What Is Life Without Literature and Song?
Elitist? I think so....
Ok, before i go into my post proper, i shall reflect abit on today's visit to GIC. Well, i feel that mr chang siew khang's 'chat' totally rocks! He was frank, straightforward, practical and really was able to engage and relate to us. He offered great insights about leadership in the 21st century and thought us valuable knowledge how (NOT) to right your CVs/Resumes. Also, his frankness was displayed when he openly announced to us that he has condemned a certain college (DEFINITELY NOT HCI) in Singapore because of their management style. How nice... =P Then we had a situational leadership talk after the break.. Bahh, went through situational leadership before, nth really new.
back after hiatus
On the bus trip back, I discovered how bloody horny some people can get. And i have come to a solid conclusion that BITCHING OCCURS ANYWHERE IN ANY SITUATION WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE. DAMN FARNIE! heh... Oh, and we stumbled upon a WONDERFUL BOOK that Charlie had with him: Politically Incorrect One-Liners Men Love. OMG! It's a HILARIOUS BOOK! Lemme post some o the stuff inside. WARNING! PLEASE SKIP THE NEXT FIVE PARAGRAPHS IF YOU CANNOT ACCEPT EXPLICIT/SEXIST/POLITICALLY INCORRECT CONTENT!
What did the Blonde's right leg say to her left? Nothing. They never met.
Why do women fart after they pee? They can't shake it so they blow it dry.
What's the best thing about a blowjob? Five minutes of silence.
Why did Camelot cum a lot? Cos he played with his lance a lot.
How do you make 2kg of fat look attractive? Put a nipple on it.
Ok joke's over... On to the serious thing... This was written when i was waiting for time to pass @ Orchard Library cos i had to meet a friend later @ 1630hrs:
Ok as i'm writing this, I'm having my cuppacino @ Cafe Galilee in library@Orchard. There's this expat chinese teen sitting diagonally opposite me talking to his adult i-dont-know-who (seems like his mentor or sth). Ok now he just left. But i really cant help it, i have to write this. (Anyway i dont have anything much to do other than read)
That expat guy sounds so damn obnoxious and elitist when he speaks. Coming from an ordinary middle-class family, i simply cant stand the way he speaks. Obviously he was born with a golden spoon in his mouth, or rather grew up with a solid gold potty. Apparently he does part time modelling and apparently gets $3k for "a few minutes of work". I guess he must be about 15-18 or even younger. Ok, this is fine, not that i'm expriencing a case of sour grapes but what he said next really pissed me off. i dont know if he's still schooling, but by the looks of it, he's preddy dumb.
He was being told about other jobs by his adult 'mentor', jobs like "F&B, data entry.." To my sheer amazement and utter astonishment, he didnt know what these meant! Like WTH?! What's worse, after he heard how much these jobs paid, he said "NO WAY! NO WAY i'm gonna do that for that kinda money!" And responding to data entry: "I'm not gonna sit at a bloody computer punching in numbers for $3 an hour! For that kinda money i'll shove the papers up their arse!" This was the exact thing he said that pissed me off!
This bloody rich kid really has it easy doesnt he? He obviously hasnt seen wad poverty is. And he proceeded to say: "Oh, that's what ordinary people are gettin." What does that imply? Is he insinuating that he is some sorta extraordinary human being that's "better" that "ordinary people"?! Elitism at it's most elite! Oh wells, I shall go back to me reading: National Service fiction....
Yo.. I'm back, with a long entry...
Ahh… At this ghostly hour I just completed my English essay due tomorrow… I sorta felt that it was blog-worthy and so, here it is:
“all these mang ka-li… gross gross. don’t come near me!” These were the exact words that Public Service Commission (PSC) scholar Chua Cheng Zhan (CZ) wrote in his weblog (blog). Racist? Seems to be. However, as Voltaire said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Does a single racist posting on his supposedly private online journal by this young scholar, set to be the future elite of Singapore’s civil service, warrant such great disapproval and slamming by the public? Does he not have his right to express his views freely without fear of persecution? After reading excerpts from CZ’s blog, I feared that his posting might lead to increased racial tension. On the other hand, it was the response to his post that was truly terrifying. From the way in which CZ has been taken to task, I believe to a larger extent that his freedom of expression, as well as privacy, has been infringed. You may ask, “Why? And How?”
In the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19 states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression”. CZ should be allowed to express his views freely without fear of persecution. However, this is not the case. After his posting on his blog went public, people from the online community started slamming and flaming him. To add insult to injury, a lady compiled a dossier of his posting as well as the responses to it and sent it to PSC and The Straits Times, after which he was slammed by the public and warned by PSC. I do not think this is entirely justifiable for the fundamental reason that CZ posted his views on a private blog, one that was unfortunately unsuccessfully password protected. Now that his blog had been made public, he was taken to task for thought crimes. I reckon that the only crime that CZ had committed was that of carelessness. Is this not and infringement of his privacy and freedom of expression?
On the other hand, due to his carelessness, CZ did not realise that the internet is ope and free. Anyone might be able to access private information like this if security measures were inadequate as in CZ’s case. Considering this, CZ’s posting might raise tensions among races in Singapore and this threatens to undermine the social stability that we enjoy here, especially in a multi-racial society like Singapore. CZ should also have realised that as a PSC scholar, he is considered by many to be a so-called ‘high-flyer’. He is being noticed by many and therefore should watch what he says or writes.
Even so, the amount of flak that CZ received is appalling. No doubt the thoughts expressed are reprehensible, and would have been a serious concern if the person involved (CZ) is actually in a position of responsibility. However, he is not, not yet at least. The furore that erupted among the online community after his posting was scary and reminiscent of a witch hunt, with bloodthirsty hunters calling for CZ’s head. CZ was labelled as “a retard, a piece of excrement, a bastard who needs to be shamed, deserving of incarceration in an asylum”. Does he deserve this? Personally, I believe that it is useless to fight venom with venom and respond to CZ’s post in that manner. Are we concerned to shame him and ruin his future, or do we hope that he will change for the better?
To conclude, although CZ’s posting on his blog was definitely uncalled for, his freedom of expression as well as his privacy has been infringed due to the fundamental reasons that CZ’s post was meant to be private and that the amount of criticism he received over the posting was just overwhelming. CZ has been burnt at the stake, at least let this event rest in peace.
You Are 26 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
The title says it all: ARGH! Haven't been properly blogging for AGES due to work; stuff like tests, MRP, Projects etc. Finally found some time to blog before dinner today.
Anyway, to everyone who came for my 'party'/gave me prezzies/wished me happy birthday, THANK YOUUU!!! Thank you Ping, Wen, Min, Coreen, Feline, Fred, Daph, DC, Renyi, Jianwei, Ding, MCK, Sherie, Ju, Peehua, Clara, Aaron, ZY, PS and everyone else!
Finding life rather meaningful nowadays. Volunteering with The Choice Initiative makes me rather happy and satisfied i guess. Visit them @ www.thechoiceinitiative.org
Not Yet's doing rather fine too! Work hard guys! We gotta jam more! Gotta blast ppl's minds away @ RGS' PSL Carn on 21st May! WOOHOOO!
MRP Lit Review's finally off my mind, with only editing to go.
However, tests and work are starting to pile up! AAAAAAA
Anyway, gotta eat liao... toodles~
|Your Love Number is |
Who you fall in love with is all about who you trust.Loyalty is important to you, and you want the most faithful of lovers.In return, you never let your heart or eyes wander.Open and honest, your relationships tend to be free of secrets.
Is Your Love Number?
Who am I?
| ZHIKANG |
| Z || is for || Zealous |
| H || is for || Happy |
| I || is for || Influential |
| K || is for || Kind |
| A || is for || Alluring |
| N || is for || Natural |
| G || is for || Gutsy |
Ah yes... Just watched part of a Thai movie... I dunno what it's entitled but it's real good. Some Thai movies like this really make us think.
Basically, it's about this transvestite (Toom) who is also a kickboxer. At first, he didn't really want to go inyo kickboxing. But was sort of forced into it, due to circumstances. He didn't dare let anyone know he is a transvestite, afraid that it would cost him his career, which he desperately needed to support his parents. When he was found out by his coach, he thought it was all over. However, the coach actually embraced the fact that he is a tranny. Thus, the boxer continued fighting as a transvestite, wearing make-up during his matches, finally making it to the nationals.
Throughout the part of the movie which i caught, i witnessed the various struggles within Toom. I could see that he was torn between being who he really is, and being a ruthless boxer in order to support his parents. Toom was desperately grappling for his identity until his coach found out and accepted that he is a tranny. From then, his identity as a tranny-kickboxer was established and he continued fighting with much success. However, Toom doesn't like injuring strangers, but he had no choice. He is still that effeminite female at heart.
Other than his identity, he also had to face rejection and betrayal. Kickboxing fans rejected him at first. this brought up a question in me: Why can't people accept and appreciate differences? The only people that accepted him at first were his coach and his coach's wife. They were his pillars of support, without which he would not have continued kickboxing for his parents. His teammates saw him as an insult to kickboxers. Thus, he was sorta alone at that time, causing him to almost leave kickboxing. However, they gradually came to accept him. In a match against his ex-teammate, Toom was terribly betrayed. That almost cost him the match until his coach exposed his opponent's lie.
The final scene i caught was when he got up in the wee hours of the morning, and started dancing in the boxing ring. Finally collapsing on the ground in tears after punching 2 punching bags. Toom is still struggling.
The internal conflict within a person is the worst pain anyone could ever go through I think. It also happens in the case of Hamlet and Macbeth, which leads to their ultimate downfall. Heartwrenching i tell u....