TMI #27

My sacroiliac joints already hurt. And I’m only half way. Oh dear.


Child labour

all work considered

Looking for work as a yard helper. All work considered, no jobs too small. Reasonable rates.

Yes, I’m kidding.

I swear, if she didn’t exit via my birth canal

Me: Do you want to wear this dress?

(It’s a dress I bought for my niece that she has since outgrown and it’s been handed down.)

Anne: Yes! I like it! … it’s got flowers!


Ignorance is strength

What is the government trying to hide?, asks Andrew Loh. According to the PAP-led government, only the Lee Kuan Yew version of Singapore’s (post-war-leading-to-independence) history is the correct one, all other potentially dissenting accounts are self-serving, a threat to national security, or virtually inciting violence (i.e, the national security argument again).

It’s a tough one. Singaporeans have been coddled for so long that we are certainly very immature in some ways, but we’re not idiots. Trying to control the official version of history only serves to make the defenders look even more out of touch with reality.

Via Lucian Teo on Facebook.

Two interesting differences between Singapore and the UK

  1. We saw a five-or six-year old Caucasian kid running alone through a hawker centre, presumably off to buy something, and no parent running and shouting after her.
  2. Several groups of locals stopped to openly shoot photos and videos of Anne running around in a water fountain (essentially a splash park) at Clarke Quay, and no one seemed concerned they might be accused of being a paedo.
Clarke Quay fountain