New Word Order featuring Dan Koh

New Word Order featuring Dan Koh

Emerging from deadline purgatory to post this: come watch and listen to readings of writings by my friend and fellow obesetron Dan Koh, who will also talk about his experience as a Singapore Creative Writing Resident!

I’ll be moderating the session too, so even more reason to go!

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Play Den, The Arts House
Price: FREE!

Register at http://nwo-dankoh.eventbrite.sg/ .

See you there!

Esquire Singapore: Confronting Non-Confrontation in Singapore

Confronting Non-Confrontation in Singapore

My first column in Esquire Singapore!

Confronting Non-Confrontation in Singapore

Singaporeans bitch too much. Or so the saying I’m loosely paraphrasing goes.

Case in point: how often do you see updates like this from your Singaporean friends on your social media networks?

“Get your daughter’s head out of my vagina, bitch.”
(Context: It was a crowded bus; the mother was seated and holding her baby girl in her arms. Unbeknownst to the mother, her baby’s head was pressing against someone else’s crotch.)

“Just boarded an empty train when a lady pushed me from behind and let out a loud ‘TSK’. So impatient for what? Bitch, right!”

Indeed. And that’s one of the reasons why I term such posts “bitch-rants”.

But before the feminists get on my case, let me further clarify that:

  1. The epithet “bitch” is usually – but not always – bandied about in a bitch-rant, because the rants are about bitchy people, regardless of gender; and
  2. The people ranting do so in order to bitch i.e. to get something off their chests.

Bitch-rants are so common nowadays that when I wake up and I don’t see any bitch-rants in my social networks, I actually start worrying and searching for one…

I can’t post the full text because of copyright reasons so please get a copy of the February issue of Esquire Singapore from newsstands today!