Don’t pretend, I am sure some of you are reading this article because of the title.
I must said I was also very curious when my brother-in-law first asked me to join the Porn’s group in Facebook.
Well, Porn’s is the name of his new restaurant.
For those who have read or heard about the restaurant, Pornsak is NOT my brother-in-law, he is my brother-in-law’s business partner. For those of you who live in a cave, Pornsak is a well-known host who has hosted many popular variety shows on Channel 8 and Channel U, including many food shows.
For those who know me, yes, this brother-in-law is the handsome one whom many of you have asked me to introduce to you, your sisters or sisters-in-law or friends. If you don’t believe me, you are welcome to go to the Porn’s at 28, Liang Seah Street.
Men watching aside, this restaurant served sexy thai food, which is of good quality at reasonable prices.
You may say I say that because the owner is family. Yes, but I am also quoting the food reviews published in newspapers and magazines. (Yes, they got quite a number of reviews because Pornsak is a celebrity and this celebrity helps out at the kitchen, serves tables and cleans the toilets)
I say so, also because I see the efforts these two young men have put in, from sourcing the shop space, brain storming the kind of food to sell, looking for the freshest ingredients, finding the best chef etc etc.
By the way, my brother-in-law was a former MediaCorp TV producer who had also produced many food shows and comes from a family which runs a chain of restaurants.
If case you ask why “Porn”, this is because it means blessing in Thai, sounds cheeky in English, and captures attention in the marketing language.
I observed with great interest the debate on whether Mother tongue weightage should be reduced at PSLE.
Personally, I am happy to be assured that the weightage would not be reduced. The reasons are obvious. I am effectively bilingual and knowing both English and Chinese have opened many doors for me.
The whole episode also reminded me that Singaporeans could be vocal and passionate in issues which matter to us. We are not afraid to voice our views if we think it is important. I remembered when I started out as a journalist more than a decade ago, many people were afraid to speak on camera when we did street interviews, no matter what the topic was. But now, we are more willing to speak up if we think the issue is close to our hearts.
If the weightage is reduced, it would send the signal that mother tongue is not as important as other subjects. Singaporeans being a practical lot and having limited time (didn’t we say we want our children to be less stressed in school with more play time), would rather spend more time on other subjects. This will further lower the standards of our mother tongue.
There are times which I thought, would I speak better English or Mandarin, if I am monolingual. Well, if you benchmark perfect English against Britain’s English or Mandarin against China’s Mandarin, many people here would not be regarded as speaking “perfect English” or “perfect Mandarin”. But, do we really want to use this kind of bench mark?
Language is used as a communication tool, it is also part of our identity. I know of many Singaporeans who proud to be bilingual, or even multilingual.
In the course of my work, there are also many bilingual news makers or interviewees who get more exposure and opportunities just because they know how to speak their mother tongue. A plus point is of course, the increasing importance of China.
By the way, I have also produced an English story for Insight, an English Current Affairs programme. Watch it on Channel NewsAsia at 1130pm tonight.
除了名人，我们周围也看到不少出现三角关系的婚姻。你认识的可能是先生、太太（她不一定是受害者，也可能是肇事者）、或第三者。已故戴安娜王妃就曾说，Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded。