Thursday, 30 June 2011

Meet Jessy

Gloria Lee
Meet Jessy. She's my boyfriend's nine-year-old shihtzu (one of his three dogs), and the cutest thing ever. Now, I've always been more partial to larger dogs (think: labrador, golden retriever, alaskan husky), but you can see why Jessie is an exception.

Sometimes she drives us mad with her barking. If you've heard her, you'll know it's super loud and shrill, extremely disproportionate for her size. But on a good day, she's the most friendly and affectionate creature you'll ever meet.

Jessy loves to eat, and is a hyperactive bundle of fur. In fact, she looks a little grumpy in this photo because she doesn't like to be held down (half the photos taken of her are blurred because she can't stop wriggling). We tend to spoil her - she sleeps on the bed with us, and can't help smiling when we scratch her belly while she stretches full out.

Interestingly, she's also the best remedy when you're in a bad mood. Look at her rolling around on the sheets and you can't help but smile!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Neil Patrick Harris to get married
I was so thrilled to read that Neil Patrick Harris is getting married to his longtime partner David Burtka! This came just after the New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Bill a few days ago, legalizing gay and lesbian marriages.

You'll probably know Neil better as the irrepressible Barney Stinson, main man of How I Met Your Mother. He is so amazingly talented that I honestly think the show would go flat without him.

Neil and David are also proud fathers of fraternal twins (a boy and a girl) borne through surrogate, and he talks about them on this excerpt of The Ellen Show. Neil looks to be the best kind of father - loving, firm but easygoing, and able to see the humour in every situation. Lucky twins!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Waking up at your own funeral
It appears that a Russian woman has died from shock - caused by waking up at her own funeral. This news was something I never expected to see in an actual newspaper.

I mean, it seems so much more like the stuff books and movies are made up of. I couldn't help but check the facts with other news sources - and found out that it's true.

In fact, similar incidents happened here and here.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Mad Gab

Gloria Lee
Gloria Lee
Have you ever heard of the game called Mad Gab? I've been newly introduced to the game and found it very interesting. Essentially, Mad Gab plays like an adapted version of Hangman, where players have to guess the word(s) - just apparently easier, because the "answer" is actually visible to the players.

But there's a catch - the actual words are actually substituted with approximate pronunciations, leaving it up to the players to be creative in their interpretation.

Take the photos above for example. The one above shows the card with "Dozen May Kenny Cents Tomb He". The correct interpretation is: "Doesn't make any sense to me". Indeed. But the wild guesses while the players try to pronounce the words in different combinations and accents make the game hilarious and worth more than a couple of hours of good fun. And to think that we initially dismissed Mad Gab in preference of other games like Twister, Truth or Dare Poker and Monopoly Deal!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Children still say the darndest things

I had an epic conversation with a 10-year-old boy today. An excerpt of our dialogue went like this:

Me: Do you like school?
Boy: No.
Me: But surely there must be something you like about school.
Boy: (Without hesitation) Yes, of course.
Me: And what is that?
Boy: Recess. 

It was an 'LOL' moment for me - one which I had to try hard to stifle because his parents were looking on. Everyone I told this story to couldn't help but burst out laughing as well. So endearingly honest. Looks like children still say the darndest things.

And if you think about it, it's so true. Who doesn't enjoy the little breaks in life? Sometimes, all it takes is a kid's friendly and unintentional reminder.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Spot the difference
Have you ever noticed that the design on the flip side of Singapore coins is not all the same? Pre-1990 coins look like the coin on the right. Post-1990, refer to the coin on the left.

In case you're not feeling up to a game of 'spot the difference': On the pre-1990 coin, the banner of the crest (just above the year of mint) is a n-shaped arc, or a sad face. On the other hand, the post-1990 coin's banner is an U-shaped arc, or a 'smiley face'.

Urban legend says its a fengshui solution (scroll down to "The Singapore Example"). True or not, its an awesomely cool piece of trivia. Try digging out some spare change and see for yourself!

Friday, 24 June 2011

A present for the girlfriend

Gloria Lee

Special occasion on the relationship calendar coming up and still no idea what to get? Guys searching for a present on a budget, here's a great gift idea for you! 

If you look closely at the picture above, the design on the side of the dresser table is actually a set of decals comprising the handbag and a bunch of branded labels in italics. 

Simply present this pack of stickers to your girlfriend/wife with the punchline: "Hey sweetheart, I got you a Chanel..and a Jimmy Choo..and a Kate Spade..and a Prada..and a Hermes."

After she gets over the misnomer, she'll probably be secretly impressed with your ingenuity and sense of humour. But if she does not, I take no responsibility!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Channel News Asia's definition of 'entertainment'

Gloria Lee

Channel News Asia's iPhone app has a weird definition of "entertainment" - just see the screenshot above I took of news under the 'Entertainment' category.

I wonder how and why news like "Six killed in Pakistan attack" would provide any form of entertainment to readers.  

It should have raised some eyebrows.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

My grandmother and her ABCs

Gloria Lee

Gloria Lee
My grandmother has just started learning English. That's her learning her ABCs in the topmost photograph above. She's already in her 90s, but apart from the side effects from a nasty fall she had not long ago, she is otherwise as healthy as anyone can be.

One interesting thing we've discovered is that she's become more child-like in her behaviour as she grows older. Give her a piece of her favourite Japanese sweet potato and she'll flash you the sweetest toothless smile you'll ever see.

I'm loving how cool and happy she looks in her sunglasses!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Lionel Messi and PlayStation
 When I read this Soccernet report, I laughed out loud. Of the celebrity figures I've heard of, only Lionel Messi can attend a sex and alcohol party with a bevy of sex symbols, tell the press post-event that they "just danced and then played some PlayStation" - and be believed.

Maybe that's how he got his amazing soccer prowess - playing games like Winning Eleven or Pro Evolution Soccer on the PlayStation with Playboy models and his teammates' WAGs!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

A fistful of flour

Today, my mom had a nasty scald when trying to transfer boiling soup between the pot and the bowl. The liquid spilled all over her hand, and immediately there was visible redness, swelling, and excruciating pain.

My aunt had previously sent her an email containing a story about some Vietnamese veteran's wondrous burn remedy - flour. Remembering the contents of that email in her pain, my mom grabbed a fistful of flour and held it as a compress on the affected area.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

This is news?

Gloria Lee
On my way to the kitchen looking for a late supper, I spied the main headline of Thursday's paper out of the corner of my eye. I turned around, stared at it for a few moments to make sure I didn't read it wrongly, then shook my head and sighed at the piece of poor reporting.

"George Yeo not running for President" as the front page headline of our most established local daily? It's a useless headline, ranked along the likes of "Earthquake did not happen." In other words, it's not news.

Don't get me wrong. I have the fondest respect for our former foreign minister George Yeo, and was bitterly disappointed when he lost at the recent General Elections. But in his loss, he gained, because popular sentiment rallied around him. In this case, I believe his decision to not contest warranted a story to satisfy public interest, but definitely not the front page headline!

What do you think?

Friday, 17 June 2011

Deal with it

RB.Tenorio via Flickr

If you thought Steve Job's commencement speech at Stanford was inspiring, you should check out Conan O'Brien's equally brilliant commencement address to Dartmouth graduates last week. In fact, O'Brien's speech had one up over Jobs, in that it was side-splittingly funny yet down-to-earth at the same time.

At almost 24 minutes, it runs like an episode of his trademark stand-up comedy. But there is a strong and sobering underlying message - one that is largely cloaked in a format so familiar and acceptable that it is easily digestible and even enthusiastically welcomed by the audience. Much like the concept of sneaking medicine pills inside raisins.

I thoroughly enjoyed O'Brien's intelligent humour, and laughed out loud at so many points. I especially savoured these lines:

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Blood red moon


Between the hours of 3.25 a.m. to 5 a.m. today, the moon was supposed to be visibly red (i.e. no need for telescopes). Apparently, this total lunar eclipse is rarely seen in Singapore.

I had read about it in the news, but only realized that today was the day when a friend reminded me at 4 a.m. So I stuck my head out the window. But the rain, and a lack of a clear view of the sky in the west meant that this visual treat was not to be for me.

One consolation though is that I did manage to catch it on the Google Doodle - the flagship banner on the Google homepage. Today, it doubled up as a screening of the lunar eclipse (see picture above). It was so cool dragging the slider to see the course the eclipse ran. The Google team is simply genius!

Angry birds

When I first downloaded the game Angry Birds for my iPhone, it never occurred to me that it would be so addictive. Since then, the game has amassed what could be conservatively called a cult following. In fact, many of my friends who are not iPhone owners are also familiar with the popular game.

Then, imagine how cool it would be to play the game on your phone, while a larger than life synchronized demonstration played out right before your eyes! I know I would be first in line if this ever came to Singapore.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The best things in life
Today, I met a couple of friends I hadn't seen in ages, and it felt really good. From catching up over lunch with a "long lost friend", to another rather impromptu dinner and dessert session with friends who later adjourned to my place to spend the next couple of hours playing Monopoly Deal in my currently impossibly messy room. Over those few hours, I laughed so hard it's a wonder my tummy isn't still aching now. 

Sometimes, the best things in life are really so simple. Now, if only the task of tidying my room was half as easy.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

I wish you never need to carry more than you can hold
I'm a sucker for acoustic songs because of the inexhaustible wealth of sentiment they can somehow convey.

You know that "Oh my god!" moment when you hear a song that perfectly expresses or reflects your innermost thoughts and feelings? When it strikes a resounding chord somewhere deep inside you - and the reverberations that follow will only be satisfied with said song on repeat mode indefinitely (and until everyone around you is so sick and tired of your playlist that they groan and plead for you to refresh your song choice)?

Well, "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts is that song for me now. As crazy as it sounds, it speaks to me. It's an amazing song - honest, heartfelt and beautiful. Do listen out for the chorus, because those simple lines, I think, make up the most meaningful blessing you could ever give anyone: "My wish for you..Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold". 

And I wish it for you.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Air safety demonstrations with a twist of fun

Having done a fair amount of travelling lately, I must confess to not paying as much attention as I should have when the cabin crews go through the customary air safety demonstrations. I mean, you've seen it once, you seen them all right?

In fact, the only people attentively watching the demonstration were a few middle-aged men eyeing a particularly pretty air stewardess as she went through the motions. The best legitimate reason to give a pretty lady the once over and get away with not being called a perv, eh?

But now, imagine the same routine being performed to the tunes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. That's exactly what this airline did. How cool is that?

Firstly, I must apologize for my unanticipated two-week hiatus. I returned to Singapore only yesterday, having been out of town for the duration this space has been left unattended.
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