Just a few observations:

1) Why are people still queuing for Koi Bubble Tea? Why? When there are plenty of substitutes out there? I’m not saying to go buy Sweet Talk which I admit is inferior with their syrup and pearls. But for example in Clementi, there is a Taiwanese bubble tea shop called OK Tea directly opposite Koi. I’ve tried OK Tea a couple of times and it is really good stuff, no less than Koi. Despite this, Koi Clementi continues to see relentlessly long lines. Business at OK Tea is brisk but in no way comparable to Koi.

Well, to me there can only be one reason for this.

People do not taste with their taste buds and do not think with their brains. Given two bubble tea choices of equal taste and standard, they cannot judge for themselves what they like. Instead they follow blindly the Koi craze and join the hundred other Singaporeans in the line to get their cup. Which is absurd to me when just across the pavement there is equally good bubble tea with no waiting time!

It’s like they PREFER to stand in the heat, they PREFER to waste an hour of their day standing around for just 10 minutes of pleasure, they PREFER to pay unreasonable amounts of money for an unreasonably priced-drink. … Compared to waltzing up to the OK Tea counter, whistling while making your order and then, still in high spirits, collecting your awesome drink.

Whatever it may be, it’s their prerogative, even if they choose to suffer. I’m not going to stand in those idiots’ way.

While I’m all for good food and good drinks, the Koi craze is too ridiculous for my comprehension.

2) I went shopping today at OPI because I wanted to buy the new set of Pirates of the Caribbean colours. I really like the muted colours in this collection. But that’s not really the point. The point, is, that while I was browsing the colours, there was this lady standing there giving herself a full manicure. Read: two coats of nail polish plus topcoat! In other words she was openly freeloading off the testers. It was disgusting. Had she no shame? The sales assistant went up to her and told her that if she wanted to paint all her nails she should buy a bottle home and take her time there. She said ok, but still continued with her manicure. Wow I’m just so stunned and shocked that people like this exist. She was from China by the way.

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Singapore GE 2011

Finally, the weekend is here for me to take a breather. It won’t be a very deep breath, because I still have a mountain of things to do, but since it’s a Friday, I’m just going to relax a little.

With this free time, I finally have the chance to share MY views on the General Elections 2011. I am not of age to vote, but I still have an opinion. It isn’t very much because a lot of people have already stepped out with 2000-word essays in defence of the PAP and they’ve pretty much said all there is to say. I am here today to just randomly rant about all the things that have angered me.

Its true, last night, I was in fits of anger and rage, so much so that I was unable to fall asleep. Why? Because last night Nicole Seah spoke at a rally for NSP, during which, she ‘broke down’ and cried. Um, ok, whatever Nicole. To me it was an overreaction and exaggeration especially for someone who usually puts on a cool face and speaks with conviction. So, which side of her is fake? I don’t want to be an inhumane bitch, but her crying really put me off. You want to be a leader, but you’re not displaying sufficient maturity or leadership qualities very much at all. If she’s crying NOW, I’m afraid to see how she is going to handle the future! And if by any chance, the tears she was crying were fake, then that would be another story.

I don’t wish to spend any more of my (limited, as mentioned) breath talking about this girl. I’m going to quote xiaxue, who wrote a short and accurate summary of Nicole Seah,

“Pros: Knows how to insult PAP to ginormous cheers.

Cons: Attention-seeking whore with grumpy face.”

It may be a bit biased, but it made me laugh while nodding in agreement. Xiaxue hit the nail on the head.




Regarding xiaxue’s point on Nicole Seah insulting PAP, this is true for ALL opposition parties. Yes, everyone wants to be a leader. But are they doing it for the right reasons? And are they using the right methods?

While I do not doubt their love for our country (for even I, a mere citizen, a nobody, NOT running for election, love my country and its people deeply), their approach has not convinced me. I do agree that Singapore needs a strong opposition to keep checks and balances on progress, but few of the opposition candidates have proved to be worthy. Until then, my vote (figuratively speaking) remains with PAP.

-Caliber of candidates

What I cannot stand the most, is that some of the opposition candidates are not even able to speak proper English! This is absolutely unacceptable! And Low Thia Kiang even chose to deliver his speech in dialect! Am I supposed to find that publicity stunt AMUSING? How can I readily support such people in parliament? I’ve met people like that before and they are loud, crude, kiasu, and most of all POWER-HUNGRY. And now there are a lot of them trying to contest!

Ang Yong Guan (SDP) at a recent rally, while he started off in English, it gradually veered off into hokkien territory, with BAD HOKKIEN JOKES which he kept repeating. His speech would go something like, “Tia wu boh?? (Can hear or not?) *Insert bad hokkien joke about PAP. Repeat. Because he thinks it’s so funny he has to say it twice.* Tia wu boh?? Tia wu boh??” Such is the depth and wisdom expected from a minister.

-Choice to vote Opposition

What I am afraid of is that because they seem more ‘down-to-earth’, they will probably appeal to a lot of lower-income groups of people who probably understand hokkien better than English. But once again, this is unacceptable! Compare these speeches to those made by our PAP ministers. Pick anybody, and note the difference because a PAP speech is substance and foresight, while opposition parties provide no concrete plans, just a vague picture of ideology in their minds, and they think that once they take over, Singapore will become a PERFECT country! When all they say is, “SHOW US THE RESERVE ACCOUNTS! TELL US WHY THE YOG EXPENDITURE WENT OVER THE BUDGET!” over and over and over again! And their supporters will start cheering! Absolutely ridiculous!

-What makes a leader?

These people are not cut out to be LEADERS. Leaders are people like Goh Chok Tong, who are well educated, well read, speak well and have a large network of contacts. Only certain people are fit to fill these shoes and a lot of them don’t understand that.

-Ungrateful Singaporeans

And this frustrates me most of all! I am so disappointed in the number of Singaporeans who are so ungrateful for all that Singapore is now. On YouTube, opposition rally videos can get up to 70000 hits, whereas our PM Lee Hsien Loong’s lunch time rally at Tanjong Pagar only received a pathetic 1000! And the number of dislikes heavily outweighed the likes. What are Singaporeans so dissatisfied about? Are they just too bored with their lives in the midst of the success our country is experiencing? The number of opposition supporters this year is ASTOUNDING!

-Opposition thinks we overspend

Another thing that really really really pisses me off is how some opposition candidates do not support the idea of the IRs in Singapore. They keep harping on not being ‘left behind’ but without these IRs Singapore cannot experience economic growth and the rise in quality of living! PAP is arguably more westernized and they understand the need for such entertainment and lifestyle hubs in our increasingly cosmopolitan country. But the opposition parties will probably be like, “Hah? Disco tech ah?” and decide that it will be a waste of our country’s money and not develop it. This is what I’m afraid of! Urban lifestyle will go downhill!

-Conclusion

This year’s election has been very ‘noisy’ for me. There is a lot of unnecessary ‘noise’ by ‘noisy’ people. My piece of advice? Check yourself before you wreck yourself. PAP has been in business longer than you have. Do you really think that they don’t see and feel the same problems? For problems to be fixed time is needed. So chill the fuck out, opposition people.

That said, I would like to add that I am NOT completely biased, like I said earlier I do wish for a strong opposition, comprising of capable people like Vincent Wijeysingha, Sylvia Lim, even Chiam See Tong, to name a few. They just need to get their act together and eliminate the weeds. Also, come up with an ACTUAL CONCRETE PLAN. I cannot support opposition at all during this year’s elections. But I am excited to find out what they have to offer 5 years later.

I am really nervous about the results tomorrow night, because from the depths of my heart and soul I STRONGLY BELIEVE that the Opposition is unstable at this point in time. They cannot lead now!

7 Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before The Year Ends

Taken from Dumb Little Man, here’s helping you to reflect on the past year:

On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with 2010?

Why did you score that way?

What are your biggest accomplishments this year?

What are the biggest lessons you learned this year?

What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve next year?

What new habits do you want to cultivate?

What are your immediate next steps to achieve them?

The chaotic world we live in

I have not developed my thoughts on this matter yet, but it’s 3am and I just want to write it down somewhere.

We are so sheltered in our little bubble. We say that when we are thrown in a new environment and meet different types of people we are not familiar with because we are used to always being around people of similar socio-economic background. While it is true that we are sheltered in this way, I realized that there is a much bigger picture to this.

What we truly are sheltered from is the chaos in the world. All over the world there are earthquakes occuring, floods, deaths in mines, recession (albeit recovering), terrorism, US and worldwide security threatened constantly, and of course, wikileaks.

Yet, we carry on with life as per normal, as if none of it is happening. This happens because we are OBLIVIOUS and IGNORANT. And sad to say it’s not just us teens, I think most adults go through life without giving a care about such world affairs.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in no position to comment because I don’t act on it either, but surely something can be done.

And, WHY is our world in this state. Is it possible to live in a chaos-free world?

Is this the beginning of the end?

What is your take on wikileaks? Is it doing more harm than good? Is it the governments’ fault for doing things behind our backs with our money, or is wikileaks going too far just for the sake of transparency, as it severely jeopardizes safety of nations and diplomatic relations?

Feel free to comment.

Fly me back in time: 1950’s

I may be a bit too obsessed with Mad Men.

The 50’s have become my favourite era of all time. Their lifestyles were modern, only restricted by limited technology then. It was the era of glamour, women dressed in full skirts, pointed bras, marcel waves, red lips with a cigarette in hand. They seem to be oozing with natural class that our generation cannot match. It also saw the birth of  Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra into the musical world, both of whom stood the test of time and remain popular still, further proving the timeless chic of the 50’s. Yet another case in point: vintage mercedes benzs are still highly coveted collectibles. Everything was grander and more beautiful back then.

Technology ruined the cool. Of course I wouldn’t be able to survive without technology now, but if it was to be taken away from every single one of us like it never was invented- no internet, no blackberry – I think we’d all be doing just fine. Better off in fact. With technology our rights to privacy were revoked. I long for the air to be filled with mystery and desire again.

Maybe I’m just bitter, because I’m not a texter. I am not the sort of person to hold conversations over text, and technology really works to my DISadvantage. Technology complicates things. Not to mention is an unhealthy form of distraction, as evidenced by this blog post.

I am also sick of the trash that is Jersey Shore. What is wrong with people?

All my days

Just had a really long day. It’s not late, but I started my day really early. This morning I woke at 3am to send my family to the airport. Then i went straight to school and slept in my car until classes started. After school I went to watch EASY A, and in the evening I met another friend for sogurt (which i hate).

And now I’m home in this empty house. It’s barely been a day and I already feel lonely. Oh no how am i going to last the next week and a half? I realized this is how living alone would be like in the future. It’s kind of sad cuz there’s never anyone home, and if your friends are married there will probably be even less people to meet up with. Basically you’d be alone most of the time, especially weekends. No matter how much you like doing things alone, that’s too much loneliness to handle. I don’t think I’d be able to stand it.

On Sunday I worked a shift for Nespresso at robinsons centrepoint. I don’t usually visit that store. But having worked there 9 hours that day, I noticed the contrast between the customers of Robinson’s and taka (where I also worked before). While those who patronize taka tend to be mostly tai-tais, aunties, and snobbish, Ronbinson’s average customer is practical, friendly, real and funny

Throughout the day many people stopped by to chat with me, even if it started from coffee machines, the conversations always led elsewhere. And all the couples I spoke to were so happy. And I thought of how nice it would be to have someone you can shop for coffee machines with on sunday afternoons, someone you can retire with and live with till a ripe old age.

I chose to include Alexi Murdoch’s All my days in this post because it starts off gloomy and lonely but it ends so hopeful. It’s a beautiful beautiful song.

“Now I see clearly it’s you I’m looking for
All of my days
So I smile, I know I’ll feel this loneliness no more
All of my days

For I look around me
And it seems you found me
And it’s coming into sight
As the days keep turning into night

And even breathing feels alright
Yes, even breathing feels alright
Now even breathing feels alright
Yes, even breathing feels alright.”

//alexi murdoch- all my days

Suppressed in Singapore

Living in the suburbs, best friends, reckless fun.

I love singapore, but the strict regulations in our country and in schools put a cap on our potential. I can’t help but wonder how different I would be today had I been raised in a bigger country and put through a more liberal education system. Probably more spontaneous, creative. I can’t say for sure as I have never lived overseas for a prolonged period. But I recall being held up at an airport in London due to a flight delay caused by a blizzard. There was only so much I could shop, so I started eavesdropping on random conversations. Most were between strangers, from every corner of the world. Compared to conversations I might overhear on SMRT buses/trains, those I witnessed at the airport were initiated, spontaneous, humorous.

Behind me were three international students, I followed their conversation long enough to realize they only just met there and then, and were each headed to a different destination. They could have fooled me because their conversation flowed so effortlessly from school, to dating, to Star Wars.

Across from me sat a stranger guy and a stranger girl, both reading. When the girl left to pick up another magazine, she asked the guy to look after her belongings. When she returned they immediately started talking about their destinations, waiting time, and soon it led to more personal matters and needless to say their books were left untouched.

This sounds pretty normal, I guess, but I can’t imagine it happening in Singapore, say if I were on a bus, or maybe at Jurong Point. Heh. UNLESS, with the aid of alcohol, a dark room, and strobe lights.

Even for leisure, our activities are mostly limited to partying which I might be tiring of… Is there nothing else singapore can offer?

I am digressing. My complaint isn’t about behaviour of Singaporeans, or the lack of things to do in Singapore. My main point is how Singapore has shaped me to be. Mostly uninteresting, constrained, helpless.