Saturday, 22 December 2012
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Friday, 7 December 2012
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
Friday, 23 November 2012
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
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
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!