#185 inconsiderate youths

Around 5.30am on a Sunday morning, a time when many who had a stressful week would want to sleep in only to be awakened by some inconsiderate youth.

They blared their Indian music and shout on top of their voices yelling I-don’t-know-what in Indian language and also smashing glass bottle.

I wonder why the Indians in the community do not go down and tick them off. If they did, did these youths not listen to them? Or are they afraid they would be beaten up one day?

If a person of another race were to tell them off, this would be construed as racist.

Without offense, are these youths not considering their parents or family members when they were making such din?

Are these youth from another community…where their parents and family members are not aware?

Are these not educated youths? Are these frustrated youths?

What is gracious society?

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#184 child care services

Interesting. This issue of procreation to increasing the number of babies is hotting up…

Naturally there are selective ones who can afford at every turn are unable to produce babies! Those who hardly make ends meet seem more successful and productive??!!!

What is child care services? What makes good child care service? Professionals to take care of children?

One might as well create institutions or homes for children and have parents collecting their child or children respectively during weekends… Even then…some parents work around the clock…to make big bucks or appear successful in life… Some parents just don’t know how to take care of children…and for some taking care of children or raising a child is stressful… When slogging throughout the week, parents crave free time to self…or socialise…

Some under the guise of spending quality time!

I know of professional women who subconsciously abuse their child!

What is good parenting? What is parenting when both spouses are working?

Some hire foreign housemaids to take care of their homes and children.

Many today take home tutors or tutorial centers to mind their children in the name of conscientious academic achievements!

Some expect the schools to mind their children for them.

Some…

Was this not what Karl Marx was suggesting in some of his writings?

Mao Tsetung in China was the leader who liberated women when he made the men stay home to cook and children put into institutions while the women worked in the fields.

When you want people to produce, there seem a reluctance especially for an educated society. In rural community, procreation is THE way to living…or gives one meaning to living.

What twists and turns…such is life!

#183 life

Life’s a merry-go-round —

yesterday, an encouragement to have fewer babies

as the world population was exploding

today, more babies needed as baby boomers disappearing;

the young wise-up — no time for babies?

Stress and strains…a lacking?

In life, what goes up must come down —

that’s cyclical!

Life’s a competition?

Perhaps to a young 20-something,

 X and Y generation?

#182 prayer

Prayer

is

a way of life

which allows you to find

stillness in the midst of the world

where you open your hands

to God’s promises

and

find hope for

yourself, your neighbor, and your world.”

Henri Nouwen

#181 olympic champions

The secret to these champions at the Olympic Games is sheer dedication, persistence and diligence (hard work), tears and disappointments together with the faithful support of one’s loved ones like mother or father.

It’s not the intake of special foods or drugs which the world record breakers in Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt! Their diet is as ordinary as you and I. Usain Bolt and the Jamaican medalists ate lots of yam (their staple diet?), an energy food.

Michael Phelps has a wonderful testimony where he did fumble in life along the way but he has the courage to make a comeback and stood tall on his achievements. Despite his attention deficit syndrome, his mother loved him the way he is and she must be one really proud mother today!

I recall reading Eric Liddell’s testimony where he ran 3 events in one day on the track and won gold medals in 1924 (France) — he enjoys training without shoes on the rugged mountains of Scottish highlands close to his church and where he lived.

The Indian medalists like Sushil Kumar, the wrestler and Vijender Kumar, the boxer (the Kumars are not blood relatives) lived in terrible conditions while training — without sponsors or government support.

The persistence and not giving up of Indian Abhinay Bindra, 25, won him gold in the 10m air rifle competition in the first few days of the Games.

I’m sure there must be unpublished stories of all the champions at the Games like the Kenyan marathon man, Sammy Wanjiru, who clocked 2 hours, 6 mins and 32 secs; and many African athletes and sportspersons who won medals.

Whatever has been said of the communist countries like China and Russia and others, one merit is the government nationally support the area of sports and athletics — and the athletes and sportspersons trained and performed with national pride!

Glad that these champions proved enhanced performance drugs is NOT the way to win!

#180 bronze for india’s unsung champion boxer

In post #152 Vijender Kumar was cited on BBC page as one who will compete at the Olympic Games ‘against the odds’.

The 22-year-old has returned with a bronze medal.

What an achievement for one true to his calling and vocation in sports in spite a lack of support from sponsors or government — his dedication, persistence and hard work…together with the support of his father.

photo taken from bbc international

…Kumar’s father, Diwan Singh, rode the bus an hour each way every day to bring his son a bucket of milk. To buy milk here in the city, where Kumar lived in a dingy room under the bleachers at Chatrasal Stadium, would have been too expensive. His father kept a buffalo at home, in a village on the outskirts of the city, and the family sacrificed so the son would not go without.

Kumar’s room at the stadium is lined with five wooden cots pressed close together for five burly wrestlers. Trousers hang from hooks on the wall. A pair of mice share the room. On an altar are the medals that each of the five have won along the way, next to images of Hanuman, the Hindu god that wrestlers in India revere.

…The father of Vijender Kumar, the boxer, could give him only his prayers.  (excerpt by Somini Sengupta)

#179 an exceptional 29th olympiad in beijing

The achievements accomplished by many athletes were beyond expectation…what contrasting backgrounds the two ‘icon’ athletes who broke the world record.

Usain Bolt, 21, 6ft 5in tall, track event, hails from Jamaica…an island in Caribbean Sea with a population of 2.7!

Michael Phelps, 23, 6ft 3in tall, swimmer who won 8 golds comes from the US where the continent has topped the medals’ list at almost every Olympic Games since…?

The US got the overall medal tally (110 medals) while China (100 medals) won the most gold medals (51). It appears the US athletes were consistent in the Games by achieving silver and bronze while China athletes were less consistent in performance. Were the Chinese athletes too tense to achieve their best?

I enjoy the gymnastics exhibition performance last evening. The Chinese performers who won gold at the Games were so natural on their equipments — they were more relaxed, confident, strong, agile and flexible. The two Japanese gymnasts on synchronised gymnastics on the trampoline were stupendous. Naturally the Russian rhythmic gymnasts were exceptional.

The lavish closing ceremony of the Olympics ‘one world, one dream’ theme ended with a bang…from drum beats, folk to popular music!

The Olympic flag was handed over to the next host London — their 3rd experience in hosting the Games. The mayor of London quipped outside the ceremony, “pingpong is coming home!” Ha ha…what does that mean? Is this good humor?