Archive for June, 2009

Wo shi Phil

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

So…. I’m starting to take Mandarin classes here in Singapore. And boy do I have to tell you, it is friggin hard. Thank goodness for me I already speak Vietnamese. Both Mandarin and Vietnamese are tonal languages. Meaning the word “Bu” even though it only has two letters and one syllable, has 4 different ways to pronounce it.

There are a few reasons why Mandarin is so difficult. First of all, I don’t practice nearly enough. Since English is so prevalently spoken here, it’s a crutch that I rely heavily on. Bad Phil. Very bad Phil.

Secondly, most of the people I take my class with are from all different countries. It’s difficult to learn the language when the teacher says the word correctly once. Then everyone around you butchers it for the next two minutes. 😉

Finally, once a week is just not enough to learn in a classroom setting. I prefer a regimented setting where we meet two or three times a week. That would help me a lot more.

I’m going to try my best though. Learning a language is always helpful. Especially when so many people around you speak it as well.


Friday, June 19th, 2009

My goal of transplanting all the things I miss from the US to Singapore got a step closer today. I was reading around the local food blogs and came across this little jem.


Basically, RED MANGO IS HERE!!! It’s been here the whole time I’ve been in Singapore almost. But its tucked away in a corner of one of the millions of malls in this city. I’m going to have to make a trip there this weekend and see if it’s the same as in the US.

#01-140G, Tasty Treatz
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
Open 10am to 10pm

Pixar is a class act.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

This story from the OC Register had me about to burst into tears.

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.

From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.

OC Register

T-Mobile – Life’s for sharing – Dance

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I thought this was a great commercial. In this commercial a group of 300 dancers took over Liverpool station and started dancing. It was unannounced and unexpected for everyone else in the train station. They didn’t shut down the station to film it nor did they block off a section of it. They didn’t even use big film cameras and opted for mostly small to medium sized cameras or DSLRs in video mode. They managed to get over 1000 people to join them by the end. Simply amazing. Life’s too short. Seize it.