A Tale of Two Kittehs: Samantha

A Tale of Two Kittehs: Samantha

Samantha is not the prettiest cat you’ll ever meet. But Sam (aka Sammie, Sammiecat and Baby) is certainly one of the most human cats I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Once upon a time, Sam wasn’t my cat….

Money Talks

Money Talks

This is something that has bugged me for a while. As a child I was taught that it’s considered rude to talk about money. Specifically, that it was in bad taste to bring up what you spent or what other…

Happy Char Kway Teow Day

It started in 2006, the first year we got to spend Feb 14 together after a year in a long-distance relationship. We’d celebrated Feb 12 as the day we first started dating, and it seemed excessive to hold two celebratory…

The Art of Conversation: Caveats

The Art of Conversation: Caveats

One random weekday afternoon, Elaine and I started listing out the annoying ways that people passive-aggressively preface their sentences with a caveat, in the hope that it’ll make what comes next less annoying/offensive. Any more to add?

Morton’s Happy Hour

Morton’s Happy Hour

It’s been almost exactly 6 years since I first experienced happy hour at Morton’s Steakhouse Mandarin Oriental. Every weekday, the bar serves $12 martinis with a free flow of filet mignon finger sandwiches. It is a great place to spend…

2012 Resolutions – Part 1

The changing of the calendar is a great opportunity to take stock of priorities. The end of the preceding year is usually too hectic to regroup and think, ┬áso I’ve saved my resolution-making for January. In 2012, I will: 1….

A Creature of Habit

A Creature of Habit

I like having my little routines. I’m not very organised, but I find a certain comfort in the repetitive patterns of daily life. It makes me feel good to be able to mentally tick items off a list that seldom…

Doing Nothing In Phuket

Doing Nothing In Phuket

We set out for Phuket with one objective in mind – to do nothing. All things considered, we pulled it off pretty well. We did nothing at the beach – if reading and sea sports still count as nothingness. And…

Consumed: Chikuwa Tei

Consumed: Chikuwa Tei

Chikuwa Tei is the reincarnation of Far East Plaza’s Wasabi Tei, where the chef was notorious for yelling at errant customers who didn’t know the restaurant’s unspoken rules. The chef has mellowed considerably, but it was the service that was…

‘Tis The Season

‘Tis The Season

It isn’t much of a secret that I don’t like Christmas. I must have stopped loving Yuletide when I was around 11 or 12, when I first became cognisant of the obligations, disappointments and other such family-related drama that accompany…