Preview of The Naked Finn at A Curious Teepee and Conversations on Bible Study Groups
If “bespoke” and “pop-up” are the watch-words of the year for the hip crowd then The Naked Finn pop-up izakaya and bespoke cocktail bar at A Curious Teepee must be the
The draw for me was (part of) the old Klee gang. When Klee bar was still open for business at Portsdown Road, Wessex Village, we used to frequent it to check out the mixologists’ concoctions and for long chats. I particularly enjoyed it for the similarity of the drinks style with mine* (though of course far more superior and using much better and fresher ingredients), so trips were also great times of learning the ways in which drinks could be prepared. The Klee alumni had gone their separate ways, with one at Bar Stories on Haji Lane and another at B28 in the Basement of No. 28 Ann Siang Hill and Wijaya Irawan at The Naked Finn.
(*Had already worked my way through the Harvard bartending guide back in secondary school and realised that people my age then didn’t really care for classic cocktails; they wanted the effects of alcohol without having to struggle with the taste of many types of ethanol. Camouflaging this proved popular and effective…sometimes, too effective: one girl refused to believe there was alcohol in punch and having walked into the party hungry, hot and thirsty, gulped down cups of the stuff until it became apparent to her that the warnings were actually true.)
The Naked Finn, say media reports, is to open on Sentosa in 2012. At the preview at A Curious Teepee, the food menu consisted of Japanese food that required no cooking (unless you count the rice-cooking and blow-torching), sparing patrons of the retail section from food smells.
Chef Andy Ang’s omakase for the evening consisted of an appetiser of chicken and hotate yakitori, hiyashi tomatoes and cold cucumber tubes topped with fermented barley(?); tuna salad with citrus dressing; a platter of aburi sushi, to be eaten in the sequence indicated by the chef; hot beef ball noodles; and grilled kiwi. All clean tastes which found a friendly companion in the Honey Star (rum, starfruit, fresh lemon juice, honey). An accessible place to have sushi with good cocktails, though the fish, not quite having the nuances of the Cuppage Plaza joints, wouldn’t, on its own, for me, be the main draw.
We got onto the topic of bible study groups over dinner last night. One said everyone in her bible study group took turns to lead so that everyone would feel they had a stake in the group; another said they didn’t bother to go for the regular studies for leaders in their church and just read off the commentaries they bought. These methods seem fresh because they are, as is popular these days, anti-establishment/institution. But they throw the baby out with the bathwater:
- if these people actually believe that the Bible is God’s word (which they do otherwise they wouldn’t need to bother with bible study), then bible study group isn’t just a book club for everyone to air their views and share what they got out of a particular passage; it should be a place where everyone seeks to understand what God is saying to us humans;
- if i mean to communicate something to you (eg. “Get out of the way, the truck is coming!”), I do not wish for you to interpret this subjectively (“Oh to me, he is saying that in the universe, one must go with the flow and not stand in the way of big energies.”). So the Bible teacher should be trained to handle the Bible to explicate its objective truth. Sure the Scriptures are perspicuous, but hard work needs to have been put in to understand the whole storyline of the Bible and the context of the book of the Bible historically (since these were written first for Old Testament or New Testament people) before attempting to interpret and apply it in the present time;
- if the Bible is not just any book but a communication from God himself, then the teacher needs to be competent so as not to lead others astray. The tutor who, wilfully or mistakenly, teaches his students his own exciting and unfounded view of the contents of the textbook and so causes them to fail their exams, should rightly be censured. The preacher or teacher who teaches untruths does far more harm than setting back students a year – he leads them to their eternal death;
- so James says “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1), and John says “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19), which is applicable not just for the Book of Revelation but for the whole of Scripture “which is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16);
- in eschewing the check and balance of the leaders’ bible study, these erstwhile leaders are taking risks not just with their own eternal lives but also with the lives of others entrusted to them…
A Curious Teepee Presents The Naked Finn pop-up restaurant and cocktail bar
*SCAPE #02-24, 2 Orchard Link