I use the MRT very often. In fact, I use it almost everyday as it is my primary transportation mode to work. So you can imagine some of the weird stuff I have seen on the MRT. Here is one I saw earlier the day in the busy Christmas crowd.
There is a tag that spells “IORA” on the necklace!! Latest fashion statement I suppose?!?
I don’t know if I am getting older or that I have recently visited 4 children’s home/shelter as part of my company charity drive. I am writing this post to remind myself ( if I ever) never to fall into the commercialism
crap trap of Christmas.
The increasing commercialisation of Christmas is
disgusting irritating me. LOTS!
So happen I was around Orchard road on the last weekend before Christmas, what I saw was not the Christmas spirit or the carol singing. instead I saw long queues to pay for random presents, fanatic last minutes presents buying, presents grabbing. It was not a pleasant sight to me.
Logged on to my facebook brings on another wave of irritation. One (friend) got posted a shot of herself in fromt of Salvatore Ferragarmo shop and commented ” Thanks my dardar for the Christmas present, love you lots”, another posted her latest prada bag, and commented, ” Went into prada shop with a old prada bag and came out with a new bag, thanks darling!”.
So I wondered why I am so irritated.Without sounding like a hypocrite, I am no saint myself and I do indulge in things I like and do spend generously on my love ones. It is just that seeing the children (under privilege and mentally challenged) in the homes’ eyes lit up when they see the presents is really different from spend thousands of dollar on a branded bag present for your wife isn’t it?
What exactly is the true spirit of Christmas?
Of course, there is nothing wrong with Christmas gathering, good food, fun and laughter. I am no Christian, but I do enjoy the festival mood, the good food but … but …. but… but isn’t the true spirit of Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time to remember others less fortunate than ourselves, and peace in the world?
So my wish for this Christmas is for everyone focus on helping people less fortunate than themself. And I am glad that I have the opportunity to interact with the children in the homes and the opportunity to bring some joy to their faces.
Earlier this week, I signed up and went for the Fengshui talk organised by my company. It is a annual event where a Fengshui master is invited to give a snapshot view of the year ahead. Interestingly, I was told that my horoscope (Goat) has the best horoscope in 2014, and coincidentally, this ties with my previous visit to another Fengshui master who told me that from 2014 (lunar) onwards , I will have very good luck for the next 12 years.
Anyway, my horoscope (Goat) reading for 2014 as below:
The biggest news today, a particular Mr Tam Chua Puh, finishing first in the Standard Chartered Marathon, finishing some seven minutes faster than Singapore’s top marathoner Mok Ying Ren.
According to the news ” Tam did not launch an appeal following the disqualification and Mok was subsequently confirmed as the official winner of the category, a spokesman for Spectrum told The Straits Times. According to official results, Tam was also disqualified in the 2011 Singapore marathon, when he ran in the 40-49 age group. Attempts to contact him through his mobile phone and e-mail have been unsuccessful.”
Further reported, “According to the event’s live tracking service, he took 58:46 to reach the 5km mark – the only checkpoint he registered at.
Based on the time at which he crossed the finishing line, he would have completed the remaining 37.195km in 1:48:11, or at a pace of 2:55 per kilometre.
To put that figure into perspective, Kenya’s Luka Chelimo Kipkemboi won the Men’s Open race with an average split of 3:12.”
My conclusion: He took a taxi/bus after the 5km mark and continued his run at probably 40km mark. Little did he knows that he will be finishing first and have his photos all over the media the next day. I am pretty sure he just wanted the easy way out to get his finishing medal and T-shirt. The news have been polite and not accused him of cheating, but this is really a case of: