On being hospitalised

It all started with my hands going numb (pins and needles rather than no-feeling numb), then my legs, then half my face. I could say that last week hasn’t exactly been the best. I was so caught up with work (2 events in 2 weeks!), caught up with tuition (end of year examinations), caught up with my own marketing law exam, and to top it all off, the time of the month turning me into a fuming dragon one second, a sobbering mess the next. Of course, my man got the brunt of it all.

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Teacher-In-Training?

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. I have work piled up to my neck! Although tuition classes has stalled for the term holidays, I have been busy dealing with my never-ending school assignments, and also starting an online shop (reading contracts saps most of my energy)!

My dance teacher, then has to break her ankle. Before I know, I’m receiving a call from her, requesting me to help her with classes, just to demo. Well, if its just to demonstrate a few dance moves to a couple of kids, why not? How wrong was I.

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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.

You’re wearing pointe shoes, you must be a ballerina!

I was looking through several blog shops as I needed to do some much needed shopping. Due to my procrastination and laziness, I did not shop for Chinese New Year while everyone else was. So when I decided it’s time to do it, begrudgingly, to part with my money, I realised that most of the nicer clothes on the blog shops that I frequent were all OOS (out of stock). I grew desperate and went to forage through the internet, for all the blog shops that I could ever think of, and came across this on Thread Theory:

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and I was like: Hey! a romantic tutu look alike skirt! Are those pointe shoes she’s wearing? How apt!

In all honesty, it was indeed a really beautiful skirt, and I could forsee myself actually buying it. So I went on to look at the other pictures available on this and it made my blood run cold.

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Does the shop know the kind of dangers the model might potentially face? Broken feet, ankles, toes, to shin splints and sprains. Forget the part about respecting ballerinas for their years of hard work before being given the go-ahead by their teachers to be fitted into a pair of pointe shoes. There’s a reason why many dancers train for many years, correcting their technique and strengthening their ankles, before being able to dance in pointe shoes.

It may look pretty and ethereal to non dancers, but trust me (although I am not a professional, I have been doing pointe work for a few years now),  it is not pretty. It just looks awkward and dangerous. The model in the picture, her feet were sickled, isn’t fully on the box and just looks unstable in general. The pose that she is in (parallel feet) does not tell if she turned out or not for the rest of the shoot.

I am not writing this post to bash this company, by all means, I love their clothes (if not for the fact that they are always out of stock) and will continue buying from them. I just want to put it out that wearing a pair of pointe shoes does not make anyone a ballerina, as much as having Instagram does not make you a professional photographer  holding a wrench makes you an engineer. I have seen young children on Youtube slapping on pointe shoes just to try it out and see how it looks on them, not knowing how potentially damaging it might be, which truth be told, scares the s**t out of me, comparable to watching “seconds from disaster”.

For anyone who are considering to get a pair of pointe shoes just to look pretty in photos, do consider the potential harm you might be putting yourself in. Is it worth it for that few glamour shots?

Feel free to comment your thoughts =)

signing off~