A restaurant by Eclectic Attic (at Plaza Sing). You dine sitting on furniture that can also be bought. Every cushion, chair and table is different and has character. Nice idea, like eating at someone's house. Or your own.
So much so that my missus and I felt bad when we spilled soup on the table, we quickly wiped it up.
Food good too. Between us, we had the Dory, the prawn pasta, a mushroom soup and a prawn salad, two lemonade Sorbets, and a double scoop of gelati for dessert.
Dear Singaporeans, we are having a historic moment! An opposition party, the SDP, has created a historic event, by recording a historic podcast, and not only that, a historic POLITICAL podcast!
Never mind that currently, it is only an mp3 file sitting on a site. It shall be named RadioSDP! Never mind that podcasts are supposed to delivered via an RSS feed, it is still historic. I am sure, the historic RSS feed will be added later, warranting another declaration of historic-ness.
And their hosted mp3 audio file, sorry, podcast, is also historic because it is a way to bypass the broadcast laws of Singapore! So of course it is necessary to declare this fact as loudly as possible, never mind that it will now invite the Gahmen to come up with a law to deal with this.
"The podcast is a way for the Party to by-pass the state-controlled media in Singapore. Airwaves in the country are monopolised, cable television is owned by a government-linked company, satellite dishes are banned, and the press is controlled by the ruling party. The Internet remains a medium that the Government finds it hard to censor, although it has enacted many laws aimed at curtailing the use of the Internet for political purposes."
SDP: "Legislate THIS!"
"The Media Development Authority confirmed that podcasting does come under the current regulatory framework. It is still studying developments in this area, it told Today."
As they say in some political circles and think tanks, "Kua kua...".
If you do not have a Flickr account (it's free, you know), then at least entitle your blog post containing the photos "One Singapore Minute" (and if possible add a Technorati tag onesingaporeminute) so that it shows up in Technorati searches. If you like, leave your link in the comments section here.
This is not some propaganda exercise. Just have some fun with it. You can take anything you like, as many shots as you like, as long as it has something to do with Singapore, and as long as the shots are taken within one minute, at any time of the day. I think the challenge of the time frame will be interesting. Do try to take more than one photo in the minute. You can even try taking photos with your cameraphone within a minute and MMSing it to your Flickr account (don't forget to tag it later). The meme will end on 31st August 2005, 11.59pm.
Agagooga is experimenting with breaking up his super long daily posts into smaller chunks, on my advice. Go and tell him how much you like it that you can now link directly to his collection of Conversations, his thoughts on RSS feeds, and his take on being a hall person. All without needing to scroll through 5 pages of text to get to the bit you want. And easier to tell your friend which post is the one he records all the funnies he hears in lectures, rather than say, go to Post X, and scroll past four "***"s.
It is late, we just finished watching a movie. And we are curled up in bed, watching Faith breathe as she sleeps. In her slumber, you almost believe that her glass wall, her autism, isn't there.
The movie's theme song, The Blower's Daughter, by Damien Rice, is still echoing in our minds. Long after the disc stopped playing the music video, long after the television was turned off.
"I can't take my eyes off of you
I can't take my eyes off you..."
"I am fat," she says.
"No, you're not. You look very nice with your little tummy. I don't know why you feel this way."
"She is beautiful," she says, looking at Faith.
"Sometimes, I see the dolls, and I want to buy them for her. But I know she will not play with them," she says.
"It's okay, it is a matter of time. Her timing is different. By the time this one," I pat her tummy, "comes, she may be ready to play with dolls then."
"I want her to be well."
"I know. But all she wants is to be loved. And accepted for who she is."
"Does she know we love her?"
"I think so. She knows it though she cannot tell us she knows it."
"Did she call you Pa today?"
"Yes, she did, several times. She had not said it for a while, but today she did," I smile in the dark.
"Did she want you to carry her?"
"Yes, she did, and she whispered Pa when she wanted to be carried. It was fun playing with the two of them, her brother and her. But tiring."
"I want her to be well."
"I know. But all she wants is to be loved. And that is more important than anything else we give her as her parents. If she gets well from her condition, it is a bonus. But the best we can give her is our love."
I thought, since Mr Miyagi shared his New Paper interview answers, I would post mine too. In response to the New Paper piece, Chandler, Sheylara and Threez wrote some thoughts on the extensive Sunday New Paper blog coverage. (Scan of TNP taken from Chandler's blog)
Ivan Fernandez of the New Paper also wrote in this blog issue of bloggers:
"They are faceless. And largely out of focus... They hide behind cyber masks, but bare their hearts of darkness."
My answers to TNP's questions: 1. I am 36 and an Internet Consultant.
2. I have been writing online since 1997. Somewhere along the way, someone pointed out to me that what I was doing on my site was blogging, so ok lor, blogging it shall be.
I think blogging here has evolved in many ways, and now you have blogs by people of all ages, and covering all sorts of topics and interests. It MAY have started out as a young person's diary thing, but the local blogosphere has pretty much followed the global trend of evolving into many forms.