#261 singapore idol 2009

The Singapore Idol gives the wanabes the experience of a journey and gain insights to what it means to becoming a celebrity star. Many celebrity stars in the US actually have to work very hard to get to where they are.

The late Michael Jackson is an example in point. He would perfect his art and one can actually feel his passion in that he did and his hard work evident from his live performances.

This year’s Singapore Idol saw a crop of some most talented wannabees. Thus far, the media have not produced good standard celebrities.

Singapore Idol is not about having talent but there must be likeable or connectedness factor with the audience. This was evident in the 22-year-old winner, Sezairi Sezali, awaiting national service who actually put the judges’ critique into his final performance. He was a better performer overall and he has that connectedness with the audience which I thought Sylvia lacked though vocally, she was better.

Ken Lim, one of the three judges (Florence Lian and Dick Lee), remarked to Sylvia Ratonel (whose father is a Filipino and a hotel secretary) that she is a winner but did not say she would be the Singapore Idol at the final!

If the finalists were Tabitha and Sylvia, I believe Tabitha might have won, simply she is a more candid performer. This, we shall never know.

What I didn’t understand or appreciate why the media decided to hype Sylvia’s background. Glad that didn’t garner sympathetic votes though.

This season is not a battle of the sexes either.

It is about what it means to be a celebrity. Celebrity stars are not just about talent but that X-factor which is not describable or one can actually fake or work hard at. It is either you’ve got it or not!

It is interesting that for the 3 seasons of Singapore Idol, the winners — Taufik Batisah (2004), Hady Mirza (2006) and Sezairi Sezali (2009) — are Malays. Evidently the winners had the support of their community which is a good reflection. More importantly, the winners are candid performers!

What I had observed in this season of Singapore Idol is our NEXT generation of population has broken the Singapore image of being traditional and stiff to one of being less inhibited and less self-conscious. The screams in the audience were quite pleasing to the ear! 

So I look forward to greater competition in the next round of the Singapore Idol.

#236 church pastor paid 500K per year?

Fancy that..I read that New Creation Church pays her leaders — pastor, Joseph Prince — an annual sum of 500K and 2 others for sums of 100K each for work done in the church!

Mind you, when the pastor marries a couple in church, he gets an angpaw; at funeral wakes he is given an offering or gift; as a matter of fact for any occasion, even speaking engagements — a pastor receives extras! On top of that, he is given housing allowances, children’s education and transport allowance. Wow! Half a million dollars of pocket money! Does the pastor have to pay income tax for that he receives? All those gifts he receives — are these accounted for or these go into his own pocket?

Furthermore, the New Creation has to pay the venue used for Sunday services at Suntec City and other overhead costs. Where does this money come from?

I believe the money comes from the sacrificial giving of believers. Do believers know how much their pastor and some staff-workers are paid?

I thought the church ministers receive a stipend!

Is this what the Lord Jesus Christ taught His people to tithe — 10% of the monthly income — for the salaries of the pastor and senior church staff-workers or administrator or accountant?

This is sacrilegious! Is there judgment of God on this at the end of world? Can these ‘servants of God’ be at peace with God?

In the Old Testament book of Leviticus, God gave word on sin offering in chapter 4…

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in the Lord’s command —

If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring…(v.3)

If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden though the community is unaware of the matter, they are guilty (v.13)…when some become aware of the sin they committed…

When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, he is guilty (v.22)…

If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s command, he is guilty (v.27)…

Is the church pastor not aware this portion of scriptures? Or these are not applicable today?

#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?

#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.


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!

#143 a world without waste

Japan is the cleannest country in the world. I’m impressed by the orderliness and environmental cleanliness. 

Today the Japanese champion to living a world without waste…a community living on zero waste policy. They recycle and going-green conscious. Please the view and listen to the videotape and read the link below…


Scotland, in 2005, adopted this zero waste policy.

Will countries in the world follow this good example?