#255 living and air pollution

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8332473.stm.

Artist Angela Palmer has given us concrete understanding on what air-pollution is about.

She observes that people living in Linfen, China which is the most polluted place in the world exudes life though poor. By contrast to having the cleanest air on earth, the people in Cape Grim, Australia are reserve and out of sight.

Thank you Artist Angela Palmer for sharing and BBC for putting this up.

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#237 earning power

Can one’s earning power reflect how capable a person is in management of a corporation? Is one’s earning the gauge of his capability in running for offices in politics?

Recently theonlinecitizen.com posted that the Singapore Prime Minister gets $2.7 million per annum, topping the list of being the highest paid politician in the world — the US President, a token sum of $400K and many of the Western counterparts get much less!

You see in the West, if one wants to run for the top job in politics, one needs to be a millionaire first but in the Singapore context — if one  wants to be a millionaire, then join the existing political party and of course after stringent scrutiny on qualifications to office.

The rationale to reward high salaries to the governing leaders in Singapore is to attract good and able people into governance and to prevent leaders from using illegal means and ways of accumulating one’s wealth!

Mind you, Singapore is a tiny state to govern by contrast to the US or UK or France!

#231

Since Barak Obama became the first black president in the US, interestingly the color black and people are featured more in news and magazines in the US and elsewhere.

The blacks seem to hold their heads high and unafraid of the word ‘black’. In the past, this word was derogatory and offensive but today, there was an almost exaltation of the blacks…”I’m glad I’m black” on t-shirts!

#207 who do you trust?

Having money is a problem these days. Putting money in the bank is no consolation either.

You lose your hard earned cash when a financial institution collapsed. I was told you could file for misrepresentation — that the profile of products bought did not suit the personality of one. How does this work?

The high turnover of officers serving you in the banks leaves one insecure and lacking continuity especially for the smaller or new savers. 

Why the high turnover of bank officers? The officer has to perform, otherwise the manager will be breathing down his neck daily. Should he not perform according to portfolio, the officer is shown the exit. If he did well, he was rewarded handsomely.

The latest news: Iceland is a country that is going bankrupt! What does that mean? Will those who had savings in the banks see these evaporate?

#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?

#134 marketing eros

These days, you can make money virtually in everything and in every field and aspects of life — even teaching one how to fall in love (eros) between opposite sexes and how to maintain that relationship! Yikes!

Have we become robots?

It appears many Singaporeans are good at rehashing from books or that heard but on things of emotions or life? Low in EQ? Half a person? Surviving for the sake of surviving? Lacking in commonsense to life?

I know in American society this kind of seminars are available…I don’t know for what reason…perhaps a way of creating jobs and income.

Does this mean Singapore has to ape America on this?

Singapore has been a nation where many know the answers to everything and life but delivery or living out…?

People compartmentalise…able to take risks in businesses or money-chasing but in matters of love and life…?!

Once I overheard a conversation between two young saying that there is profit gained in wedding dinners. This could be said for divorces too.

Naturally someone is making money: caterers, restaurants, wedding boutiques and legal firms, to name a few.

#122

Is working mother a blessing or a bane for a woman?

Is raising a child not a full-time job for a mother? Why the need to enter the workplace?

Is this the result of having better education? Receiving an education means that the woman’s self-worth is enhanced if she enters the workplace?

Yesterday, the generation born before World War II were able to set up a family when only the man of the house worked and yet able to raise up children of 2 or more.

Today, the woman has to work in order to jointly raise a child or 2 children at most.

Yesterday, the women had to work because the family is poor.

Today, a vogue, fashion or darn thing that women enter the workforce? Why has she burdened herself? Is the woman not juggling two jobs at the same time — at workplace and at home?

Is there a need for the woman to supplement income in order to raise a child?

Is this progress of the human race? Is this an advance society where women have to work in order to maintain a family?

Is having a house-maid to take care of the child a way of showing that one is of better standing in society? Just like having a car or living in a condominium to raise one’s status in society?