Bless the squire and his relations

Elvis is aliveOnce, when I was in junior college, the discipline master reprimanded a schoolmate for having his shirt tucked out while school was still in session. He said to the errant boy, “How dare you walk around with your shirt tucked out like that? What do you think this is? Your grandfather’s school?”

My schoolmate thought for a bit, then decided to say it. He said, “As a matter of fact, yes, it is”, as he pointed to the plaque at the college’s foyer, which informed all and sundry that the college was built thanks in no small part to the very generous donations of his grandfather, one of the pioneers of Singapore’s banking industry.

Of course, that schoolmate was punished to a few days’ worth of detention, but if I remember correctly, he also said, “damn, that was worth it – how often do you get to say that?”

So insensitive, this boy, for keeping the discipline master in his proper station.

But apart from the occasional derisive, “eh, your friend government school one ah?”, we got along fine at this institution, where we schooled with the likes of the Tans, the Shaws, the Tangs, the Wees and the Liens. (Other families went to a less fun college).

P.S. photo has nothing to do with this post, so don’t read anything into it. I couldn’t.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of The Ground Beneath Her Feet from the album “The Million Dollar Hotel” by U2 & Daniel Lanois of which I have the original CD.

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Kids say the darndest things

On one of the obscure TODAY articles I wrote about blogging in the classroom, there was a comment left today referring to the Wee Shu Min debacle, which alerted me to the Wee Shu Min debacle, which would have gone completely unnoticed because I am such a blurblock when it comes to matters of national importance.

All I can say is, who do you think you are, Wee Shu Min? Xiaxue?

But good job, girl, for getting yours and your father’s name into Technorati’s top 5 search terms this past week.

Comic strip by Insane Polygons

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Walking In Your Footsteps from the album “Synchronicity” by Police of which I have the original CD.

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Thanks to lifts, my face is planted

What else is in Fiona Xie's handbag?Maybe, just maybe, Clarins Singapore‘s marketing people have gotten it wrong by getting Fiona Xie to be their new face.

A friend of ours was shopping for facial products, and Clarins was on of the options she was considering before she stepped out to shop, but when she saw the new face of Clarins adorning their kiosks at Robinsons, she said something to the effect of ‘I was going to buy Clarins stuff, but now got Fiona Xie, yee’.

I’d agree if I were a woman wanting to buy women’s facial products because I wouldn’t want to be Fiona Xie.

But maybe the strategy is in getting men to buy Clarins products for women because the men want women to look like Fiona Xie.

If that were so, then it’d be a brilliant marketing strategy, because I know of countless men who have bought their female acquaintances Osim uZaps and Marigold fruit drinks.

But I’m sure Clarins has a tried and trusted range of products that don’t require a large poster of Fiona Xie with the tagline, ‘thanks to plants, my face is lifted’. You just have to look past the glossy posters and just trust the stuff. Just like SKII (‘thanks to chromium and neodymium, my face will stay this way forever”).

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Funny Face from the album “Menuhin & Grappelli Play Gershwin” by Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli of which I have the original CD.

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Hearty Halloween

Junk food HalloweenThere are many Singaporeans who cannot pronounce the word ‘pumpkin’. But Naomi and I love a good pumpkin soup, and there are several restaurants here that serve a really good bowl, even if the waiting staff repeats your order, telling you that you’ve ordered two ‘Pungkim Shoop’

Picture via Bits and Pieces

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Time I took a holiday from the album “Dig My Mood” by Nick Lowe of which I have the original CD.

Surf stop: Somewhere where they don’t call it Pungkim Shoop

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Mr Miyagi can catch fly with chopstick, can do anything

If you’re not too busy this weekend, try hypnotising some flies to, um, do stuff.

Or you could try this.

Or not.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of The Spider and the Fly from the album “Michael: Music from the Motion Picture” by James Cotton/Kenny Wayne Shepherd of which I have the original CD.

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