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the simple life

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, December 15, 2005


I am not a stylish man.


I had my haircut yesterday. The most stylish thing I did at the barber was to greet an old man who came in with an "As sala'amu alaikum".

Ok, the old man had the Islamic greeting, i just said hi.

As for the barber, I greeted him with my usual "i want it short. Natural" routine.

And he gave me slopes.

Last week, I ordered 3 T-shirts from Threadless.com, hoping this will make me stylish.

How stylish can you get with T-shirts - without spending a bomb on cotton?

I like to think I will be more stylish if I live in a temperate country since I can't bear to dress up with my abnormal sweating condition.

But one can dream - women, fame, fortune and normal perspiration.

Monday, December 12, 2005


I am a coward in many ways, none more so than having to attend a wedding alone.

Thank God for Mr. Tan and some old friends from Grace.

Wedding was simple and unpretentious. They didn't try too hard and just got it going. No long boring speeches, no tears, no nonsense.

Nice setting- the Garden at the Hyatt.

By the way, I am not too impressed by the Hyatt. The toilet signs were in English - male, female. It's a hotel for goodness sake - not everyone knows English. The toilet doors look great but it's hinged in such a way that it looks occupied even when its not.

The lift was terrible. We forgot to press the floor we wanted and they took us down and up and down again and wasted 5 minutes of our life. Some woman got in, wanted to go a few floors down but took some time to get the security key to activate the floor.

Terrible terrible design.

But the wedding was cool.