Oh, the agony~

Went for my dental appointment yesterday before work. Although I was a tad late, the dentist made me wait for over an hour for my turn! Letting 4 people and 1 girl who came after me go in first. Truth be told, I was royally pissed. I honestly would not have cared much except that I needed to get back to work!

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Thou shalt wear G-strings for ballet class

And I’m not even kidding.

One of my dance friends wore a pair of boyshorts panty to class last sunday (why we can see it? My class adopts the traditional leotards over pink tights look, so yea, her leotard can never cover her undies. Its not even talking about VPL anymore when its pink tights you are wearing) and the first thing my teacher said when we were waiting at the barre for class to start was: why are you wearing ugly undies? Dancers should always wear G-Strings! Next time wear a G-String to class!

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Anniversary weekend

My man and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary last Saturday, and boy, does my guy not disappoint. After a day of awkward science tuition (teaching my male student about the female anatomy, puberty and menstrual cycle), my guy brought me to a restaurant that we have never been to before. Usually I will be happy with Japanese food, but he decided to go for something different, so we had Italian not like I can’t cook pasta!

We had our dinner at a ‘renowned’ restaurant,called Pasta Bravia. Why the apostrophes you ask? Well, it’s because I haven’t heard of it, ever. You might think I must be living under a stone as they have a whole wall of awards! Some awards include:

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Worst Feeling In The World

Many would say its a broken heart, but after last week’s ballet class, I beg to differ.

I have a condition called Chronic Sinusitis. So this results in me sneezing every morning, after I bath, when I’m in a dusty environment, or even a sudden change of temperature, like stepping out from an air-conditioned room into the hot sun. But yesterday, it seems to hit me so much harder.

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The Great Escape

I was at work yesterday, when I received a text from my stepmum. Apparently, one of my hamsters has managed to escape his cage! However, as she was afraid to touch the hamster (or any animal ), she just closed my room (cages are in my room) door and hoped I get home fast.

A little background information, I have 5 dwarf hamsters in total, namely:

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Sephora (Female)

I know I shouldn’t be playing favourites, but she has melted not only my heart, but my family’s and friends’ as well. She doesn’t bite, at all, and just licks the hell out of your hand. She responds to her name, as long as you use a high pitched snow white-esque voice, will crawl climb unto your hand willingly and spends most of the day hidden out of sight. She’s also the mum of Katarina and Elsa.

Fatty (Male)

As his name suggests, he is really fat. I’ve tried limiting his sunflower seeds intake (don’t judge me), but he’s so lazy. When you carry him, he mostly lies on your hand, flat out, and his size is approximately the size of my palm. He is the heaviest out of the 5, and spends most of the day sunbathing on a rock in his cage. He is also the most dramatic of all, judging by the way he squeaks at displeasure, or when his brother, Tiny, walks past him =.=.

Tiny (Male)

Tiny used to be really tiny, and its hard to make out that Fatty and Tiny are brothers. He is also the marathoner of all, as he loves his wheel and will use it all day, everyday. He has been gaining weight recently, despite his ‘gyming’, which I hope is a good thing.

Elsa (Female)

Taken after the ‘Frozen’ movie, she got her name as she was the only white hamster of the litter. She tends to get a little nippy, but never drawing blood.

Katarina (Female)

Katarina’s name was taken after my love for ‘Lady Katarina’ of ‘The Vampire Diaries’. She’s not cunning or anything, but she knows how to get her sunflower seeds. Every morning, she will be staring out of her cage, unmoving, just staring, at every movement you make. The only way to stop her from staring? Yeap, sunflower seeds.

All the girls are housed in 2 feet glass fish tanks, while the boys in a huge 2 feet bin cage. So I was quite surprised as to how one of them were able to escape. When I got home that day, I found out that my dad has also been trying to locate my missing hamster. After doing a headcount, the least expected hamster was missing, and that’s Fatty.

I looked through the internet, looking for ways to lure Fatty out, and all of them required darkness, patience and a pile of food. I was not getting anymore patient, since Fatty has been gallivanting around my room the whole day, without food or water. I looked under my bookshelves, under cupboards, behind the other cages and my fish tank, even my bed was not spared, but nothing.

Growing desperate, I called my man down, to, I don’t know, help me and just be there. He went all out, Rolling around my floor, armed with a torchlight, to look into nooks and crannies of my room.

At last, we found him, nestled all the way at the back of my huge-ass wardrobe (which will be impossible to move). There was no way we could reach our hand in there to grab him, so the only way was to lure him out. Then an idea struck me. I took the box of sunflower seeds (which i use everyday as an alarm clock sort of, to notify my hamsters of feeding time), and shook the box as hard as I could, making a loud racket, hoping to get his attention.

Upon hearing the sound, he got attracted, and started following that sound, hoping to get a sunflower seed or two. THANKFULLY, he came out, looking all scruffy.

So dear readers, let me know if you have ever experienced having a missing hamster, and what are some of the funny ways you managed to get them back.

Signing off~

The Passing of Mr Lee

Mr Lee Kuan Yew has passed away last Monday while everyone was still soundly in bed. My first reaction to the news was: ‘Is this another hoax?’, after all, many reliable news broadcasters were reporting the hoax, thinking it for real. I have also been contemplating whether or not to publish this post.

I am after all a Singapore citizen, thus no doubt will be saddened by his passing. But people on the internet seem to have taken it into a whole new level! There was nothing on Yahoo news other than black and white pictures, talking about the life of Mr Lee. News radios were playing back interviews with Mr Lee, and talking about what he has done for Singapore, with no upbeat songs, after listening to the radio for the whole day. Companies have changed their website’s colour schemes to black and white. All television programs were also changed to documentaries of Mr Lee.

Most of my friends on Facebook seemed to be caught up in the hysteria, making me feel unpatriotic just because I did not change my Facebook picture to that of Mr Lee within a black ribbon, or that I wasn’t posting anything about him and what he has contributed.

Now, my Facebook timeline is 3/4 posted by seemingly the same person, since everyone was using the same Facebook profile photo, that of Mr Lee within a black ribbon. People who used to complain, diss, and blame things that don’t work to their advantage to Mr Lee, hypocritically became fanboys of Mr Lee overnight.

There has also been a call for a campaign for everyone to wear a black top last Sunday, to mourn for the late Mr Lee.

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There’s even car stickers of the black ribbons for you to show off how patriotic you are, to the rest of Singapore. I understand that the whole world is mourning for a great man, but has anyone given a thought for his family? Every black top or passing ribboned car, would just be a living reminder of the father or brother they have lost.

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Speaking of ribbons, shouldn’t the coloured ribbons of Singapore be for Singapore projects? Like Yellow ribbon( for ex-offenders), Silver ribbon (for mental health), Pink ribbon (for breast cancer awareness) etc? The irony is, the black ribbon was used before, to signify the opposition party in Singapore being oppressed by the government.

That aside, I just feel that everyone is exaggerating the passing of Mr Lee. Yes, he was great, I wouldn’t disagree with that. He was indeed, one of the greatest leaders. However, to say that he built up this nation by himself, is totally discrediting the rest of the people that helped build up Singapore. Whatever happened to William Farquhar, Singapore’s ‘forgotten’ founder? He too, did a lot to make Singapore into a bustling city. How about Albert Winsemius, who made Singapore from an entrepot trade port into a centre of manufacturing and industrialization, attracting investors like huge oil companies like Esso? They may not be Singaporeans, but they had done much.

Singaporeans like Goh Keng Swee, Tan Tock Seng, S Rajaratnam contributed much to what Singapore is today. They were considered founding fathers too. Even Ong Teng Cheong, who pushed for the MRT(Mass Rapid Transit) to be established, too, contributed to what Singapore is today. Yet, do people even know the story of Tan Tock Seng or Goh Keng Swee? Having this pack mentality that Mr Lee did everything by himself from past to present, is in fact, delusional.

There’s a saying, that history is written by the winners. What more of the history lessons we learnt in schools? Whatever have we learnt of the other founding fathers? Should we be surprised that Singapore’s press freedom is even lower than Russia’s?

I agree that Mr Lee was a great man, a visionary even. His love story with his wife was nothing but touching, and the speech by his son, Singapore’s Prime Minister, tear-jerking. I thank him for his forward-thinking and his policies; ending corruption, corporal punishment and turning Singapore from a Third world into a First world country, putting Singapore unto to world map. For more equal rights for women, a unified educational system and industrialization of the country. No words can really describe how much he has done, to change the lives of millions of Singaporeans.

I am grateful for Singapore. For being able to walk the streets at 3 am and be assured I’ll still be home safe. For being given the opportunity for education, proper housing etc. Yes, he did modernise Singapore, but to give all the credit to one man, means discrediting every other founding father who have also contributed to what Singapore is today, so how is that gratitude? He was ONE OF the founding fathers, not THE founding father.

I do not have strong feelings towards this man. He was just one of the more prominent figures I grew up learning about, and seeing on the telecast of the annual National Day celebrations. This post is not about criticizing Mr Lee or his principles. It just irks me that there are so many people who seem to just jump on the bandwagon, trying to outdo each other when just months ago, they kept criticizing him and his party, it is just getting ridiculous.

Moving forward, we should be happy for him, that he can at least, be with this beloved wife now, no longer suffering.

R.I.P Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

PS: To those who kept saying that Mr Lee built up Singapore from a small fishing village, please brush up on your history. When PAP took over Singapore, Singapore was already a bustling city, thanks to the colonisation of the British.