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18th May
2010
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31st December
2009
written by tom

It doesn’t take much alcohol to spew out a resolution this coming Thursday week, at 23:46, 14 minutes before the year’s end; this invariably results in hapless dead ends or meaningless quests.

So, I decided to start earlier – four weeks ago to be precise. It’s simple enough to list these; more difficult is to measure and implement them. So far as possible, each of them has some minimal definition of success.

For 2010, I choose to

  1. refrain from buying a single (new/used, print/e-) book. I love books. The embargo on adding books to my library is more than the struggle against consumerism. Books define me in more ways than I care to acknowledge. It is the sense of attachment to a bygone Tom; sometimes they are my only crutch. I’m curious how how I will be on my own.
  2. prepare a meal at least once every weekend. Rationale? Well, I create the chance to rediscover my lost culinary (“ahem”) skills and the wife gets time off.
  3. read with Gillian at least thrice a week. This is probably the most difficult to achieve, in part because she is not yet at that age (19 months) when she is willing to sit still for 10 minutes, especially at bedtime.
  4. stop discriminating against non-Shetland Sheepdogs. I still have a preference for Shelties (who doesn’t?), but all canines – even malteses – deserve proper treatment. Just like kids, there are no “bad” dogs; only bad owners and parents.
  5. devote 3 hours a day on the Executive MBA programme.
  6. create, and work on, an investment plan. Personal finance is such a fascinating area and is so rewarding.
  7. take up muay thai. 1 hour session every week for 8 weeks.
  8. write a short book review every month.
  9. complete writing the first chapter of my book.
  10. change how I approach the world.

and for #11, here’s one from way out in left-field: play in a band again! (some practice will make the guitar sound, well, more like a guitar)

I’ll let you know how I get on. In the meantime, Happy New Year.

29th May
2009
written by tom
Here it is!

Here it is!

19th April
2009
written by tom
If only every cake tasted like this

If only every cake tasted like this

Thank you all so very much for making this 40th birthday thing such fun. It’s been an incredibly enjoyable few days. I really wanted to give a super good speech but got tangled up in words. This is what I felt and should have said on Friday:

Friday was my first ever surprise birthday party and I was genuinely surprised: first at the very fact that there was one, and second that you were all there. I really felt so moved by the occasion; it literally made my day and made my 40th so much more meaningful. Some friendships just happen by chance, and I’ve been so lucky to have my fair share of good fortune in this regard (although some luck in 4D would also be nice!).

In all honesty, I never thought I’d see so many friends at 40. I always thought I’d be the recluse, but thanks to my wonderful wife, I’m less of one, and a far better person than before I met her. Jen has really turned my world right side up! My brother Raj broke all the Rules of Brotherhood in order to maintain secrecy – thanks, man.

I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to chat with you as much as I’d like to, but there’s always lunch / drinks / football, etc.

Love you lots!

13th April
2009
written by tom

New mom Mel has created something else – a new site for baby Matthew! It’s about

The life of a little newborn… This is for our boy… for when he grows up and is able to look back and have a lifetime of wonderful memories…

Here it is:

http://matthewblakevaswani.blogspot.com/

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7th April
2009
written by tom

My younger brother Raj and his wife Mel recently welcomed their first born, a baby boy named Matthew Blake Vaswani. You cannot believe how happy we all are. Here he is …

new Villa striker

new Villa striker

10th March
2009
written by tom

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Baby crawled around the study and Papa was embedded in his reading.

Before I had a chance to react, baby Gillian had managed to pull a title from the lowest of the shelves. The book that was chosen for her was Kafka’s The Castle.

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Good taste.

27th September
2008
written by tom

Gillian's Godmother

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are so proud to introduce Gillian’s Godmother! “Godmother” is “Madrina” in Spanish, right, Pilar?

And of course she is hurrying us to register Gillian at UWC already.

30th May
2008
written by tom

We are proud to announce the launch of Vaswani 1.0 (beta version). Named Gillian Rose Vaswani, the prototype was officially unveiled on Friday, 30th May 2008, at 12.43 pm.

Speaking at the product launch, her Project Managers, Jenny and Tom Vaswani, said they were exceedingly pleased with the roll-out of Vaswani 1.0. The lightweight model, only 2.67kg, incorporates new features, including speech and voice recognition capabilities.

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30th April
2008
written by tom

the happy couple!

the happy couple!

This is my brother, Raj, with his fiancée Mel enjoying a drink before trekking to the Stereophonics concert at Fort Canning.

The concert was good, but I had as much fun picking arguments with the UWC boys.

By the way, after not an insignificant amount of stress, they have decided on July 11th as their Big Day.

14th January
2008
written by tom
Bacchus arrives home

a fluffy Bacchus arrives home

The latest addition to our family is puppy Bacchus! We was born on the 28th of September 2007, in Australia. When we took him home this afternoon, the monster weighed 1.75 kg.

Bacchus, like Prince before him, belongs to the Shetland Sheepdog clan. Their specific history is summarised by Ann Bowling (here) and there is more information about them on Wiki . For more, visit Sheltie Nation!

We had a hard time thinking about whether there could be “something” after Prince left us, but then we realised that he hasn’t really left. Uncle Prince will always be around.

7th January
2008
written by tom
Prince

Prince

My buddy Prince passed away this morning. He was 11 years old.

14th February
2007
written by tom

Welcome to vaswani.sg, a site dedicated to our family!

Breaking news:

The Cliff, Sentosa

We’re getting married! That’s right: not only have we have arrived in cyberspace, we’ve actually taken the plunge. Actually, the dip in uncharted waters (a.k.a the plunge) took place many moons ago, at The Cliff.

Yes, we know that’s the easy part; the difficult stuff and hard work comes after the social niceties and rituals are done away with. So we decided to stick this site up, to assist in our planning, as well as to keep our invited guests informed of developments. Have a look, and let us know what you think.

I’m 38 years old, while she is 29. We met at lunch, dated for 18 months before I proposed. She’s special in a special way. People say I’m lucky, but that’s far from the truth.

The truth is, I’m damm intelligent – or at least smart enough to ask her to marry me. The luck part comes in when she agreed.

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