A friend forwarded a link to the shelf number of Payday Loans in the Reference Section of the National Library. A search for my name on the library's online catalogue brought up another book I've forgotten writing. This is Distinction: A Profile of Pioneers, co-written with Lo Mun Hou, when we were both serving our national service. Distinction is a book commemorating the 2nd Singapore Infantry Brigade's 25th anniversary.
I remember the great fun--and frustration--Mun Hou and I had, writing this book. Both text and pictures had to celebrate the Brigade but we managed to inject some postmodernist puns and ambiguities into the text, detectable only by the observant reader. The book title, for instance, not only has the meaning of "excellence," but also that of "difference." The last I heard of Mun Hou was that he was pursuing his PhD in Comparative Lit somewhere in the USA.
Ben, the graphic designer, was full of whacky ideas (including changing the book format to a set of glossy postcards, enveloped in corrugated cardboard held together by steel screws), and it was up to me, the lieutenant on the project, to rein him in. I can't remember the photographer's name. His training was in fashion photography, and I was fascinated by his sessions with the top brass of the brigade, the way he got his shots while respecting the military hierarchy. He was only a first-class private then.
Those months were the most glamorous months of my national service. The rest of the time was grim, grim, grim.