Monthly Archives: September 2012

Part-time Malaysians need not apply

Accessories shop at Serangoon Nex. (Me, 22 Sept 2012)

Part-time Malaysians like my Dad need not apply.

Such are the hiring practices of Singaporean employers.

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Mum: “Got hope one…”

Mum reading – and seriously considering – outdoor personal training ad. (Me, 22 Sept 2012)

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‘Dark Side’ by Kelly Clarkson: A review

Dark Side isn’t particularly poetic. Lyrically it’s creative-writing-class standard at best.

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Melbourne Uni offers free online courses

The old alma mater will be offering free online courses next year.

This is great news for people who can’t afford teritary education, including retirees who want to keep mentally active (something that’s associated with lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia).

But while I’m all for greater access to education and knowledge, I admit the kiasu cheapskate in me is slightly relieved that none of my classes has gone online — ‘What? You paid for your educashion? How much?…Mine was free!…Aiyoh…So sayang ah…’

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Sad nerd

I don’t know how people can count salad as a square meal, nor am I sure how it’s considered chic dining — I keep getting salad dressing on my chin and vegetable stems up my nostrils…

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I’ve never been to Japan. I was supposed to go to Japan 13 years ago. I was still practising Aikido then and I was invited to attend a marital arts convention in Sendai, but I couldn’t because the trip would clash with my PSLE. I was gutted.

That is largely the basis of my Japan Hour neurosis. Every Saturday I faithfully tune in to Channel News Asia at 7:20 PM. Every week I swoon over the red torii gates and the gilded autumn trees, and moan at the sight of snow-capped mountain-scapes “So magical”, swaying my arms from side to side like an anime character.

Shit, that is my porn.

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Threatening skies and eerie white wood at Yishun Park

Yishun Park. (Me, 2012)

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Vocabulous!

I love, love, LURVE this write-up on The Hobbit:

But let’s be honest. The only reason we’re posting these is because Thranduil, the Elvenking of the Wood Elves and the father of Legolas, is looking three-snaps-in-a-Z-formation fierce.

I’ve already dropped that phrase seven times yesterday, and chanted it in my head on the way to work. Fabulous!

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