I’ve abandoned this little space for eight months.

Perhaps it’s because I’m already “writing” everyday, so I’m not seeing the need to write some more, when I get back home.

It’s different though. There’s not much candour/creativity in the kind of “writing” that I do at work. I guess I have to be creative in the way I say certain things, so people don’t get more annoyed. As for the candour? Not so much. My job is PR-ish, after all. Can’t afford to be completely frank, and goodness knows how much I want to tell some people how I really feel…

Anyway.

I’ve missed blogging. I’ve missed having this little place on the web where I can share my thoughts, curate some things I like. But I’m not about to summarise everything that happened over the past eight months (I travelled around a bit and then some, Once became my new favourite musical of all time, I may have finally gotten over my nail-biting habit – yay!), so let’s just get back to our regular programming, shall we?

You’ll notice that I’ve changed the name of the blog.

Not that this means it’s the beginning of a new era or anything. But previously, with Tender is the Night, I had in mind that the blog would be a platform to share things that were personal. Yet somehow it evolved and when I started posting design inspirations, the name no longer fit. Rather than come up with a brand new name, I thought I’d just stick with the domain name.

Now, one may think I’m a huge Blur fan. I don’t have their full catalogue, but I do enjoy their music enough. Enough to get excited when they got back together a couple of years back. Enough to get excited about Damon Albarn’s new album.

So yes, Coffee and TV. Where this will be a place for me to continue posting random bits. Where there won’t be anything heavy. Where you can just scroll through breezily while enjoying your daily coffee, or even while watching TV.

I’ll see you soon.

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Song of the Day

Mr Tembo, by Damon Albarn

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Playing Dress Up

December 7, 2012 · 0 comments

in Musings, Singapore

There was a whole line of little princess wannabes at Parkway today (and until December 9, I believe). It was incredibly endearing to see all these girls sitting in a row, eagerly waiting their turn for their Princessfication. Is that a word? It should be a word. Allow me to trademark it right now.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a princess although I do recognise that many of Disney’s princesses are strong-willed and actually make for pretty decent role models. I just wish their personalities were more celebrated than their frilly frocks.

Anyway.

Each girl could choose to be either Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle or Ariel. I’m not gonna go into questioning why the other princesses from Disney’s catalogue were missing, although we did reason that the Pocahontas outfit would be too slutty for little girls… The girls then pose in front of a very Disney backdrop and get their photos printed immediately. It’s all very cute and the little girls did look very happy.

While there were plenty of girls (and their parents) waiting in line despite the 90-minute wait time, the line for Knighthood wasn’t so hot. Guess Disney movies haven’t quite succeeded in influencing boys to become little knights-in-shining-armour. A shame?

Personally, if I had a kid, I’d bring him/her for the ball pit. Because hands down – they are way more fun than playing dress up.

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Song of the Day

Everybody Wants To Rule The World, by Tears For Fears

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Dear Americans

November 6, 2012 · 0 comments

in Musings

I don’t know how many of you will see this, but please would you indulge a non-American for a bit.

I just learned from an American friend that many of you young, eligible voters are not letting your voices be heard. I don’t understand. Why are you not voting? Don’t you want to have a say in deciding who’s going to govern your country? Or do you think it’s some kind of lost cause? You may not realise this, but the outcome of your Presidential election actually affects the rest of the world.

The policies that you support or don’t support have a big impact on us. Why else do you think the world watches so closely? Many countries take their cue from you. For the rest who don’t, they still take into account the decisions that your country has made. If you haven’t already realised this, this is a globalised world. Like it or not, we are all integrated. Which is why we need you to make an informed decision about your government.

I can’t stress this enough – YOU NEED TO VOTE. Regardless of the party you side with, you need to help determine the future of your country. It’s time to stop being apolitical and taking your freedom for granted. And here, I thought SNL was simply having some fun with that Undecided Voter spoof mocking the lackadaisical attitude of many young voters. Apparently, there are enough of you embodying those characters in there. That is not only worrying, it is also extremely disconcerting.

The world will be watching with bated breath on November 6 and 7. Please stop being disengaged citizens and VOTE. It’s time you step up and take matters into your own hands. Because you need to.

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