Do Re Me Fa

We were standing at the padang field admiring the new National Gallery of Singapore (NGS) and I noticed the 4 towering buildings to my left.

It was symbolic and even appropriate that four of the bigger local companies have such a commanding presence, namely UOB @ UOB Plaza, OCBC @ OCBC Building, Singtel and CapitaLand @ One George Street.

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Norway vs Marvel

Guess Who?

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Don’t Cheat.

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It is actually a sculpture of Thor. Not the Marvel comic Thor – the Nordic Mythological Thor. I came across this sculpture disply in a Norwegian company when I happened to be there for a meeting. Apparently it is a sculpture by Arne Vinje Gunnerud titled THOR FISHING FOR THE MIDGARD SERPENT.

Description as follows: The Nordic Mythological God Thor Fighting the Midgard (world) Serpent, According to the sagas , the gigantic Midgard (world) Serpent lurks on the bottom of the seam, waiting for the end of the world (Ragnarok).

Pretty cool and interesting read if you are interested to find out more in the Wiki page here.

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Nordic Thor (Norway) vs Marvel Thor

 

 

 

Parenting 101: Note to Self

Before we become parents, we used to think all those competition on going to the best childcare, the best school, the best anything is such a farce. We will not go down to that level when we become parents.

So fast forward to today and us being parents to this active 20 months boy – we found ourselves besieged with all the comparison and questions.

“Your boy is tall and active…”

” We send our kid to this really good school…”

” I intend to send her to this class that helps develop brain power…”

” We had it all planned, he is going to this really good primary school that we live 1 km from, we also have back up plan of going …”

” Have you started volunteering to get priority in phase 2 something? !!! (E is all of 20 months old)”

” She can already walk when she is 8 months old. now she can do algebra already”

“You must send him to Elton House or Montessori . they are the best!”

Inevitably, we found ourselves sucked into this self create world of race, competition and comparison. A self propaganding world feeding off the insecurities of the parents and the human nature of wanting that climb to the top of the rat race.

So this a really a little note to myself to remind me that it’s does not matters that E is not going to the best school or the most expensive one, the best childcare etc and it does not matter his peers are. It is not the end of the world.

We as his parents have to stop the comparison, the judging and the jump into the competition pool. We should focus our precious little time with him to raise him to be a responsible, polite and compassionate human being that we think he will be.

Does it matter that he is not going hanging around with the smartest kids?

Does it matter that he will not have the pedigree of a famous school network?

Does it matter he is not rich and successful in the future?

Yes it matters, but to us, it is more important that he is that responsible, polite and compassionate human being.image3

It is all in the name

As a parent, we are conscious of the name that we give our child now will have impact and consequence for him in the future. Therefore, when Elliott came along, we stick to these basic rules for your baby’s name:

Rule no 1 : No made up names

Rule no 2: No naming after celebrities, past, present or future.

Rule no 3: No names that ends with a letter “z”, “v” or “q”

Rule no 4: No names that might be pronounced in other manner other than the one you have intended for.

These same rules that should applies to naming of anything…. in a ideal world. But sadly, in Singapore, we are besiege with funny names that breach one or all(!) the above rules.

So I came across this piece of news where an upcoming condominium and mall in Potong Pasir have had their proposed names changed from The Andrew Residences and The Andrew Village after the  St Andrew’s alumni  complained that names is a close reference to the St Andrew’s schools’ history and could cause confusion among members of the public.

So the spokesman for the developer  ride on this news and as they represent “as a socially responsible developer, we take such community sentiments seriously…”, the names has been changed to ….

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The Poiz Residences and The Poiz Centre (huh?)

The spokesman further explained the brilliant concept behind the new name “The new condominium and mall is located nearby, integrated with Potong Pasir MRT Station – which was a key reason for the new choice of names.”

and adding to the explanation:

“We seek to adopt the first two alphabets of ‘Potong’ so that it gives the naming a sense of place,”

He further added  “The name Poiz has a similar ring to ‘poise’, which suggests grace, balance and presence.”

So I thought “Poiz” might be a made up name, so I went to search and to my disappointment  surprise, I found this explanation:

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so future residents of The Poiz Residences can take reference of their french (!?) roots.

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*grin*