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Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Thoughts on the National Day Rally Speech

August 20, 2007

Here are just some assorted thoughts of mine on points raised in the National Day Rally Speech.  They are not always, and often not, political, they are mostly thoughts of my own on the sort of life I want to live now, especially at the stage of my last year in NUS, a formative stage […]

The Worst of “Positive” Racial Stereotyping

July 29, 2007

I rarely read the articles by the Brotherhood Press on the Intelligent Singaporean blog site, but one of their latest article is a laughable example of “positive” racial stereotyping: asking the question, entitled “Can Someone Tell Me Why Our Scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?” the article laments on how the Jews became so […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 12, 2007

So this is what it has come to. Alfian Sa’at, one of Singapore’s most prominent playwrights, dismissed from his relief teaching position. The Ministry of Education in Singapore may have tendencies towards the authoritarian and the dogmatic, as does everything else in the Singapore government. But they are not that stupid to cease employment to […]