Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It's No Fun To Be Poor

When the rich says "its no fun to be poor they are not referring to the poor but to themself".
How would the rich ever understand poor does not equals sad, unable or 'disable'?
Will the rich ever understands what's hunger & deprive?

The poor can stretch his dollar & lives within his means but a dollar is too little to be of any use to the rich.
The rich proclaims that he does 'charity' anonymously; well, how am I (the poor) to know if it's true as I never receive a cent of his help?
Whatever; the rich poor gap is the North-South divide.

When the rich/superior says;
'We will look into it' means 'no idea & still searching for answers'
'We will consider' means 'it may not concern me nor is it my territory'
'There are enough to go round, Don't panic' means 'I already have, you wait'
'No comments' simply mean 'don't ask me'!

The rich (golfer) walks the green while the poor (farmer) ploughs his land.
The rich enjoys the sea, the breeze & his cruiser while the fisherman have all but fish for a living.
The wealthy says 'I share your predicament'; it's giving moral support, meaning 'lip service'.

General Powell said he managed to win the war because his men in the trenches 'fought alongside him'. It's no fun being a foot soldier neither a responsible General. It's comradeship.

We are said to be equal but we are never, or will ever be, 'born equal', 'live equal' nor 'have equal opportunities'. It's the Law of the Jungle.

To all : you any be born poor but never lives poor. Everything being equal, I prefer to have the upper half!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Where Were You When I Needed You Most

What a divided nation we are today...

When there were common grounds to fight & to fight for survival, we fought as one.
We have come a long way; from independence to almost 1st world, from laborious work to value-add, high finance, from living in attap huts to high-rise apartments/HDBs but everything comes with a cost!

“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” ― Gautama Buddha 

With wealth, comes class division, knowingly or unknowingly; the 'Haves', the 'Have-Nots', the 'Think They Have' & the 'Have Nothing'.

- The 'Haves' created elitism, carved & ring fenced choice jobs, can do 'no wrongs', have a string of followers worshiping for humanly blessings - up in the ivory tower & surrounded by a sea of poor.

- The 'Have-Nots' & the 'Think They Have' are the middle class & mid-class-to-be; struggling with costs-of-living issues daily & living like a rich-wannabe - Everything is financed & living on borrowed time and borrowed resources.

- The 'Have Nothings' are the un-class or under-class; 240,000 earning below $1,000, with many unemployed, underemployed & displaced; forever in the grip of financial deficiencies & said 'to be lazy and seeking handouts'.

“Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually wear themselves out” ― Gautama Buddha

From dusts to dusts, someday we will all return to meet the Creator. Everything artificial and hollow will collapsed into nothingness someday. Nations rise & fall, not through lack of foresight but, because of selfishness, greed, disguised goodwill & faking care.

Many do not speak out not because of fear but are hopeful that things will get better. Gags will only create a 'bubble of discontent & resentment' which when implode, like death, will be the equalizer.

Where Were You When I Needed You Most? 

Not enough hospitals beds, costlier healthcare, uncontrolled dengue, MRT breakdown becomes a norm, disconnect public transportation, higher education costs, floods, haze, expensive public housings, increased population without parallel increased infrastructure, curtailed & glass-ceilinged wages with cheap imports... these are not complaints but everyday basic needs. 

The 'Haves' will never understand as everything is affordable because they can afford the price. To expect everyone to be a 'price-taker' is a demonstration of indifference and a gross lack of empathy.

“Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe” ― Gautama Buddha

Mr 'Haves' - you can take all you want but spare some for the mass!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

How lost can lost be?

Crossing rivers & climbing mountains are never easy but it can't be any easier with life's challenges.

I have worked hardest, not just hard, tried to work smartly & definitely sincere.
I have put in limitless efforts, tried alternative solutions, even accepting less optimal suggestions; I am, & have been, too accommodating.

In the end, I was sold 'lock, stock & barrel' by my most trusted client, my best partner; people whom I helped without motives plus 'plentiful of gives'. I have traded my trust only to receive absolute betrayals.

I receive minimum to nil reward.

If there is God, HE must be very busy helping everyone except me.
The day when HE stopped helping me, I knew 'I am on my own'; for myself, by myself.
Alas! I'd liked to believe that I wasn't abandoned by HIM but HE is 'looking after others who have more pressing needs than me'!

I have been waiting for, & wishing that, HE will give me a break, a helping hand & plentiful of blessings.

If  HE is too busy, at least, do not test me further.
I am 'dead tired', losing hope, struggling ...I am working with 'back-up' battery.
Without re-charging, I am almost a dried prune.

I dislike my current stature, my position but I like my ability to be able to break out of glass ceiling & crash through obstacles.
I have enough to go on, to fight, to win, to overcome the odds but ...I am only a human.

God; give me strengths, guts, intelligence & help me walk through this sea of uncertainty.
In God, I trust.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Money & Power

Knowledge is power, power is money...

Study hard, do well in school & you will succeed, otherwise you will be a road sweeper 
These were the words I heard when I was young
Get a degree & you will find a good job & life will be a bliss

Use your initiative, be creative & think out of the box
Ask questions if you don't understand 
Express your ideas, freely & speak out against wrongs & wrongdoing 

Defend the country, your family & your loved ones with your life
Fight against injustice, stand up for rights & help the poor
Meritocracy reign, fair employment & more good years for all/you

Time change & people changes
Many things I learnt when I was younger doesn't seem relevant nor applicable
Obligations remain, equality is elusive, jobs opportunities are rarer 

Promises remained as Promises

The sunny island has gotten more developed & beautiful but crowded with foreigners

With many newbies called PRs, FTs or simply new citizens, our population doubles but our infrastructure remained constant, overused, under maintained & lacking
Fatcat pays kill initiatives, their willingness to work & breed ring fencing & protecting their choice positions & appointments

Everyone suffers but suffering is inversely related to wealth & income
The rich cannot live in a sea of poor
The poor cannot remained poor forever

What does the future holds?

The Truth About Singapore

the everchanging sides of Singapore...

What is right (or reading the right thing) or wrong?

1) in the battlefront - if U don't shot your enemy, he will kill U. ...uummm, killing is wrong!
2) IRs generate revenues & employment ...uummm, gambling is not exactly good nor right
3) our electricity/powerplant were sold/privatized ...uummm, the buyer is normally warrantied certain minimum returns & the consumers (rich or poor) carry this obligation
4) Uni-education does not warranty success in life ...uummm, true, so does this mean we can or should do away with Uni-education? 
5) control, control & more controls are good for U ..ummm, may I do the controlling instead?

Wiseman thoughts or fool's gold?

The mosquitoes are laughing...

Quote from a Forum writer "..Tip-offs about mosquito breeding sites in tree holes are diverted to the National Parks Board, those in potholes on the road come under the Land Transport Authority, drains come under the purview of PUB and places like back lanes are under the charge of the Singapore Land Authority.."

With so many agencies involved, I am not surprise that efficiencies & effectiveness are traded away 'tai-chi' style.

Do U know two different agencies handle 'birds complaints' - Crows, pigeons & other birds?

Maybe, this is job creation or 'protection'! 

I pray that when the/an enemy 'attack' our sunny island, we need not wait for the different units (land, sea, air) to respond because different agencies are in-charge! The mosquitoes are laughing...

Talk to the successful people, chances are U will be advised;

1) Don't give up
2) For every door that closes, the windows are still open
3) I almost give up, but...I made it
4) persevere, be patient, mark your time
5) I can, U can too

All these are very encouraging & motivating but try telling them to a hungry, desperate person with a few mouths to feed.

Those who feast daily will never understand what it means to be hungry!

Some ironies of life;

1) We can ban chewing gum but can't ban cigarettes
2) The regular use of MRT tracks do not get nor require servicing
3) SIA orders new airplanes but needed to 'mothball' a transport plane
4) Our military have one of the most advance attack weapons, potentially adding F-35s, for display but not enough is spent on healthcare & well-being (not welfare) for the citizens.

Last, but not least, the first dengue fatality - the professor said (quote from news reports) 'even if the patient had been admitted two days earlier, it would not have made a difference'! ... Tell that to our SARS team, Sir.

Oh, by the way, I am not a smoker but i'm not against smoking ...just have a good laugh