Monday, December 31, 2007

We can't show anti-establishment stuff on TV, so let's just substitute with sex?

Just watched the 2nd episode (named "A Perfect Exit") of the Singapore Short Story Project (3rd series). The ending just about saved it. As soon as the main plot was clear to all to see (old man wants to die by having sex with a young lady), I was severely turned-off. This episode was perpetuating the existing bias on sexual relations. (The classic old man, young girl scenario, think the film-makers didn't dared to do a role-reversal instead)

I switched channels, almost wanting to stop watching, as a silent protest against the premise behind this episode. But I managed to watch the whole thing in the end.

Also felt that the series did injustice to the real film-makers in Singapore. Sex seems to be the "cop-out" that certain film-makers adopt when they seek to "push the boundaries", especially when MDA/SFC is funding the film.

The easy way out.

While I'm not asking such film-makers to make a film telling people to revolt, but so many times have we seen the party pointing to liberalisation of sex (or sex-related stuff) as liberalisation of our society.

It sucks. Literally. Really.
  • bar-top dancing
  • Crazy Horse
  • gays allowed in civil service
  • Pleasure Factory
  • the list goes on
Frankly, I'm sick and tired of this argument, and also the various "actors" who are milking this. There are really good local films out there. They don't even have to be anti-establishment to be good. But they remain on the fringes of our society.

I feel pity for those who were involved who think it is art...just because it's showing on Arts Central doesn't mean it's art.

Plot twist warning! Stop here if you do not wish to know the twist at the end

The old man does not die after having sex with the young lady. They manage to have sex again, after which the young lady dies. The rest is pretty easy to guess. Old man finds medical card in lady's purse explaining her medical condition (she also has a heart problem)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Watch where you are going

Citizen Calibre 8651 (AP1030-02E)
(first posted at

Currently looking for a watch to complement my workwear (my current Casio G-shock just does not fit in), the one above looks quite nice...saw a similar design (different brand and model) worn by my friend recently when we got together for a dinner (class reunion gathering).

workwear - step by step

(first posted at, 30th August 2006)

You can show your dress sense by simply changing 1 variable at a time, either colour, pattern, or texture.

For example, a normal blue shirt, but with a textured surface, will enable you to stand out from the rest.

For most Singaporean men, workwear means a long-sleeved shirt, either in white or blue colour, black pants and also black leather shoes.

While there's nothing wrong with the above combo, it's fun to experiment with something different.

one more try to simplify

Having tried once (and failed) to consolidate my blogs, I'm going to try again. Having 9 blogs is seriously not healthy, and also makes for blogs which are focused topically, but not updated regularly.

Anyway, I will progressively transfer blog posts, and retain 2 blogs.

Monday, December 24, 2007

NGO accountability

Many NGOs berate companies and governments for not being transparent. However, what about themselves? This is an important point, as one should be whiter than white before commenting on others...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Carbon myths

The Guardian
Shall we do a Singapore version of the article? It will be great to bust the many "green" myths that currently exists.

Monday, December 10, 2007

nike tennis classic

nike tennis classic. cool, classic sneakers. now to find out if they are made ethically enough for me to consider...