Saturday, 22 December 2012

The World Does Go On!

No more excuses not to get on with the holiday preparations! There's still time! 

Merry Christmas to all!!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Farewell, World?

I recently read on Facebook (that modern day authority on all-things-true) that some companies are giving their employees a day off on 21 December, you know, just in case the world really ends, as the ancient Mayan calendar predicted. Perhaps it was all in jest, but it certainly made me wonder what I'd be doing on that day. Would I wake up extra early to have my favorite breakfast? Would I scan the sky constantly for a large approaching meteor? Would I mark each passing hour with a sigh of relief? And should I be starting to read that book that I know I can't finish before the final hour? That last scenario would not be a problem for my wife, Bonnie. She likes to read the endings of books before she decides to invest her time in it, so I even if an end-of-world situation gets in her way of finishing the book, she already knows the ending!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Creative Business

I realize the cartoon version of me never appears to be doing any real work, and you might wonder if that's really how I am. The truth is, I dabble in a bit of everything, taking on random jobs that range from copywriting to translating and from video editing to barking on set as assistant director. I take my cartoon drawing almost as seriously as I take my jobs (or vice versa) and I also teach part-time. One of my biggest dilemmas is filling in the occupation section on immigration forms when I travel. Am I a teacher or a filmmaker? Am I a writer or a cartoonist? I am often frustrated by this, but I recently found comfort in the words of the genius dramatist Oscar Wilder, who said:

“If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward.”

I guess I've been leading a rather rewarding "artistic" life. Although I do sometimes wish the "reward" carries slightly more monetary value...

Friday, 30 November 2012

Psy-chotic Client

Too many Psy jokes/spoofs recently? Just bear with one more, because Psy (that imaginary-horse-riding Korean man) is finally performing in Singapore tomorrow! Perhaps then, the hype will be over and we can finally move on to the next Youtube phenomenon... 

Friday, 23 November 2012

In the beginning, there was a rock...

Finally, Pepper is back! It's been such a long time that it really does feel as if layers of dust have settled and hardened into a rock around me. It took me great effort to muster my strength and break apart that rock-like shell that has kept me still for the past couple of months. Like the mythical Chinese giant, Pan Gu, who broke out of a giant cosmic egg to create the heaven and earth, Pepper is back to start afresh! Well, not exactly. He really is same old Pepper...

Monday, 19 November 2012

Pepper's 42nd Birthday!

Yesterday, Nov 18, was Pepper's 42nd Birthday (6 human years), and for the first time, he had a real cake instead of the usual meat cake with a stick of biscuit on top (to represent a candle). Here's a snapshot of a very "mature" Pepper right before he devoured his sugarless pastry treats!

It seems Pepper has been missing in action for a long time, and some of you may be wondering if the webcomic I started a year ago has finally fizzled out after a brief moment of brilliance. No it hasn't. I've just taken a long break to take care of some important personal matters. I won't reveal what they are, but they may appear (highly dramatized, of course) in future comic strips! In a couple of weeks, I should be able to settle back into my old schedule and be able to produce At Home With Pepper with more regularity. I promise it will be better than ever before. Like the recently re-elected Obama said, the best is yet to be...

And of course, happy birthday, old pal! 

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Bubble Tea

This week, in my continuing adventures in the streets of Taipei... the ubiquitous Bubble Tea! I had my first taste of Bubble Tea in Taipei back in the year 2000. It took me some time to get used to a milky drink that gave you something to chew on, but once I got used to it, I was hooked.

Not long afterwards, they started appearing in Singapore, first at a small shop at Orchard Road, and then rapidly spreading and infiltrating the heartlands, in every shopping mall. Even the good old kopitiams (coffeeshops) started offering cheaper variations, such as Bubble Milo or Bubble Horlicks (Eeew...), to suit the local taste!

The craze cooled down a couple of years later, but recently came back with brands such as KOI, Each-a-Cup and Gong Cha going head to head with each other. Fans of each brand swear by the perfect brew of their chosen brand and, more importantly, the chewiness of the accompanying bubbles (actually tapioca balls). The most expensive ones I ever came across are the ones served in the Zenzoo Salon de Thé (oh la la, classy!) in Paris. I've never had them, but at several Euros a cup, they better be good!