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August 5th, 2009

We have come far, but at present we demand for more @ 09:04 am

I like this article in the Kent Ridge Common. Very sensible and puts many things into persepctive. There is no shouting, screaming, no accusations.

Singapore: A young nation on the rise">
 

August 2nd, 2009

if i post this online in a forum thread, I will probably be flamed @ 02:30 pm

O_O

Why the onine furore over this Canadian guy's letter in the ST Forum? His letter is fine. But the headline is terrible. People should slam the ST for their creativity and lack of sensibilities instead.

I am just perplexed over the majority of the commentors' insane wishes of foregoing cleanliness and safety over long hours of work etc. etc.

Maybe we are just too cocooned in our nice little next. In many ways, I am often surprised by our naivety and inability to separate the state from the government and from our own national identity. I am also getting increasingly uncomfortable when there is a sizeable group who expects to enjoy good standards of living and want 'freedom' of speech unconditionally.

Why just the other day, I overheard a student telling her friend that she wished that Singapore can experience rioting like what happened in Sri Lanka. And I was wondering to myself, this is getting insane.

Come to think of it, perhaps it's the fault of the PAP for leaving us with such impressions of wanting to be the best in everything. Maybe we are victims of our own success because if one thinks about it, materially we have the best, but in terms of our political maturity and 'sreet-smart' habits, we are still like a child. Or worst still, a spoilt young child.

The PAP is not perfect. In fact I was thinking to myself, the country's future is bleak.. Really bleak when the head of the largest labour union is a minister of the government and a member of the ruling political party. It is worrisome. Like what we expect from a NMP, shouldn't the head of this union be non-partisan? Or maybe not someone who occupies such an important role in the government due to a conflict of interest?

I am grateful that I am born in this country. We are in many ways better than them. But very sadly, Singaporeans living in the country are often very sheltered? In many ways, the average Singaporean living in HDB flats, and who attend to government neighbourhood schools are probably as ignorant as middle America. (Yikes, am making a sweeping statement over here, I got the feeling. But I shall not apologise because that's my impression so far.) And this is worrying because we are a city-state. We are a country, yet we function physically and economically as what a city would do. But intellectually, we are not there yet as a population living in a city.

Yes, I know, this is confusing. :P To use a very cliche description of ourselves, 'We are victims of our own sucess.' And of PAP's rhetoric and insistence of being apolitical towards issues in the country. Cos like it or not, I think at some point, we have subconsciously bought into this idea.
 

not just a dream @ 11:58 am

Current Mood: dejected

Last night, I dreamt of someone, a friend. It was unexpected and so vivid that I could more or less remembered what went on in it. Nonetheless, the appearance of this particular person in my dream was also totally unexpected.

If dreams are said to reveal our subconscious minds and desires, then perhaps it wasn't that surprising after all.

In the dream, both myself and A (for convenience sake, I will just use the first letter of the alphabet) was looking at some exhibit in a playground for quite some time. And then, out of the blue, she fainted and I had to carry her back home. Along the way, we met up with an acquaintance and a few others who were in charge of this particular event. When they saw me carrying A, they rushed over and suggested a couple of ways of contacting her family. The dream ended there.

It was a short dream but the feelings and emotions were very vivid in my mind. It is strange that I was dreaming of A because we had not talked for a long time. In fact, we were quite close back then a few years back, but recently, it seemed like we had drifted apart. I was, and am, struggling over the reasons why we became distant and there were a couple of moments when I wished that we could go back to the past where her bubbly disposition sort of lighted up my life. In a way, she was one of the more sensitive friends who showed care and concern to me even when I did not reveal much.

I guess the dream surfaced the issue that I had been trying to ignore for the longest time. I wanted, and still want, to show my care and concern for this friend, because I still treat her as one of my closest friends and I feel that it is worth keeping this friendship. In fact, I treasure this friendship very much. But when the other party is drawing further and further away and does not want to reveal her woes or anything that friends (not normal hi-and-bye friends, but in a friendship that is substantial enough for us to have a comfortable, honest conversation) share, I guess it is hard for me to reach out to her too. I do have my own fears too in having a conversation with her that we will turn out to have an awkward meet-up. Maybe she feels that it is pointless to talk about such things because she does not feel that it is necessary or important to do so.

Just sad and disappointed that this friendship has been reduced to this state. I don't know if the other party will get to read this post. I do and really sincerely hope that I can tell all this that I had written above to her face-to-face, but my courage is lacking. I don't like outbursts or quarrels but sometimes I wonder if I should do this and push her, yet I am afraid that it will push her further away instead.
 

June 9th, 2009

(no subject) @ 04:40 pm

This is funny! The poor kids must have had a fright.

 

May 3rd, 2009

where were these people when they were young? @ 03:59 pm

Thanks to the conversation with sandara last night, it got me curious and there, spent the whole afternoon watching Jesus Camp. And she's right. It's scary.

Yet at the same time, I hear the same old messages which we heard over the past few weeks about the AWARE saga by the 'new Exco'. Which makes it even scarier.

I wonder if the kids in the documentary who say words like 'abortion', 'natioin' etc. actually know what these words mean. I wonder if these people who utter words like 'I am pro-family' knows what that imply. It sickens me to hear people who say that the world is filled with 'sickos' just because they are not Christians. And not to mention that these people 'train' kids to be 'God's army' or whatever that means. Even scarier, majority of these people don't even interact with other people and they don't put their children in schools.

Which brings me to the post by
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Thanks to the conversation with <lj user="sandara"> last night, it got me curious and there, spent the whole afternoon watching <a href="http://www.atheistnation.net/video/?video/00118/atheist/jesus-camp/">Jesus Camp</a>. And she's right. It's scary.

Yet at the same time, I hear the same old messages which we heard over the past few weeks about the AWARE saga by the 'new Exco'. Which makes it even scarier.

I wonder if the kids in the documentary who say words like 'abortion', 'natioin' etc. actually know what these words mean. I wonder if these people who utter words like 'I am pro-family' knows what that imply. It sickens me to hear people who say that the world is filled with 'sickos' just because they are not Christians. And not to mention that these people 'train' kids to be 'God's army' or whatever that means. Even scarier, majority of these people don't even interact with other people and they don't put their children in schools.

Which brings me to the post by <a href="http://www.yawningbread.org>Yawning Bread</a> and <a href="http://dogemperor.newsvine.com/_news/2009/04/24/2729992-a-steeplejacking-of-a-womens-ngo-in-singapore-a-rare-glimpse-at-how-joels-army-groups-work-in-practice">this by dogemperor</a>. Think <lj user="glazzal"> mentioned before somewhere in her previous posts? Correct me if I am wrong.

I must say that I am pretty relieved that these people in AWARE were literally shouted down yesterday. But knowing that there were over 700 people who support them brings a chill down my spine. I mean God knows, how many are there actually out there? And they were still pretty aggressive too, physically. Well, I guess that's what happens what they are indoctrinated by 'war-like' imagery.

On a lighter note, pop over to Youtube for some entertainment by 'Feminist-mentor' please who was so proud to be among the 'lion-hearted pioneers' of Singapore and 'charmed' to be mentioned pg. 73 of whatever book she was holding on to. *rolls eyes* Don't know why she bothered standing up praising herself...
 

January 11th, 2009

isn't this cool? @ 12:21 pm




The great man himself, David Harvey
 

October 17th, 2008

aww... @ 06:24 pm

I love this image of Kylie. Very pixie like and adorable. She's coming to Singapore! And I have to miss the concert because I will be in Thailand! Oh well...




Go Kylie!

Kylie is going to come to Singapore!



Really love this music video. For once she wasn't dressed so scantily but it's a good video all the same. :P
 

September 10th, 2008

Anyone interested? @ 07:58 pm

Third Tuesdays presented by University of Adelaide Singapore Campus

16th September 2008, Tuesday 7.20pm-8.30pm

Register for your FREE seat by 10 September.

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Climate Change and sea-level rise: Coastal management implications for the Asia-Pacific region

Speaker: Professor Nick Harvey



Jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with Al Gore in 2007, a PhD in coastal geomorgraphology and has over 30 years experience in coastal research and teaching with research interests in coral reefs, coastal dunes and coastal geology.



The potential impacts of climate change on coastal environments in Asia-Pacific region are significant because the region has diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems, including the world's largest areas of coral reefs and mangroves.

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Seminar Venue: Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre, Teochew Building, 97 Tank Road, #04-00

Web: www.naaec.com.sg Email: yvonnechan@naaec.com.sg Tel: 6738 2910
 

June 29th, 2008

The final countdown @ 08:54 pm

So conflicted. Both Spain and Germany are good teams and I happen to quite like both teams. Well, so I guessed correctly that the final will be Spain-Germany after Holland crashed out during the quarter-finals. Still it does not mean that I will support one side more than the other tomorrow morning. Approaching this match is as difficult as me approaching the World Cup finals in 2004 between Brazil and Germany.

Whatever the outcome may be, I predict tomorrow's match will be won by a team who will score one more goal than the other and definitely a high scoring affair.

To Germany, Alles Gute!
To Spain, Buena suerte!
 

June 15th, 2008

Let's go dutch! @ 07:45 pm




No apologies but this blog shall be running an Oranje fever as long as the Euro 2008 campaign lasts for the Holland team. So if it is too in your face, too bad. :P
 

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