Monthly Archives: April 2012

“The Quick Goodbye”

Of course, there are many things I do miss, like the paycheque, the travel, greasy hawker food, Special Indonesian Chicken, reasonable movie ticket prices, and people stopping abruptly at the top of an escalator. Alas, all good thing must come to an end.

One of the things I enjoy doing when drawing these strips is inserting a few Easter eggs into the background. Depending on what the situation calls for, I do my best to include some factual details in relation to the characters’ environment. I’m sure there are a few readers who might recognize the building where Brett and Laura are reminiscing over the past few years. Let’s just say, it’s no School of the Future.

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“The Real Estate Agent” (Part Five)



That wraps up the most recent ‘Laura Knows Best’ mini-epic! Naturally, the only way to recover from dealing with a Singaporean real estate agent is to curl up into the fetal position and hope against all hope that you didn’t do anything you’d regret when you succumbed to the hot flash of rage that clouded your judgement and memory in those last few moments when the agent was still in the house.

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“The Real Estate Agent” (Part Four)

This is one of my personal favourites from the series thus far. For me, certain things started to click in terms of storytelling and I really enjoyed the challenge of telling a story without words (you’ll have to let me know if I was successful or not!).

For those interested, Panel One features a glimpse of Teng Tong Road, where we lived during our last year in Singapore. There were about two taxi drivers in Singapore familiar with Teng Tong Road, and the rest just laughed whenever we told them where we lived. Turns out that ‘Teng Tong’ is slang for ‘screw loose,’ which kind of explained why many of our neighbours acted the way they did.


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“The Real Estate Agent” (Part Three)

That last panel could easily be applied to a number of different situations I experienced on an almost daily basis. It was also one of my favourite things to draw up to this point!

This chapter of the story (and the next), were lifted directly from a friend of mine who is still recovering from the blast through his skull.

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“The Real Estate Agent” (Part Two)

This sequence of strips is really a composite of stories taken from my experiences and those of others who had dealings with real estate agents like Jean. Luckily, the agent we actually had to deal with when we were leaving Singapore was fantastic and incredibly professional (which probably explains why he wasn’t hired by my employer). Sadly, that wouldn’t have made an interesting story…