Monthly Archives: June 2016

3 a.m., Pork Buns And A Haunted School

It happened yesterday. Early in the morning, at around 3 a.m., when I got hungry.

So I went out to the 24-hour coffee shop for some takeaway pork buns. I reached the dim sum stall, woke up the sleeping night-shift worker, paid for my buns and left carrying the two buns that were packed in a styrofoam box.

At this point in time, the situation was normal.

Then I reached the public housing block next to mine where I had to traverse through a narrow corridor before reaching my destination. And that’s where I encountered another person, a lady, out roaming the quiet pre-dawn streets. Taking care not to startle her, I maintained a proper distance behind her. Between 10 and 15 meters.

At this point, the situation was still normal.

Until my fellow walker walked behind a pillar. Read the rest of this entry

I Got Nominated!

For the the Liebster Award.

By my friend, Prathima, who blogs at Later Alligator.

So first of all, I would like to thank her for the nomination. Unfortunately, I do not know enough people to nominate for this award, so all I can do is answer the questions and come up with 11 random facts about myself.

Here, let me get on with the answering of questions. Read the rest of this entry

What Would An Otaku Do?

Facebook’s See Your Memories function is a good thing.

Because it just reminded me of a good deed I did last year, on the same day as today. And I want to share it with you all because what I did explains why it is important for the youths of today to read more manga and watch more anime.

Between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on the 12th of June in 2015, I was leaving the train station in my neighbourhood when I saw a man walking unsteadily in front of me. He appeared to be in an agitated state. I remember seeing him hit a banner hanging outside the station.

Then he got to the taxi stand. A lady passenger was just getting into the waiting taxi when the man dashed forward and slammed the door shut on the lady. As the shocked lady was backing away, he opened the door to the front seat and got in. I did not hear what was being said in the taxi but, based on body language alone, I could see that the taxi driver appeared to be unwilling to pick him as a passenger. Read the rest of this entry

Freedom Of Listening

This YouTube video was uploaded to YouTube by Amos Yee.

As a writer, I believe in the right to freedom of speech. And I believe in Amos Yee’s right to say whatever he wants and wherever he wants, even when I disagree with whatever he’s saying.

As a realist, I believe that the freedom of listening exists alongside the freedom of speech. That is to say, while you are free to say whatever you want, the people out there have the freedom to listen and respond appropriately* if they do not like what they are hearing.

And sometimes, like in Amos’ case, your critic might be stronger than you. That’s why I believe, before you start trying to piss off the wrong crowd with your questionable wit, you should take up an intensive course in Krav Maga or Systema. Both are militant unarmed combat systems practised by the Israel Defense Forces and Russian Special Forces respectively, so they are guaranteed to work on the streets.

Just my two cents’ worth. You are free to listen and respond. 🙂

Teck Y. Loh

* “Appropriately” is a subjective word and its meaning differs from person to person. Most people think flaming someone on Facebook is an appropriate response to rude behaviour but people do get set on fire for real in less civilised societies.