Well here's to the long weekend, Perth!
Living in Perth at the moment, it's difficult to appreciate that there is a world beyond tomorrow's AFL Grand Final. The city is both eerily quiet and vividly purple as we head into the game tomorrow. It would be a fairytale ending for Fremantle if they were to win in their first ever grand final appearance. Go Dockers!
Amazingly, news from the
real outside world has filtered through this purple haze I'm in right now.
There's been lots happening in celeb land. The Emmys and its fabulous red carpet fashion, Kim Kardashain going blonde but perhaps most importantly, Ketut finally speaking out to Who Weekly about what's been going on with Rhonda and himself since Bali. There's another man involved and he looks slimy to me.
Moving right along to the wonders of food technology. Twinings tea pods! It's just too much effort to make a pod of tea, isn't it? Why mess with the simplicity of dunking a tea bag in a cup of boiling water? Even adding the pre warming your cup step to the tea bag method is easier than trying to line up a pod in the machine and filling it with water and cleaning up afterward. If you have tried tea pods, was it worth the effort?
I have to admit that when I first saw the cover of 'Crazy Rich Asians' by Kevin Kwan I assumed that it was just a politically incorrect Facebook meme and not am actual novel. I got curious and had a browse on Amazon where it turned out 'Crazy Rich Asians' not only existed, but it also had a glowing review from Plum Sykes. Kwan and Sykes' work have some striking similarities. They write in parallel about the excesses of high society and the super wealthy. Sykes territory is England and the United States whilst Kwan covers South East Asia. They both write in that over the top, breathy style that is more astute than you might suppose.
'Crazy Rich Asians' delivers what the title promises. Middle class Chinese American Rachel makes a trip to Singapore with her boyfriend, the seemingly ordinary Nick. Rachel soon discovers that Nick is no ordinary Singaporean. His Singapore is an intricate web of influential families who prize status above all else and who are deeply suspicious of outsiders. Especially those who lack wealth or a superior family pedigree. The novel is fast paced, lightweight entertainment. Readers who've lived in the region or have Chinese roots will laugh out loud at Kwan's politically incorrect cast of characters.
Not much else happening in these parts, I'm afraid. I've been enjoying the glorious sun these last couple of days. I'm going to try and watch the game online tomorrow or at least keep an eye on the score via the AFL website.
Take care and have a lovely weekend.