Death of observation skills in Singapore

Singaporeans LOVE their smart phones. Perhaps a little too much that they don’t see what’s going on around them.

So it comes as no surprise I was actually mildly pleased when this article came out:

Yes the telcos may be doing it to get more money, but what pleased me was perhaps Singaporeans can maybe spend less time on their phones and more time being aware of their surroundings.

Why I say that? I’ve noticed (on more than one occasions) that people do not give up seats to the old and needy not because they don’t want to, but because they’re glued to their iPhones either watching videos or playing games (ok games probably will not be affected). Or people walking/crossing the streets glued to their video (which I’m very sure was streamed). I may be evil and morbid, but I won’t be surprised to see accidents happen to these people!

Hopefully this will stop people from abusing the high data limit (12GB if i remember correctly) and start living a life again.


Some Missing Common Sense

You’ll think these are common sense…but many gripes and complaints everywhere later, it’s still sorely missing in everyday’s life.

The Train:
1. People still don’t move inside!
Instead they love to pack themselves like sardines. Body to body. Butt to some poor little kid’s face. Why subject yourself to men’s body odour and women who loves to flick their long (and generally un-luscious) hair to your already oily and sour-from-working-the-entire-day face? Move inside! It’s more comfy and the air is better too.

2. People who hog both sides of the elevator
Why do you need to hug your boy/girlfriend when going up the elevator? Does it hurt or kills you to stand behind or in front so you don’t block those who’re rushing to their destinations? I get it if you’re above the age of 70 and standing in everyone’s way, but if you’re not, please… STAND ON THE LEFT (for Singaporeans)!

In Public:
1. Excessive PDA
It’s fine to hold hands, steal a kiss or a few here and there, but when you feel the desire to go into full make out mode, please make a dash home asap. The world does not need to see both your tongues and roving hands all over each other in public. There’s a genre for this for those interested. It’s called porn.

2. Spitting
Again I understand if it’s done by those above 70 y/o, but anyone younger, I generally go into a “HELLO! THAT’S GROSS” mode. I also feel for those that has a burning desire to spit out their phlegm, especially when they’re ill, but please spit into a tissue paper, or do so by a drain or a patch of grass. Not right smack in the middle of the pavement. It’s downright uncouth and unhygienic.

I’m sure there’ll be more missing common sense postings… till then. Enjoy the weekend!

Of wants and needs

Perhaps it’s the coming of the new age. Or the advent of the end, I have found myself to not desire or covet any material wants. I’ve always been an advocate of ‘needs’ vs ‘wants’ and I no longer crave for wants.

To walk the talk, I’ll start with “I do not need anything for Christmas this year”. There’s really no need to buy me anything. I have some of the sweetest & supportive friends, a loyal partner, a fully functional/dysfunctional family, a job that pays my bills and enough savings to send me on my never-ending quest to see the world, what more do I need?

Everything else that I need/want, I can afford them myself. I do not need outside validation. Human nature dictates that comparison and criticism is inevitable. Hence I do not want to be placed in a situation where “your present was more expensive than mine”, “how come my present is so cheap?” or “the present you bought was thoughtless.”

The old school notion that it’s the thought that counts no longer holds true in this material world. Actually just Singapore that I know of. Everyone has their own desire and wants. Whatever was bought with a lot of love, care and thoughts can be interpreted as meaningless by the recipients if it’s not what they desire.

Do we really need another branded bag? Another pair of expensive shades? The current faze or the latest gizmos that is chucked aside 6 months after purchase? Call me cheap, jaded or whatever remarks comes to mind, I don’t really care. If I buy something with love and you dismiss it as not, you can forget about getting anything in future.

So unless you would like to buy me an apartment (which classifies as a need technically) or an air ticket out of Singapore to satisfy my wanderlust nature to experience the world, otherwise I would appreciate more if you put your hard-earned money to greater use. Donate to a charity, an animal shelter or sponsor an orphan through a legitimate channel. As morbid as it sounds, there’s enough natural disasters out there in the world that we can donate and help with. I think these would make me happier in knowing that someone less fortunate is benefitting from your kind thoughts.

I’m grateful for what I have right now and there’s nothing else I hope for other than the oft used 2 words in beauty pageants across the world – World Peace.