At the crossroads of Mackenzie Road and Selegie. This was a few weeks after Deepavali but the decorations are still up
I haven’t been running lately, so as a compromise, I’ve taken to walking a lot. I live fairly central from town, and most of the places I go to are roughly three kilometers from home, so after a night/day out gallivanting, I would walk home. It’s my compromise for not being so assiduous with the running regimen. These pictures were taken around a week or so ago. I was always on Orchard Road, watching films during the German Film Festival (…incidentally, why are serious films called “films” and Hollywood blockbusters “movies”? Ever think of that? It’s the same bugbear I get when in a library or bookstore, fiction is divided between “bestsellers” and “literature” — aren’t all of them literature? Anyway…) and I was walking home and it occurred to me to just take pictures. So here they are. I don’t know if it’s because I was just in a reflective and pensive mood when I shot them, but there’s a loneliness to the images that particularly resonated. Or maybe that’s just my take on them. So let’s begin…
Continue reading Out walking: Little India at night
It seems that this is my weekend for fraught family dramas. I watched Ilo Ilo today, the debut feature-length film by Singaporean director Anthony Chen, which chronicles the relationship of the Lim family and their new maid, Terry.
Because it recently won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and got positive press, I was very curious to see it, and judge if it lived up to the hype. Let me just say it: If you haven’t seen it, you should make it a point to go watch the movie.
Continue reading Weekend movie: Ilo Ilo
I got a bit antsy Sunday afternoon. I usually like being at home because I rarely am, but for once, I was hankering to be outside — outside, but not in a mall, so on the spur of the moment, I went hiking at the Southern Ridges. Half the Southern Ridges, to be exact — from the Alexandra Arch to Marang Trail and ending in Vivo City.
Continue reading Went walking
While everyone is taking a collective breath before doing whatever it is they’ll be doing for Singapore’s birthday today, I’m just enjoying that this day affords me to stay in bed longer and indulge in some avocado toast and avocado with cream and honey — and Ender’s Game.
Happy birthday, Singapore! Live long and prosper!
My version of avocado toast
1 small ripe avocado
bread (number of slices will depend on your appetite)
1 clove garlic
chili flakes (optional)
extra virgin olive oil
1. Toast the bread. If you don’t have a toaster, heat up a frying pan and toast it there.
2. Rub a peeled garlic clove on your toast.
3. Spread avocado on toast.
4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and chilli flakes
5. Spray/brush olive oil on top.
If you have more avocados, scoop some into a bowl, add cream and sugar or honey aaand your day is complete.
I’ve written somewhere on this blog that I loved both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The final movie in the trilogy, Before Midnight, opened about a week or so ago in Singapore and damn if Richard Linklater (director), Julie Delpy (who plays Celine and shares screenwriting credits) and Ethan Hawke (who plays Jesse and shares screenwriting credits) did not deliver!
Continue reading Reviews: Before Midnight and Crazy Rich Asians
Having an afternoon alone at the National Museum. This book, about Singaporean high society and its foibles, is the perfect late lunch companion. Refreshingly hilarious and gossipy, it’s a peek into the rarefied air of Asia’s super-rich. Now, I don’t know how “drawn from real life/people” the book is, but having hobnobbed with some of the rich folk here at some media events, I could certainly believe that Kevin Kwan wrote his roman a clef with some real people in mind. It’s a delicious read!
I’m on voluntary house arrest because of the haze outside. Polluntant Standards Index (PSI) as of an hour ago was 263. A PSI reading of 101-200 means the air is unhealthy while a reading of 201-300 is very unhealthy. Anything above that is hazardous. That reading is actually good news because the PSI went down from yesterday. There was a sense of mild panic in the air yesterday (aside from the pervasive burnt wood smell), when the PSI reading reached upwards of 400! People went about trying to buy the right masks, and of course, it was sold out, with rumors floating around that they were selling 10 (or more) times the usual price, if you could find one.
Continue reading Haze arrest