Monday, December 25, 2006
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I thought Christmas was commercialized in North America, but wandering through Orchard Road yesterday we saw the strangest of Christmas scenes; the nativity scene, commercialized. Crowds of people rushing through the streets of Orchard Road to see the display, "Bethlethem: 0 to 5 BC), with statues, angels and wisemen. People even took photos with their fmailies, inside the nativity scene. Unfortunately no pictures of this yet...I'll leave it to your imaginations.
Have you ever seen Chinese wisemen in the nativity scene? How about a Chinese Santa Claus?? I almost died laughing; really something I had never thought about. And if you Canadians think our malls are crowded at Christmas time, check this out...not to mention the Singaporean government's warning against high voltage Christmas trees!
BLUE has moved to an awesome office building, the top floor of a tower in Harbourfront Centre. We had our moving/xmas celebration on Friday night, complete with an Christmas tree on which every employee decorated a blue ornament. A pool table, bar, large patio, and view of a beautiful Singaporean skyline will make work an interesting place.Not to mention, we can spend all day staring at Sentosa Island from our windows.
Monday, December 11, 2006
ZoukOUT, Singapore's biannual all night beach party this Saturday was a blast! 8pm to 8am...or in our case, 10 am, hanging out in 30 degree celsius weather in December. Shorts, bikinis, loud music and drinks in the sand. Sunday was a writeoff and work Monday morning felt like a disaster zone after a tsunami, but it was worth it! We hung out at the beach and watched the sunrise...how often do you get to watch sunrise on an island after a really cool party? Well, ok, maybe not so uncommon if you're not from landlocked Alberta, but still a sight to see!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Nonetheless, I'm not letting that stop me from my fun! I'll use this post as an unusual "whole week in one" post. Check out the FlickR badge (scroll on the left) for all my pics. Will get back to my regular posts within the week; hopefully that tornado turns into a simple wind storm!
Highlights last week...
Sunday's Gamelan Shokbreker was the most interesting musical combination I have ever seen; a group of 10 Indonesian muscians, using local instruments, and 3 Norwegian musicians playing jazz-type music, together. Musician alone doesn't fit; they were entertainers and comedians as well. A full house at the Esplanade for their last stop on their first tour.
Wednesday was Ladies Night at Zouk (free entry!!)...a very late night, or early morning, whichever you prefer. Funny, three months into our stay we finally check out Singapore's most renowned clubs...I guess those Hawker centre bars were appealing for a while! Quite the drink specials, and really the first time I've seen drinking straws in a jug, i think...!? Marike, Dennis, Joanne and I partyed it up that night Too bad Damien couldn't make it, Marike was giving us a lesson on Damien's favorite hard-to-pronounce word "Streudel".
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Dear Sex & the City Fans,
You won't find your beloved show here in Singapore. Seeing as Hall 11 at NTU has only one tv, which has only one working channel, I am completely clueless in tv world, and will be for the while. (I miss Prison Break!!) However, an Australian colleague couldn't find the show on tv. Naturally, DVD's are the next best thing, so she looked for the Sex & the City DVD set at the HMV on Orchard Road --the most touristy, non-Singaporean part of town. The response she got "We don't sell that in Singapore; it's censored". . Which lead me to think, what else is censored in Singapore?
Reporters without Borders ranked Singapore 140th out of 167 countries for freedom of the press; here's a handful of censored items:
- Movies and tv shows with whatever is deemed as too much sexual content. Apparently they had a R-18 rating, to allow most Hollywood movies after a few cuts, but "due to public objection" the movie rating has been raised to R-21.
- Any "party political film" made by anybody (political party or not) whose purpose is to discuss and voice opinions on politics in Singapore.
- All scripts of plays shown in Singapore must be reviewed by the Media Development Authority, and are banned if they have content "contrary to public interest".
- The Economist newsmagazine
- Malaysian newspapers
So, like most shoppers looking for DVDs, clothes, gum, or real newspapers, my Australian co-worker went to KL--where she found the real, legitimate ENTIRE DVD set (yes, all 6 seasons, all 94 episodes, almost 50 hours of tv) cost $300 SGD. Might have to head to that movie store before I leave!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Seeing as this is Singapore, it's still a safe area, but quite the juxstaposition. We stayed on the food side! Ofcourse, it makes the game we invented more fun. Stand on the good side of the street & take your guesses...Working, or not Working?
(Again, forgot the camera that night, dinner pics coming soon!)
Instructions: Set the slideshow to 4.5 seconds (top right hand corner), then press play. Next press play on the "Gabcast!" voice button. (I'm sorry about the sound quality, still trying to figure out how to make it more clear!)Ofcourse, you can choose to just view the pics without sound. Enjoy!
Gabcast! Singapore Lizard #6 - Melaka: A (Short) Historical Tour
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Cafe Menotti at Raffles City (yes, the touristy, business area), is a stylish cafe with real tiramisu and divine chocolate. Perfect girls night out, perfect moment of solitude, perfect date place all at the same time (now I just need the European boy :) Probably the only Asian thing about it is that it's 50% off deserts (after 10pm, every night). Sometimes you just need a European break, right?