That’s New Bridge Road at Cross Street, the focal point of Singapore’s annual Chinese New Year celebration.
This is South Bridge Road at Cross Street. We used to live less than a block from here, on Mosque Street. You can just see a bit of the green entrance to the Mosque on the right.
Note the new tower going up in the background in Tanjong Pagar. That red circle tower (the PS 100 Green Tower) and the dark one next to it (Carlton City Hotel) weren’t there in 2011. In fact, I used to walk straight through the empty lot that is now the PS 100 to get to work.
It’s not for nothing that people joke about Singapore’s national bird being the construction crane.
Before it was an award-winning sci-fi novel, it was an award-winning sci-fi short story. It’s commonly studied, deep, and poignant. (I’m not really a fan of poignant.)
Flowers for Algernon tells the story of a retarded man named Charlie who undergoes an experimental surgical procedure to increase his intelligence. Algernon is the mouse whose success has convinced scientists that the procedure should be tried on a human test subject. It is clear early in the book, if not from the title of the book itself, that the procedure ultimately fails. Hence the poignancy.
For more on the format, plot and themes, continue reading.
Continue reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
It launched with 60 posts going back several years because I’ve always had content but never a site I was particularly happy with. Content will continue to get added retroactively. Enjoy!
This amazing set meal at Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru at Westgate was so good that I forgave them for including fish in my tempura.
- mixed tempura (vegetables, shrimp, fish)
- tempura sauce
- yellow pickles
- sweet pudding
- miso soup
- green tea
Next time I’ll avoid the fish and it’ll be perfect.
Below are 32 photos (out of 350!) from a trip I went on with my husband to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos.
(The Buddha Park must be seen to be believed. Or rather, even after you’ve seen it, it’s still unbelievable…)
Continue reading Laos (December 2015)
Everyone is different. Thank goodness.
If everyone were like me,
English would be stuck with the subjunctive
Yeah, I’m that conservative.
The sign says:
Prohibited By Law
But it should say:
Smoking Prohibited By Law
Smoking Is Prohibited By Law
Why? Because it almost sounds as if not smoking is not allowed. In other words, it sounds like everyone must smoke.
Obviously people are not really going to conclude that they must smoke when they see this sign, but all the same, the English is not quite right.
See below for my thoughts on this excellent novel, when and why I read it (twice!), and a list of other books I’ve read that are about India or by Indian authors.
My write-up of the premise, characters, themes and what I liked about the book contains some details about the characters that could be considered spoilers but does not give away the climax or resolution of the tale.
Continue reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth