Monday, 23 March 2015

R.I.P. MR LEE KUAN YEW


Since 17th March 2015 after our PM's update that our founding father, MR LKY's condition has worsened, everyday when I wake up, the first thing I do despite having trouble opening my eyes is to check his Facebook for updates.  No news is always good news.

But today, its different. While squinting my eyes scrolling through Facebook, I saw Xiaxue's update, then PM's and then shortly after the news was also confirmed on Twitter.  I sprang out of bed at 7.30am.  Instead of hitting the 5min snooze like I always every working weekdays mornings, I quickly showered to watch the PM's address at 8am.
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/pm-lee-grieved-beyond-words-mr-lee-kuan-yews-death-20150
In an emotional speech that was broadcast live from the Istana at 8am, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He says he is "grieved beyond words" at the death of his father, who died on Monday morning at the Singapore General Hospital aged 91. -- SCREENGRAB: CHANNEL NEWSASIA -- taken from Straits Times.
The address was first delivered in Malay, then Chinese and English.


Seeing PM's voice cracked during the Chinese speech and having to pause several seconds to recompose himself, my heart sank.  I could not hold it in any longer and started to cry.
 
(pictures gotten online and linked to original source if possible)

The view of General Post Office from Singapore River Year: 1940
  Next couple of pictures from CNN's article in 2010
Marina Bay Then
Marina Bay Now
Orchard Road Then
Orchard Road Now
http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/life/then-and-now-266369
Boat Quay Then
Picture taken from virtourist.com: Boat Quay Now
Really.

We rose from a 3rd world country to the 1st in 50years.  Yes, MR LKY may not have done it himself but without his leadership, guidance and strict iron-fist rule, there is no way we could have done it.  I am thankful for all he has done for this country.

I am grateful to be a Singaporean.  Given the opportunity to live in comfort and in a relatively clean and safe country.  Comparing to other countries where corruption is rampant, I would say our government is relatively clean.  Yes, there were complains here and there about how Singapore has become and how irritated I was but it does not mean I am not thankful.

Think about it. We could have still been living in these conditions... Unstable electricity supply, water supply, sanitation, medical welfare, education etc....

picture taken by Mr Quek Tiong Swee. donated to NLB
 
How not to be thankful and grateful?  Which also makes me question on the intention and motives of those who can spread rumours of his death a week earlier? Those who criticise him and his family.  Those who can just verbally attack them at this junction? 
 
Without his contributions, we would not be even having air-conditioned transportations, steady supply of electricity, clean water to drink from the tap and the ever most important WIFI now to use.  You may not agree with him but please show some decency and respect at this point, to him and his family.
 
No one is perfect ok but he did his very best for this country during the darkest of times.  We are just reaping the benefits right now and yet people can just shoot off their mouths and say awful things.  I feel damn angry just thinking about it.
 
HOW CAN THEY EVEN????
 
I really fear for the future of Singapore.  Would there be another 50yrs to come and beyond?
 
 
We as ordinary citizens cannot do much on a political scale for we are not diplomats or leaders but I guess we could contribute to the nation by being a law abiding citizen.  Exercise restrain, tolerance and have respect for the practices of other religions/race.

taken from PAP's facebook page
Rest In Peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
 
I will do my best in my part as a citizen of Singapore.  Thank you for all that you have done either good or bad cause I believe you have done it with the best interest for Singapore.
 

 
Thank you, Mr & Mrs Lee.
 
Read more about the late MR LKY here:
 
Other sources/reads:
1. CNN



Friday, 20 March 2015

琼瑶:梅花烙(梅花三弄 系列)

书中印象深刻的文字、诗句、情感 等等。。。
 
梅花烙(作者:琼瑶 1993 作品) 
 
1。秦嬷嬷从火盆前取出已在火中烤了多時的一支梅花簪。。。随后在煙火的爆響中,雪如手中的梅花簪立即烙上嬰兒的右肩。。。 
[我苦命的女兒呀!這朵梅花,烙在你肩上,也烙在娘心上!今天這番生離,决非死别!娘会天天燒香拜佛,向上天祈求,希望終有那麼一天,你能夠回到娘的身邊来!] 她搂著孩子,吻著孩子。。[再續母女情,但憑梅花烙!]

2。白老爷(吟霜的父亲)為救女兒惨遭多隆貝子打死。。。因‘身無長物,復舉目無親’吟霜决定賣身為家奴以好葬父而期间皓禎因忙碌没再訪龍源樓,未能阻止此事而自责。
“我,來晚了,對不起”

我的感想简单的7个字但足以让我感到些许感动

3。吟霜葬父后搬进小四合院。皓禎三天兩天來訪,分享彼此的故事。倆人情不自禁的,分擔著對方的苦與樂,去探索著彼此的心靈。。。但吟霜對自己非主非僕的身分感到很不安。。。逐漸活在期待他的到来裡,来了之后活在有他的驚喜裡。。。  
“期待中有著痛楚,驚喜中有著隱憂,她是那樣患得患失,忽喜忽悲了。”

4。皓禎和蘭公主闹翻后,蘭公主带着一大隊人回宫。随后霜有了身孕。當如告知王爺這消息時,王爺又驚又喜的表情證實她的看法。。。
“不孝有三無後爲大”
我的感想这句话引起我的好奇心。心想那么其他2不孝是什么?所以上Google查询。 原来此句话来自于《孟子。离娄上:第二十六章》。我把解释给抄了下来已方便读者们了解。
原文
 
离娄上:第二十六章
孟子日:[不孝有三,无后为大。舜不告而娶,为无后也。君子以为犹告也。]
注释
不孝有三:赵注云:
“于礼有不孝者三事,谓阿意屈从,陷亲不义,一不孝也;家贫亲老,不为仕禄,二不孝也;不娶无子,绝先祖祀,三不孝也。”
译文
孟子说:“不孝顺的事有三种,没有子孙后代是最为严重的。舜不先禀告父母就娶妻,就因为担心没有子孙,因此君子认为他没有禀告如同禀告过了一样。
 
以为顺从,见父母有过错而不劝说,使他们陷入不义之中,这是第一种不孝。
家境贫穷,父母年老,自己却不去当官吃俸禄来供养父母,这是第二种不孝。
不娶妻生子,断绝后代,这是第三种不孝。
 
“不孝有三無後爲大”理解为没有传宗接代是最大的不孝。
 
5。皇上下令吟“削髪爲尼,青燈古佛,了以残生!”後蘭公等人回宫。当晚在房里從背後抱住了,颤声說:
“青丝可斷,我和你的情緣,永遠永遠不端斷!”
隔天早上雪如因不舍再于吟骨肉分離,当众人面前坦诚二十一年前的偷龍轉鳳。。。以爲不認她,王爺也不相信她,所以從王爺腰間的一把匕首用力的抽了出来,往脖子上一横,準備自刎時說:
“自做孽。。。。。。不可活!”

6。吟在刑場前對喊了最後一句,轉身飛奔回府,爲了追随即将被斬首的而自我了断。。。
“午時鍾響,魂魄相會!天上人間,必然相聚!”
喃喃複誦著吟的句子又加了兩句。。。
“生而無歡,死而何懼?”
 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Higher Perspective - 15 Things That Introverts Would Never Tell You

Came across this article shared by George Takei on his facebook page.  I have included the link to the article itself.


I  must admit.  This is pretty darn accurate about describing me.  Yes, in my 'About' page description of myself, you can pretty tell much that I am an introvert.  Almost all points in this article is soooo me.  If you are my friend in real life, could you identify the traits?
 
1. Small talk sucks.
2. Being alone is fine.
3. We aren’t rude or uptight.
4. Sometimes, we swing both ways.
5. We have friends. And they like us! Probably.
6. When with the right people, we feel safe.
7. We like to write things out.
8. We’re super productive.
9. If we don’t like you, you won’t know it..
10. Networking events suck.
11. We don’t like crowds.
12. Sorry, we probably weren’t listening to your story.
13. Don’t make a fuss out of our birthdays.
14. We don’t want to make a fuss out of your birthday.
15. If we’ve chosen to be friends with you, appreciate it.
 
Click on the link to the original article for more descriptions of the 15 points listed.