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Sleep-deprived me meets less-than-perceptive Hoka Hoka Bento employee. Hilarity ensues.

"Would you like something to go with your chicken katsu and rice?"

"I’ll have a chocolate pudding and lemon tea."

I head to the cashier. They charge me Rp 52,000. There is no chocolate pudding on my tray. There is no chocolate pudding on my receipt.

The employee has a sudden realisation. There is no chocolate pudding on my tray.

"Do you still want the chocolate pudding?"

I have a sudden realisation. It is 5:41 AM. I have not slept since yesterday. There is no chocolate pudding on my tray or my receipt. They charged me Rp 52,000.

"NO, I DO NOT WANT THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING."

The end. I need sleep. (at Hoka Hoka Bento Terminal 2D Bandara Soekarno-Hatta)
Aug 21, 2014

Sleep-deprived me meets less-than-perceptive Hoka Hoka Bento employee. Hilarity ensues.

"Would you like something to go with your chicken katsu and rice?"

"I’ll have a chocolate pudding and lemon tea."

I head to the cashier. They charge me Rp 52,000. There is no chocolate pudding on my tray. There is no chocolate pudding on my receipt.

The employee has a sudden realisation. There is no chocolate pudding on my tray.

"Do you still want the chocolate pudding?"

I have a sudden realisation. It is 5:41 AM. I have not slept since yesterday. There is no chocolate pudding on my tray or my receipt. They charged me Rp 52,000.

"NO, I DO NOT WANT THE CHOCOLATE PUDDING."

The end. I need sleep. (at Hoka Hoka Bento Terminal 2D Bandara Soekarno-Hatta)

Aug 17, 2014

Watching Spider-Man 3

Though there are many cheesy moments and the CGI looks incredibly shoddy as the years go by, I still prefer the original Spider-Man movies over the new ones. Even this much-maligned third instalment.

The new Peter Parker feels more like a cool outcast rather than the bullied nerd of the previous movies, the latter of which rings more true to the wish-fulfilment appeal of the original comic books. Spider-Man as initially conceived was a way for Peter Parker to use his great power responsibly while also escaping his life as a loser - though even as Spider-Man he still lost a lot. While I enjoy the Andrew Garfield movies, I miss the loser aspect of Tobey Maguire. – View on Path.

Sad to hear Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla will leave the band next month. I’m lucky I had the chance to interview him two years ago in Singapore.

Chris’ statement: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/08/13/why-im-leaving-death-cab-for-cutie-by-chris-walla

The band’s statement: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152617745791678&id=6871006677
Aug 14, 2014 / 1 note

Sad to hear Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla will leave the band next month. I’m lucky I had the chance to interview him two years ago in Singapore.

Chris’ statement: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/08/13/why-im-leaving-death-cab-for-cutie-by-chris-walla

The band’s statement: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152617745791678&id=6871006677

Aug 12, 2014 / 1 note

Thought via Path

I just had a conversation about depression and suicide last night, and then this morning discovered Robin Williams apparently died because of that. (Depression and suicide, not my conversation.) Based on his over-the-top personality on and off screen, you wouldn’t think of him as someone struggling with darkness. So if the reported circumstances of his death are true, then that proves it can - and does - happen to anyone.

Take care, everyone. And that goes for me, too. – Read on Path.

Fran Healy gave me a super-sized version of his beard and now we almost look like ZZ Top in this photo.

https://twitter.com/franhealy/status/495629255598809088
Aug 3, 2014 / 2 notes

Fran Healy gave me a super-sized version of his beard and now we almost look like ZZ Top in this photo.

https://twitter.com/franhealy/status/495629255598809088

My two encounters with Travis, just one day shy of being exactly six years apart. In fact I bought that yellow Jason Mraz t-shirt at the festival where I first met them. Not that they noticed last night, as I doubt they had time to check out the Singfest merch table. But a Singaporean at last night’s Travis merch table recognised the shirt, so there’s that. (at The Star Theatre)
Aug 2, 2014

My two encounters with Travis, just one day shy of being exactly six years apart. In fact I bought that yellow Jason Mraz t-shirt at the festival where I first met them. Not that they noticed last night, as I doubt they had time to check out the Singfest merch table. But a Singaporean at last night’s Travis merch table recognised the shirt, so there’s that. (at The Star Theatre)

Aug 2, 2014

"Is it because I lied when I was 17?" (at The Star Theatre)

Aug 2, 2014

"Closer, closer, lean on me now, lean on me now." (at The Star Theatre)

Travis setlists from Singapore 2008 and Singapore 2014. No “Happy” tonight, but I still went home happy because they did do “Re-Offender” which they didn’t play in 2008. What made it extra special was Fran Healy mentioning an interview he did before the show in which the topic was the endurance of songs. Guess who did that interview…

And the “See you on Twitter” note was from Andy Dunlop, in reference to us chatting on Twitter last month. It was great to finally chat with him and Fran in person. Didn’t get to meet Dougie Payne and Neil Primrose because they were being interviewed by someone else, but at least they still signed my stuff.

So no “Happy” but I’m still happy…
Aug 1, 2014

Travis setlists from Singapore 2008 and Singapore 2014. No “Happy” tonight, but I still went home happy because they did do “Re-Offender” which they didn’t play in 2008. What made it extra special was Fran Healy mentioning an interview he did before the show in which the topic was the endurance of songs. Guess who did that interview…

And the “See you on Twitter” note was from Andy Dunlop, in reference to us chatting on Twitter last month. It was great to finally chat with him and Fran in person. Didn’t get to meet Dougie Payne and Neil Primrose because they were being interviewed by someone else, but at least they still signed my stuff.

So no “Happy” but I’m still happy…

Tonight’s Travis memorabilia haul.
Aug 1, 2014

Tonight’s Travis memorabilia haul.