Archive | August, 2011

Sporty looking little boy

29 Aug

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Time

23 Aug

I think we should reflect. Something social workers are always encouraged to do. Reflecting on our actions, character and everything else will allow us to spot shortcomings and improve.
Surat Al-`Aşr (The Declining Day) –

Taken from: http://quran.com/103
103:1 By time,
103:2 Indeed, mankind is in loss,
103:3 Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

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“Demi masa.(1) Sesungguhnya manusia berada dalam kerugian.(2) Kecuali orang-orang yang beriman dan mngerjakan kebajikan serta saling menasihati untuk kebenaran dan saling menasihati untuk kesabaran.(3) (Surah al-Asr : 1-3)

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Dinner with the gang

22 Aug

Swensens it was, this time:)
I had bolognaise and Mr Q had cheese burger. I didn’t take photos of the other members food.
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My all time fav girls

20 Aug

I feel so fortunate to have my all time favorite girls. We’re back to 5!!! E is going to be here for a while and she is working here already.

A shop in a truck the size of a container at NUS

19 Aug

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Good company

18 Aug

It was a blast! To the past.

Actually we didn’t really talk about the past so much but the future and the usual catch up stories.

Great news were shared:)) another friend tying the knot soon and I’m really happy for her!

When it had to end, we parted ways with heavy hearts and tired faces. A glimpse of the good ol’ days. I got presents too! How wonderful is that when its not even my birthday =D

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Happy National Day Singapore

12 Aug

I feel a little more for my country after reading this. I’m still looking for the flickering glimmer of hope.

Taken from: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/08/everybody-should-have-a-place-in-singapore/
by: Ravi Philemon

On 9 August 1965 in times of absolute uncertainty, when Singapore separated from Malaysia, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, then-Prime Minister of Singapore made a promise to people who suddenly were now citizens of an entirely new country – Singapore.

Mr Lee then promised. “Everybody will have a place in Singapore”.

46 years later as the Nation celebrates that many years of being independent, this promise seems to ring hollow for many Singaporeans. There is a certain aversion in some quarters to flying the flag, in being proud of calling yourself a Singaporean.

Recently when I commented on my Facebook, “It’s that time to fly the flag and be proud of being a Singaporean”, one commented that it was just humbug; another said “there is absolutely nothing to be proud of being a citizen in a “FOERIGNERS’ CITY””. Yet others were unsure if there was anything to be proud of in being a Singaporean.

I of course count the little things, the little things which remind why I should count my blessings in calling myself a Singaporean.

If someone were to knock the door to my apartment just a little longer, my neighbours who are Chinese peep out of their house to see if everything is ok.

When I was in the USA and was travelling from one city to another within the USA and was randomly selected to go for a full body check at the airport, one immigration officer had one look at my passport and said, “He’s from Singapore, let him through”.

But still, all this resentment towards foreigners is quite understandable. The floodgates of immigration were opened quite widely in a very short span, which meant that resources which are limited in a land-scarce Singapore would now have to be shared and Singaporeans would now have to compete unfairly with these foreigners.

But then again, we must always remember that those that are foreign cannot be faulted for the many woes Singaporeans face today. It is only human nature to go where there are more opportunities for your family and you; to try and make a better future for yourself is not wrong.

But as much as I agree that foreigners must continue to have a place in Singapore, I must emphasise even more that every Singaporean – the haves as well as the have-nots – must have a place in this country.

Our education, housing, healthcare, immigration and other policies discriminates unfairly and the government has got to do more to make narrower this gap that divides, so that no one gets left behind.

As a people, we should learn that it is ok not to sprint all the time, and that we can sometimes slow down for the stragglers to catch up – so that we can all move forward into the future as one people.

An incident I saw a couple of days ago, reminded me what it means to slow down.

I saw an older man trying to cross the road at a pedestrian crossing, but wasn’t too sure because he walked with an aid and extremely slowly too. I also saw a young man who dashed across the road when the light turned in his favour.

But the young man turned back, and to my pleasant surprise, he started to help the older man cross the road. it took almost ten full minutes for the older man to cross the road and as the traffic lights kept changing, having someone beside him gave the older man confidence to ignore the oncoming traffic and just walk.

Whenever the lights were not on their favour, the younger man would lift up his hands to request the oncoming traffic to wait for the older man to cross. And all the drivers did stop till the old man finished crossing.

It struck me then, this is the true meaning of National Day, those that are more able, turning back to help those that are less, so that everyone has a sense that they have a place in this country.

For unless we turn back and let those that have slowed down catch up, the lines that divide are not going to be blurred; and unless these lines are blurred, the sense of belonging is going to get fudged.

The promise made at the independence of Singapore cannot be forgotten, for only keeping that promise will forge us into a nation – a nation we all can be proud of.

Majulah Singapura!


Picture 1 credit: Singapore Rebel


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By Helen Beatrix Potter

8 Aug

“I remember I used to half believe and wholly played with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit of childhood tempered and balanced by knowledge and common sense”

I kinda like this quote. It reflects some of the simple things in life:)

Double date

7 Aug

After breaking fast together at Ramen Tan, we headed for the movies!

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Captain America was indeed a great action movie. Some parts about the Nazis reminded me of the x-men movie.

There is something about movies taken about (in the) past which attracts me!

The time of the nazi also reminded me of some of the ghastly movies, sound recordings and photos I saw in the House of Terror in Budapest. After my trip to the museum, I exited the building feeling very disturbed and my mind wandered back sometimes. It was a scary time! I heard from other travelers that their visits to the concentration camps in Poland and Berlin were worse.

Back to Captain America! Captivating and pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I liked the specks of humor and romance here and there. I hated that his best friend had to die 😦

Yet I felt the movie was similar to many Other such movies like spiderman, xmen, superman… There is this obsession to conquer the world and to do so, they absorb as much power as possible.

Entertaining nonetheless!

After his haircut

6 Aug

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