When three families travel together, things can get somewhat topsy-turvy.
I share these photos, partly to share the silliness and fun that usually accompany my family vacations, but also to share the tiny miracles that happen on these trips.
This is Family Trip Tiny Miracle #2 (for Miracle #1, I will share that another time). Note Faith posing for the photographs.
She hardly ever does this. We can’t even get her to look at the camera most times. This time, she not only posed when we told her to, she held her poses for quite a long time. She looked like she really enjoyed the Upside Down Museum. You can see a silly smile on her face.
Travel brings all kinds of surprises. Some good. Some bad. But many are good and life-changing.
It’s a small thing to others, maybe. But a 17-year-old young lady with autism who pretended she was holding on to a chair for a photograph: that was like seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World to us.
So, I thought I’d share our little precious moment with you, as we give thanks to God for this tiny miracle.
Kim Huat looks at factors that affect Singapore's egg situation, exploring the four pillars of food security: availability, access, utilization, and stability. What does Singapore do, moving forward? How does the domestic politics of Malaysia impact the self-sufficiency of our tiny island nation and the availability of pomfret for Chinese New Year reunion dinners? What are the threats to our egg supply and how do we bear the yolk of our vulnerabilities? This, and other deep academic thoughts, by Kim Huat, Singapore’s foremost expert in being hungry all the time.
Kim Huat muses on the Singapore-Malaysia ILS spat over the airspace near Seletar Airport and Pasir Gudang, and takes the Malaysian Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke Siew Fook, to task for his (lack of) understanding of the Instrument Landing System, and basic aviation principles.
Kim Huat also looks at the nuances between using Obstacle Assessment Surfaces (OAS) and Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OAS) to determine safe minimum heights for approach, departure and circling procedures, as per international aviation standards.
Kim Huat goes on to dwell on the operational measures that can be taken to minimize the impact of the tall buildings and creatures, on aeronautical safety.
FINALLY, a great DCEU movie. I loved Wonder Woman but Aquaman was even better than that movie. It just rocked from start to finish, like a big, wet, roller coaster ride.
It’s like Furious 7 director James Wan threw every ridiculous idea at it, but somehow it worked. Even the drum-playing octopus and the oversized, angry, war seahorses.
People clapped at the end of the movie. That’s how epic it felt. Most importantly, it was fun.
You can see some of the familiar tropes in it.
It’s a Shakespearean/Black Panther movie. It’s a treasure hunt movie. It’s a chase movie. It’s a love story movie. It’s a revenge movie. Its a monster movie. It’s a Lord of the Rings, Battle at Helm’s Deep (deep, geddit?) movie.
Simisai also in there. It’s like James Wan decided, heck, there may not be another Aquaman movie so let’s go to town with this.
And it went to town indeed. There are moments when you think, that is so stupid but that is also so cool. And then you laugh at the sheer audacity of it.
if I have one complaint, it was the scenes where Nicole Kidman was CGI-ed to look younger, as young Queen Atlanna. It was creepy to see touched up De-Aged Kidman. It was as obvious and poorly done as Superman’s mustache in Justice League.
The best part is, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t watch any of the previous DCU movies, or you are trying to forget them. There was like, ONE reference to Steppenwolf and then we got sucked into Aquaman’s story.
Like a Fast and Furious movie, don’t overthink it. Just go along for the ride.
It’s a little long, at 2 hours and 22 minutes, so make sure you pee before going in. Or all that ocean water CGI will make you wanna pee.
Kim Huat shares his considered take on the Singapore-Malaysia spat over maritime boundaries, in the geopolitical dimension of maritime security and how this dispute impacts territorial claims and international law in the region.
Yes, that is the actual Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) 2018 dress above. Worn by Miss Zahra Khanum, it was designed by Mr Moe Kasim, 48, who said he was inspired by the Trump-Kim summit that was held in Singapore.
He told TNP: "The toughest part was bringing out the message tastefully through design. I had to consider the political sensitivities and what it all meant to Singapore and to the world community… without (creating) any misinterpretation.
It has been a while since I posted about Faith, so I thought it would be good to share some recent photos. She is all of 17 years old now, and not the little girl that many of you may remember her.
Since it was Deepavali, and a public holiday yesterday, and we decided to take Faith out to town for a little outing. Her younger brother and younger sister all had their own teenage programmes, so it was just me, mommy, Auntie Marian and Faith.
It doesn’t take very much to make her happy. An MRT ride to Dhoby Ghaut, a little window shopping, a snack at Mos Burger, and then another train ride home.
Her autism didn't cause her to act up in the train or the mall, which was good. She did, however, have a very strong desire to enter stores with loud music playing (she would stand near the speakers for a bit, listening), and she would drag us to places where there were holes and repeat patterns on the wall.
She enjoyed squeezing the squeeze toys in a shop, so mommy let her play with those for a while.
She was all smiles today. And that made us smile too.
I has been a while since I have given a talk. I think at least four years. So I was very chuffed to present at the National Library over the weekend, as part of their Our Published Heritage series. I thought the title "Rise of the Blogfather" was very cute.
Thank you all for coming to my talk at the National Library on a rainy Saturday afternoon! It was great to share my stories with you!
Sorry if I didn’t get a chance to speak with all of you guys more after the event. It was so wonderful to touch base with you!
I was particularly happy to have my wife and two younger kids present too, as well as old friends and family members, coming down to support my little talk. And the 200-300 of you too.
21 years of doing mrbrown stuff online. How time flies.
[Top photo of me by the other Blogfather, Winston Tay. Thanks, dude!]