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  1. Lion City's latest anti-HK volley is in Singlish, awmost English-lah. Eskew me?

    Posted Jul 19th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Singaporeans and Hongkongers don't often see eye to eye; we might even secretly - or not so secretly - despise each other. But let's face it, we have been far more ... The four-minute-plus video purports to strike one for the Lion City, but it might have inadvertently verged towards self-parody. It has to be seen to believed. Search for 'Singapore vs Hong Kong' ...

  2. Old regional rivalry turns into a video song contest on YouTube

    Posted Jul 26th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The war of videos continues as YouTube netizens carry on a lively debate about whether the Lion City or the Pearl of the Orient is the superior city. It was started ... Dad was reading the Far Eastern Economic Review Mum was moaning about the government. Good thing we don't live in Singapore. We'd all be arrested. One person - obviously from ...

  3. Now concentrate, students, and chew that (Wrigley) gum

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Singapore may have banned chewing gum, but China has embraced it. Fourteen cities across the mainland are launching a 'concentration awareness campaign' this year, funded by Wrigley. Since 2005, the US company has been conducting what it claims to be cutting-edge science to prove the health benefits of gum-chewing. Chief among these is that it helps people ...

  4. China's global discourse disadvantage

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Despite China's emerging status as a global power, it has, more often than not, been an object of dissection and debate rather than an active participant in the dominant ... electronic media presence around the world is another. And, more than ever, China needs home-grown intellectuals like Professor Mahbubani. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

  5. Complexity of age of consent in Asia laid bare by study

    Posted Jun 07th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo William Sparrow, editor-in-chief of Asian Sex Gazette and one of LoDown's journalistic heroes, recently did prodigious research into age-of-consent laws across Asia. ... In the sex trade, women must be 18 or older. In South Korea, the age for sex - homosexual or not - is 13. Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan outlaw sex ...

  6. Governments find legitimacy in crises

    Posted May 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Natural disasters cause all kinds of trouble for governments, but the deepest challenge is political. The most devastating ones reduce people to a state of raw nature, ... fundamental political questions. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...

  7. Advance booking for Arts Festival rivals a tax return in complexity

    Posted Nov 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The annual Arts Festival has been a great success year after year, especially considering what patrons have to go through to apply for advance bookings. Next year's events will start in February and organisers now accept bookings by fax and mail. It just so happened I had to renew my child's passport and, boy, I can tell you it was a lot easier to fill ...

  8. Are the men taking up the torch of GothLoli?

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Until recently, local girls and women dressed up like Victorian-style porcelain dolls could still be seen hanging out in malls and shops catering to teenagers. Alternatively, they could be wearing kimonos, schoolgirl uniforms or manga comic character costumes. Despite subtle sectarian fashion differences, they were all taking after gosurori, Japanese for GothLoli, ...

  9. Cantonese slang to make you laugh until your mouth breaks

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Forget about 'delay no more', a provocative Canto-English phrase made all the rage by its use on T-shirts and other designer items by the trendy furniture and lifestyle chain G.O.D. An artist and translator has come up with a new deck of cards that has all the up-to-date Cantonese slang you could ever need or want to know. Picture Cards of Trendy ...

  10. Serious take on a light-hearted poke at credit crisis

    Posted Oct 04th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Many readers mistake me for a serious columnist; actually Lodown IS my serious column. I wrote something funny on the global credit crisis in the op-ed section the other day ... won't be running it. However, I thought I should do him justice. 'Mr Lo's piece has to be one of the most glaring lessons of journalistic malpractice to come along in some time,' ...




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