Published Sunday, 9 April, 2017
culture , gastronomy , sociopolitics
Identity is a funny thing, which is why this article struck a chord in me…… And it also made me crave muah chee, which I haven’t had for eons.
A flavour of Singapore identity is lost without muah chee
By Han Fook Kwang
The simple snack may not make big bucks but its value is built on factors like craftsmanship and tradition
Muah Chee is an unlikely subject when talking about the Singapore identity. But there is a connection which I will come to later.
It is a simple snack made of glutinous rice covered with ground peanut which doesn’t stir up the same passionate debate among local foodies as char kway teow or chilli crab.
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Published Monday, 23 January, 2017
quoteworthy , sociopolitics
Re-employment a zero-sum game?
While it is laudable that we extend the re-employment age of older workers, we need to consider its impact on those entering the job market and those who have a young family to support or who have recently been retrenched (“The new age of re-employment”; Jan 13).
The Singapore labour market is finite in size. Every place an elderly worker continues to occupy in a company is one place less for younger folk seeking a job.
At the middle and higher hierarchy of the management, there is a need for fresh leaders to move up. Mandatory retention of older folk limits the mobility of fresh talents and, eventually, harms everybody in the company and, by extension, the economy as a whole.
While the Government has a social responsibility to provide meaningful occupation for those above 60, it has an equally heavy responsibility, if not heavier, to ensure that our young are not left out in the cold.
Our talent pool is small; we need to secure the brightest and provide upward mobility for the deserving.
The young, when gainfully employed, can look after the old (an Asian value), but the reverse is not socially acceptable or practical.
Lim Soon Heng
Straits Times Forum page, 14 January 2017
Published Saturday, 17 December, 2016
linguistics , music , sociopolitics
And that’s an Oriental riff!
Published Monday, 14 November, 2016
nine-to-five , sociopolitics
On Wednesday, my boss V declared that if Trump won, we’d get the following Monday off. And he did, so we did! Holiday for me today!!! :D
Published Sunday, 13 November, 2016
literature , sociopolitics
I just read that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign conspired to promote Donald Trump as the presidential nominee of the Republican Party (here and here), as they thought he wouldn’t stand a chance against her. The mainstream media proceeded to give Trump so much free airtime that it undoubtedly benefited him, propelling him straight to the White House. Talk about backfiring big time! Hopefully all of the Democrats are still slapping themselves silly at this moment.
This whole drama reminds me of the Harry Potter series. The antagonist, Lord Voldemort, learns of a prophecy which predicted that ‘the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies‘. Two baby boys fit the description: Neville Longbottom and Harry Potter. Voldemort chooses to seek out out the latter first, thereby igniting an epic saga of events that eventually results in his destruction by Potter’s hand.
Published Tuesday, 8 November, 2016
Results scheduled to be out at noon tomorrow!
Published Tuesday, 8 November, 2016
It’s already 8 November in this part of the world, and in just a few hours, Americans will be going to be polls soon! Of course I am #teamtrump!
Published Saturday, 5 November, 2016
amusings , quoteworthy , sociopolitics , uncategorized
Was clearing more stuff just now, as part of Operation Clean Room, when I found a Straits Times reprint of the following article (dated 10 December 1999)……
Many Happy Returns for Lost and Found
Culture: Tokyo center relies on honor, public shame to help owners get items back.
By Mark Magnier
TOKYO — This is where it all ends up, everything from bowling balls and crooked dentures to purses, cell phones and umbrellas. Welcome to the Tokyo Metropolitan Lost and Found, a veritable monument to the misplaced, the abandoned, the rejected.
Drop something in a public restroom or in a subway corridor in Tokyo and there’s a good chance you’ll get it back, here in one of the most honest nations on Earth, even if you don’t necessarily want it. And like so much else in Japan, the lost-and-found system is traditional, very well organized and rigorously maintained.
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Published Sunday, 30 October, 2016
Just ten more days to the election of the most powerful person in the world!
Published Sunday, 30 October, 2016
gastronomy , sociopolitics
This article gave me a craving for instant noodles! :P (Last ate them more than a year ago!)
Indonesians’ lasting love for instant noodles
By Arlina Arshad
Indonesians’ fascination with the packaged food makes it big business in the archipelago
JAKARTA • A sarong-clad man stands on a clifftop and sings with gusto the opening lines of a famous Indonesian instant noodle TV commercial.
“From Sabang to Merauke…,” he croons, referring to two well-known cities at either end of the archipelago. “Flavour choices may differ, but we are single-hearted on taste.”
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Published Sunday, 24 July, 2016
YES!!! Donald Trump has been elected the Republican presidential nominee!!! Next stop: the White House!!! #trump2016
Published Friday, 15 July, 2016
literature , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Published Sunday, 3 July, 2016
amusings , linguistics , sociopolitics
Just read my friend G’s blog post on alternatives for national service, where I learnt the term ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’, used primarily to insult the French.
Published Friday, 24 June, 2016
The UK went to the polls on 23 June to vote on a referendum regarding their European Union (EU) membership. And so, earlier today, some friends and I were closely following the news of the results. At first there were reports that it was going to be Bremain. By 2 pm (our time) it was confirmed that Brexit had triumphed! (Those two words are both portmanteaus!)
Naturally I was also excited because I support the UK leaving the EU! Well done UK! I believe that the EU has lost its relevance and will likely cause Europe to meet its demise faster. For all the naysayers, the UK was fine before the EU and will be fine after the EU. (I should say I also felt a teeny weeny bit proud when I read people supporting this assertion by citing the case of Singapore, which left the Malaysian Federation in 1965 and is doing pretty well on its own now! :D) It is true that the markets all over the globe took a beating but that is only a temporary setback.
The unthinkable has become reality. I should get some fish and chips to celebrate. Next up: will Trump become US president? (I certainly hope so.) Exciting times lie ahead!!!
Published Sunday, 5 June, 2016
c'est la vie , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.
I used to support liberals and their causes until I realized that most of them did not care for others’ freedom of speech. Henceforth I saw the light, defected to the other side and am now a happy conservative, LOL. :P
What a difference the passage of ten years and the transition from university to working life make!
(Though I’m not really a conservative now actually!)