Recently Loti and I fell in love with the same person – Mr. Lu. His name is Wimbly. Wimbly Lu.
I just checked the latest results for COE bidding out today and found that the COE for big cars has crossed the $80K mark. Singapore has the highest cost of car ownership in the world and I wonder if we have the highest cost of car ownership excluding the price of the car! In many places you can get a brand new Mercedes for less than the price of that piece of paper.
The COE is just one example of an extreme that Singaporeans have to cope with in their struggle for a better quality of life. While it is often argued that these schemes are necessary for various reasons, we should think about the outcomes and the cumulative effects of these extremes on ordinary Singaporeans. For me, I find it quite amazing how Singaporeans have come to accept these extremes – the same situation that will make citizens of other countries jump and scream – yet our leaders express their view that Singaporeans lack resilience and are too dependent on the govt.
Singaporeans pay the 2nd highest electricity tariffs in the world. Our leaders are paid the highest salaries in the world even after the recent ‘cuts’. We have the most expensive public housing in the world. The biggest income gap among developed countries – nobody comes close except USA which occasionally beat us… but the people there have been occupying Wall Street for months due to the income inequality and we can’t even find people to show up at Raffles Place. Our fertility rate has plunged to be the lowest among 222 countries. We now have the 2nd highest population density in the world. Highest foreign influx outside the middle east. We have the 2nd highest per capita execution rate in the world after this country known as Turkmenistan which is run by mad dictators.
Singaporean workers work the longest hours according to ILO (without minimum wages). Workers have the 2nd highest stress level in Asia. Singapore has the fastest growing number of millionaires likely due to the naturalisation of high net worth individuals here for the low taxes. The two casinos here have overtaken the total revenue of casinos in Las Vegas, Lee Kuan Yew left his PM job as the world’s longest serving prime minister. We also have the world’s the longest-serving prisoner of conscience, Chia Thye Poh whose detention exceeded that of Nelson Mandela.
Singaporean workers are the world’s unhappiest. Singaporeans shoulder the heaviest share of healthcare expediture among developed countries and our govt % expenditure of healthcare is the lowest. Our expenditure on defense express as a % of the govt budget exceeds that of Israel.
The foreign maids in Singapore are the among lowest paid in the world – large part of what you pay goes to the levy yet the whole country can debate for months over giving the maid one day off per week when this is mandatory in every other country where they are better paid. Singapore probably has some of the best educated cabbies in the world due to severe structural unemployment – it is not uncommon to meet a cabby with a degree and if you’re lucky, you can met the one with a PhD from Stanford.
Our team based (GRC) election system is quite unique in the world and generate results that are also very unusual – a govt opposed by 40% of the people has 95% of the seats in parliament.
We have elderly cleaners – they are sometimes so old that even people from developing countries like China and Philippines get a shock when they see these cleaners. Singaporeans have the highest savings rate in the world due to the CPF scheme but more than half will not have enough (minimum sum) to retire on. Singapore has one of the highest reserves per capita in the world – large part of which comes from the the sale of public housing to Singaporeans many of whom now have great difficulty retiring unless they are willing to lose their homes.
It is strange how we have come to accept some of these extremes as normal over time. When you talk about spending a little less on defense some Singaporeans will worry about being less secure. When we discuss about giving maids one day off Singaporeans worry about what the maid will during their day off – yet they trust the maid to look after their expensive homes and their children. When we cut the pay of our leaders which was the highest in the world, we cut it to a level that is still the highest in the world. The govt is terrified of giving a little to the poor elderly so that they do not have to work yet they are okay with with losing a few tens of billions of our reserves in bad investments.
There is a tipping point when people begin to see reality for what it is and the distortion becomes hard for the mind to accept. There will be a point when change becomes inevitable and people begin to push things from the extreme back to normal – the propaganda can only do so much for so long. I often wonder if it is going to be a long slow process towards normality or we are going to snap out of this deep hypnosis by a single event in 2016.
Written by Lucky Tan.
I agree. People change. I’ve heard stories; I’ve witnessed them myself. People change because of the change in expectations, circumstances, priorities, environment, ideals, values, and because other people made them change.
Recently, I’ve been reminded by a friend of my change. I know it and admit it. I’ve changed greatly. One failed relationship and I was a different person. My brother said, “Yah, that’s because he (my ex) screwed up. If not you two would get still married.” No, we both screwed up. And yeah, probably we would get married, have kids, blah blah. But if that relationship didn’t ended, I prolly wouldn’t know what went wrong, I prolly wouldn’t know what I really wanted, I prolly wouldn’t have found a more suitable someone now. But then again, who knows? Maybe five years down the road our similarities cause us big fights or Loti realises he actually prefers dicks to pussy or maybe I’ll die in an accident (choy but who knows)! I mean, ANYTHING can happen.
You may give someone your 100%, but only returned with 10%, or even none. You may have put in your very best, but someone else with better luck took it away from you. Unfair as it is, this is life.
That is why. I’ve learnt to let go. I’ve learnt to say no. I choose whatever that makes me happy and I live for the moment. I don’t believe in mistakes or regrets. I only believe in lessons learnt and not trying hard enough. If one has never tasted failure, he / she can’t truly enjoy the flavours of success.
I made my very own lunch for three consecutive days – multigrain bread topped with steamed chicken breast, sautéed portobello mushrooms, and tomato slices. Sounds ultra unappetising hur hur. But I kinda enjoy it for now and Imma vary the ingredients used so that I won’t get bored. Let’s see how long I can last.
Nice place, sucky food, screwed service. But still, it was dirt cheap like $7.50 for a breakfast set + cappuccino / latte / mocha / etc ’cause it was an online deal.
(Photo credit: Loti.)
Enjoy quiet mornings with Loti, especially on weekdays. No crowds in the malls, no running / crying kids, no crazy lunatics (’cause they don’t wake up so early? HAHAHAH).
Before doing my hair.
And after. My hair wasn’t in its best state when this photo was taken though.
Loti’s. He went to the same hairdresser as me 😀
Loving the watch and bangle that Loti and Yun gave me (respectively) for Valentine’s. So me! THANKS LOVES.
Shiok breakfast at TCC two days later. We buey gam wan.
..is at Watami.
So good I wanna cry. Y I no discover it earlier!?
Met Celeste and Sharon for dinner and catchup about three weeks ago.
Took tons of self-timed shots and here’s just one out of the many series. Hahaha Celeste is appalled at me and Sharon posing with random stuffs like lemon skin and Japanese pepper (and some got into her hair)???
Anyway, there’s this toilet thing among us – you go toilet, your camera will kena bombarded with self-shots of other people. Happens to Sharon e v e r y t i m e.
I has an amazing nose. I can suck in the flaps and make them stay.
Then it was my turn to go toilet and this happened. Some more I’ve already put my camera into my bag as a prevention but they still dug it out -.-
The SJAB people love to eat. At first it started out with only Vian, Stella, and me. Occasionally Kevin came. Then Sock joined. Now the whole group goes out to nom together and apparently I am their walking food directory hahaha. I’ve already thought of the next eating place and I think I need to come out with a list soon! *Sweats.
Dinner at Tom Yum Kungfu.
Coincidentally we were looking at the same direction.
Was quite worried that I oversell the food there but luckily all of them thought it was delicious. Phew!
Brought them to Salted Caramel for ice cream. It’s my fav ice cream place 😀
Thereafter, Adrian brought us to Punggol Beach to chill.
As we were taking group photos, Adrian suddenly got inspired and FORCED us to pose like fashion models (wannabe). He kept asking us to think of ‘Zara’ LOLWTH.
Single guys up for grabs!
The light flare got feel sia.
All photos are stolen from and credited to Jasmine btw!
Here comes the rojak entry due to the lack of time to update. I’m sorry, lao niang wery busy recently, and time just flies when you are busy. It’s MARCH already wtf feels like I just celebrated Christmas last month.
Cute cupcakes to welcome my cousin’s newborn.
‘K’ is for ‘Kyven.’
Then we went TCC twice in Feb ‘cos of the birthday month discount – 50% for mum’s actual birthday, and the other 30% for a casual day out in town with mum and bro.
My parents just can’t get TCC right. Mum says “TTC” while dad says “CTC.” LOL.
Happy birthday mummy!
Feels like a sir.