Christmas has arrived, so our friends in Altair would like to wish us all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Go on, wave back at them! Although the Dragon Project game server was shut down on the 30th of September this year, I like to think that our friends in Altair are still carrying on as usual. They are drinking, laughing and adventuring, just like they have always done.
So, Merry Christmas and keep on adventuring, my friends.
Guards Gone Wild is about a security guard’s experiences in the private security industry in Singapore.
Before anyone chips in at this point and asserts that the politically correct term “security officer” should be used, let me assure you that the author Teck Yong has clarified this issue in his book.
After all, he is a veteran who has worked there since 1999 and has seen the various policy changes taking place within the industry over the years.
His clarification in the book confirms my own realisation that there is no real difference between “security guard” and “security officer”.
When I first picked up his book, I must confess that I already have some preconceived ideas about security guards.
My perception of them is shaped by my personal encounters, some of which are less than positive.
For instance, I had my bicycle wheel-clamped by a security guard some years ago…
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Earlier this year, I did an interview with the Long Kang Kitties, a podcast group based in Singapore. The following is the blurb written for the interview.
While some people view security guards as low class people not fit to socialise with, we at the LongKang hold no such illusions! This week we invite Loh Teck Yong, author of “Guards gone wild!” as a guest. The ex-security guard/wordsmith spills the beans on what it is REALLY like working in the security industry in Singapore, from getting threatened with a knife to being almost literally thrown under a truck, this old guard had plenty of stories to tell!
We also covered the new law that will penalises guards who fall asleep on the job. How will this affect the industry and more importantly, the already cash-strapped guards whose livelihoods are wholly dependent on their security licenses?
If you wish to listen to the podcast, you can visit the Long Kang Kitties’ soundcloud site.
Loh Teck Yong
* I grabbed the above image from the Long Kang Kitties’ Facebook page. It’s their work, not mine.
Guest Review: The Art of Self Defense – bears a striking resemblance to a real life martial arts cult
GUEST REVIEW by Russell Johnson
Writer/Director: Riley Stearns
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, David Zellner
Synopsis: A man is attacked at random on the street. He enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.
I met Jesse Eisenberg when I was an extra on the film End of the Tour when it was filming in Minnesota along with Jason Segel and Joan Cusack. As an extra I was instructed not to approach him, or talk to him and especially don’t ask for a picture. I stood next to him. He smiled at me, shook his head and acknowledging me, said hello. That was the extent of us meeting. There are well founded reasons for this set etiquette and overzealous celebrity worshipping fans is just one of them. That is not me. Of course, most…
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