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I AM VIGILANT!!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

MacDonald, you're the MAN!

For 2 weeks I have been traveling to and from my brother's place just to get connected to internet so I can access my emails and be contactable to my friends. But my niece highlighted the fact that I could actually access internet in MacDonald's outlets throughout the island. At first I was suspicious...Internet without me having to pay through my nose, NO WAY! But sure enough I am in business today. And this outlet run 24 hours!!!

So for the next 2 or so weeks you will probably find me in one of MacDonald's outlets and by the time I go back to Australia, I should have enough MacDonald's hamburgers to ensure that I will not crave for one for the next decade.

SingaporeFrog, MacDonald outlet, Singapore, signing off for now...

I'm back!

I am on my summer holiday break from school and I am back in Singapore!!! Everything as per normal except for a few stores that have been changed here and there. So far I visited some old places I used to go to like Raffles Place. Met up with a friend over lunch one day while others are still missing in action. Busy busy Singaporeans! Too busy for someone who comes back from down under, I guess.

I have to report no changes to Singaporeans over the year. They are still eating, window shopping and grumbling about anything and everything. On my second day back, I already been targeted by an old man on the mrt who wanted to tell me his sad life story. Got knocked down by a ‘hit and run’ lorry, need continuous medical care, no job…yada yada yada…what’s new. But I nodded in understanding, hoping that if I show a little understanding, he won’t be the next to jump the mrt track like a few others over the last few month. But I figured that people like this old man is gonna be all right, he probably enjoyed talking about his sad story too much to end it. It’s the quiet ones we have to worry.

Another thing I forgot about Singapore is the relentless advertising. The moment I landed in the airport, I am bombarded with advertisements of all these wonderful new technology, new gadgets – all so pretty and shinny. On TV, commercials come on every 15 min break from the show to tell you you need to go get all these wonderful stuff you probably don’t need but must have. With my own nieces and nephew is holding latest model phones with 3 magapixel camera, I am almost too embarrass to take out my old PDA phone which is the ‘talk of the town’ 3 years ago. Geez…but you know what, after a year in Adelaide and away from the ‘latest model I-must-have craze’, I am at peace with myself. I don’t feel the urgent need to find out what the latest new technology we can spend our hard earn money on…

Friday, October 27, 2006

A 'Wee' bit of 'Apology"

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Netizens confused over Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Wee Siew Kim's words
The forums are abuzz again, with discussion turning towards Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Wee Siew Kim's reaction to his daughter Wee Shu Min's comments:'What she said did come across as insensitive. The language was stronger than what most people could take. But she wrote in a private blog and I feel that her privacy has been violated. After all, they were the rantings of an 18-year-old among friends. I think if you cut through the insensitivity of the language, her basic point is reasonable, that is, that a well-educated university graduate who works for a multinational company should not be bemoaning about the Government and get on with the challenges in life. Nonetheless, I have counselled her to learn from it. Some people cannot take the brutal truth and that sort of language, so she ought to learn from it.In our current desire to encourage more debate, especially through the Internet, our comments must be tempered with sensitivity.I will not gag her since she's 18 and should be able to stand by what she says The new media of the Internet is such that if you don't like what she has said, you have the right of rebuttal.Hopefully, after the discussion, everyone will be the richer for it. As a parent, I may not have inculcated the appropriate level of sensitivity, but she has learnt a lesson, and it's good that she has learnt it at such an early stage in life.' - ANG MO KIO GRC MP WEE SIEW KIM on his daughter's comments (Source: The Straits Times, 24 Oct 2006)
http://xialanxue.blogspot.com/2006/10/netizens-confused-over-ang-mo-kio-grc.html

A typical PAP 'apology'. A justification note disguised as an apology. An insistence that they are basically right. Remember the 'apology' they gave about the 'buy and fix'.

Mr Wee, you can be sure we know the brutal truth as you call it because we are living it. Unfortunately, some of us do have a family to support and if the government is not concern about our plight, then we don't have a good government. I am talking about a plight that concerned for all workers, whether they are skilled or unskilled or whether they can spell or like myself, whether they have bad grammer. How many more of those workers need to jump onto an oncoming MRT train before you stop showing us your uncaring elitist face? Or are you willing to face the 'brutal truth'? Are you up to the task/challanges of looking for solutions to the problem? Or are you going to hide behind some jungle talk about the fittest survive?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Just a 'Wee' bit of ranting???

The Wee Shu Min's started from an innocent post from a blogger lamenting the difficuilties facing older workers in Singapore.

Derek Wee's original blog
Monday, October 02, 2006
When I read the Straits Times article (dated 24 Sep) on PM Lee calling the young to be committed and make a difference to Singapore, I have so much thought about the issue.
I am 35 years old, graduated from University and gainfully employed in a multinational company. But I cannot help but feel insecure over the future of Singapore. Lets face it, it’s not uncommon to hear, “when you are above 40, you are over the hill”. The government has been stressing on re-training, skills upgrading and re-adapt. The fact is, no matter how well qualified or adaptable one is, once you hit the magical 40, employers will say, “you are simply too old”.
We have been focusing our resources and problem solving on low unskilled labour. But in reality, our managerial positions and skilled labour force are actually fast losing its competitiveness. I travel around the region frequently for the past 10 years. It didn’t take me long to realise how far our neighbours have come over the past decade. They have quality skilled workers, and are less expensive. When I work with them, their analytical skills are equally good, if not better than us.
It’s not new anymore. Taxi drivers are fast becoming “too early to retire, too old to work” segment of the society. I like to talk to taxi drivers whenever I am heading for the airport. There was this driver. Eloquent and well read. He was an export manager for 12 years with an MNC. Retrenched at 40 years old. He had been searching for a job since his retrenchment. Although he was willing to lower his pay expectations, employers were not willing to lower their prejudice. He was deem too old. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another No. 1; having the most highly educated taxi drivers in the world.
On PM Lee calling the young to be committed and make a difference. Look around us. How dedicated can we be to Singapore when we can visualise what’s in store for us after we turned 40? Then again, how committed are employers to us? But we can’t blame them. They have bottom lines & shareholders’ gain to answer to. Onus is really on the government to revamp the society. A society that is not a pressure cooker. A society that does not mirror so perfectly, what survival of the fittest is. But a society, where it’s people can be committed, do their best and not having to fear whether they will still wake up employed tomorrow. Sadly, Singapore does not offer such luxuries and security anymore.
On the issue of babies. The government encourage us to pro-create. The next generation is essential in sustaining our competitive edge. Then again, the current market condition is such that our future has become uncertain. There is no more joy in having babies anymore; they have become more of a liability. It’s really a chicken and egg issue.
Many of my peers, bright and well educated have packed up and left. It’s what MM Goh called “quitters”. It’s sad but true, Singapore no longer is a place where one can hope to work hard their lives and retire graciously. It’s really the push factor. A future is something we sweat it out, build and call our own. Unfortunately, people like me, mid 30’s going on 40’s, staying put by choice or otherwise, we can’t help but feel what lies ahead is really a gamble.
To PM Lee and the Ministers, we are on a different platform. Until you truly understand our insecurity, the future of Singapore to me remains a question mark.
http://derekwee.blogspot.com//


Ms Wee Shu Min's Blog:
http://www.suchvividnothing.blogspot.com/ (for some reason, even through the father, an MP in Singapore, strongly believed that his daughter's basic point in the post is justified, the blog was deleted. Mind you, not the post was deleted but the whole blog. If she believed so strongly in what she wrote, why hide? Is this the behaviour we should expect from elites. 'When the going get tough, the elites start running')

This is the content of her post:
Thursday, October 19, 2006
mom’s friend sent her some blog post by some bleeding stupid 40-year old singaporean called derek wee (WHY do all the idiots have my surname why?!) whining about how singapore is such an insecure place, how old ppl (ie, 40 and above) fear for their jobs, how the pool of foreign “talent” (dismissively chucked between inverted commas) is really a tsunami that will consume us all (no actually he didn’t say that, he probably said Fouren Talern Bery Bad.), how the reason why no one wants kids is that they’re a liability in this world of fragile ricebowls, how the government really needs to save us from inevitable doom but they aren’t because they are stick-shoved-up-ass elites who have no idea how the world works, yadayadayadayada.
i am inclined - too much, perhaps - to dismiss such people as crackpots. stupid crackpots. the sadder class. too often singaporeans - both the neighborhood poor and the red-taloned socialites - kid themselves into believing that our society, like most others, is compartmentalized by breeding. ridiculous. we are a tyranny of the capable and the clever, and the only other class is the complement.
sad derek attracted more than 50 comments praising him for his poignant views, joining him in a chorus of complaints that climax at the accusation of lack of press freedom because his all-too-true views had been rejected by the straits times forum. while i tend to gripe about how we only have one functioning newspaper too, i think the main reason for its lack of publication was that his incensed diatribe was written in pathetic little scraps that passed off as sentences, with poor spelling and no grammar.
derek, derek, derek darling, how can you expect to have an iron ricebowl or a solid future if you cannot spell?
if you’re not good enough, life will kick you in the balls. that’s just how things go. there’s no point in lambasting the government for making our society one that is, i quote, “far too survival of fittest”. it’s the same everywhere. yes discrimination exists, and it is sad, but most of the time if people would prefer hiring other people over you, it’s because they’re better. it’s so sad when people like old derek lament the kind of world that singapore will be if we make it so uncertain. go be friggin communist, if uncertainty of success offends you so much - you will certainly be poor and miserable. unless you are an arm-twisting commie bully, which, given your whiny middle-class undereducated penchant, i doubt.
then again, it’s easy for me to say. my future isn’t certain but i guess right now it’s a lot brighter than most people’s. derek will read this and brand me as an 18-year old elite, one of the sinners who will inherit the country and run his stock to the gutter. go ahead. the world is about winners and losers. it’s only sad when people who could be winners are marginalised and oppressed. is dear derek starving? has dear derek been denied an education? has dear derek been forced into child prostitution? has dear derek had his clan massacred by the government?
i should think not. dear derek is one of many wretched, undermotivated, overassuming leeches in our country, and in this world. one of those who would prefer to be unemployed and wax lyrical about how his myriad talents are being abandoned for the foreigner’s, instead of earning a decent, stable living as a sales assistant. it’s not even about being a road sweeper. these shitbags don’t want anything without “manager” and a name card.
please, get out of my elite uncaring face.
posted at 12:08 PM


Ms Wee 'Uncaring Elite' 's apology to Derek Wee's blog:
Her reply to a guy who posted the entire thing in full on his blog:
i apologise if i have distressed you with my tendency to rant. while i will not dispute some of the points you make in response to what i have written, i would like to bring to your attention the fact that the post in question was never meant to be a cogent response to the specific points raised in derek wee’s article. it is, quite obviously, a rant in the heat of the moment. in addition, i don’t believe that my blog has the wide readership of derek wee’s, or even your own, and my intention was more to vent my own frustrations than public denouncement.i’d also like to clarify my use of the word “elite”. while i understand how misinterpretation may have arose, i intended to use it in irony, as a label that people assume i enjoy, and not one that i take particular pleasure in.finally, i admit that i was harsher than i should have been, although the the crux of my belief in self-improvement and self-determination has not changed. once again, i apologise if my words have unintentionally offended you - i was under the rather naive impression that nobody reads my blog

My reply to you, Ms 'Uncaring Elite' Wee is this...

When I first read your post, I wanted to rant and rave about what an b***h you are, but I refused to go down to your level. I have only average understanding of English and its grammar and totally no knowledge of French beside oui and merci. But I have worked with people from England and France and they understood me perfectly and we have a very good working relationship. I have work for 20 odd years during the 'nation building' years of Singapore. Where were you? I am retrenched now, not because of my poor English and French but because the government dim it proper to computerise the stock exchange making 200 odd traders like myself unemployed. Some of us are still looking for jobs. I am dim too 'old' to be employ in Singapore. Am I bitter? yes, I have worked hard, truly thinking that when I grow old, my country will, if not help, at least be compassionate of my plight. Do I whine? sometimes. Am I a leech? Definitely not. Not like your father who leech on the nation for his big fat pay then turn around to justify your basic point and therefore we must all be leeches. Not like you who took up a scholarship even through your father can well affort your education. A scholarship which could benefit a child from a poor family who could not affort it.

By the way I was checking out what is the Study of Humanities?
Humanities are those studies created by the human desire for knowledge and understanding of our history, classical traditions, literature, language, and philosophy. These studies encompass disciplines that address a variety of needs: to examine the ethical values
in our lives, to examine our social responsibilities, and to develop intellectually sound ways of reflecting on what it means to be a human being.
Studying the humanities increases our appreciation of ideas and of various modes of thinking. It leads to a greater understanding of values within cultural and historical contexts. It can sharpen our skill in formulating our own ideas, developing them coherently, and expressing them clearly and effectively. It can help us read difficult texts with increased comprehension and powers of analysis. All of these help us learn how to learn - essential skills in the workplace and in our personal lives. (http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/humanities/)

Ms 'Uncaring Elite' Wee, I read somewhere that your area of study is humanity, if it is than sadly money down the 'salty sea water'. You have no knowledge of what it means to be a human being and did not express your ideas coherently, clearly nor effectively. You resort to name calling. Hmmm...I wonder where you learn that from....

Saturday, August 26, 2006

V for...



Not long ago I draw similarities from Animal Farm to the situation in Singapore. Over the weekend, I rented the DVD V for Vendetta and watched it, ironically on the very Sunday that our esteem PM was making his National Day speech. Sorry, I'm one of those who never tune in to any of the speeches. It has never 'rally' me and I considered it a lot of bollocks.

I find this movie interesting:

Its about Ideas

Its about a man looking for justice

Its about a government distorting the truth to suit themselves

Its about an entertainer who was silenced after he make fun of the government, mainly the leader

Its about a government-controlled media

Its about the people who know that they are fed with loads of 'bollocks' by the media, call it as it is, but did nothing

My favourite: V 's speech to the public in the movie

"...I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine...the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration...whereby important events of the past...usually associated with someone's death...or the end of some awful bloody struggle...are celebrated with a nice holiday...I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is, sadly, no longer remembered...by taking time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. Even now, orders are being shouted into telephones...and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation...words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning...and, for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is...there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object...to think and speak as you saw fit...you now have censors and surveillance coercing your comformity...and soliciting submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others. And they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty...you need only look into the mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired...to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you. And in your panic, you turned to the now High Chancellor Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace...and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night, I sought to end that silence. Last night, I destroyed the old Bailey...to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than 400 years ago, a great citizen wished to imbed the 5th of November...forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom...are more than words. They are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing...if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you...then I would suggest that you allow the 5th of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see...if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek...then I ask you to stand beside me, one year from tonight...outside the gates of Parliament. And together, we shall give them a 5th of November...that shall never, ever be forgot."

And, of course, in the tradition of comics and Hollywood movies, people did gathered outside the gates of Parliament one year later.

PS: look out for familiar words in the movie: sedition, vigilant, liar...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Well Frog is Vigilant

There you are!!! Dear fellow Singaporeans, there is no need to fear that once well frog left Singapore, well frog is not vigilant anymore...

I AM VIGILANT!!! In fact, I am so vigilantly vigilant that I made a complete folders on all the dangers I might encounter during my exploring of this wide wide world.

See all the dangers I must be vigilant of...and don't worry, bomb threat is included. Although, I couldn't find anything on bioterrorist, something our Singapore Gah-men rave about not long ago that we have to be vigilant of. I can still recall the ad where our esteem Gah-men urged all Singaporeans to tape themselves up in their own home if and when Singapore is under a chemical or bio terrorist attack. Hey, if we must die, I would rather suffocate in my house after I taped myself out from the rest of the world then to die inhaling those bio stuff terrorist impose on us. Its the principle of the thing!!!

So if anyone still have some posters or handbook from that ad, please could you forward them to me....oh no need...found the website: http://www.scdf.gov.sg/Community_and_CD_Volunteers/
Learn_Civil_Defence/Terrorism/terrorism04.html

And once again everyone: "WE ARE VIGILANT." Good...Good...

Mee Siam Mai Hum...clarified

I am happy to say that all was clarified...that the Mee Siam Sellers did not cheat me or anyone like me for that matter. They, I am now sure , run an honest and clean business.

Unfortunately, this brought on another serious dilemma to the well frog. What did PM means? Surely someone like him, the product of such talented parent, could not have made a mistake!!!

Did he mean:
1. Mee Siam mai hiam
2. Laksa mai hum (as some bloggers suggested) Or
3. Me Siam, no harm (also suggested by bloggers)

Maybe PM should have taken the last suggestion and siam the whole issue of mrbrown all together. But since he can't resist to have a go at Mr Brown on the National Day Rally, he open himself up to...well, we all know what. (If you don't, goto http://www.mrbrownshow.com/?p=197 )

Although, I have to praise Mr Brown for his reply...it was swift and...hilarous...got me hum-ming along...and I'm a frog, I don't do hum-ming...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What the....?

Mood: upset

Man...I just read about what our esteem PM mentioned in his National Day Rally speech. MEE SIAM MAI HUM...

I never knew Mee Siam has got hum in it!!! But my gah-men say so, it must be true and those Mee Siam sellers have cheated me for years....

What kind of a person cheats on a well frog?!!! I have a good mind to go back to them and demand my years worth of hum they didn't put in my Mee Siam...with interest...

For my esteem international classmates who might be reading this post:
Mee Siam = Malay dish
Mai Hum = a request not to put an ingredient in the dish, in this case cockles

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Deep Creek Conservation Park 4

Saturday 12/8/2006 -Sunset at Granite Island

After the morning hike, we decided to take it easy and drove to Victor Harbor to watch the sunset there. We reached there around 5pm and walked to Granite Island to find ourselves a good spot to watch the sunset.

For some reason the sunset today seem rather late but we weren't sorry because we were greeted by one lonesome dolphin circling around in front of us. I tried to take a photo of it but unfortunately didn't get a good one.

I know its hard to tell from the picture that it is in fact a dolphin but my esteem classmates can verified what we saw. We were also greeted by 5 very cute seals.


Then sunset on upon us...






The end to another beautiful day....



uh....still no whale, I'm afraid. Maybe next year...