Love is as strong as death (Song of Solomon 8:6)

(Coldly) I dont believe in God. Can you understand that? Look around you man. Cant you see? The clamor and din of those in torment has to be the sound most pleasing to his ear. And I loathe these discussions. The argument of the village atheist whose single passion is to revile endlessly that which he denies the existence of in the first place. Your fellowship is a fellowship of pain and nothing more. And…

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Parties are good for the Soul

If all of life is a party And all the men and women members of the same set, creatures of the night, phantoms of the abyss In search of an acid solution to loneliness, boredom and worry You’d be my music I’d be your disco light; I have my reservations you have your curiosities One drink down, two’s not good enough, three’s still a long way to go, by the forth you look as lovely…

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Pornography For the Non-Religious and D’ou Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Ou Allons Nous (everything just sounds sexier when said in French)

Cufon cannot make the “ù”s in “D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous” appear. I is disappointed. It was the first time, in a long time, that I’d seen a man with his shirt all tucked in and still look ridiculously smart. He took off his jacket, fully exposing three majestic equations that supposedly holds the answers, if not the keys, to Gauguin’s questions. If I don’t remember wrongly. With his…

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A brief summary of Ernie’s 2011

An Uncertain Future I spent the first 23 years of my life living under the comfortable illusion that everything was going to get better. I realised that I have aged irrevocably when one fateful day – it was the day after my Intermediate Microeconomics paper, I remember – it dawned upon me that: No, things are not gonna get better. For the most part, we’ll be shuffling roles and functions around but the sum total…

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How can we know anything fosho? On memories, facts and epistemology.

The most intriguing movies, and books for that matter, are the ones that present us with an unreliable narrator. The Stranger. Fight Club. Memento. That omissions can often be more telling than the events told. Self-deception is necessary for human happiness. This much we know for sure. Depressives see a world stripped of the usual psychological cushions we all couch behind to a certain degree and therefore they are depressed. If we would perhaps all…

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An education

Recess week is almost over. It’s been months since school started. And I’m still feeling in limbo, like I’m suspended in time. Omo, this does not bode well. That aside, a sequence of events have brought the issue of education into closer focus: A Be the Change dinner forum in PA headquarters on Wednesday night, then meeting my assigned mentor the next, and finally following-up with Mr. Hsieh over coffee on Friday. If anything, the…

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Watching Symbol and Sperm Donors at SIFF 2011

So I had my first Singapore International Film Festival experience, and insofar as Symbol and Donor Unknown were interesting in their own ways… Both movies are the type of interesting that I would not want to experience a second time. Symbol was just weird. A man wakes up in a huge white room and presses on the penises of cherubs to have all kinds of random and “seemingly nonsensical” things fall out from the walls……

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This too shall pass

I’m the sucker who checks in uber early so the counter staff can ask “do you prefer the window seat or aisle seat”… My answer is ubiquitous. In that moment of taking off or landing, I feel like I am the true beneficiary of a capitalist economy. Kekeke. In that moment, I feel like I’m part of this cosmic human enterprise, bending the world to our whims and wishes. In a good way. For what…

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Seoul, I will bopo shipo you. <33

I don’t even know why the thought of leaving Seoul so soon should fill me with dread. I do miss Singapore a lot and it’s not like I’ve formed any life-changing connections or integrated into the culture here? Indeed, Seoul is not the city that I’ve always dreamed of going – I have other places in mind – But somehow I’ve made it here after much pragmatic considerations and I find myself liking this city…

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Wherez your Seoul at?

There are societies in which differences are celebrated, there are societies in which differences are tolerated, there are societies in which differences are obliterated, and then there are societies in which differences are swept under the rug – A different opinion strains against group-speak, the desire for self-expression gets beaten down by unwritten rules every time… For the most part, South Korea, like most Asian societies indeed, feels like a place where differences disguise themselves…

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