Mon 02 Jun 2003
Why am I writing this weblog, anyway?
Category : Commentary/welly.txt
Welly posed a question, which got me thinking, which got me closer to understanding what I really wanted to achieve by writing this weblog. I wrote a reply that's a "stream-of-consciousness" way of putting it. I really need to distill it further. But I'd hate this weblog to be merely self-indulgent. It would be a waste of time if it were so.
Category : Commentary/cloggedgoogle.txt
On a hunch, I used the Google field in Safari to search for "bernard teo". Try it. You'll see that I'm top of the heap. From out of nowhere, in three months (I know because I've tried this before, using Sherlock). There's been an outcry about bloggers clogging up Google and the other search engines. Now you know why.
"I Remember May"
Category : Commentary/may.txt
That's the name of the novel (website down while being moved to China) by my friend Kein Kwok, the guy doing web and 3D design at Chengdu.
"Bittersweet and unexpectedly funny", says the blurb at the back of the book, and I can attest to that. I like the humour and love the ending. It's about first love and memories of old Singapore. It contains three or four stories that intertwine and unfold at a very nice pace, with flashbacks tying the stories together, lending the novel a sepia-tinged perspective.
The dialogue's unpretentious. It's not like he's trying to be an artist; he's just trying to tell a good story. But I believe it must have required creativity, precision, and good sense of timing to try to weave together a narrative the way he did. I couldn't do this in a million years.