TODAY: Open Season – Wives to cabs

Before I customarily paste today’s TODAY article, here’s a post I found about my writing for TODAY:

think mr miyagi has a damn simple job. he’s this guy who writes bout what other ppl wrote in their blogs. add a few comments…. and TADA! finish one article. hey. i do the job for you cans! i’m in need of cash alrights. just need to go GOOGLE.COM and search for stuffs like… “bad-mouthing of ministers” or “singapore blogs” or “president election” and WAH-LA! all he does is “copy and paste” what they say.. literally copy and paste. haha. oh wells. he looks comical though. the cartoon version of him right smack in the middle of the page. ah. oh wells. if i fail my A lvl (CHOY!) think i’ll scout for his job and break his ricebowl. =D * beams *

Tolong! Please don’t fail your ‘A’ levels. I need this ricebowl. (Won’t one lah, you RGS – Hwa Chong type! You just mightn’t do all that well for G.P. if you wrote like that, though.)

Today’s “copy and paste” TODAY: Open Season – Wives to cabs

Bloggers are a diverse bunch of people and they’ll pontificate on any topic under the sun, as some highlights from past week’s postings show…


… you swallowed a bitter pill (or “if you feel bitter about your ex-spouse getting all your money”):

Today reader Derrick Tan followed a recent “Voices” debate about wifely duties, marriage and divorce laws in Singapore, and decided he had something to add to the argument.

His blog, titled “Men’s answer to feminism”, (, has only one entry. But some of the comments left there are as long as the post itself.

Commenter victeoh, who by the length of his comment, should really have his own blog, argues for a Family Charter to supersede what he thinks is an outmoded Women’s Charter because of its incongruence with the usual emphasis on a “3-generation family”.

He writes: “Because of my ex-wife’s objection, my parents did not get their access rights (to their grandchildren) legally … In Singapore, a 3-generation family is encouraged but strangely under the Women’s Charter, marriage is like a contract between 2 persons only and grandparents are not a party to it, and therefore, the Court cannot rule on grandparent’s access.”

victeoh also argues that the Women’s Charter is unfair to men, especially in the area of maintenance entitlements for ex-spouses.

“Wives get a maintenance even if she has high qualifications (such as my ex-wife who has a Master’s degree) and high income (such as my ex-wife who qualified easily for a platinum card) … This is the case even if the breakdown in marriage is due to, say, adultery by the wife! Such discrimination must be reviewed.”
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Local heroes

A special kind of gymnastics meet: Bishan Sports Hall, 27 August 2005. (photo by mrbrown)

All of youse who came and helped out at last Saturday’s class, thank you and well done. I’m sure the parents of the special needs children are just as thankful, and you’ve seen for yourself the faces of the kids at the class. Innit grand?

There were 25 people who emailed, sms’d or simply turned up to help. I’ll be putting your names on a list of volunteers to call upon when help is needed.

But first, here’s an update on what we’re planning to do:

As you know, the 61 children who enjoyed last Saturday’s class did so because all of you helped to manage this session which was on the brink of complete chaos. It is not a conducive environment. Ideally, a class in that arena should have a maximum of twenty children, one head coach and two helpers.

We’re expecting more calls from more parents of special needs children, so if we were to continue running just the one session, we’d see about 100 kids or so in one class. We need five separate sessions. Five hours. Our company cannot afford to give five free hours.

We intend to work with the Singapore Sports Council for a solution. And I’ll keep you posted as to the outcome.

In the meantime, you’re all champions. Thanks again for helping.

Surf stop: mrbrown’s Flickr set of Above & Beyond’s Special Olympics Gymnastics class

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Shame from the album “Bad Love” by Randy Newman of which I have the original CD.

Press the Face III: Janice Wong’s book about Janice Wong

Janice Wong emailed me last week about getting Tomorrow.SG to feature her new book. So, I’ll blog about it to give it a chance to be tomorrowed, cos y’know, you don’t just publish a book and hope to get it tomorrowed on its own. It needs to be blogged about first, right?

So, here, I blog it. Janice Wong’s book. And it’s called “SPG: Single Picky Girl: A Collection of Columns”.

I haven’t read it ‘cos she hasn’t sent me a copy, so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not. Apparently I can get a copy if I win a ‘why I should win a copy of Janice Wong’s book’ contest. Apparently I can join the contest by writing a 41-word paragraph about why I should win a copy of Janice Wong’s book.

Apparently, I can write a paragraph, like so:

I should win a copy of Janice Wong’s book because I need to have a copy of the book so I can blog about it, so that someone else can submit it to, so that more people will read it.

And then I can email her the paragraph and she will inform me whether I’ve won or not. But till then, I really can’t tell you if the book’s worth buying. It’s not out till 14th September.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Haere ra e Hine from the album “Maori Songs” by Kiri Te Kanawa of which I have the original CD.

Channel NewsEarlier & the Blue Screen of Death

Prime Time Morning 3-in-1 Coffee
Mornings are never my prime time

‘Wah, damn early, can?’ was my first response when mrbrown informed me that the SWF organisers had scheduled us for CNA’s Prime Time Morning slot to talk about the blogging segment of the festival. It was also my second and third responses.

Now, we’re never good morning people (haha, good morning people, haha), and not having enough sleep the night before, plus the infernal jam on Lornie Road (must be the new ERP charges on the other roads) put paid to any chance of either of us being pleasant interviewees.

First up, nobardy told mrbrown he couldn’t wear his favourite blue shirt, so he wore his favourite blue shirt. One of the producers scrambled to find a non-blue top from the Channel 8 wardrobes, and came up with a cream coloured sweater that matched every pixel of mrbrown’s cream coloured skin tone. I can hear him screaming at this blog post now: “It was ivory-coloured, you moron!”

Turtleneck jokes aside, the other thing that didn’t go well was the fact I didn’t know we were already on air when I kept looking at Suzanne Jung’s notes on the coffee table, hoping to pre-empt her questions. mrbrown was already up and away peppering answers to the interview questions when I finally gave up trying to see the questions. The teleprompter thing also proved to be a distraction, as were typos on the teleprompter thing.

Next thing we knew, the interview segment was over, with Suzanne telling us her blog was not under her real name. So we told her we’d search the web under the terms I am a hot CNA presenter chick’. Sure find one.

Then, eh, we didn’t talk about the Singapore Writers’ Festival at all. Fark us dead, we’re not earning our per diems for the festival. But then we’re not getting paid for today’s interview, so nair mind ler.

Surf stop: mrbrown’s flickr set of today’s CNA segment.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Where’s My Everything from the album “Labour Of Love – The Music of Nick Lowe” by Greg Brown of which I have the original CD.

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Help still needed

This morning, mrbrown and myself are scheduled to be on CNA’s Prime Time Morning show, you know, the early in the morning one where they talk about the stock market and interview analysts from financial firms like Wanker & Stains?

We were emailed a series of questions, most of them were quite easy to answer, so, sure pass one. Except this one, which, because of one mere set of double negatives, has gotten me and mrbrown perplexed, and as a result, we won’t be able to sleep tonight:

Given that both of you have newspaper columns too, would you say that blogging doesn’t remain sacred if its not in cyberspace?

So, please, if you could, help us out and decipher the question. Because we is just bloggers, so, nosso smart, y’know?

The other thing I can’t figure out is why my RSS feed doesn’t update properly, even though I’ve taken to blogging more regularly. So, if you’ve got any good WordPress tips, help me out also. Can? Tankew.

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Nullarbor Song from the album “Barricades & Brickwalls” by Kasey Chambers