Terrorist Blasts

For the last many units of time, I have been waking up to lousy ‘news’. Alright, people in general quip that news is always bad and that is why the story made it to the headlines in the first place! Some stories are great, such as so-and-so breaking a meaningful record in a track and…

David Bowie has passed on

I grew up in the 1980s in Hong Kong when Cantopop (Cantonese pop songs) was the ‘in’ thing. Many Cantopop songs simply used popular song from the west and gave it a new life with Cantonese lyrics. This was a fast and economical way of acquiring a local following. David Bowie was an exceptional entertainer.…

2015 National Day Rally in Singapore

It is a tradition that the Prime Minister of Singapore gives a National Day Rally (NDR) Speech shortly after August 9, Singapore’s National Day. This year, as usual, my family was looking forward to it. To be honest, I was never interested in long speeches from people who run countries as they tend to be…

Marathon Man

Marathon Man is a movie that has little to do with a marathon. I was a runner during my school years and have been running semi-regularly for a while. Even though I have never run a marathon in my life, I am always intrigued by marathons. I have always had a healthy dose of fear…

Mixed like a Rojak

What is “Rojak”?  Rojak is a dish served in Malaysia and Singapore. It is essentially a local salad. The ingredients in a typical rojak dish include turnips, cucumbers, pineapples, bean sprouts, peanuts, fried tofus, banana flowers, green mangos and a delicious dressing that consists of lime juice and prawn. However, there is really no specific…

Darkness

Have you ever felt lonely in the dark? Are you fearful of darkness? I, for one, have been a little fearful of the dark, especially when I was a small boy. I would try not to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night as I perceived it was a long distance for…

Leadership Camp – Part 2

(Click here to read Part 1 of my blog post on Leadership Camp) When my wife and I decided to move to Singapore in 2003, we simply filled out a form and paid an application fee. We were required to provide a lot of information for that form and I remembered there was a big emphasis…