selamat tinggal kepadamu, rakyat sebenar singapura

Joshua Benjamin Jeyeratnam
1926 – 2008

Cast off the slumber into which you have been led into for the last 10 years. Wake up to your rights as a human being, to your proper role as citizens of this country.

JB Jeyaretnam, July 2008

pada hari terakhir bulan ramadhan ini, ku berasa pilu ke atas pemergianmu. seorang yang telah mengorbankan sebanyak jiwanya untuk rakyat jelata tetapi dipinggiri oleh pemerintah atas dasar dasar politik.

walaupun aku tidak pernah bersapa dengan mu, tetapi ku sering mendengar ucapanmu, melihat kamu dengan bersemangat yang tidak utuh menjual bukumu di city hall ataupun di centrepoiint.

pemergianmu telah meresapi keheningan di malam raya ini. kami menghargai apa yang kamu telah mencerobohi, walaupun impian kamu tidak kesampaian. kami berharap jiwa nilai mu akan tetap dipegang oleh mereka yang tetap kepada nilai mereka.

encik jeyeratnam, selamat tinggal.

dan terima kasih ke atas segalanya.

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f4

ah yes.

almost every single freaking breathing thing in singapore is eating up the f1 hype. ah congrats. give yourself a pat on the back.

say what?

500 million people will be watching the race but more importantly they’ll be watching the singapore skyline so it’ll create a tourist interest destination. come come to singapore to see our skyline!

oh puhleaseee.

come on. for the sake of the “race / sport” let’s concentrate more on the race rather than the billions of showpiece extravaganza to sell singapore. it’s ok on several levels, but to keep humping on the promotion to sell singapore, and saying it repeatedly TO singapore viewers, can make one squemish.

and who the fuck is that arta who reporter on cna? does that biatch know anything about the gp anyway? she blatantly said the last time she watched was when schumacher won a fewwwwwwwwwwww years ago and am not sure how the race is going on THIS season. in fact, from the number of interviewers and interviewees from singapore keep humping on the schumacher factor. oh come on! can’t you guys do at leasssssssssst do some research on your reports anyway?

speaking of legends, you have a legend in mika hakkinen standing beside lewis hamilton, and yet it seems like no one is bordered to approach him. it’s mika freaking hakkinen oi!

this is the irritating thing about this place. everyone is so caught up to keep up with the hype and moment, they lose interest to whatever happened 5 seconds ago. all are whores to the impending result. let’s say mark webber or robert kubica  or whoever that was never in the spotlight wins the race tomorrow, trust all those rabbit headlight reporters from cna to figure out “which one is the winner and is he from ferrari”? and scramble to meleteh in front of the camera.

but then, maybe sarip should give some credit to the “gahmen” for actually giving this event a go [by spending 150 million us dollars when 10 years ago they snuffed the idea of organising this race because they thought this venture won’t generate much income because i think they were too caught up with france’s world cup victory and so they embarked on the ridiculous 2010 or whatever project]. because of this event, more dollah dollah bling bling will come here and more richie rich will make this their monaco of the east playground and most probably the birthrate will shoot up too. how? well, apparently the surge in demand for social escort services shot up this week. who knows, nine months down the road, singapore might have a f1 baby. bravo, bravo. and those singtel grid girls? let’s bet who’ll take the plunge, yah? -shrivels thinking of that-

but whatever it is, if you guys do want to catch this event next year, sarip suggests turn 2 as the best spot to catch the race. crazy turn that one.

see ya.

i need to quit my day job. can?

1. I first figured out how much money I would need to make each week.

2. I also calculated how much I would need to put away for taxes and met with an attorney to ensure I was recording things properly from the start to avoid extra work later.

3. I had already formed an LLC when I began thinking about my graphic design business, and then a couple of years ago I added a DBA name, Lillyella, when I began designing jewelry and doing shows, so that was taken care of.

4. My biggest concern was health insurance, so I spent a good amount of time researching providers and small business organizations in my city, and then getting myself set up with good coverage.

5. I also decided to stock up on as many supplies as I could while I still had a steady paycheck coming in and I also rearranged my workspace.

6. I went through my monthly expenses and figured out where I could save some money. I called my cable company and just told them I felt my bill was too high, and they lowered it! I was on a roll after that: who else can I call to save money?! I called my car insurance company to tell them I would only be driving about 10 miles a week, as opposed to the 300 miles per week I was driving before, and my premium went down by about $75. That’s a great tip that some people may overlook.

7. But lastly—and this is by far the most important—I enjoyed eating enchiladas at our favorite Mexican restaurant a few last times. I figured that the luxury of eating out would be one of the first things to go!

via etsy.

we are the world

economic meltdowns. tainted milk. job insecurity. f1 playgrounds for the rich. the rich getting richer. the middle class trying to keep up with the joneses. the poor getting poorer. global warming. food inflation. gahmen bullied tactics.

it’s a depressing state the world we live in, no? all of us are trying to outdo each other. why? can we not just like the way we are? life is short, but it does not mean we have to compete.

let’s just love the world. we are not any superior as we might have though of.

the new discovery ad is lovely.

and sarip does not know about you, but he feels a bit better watching this. the world unites!