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Lessons from the past – the same road, the same reason

This morning i awoke with a heavy ache in the chest. I could not fathom why. I was not really ill. Perhaps i ought to see a doctor for it but my schedule does not permit me taking time out easily to address minor aches and pains these days.

I wondered if its because i did too much walking recently. I realise that these days, i like the dead of the night. In fact i long for it. Time to be alone. Time to myself. To search and to find myself. These days, i can no longer run anymore. Age has caught up. Knees hurt. To counter this, i resort to taking long walks instead. in the dead of the night. Alone. My long lonely walks was serving a dual purpose on getting me some much needed exercise as well as time to reflect.

In my recent reflections, I end up questioning the things i have done. For myself, for others. All in the name of idealism. Sometimes no one sees the burden actually shouldered by the person coming in to solve the problem when the problem was not created by the problem solver in the first place.

When the problem has been solved and consequences follow, the problem solver is interestingly left standing alone. I did not see this so clearly until of late when the prospect of progress is placed on the table. I saw the scramble. I saw the orientation of agendas. I begin to see and recognise where loyalties truly lie.

At this juncture, i have to pay tribute to an acquaintance of mine. I recall a particular trying and painful episode in September 2005. This friend knowing which path i was on had chosen to warn me – out of pure concern – that the path that I was taking would be hard, extremely hard. She warned me of the hard truth of the quest for power in politics, of glory and fame and the lust for it. She told me that there were no real friends. There was something that each person involved would want for themselves and this itself would be the key spanner that screws things up when the test comes. Out of pure innocence and naivety, i brushed her concerns aside.

She told me that everyone involved in politics has an agenda and for my own good i better not be too idealistic. I am likely to be alone in my quest. A smart person would ask “What’s in it for me”. Its a pity i did not heed her advice then. And I took 6 long years to learn this. 🙂

The New Paper recently interviewed me telling me that SF scored the lowest in the survey on credibility as well as recognisability. One of my answers to the reporter is that the Socialist Front is being left out of some events like forums organised by NUSS and talkshows by CNA’s Talking Point bearing in mind we are Singapore’s youngest political party, is it surprising? 🙂

It was then that I realised that the Socialist Front of Singapore is treading this path alone 🙂 so is Chia Ti Lik Secretary-General of the Socialist Front. 🙂

There is a serious need to reassess, need to recalculate. Need to change operational philosophy and doctrine. There is just simply so much to do. And surprise surprise… I am doing it alone.

This is not something bad. It just thoroughly removes the naive idealism. Once and for all. 🙂

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March 26, 2011 Posted by | Life, Politics | Leave a comment

Japan’s undersea quake is a little reminder to us to smell the flowers :)

News has it that a massive 8.9 undersea earthquake hit off northeastern Japan triggering a tsunami which hit the coastline causing widespread destruction.
People should realise the fragility of life from such events. The need to pull together. The need to be grateful. The need to bring good and help to each other and also to the other beings on this planet. Especially the people who are in the position to do so. And a little reminder to all of us common folk to take time out to smell the flowers. 🙂

For those whose time left on this world is little … though the end is nigh …. its still not to late to repent 🙂 🙂 🙂

March 11, 2011 Posted by | Life, Politics | Leave a comment

Amidst the pandemonium and electoral horsetrading, this is a rushed tribute to SNSD – because 9th March is Kim TaeYeon’s Birthday

I am slacking to comment on politics because amidst the many fast changing circumstances post release of the electoral boundaries, I find myself wanting to write more about my interests than anything else.

Amidst tons of work and lots of stress, bliss came in the form of SNSD’s 1st Asia Tour Album. I had ordered it online the moment I got wind of its release. It came in the mail in the usual pretty pink colours of Girls’ Generation. Since then it has been permanently playing in my last remaining Naim CD player.

Of my recent obsessions, SNSD tops the list.  I had also wanted to write about the SNSD phenomenon for some time already. Now the reason why I rather write about 9 prancing girls more than current events is because there are lessons to be learnt from SNSD a.k.a. So Nyuh Shi Dae a.k.a. Girls’ Generation which comprises of 9 distinct members. As usual, this tribute starts with listing their names, they are: TaeYeon, Jessica, Tiffany, SeoHyun, Sunny, Yuri, HyoYeon, SooYoung and Yoona.

We seldom truly find celebrities who have the cut, talent, looks to do the things they do. Though for the case of SNSD, a large part of it is probably the combined result of talent, grooming and many years of hard training put into their act but then again how many with the potential have that kind of determination, grit, and faith to last that long?

I will track the girls’ time spent in training in another upcoming post but as it is, post debut, these girls currently rule the the asian entertainment scene. They will in time to come no doubt rule the global scene, bearing in mind that they are after almost 4 years in stardom after all still very young. This itself is very much an achievement on its own.

By simple comparison, even at our ages, many of us do not know what we want. Let alone at their age, the girls are already doing what they want and they are doing it excellently. Their success did not come overnight, for they had all taken a decision and a stand and started on a path many years before. Each of them had all trained for 4 – 7 painful years before debuting. In essence, at a very young age, they each knew what they wanted. Therefore, to put this tribute in its proper context, let us take a look at their ages (with compliments to Wikipedia):

Member List
Stage Name Birth Name Date of Birth and Age
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Taeyeon 태연 Kim Tae-Yeon 김태연 March 9, 1989 (1989-03-09) (age 21)
Jessica 제시카 Jessica Jung
Jung Soo-Yeon
정수연 April 18, 1989 (1989-04-18) (age 21)
Sunny 써니 Lee Soon-Kyu 이순규 May 15, 1989 (1989-05-15) (age 21)
Tiffany 티파니 Stephanie Hwang
Hwang Mi-Young
황미영 August 1, 1989 (1989-08-01) (age 21)
Hyoyeon 효연 Kim Hyo-Yeon 김효연 September 22, 1989 (1989-09-22) (age 21)
Yuri 유리 Kwon Yu-Ri 권유리 December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05) (age 21)
Sooyoung 수영 Choi Soo-Young 최수영 February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10) (age 21)
Yoona 윤아 Im Yoon-A 임윤아 May 30, 1990 (1990-05-30) (age 20)
Seohyun 서현 Seo Joo-Hyun 서주현 June 28, 1991 (1991-06-28) (age 19)

Since getting the Korean Search Portal Daum to create a screensaver in their honour, their latest accolade was for Intel obtaining their endorsement for Intel’s latest core processor. Their Visual Dreams [Intel Collaboration Song] is a smash hit. One should see their MV and live performances on the fancams. Even more recently, French fashion house Dior have also jumped onto the bandwagon to seek their endorsement.

The success of these 9 girls are due to more than just pretty faces. They represent direction, youthful drive, commitment to excellence, unity in diversity, amongst others. They also represent a society which has become conducive for people to reach for their dreams at a young age. Such that those with potential seek out the paths they are best suited, corporations are willing to invest in grooming talent for the future, commercial set ups which are enlightened and determined enough to produce excellence and success by putting the very best in the front and putting all the support and resources behind them.

In this day and age, where many things are depressing, thank goodness we have SNSD to brighten up the world. 🙂

They are the best examples of the exact opposite of a society reduced to living without drive, prevented from dreaming, living a life mired in fear, hypocrisy and mediocrity. 🙂 🙂

On this day, we have to give thanks to:

1. SM Entertainment for talent scouting and investing in the girls’ training. 🙂

2. Daum, Intel and Dior for these particular sponsorships. 🙂

3. The girls themselves for deciding to do what they want and embarking on it, then doing it happily and doing it well. 🙂

4. The Sones for the excellent Fancams – recording and editing. 🙂

5. Finally, God for SNSD. 🙂

This post was rushed out today because tomorrow the 9th of March is dorky kid leader Kim Tae Yeon’s birthday. She is the eldest of the 9 girls and she is currently … surprise, surprise … only 21. She will be the 1st of the girls to turn 22 tomorrow.

This blog proudly joins all the Sones in wishing “A very Happy 22nd Birthday to SNSD Leader Kim TaeYeon. May God’s blessings stay with you. May TaeYeon and SNSD have many more happy performances to come!”

And in the characteristic usual parting shot…. Chigumen… So Nyuh Shi Dae! [Right Now, it’s Girls’ Generation!] 🙂 🙂 🙂

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Life, So Nyuh Shi Dae - Girls' Generation | Leave a comment