Monthly Archives: April 2011

School Picture Day

You either love it or hate it. Either way, you want to look good for it. I mean, this photo that is about to be taken is going to be immortalized in a year book that could potentially resurface years from now and cause you much joy or much embarrassment. I remember as a student how much I preened in front of the mirror, making sure no bits of vegetable was stuck in between my teeth, how I would meticulously comb my hair into a tight, neat ponytail… and flashforward. Now I’m a teacher. And now I have to take a picture for the college yearbook EVERY YEAR. So in an attempt to not look so dufus-y, I read up on some things to take note of in order to take that picture perfect photograph.

Makeup.

Now that cameras are so super high tech, what is it now? 12 mega pixels, 10x zoom function, I mean, all your pores and blemishes are practically exposed. It’s so hard to take a flawless photo (how I miss the polaroid’s ability to blur flaws). As a result, we have to look for other means to create that perfect canvas. That means, foundation. It could be liquid, powder, cream whatever the shape or form, make sure that it has a low SPF. Reason being that a high SPF foundation would make your face look shiny and oily and what we really want is to create a matt finish. Revlon’s Colorstay is great because it provides strong coverage and it has rather low SPF. After applying your foundation, make sure to set it with powder so that it lasts and lasts!

Want that soft focused look? Try HD foundation by Make Up Forever and Smashbox. These brands even offer a wide range of colour correctors and primers so you can put your best face forward. Want big doll eyes? Youtube Beauty Blogger Michelle Phan suggests lining your waterline and the corners of your eyes with white eyeliner as it makes you look more wide awake. Also, don’t forget to put on some rosy blush (you can be alittle heavy handed with this so that it shows up on film) so you look radiant and glowing.

Hair.

After perfecting your makeup, the next thing on the list is hair. Wake up early to wash and blow dry your hair so you can get your tresses nice and straight (don’t forget heat protectant!) If you have natural curls, you could just towel dry your hair, spritz on some detangling spray and some volumizing lotion and voila, you are good to go! Dry, split ends? Try using a hair serum to temporarily add some moisture and give your tresses some life. If you are experiencing a really bad hair day, then perhaps you should think of various other ways to style your hair. A chignon? A ponytail? Changing your hair parting? These are great ways to get around a hairy problem.

Dressing.

Makeup? Check. Hair? Check. You are now left with clothes. Depending on your company’s culture, you can project either a serious, corporate image or in my case, a smart casual, fun yet professional look. Here are my teacher-y picks. The most important thing about dressing for me when it comes to taking photographs is to pay attention to necklines and hemlines. I don’t wanna flip through the magazine only to find out that I’ve “exposed” myself inadvertently. But of course that doesn’t mean that I have to wrap myself in yards of cloth. It’s all about the fit. I like dresses that are cinched at the waist and tailored tops. Or if I choose to go with something billowy, I would choose something with some detail or trim (lace, bow etc) so it won’t look so ordinary.

Practice Smiling.

The last trick is really, practice practice practice. You know, I really marvel at some girls who look absolutely fabulous in photographs and it’s really because they know their angles so well. Everyone’s got their best angle e.g. one side has a dimple, if you tilt your face sideways, your face will look smaller etc. So you’ve really gotta look yourself in the mirror and tilt your head till you find the best angle (and light). But of course, the most important thing of all is to inject your own unique personality and show off your winning smile! That’s what the camera loves!

I’ve pretty much covered it all I think! What other tips have you got for taking that perfect picture?

Dissecting the Housing Issue

Disclaimer: The following article is meant to be an informative and analytical exploration. The author’s opinions are her own and (as far as possible) not influenced by any particular party. They are merely observations made post-analysis. 

It’s hard to ignore all the arguments and explanations with regards to the present political situation, so I’ve been doing my fair share of reading and analyzing, since it’s the responsibility of the citizen to actually find out what’s the origin behind each issue, instead of being distracted whenever the wind blows.

Close to my heart is the issue of public housing, especially since I’m at a stage of life where I’m contemplating my future prospects and juggling sums of money in my head.

I’ve always thought that the PAP’s mission to have each and every Singaporean a home owner to be a laudable one. Unlike other countries where their citizens move from rented flat to rented flat, Singaporeans generally do feel that they have a greater stake in the country due to the fact that they own a large material asset (the home) here. Comparatively, a home is a harder thing to discard and throw away than say a car, a job or even friends.

At the heart of the present debate, lies two main concerns:

  1. The definition of Public Housing
  2. The definition of the necessary costs with regards to Public Housing
Since I’m by no means a political/government administration expert, I turned to a few other government websites for help on the definition of Public Housing.
The Australian Government defines it as such:
State and territory governments provide some rental housing, called public housing, for people on low incomes. The rent is often a fixed part of your income. There is a very long waiting list for public housing.
The US Government is perhaps more definitive:
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to highrise apartments for elderly families.
but the best comparison would perhaps be Hong Kong, where its housing patterns are very much like Singapore’s:
to maintain a stable environment for the sustainable and healthy development of the private property market, as well as to provide subsidized public housing for people who cannot afford private rental housing.
Taking these definitions into account – have our Public Housing policies met these needs? I took a look at some statistics available at HDB.gov, but regrettably, I am unable to tell if our lower income group (as emphasized by the three separate quotes above) who form the bulk of HDB dwellers can comfortably afford a flat. However, what I did find was the following graph:
Bearing in mind that I have friends who hate graphs and there are people who feel blind after a long work day staring at a computer screen, I took the liberty of marking out certain areas:
Public Housing is for the lower-middle income group. As such, it would make logical sense for the prices of public housing to match their income, not the general income / overall GDP of the country. Certainly, as one looks at the graph, prices of our public housing were relatively stable from 2001-2008. In view of the events that happened (economic boom, economic recession then economic recovery) it seems that our government played its part in these years to stabilize the prices of public housing.

What then, happened from 2008 – 2011 for prices to begin its exponential rise of 75% of the overall price? Judging from this graph, buying a public housing flat will now cost approx 175% of what it cost in 2008 – compared to the relatively stable prices from 2001-2008, it’s a considerably huge rise in cost. And has the income of the lower-middle income group similarly risen in tandem with the rising cost of public housing?
“To continue to grow and prosper while slowing the intake of foreign workers, the same number of Singaporean workers must produce more. Otherwise, there will be a deflating economy, and knock-on effects on jobs and asset values. Instead of many job opportunities and rising asset values, including prices for resale HDB flats, the reverse will happen… fewer jobs, lower salaries, lower asset prices… pay will fall and so will the number of jobs and promotion,”  

Lee Kwan Yew, in his speech to Tanjong Pagar residents
Several factors have been pointed out by the opposition to be the cause of the rising HDB prices:
  1. the allowance for foreigners & PR residents to purchase public housing flats
  2. the matching of HDB flat prices to the retail market
Looking at point 1, which LKY similarly noted in his speech, there are both pros and cons in letting foreigners purchase public housing. At its relatively “cheap” prices compared to private housing, it is an affordable and attractive option for our foreign talent. This allows us to be competitive with our neighbouring countries for foreign talent. However, as opposition WP has pointed out, doing so raises the demand for HDB flats, driving up prices exponentially as the influx of foreign workers increases.

Looking at point 2, the WP and NSP reason that since HDB purchases land from the government at a special subsidized price for residential purposes, this government subsidy should be passed on to citizens – so that flat prices will be cheaper. In comparison, private developers who build condominiums and private housing buy land at a far more expensive price, so it makes sense that their market value is higher and more expensive. As public housing specifically should cater to the lower-middle income group, pegging public housing prices to private housing prices meant for upper middle-higher income groups does not “make sense”.

Admittedly though, doing a sudden, dramatic pegging of prices to median incomes of the lower-middle income group will invariably cause a huge upset in our property market. Just think of it this way. Approx more than 2 million of our 4.5 million population (or even more, I give an arbitrary number) live in HDB flats. What would they think, if post-elections, the value of their houses suddenly dips by 75%? 

Honestly, even though it would be MUCH cheaper for me to buy and move into a new (and maybe better) flat, I’d be pissed that my assets have depreciated so much – which I guess is what MBT refers to when he talks of “asset enhancement” being one of the joyous things about the rising costs of our public housing.

Moreover, as MBT notes, the government operates at a deficit of about S$1 billion in housing and home ownership programmes and S$1 billion in home rejuvenation (lift upgrading and playground building) programmes. So reducing the government’s income from public housing would mean an “illegal raid on the reserves”.
Which then brings us to the next issue. What constitutes as “necessary costs” when it comes to public housing? Are Singaporeans too pampered to envision HDB estates without playgrounds, beautiful hotel-like lifts and prettily painted blocks?

Perhaps the problem lies precisely in our lack of knowledge and voice.

When the Town Council suggests lift upgrading, HDB residents are given a vote. Yes, or no. They aren’t told about other possible alternatives or options: no upgrading or newly painted blocks means a reduction of Town Council fees/a reduced payment to HDB for fewer services incurred etc. Instead of spending S$1 billion on “home rejuvenation”, what about using that sum to reduce the overall costs of HDB flats for the lower-middle income group?

What if upgrading became more transparent and democratic? Like all debatable decisions, it would definitely be a tough one, liable to turn violent and ugly, particularly when people don’t see eye to eye. (Think of the awful en-bloc situations we’ve heard of in the past). So while it is idealistic and visionary to envision a future where citizens get to vote decisively and knowledgeably on issues such as how and where to direct costs, and what necessary costs mean to them, I don’t foresee it to be an easy step to take.

These are pictures of the most basic and oldest public housing in Hong Kong for the lowest income group and the elderly who earn little or no income. To the HK government, necessary costs don’t include lift upgrading and pretty paint. But at what costs to its citizens’ living standards?

NSP suggests a re-adaptation of HDB’s pricing, to resemble more similarly, a rental agreement, (a policy that seems closely related to Australia’s and US’s public rental housing, as previously quoted above) which MBT rejects flatly, as it does not fit at all into the PAP’s mission to have each and every Singaporean own their own home in Singapore. Should the PAP be more flexible? And to what extent will this affect Singaporeans’ opinions and sense of belonging in their country without the factor of home ownership?

Personally, I believe it’s a matter of one’s priorities. There’s no determinable way I see at the moment that can assuredly say one political party’s point of view is greatly superior to the other’s. What I can hope for is that post-elections, the passionate debating of such issues will lead our government to take a close and hard look at how it defines the role of public housing in our society, for our society; and then re-adjust its policies for the welfare of the overall community.

Dressing It Up

If you’ve read the papers of late, you’d know that recently, one issue has been perpetually harped upon besides our General Elections 2011. Our local dress sense. Whilst I won’t lament the “awfulness” and lack of formality that youngsters feel these days (because I fully empathise), I do agree that sometimes, a little bit of pride in one’s dressing definitely helps. That said, how does one go about doing so?

Rather than contemplate the horrors of having to put in extra effort each day to painstakingly choose “presentable” clothes, why not spend a few torturous days reorganizing your entire closet and throwing out what’s no longer presentable? Get rid of the hoarder’s instinct & sieve out the good from the bad, leaving yourself with no choice but only the good stuff even when you’re off for a casual meetup or to run some errands.

Listed above are 3 of the most important key things whenever I revamp my closet (for tops) – I tend to do this each time I enter a new phase in life or change my inclinations towards fashion. Usually, I either donate to the salvation army, pass it on to friends, or if I’ve got a huge load, hold a garage sale, which was actually quite profitable the last time I held it! :)

So stop procrastinating & get on with it – it’ll definitely help you find some “hidden treasures” from eons ago and help you prioritize your future purchases as well, as you’ll know what fits and what no longer does :)

Double Review: Body Shop Rainforest Radiance and Kiehl’s Biological Peel

I haven’t done product reviews in awhile so I figured now is the time to clear the back log. I’ll just start off with Body Shop’s Rainforest Radiance Detangling Spray. Well, I for one am not much of a hair person. I take really meticulous care of my face and my dressing but hair? Not really. I do perm and colour my hair but I don’t treat it as often (just your daily shampoo and conditioner and when I’m not too lazy, hair mask.) As a result, I have really dry ends that tangle. So in a bid to show my tresses some love, I got the Body Shop’s detangling spray quite awhile back and I’ve been using this religiously. I’m more than halfway through the bottle now.  Application is really simple. Once you are done showering, towel dry your hair and then spritz this on at your hair ends.

It’s suppose to contain pracaxi oil, bilberry extract and linseed oil to nourish coloured hair and interestingly, this product not only prevents tangles but it “softens, add shine and protects vibrancy of coloured hair” with its “UV filter” so you kinda get more than what you bargained for. And with all Body Shop products, this meets the eco-conscious standard such that it contains no parabens, no colourants, no silicones so much so that even the packaging is biodegradable. So yes, you can be rest assured that our environment is well taken care of while you use this product.

But promises remain as promises. Can this product deliver? Well, either my hair is stubborn and so far beyond hope or this product doesn’t really work, because my hair ends doesn’t seem to have much improvement at all. Sure it gives a nice shine and my hair smells awesome but I don’t really see much difference elsewhere. My hair still tangles and gets knotted at the ends. Perhaps its time to call it quits and have the ends trimmed once and for all. Either that or I have to use the entire series in order to see the full effects. You know, get the whole range of shampoo, conditioner, the works. But I don’t really see much point in doing that especially since I have an oily scalp and I think it will be a matter of trading one problem for another. So yes, it looks like a trim is imminent.

A product that worked more effectively for me recently is the Kiehl’s Botanical Peel. I actually got this as a sample when I purchased the Ultra Light Daily UV Defense sunscreen. I think you know by now that I’m quite the Kiehl’s fan because while its products are rather pricey, it works. Since using the Rare Earth series, I’ve gotten less zits and my skin is less oily too so yes, the facial wash and the mask are definitely my Holy Grail for now. But of course, the spotlight this time is on the Botanical Peel. What is it?

It is actually a brightening hydrating mask that contains vitamin C, licorice and mulberry root extract to even skin tones and diminish skin discolorations. So what you do is to slather a thin layer onto your skin, leave it to dry overnight and then wash it off in the morning. Apparently it works somewhat like Cure, a waterbased exfoliator to slough away dead skin cells so in the morning, you have luminous clear skin that’s hydrated.

I’ve used it twice already and I still have enough from the sample pack for one more go. That’s the thing I like about Kiehl’s. You can always ask for samples and they are so willing to give it to you. The formula is rather gel-like, you know, viscous yet runny so its rather easy to apply but unlike most hydrating masks that actually dry up and peel off, this one stays sticky till the next morning. Even when you wash it off, you need to use a facial cleanser cos water is not enough to clear away the residue. I think that’s my only gripe about it. The stickiness. And how it smudges onto your pillow when you sleep at night. But when you see actual results in the morning, it’s rather pleasing. Your skin has that lovely translucent glow with all that dead skin gone revealing clear luminous baby soft skin. So yes, after two tries, I like what I am seeing and I am leaning towards getting a full tube of this (once my next paycheck comes in!)

Have you tried any of these products recently? Any suggestions on how to detangle hair? I could do with some advice!

Getting Dirty

Sometimes when I go through my polish collection, I’m reminded of certain things – and this polish certainly reminded me of Christina Aguilera in her Dirrty days. Gritty, dark with a flash of shimmer, my boyfriend described it as a “dirty gold”, but on closer inspection, it’s a dark grey-green with gold shimmer.

It’s not a colour I’d ordinarily wear, but I’m really loving it. It was a breeze to put on and I’m hoping that given its relatively pricer tag, it should last longer than the other Faceshop polishes I purchased.

Faceshop’s Faceit polish in GR502

Colour: Dark murky green with gold shimmer
Opacity: in 2 coats
Dries: medium speed
Imperfections: sets well and “levels out”, however scratches easily whilst medium-dry

At $7.90, it doesn’t cost a bomb but I still wish that The Faceshop could come up with cooler names for its polish. The range is named Faceit and I’m unsure whether this means the dawn of a new era for Faceshop polishes, to be classified under a singular name. Regardless, the formulae was wonderful and the colour payoff was great. I’m a happy, happy girl.

Granted, it’s a pretty hard colour to match so I decided to go with the vibe of the polish instead, which in this case meant a touch of bling and textured pieces matched with simple basics. I do tend to favour detailed tops, but if you’re so inclined to, go for detailed bottom pieces instead. I’m really in love with the green necklace at the right hand corner. It’s large enough to be classified as a statement piece, but not too loud and the simple yet aesthetically pleasing design makes it a gorgeous piece that is possibly work appropriate, depending on one’s office of course.

SK II Facial Treatment Cleanser Review

As previously blogged, I received the SKII Pitera Commitment Skin Regime set as a gift. It’s been two weeks since I’ve started and given the really tiny size (20mg) of the Facial Treatment Cleanser, I’m almost finished with it, so I thought I’d better give my review before I forget.

Facial Treatment Cleanser 20g With its fine, rich lather, this foam cleanser gently conditions the skin as it removes excess oil, dirt and residual makeup

Living up to its description of “fine, rich lather”, this cleanser quickly turns into rich lather upon massaging my face. One shocking thing I experienced was acne… but I suppose it was due to the change in skin cleansing regime. As the Vichy Normaderm range I used was specifically to combat regime, my skin probably experienced some “shock” upon the change and reacted badly. However, I’m happy to say that all this cleared within 2 days of sticking to SK II so I wouldn’t worry about small pimples if you experience the same upon using SK II.

Significantly, in comparison to other cleansers I’ve used in the past, this cleanser is really non-drying and treats the skin well. My skin feels refreshed, smooth and supple after using – I’m normally used to feeling slightly dry or “squeaky clean” after cleansing, only to have my pores burst out in oils about an hour later in frantic self-moisturizing. With SK II, I really don’t have to worry about such after effects, especially when I follow up with the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and Facial Treatment Essence. This however, doesn’t mean I cease moisturizing before sleep, which is really essential!

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the product, but I can’t say I’ll re-purchase, given the hefty price tag. I wish they’d given me a larger sample to accompany the lifespan of the rest of the products (the Clear Lotion and Treatment Essence come in bottles of 150ml each) so that I could’ve used the entire set together to see the full effects.

Say goodbye to those weekday blues!

Oh yes, it’s that time again when the long weekend has come and gone and the weekday dread draws near. But don’t get all gloomy, QuirkyChic has a list of wonderful events for you to look forward to in the coming week!

1. Thor

The much anticipated Marvel movie is finally coming out on thursday the 28th! Be sure to catch all the thrilling action scenes, the onscreen romance between newcomer Chris Hemsworth and our darling starlet Natalie Portman and of course, the final scenes at the end of the credits that could give us some hints as to what to expect in the upcoming Avengers movie!

2. Shakespeare in the Park- MacBeth

In 2007 it was A Midsummer’s Night Dream, in 2009 they brought you Much Ado About Nothing. This year, Singapore Repertory Theatre brings you one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, MacBeth. So get your picnic baskets and mats ready folks! And don’t forget to head out early so you get a prime spot! I think this show is going to be absolutely enthralling!

3. ArtScience Museum: Van Gogh Alive!

So maybe a movie and a play isn’t quite your thing. Well, immerse yourself in the arts and head down to the ArtScience Museum to check out the Van Gogh exhibits. From 16 April to 6 November, 300 images of Van Gogh’s work will be showcased and apparently, the experience is one of a kind. Using special audio-visual technology, these art pieces seemingly come alive before your eyes. After reading this review, I’m pretty intrigued so I might just pop down and take a look!

4. The Lion King

And of course, how could I not mention the “landmark musical event” of the year, The Lion King? Also held in Marina Bay Sands at the Sands Theatre, this two and a half hour spectacular is said to feature the most amazing special effects that will redefine your theatre experience. This runs from the 3rd of March to the 31st of May.

5. Sand Bar Presents Intimate Acoustic

If you just want to chillax and enjoy some music while having some drinks, perhaps Sand Bar is just the right place for you. Get cushy and comfortable and embrace that relaxing island vibe as you are surrounded by sand, sea and sky.

Explore the world with a click

The magic of the world wide web never ceases to amaze me, and having been disappointed by failed travel plans recently, I’ve been browsing the unofficial National Geographic Tumblr Blog. Escapism no longer belongs solely to the world of book readers, but has been created, visually, through these gorgeous pictures :) So enjoy! Leave your little cubicle/desk full of books for a few moments as your eyes travel with mine…

Polar Bear and Cub, Svalbard
Photograph by Philip Dien
As we watched from our Zodiac, this polar bear gave her cub a lift as she swam across the fjord, shaking herself dry after emerging from the water with her cub hanging on. Polar bear cubs have been known to occasionally ride on the backs of their mothers as they swim together in Arctic waters, possibly to reduce exposure to cold.

Lightning, Arizona
Photograph by Richard T. Cole, Your Shot
This is a time exposure of four lightning strikes over Scottsdale, Arizona.

Eroded Landscape, Madagascar
Photograph by Pascal Maitre, National Geographic
Pockets of eroded earth create leaf shapes in the landscape in Madagascar. Erosion is one of the long-term consequences of forests plundered for the illicit rosewood trade.

Hermit’s Trail, Grand Canyon
Photograph by Akshay Sateesh
On the remote Hermit’s Trail off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a rare occurrence of rain brings joy to a cold November day.

I’ve always been curious about different perspectives – it can bring an entirely different feel of a subject when it comes to photography, or when it comes to design, an entirely different take and resultant creation of even the simplest thing. A tumblr blog focussed on design caught my eye, and I haven’t been able to leave its page ever since.

how useful is this! A great fashionable addition to paperbags across the glob.

Can you believe that this is an earring? If I had pierced ears, I would definitely want this.

must.have.something.like. this gorgeous organic looking bookshelf in my home. If I can afford it.

Having looked for quotes to frame and possibly put around my workspace, I stumbled across tumblr blog I Can Read, which simply stole my heart away with its artistically placed, motivational and beautiful quotes.

all pictures are from given tumblr sites. 

Have a great week ahead everyone! I hope you enjoyed this week’s tumblr tuesday :)

Adding an Oomph to Casual Wear

Word is, Singaporeans suck at dressing casually. & it’s not something that can’t be avoided. Rather, it’s a phenomenon of pure laziness to rid ourselves of those old rags in the closet. & sometimes, when it’s just for a casual errand, we think it’s ok. Then we see someone dressed more poorly than we are and think, oh god, that person’s worse! So I’m ok. 

Haha well, not to lambast all you lazy ones out there (I count myself as one of you), I’ll fully agree that sometimes, making the effort to dress a little bit nicer seems a tad horrific. So the solution? REVAMP YOUR CLOSET! You won’t be alone, because that’s what I’ll be doing in the following weeks. Getting rid of all those ratty, NON-fitting (I don’t mean stylishly loose-fitting) clothings will make it impossible for me to leave the house looking like an unkempt homeless person – I do exaggerate, of course. Instead, I’m looking at easy, breezy casual basics to fill my closet instead :)

I’m beginning to like the idea of knee-length flowy skirts. They seem so perfect for the tropics

a little bling with casual outfits might work

but what I’m most in favour of are nice-fitting tops with interesting detail. Tucked in, the first top looks less sloppy. I love the semi-mesh of the second top!

cute floral dresses also rank as one of my top casual favourites as well!

So you see, casual chic ain’t so scary now is it! Granted, it’ll take a hell lot of effort to sieve out the stashes from the trash in your closet, but think of it as a once-in-ten-years exercise, with loads of benefits. No more freaking out when you see an old schoolmate, an old acquaintance or an ex?! when you’re in your casual wear. As they say, it’s a small, small world…

all images from lookbook.nu

Oh Elections, Elections

Though it’s not like me to be passionately devoted to politics (I still am not), it’s really interesting to read (I love to read) the various manifestos of the various parties contesting in this election. and then one realises… the more social media one views, it’s getting harder and harder to trust the ST. If there was any a time to doubt the trustworthiness of our local newspapers, it would be now.

Granted, I’m not asking for ST to have news features for every single opposition candidate like it does for the PAP, but at least accomodate for the opposition’s response to the PAP’s criticisms, no?

  1. NSP’s response to Gan Kim Yong
  2. WP’s response to PAP criticisms of its vision of a First World Parliament
It’s disheartening to see our local media fail so badly – but it is precisely because of this failure, that people are turning more and more towards social media. As a few have observed: when it comes to social media, people hype and create news that they want to see. It’s really the most liberal form of news reporting.
That said, it’s not very encouraging seeing how our PAP minsters are dealing with the opposition
  1. Vivan Balakrishnan says SDP is “a team of strange bedfellows” <– seriously what kind of outdated term is “bedfellows”? It’s practically unheard of these days… or it might just show how out-of-sync Balakrishnan is with our current society, explaining the YOG fiasco lol. and he also rejects SDP’s proposal to have a public debate to explain and rationalize YOG’s inflated budget (which might actually work in Balakrishnan’s favour if he bothers to contemplate the horror of preparing himself)
  2. Similarly, Mah Bow Tan rejects NSP’s offer to debate on housing issues (obviously)
Rather than these rejections being a great show of PAP’s greatness (and hence no need to deal with the little ones), it comes off high-handed and cavalier. And it’s not like our Ministers are dealing with any Tom, Dick or Harry – rather, these are opposition parties with (some) members who are successful, well-educated and articulate. The least I think, a PAP minister should do, is meet their requests with mutual respect and at least consider debate, even if it’s under a set of restrictions. This should be essential to the PAP’s strategy in order to deflate claims and allegations against its policies and practices, especially in a time when its manifesto seems to pale so badly in comparison on specificity of plans, its acceptance and dealing with of problems and issues in our society.
  1. NSP’s manifesto
  2. SDP’s manifesto (which you have to buy… zz bad move.)
  3. RP’s manifesto
If it’s one thing about Singaporeans – our policy of meritocracy has made us into a society that treasures and rewards people who work hard. It’s something our own political leaders have taught us. Work hard, work well and you will reap the rewards and benefit the nation.

A prime example of this would be the contrasts of the youngest candidates this election: Tin Pei Ling (PAP) and Nicole Seah (NSP)

In comparison to her younger peer, Tin Pei Ling looks so much less prepared and less knowledgeable. Moreover, it doesn’t seem to help that unlike Nicole Seah, Tin Pei Ling doesn’t have much of an original voice that suggests her own contribution to her party – whilst Nicole stands firmly for the voices of the disengaged youth and the lower income group.
Amidst all the furor surrounding Tin Pei Ling, I’d like to note that this is practically nothing compared to what Ris Low experienced -and as we all know, she rose merrily from the ashes to promote her unique vocabulary over the radio waves and even has a horse named after her now… Tin Pei Ling should’ve learnt from her, no? Rather than have SM Goh and other PAP heavyweight ministers support her and speak up for her, I believe Singaporeans as a whole would’ve respected Tin Pei Ling more had she stood up for herself instead of letting her superiors speak up for her. Contrast Nicole Seah’s response to a reporter asking about vulgarities on her twitter feed at 5.00 of the video below:

Of course, one cannot judge the elections by two young women alone – and this post is merely meant to be an informative and thought-provoking one, as well as a call to the PAP to please step it up for these elections because it’s not very convincing or reassuring when certain PAP candidates don’t seem to be working hard at all, and brushing aside the opposition and social media as “noise”. Election day is coming, and when it dawns, I’d like to see the PAP working hard, working hard for my future, my nation’s future and not slackening the pace due to its own complacency.
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