the news notification on my iPhone: “History in the making: PAP lost all 89 seats to opposition parties.”
This afternoon, I finally concluded that I should volunteer to be a counting agent at Polling Day tomorrow. It was a pretty last minute decision! (When I told my friends SY and Daph via Whatsapp, the former replied, ‘Thanks for contributing to our democracy’.) Quickly dropped NSP an email, and a couple of hours later, they replied and asked me to come down to their office anytime from then.
So earlier this evening, I bussed down to their headquarters to sign up. Had to wait more than an hour for their lawyer to come back because he had apparently gone to Macpherson for something. He was so cute! After I had finally sworn my oath, I asked, ‘Are you doing this pro bono?’ And he responded, ‘Yes, and so are you!’ I gave him a slightly sad look :( and said, ‘But I’m not a lawyer!’ He smiled in reply.
Yesterday night, I was observing my brother studying feverishly at his desk, and suddenly noticed that there were no fewer than ten yellow highlighters – from various brands – scattered around him……
I was on the MRT to work this morning, when I suddenly noticed the digital sign declaring ‘NS27 Marina Bay’, heard the sound system announced ‘City Hall’ next, and then the train pulled into Dhoby Ghaut station. For a moment I thought I had found myself in the Twilight Zone……
My friend Gabriel posted this question on Facebook:
Why do I have 3 tubes of Colgate toothpaste in my toilet?
Responses I really liked:
– ‘Asexual reproduction’
– ‘Life will find a way. / No wait…’
– ‘There were 4 and someone took one?’
And this was mine: ‘there are more toothbrushes on our toothbrush rack than there are people at home. best thing is, some of my family members keep their brushes elsewhere… :/’ Curious, indeed!
So how did I spend today, my very first day (technically second, since I went back to the office yesterday to do a final cleanup) after leaving my job? Sleeping, of course! Zzzzzz…..
Being the main person in charge of my company’s Facebook account, I am able to see what a lot of our doctor members share. Noticed a paediatrician post this earlier today:
Me: “How old are you?”
Little boy: “I am not old.”
How cute is that!!! :D
Have been reading about the US investment research firm Muddy Waters in the news lately (like here), and kept wondering why anyone would ever give their company such a name. ‘Muddy Waters’ 给人一种浑水摸鱼、同流合污的感觉! (Translation: ‘Muddy Waters’ gives one the feeling of hun shui mo yu [fishing in troubled, or muddied, waters] and tong liu he wu [evil flowing with evil]!)
So I went to check out its website, and realized with the greatest amusement, that it was indeed named after the Chinese idiom 浑水摸鱼 (hun shui mo yu). To quote:
The Chinese have an old proverb, “浑水摸鱼” (muddy waters make it easy to catch fish). In other words, opacity creates opportunities to make money. This way of thinking has unfortunately become endemic in global capital markets.
Today’s Yuanxiao Festival, which marks the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration period. It is a tradition to eat tangyuan on this day, I popped into the nearby Mr Bean outlet on my way home, and bought three bowls of tangyuan (only those with peanut filling were left) in soya bean milk home for the family. Everyone enjoyed the dessert tremendously! As did I! But most of all, I can’t believe CNY is over! Definitely need to find some other New Years to make a big fuss of!!! :D
About three more days to Chinese New Year, but my family has nearly finished our entire stash of festive goodies: pineapple tarts, cookies and our aunt’s cashew nuts! Only two pineapple tarts, a handful of love letters, and an unopened container of cookies are left…… oh and some bak kwa hidden deep in the freezer and safely away from the very hungry caterpillars!!! :D
On 29 January, my friend K wrote this on his Facebook wall:
Nangka is jackfruit.
Chempedak is _________ ?
Naturally, I replied, ‘jillfruit!!! :P’
At least half of Hong Kong movies today are co-produced with mainland organizations, and screenwriters here are also having to toe the Beijing line. “That’s why we usually make ‘ancient swordsman’ films, or stories that happen in the period before the founding of the New China,” the Hong Kong screenwriter explained. He meant that you can show something negative in mainland China only so long as it happened before the Communist revolution in 1949 — but be careful not to portray that period as a golden era, because for that you might get censored.
Can a good story be written under such conditions? It’s difficult. Some screenwriters have managed through cunning: One director squeaked a crime movie set in Hong Kong past the censors after claiming the action took place before the transfer in 1997, while the territory was still under the rule of those evil Brits.
I found this article on the Middle Kingdom’s film industry both sad and amusing. Click here to read ‘China’s Crime-Free Crime Films’!