The Way We Dress

IF we could categorize people by the way they dress, we would have, on one end of the spectrum, extreme, and on the other, conservative.

On the extreme end, we have Lady Gaga, whose style of dress is outrageous. Take her meat dress, for instance, at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. It’s the first of its kind: tufts of thinly sliced meat draped around her, including a smaller piece mimicking a beret over her grey tresses, and her meat-wrapped platform shoes. Then there’s the purple-hair dress, and the headdresses—a face cage, a white fluffy cloud, and a heavy-set square hairy block.

American pop singer Lady Gaga attending the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, USA, 12/09/2010. *** USA ONLY *** / Retna Ltd.

Lady Gaga in her meat dress …

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… and all resplendent in purple hair

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The Joys of Sailing

PASSION sows the seeds for inspiration in any kind of endeavor. For me, my passion is sailing. That feeling of the wind propelling me and my boat through the water—nothing can beat that. Sailing is more than just a sport to me.

In a recent competition, the Fish & Co. Regatta, I didn’t clinch the champion spot, but a 16th placing out of 70 competitors. It wasn’t a bad performance considering I had climbed up eight spots from my previous all-time-best at the 24th spot two months ago.

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Food Culture, Singapore Style

ONE of the most enduring and endearing traits of Singapore is its street food culture. As a melting pot of diverse cultures, our nation is a food paradise filled with the warm lemak flavors of Malay cuisine, and the bolder, brighter notes of Indian spices. Then, there is the myriad of noodle dishes, served soupy or stir-fried. How about carrot cakes that have no carrots at all, and aren’t baked but fried? And if you’re after a touch of sweet, there are offerings that go from Peranakan to Malay to Chinese, served hot, cold, steamed, gooey, cakey, fluffy, or filled with stuffing.  Continue reading

The Spirit and Personality of What We Wear

HOW we dress speaks of who we are, our personality, and even our profession.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for instance, would never sport an Issey Miyake black turtleneck, the kind that gave Steve Jobs that quintessential look of a relaxed yet stylish tech geek and entrepreneur rolled into one. As a leader of a country, whose national colors are red and white, it is natural for him to wear shirts that echo those very colors you find on the state flag. Continue reading