Saturday, 5 September 2009
The sound was reminiscent of the whining of a spraying tom cat marking out its territory.
This noise that masquerades as entertainment also reminds me that MediaCorp is scheduling numerous re-runs of the excruciating Singapore Idol.
I am all in favour of buskers but a modicum of talent would have helped and perhaps it would be a good idea to have this folk vetted before a license is issued?
My train of thought turns to the automated airfreshners that my wife has bought 'on special'.
These are proving to be reasonably effective in combating the second hand smoke that filters into our apartment from inconsiderate neighbours. They too make a sound like a cat about to cough up a fur ball, as they release their scent into the room. Most disconcerting.
Did Lee Kuan Yew become Prime Minister by a single vote cast by the then PAP chairman? This is the topic gripping the Singapore media at the moment upon the release of a new publication "Men in White". Other bloggers claim that not all of the founding members were interviewed during the research phase but I have no way of verifying this.
My aim is to try and get hold of a copy to read as it appears to give a more comprehensive overview of the formation of the ruling PAP party than some previous publications.
And does it matter that MM became the PM by a single vote? In a democracy a one vote majority is all that is needed.
Most would agree that Singapore would not be where it is today if someone else had been holding the reins of power.
We never crossed the white bridge in Taipei
we scurried past
as ships across a bay
of mild unease and discontent
a bridge too far perhaps?
every advance followed by a retreat
maintaining the balance
avoiding the meeting of love and laughter
Roger Smith September 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
It is called 'Issuu' and I can see all sorts of applications for this open publishing programme. The educational value of such a tool is immense and I will be sharing it with colleagues at the British Council.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
It is simply delicious as it is prepared in the traditional manner - smoked inside a claypot for maximum flavour.
The dessert stall is also very reasonable and their chendol is one of the best in terms of ingredients offered
Firstly we had televised National Day parade which was very well choreographed. The Military paraded with full colours and an impressive range of armaments were on view. Navy divers 'found and defused' a mine as part of the programme.
The mine in question looked suspiciously like the World War II variety. I remember seeing one of these lethal devices mounted on a concrete plinth in the northern Taranaki town of Mokau when I was a child - perhaps it remains there still?
Interestingly the first 'mines' was used by the Chinese as early as the 14th century. Needless to say I am not an expert on mines so perhaps mine design has remained the same these past fifty years and we were after all, viewing the object on television through the murky waters of the Marina Bay.
The colour and pageantry was impressive as was the fact that most of Singapore stopped at 8.22 pm to recite The National Pledge.
The second thing that happened yesterday was the pressing of our condo door bell. When I opened it, there stood the diminutive figure of our neighbour's eight year old daughter. Shyly we offered up a plastic container with some of her homemade cookies, baked under her mother's direction.
I was very touched by this gesture and can honestly say that in the three years that I have been here, this small offering meant more than any end of year bonus. It was a great way to celebrate National Day.