Separate pots

Cosmopolitan or bust
Today’s Special: Melting Pot

I’m thinking that if we must remain cosmopolitan, then we’d better do away with the damn Hua Yu Cool campaigns, or at least, match that with Bahasa Bagus and Tamil Terrific campaigns. Else we’re quite damned to becoming a mostly Chinese chauvinistic society with no respect for our cosmopolitan heritage.

I say ‘cosmopolitan heritage’ because there was a time when the entire country seemed to speak better English than the Good that they are trying to get the populace to speak, when no one batted as much of an eyelid when a troubled English boy sought refuge in a local Malay family to grow up and become the doyen of local radio announcers; when there wasn’t so much of a cultural cringe when the brands and dialects of Chinese spoken on mediums such as Rediffusion could be and were relied on by many; when we weren’t asked to Pinyinize our Chinese names for ourselves as well as for places; and when local Chinese television didn’t start to try to sound like Taiwanese or Mainland Chinese just because they thought they were the real deal.

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24 hours of Flickr

If you’re a Flickr user, you probably already know about this. How about we all participate – and see what 24 hours on 5th May in Singapore looks like?

Excerpt from Flickr:

…To celebrate this global community, we invite you to join us in 24 Hours of Flickr, a day-long global photo project. On May 5 2007, grab your camera and whatever else you need, and chronicle your day in pictures.

Join the 24 Hours of Flickr group to get ready for the big day. After the big day, post your best photo to the group. We’d love to see the group photos on a map as well, so make sure you add your photos to the map using the Organizr.

Remember! We want the photos here to illustrate one day in the life of the Flickr community — May 5, 2007 — so, you can only submit a photo taken on May 5. (You’ll have until May 21 to add your photo.)…

If you’re not a Flickr user, get an account. It’s the best damn photo-sharing site on the ingterneck.

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If I can dream

Last night, I watched (several times because on Star World, they repeat programs all day long – negating the need for a smart tv set top box but that’s another story altogether) one of the most breathtaking things I’ve watched on television: the duet on American Idol between Elvis Presley and Celine Dion, the clip of which I would’ve purchased on iTunes if not for the stupid geographical limitations. So here it is on YouTube:

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Eating well

SaladI’ve decided to ask some of my friends to come over for dinner more often instead of infecting the heartland with their idiosyncrasies‘.

I believe I’m quite a handy cook, and tonight, I made these dishes:

Mr Miyagi’s Anyhowly Dinner Menu:

  • Bruschetta ala Saw How It Was Made The Other Day On The Telly
  • Salad of Aragula, Baby Spinach, Button Mushroom, Kalamata Olive, Tomatoes, Roasted Zucchini with Lemon Juice & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing
  • Heinz’s Boston Clam Chowder From The Can
  • Penne with Sauce of White Wine (Riesling, I think), Tomato, Garlic, Sausage I Bought From the Supermarket

It’s when you get to pause, go to the market, buy tasty ingredients, cook up a storm, and sit, eat and watch American Idol with good friends that you think, ‘life’s really not bad if we could do with these moments regularly’.

I strongly recommend everyone do this. If you can’t cook, I’m quite sure there’ll be a chef among your friends you can persuade to take time off to whip something up for your gang.