Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Welcome to Les Amis Group of Restaurants


Sebastien's is both a French bistro run by the energetic and irrepressible Frenchman, Sebastien Reullier, as well as a gourmet food and wine shop operated by Lazy Gourmet.

Designed in a laid back Southern French style, Sebastien's is your friendly neighbourhood bistro, offering an inviting atmosphere where diners can tuck into a hearty menu of provincial French specialties such as duck confit and beef casserole complemented by a short but savvy wine. A delectable selection of French breakfast items is also served daily.

The former gourmet store extension in the bistrot has been converted into a wine enclave offering a myriad well-made wines of boutique vineyards from lesser-known regions which were selected for their superb value and impeccable quality.

Friday, January 21, 2005

World -

Happy little SpongeBob too gay for US conservatives

Happy little SpongeBob too gay for US conservatives
January 21, 2005

On the heels of electoral victories to bar same-sex marriage, some influential conservative Christian groups are turning their attention to a new target: the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.

"Does anybody here know SpongeBob?" Dr James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, asked guests on Tuesday at a black-tie dinner for members of Congress and political allies.

In many circles, SpongeBob needs no introduction. He is popular among children as well as adults who watch him cavorting under the sea on the Nickelodeon cartoon program that bears his name. In addition, he has become a well-known camp figure among adult gay men, perhaps because he holds hands with his animated sidekick Patrick and likes to watch the imaginary television show The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.

Now, Dr Dobson said, SpongeBob's creators had enlisted him in a "pro-homosexual video", in which he appeared alongside other children's television characters. The makers of the video, he said, planned to mail it to thousands of schools this northern spring to promote a "tolerance pledge" that includes tolerance for differences of "sexual identity".

The video's creator, Nile Rodgers, who wrote the disco hit We Are Family and led the group Chic, says Dr Dobson's objection stemmed from a misunderstanding. Rodgers said he founded the We Are Family Foundation after the September 11 attacks to create a music video featuring 100 well-known cartoon characters dancing to his song to teach children about multiculturalism.

Nothing in the video or its accompanying materials refers to sexual identity.

Rodgers suggested that Dr Dobson might have been confused because of an unrelated website belonging to another group called We Are Family. That site is owned by a South Carolina group aimed at supporting gay youth.

The New York Times

It's just a cartoon character people - grow up and get over it

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Dianne Reeves Debut Concert in Singapore!

Mosaic : Dianne Reeves

Three-times Grammy Award-winner for Best Jazz Vocal, Reeves has been described as "a radiant talent who is at the top of her game"(Washington Post). Clearly born for jazz, Reeves stands out for strong, agile voice, rhythmic virtuosity and improvisational ease. Recent gigs include appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, on New Year's Eve 2003, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening, guest artiste with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra's Duke Ellington project, the White House and Boston Pops, in addition to solo projects. Reeves' long-awaited Singapore debut will see her perform songs from the Grammy winning recording, A Little Moonlight.

Monday, January 17, 2005

World -

Gay bombs: US secret weapon plan

Gay bombs: US secret weapon plan
January 14, 2005 - 3:05PM

A US plan to develop a bad breath bomb and a chemical weapon to make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other has been revealed in newly declassified documents.

New Scientist's web site reports that the documents show the Pentagon considered a range of non-lethal chemical weapons aimed at disrupting enemy discipline and morale.

The "sex bomb" idea would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, it states.

Also considered were concoctions that would be irresistible to wasps or angry rats to render enemy bases uninhabitable.

And there was the bad breath bomb idea - a weapon that caused "severe and lasting halitosis" to make it easier to sniff out spies.

Other ideas dating back to 1994 from the US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Ohio included making soldiers' skin react painfully to sunlight.

The lab sought Pentagon funding for research into what it called "harassing, annoying and 'bad guy'-identifying chemicals". The plans have been posted online by the Sunshine Project, an organisation that exposes research into chemical and biological weapons.

Weapons of mass seduction demonstrating the principle of 'making love, not war'

Friday, January 14, 2005


KENZO Parfums

A space that you can stroll through, surrounded by sensations, where your senses are addressed... sensibly.
A sensory space that brings together tactile experiences, perfumes and sensation tools.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Saturday, January 08, 2005

An affected paradise

An oasis in the city's heart,
For its parched inhabitants.
See. The blacks, greys and blues of the office suit.
Hear. The chatter of abrasive mouths on mobile phones.
Smell. The odorous poison of cigarettes.
Taste. The artificiality of sweetened drinks.
Feel. The faceless throngs brush rudely past.
See. The flashes of feathery fire.
Hear. The natural symphony of the finest orchestra.
Smell. The heady perfume of flora exotica.
Taste. The spice of life.
Feel. And be touched in return.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, an affected paradise.

Clayton Kai Xian Cheng

Copyright ©2005 Clayton Kai Xian Cheng

The above abbreviated version of my poem, An affected paradise, has been certified as a semi-finalist in's International Open Poetry Contest by the Selection Committee, which carries the chance to win one of 104 cash or gift prizes - including the $1,000.00 Grand Prize, and also the $10,000.00 Annual Grand Prize.

In addition, An affected paradise will be published on its own page in's Poetry Anthology, Eternal Portraits, scheduled for publication in Winter 2005.

As a poet chosen for publication, I will also be eligible to attend, by formal invitation, The International Society of Poet's Spring Convention and Symposium, to be held in Orlando, Florida, from February 25-27, 2005.

The unabridged original version of An affected paradise, which was submitted to the ISS Creative Eyes Competition held by University of New South Wales International Student Services, was shortlisted as a finalist entry and awarded a prize for merit, winning a travel voucher.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Mr. November

Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hard-working. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

Courtesy of ~*^All Hail The Princess^*~

Monday, January 03, 2005

Corban & Blair

Corban & Blair

"We like to think that we capture the essence of life - and that our products reflect the raw energy that fuels all of us. Our albums and journals encourage people to record their memories, or realise their dreams."
- Amanda Blair and Gillian Corban

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Compaq Presario V2004AP (PF359PA)

Specifications and Warranty

Thin and Light, the Presario V2000 is the perfect companion be it at home or on the go. Featuring the high definition widescreen with 25% more pixels and sharper images, and quality JBL speakers to give you maximum view with without bulk.

Saturday, January 01, 2005



Rid your office of scrawled notes on paper scraps & sticky notes. They're too easy to lose and fill your space and mind with clutter. Come on in and look at the stylish and durable spiral note-books you can use instead for recording your thoughts and ideas. Free-up your mind - and know exactly where that gem of an idea is when you need it...