Tis time to leave the books in dust, and oil the unused armour’s rust.

Archive for June 2007

God Hates the World? Get Over It!

June 28, 2007

The following post is meant as a personal reflection of the Samurai’s views and is not intended as an attack on any religion in particular. The Samurai has rarely touched on religion in these posts, because to him his beliefs are very personal and private. But today, he feels like expounding some of the feelings […]

Commandment No. 2: Beware the Hall of Mirrors

June 25, 2007

In the famous fight scene above, Bruce Lee must defeat the evil Mr Han (Shek Kin), but in order to do so, he must stop hitting at images that throw him off the scent of his real enemy. Are there illusory images that we too, waste our time and effort chasing after, rather than going […]

No Place I’d Rather Be: The Most Unoriginal NDP Song Ever?

June 24, 2007

Is it just me or does this year’s NDP song by Kit Chan with music and lyrics by Jimmy Yeh, “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” seem to plagiarized directly from the classic standard “You Belong To Me”, not to mention the one hit wonder “I’ve Never Been To Me”? This must be the most […]

The Real Lessons of Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader

June 19, 2007

The internet is abuzz over why former university lecturer Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader, growing up in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, could ever come to embracing self-radicalisation and militant Islamic Jihadism. Indeed, why the educated and cosmopolitan are instead self-radicalizing and turning to radical Islamic Jihad may be the single most damning statement […]


June 19, 2007

Few Chinese-educated Singaporeans may be aware of this, but one of the heroes you were taught to love in Primary School was in fact, a pirate known as Koxinga. I refer to the Chinese patriot Zheng Chenggong, or “Lord of the Imperial Surname” (Guo Xing Ye, which was where the term Koxinga was derived.) History […]


June 17, 2007

Fake Chinese Captain. Real Chinese Captain, Chung Cheng Kwee of Penang. Apparently it has come to that the People’s Republic of China has decided to censor 15 minutes of “Pirates of the Carribean 3” due to perceived slightings of the Chinese, and removed the reference to Singapore as a den of pirates. Now here’s a […]

The Zen of Paris

June 16, 2007

Major news networks wonder why they are covering Paris Hilton as furiously as they are, despite the fact that as they all agree: Paris Hilton has a contribution to humanity whose net worth is about 0.1. I hate to say this, but it strikes me as utterly disingenuous that they have just said the precise […]

What Global Conversation?

June 14, 2007

Anne Applebaum expresses an utter lack of understanding about the nature of the internet and its role here. ┬áMost of all, though, the world’s divided attention proves once again that global Internet access and global television have not created anything resembling a global conversation. On the contrary, the BBC fights hard for its viewers, so […]


June 14, 2007

Having been abroad for a while, the Samurai returning to Singapore feels like he is living in a kind of dream. Everywhere he turns he sees burgeoning, blossoming wealth. He has gone to Vivocity for the first time, and was impressed by the size, and utter ostentatiousness of the mall. He is struck by the […]


June 13, 2007

This is so hilarious. (CBS 5) BERKELEY A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting. ┬áSince we all know that the greatest warriors in all […]