Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Home-Coming (no relation to Pinter’s work)

After a spot of traveling, I am always thrilled to be back in Singapore. Thanks to back-to-back flights from Guadalajara, Mexico, to SIN via LAX and NRT, I am beat and feeling jetlagged. But no matter, I was charged forth by the carpe diem spirit (chiefly to accomplish as much as possible before reservist training begins), and raced forth without sleep to get some admin done, after which I joined my guests, Philip and Hugh, from Adelaide for a round of tea and lunch at their hotel.

Later in the evening, I was glad to at be at Germaine’s birthday-do at a Club Street venue. I hope she liked the rather ingenious photo frame I got her from Loft/Siam Discovery Centre in Bangkok—it’s made in Thailand and is just one of the many things imbued with the Thai artisan spirit.

Over mojitos and bubbly, it was good catching up with Amy, Ron, Jose, Kenneth, the boys and in particular the birthday girl and her very handsome and fine-looking Italian boyfriend, Antonio [C’e Arn-to-nio, per favore~] hailing from Napoli and responsible for the best tables in town at Senso.

Yew Kong, in particular, seemed rather fascinating with his talk about a new CREAM/Tristan-designed pad (and, a room with a view, may I add) with a Chinoise Moderne direction (think: Chinese paintings worthy of Beijing’s 798, propaganda posters, panel dividers, ornate tables, figurines-turned-door stoppers…) I’ve already made secret plans to get him something for his house-warming do—that’s if he’s having one.


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