National mourning. March 28, 2015Posted by @Karen_Fu in National Mourning, Singapore.
Tags: Lee Kuan yew, life thoughts, Parliament house wake, singapore
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Today will be a historic day for people who come to mourn of a fine geostrategist, leader and a very wisely creative nation planner. I am very glad I eventually made it to the wake at the Parliament House.
I also think I should count myself lucky to get a much cooler weather and a much shorter wait. Much shorter than anticipated by many others. I had thought they wouldn’t allow me to go to the Padang because I reached the MRT station only at 7.40pm and it was far from the Padang. I really sprinted. Together with the bunch who came in at the same time, we ran against the final call to the wake.
Finally made it yesterday running after time. I had thought I wasn’t going to make it because it was really a little too late but I decided to try. Reached City Hall at around 7:40pm, brisk walked to the Padang before reaching one of the tents to wait for our turn to head for the Parliament House. The walk was longer running from Raflles City to crossing the roads to reaching the Padang. But the incentive was they allowed us to walk straight into the Parliament House thereafter via security check before being briefly whisked in afterwards. It was worth the time. Waiting time was less than 3.5hours from 7.50pm to 11.10pm. 3 hours and 20 minutes to be exact. Much shorter time than what I was expecting. And it wasnt hot at all. A lot of food was unexpectedly there. The stranger surprise was they actually have food for me when I am still having some food sensitivities. The officer near City Hall MRT station kept telling me to run and it was worth the rush. I heard some one saying it was tougher than BMT (basic military training) and it drew a laugh. If you want to go, and if you really have the heart to go; somehow you will be there even though you may think it was almost impossible to reach on time at all. To tell the truth, I had wanted to give up because the time was too tight. Very glad I decided to give it a go.
While in the waiting tent, the volunteers and the SAF people kept moving around asking if we were hungry. I didnt expect any food at all. But they seemed to be worried that people may get hungry all the time. First, it was the apples, then it was the drinks. Soon after it was pasta, then it was bread, ice cream, crackers, biscuits and all. It came to a point that it became even comical. Even the kids were quite surprised but none of them were greedy to eat up everything. I was looking on in amazement. It showed care and I was told a lot of the food was donated by different organizations or even from individuals-very generous. I am still wondering who gave all the food though. At one point they were giving away one loaf of freshly baked bread to one person. They asked me if I wanted it. I didn’t because I wasn’t hungry. I looked at it and it wasn’t any kind of bread, it was a multigrain with rye flour (I think). It wasn’t cheap either, which made me thought who would give such a generous donation during the wake.
Thankfully it was a cool evening. Imagine if you would head there in the afternoon. I bet there were people being sent to the hospital for heat stroke. Yet thousands are willing to risk the weather to pay their last respects. I have never seen such a national unity before. But I do worry one thing: imagine the area was attacked, and there was a need to have such tents around to save lives, would we have the space? The cramming population is one of the agendas that I cannot agree in a time when terrorism is rampant in the world. Then again, it seemed to be ignored.
When it was our turn to move out of the tents, everyone cheered. We went through the security system very quick. Before we knew it, we were filing into the wake area.
Filed past the late Minister Mentor’s casket at 11:10pm. A sense of anguish came. You wouldn’t feel that much until you reach the feet of the casket. Then you know how much you lost. It is a fleeting moment of a life time that makes you think about life and how life could treat a person; and how some people could be so nice or mean to one another. To me, it is a sense of motivation. I am not a giant, but I can strive to do good in other modest ways. If those were the obstacles he faced and pass, then I should try to pass mine.
Everyone has their own set of problems and monkeys to face. It is only a matter of effort, wit and time to master the art of problem solving and dealing with different factors (or rather characters) in life. The process is the most difficult but we must learn to take up the challenge. For those who resort to small ways to get their goals never actually win and they are never become great people. At least they were never even a good person to start off with.
The week of mourning has been very reflective on a personal level. It rekindled the national issues and history. It opened up insights about life and it reminded me that a making of a nation and indeed anything always involve persistence and discipline with a take of very witty humour. RIP Minister Mentor, I salute thee. -@Karen_Fu
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The hardest part to build a nation is from scrap. The thing I admire about him and his first generation of ministers was they start from scrap. Actually the smaller the country the harder it is to build a nation ’cause defence is a problem, credibility is another. The problem we are facing now is a different set of problems. The type that we could collapse in a other way if our leaders do not have the kind of qualities like them. That’s another set of issues. The thought if this makes my heart heavy ’cause I think there is no one like him to lead. We have a good set of social problems that stem out from when we had very little of them then. I don’t know if we have the tenacity ’cause the motivation now is very different from last era.
We don’t have anyone like Lee Kuan Yew, and I see that a real problem. The foundations he had set prosper us. But if we were not as wise, as smart with the perspectives and the character he had; I doubt the prosperity will sustain. You need leadership, loyalty, some punches, and a pretty good number of stellar qualities to handle people, tasks, politics with a steely personality that is also easy-going —— Easy on the commoners and the needy, though on the people who would ruin the system to common prosperity. That’s what he was to get where we are today. He had his misgivings but the contributions to the nation far outweigh the misgivings. No ones perfect. And commoners only care about a peaceful and prosperous life that is healthy and sustainable. Commoners do not bother about power and politics. I believe most don’t care about politics.
In any case, I’ve already thrown my SG50 calendar of events into the bin when founding Prime Minister was critically ill. I knew he couldn’t pull through because the love of his life went before him five years ago. There was nothing important to hold on.
I don’t think anyone has the mind to think about the celebrations. I embrace trouble ahead, but I hope my thinking is totally wrong. We do not have any one like Lee Kuan Yew and I doubt there is anyone like him in the near future. If we can have rising social problems like addicted gambling etc with interrupted public transport, we have the right to have real concerns how the post Lee Kuan Yew era would be.
Though I do not like his handling of matters on a staunch domineering force but his contributions in the earlier years were, if not, far more then exemplary. He gathered his team to set up what others do not have the world. Public housing was like no other. An education system that rivals with the best in the world but I would never agree that we are not the intellectual class because we came from the southern parts of China where peasantry was dominant. Afterall, aren’t many successful people themselves come from the so called peasantry class?
I don’t believe in social classes. I may have some belief in genetics but at times even genetics could wrong where smart parents could have retards. Both nature and nurture can only have probabilities. There are not absolutes, only estimates and predictions.
The mind of Lee Kuan yew is unmatched by many and that includes his own children. We must be fair on his achievements and not criticize because we do not agree. I admire his brains, his witty astute sense of words and his strategic use of people like the late Goh Keng Swee, Hon Sui Sen and the likes. Which country in the world, this small, could go this far? And which country in the world this tiny could come up from the dead? This country.
’cause we had the brains and the guts with the right people. But question is: do we still have them now?
Do we have a future? – when gambling problems are along with rising marital problems. And not to forget petty street crimes and shoplifting to bigger crimes like murder.
Do we have fine minds that do not hold regard to money before the people, the people before self ?
Do we have people who will stand before justice ? Where people do not have to worry about retirement, making ends meet and money to lean and to grow ?
Do we have people to bring the old people who need to pick carton boxes for a living to a comfort level?
I am worried that we might be regressing. We used to have first class transport but now it’s hiccups every now and then. Why?
And how come students are so selfish these days and love to differentiate amongst themselves in terms of academic streams and schools? Why?
I buy thee not the pukes that we seem to see in recent years. We dearly need people who are multiculturally inclined, extremely impartial, and very innovative for the world today is no longer relying on strict fundamentals in a linear fashion. Current affairs in social economics has changed to become a problem that seeks sustainable measures in the goods and services we choose and the policies we embark on to stay alive. It is only with lateral thinking that we can grow and depend on our own to be our own CEOs. If our education is so rightly cool, then the best leaders, in at least most of the industries, should be us. There is no need to hire foreign talent at all.
I long for a Nobel prize from this country, a might that is like Great Britain which is physically small but undeniably huge in influence. Like our demised founding PM Lee Kuan Yew, who came in small, and walk out big where leaders from other countries would even come here to pay respects before him. Don’t say Singapore is easy to manage cos the smaller you are, the less credibility and might to get others to even look at you. You must feel super confident and motivated with a special character that exudes original substance to win hearts. He had it, will we have it too?
Founding PM Lee once said if anything goes wrong, he would get up even if he was in the grave. That is the eagle eye that people are weary and to some hate him for it. I’d say, if there is an impending problem going to sprout, let him come up and save us.
After thinking apart from memorials, I seriously think we should wear mourning (戴孝) for founding PM Lee Kuan Yew. But I think this is a little too late to suggest it.
No longer are the days where a resounding ‘merdeka’ would do. We need someone more original and more impressive cos the new era has set in. – @Karen Fu.
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Legendary giant, Founding PM, Lee Kuan Yew Dies. March 23, 2015Posted by @Karen_Fu in Singapore.
Tags: Lee Kuan yew, singapore
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Just knew this would happen. Then again, I think it is a relief for the legendary giant. SG50 becomes a mourning event. Year 2015 is black year for all Singaporeans. The founding fundamentals he set forth with his first generation ministers were stellar. It acknowledged the poor and the under privileged. His acuteness and foresight saved us from the period when we were thrown out in the waters during the Malaya merger. He has misgivings as well as fine contributions to the nation that we all Singaporeans should remember. No one’s like Lee Kuan Yew. I doubt there is one that is like his intelligence at the moment, and we are not in good shape now as a nation. Mourning is in. National reflection should come in.
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Robin Williams’ good will hunting. We will miss you. August 12, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in ethics, faith, human quality, Quick thoughts.
Tags: actor, Obituary, Robin Williams
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Robin Williams has died. His ethics consciousness for life paid through his acts of honorable acting in movies like ‘Patch Adams’ and ‘Dead Poets’ Society’. Ironically as he gave the world humour and hope, he died of depression.
Good will hunting,we shall always remember the movies he played in that etched in our minds despite the long passage of time. Robin Williams’ death is ironical. The rules of life gathers as to why a nice person could live a life of depression. As more findings will be discovered, I am thinking why life is recycled in these mishaps. Should kind people like him be perished in suicide? Some would say its ‘karma’ but I seriously think there are fundamental laws to life.
There are some very evil people who seemed to be able to sustain life comfortably. Or are they? I believe that whilst there is this existence of karma, we also need to protect ourselves through constant learning from life itself. Self protection is one. By keen learning from life and nature, we will garner the wisdom and knowledge needed to survive well. Moral ethics becomes the upmost importance to withholding peaceful, happy and meaning lives. However, how many would spare their time I search for wealth and status to give passion and compassion to others who genuinely need it? At worst, hypocrisy comes to the scene where charitable tasks are done not because genuine donations from the heart but acts of will to push oneself to the open for the gain of status or tax reduction benefits.
Robin Williams had played some of the most thought provoking films. One of the most profound impact on me is on education and medicine. He gave us wisdom through witty acts of humor that teaches us wisdom. Such acting should be highly valued and honored over unwanted violent and meaningless movies that we often see at theatres, cinemas and on television. His unexpected early demise from suicide is a huge loss to all of us. But I hope his demise will teach all of us good lessons that fine ethics is the root of peace and prosperity in life and beyond. – @Karen_Fu, quick typing in the late morning of 12 August 2014, Singapore.
Dead Poets Society morals: To learn under peer pressure for materialism is to kill creativity and humanity in the worst form. #in #education. To force on a child whose interest may not be of utmost prestige in society is to hinder the rights of the child and god’s gift to that child. – @karen_fu
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Are Vitamins Useless? July 16, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Health, Quick thoughts, real power.
Tags: ethics, medicine, vitamins
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Vitamins, in the artificial form, can never replace organic food. But when in times of urgency, we would definitely need the supplements to temporarily boost our immune systems. But ultimately, as we recover, food will be the main and only source of nutrition. I have been reading about nutrition because I do not believe that medicine can heal a body. It can ease the symptoms but eventually it’s the body that is fighting the disease. So healthy intake of nutirients from clean food sources is actually a long term solution to health. Not the vitamins in the synthetic form. A healthy happy mind also gives the body and soul a brilliant tone. Studies have shown that being kind and happy actually makes the body more alkaline, hence less prone to diseases which thrive in acidic biological environments. Medicine and other pharmaceutical products actually cannot solve problems permanently and in singularity. It must be accompanied by a healthy mind and body that is derived from organic forms and clean physical surroundings. It can ease your pain in order for the body to recuperate. But it is ultimately your immune system that counts. -@karen_fu
Are Vitamins Useless?
Are vitamin pills even necessary? – The Week
A recent long-term study of more than 400,000 people concluded that “most vitamin supplements [have] no clear benefit” and warned that excess vitamin E and beta-carotene may actually weaken the immune system’s ability to kill cancer cells. “The case is closed,” the study authors wrote. “Enough is enough.”
Is it ethical to sell a product which is in general a simple placebo?
In the Wizard of Oz, the fake wizard gives the Cowardly Lion, a horrible tasting concoction. He tells the lion that this “formula” will give him courage. The lion drinks the horrible drink and the wizard asks him how he feels. The lion replies, “Full of courage.”
So, we who spend from a few to hundreds of dollars on vitamins may also be said…
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A new trust – PreU Sem 2014 June 7, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in change.
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Part of the notion of trust, very well delivered in this blog post which I want to share. – Karen Fu
Pre-U Sem 2014 was attended by about 500 students from JC, Poly and IP schools and I had the privilege of speaking on a panel to about 100 of these students alongside former NMP Claire Chiang, VP of Banyan Tree, and Martin Tan, Co-Founder of Halogen Foundation.
We were mostly fielded questions throughout the session on the afternoon of the 6th of June, but I was able to answer from nearly all of my prepared speech. My speech text is below:
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for the opportunity to address you. I’d like to talk to you about trust and how it will play a huge part all our futures.
Trust is a key element in every human relationship. How you, I, we, view each other. Without it, relationships break down. Without it, conflict rules.
Trust is also a key part of the relationship between the Government and its…
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A Change of Times – Trust is the root of Power. June 7, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, faith, Singapore.
Tags: BG Lee Hsien loong, Catherine Lim's Open Letter, leadership, Power, singapore, trust, Ven Jing Kong
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Catherine Lim is a very gutsy lady. She has just penned in the change of times. Her open letter to the #Singapore prime minister, BG Lee Hsien Loong could be found here
I have been tied to my own problems pretty badly at home to be really far behind in what is happening now. But fortunately the internet is able to help me record and do the catch up later, though quite late, thinking of the problems and solutions we have here. Just this year alone, we have quite a bit of happenings from the ground. I doubt it will stop from all these telling signs. If they aren’t acknowledged positively, I can see a storm arising. Lessons? Trust is loosing ground. Solution? Should we retain the hard handed style? My answer is NO. I have also attended the Buddhist convention last month end which Venerable Jing Kong had come to visit Singapore for an hour. The teachings of love and peace came in at the right time. But one needs to truly listen and put it to practice. Shaking hands with the venerable is only the start, the actions are more important. Trust comes in the form of sincerity. The harder the hammer hits, the larger the cracks will be. – Karen Fu.
Why Daring To Change. February 3, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, faith, human quality, life challenges, real power.
Tags: change, faith, hope, love, peace, Universal compassion
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Why Daring To Change in Chinese – a note to a friend, which I think it’s worth the share. Hopefully in the year of the Horse, we could come to terms to certain issues that aren’t hard to solve if we would just change ourselves even by the little everyday:
I was just flipping through the photos and saw a finger written piece of Chinese words that was written I had just bought my mobile device.
The lines aren’t fantastic but I enjoy using my finger to write them. Sending one off for your perusal.
I genuinely believe about universal compassion. It is a spirit that requires a two way traffic, a heartfelt sincerity to
promote such spirit of love to as far as possible and as long as possible, if not eternity. If everyone had a mind to do so,
the world would definitely be a simpler place sans the complicated troubles, this world would also have a true peace.
Those who believe in universal compassion, fraternity and love, love people and objects around them; bearing a generous heart and mind. People who such love are ones who truly blessed.
Even though when people may bully and harm, on the other end there will be gracious and gallantly kind people who would come to the rescue.
Unrefined Chinese characters on this page, but hopefully my Chinese will gradually improve to a greater height. No guts, no hope.
No hope, no success. True face of love is always capable of miracles. That is why I set up an English blog of my own.’ – @Karen_Fu
Chinese New Year Greetings! February 1, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in Chinese New Year, New Year, Quick thoughts, Singapore.
Tags: Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, self-made card, singapore
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The Golden Horse greets on the Lunar New Year,
We reunite with Universal (com)passion ,
In Jiawu (Chinese new year of the horse) we arise,
With Peace, health coming auspiciously.
May Singapore prosper with peace and wealth! – @Karen_fu
Quick wishes for the New Year of the Horse January 15, 2014Posted by @Karen_Fu in Chinese New Year, faith, human quality, Justice, life challenges, New Year, real power, Singapore.
Tags: equality, human justice, leadership, peace, society
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Although there are efforts to curb foreigners, I think we need to focus on curbing those who are creating trouble here. That distinction is far more important than just curbing any foreign nationals. Trouble such as ostracizing the locals via means of bullying. If we fail to do this, the social make up of this country will go into a very rough one which is currently in the process of negative change. Regaining ground for what we had — a fully integrated, national identity revived, cohesive and very kind society of many came to envy us. It is this essence that we are one of the safest countries to live in and the most peaceful and harmonious one. I hope in the year of the Horse we will gain hold and achieve this. No citizen will gain from social enclaves and an overtly materialistic society where money and status controls the righteous mind. Be sure that such negative social change will see us all in gradual doom with social breakdown between people for various kinds of positive relationships, like those at home, school and work. I could romp on with examples but I hope I don’t need to. We need leaders with guts to spit the dirt out honestly and dare to flip very mercenary people whose intentions are for self greed. Hopefully in the next two years we will find them. – @Karen_Fu.
Let not the spirit of Mandela be gone. December 7, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, ethics, human quality, Justice, life challenges, Quick thoughts.
Tags: humanity, Liberty, life lesson, Nelson Mandela, peace, South Africa, wisdom
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Sharing a post that I have just made in Facebook :
‘Nelson Mandela has died. But I hope humanity and real educated people have truly grown as a result of his sacrifice. Don’t preach what he had said, but do what he had done and pass on the torch of hope to generations of people to come. Then, the sacrifice of Mandela will not be in vain. And so are our forefathers whose sacrifice is to ensure we live better because we have grown a genuine heart for peoples around the globe. That’s the ultimate peace. Papers about peace don’t work, but actions of peace do.-@karen_fu’
Tags: Human Rights, Liberty, Nelson Mandela, Obituary
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What Mandela meant to me:
Nelson Mandela was a man of sheer conviction, courage and compassion. He was a man of great stubbornness in his manner to bring love, justice and order to his people and in many ways to the world. A man whose life has several ups and downs, suffered most of his life in fight for truth and liberty. His life is a heartbreaking aspiration to all of us wherever we are, of someone who had fought relentlessly for a blessed life under a very politically wronged name of being a ‘terrorist.’ – @Karen_Fu, Daring To Change.
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Why Our World Collapses November 29, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, climate change, environment, environmental pollution, ethics, human quality, life challenges, man made calamity, Quick thoughts, real power.
Tags: environmental concerns, Human ethics, Venerable Jing Kong
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I thought I was going to bed early until I saw this post on Facebook by Venerable Jing Kong. What he had said really echoed my thoughts about why we are having a decaying world. He placed in all the complex reasons in very concise points that shoot the demon out of the chaos, which we are all suffering now. The very reason of human ethical decay is the main reason why our world collapses, and why justice can can take such a long time to come. Technology can rectify the problems but for a permanent solution, a human change in character for the good must be achieved. I am pasting a screenshot of what the Venerable has said, and hopefully this will open eyes for more people to come forth for a stronger voice for environmental conservation and humanity.
DYING TO HAVE KNOWN by Steve Kroschel November 27, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in ethics, faith, human quality, life challenges, real power.
Tags: life, Quote
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Quote the following from an excerpt from “Dying to Have
Known,” by Steve Kroschel. Very meaningful and I thought its worth the post. – Karen Fu
DYING TO HAVE KNOWN
For each of us eventually, whether we’re ready or not,
someday, it will come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,
will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to
It will not matter what you owned or owed. Your grudges,
resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do list will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade
It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the
tracks you lived at the end.
It won’t matter if you’re beautiful or brilliant, even your gender
and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built,
not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage,
or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to
emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how
many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that
live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered by
whom, and for what.
A life lived that matters is not of circumstance, but of choice
Beware of Greeks Bearing Standardized Tests! November 27, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in education, Quick thoughts.
Tags: education, system
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No one’s exactly the same. Different people have different strengths and their individual ways of learning. The cultural differences should be taken into consideration. To produce a common mould is always wrong but systems, not only educational ones, tend to make do with one. Makes you wonder the many reasons why such ideas exist. – Karen Fu
Foundations, charities but mainly for-profit groups claim to have all the answers to “fix” education in the United States. Their principal tool is the standardized test, and not just any standardized tests, the ones they have created. It’s funny they always talk about accountability but what harm does it do to millions of students to be rated by tests that make little sense and measure only a small part of the results we expect our schools to produce?
As as society, it should be a matter of some concern that tax free foundations are the weapons of choice in the battle to replace public education with a neo-liberal set up where you get what you pay for. Essentially, the taxpayers are substituting anti-democratic initiatives across the country.
It’s bizarre that the United States is one of the pioneers in creating public schools is the…
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Nature and Fairness – When Worlds Collide November 25, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in ethics, faith, human quality, Justice, Quick thoughts, real power.
Tags: business, dynasties, Fairness, justice, leadership, politics, Power
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Quick post from my facebook comment. History tells us that the strongest and the most impartial dynasties last. It may take the meanest to stay, but it doesn’t last. The most partial and selfish dynasties die from revolution set by the people. The most unfair businesses fail flat and are never liked. People’s support is the basis of power. Try double standards, and even the Mandate of Heaven will have you out without the people’s revolt. Historical references are aplenty. The will power of goodness can never be underestimated. Why do you think people have so much aspirations when it comes to unconditional passion of all kinds? Because people believe in peace and common love for mankind.
I can only post this much for now. It is something that great people like Dr Sun Yat Sen, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa and our own humble Teresa Hsu would pay strong belief in — Human fairness, compassion, and love. Very simple principles, but seemingly to some people, it can be so difficult to do. – Karen Fu
Ilo Ilo, Singapore’s pride. November 24, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in creativity, Quick thoughts, Singapore.
Tags: Anthony Chen, Cannes, Film, Golden Horse Award, Life lessons
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Singapore wins big at Golden Horse Awards for best supporting actress, best new director, best screenplay and best feature film. It has also recently won at the Cannes festival earlier. Antony Chen really does anything for his films. In most ways, its good. In a few ways, it isn’t. His education background is an example of someone who makes it big on his own style. In my opinion, the substance IS the style. There’s no need to debate on that. This film wins big without a degree proves that anything such as intelligence and gift cannot be measured by an archaic system of egoism. A big lesson to elitist people and for all of us to think that education fits all, when education should be tailored made to fit the individual. No ones exactly the same. Whilst education can give and take away skills, it can never take away real substance such as talent and gift. The list is non conclusive but I think you get the idea. – Karen Fu.
Inserting this picture of the winning team. I think they’d never thought a humble background could win this big. I bet they’d cried for having the guts all thrown in for a fine bet. Best wishes!
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Don’t Blow Up For Greed. November 15, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, environment, environmental pollution, ethics, faith, Innovation, life challenges, Quick thoughts.
Tags: environment, Fukushima, Japan, Kagoshima, Kyocera Solar Plant, nuclear, solar energy
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A fine and very creative example to use renewable resources. After Fukushima, I think the Japanese are adamant to stray away from nuclear and out in their research efforts in other renewable sources for energy. Not only does this solar plant is aesthetically pleasing but it is as beautiful on the inside as far as the intentions are. I hope more innovations and implementations of this kind will eventually replace nuclear energy. I suppose it takes a good blast to learn the lessons up. But I do hope we don’t need to do another one to master the real lessons of self destruction. There are many ways to power. Don’t blow it up because of stupidity and greed. – Karen Fu
1. CNet – Kyocera launches 70 Megawatt solar plant.
Material consumption could be as bad as nuclear waste November 15, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, environmental pollution, Pictures, Quick thoughts.
Tags: Environment Concerns, materialism, pollution
We are what we do. I doubt we are heading in the right environmental conservation direction if our material consumption doesn’t reduce. The break down of these materials can be as long as nuclear decomposition. Thrift is of essence. A change of life views on material attainment has got to be revised. I often wonder how much waste we have been producing and trying the bury them somewhere. Can we really thrash unwanted goods after their shelf life is gone? Design to last or design to sustain would be the way to go. But I doubt money mongers will like the idea. Its more convenient to create fashion and let consumers keep on to it to spin them money. Then again, if we could wittily remind them that we may all perished or damaged by various pollutants around; per chance they might just have their sanity back in to agree with real change. – Karen Fu
Change by Design – Invisible Helmet November 13, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in creativity, design, industrial design, Innovation, talent.
Tags: invisible helmet, Women in design
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Quick paste of this video above to share via Facebook from ‘Irene Emerita’. We can never underestimate the technical and design innovation done by women, which is usually expected in men. Watch it to see its ingenuity. – Karen Fu
Common Law Of Justice – who gets to set it November 12, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, ethics, human quality, real power.
Tags: law, Nature, sustainability
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In reply to Penny Ramsden about who is going to set the common law of justice, which I will share in a short paragraph:
‘That’s a hard question. I would say as long as people are doing the law, you will definitely not get a perfect system because people by nature are somewhat bias despite how impartial they can appear to be. So no common law system will be perfect. But it should at least satisfy common logic of fairness, which sometimes is strangely absent. Nature is by far the fairest when it comes of common justice. You put rubbish in, it will find a way to give it all back to you regardless race, language or religion; social status or financial solvency. Very very fair…..’
What I would like to add quickly is that it should always be noted that no one will be perfectly impartial and fair. As such the group of people in charge should always be under constant check by the people and that the system is always opened to change. And that includes an overthrow of the corrupted one without red tape. – Karen Fu
A short Life Tweet. November 11, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, environment, ethics, faith, Justice.
Tags: life thought, sustainability, Twitter tweet
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The world doesn’t operate on evil intentions. It will retaliate with natural vengeance. #in #life #sustainability – Karen Fu
Saturday morning rise to read a fall in human justice…. November 9, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in ethics, human quality, Justice, Quick thoughts.
Tags: Fairness, human resource, leadership, Prof Nick Chater
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Not a big matter by certain people who think they are huge. Not a small matter to ignore it either as common folks. Supposedly, the freedom of thought and speech were struck down due to the huge dislike of a certain said or written clause. Or be it the kind of character that one cannot seem to understand or rather choose not to understand, and henceforth chose to force a banishment out of nowhere. (Prof Nick Chater’s point on how one could form an inventory of reasons to justify their decisions in the ‘The mind is flat’ video)Will that be a sign of unfairness? Let truth be told that where there is injustice, there will be reprecussions. You need to ask why such people are at the helm of leadership and are so blind and foolish to do stupid reasons just to put down a harmless and peaceful expression. The rules set by some usually the helm of the most pocessive will do the enforcement on people and to put a downright system in their might. Would we be foolish to use the egg to hit a rock? (A Chinese Saying 以卵击石) what I could say is it is foolish to use hard force in a time when liberty of rights are floating globally. the management of people our subordinates can never come from brut force. How can one be a leader when you are running out of followers? – Karen Fu, little thought on something not that little.
Are the principles of justice and the nature of values under threat? November 8, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, ethics, faith, human quality, Justice, life challenges.
Tags: Bentham, justice, Nature, Psychology, The Mind Is Flat, trust
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This is a question Penny Ramsden is pressing to know. Though I am not asked to reply, I feel obliged to make a comment though I honestly think it needs a good draft before publishing it. It’s a difficult subject area to write. But it is definitely a very relevant question to ask. My reply was done in context to a video called ‘The Mind is Flat’ <video is found in the previous reblogged post.>
I will paste my reply here for crit:
The Justice Principle and Values November 8, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, human quality, real power.
Tags: Compassion, kindness, Poetry
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Can’t resist reblogging. I love poetry and this is beautiful. Rushing my lines here again whilst I share my comments,’Lovely poem! For one to understand kindness, one must first learn to suffer/experience the pain, persevere and continue to learn positively. In that respect, the nurture of a great compassionate leader. Not many in the world can achieve that. Quite the contrary, many more people tend to turn to the negative because of the pain. I see it as a form of self protection, which society as a whole must learn to accommodate. However, one must not be forgotten that there are some truly evil people whose minds are never going to change. In lieu of such character, we must defend what is justice. Great post!’
Nature and Fairness: When Worlds collide November 8, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in ethics, human quality, Justice.
Tags: Nature and Fairness
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Sharing a snappy quick thought on justice:’I have a thought on your last line:’everything has a place’. To me, people who have abused the rights of decent beings have no place in the world. However, law made by man has failed to sort justice out. It’s prevalent in the news that we read. And it does make one wonder of the several shades of grey present in our human civilisation. So who gets to set the ultimate law to maintain justice?’
add on the 8 November: haven’t put in detailed thinking from the principles. Would have to rush back to form. But I often find it strange to base on the exsiting laws. To me, certain solutions cannot wait. I have to rush off for there’s only 5% of battery remaining…
Singapore’s first tidal energy generator launched off Sentosa November 8, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, Singapore.
Tags: Renewable energy, Tidal energy
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Quickie post as I caught my eye on the energy issues. The link above gives a quick news on Singapore’s use on tidal energy. What is also interesting is the comments that follow beneath the post on the website. Do take a quick look. No one wants nuclear which is a relief to me. Solar is what I have been keen in. More time and energy should be directed to solar energy which we have in abundance during most of the daytime. Another source would be water. – Karen Fu
Tags: Fukushima daiichi disaster, Fukushima nuclear accident aftermath, Nuclear Energy Concerns, Nuclear fallout
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I can never fully understand why some people somewhere could still insist on nuclear energy. The link above tells us part of the aftermath of its radioactive contamination in Fukushima. Honestly, the people who insist on nuclear should really go to Fukushima themselves and clean up the contamination instead of talking about why and how else it should be managed to ensure safety for future generations to come. The reality is: unless one knows how to contain nuclear energy risks, no one under our current socio-political-economic situation should ever use nuclear energy as a prime source of energy production. The nuclear fallout should be used as a warning on how justice should be done on any other source of energy used in a similar large scale as a precautionary measure. Any tool given in the wrong hands can be a weapon. And nuclear is by far the worst tool to use. Why tempt it? Just dump it. – Karen Fu
Finding life after academia November 7, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in education, Quick thoughts.
Tags: PhD, phd design forum, postgraduate
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Quote New York Times:’The Repurposed Ph.D.
The past few years have seen a surge in efforts to connect Ph.D.’s with gratifying employment outside the ivory tower, and even to rethink doctoral education itself.’
(Article source found via Arvind Lodaya
Design + Innovation Consulting
Bangalore, India from PhD-Design forum)
Probably not good coming from me, but this article accentuates my thought about a PhD. Many of the best policy makers/business owners do not hold a PhD. If you were to talk about jobs, this may not be the way to go. If you were to focus on another truth, many PhD holders do think they know it all. Not many are truly modest and at times using their academic credentials to put down on those who do not have one. Could go on, but I think let real life facts speak for themselves. There are much more to life than a PhD and you do need time to teach you this. And I am one of them. In all, a great education comes from a gracious school with fine professors whose minds are as open as the universe.- Karen Fu
Who’s going to pay for a greener, global future? November 7, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in climate change, environment, environmental pollution, ethics, faith, Justice, man made calamity, Quick thoughts.
Tags: life thoughts, Nature and Fairness
Sharing a commentary reply that I think I should ‘pay it forward’… :’Everyone’s learning. I’m too. I think one of my best decisions in life so far is to have my tertiary education done in the UK. The countryside itself has taught me a lot. Without nature, there is no nurture. Without our biodiversity, we have no future. Hence I could say we are all stakeholders of a dying globe. For the price of man made destruction, we shall all pay dearly through poorer health and economic well being. Its all related. All of us need to pay for a greener global future only differing in extent and capacity. Or perhaps such establishments or countries who do not heed nature’s call are already beginning to pay the price they have put in. Nature has its uncanny ways of evening out with unfairness. I call that,’the Nature’s Law of Justice’. Cheers from the equator.’- Karen Fu
South Korea and Nuclear Safety November 6, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, ethics, human quality, Justice, man made calamity.
Tags: Nuclear Energy Concerns, South Korea
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When you have people who lack integrity, anything can become a disaster. And when you let such people manage highly combustible nuclear energy, you are courting suicide. The economic attractiveness of using the fuel is often the main lure for using such energy. Ironically, it is that efficiency of using very little to produce that much that fuels potential safety threats both to heath and to the environment. The main issue with all these problems often do not come from the technology itself, but from the people who are behind these technologies. Man can be his own enemy or ally depending on the kind of belief he has. With wisdom intact, nuclear energy should be best scrapped at the current way social politics/ social economics is run. For all you know a nuclear plant run for power energy lines may well be used for nuclear weapons of mass destruction.- Karen Fu
South Korea and Nuclear Safety
South Korea has become the center of a nuclear corruption scandal. Basically, parts that meet the safety requirements of a nuclear plant are expensive. Sub standard parts can save a plant operator millions upon millions of dollars. So, they faked the required documents and used sub standard parts on what appears to be a gigantic scale.
Now, I’m one of those foolish people who keep pointing at the record of problems with nuclear safety. I have the perception regarded by many, even some modern environmentalists as foolish, that nuclear power has been distinguished by lies, exaggerations, safety violations and the occasional complete disaster during all of the history of its use.
Isn’t this a cautionary tale when many reactors in the fourth most powerful economic power in Asia are found to be using parts that in an emergency will fail?
What worries me is the…
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Short Haze – Life thoughts June 27, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in ethics, human quality, Justice, life challenges, real power.
Tags: governance, Haze, Ideas on life, layman philosophy, leadership, life, society, thoughts
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When you have the money, the world talks to you. But that doesn’t mean everyone is genuinely wanting to be real friends to you. Try haze, any kind of haze, and see how many will truly come to the rescue instead of planning to leave the moment your contaminants grow beyond their interests. It’s the emphasis of genuine friendship that is hard to make. So is the make of a society – one, that is dependent on nothing much beyond material needs, is never a great place of humanity and justice which will garner the truest and the best of friends. And do not undermine such loyal friends, whom some may not be as seen as the so-called wealthy; they may well be your founding blocks of success for sustainable peace and prosperity. – two cents from the equator at the sight of haze, Karen Fu
It’s the haze that we will see clearer. June 26, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, climate change, environment, environmental pollution, Singapore.
Tags: Haze, singapore, thought
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Its the haze that we will see clearer.
This shall spell a change-like the haze, the rain and the winds. When human intervention is absent, hopefully the winds and the rain will continue to be on our side. We need it. There seems to be a lingering burnt smell that comes into the atmosphere somehow. Despite improved readings on both The PSI and AQIs, I think we need to standby our masks. The atmosphere doesn’t feel totally right when I see hazy areas on my train ride. Hailstones were seen in the western part of Singapore yesterday. Climate has surely changed. And that spells a lot on our land that we need to be careful about how we do city planning too.
When there’s thunder, there is rain. After the rain, there’s sunshine. When the intervention of the sun in the rain, we get rainbow.
Haze has ironically allowed us to see things better. As I quickly finished this short blog post, I should add:
‘it’s the haze that we have seen things better’ – cheers, Karen Fu.
Quick visual check on AQI June 23, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in China, environmental pollution, Singapore.
Tags: API, check back at API, China weather, Singapore weather
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Quick snappy look at AQI. Looks like our air quality is similar to China’s
Have a thought looking at these pictures. – Karen Fu
Haze Hell in Malaysia and Singapore June 23, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, environmental pollution, malaysia, man made calamity, Singapore.
Tags: air pollution, AQI, Haze, Malaysia, pollution index, PSI, singapore
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I think AQI 746 is probably about the same as PSI at 400. Maur and Ledang are now declared as states of emergency. Which ever pollution index is being used, pollution levels are considered hazardous. Malaysia declared state of emergency without a second thought. On our front, we have no state of emergency even when the thick haze almost swallowed up the entire city state.
Construction workers still work. People bare the noxious smoke to get their masks and work done. I don’t think this is right. While it is crucial to go forth on international terms to seek consensus on a macro level to end the fires, I thought the basics should have put in place along with the diplomatic mission. The haze is temporarily off for now, but if winds don’t blow like these two days, the haze will return. Who knows what would happen next, but as far as the ground is like for masks and all things about the haze are concerned; it’s quite a civilised panic here. – Karen Fu
1. ABC News ABCNews.com: Worst of Haze Shifts From Singapore to Malaysia http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/worst-haze-shifts-singapore-malaysia-19466046
Life Saving Masks June 23, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, environmental pollution, Singapore.
Tags: Haze, N95 masks, singapore
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I read they are distributing N95 masks now. Better now than never. It seems that the life saving/health saving masks are made available for nation wide distribution only today. For a short while, I was not happy. Reason? It should really be there almost immediately. At least as promised two days ago.
The 9 million masks should have been at least there two days ago. The sale of masks should be made opened at non commercial spots. Different places appear to sell the masks differently. Some by the box, some by the pair. Actually it should be rationed. When you go out and buy them, you will know how it feels like. It is just not right. I have only managed to get the masks after travelling half the country underground. I chose underground to avoid the open air. Even air conditioned air smells smokey. In lieu of this, you cannot depend on surgical masks at all. In fact, everyone should have the N95 masks.This should have come in as immediate and the most logical thing to do at the count of measurement that says ‘hazardous’. We are not under any way to wait like some countries need to. We could do things straight. In light of this respect, the response for basic life / heath saving masks is not good. Thankfully the haze situation is far better now. But that doesn’t guarantee smoke will not be in the air. This may not be as big a task as negotiating with concerned countries, but it is certainly the most vital task to do. – Karen Fu
1. Other posts on haze on DTC: https://daringtochange.wordpress.com/tag/haze/
2. Relevant link to this article: https://daringtochange.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/can-you-smell-the-haze-today/
Alternative Air Index June 23, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, environmental pollution, Singapore.
Tags: air pollution, Air quality measurement, AQI, Haze, Singapore haze
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It seems that API is usually a notch away from PSI. In any case, the readings are bad. In any reading, PSI readings makes you feel better. The skies are now blue, but the readings aren’t. OSI (aka Our Sensorial Index) maybe put into good use. Innately, it feels wrong; visually it may look right. Whatever it is, I hope the winds could first blow the haze away before a rain comes to wash up the air. NEA (National Environment Agency) site seems to be off on the *three day weather forecast as I am surfing now.
So I googled to get this^:
As it looks, rain may be coming as I read via google.
Checking out at ^^NEA weather for today
I hope to have thunderstorm but after the winds blow the haze off first. If human intervention takes so long to make a real effort, than pray hope weather will be on our side. The last few days of hazardous haze were like a historical experience. You can have air cons, air purifiers, humidifiers, aroma lamps and all; but nothing beats genuine natural fresh air. The grey ominous overcast looks worrying enough to question and to think about several issues. Should this lesson be left unlearnt, the next disaster will see us perished. We are merely 710 sq km big. A huge shroud is all you need to murder the entire city state. Those companies, whoever they are, must pay for this. Local companies included. – Karen Fu
1. AQI (Air Quality Index): http://aqicn.org/?city=Singapore/North&size=xlarge&wamap
2. *NEA three day weather forecast : http://app2.nea.gov.sg/redirection-page?aspxerrorpath=/weather_3day.aspx
3. ^Weather forecast via google search: http://www.google.com.sg/search?q=singapore+weather&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#client=safari&hl=en&q=singapore+weather+today&revid=821918756&sa=X&ei=olPGUeu0C4rqrAfejIDQAw&ved=0CEIQ1QIoAA&bav=on.2,or.&bvm=bv.48293060,d.bmk&fp=4cfa504b83eae4a&biw=1024&bih=672
4. ^^NEA weather for today 23-6-2013 : http://weather.nea.gov.sg/ForecastToday.aspx
You Can Smell The Haze Today. It’s People’s Party time. June 22, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, human quality, man made calamity, real power, Singapore.
Tags: air pollution, Haze, lessons learnt, party, People, Singapore haze
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Wrote this on Facebook that I want to share. It’s just a simple line:
‘Without the People, any Party’s useless’
Beat this for a haze lesson learnt.
Hope the skies could be blue soon. It’s good for the people and the people do deserve fine skies. – Karen Fu
Can You Smell The Haze Today part 2 – miracle June 22, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, man made calamity.
Tags: Facebook, Haze, John Loh, miracle, Singapore haze
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Just after I posted the earlier blog post, the skies got cleared all of a sudden. Wonder why and how, but I hope it stays that way. It’s a little bluish grey from my perspective here though largely blue skies with some fluttering clouds. I hope it rains. That will help clean up the air. I call this a miracle from what we see a few hours before and now. The image above shows yesterday and today. But really, a few hours ago, PSI was around 300. It’s around 120 now as of this message. I think it’s below 100 now. Cheers! Karen Fu
Can You Smell the Haze Today?~ June 22, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in environment, man made calamity, Singapore.
Tags: 3M face masks, air pollution, Haze, Indonesian forest fire, singapore
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‘Can you smell Haze/Hazel today? He/She smells acidic …
Not the best boyfriends/girlfriends you can have.
Damned joke, but when you are stuck indoors.
Apart from planning the next steps, you joke.
Even if it’s a DRY one.’-made it up today by me.
Posted to both my Facebook and Twitter sites. I suppose I can’t tell anyone off? Or maybe I CAN.
I forgot which song it was, as well as its lyrics; but the melody was definitely so sing-song. As I hummed the tune, I drafted the stanza. Honestly, the smell is horrible. I have slight headaches despite the measures taken indoors. Guess I am more sensitive. If that’s the case, I can’t get out at the current PSI of around 300. I am also blowing my nose too.
I am still waiting for the haze to reside to a less dangerous level as I write. Not that I fancy semi-invisibility, I haven’t manage to see the mummy exhibit at the ArtScience museum. It’s technically shrouded. I would be impressed if gamblers would still insist on playing bets in this kind of weather. Honestly, in my opinion, this is a now a nation in distress. But life still goes on as usual. Just that you see plenty of people with half covered faces- horizontally across the bottom half of their faces– the Phantom of the Opera would be amused to see us on a similar stage. He sings throughout the night, while we ring in for our rights. Our rights to know when we can have the masks.
I don’t seem to catch hold of N95 3M masks wherever I go. Apart from Giant, I have been to hospitals, Guardian, Watsons, Unity and DIY stores and even toy shops to get masks. Why toy shops? Cos on the way to get proper masks, I saw people wearing cartoon patterned ones that fit the chin and nose very well. ‘ALL SOLD OUT’ was the usual message to me. No definite reply on restocks. I persisted. And I decided not to romp around. I stay put. Where? In front of two stores as I heard someone said the stocks would arrive yesterday evening. There was quite a crowd waiting. Just as I moved slightly away to the ladies and returned, there were queues with people holding glorious white shinny boxes of 3M masks waiting. They were brimming at me…They are like GOLD then. I dashed to the counter only to be told by the pharmacist on duty that it was again ‘ALL SOLD OUT’. I asked why she sold them in boxes of 15 when she could take them out and sold them individually? She told me if she did that, people will just grab as many as they want. They will give many reasons why they want that many. In boxes, she claimed, they would take only one BOX.
A few of us who missed the stock, went around to ask if anyone would sell just one piece of their box purchase. Few relented. In fact to be down to the point, only two people were kind enough to sell. One sold hers to another lady. I was lucky enough to be given one. It was not a 3M mask, but another brand called BIOmask. She gave to me free as she has bought her 3M. I cannot blame them for keeping all the masks because no one can tell when the haze will stop. At hazardous levels, the best action is to play safe. In that sense, I was grateful for that one piece. I don’t think I can ask for more. One piece of good mask is better than five pieces of surgical masks; and those five pieces of surgical masks were better than no mask…
I came home with one BIOMASK(see picture above). You can imagine how I felt. But can I say more? There are definitely no praises for this national calamity. I usually praise my country in any light i can. But not for this one. You see queues everywhere. Either people physically standing or writing lined up names on paper to order. Online purchases sales are rampant despite the week’s wait. It seems like we are waiting for Indonesia to do the cloud seeding and do the right thing to clear up the peat fire dusts. But time waits for no one. How to wait for 9 million masks to come in when haze is often at hazardous levels for the past few days? I thought 9 million masks were ready like it was said? But even when we have to go out and breathe in sick air before we get the masks, we can’t get them. It’s a common complaint. And a fitting one. It is not like it is being said that most people would not need a mask and that only the weak ones will need those masks. The hard truth is: We don’t have iron lungs. And these air particles, without purifiers, could seep deep into the lungs permanently. We cannot wait for reports to tell us the poison we take in. Who cares if there is no scientific studies done on short term exposure? To me and I believe many others as well, is that when logically there is poison, it is poison. Regardless how short the exposure is, it is unhealthy.
This is worse then dengue where you can at least prevent it by putting in repellents. This one terror is smoke. And smoke goes into everywhere where air is.
You can live without water longer than you can without air. To me, this is serious. It is not in the case where most of could live by without masks or with flimsy surgical masks. It’s a case where if you don’t protect your respiratory systems, your health will be compromised. Not only the vulnerable ones are at risks, the healthy ones too.
As cool as we can keep it, we need the urgent steps done. The most fundamental one being providing enough masks. The main problem now is that people like us can’t buy direct from the company. They don’t take orders for just a few pieces. They sell it by the boxes. Neither do they deliver all to the public at defined times. So we can either line up beforehand, or we go in at random. The best is to target at the estimated times and prepare to stand there for hours. For sensitive people like me, we cannot afford to wait that long without proper masks. Not to mention the sickly ones. Apart from improvising what we have, make adjustments indoors and how to go about when outdoors, a lot are beyond us.
The Haze now we have is a national calamity. It will have consequences. It’s just plain logic that it will. How much impact? We will see it in its aftermath. It is definitely holding a place in Singapore history. And an unforgettable one on many lessons learnt.
For now, the immediate action is to get more preparation done for the haze – Karen Fu
PS the skies look far clearer now. Need to act before it gets hazy again.
Enclosed NASA image of the great haze.
A Challenge to Change. From Superman to Man of Steel. June 19, 2013Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, real power, video.
Tags: change, Man Of Steel, movie impact on children and adult audiences, Movies, peace, Superman, violence
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‘You are not ALONE‘ Zod
‘And WE shall see you again.’ Me
I am pretty SURE there will be a sequel. If there’s none, I would be very surprised if there isn’t.
I was making a mickey out from the lines in the movie set by the monster Zod. I have no means to see him again! As I was watching the film with the other hundreds in the theatre, I quietly look on the multi languages on the screen. And I look at Perry White, who is played by Laurence Fishburne. The first African American to have the role, while Henry Cavill is the first Briton to take on this role as the Man of Steel.
Anyway, the change of taste is obvious. This is probably my favourite trailer unless someone out there could give a better one. It practically summarises everything up in half a minute.
Michael Shannon’s villain look of General ‘maniac’ Zod was so hulk-like in appearance compared with the one in Superman 2 some 30 years back. Very monster-like.
Lois Lane has a new style. Played by Amy Adams, she has become the new iconic woman of this new century. The whole notion of gender powers were all over the film, but she was solid. I like her confidence. And finally I don’t have to hear any more screaming in distress, which can be so embarrassing to watch. New age women should not scream: they should be refined, smart and very resolute.
I love the flash backs. Usually many flash backs confuse the audience. This one movie, however, was sharp and clear. Praise Zack Snyder for the renewed portrayal of the popular comic figure that is an American icon. The story now has a refreshing screenplay. Your Oscars are going to line up big for the movie. But I think there is one vital point that should be taken to heart. The amount of violence in the film is a concern.
Amongst the DC comic characters, Superman is usually the top seller. Not hard to see why.
It was the most impressionistic character globally. The character is closer to people and has etched a unique place in audiences from 8 to 80. It has a significant role to play as far as education to the young and the older fans like us too. It’s not just a comic film anymore. It’s even political in many respects.
I was too curious of the film to wait, so I took a nose dive to the theatres soon after its launch in Singapore after reading the reviews online. Many were critical. I watched on several you tube clips and decided to see it myself. A change of costume, props, technology. Didn’t quite like the props for Krypton as it looked way too ancient. But then if you were to see it from DC comics point of view, it was actually perfect-you are supposed to rekindle faithfully from the source material. The film snippets still look good enough for a visit. After all, its took like some 30 years since the last blockbuster in a different era of the last century that we see a remake of a well renown superhero, who came about from a time of distress and the desire for a god send being to save the world. We actually need a real one today. Guess an on screen one would have to do it for now.
I think there is one criticism that should be taken seriously, and that this the film is indeed fraught with violence. Far more than its predecessors who did the son of Krypton. Superman 1 and II were filled with wonders, especially on the second version when audiences get to see colours, love, compassion and far less violence with virtually no one being killed. It had a different notion when the film was made. And i genuinely respect it. Perhaps times now have changed in light for faster and fiercer computer games which offer more action and astounding realistic graphics. People now want more of a cool, solid, macho type of hero. I suspect this renewed factor has a lot to do with a preference for a action packed movies for the last few years.
Superman is an icon of the Americans and it is probably the most recognised figure in DC Comics. It’s probably the most popular comic icon that is seen almost like a real person with millions of fans globally. On the first day of launch, I wasn’t surprised by the huge crowds lining up for tickets. It is still all packed at cinemas despite the added show timings.
People watched on for a reason. When the film speaks volumes of what they want and how they feel. The desire for human freedom and justice in many strong ways. This is why Superman prevails in the minds of many. Of all the super heroes, Superman has always been the most admired hero on the largest global scale. The figure seems to be the industry standard and benchmark for all other superheroes to follow. Its seems to a fiction character that has almost become a real one. Even the cape and costumes too, which fashion starts from the hero that actually has little rational physics behind on how a human structure is able to fly.
Man of steel befits what fans want in a comic icon- the full action, a 100 percent 3D direct portrayal of illustrated comic strips to the on line screen. As I was watching on, I was captivated by the screenplay, how the story lines have been cleverly modified according to the original story. Inevitably, I was comparing Man Of Steel with Superman 1 which first debut in 1978. But I only got to watch that like in the 80s on television in those dqys as a little kiddo. But the impact of that film never left me. In fact the way the late Christopher Reeves had his way with the double character of Superman and Clark Kent was by far the best.
Henry Cavill has developed his own style with the characters. I think the people who decided to take him was a right choice though I never quite get it why would a Briton be playing a typically American character? But I suppose it’s the same with many lead roles for movies anywhere. Miss Porter and Bridget Jones, typical British characters, were played by American actress Renee Zellweger. They turned out fabulous.
Personally I am not a DC comic fan, but I have always preferred superheroes characters on screen to those in illustrated books. And I prefer a more human and humor touch of the film where it touched lives so human with a bit of fun. I supposed times have changed. The style has to change to meet changing fashion. And I like it. But I always feel we must also praise the late actor Christopher Reeves for having successfully etched the defined figure that has been the main benchmark for any actor to run on this red cape hero. From the costume changes to a change in tone to a way more ferocious demeanour of villains and even the man of steel himself. The new film does take audiences into a new redefined dimension. The visuals were always captivating to watch on with no down time. Non of the several flash backs in the film was confusing at all despite showing the complex fight for self identity of the man of steel. It was very clear cut. Kevin Costner’s portrayal of Jonathan Kent was touching. In fact it left a defining impression of true parental love.
The older version fits an older style. The newer, the present style. People have changed and so characters in the movies should follow to meet the changed demands of the audience. If its on a personal level, I would prefer the 80s Superman for the personal touch with the audience. Notice how Christopher Reeves made his own style of having a direct greeting contact with audiences on screen especially towards the end of the movies? I don’t think any actor has done that. It made as though that everyone who is watching it mattered. It creates a close family link to the film, which seems to be why people keep comparing this particular old film with the current one.
The new one oozes strong physical appeal. More gutsy in appearance. Ready to blast. it’s the age of action. And it fits.
The film has plenty of violence which I didn’t exactly prefer. But the visuals were genuinely stunning and intriguing. Henry Cavil is a convincing actor and has clearly developed his style for the character. Another point to make is that the film does seem to lack focus on what style they were suppose to be identified with. It looked like Harry Potter, Star Trek, Batman and Superman all in one. I definitely did not like the music but was refreshed by how the storyline was made. The film lacks human warmth, fun and humour when compared to how Superman was portrayed by Christopher Reeves. The last bit of the new film has a strong hint of favour from Christopher Reeves version of Clarke Kent. It does show how much influence the old film has on future films.
All in all, I suppose it really depends on how one sees it. But the style follows DC Comics. And it fits well for superheroes in that respect as well as DC fans. The storyline was a nice twist to the originals that we know of, making it a good change instead of the expected. Flashbacks were done smoothly. Screenplay was impressive. Design of the costumes and set remains quite subjective. I personally think it was some sort of medieval instead of modern. A strong resemblance to Batman was the immediate reaction. The final ending gave a nice hint that there will be a sequel. Unfortunately before we want to watch on what happens next, the passive but humorous part of Clark Kent disappears into the ending.
I get the feeling Henry Cavill, like the Christopher Reeves, might get to see the Queen someday soon. And I have been wondering why he wasn’t being cast into the daily planet first as Clark Kent. The exact demeanour for Clark Kent more than Superman. I suppose this was the other way to make a difference — doing something out of the usual norm. The whole film is. And to leave that very weeny bit for all to linger on for the next big thing. (and I hope there will be less violence to come with)
Certainly expecting a sequel from Man of Steel.
If I were a DC comic fan, 5 out of 5.
I am more on the educational front, so I will rate it 4 out of 5.
1 down for the violence.
I enclosed a YouTube video talk by the Late Christopher Reeves on his role played in Superman. It’s mainly about violence. I think it’s worth a watch. It’s something for everyone to note about violence in movies and the sheer impact on children and also adults. My take: When the world is already a violent place, wouldn’t superman or the man of steel be promoting peace and with reasonable humor? We are infested with violence in our daily living. The school massacres and the likes are only some good reasons why violence should be seriously looked into especially when movies are made. – Karen Fu PS: I am also enclosing another two clips of the old Superman video for your pleasure.
‘Old’ Superman video 1:
‘Old’ Superman video 2: