Personal | Singapura

Graffiti as Art

While walking along Armenian Street I noticed this wall with graffitis on it. It’s located in the small pathway between the Peranakan Museum and the Substation, a local place for contemporary arts founded in the 1990’s. Now, graffiti is a rarity here, obviously this one was created by the artists in the center and I’m […]

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Personal

On Celdran’s Conviction

I would be lying if I say that I don’t welcome this development. We’re still a nation of laws after all. Freedom of speech is not absolute, it’s subject to limitations – and this is what this Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code is all about. I doubt if this guy will serve prison […]

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Malaysia | Singapura

Gaya Gaya, Puto Maya

“Gaya gaya, puto maya!” is a childish rhyme that was popular when I was in grade school. It means copycat where I came from – you get teased with this when you get busted copying something. But most of us have no idea what a “puto maya” looks like. I don’t — until a vendor […]

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Singapura

Revisiting the Historic Fort Canning

The last time I saw Fort Canning was in 2008. Same year I visited the island state for the first time. The country made a great impression on me that I visited it a dozen times since then. And as fate would have it, I was assigned to work in the island early 2012. There […]

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Personal

The Only Rap Artist I Listen to These Days…

“The most gangster shit in the world is to know what’s going on” – Immortal Technique [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so3LACtae80] I rarely listen to rap music. There’s Francis M. but he’s gone. But every once in awhile someone would come out and get my ear. This Immortal Technique is one of ’em guys. This guy raps about issues […]

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Historia

C’mon Rick, No Philippine American War?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJJTHs8iIR8&NR=1] Seller: I have my grandfathers old army coat from the Philippine American war. Rick Harrison: Well, there was no Philippine war. Seller: American Philippine war? Big Hoss: There was the Spanish American war where we took the Philippines from Spain. Seller: Yeah, well, that sounds about right. Rick Harrison: So, you think it’s from […]

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