Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Colonial Tales

While serving a customer some coffee today, I discovered rather startling facts about her.

She probably won't mind a little publicity, so I'll put her up. She's a Nina Simone impersonator with a tribute show she does at The Butterfly Club. She also does quite a few electronica things in line with say...Sarah McLachlan remixed.

What really got me though, was that she said her great-great-grandparents used to run Sierra Leone and they sold it to the British in exchange for tobacco and alcohol.


How many people do you meet who can tell you that? "My great great grandparents sold Sierra Leone"


My maids back in Singapore used to tell me that their grandfather signed the handover document from the British back to Burma (back when it was called Burma) for their tribe, although the Burmese then took total control, sparking a huge civil war, and he became a guerilla.

And I had another maid who was a Tamil in Sri Lanka with an abusive husband who could pass himself off as Singhalese, and she used to tell stories of the Tamil Tigers while teaching me classical Indian dancing...

I thought that was so exciting back then...fighting for a piece of land and some rights you believed was yours...and now I've met a person whose forefathers clearly believed that you could sell it all up for some tobacco and alcohol.

It's a crazy world out there.

Monday, July 16, 2007

I'm just wondering exactly how many transexuals I can see in one day. I'm not even located anywhere near a gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender area.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

my remaining tattoo plans are crystalising.

When researching, I came across the real meaning of lorem ipsum:

A mangled fragment from Cicero's De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum ("On the Limits of Good and Evil", 45 BC), used as typographer's filler to show fonts (a.k.a. greeking). An approximate literal translation of lorem ipsum might be "sorrow itself", as the term is from dolorum ipsum quia, meaning "sorrow because of itself", or less literally, "pain for its own sake".

And you wonder why the hell lorem ipsums cause people in advertising so much pain.


I read this in paper form a long time ago (2002, according to its author) and I've always found it to be one of the best pieces of writing I've ever read.


and I long for many things, I just know not what most of the time.

I supress lots of things, and longing is one of them.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Picture post

God I love my new phone.

Filter's most excellent eggs. To quote Bryan Adams, thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

Botanical next!

The rooftop of Bimbos. They've done some neat things since I last frequented the place- which was right before Adam died.

Creatures from The Dreaming were roaming the streets right outside the Koori Heritage Centre today. I thought they were really cool - one even had glowing red eyes. They never spoke, but were really friendly!

Listening to: Faith No More- Epic


Sunday, July 01, 2007

I miss Katong