Archive for August, 2005


With New Orleans under evacuation orders, Katrina’s impact is now starting to hit home. Rising gas pump prices, and some Tulane students temporarily relocating to this campus.

It’s sad to see your home campus and city destroyed and under threat of becoming a new Atlantis. Let’s hope they can stop the leevee breaches and pump out the water fast enough.


August 31, 2005 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

Minsk (Carrier)

I am not a particular fan of the Red Navy, although I am fascinated with their arming of their capital ships with multiple heavy missiles.

Some side and rear views of the de-commissioned Minsk in Shenzhen.

Minsk Carrier 1

Minsk Carrier 3

Minsk Carrier 4

Minsk Carrier 5

Gorgeous, isn’t she?

If you prefer the US carriers, check out little cart noodles and first born egg‘s photo sets of USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

August 22, 2005 at 5:40 pm 2 comments


Note to self: In future, be aware of your target audience’s background. Certain words typed out using Hanyu Pinyin could be totally different from what you had wanted to mean.

Especially when saying lan jiao to a Singaporean girl well versed in Singlish.

August 21, 2005 at 6:10 pm 4 comments

The Sick Rose

This poem, and its deconstruction by Gilbert Koh (in the comments section) reminds me of the angry pregnant girl.

O Rose, thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

— William Blake, Songs of Experience

A fascinating read for someone like me who comes from a non-lit background.

Now digressing: for literature (at the O levels), my school had (has?) folks taking either E-Lit (English Lit)or C-lit (Chinese Lit). It only dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that e-lit sounds like elite and c-lit looks like clit. The innocence of youth, lost. Words have taken on a totally different meaning.

August 18, 2005 at 7:45 pm 1 comment


In East Asian societies in general – When falling in love, one also has to make sure the partner is of a similar (or higher/acceptable) social standing. There will usually be heavy familial pressure if otherwise. In the case of Singapore, the class divide is already as complicated as it is already.

Basically, I think it boils down to two things: money and face.
Guitar of TJC forums brings this dimension to the scholarship debate – that being a (overseas) scholar gives one a leg up in the courtship game.

August 18, 2005 at 12:10 am 2 comments

Foreign Good, Local Not-so-Good even if the Local one gives you money

An appropriate follow up to this and this.

August 14, 2005 at 4:39 pm 1 comment


Guys like these give the rest of us decent men a bad name.

Update (2.21 pm): The couple has been identified.

August 11, 2005 at 12:25 am 1 comment

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