For the uninitiated or first time visitors to Singapore
- Best time of the year to Visit is….
Any month! Singapore is a few kilometres off the Equator i.e. Tropical climate. If you did your geography lessons well in 8th grade you’d know in such case it rains a bit everyday and also shines a lot everyday. The news channels here don’t have a weatherman/woman! Need i say more? Leave your winter wear and even your jeans at home. Read More…
It is but inevitable. It is but the want of typical stories. It is but only page filling tactics. It is but a bad habit hard to break. It is but only what the masses want. It is but only search engine optimisation to write on popular topics of the day!!
It happens every single time. When an important event or a massive bit of news is made relating to person or place – there it is – its association (at some point of time) to ….. India. It seems the entire world has at some point been to India, walked the streets, donned the traditional attire, clicked snaps, been to the ashram and felt something God-Like!!
A famous personality, Steve Jobs, recently passed away. May his soul rest in peace. The “master innovator”, “Apple founder”, “great entrepreneur”, “college drop out” and many other names that he is known by, passed away peacefully after a long drawn battle with pancreatic cancer. Within moments of his death, the news had captivated the world. In Asia, where most of us were just waking up to our morning coffee/tea, the news was quite a shock to all Apple fans and iPhone lovers. By the time I arrived in office, the topic was already a hot subject for the day and there was genuine respect for the achievements of such an inspiring gentleman as Steve Jobs.
For some strange reason, I had this thought in the back of my head that the predictable bit is about to happen. And within hours (thanks to a story-hungry journalist somewhere in India or wherever) there it was – a story about Steve Jobs’ connection with India 35 years ago!! How very very predictable and seriously lame.
Quietly seated in the lounge of a nice downtown hotel in Jakarta, I was trying to look a bit like those other gentlemen with a business agenda. The problem was within moments one of the butlers switched on the TV and there it was – the movie I’ve seen a thousand times since I was 13, Jean Claude Van Damme’s Hard Target! This movie never dies, it gets all the more ridiculous each time I watch it, yet I do watch it again and again.
I love this movie!!! I remember heading down to the video library after school, 3rd time that week cause the movie was rented out, and running back with the VHS tape to make the most of the 24 hours rent!! John Woo (then so very unknown) made his mark with the Action in this movie which probably set the precedent for all the movies that followed. Read More…
In real life:
Uncle is a cab driver, a shop owner, a random person you ask for directions or a passerby who throws the football back over the gate. Basically anyone who is above the age of 30, or looks like it – atleast to the kids in my neighbourhood ! We used to be on first-name basis, now its “Uncle” straight up!
Anyways, we focus on Uncle as defined in point 1 above. Being an Uncle is a huge responsibility, that is if you own up to it. Your sister may rely on you for a day of babysitting, or for providing that much needed distraction for an hour when her fav soap plays on TV, or for much needed third person bad-guy intervention in times of total chaos (typical when you have 2 boys or girls few years apart).
Being an Uncle has a very special place in a child’s upbringing, in terms of influence and almost dad-like second opinion. You are a part of the family, yet you are an outsider.
So here are some tips on earning your place as a favourite Uncle with your nephews / nieces (Note: All Tips are valid for Uncles who smartly show up well after the kids are reasonably potty trained! Read More…
Before landing in Brussels I’d done my research and figured out I could take a train to Antwerp and perhaps even Amsterdam and return the same day. Yet with the schedule of events planned in Brussels, I ended up staying in the city and by the end of the 4th day, I was hell bent on getting out of there!! Why? Well…
The first few sights of nice green fields and lovely farm houses on the outskirts of the city Read More…
They say when you have nothing to talk about, then talk about the weather! That’s always an interesting topic in Singapore, especially this time of the year.
Like seasonal clockwork, there invariably is a forest or field fire raging in Indonesia Sep – Oct every year. The winds blowing northeast (or is it southwest?) carry the thick smoke and cast a nice even blanket of haze over Singapore! Sitting inside your air conditioned office or home, you’d think for a moment the clouds are descending (yeah right! We are near the equator after all). Read More…
I was in Mumbai when I heard about the Delhi Blasts, from a friend. This was around lunch hour, a good 3-4 hours after the actual incident – A thing of concern and wonder for me.
Generally, an incident like this gets onto the air through word of mouth “did you hear?” conversations, over the TV somewhere in a mall/office/restaurant, somehow it manages to reach everyone within an hour. This time around though, Read More…