Tag Archives: Singapore

A revealing look at the election in Singapore

There was an interesting article in the New York Times this morning on the upcoming elections in my adopted long-term home, Singapore. It’s a revealing look at how the People’s Action Party, the dominant party in Singapore, manages its grooming … Continue reading

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An indecent number of things to do in Singapore

I lived in Singapore for so long that I reached that stage where I got completely useless at suggesting to people what they should do in Singapore when they visit. I had a lot of conversations like this: Friend or … Continue reading

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What’s on TV?

Imagethief has a theory that at any given time, any given American cable TV system will be broadcasting an episode of “Seinfeld.” Admittedly, I tend to cruise the channels late, but that’s what I see. Recent travels have given me … Continue reading

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Pardon me, but who gives a damn about Gong Li anyway?

Imagethief was not in the least surprised to hear that Chinese netizens were outraged that movie actress Gong Li has taken Singapore citizenship. But then, Imagethief is not in the least surprised by anything that outrages Chinese netizens. Chinese netizens … Continue reading

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Illegal baby part 1: The strange case of the sluggish passport

Note: This combines two original posts. In the first part, I suggest something to the Singaporean embassy. In the second part, they respond. Illegal baby part 1: The strange case of the sluggish passport July 1, 2008 Anyone within earshot … Continue reading

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Notorious MDA: The Singapore government raps

From time to time someone will ask me why I left Singapore for China. This is a fair question. I lived there for nearly a decade, Mrs. Imagethief is Singaporean, and I have great affection for the place. Usually I … Continue reading

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Asian media vows to make western media cry

Imagethief was tickled to read today in Xinhua an article from the Boao Forum for Asia, an annual Chinese talking shop, on how Asian media will rise up to challenge western media juggernauts. It seems that Asians take umbrage that … Continue reading

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Chinese medicine puts the squeeze on Imagethief

Imagethief is a strapping manly-man, and spends long hours in the gym perfecting his Adonis-like physique. Occasionally, however, his enthusiasm gets the better of him, and he tries to hoist a few kilos too many. This happened to me about … Continue reading

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BadBranding@Singapore

I love coming back to my adopted home of Singapore. Always languid and green, Singapore makes an invigorating break from the smoggy bustle of Beijing. Yet whenever I return it doesn’t take long for me to be reminded of some … Continue reading

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