Are you normal?

No one wants to be normal in Singapore. A ‘normal’ person takes 5 years to complete secondary education. That’s too slow. Not when ‘express’ only takes 4 years. If a person has to take an extra year to be schooled, they must be stupid and are an embarrassment to their parents who will never be…

Tiny box of tricks

Cool! A little puzzle box a friend got me as a souvenir from Japan! Apparently, it takes an easy 5 step sequence to get the box open. Going by this sample, the key has to be where the patterns misalign slightly. Ah! The first piece slides out a notch. Now the second piece unlocks and…

How to eat prawn noodles using only chopsticks

Prawn noodles is a messy dish to eat. Unshelled prawns are a prime ingredient and a major part of the experience of eating prawn noodles. Prawn heads are integral to boiling the broth, creating the rich, heady (literally) flavour that is such a treat for the nose and tongue. But as a diner, de-shelling the…

Review: Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee

Lynn’s Cakes and Coffee¬†presents a cafe concept that puts its focus on pretty cakes. The decor is full of clean lines with homely touches at the edges. The interior is brightly lit, good for leisurely reading. Due to limited seating, the cafe fills up quickly at peak mealtimes, but whole cakes go briskly out the…

The Piano Guys ‘live’ in Singapore

YouTube sensations, The Piano Guys, played a glorious set from their repertoire of entertaining classical-contemporary mashups for their fans in Singapore over two evenings (13-14 April) at the Star Performing Arts Centre. Mainly headlined by pianist, Jon Schmidt and cellist, Steven Sharp Nelson, they thrilled the audience with amazing skill, clever arrangements and a constant…

My vacation in Bioshock: Infinite

Looks like the vacation is prematurely over. Been recalled from Columbia, but although I haven’t uncovered all its secrets, I have completed the main tour. Columbia is a city in the clouds. Set in 1912 and made to float on high by complex quantum mechanics it is a beautiful town when you arrive. It is…

All hands on deck in ‘Citadel’ DLC for ME3

Game Downloadable Content (DLC) usually adds a playable chapter to a game you already own as a way to keep replayability, at least until the next instalment. Most games don’t even do that after a while (Dragon Age II… I’ve just about given up on you!). But the new ‘Citadel’ DLC for Mass Effect 3…