From Tan KH
Nice to read Browntown again
Hey there Didn't think Browntown was still alive! Didn't check-in for like 2-3 years man. Nice to see that you've responsibly procreated. Congrats! Browntown is one of the earliest blogs that I can remember.
On the TODAY Column Express Stream to the World Cup
Couldn't help laughing when reading your column today. You really hit the nail on the head.
Keep it up!
P.S. You should put all your articles into a book. It would make a great Singapore souvenir.
(I gave Friday's TODAY a missed because I thought you had moved to WEEKEND edition! But guess I think it is now safe to return to "Tekong")
Anyway, just like to comment that the article, Express Stream to the World Cup, is just fabulous. Head on and definitely hit the many nerves of the various conditions. Totally agree with your perspectives!
But oh, by the way, did you inject that sense of "anger" or am I imagining things? Hahah.
On the TODAY Column The Great Tekong Manhunt
Dear Mr Brown,
It was another dreary saturday morning, and after all the usual bad news on Straits Times, I switch on my internet for emails. Usually, I will automatically trash all the Today's newsletter (frankly because I seem to have some problem trying to set myself on the remove list...so, it just delivers itself to my mailbox everyday ....well, that is another story) but I chosed to glance at the newsletter today and I was in stiches the next 5 minutes. I am now awake for sure.
Nothing to say, except thank you for your wit and lighthearted slant on the issue. Your article sure lit up this saturday morning for me.
Loved the article. It was hilarious. Singapore needs more writers like that with a sense of humour
Bravo.... I enjoy your commentary on the Tekong Island. I read 3 times, repeated. Any webpage to refer ? or collection ? The more I read... The more I can become addicted. Thanks.
Subject: Error in article in Weekend (March 27/28) issue
I'm writing to point out an error in the article titled "The Great Tekong Manhunt" in the weekend issue (March 27/28 2004) of the Today paper. This article was contributed by Mr. Brown.
Overall, the article was fun to read. However, while the writer made fun of the lack of geographical knowledge on the part of the 3 Indonesian robbers, little did he realize that he was exhibiting a lack of history knowledge or a lack of just plain general knowledge.
I'm referring to the opening paragraph that attempted to poke fun at Arnold Swarzzenegher (spelling??). Mayor of California? Hello? There is no such office on this planet as mayor of California. It's governor - as in GOVERNOR - of California. The head-of-state of every american state is called the governor. The head-of-state of an American city is called mayor.
Get it? As in mayor of New York Ctiy, mayor of San Francisco, etc. But governor of New York state and Governor of California state.
Ok, enough education for today. Ok, i shouldn't be so hush. But i thought it's so funny that the writer is commenting on lack of geographical knowledge on the part of the 3 robbers, while he exhibited a lack of knowledge of such basic general knowledge. It's just funny. :) No offence. It's something that you all can remember from now on.
Have a nice day.
Dear Mr Brown
Thot I let you know that I enjoy reading your articles in TODAY newspaper, especially The Great Tekong Manhunt .....just can't help laughing to myself whenever I think of the article ! ....so funny !
Have a Nice Day!
On the TODAY Column Responsible Breeding?
From Mrs G
Dear mr brown,
Read your article and felt like writing to tell you it really struck a cord with us.
We also have an older boy diagnosed with ASD, but with us we had the second one before we found out about it. Certainly we "treat every milestone the second reaches with relief and every milestone the older reaches with inappropriate joy."!
We are glad to share that all the therapies "worked" on our boy, but none more effective than his persistent little brother's constant bugging him to play, to make belief, to "talk", and to come out of his world to live. He is now in regular Primary 1, and with some struggles doing really fine. Still beware of the younger child, whom we "unconsciously neglected", like when he asks why does brother have special classes, and not me? He feels sense of not being as important which we are trying to deal with.
But definitely they have "made our worlds bigger than the sum of our selfish individual hearts." They have really enabled us to live "hard", to stretch ourselves in every way and live in every moment. May you enjoy unparalelled living and joy too.
Dear Mr. Brown,
Regarding your commentary, "Responsible Breeding" for the March 12 issue of Today newspaper, wonderful article! Please send me your website address which documents 'the dysfunctional side of Singapore life since 1997'.
Great work on your site! I've been following your SNE series for a couple of years, as well as your musings in TODAY, and I really enjoy your honest and often refreshing take on things. Your column 'Responsible Breeding?' was especially poignant and so touching - and also cut right through a certain MP's comments about duty and responsibility...
Hi Mr Brown,
I don't know how to write this, but I'll try anyhow.
A couple of years ago I had a brief stint giving tuition. I had my fair share of little monsters but there was one child who was different. And going to his place to give him tuition was actually something I looked forward to every week. I have had frequent quarrels with my then girlfriend and was walking around all the time with the proverbial dark cloud over my
head and no matter how I felt that day, I always looked forward to seeing him at tution. He is now in Sec 1, and according to his mother, he was autistic when he was younger. But it never stopped him from being the sunshine he was to me and no doubt to his family as well. When I had to stop giving him tuition, I didn't have the heart to tell him cuz over the few
months I was tutoring him, I developed a real relationship with him. Sure, he didn't do his homework sometimes. Sure, he forgets things I've just taught him. But somehow, his vulnerability.. innocence.. willingness to trust.. it all endeared him to me greatly. And the last thing I told his mother was that she must be really proud to have a son like him.
And Faith must be so lucky to have parents like you and your wife. And I know you'll one day be proud of her because of the the lives she'll touch as well.
I don't pray alot, but here's keeping you and your family in prayers and thoughts.
Dear Mr. Brown, or can I call you Mr. Lee, or even Kin Mun?
I don't usually have the fortune to get a copy of Today on my way to work, so I resort many a times to reach the website once I reach home and have a read at your articles. Don't ask me why I can't get my hands on a copy though I am usually at the MRT station latest by 8 am...
Anyway, I just read your article on having kids - "Responsible breeding?", and I must say that I was very touched by your and your wife's love for your children, especially your daughter. Somehow reading that brought some lubrication to my eyes... :) I must say that it was indeed moving!
I am a married man myself (been married 6 years and I am in my early 30s), but have not had the fortune of having children. I do wish that, one day, God willing, my wife and I shall have at least one of our own.
Keep up the good stuff!!! They never fail to lighten up the end of a long day at the office! :)
God bless you and your family. My prayers are with you all.
On the TODAY Column For More Babies Send Women to NS.
I had a good laugh at mr brown's piece entitled "For more babies send women to NS". very witty and thought provoking!
my regards to mr brown!
Hi Mister Brown,
it's me again. Writing to you after a long hiatus. Glad to hear MOE unblocked your site, but could you just go and nag MHA (Home Affairs) for being a little slow because they have blocked your site as well....The miscreants. They don't know any better.
Loved your article, as usual, hilarious as monkey-pants and I was lucky as I took one of the last 10 copies of Today that was left at the MRT station. It's never enough, I tell you. Online is one thing...it may be there, but I'm like one of those people - I like my newspaper on my desk where I can touch it, feel it, hear the sound of its papers crimpling as I turn the page. It's like eating steak; if the juices and blood don't immediately ooze out after my first cut, it's overcooked.
I placed your article on my blog. (http://www.bitchbert.blogspot.com) And by the way, you have 2 kids? Still below national average of 2.1, pal. Hahahahaha....how are you gonna make up for the 0.1 deficit? Stem cell contribution? Geez. this baby saga is getting out of hand. I am so not pleased that at a mere 22, I'm getting hounded by the grandmas and grandpas at MCDS's SDU....free membership some more. Yeah right; like I'm going to open my baby factory for that.
Not that I sleep around; I fall into neither of your categoies (a -e) -- c/f your article today. I'm not even practising sex before marriage either. But hold the presses, I'll get married, have sex and have babies when I want to. Not at the current package of maternity leave, baby bonuses, etc etc. Maybe if you'll throw in paid-for confinement nurses, maids, a culture where women stay at home, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen and promote it as a glorious noteworthy position to be in....maybe, baby.
Dear Mr Brown
I think you should thank MOE for banning your site. The hype that caused by the ban has led more people to learn of your website and I am one of them. See how blessing work in disguised.
I so thoroughly enjoyed your every article and can't stop LOL at them. I think you truely represent the typical Singaporeans' perspective on the local issues.
Keep the articles coming!
Dear Mr Brown
Excellent piece of writing.
You tickled my toes -creative, awesome satire and wit -just mind and heart blowing.
Well written piece that reflects on reality without forgiving our simplistic manner to resolve problems.
Mockery is at its best too when you compare the state of the zoo keepers and the animals.
Commendable effort in the way words have found new meanings in your comment about our government's pathetic aspiration to make more babies.
Kudos....Ever thought of becoming a politician????!!!!
Dear Mr Brown,
with the hotmail account, I added the singapore consulate in new york on my MSN Instant messenger.. I think you should ask your readers to do the same...
On the TODAY Column AngMoh-nising of the Singapore Man
Hi "Mr Brown",
I'm a former AngMoh expat.
I friend sent me your article which I enjoyed based on my own experience in that wonderful country.
You mention in the footnote that you have website, please would you send the address.
From the "For the Last Time, I am not Freakin' Tony Brown" Department
hi, were u on made?
heyy, i am a girl who is watching ur show....made, i thought u were hot the 1st time i saw u, i wish u didnt change......i luv ur website