Friday, April 29, 2011

Rallies on Saturday, 30th April 2011

Dear Readers,

I have updated the Rallies page and the details for those happening on Saturday 30 April 2011 can be found on that page.

Do take some time to attend those in your area so as to get a clearer picture of what each party offers. Thank You.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rallies for Friday, 29th April 2011

Dear Readers,

This is to inform you that I have updated the Rallies page to reflect the various rallies that are taking place on Friday, 29th April 2011.

Do take time to attend some of them so as to aid you in making an informed decision.

New Feature Added

Dear readers,

I have added a new page to inform you of all the political rallies that will be held around the country. I urge you to take some time to attend them in order to make an informed decision for the country's future.

Thank You.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Don't Wave The Flag In August

Don't wave the flag in August if you are not interested in the General Elections. Period.

Today is the Nomination Day in which all political candidates toss their hats into the ring for the upcoming General Election. The elections this time round is a milestone in many ways. It is the first time in 20 over years in which the the incumbent is challenged on all fronts with a credible opposition. By extension, it is also the first time in decades for the younger generation to wield their birth right to vote. By all accounts, this election should be exciting and a proud moment when we as a nation are able to go to the polls; an opportunity that does not extend to many nations around the world.

Yet, it is utterly disappointing that there are people that show a sense of indifference or disillusionment. A few comments that I have heard or read go like this: "I'm going to support PAP anyway, why can't it just be a walkover so that I don't have to go down to vote?", "Is it compulsory to vote?", "Huh? What does this have to do with me?", "I don't like either parties, can I not vote?" 

For those who are wondering if voting is compulsory, it is compulsory to vote. While countries like the USA or UK have made voting optional, it is not feasible here and I am thankful that it is mandatory. With the amount of indifference here, there is a possibility that only half the population that is eligible to vote would turn up at the polls. If that is the case, it would not be much a political mandate which is affirmed by the people would it? Won't this result in a failure of democratic processes?

As for those who are indifferent or disillusioned, I could understand why you may feel that way as what various parties have done prior to this is to engage in theatrics as they focus on the candidates' character and impressions rather than important issues. However, Electing a party or a single candidate to represent you is a chance to have your voice heard in the parliament. It is your right and duty to ensure you are well represented and to hold them to task by casting your votes for or against them in the next election. It is your birth right to vote regardless of whether you are voting the incumbent back to power or not. 

As for those who missed the chance to vote by the skin of the teeth, myself included, it is important that you take interest in this election as the opposition has turned out in full force. This will be an opportune moment to take a look at what plans that the PAP has vis-a-vis that of the opposition's which will lead to a more informed decision that we will take four years later. This will give all candidates a fair chance to convince a new generation of voters. 

To sum up, don't wave the flag in August if you are not interested in the General Elections for the partying will not happen should the parties that decides the future of the country are found wanting.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter Day!

Here's wishing all my readers a very Happy Easter Day!

Take some time off to spend some time with your friends and family and enjoy their comapny!

To those readers who believe, may the glory of the risen Christ remind you that sin is conquered through Him! I wish you blessings, grace and mercy for you and your family.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life
~John 3:16 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

An Odd Feeling

Imagine this:
It is the death anniversary of your loved one. You have invited family and friends over to catch up as well as to share stories of the loved one in the hopes of taking some time to remember what a great live he or she has led. However, when your friends and family arrive, they started partying as they put some loud music on, drank and danced the night away with a total disregard of the occasion.

How would you feel?

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That was the odd feeling I had the whole of yesterday, Good Friday. Everywhere I turn, I see people enjoying themselves and even the television programmes are showing cartoons or feel-good movies. I had this sinking feeling inside me as if the whole world does not give a hoot about what the significance of the day is. Granted that not everyone is a believer and that the public holiday has brought about an extended weekend which is definitely welcomed, I still could not shake off this odd feeling.

As I was pondering over the situation I was in, my thoughts immediately turned to the various discussions on religious harmony as well as the need to integrate foreigners into our society. If Singapore is trying very hard to truly integrate all the religions as well as foreigners, wouldn't it go a long way to inform the public about the significance of the holiday?

Perhaps Mediacorp could take a cue from BBC Knowledge in which they screened a documentary, "The House of Windsor: A Royal Dynasty", in the run-up to the royal wedding to inform their viewers of the long and rich history of the modern royal family. This not only drums up interest in the event but it puts the wedding in its historical and symbolic context. 

Personally, I am ashamed of the fact that I have gone through 20 over years of various festivals, religious and cultural, and till now have only a very superficial understanding of these festivals. While the significance of such festivals are taught in school, it is utter naivety if you expect anyone to remember or pay attention in that context. Instead, if a documentary is commissioned in which film makers are challenged to inform the public in a most interesting way, I am sure it would be more effective than any textbook or teacher can achieve.

Now, wouldn't that be a great way of marrying the need for widespread civics education as well as supporting the Arts?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pieces of Memory: 555 Notebook

This simple and unassuming notebook is certainly an integral part of our childhood as well as our parents' younger days. I remember that I used to buy these notebooks in bulk as they usually go for 20 cents each. while I never really make full use of all of them, these notebooks are a repository of my thoughts, doodles and scribbles whenever the lessons in school are boring.

Not being contented with my childhood musings, I decided to investigate further into how such notebooks are used in the adult world all those years ago. In speaking at length with my older relatives, I am amazed at the many uses of the notebook.

Before Excel spreadsheets came into existence, these notebooks are primitive account books in which merchants record their transactions for the day. As for budding entrepreneurs, such books are the bane of their existence as the moneylenders will come hounding while waving it for them to pay off their debts. For the layman who wants to make a quick buck, the notebook becomes a punter's manual with all the supposed lucky numbers one can think of.

It is certainly interesting to see how this simple notebook resides in many pockets many years ago as it faithfully contains our dreams, hopes and struggles to make a living.

I plan to start some kind of a project using the 555 notebooks and would appreciate your suggestions.

What are your memories of the 555 notebook? What should I write in the notebooks? What other items brings back fond memories of your childhood? 

Drop a few lines in the comments section!

A Renewal of Commitment

My Dearest Readers,

I know most of you have probably given up on checking on my blog regularly due to my lack of updates. This is mainly due to the fact that I'm caught up with various freelance projects and temporary jobs; most of which are writing jobs.

While these writing jobs do not pay very well, at least they still offer a couple of bucks now and again. But over time, I realised that I'm still a creature of freedom and would love to be able to express myself without much restrictions. Hence, this is a renewal of my commitment to you people that I will update more often.

Having said that, one must realise that I am still in need of an income and it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes financial necessities may overshadow interest and passion. Hence, I am appealing to you readers to look through some of the ads by Google that are now up on the blog and click it only if it appeals to you.

Also, it would be much appreciated if you could steer any like-minded friends to this blog if you think they might be interested in the content that is here. Your help will go a long way as if I can generate some money through my writing here, I will be able to turn down some projects and devote more time to this space.

Finally, I would like to announce a new series that will be launched on this blog entitled, 'Pieces of Memory'. It is a feature on anything that evokes a sense of nostalgia in us as it reminds us of our childhood or it might even be from the previous generation. So watch this space!