Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Year Of The Snake.

Another two weeks more and its Chinese New Year once more. Already you can see Chinese New Year decorations in Chinatown with the 'light up' now on together with this year's 'Snake' theme and as expected the supreme colour 'RED' appearing everywhere. The only difference is the disappearance of the sound of firing crackers, the red coloured carpeted remains of crackers strewn along roads and streets which have vanished altogether. Present day Chinese New Year celebrations have lost its magical, 'sounds and cracker smells' and for me it just feels like another one of those religious and commercial holiday 'splats'. Many traditional values of family unity like the 'MUST' to be home, gathering together, with family members which we ultimately call 'RE-UNION DINNER' has lost its vibrancy and compulsory attendance for most families with most of us giving absurd excuses to avoid attendance by doing the disappearing act, very common and favourite excuse is, just say and tell this famous phrase - 'away for holidays overseas'. Preparations for this auspicious day is actually a compulsory ritual for all to do 'inescapable' cleaners' job, tiresome, troublesome and frowned upon by all before the big day approaches. Nevertheless, with all these downsides and unforeseeable future, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you one and all.............                                    

                                                  "A Happy and Prosperous New Year"

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rainy Days.

"Fiery" and "Burning Heat" yesterday afternoon and then just before 6.00pm dark clouds started looming in the heavens and all of a sudden, heavy rainfall and thunderstorm breaks out with flash floods forming fast and furious as predicted. I personally drove through flood waters with my passengers along Cambridge Road and Truro Road. It has been a very, very long time since the last time I remembered driving through flood waters but, honestly, I secretly enjoyed the thrill and adventure.

The change from feeling extreme heat to nice and cool weather was just awesome. The sudden change in the weather was unbelievably quick, its like gently turning to the next page when reading the newspaper. Anyhow, as usual when the rain comes, heavy traffic jams started appearing here, there and everywhere. Driving in these miserable conditions can be rather hectic with rain water often getting into the cab when passengers board and alight most times with wet umbrellas. After and hour or so, I decided to hang out at a nice cosy coffee shop and enjoy a hot cup of 'kopi' whilst waiting for the rain to subside a bit before I start working again.

During recent days, it was raining almost everyday and worst of all it had to happen most of the time during the evening 'peak' hours between 5.00pm to 8.00pm when passenger traffic is normally huge. Today's weather will likely be the same but for me, I will not be working this evening because I will be enjoying myself at a MBS theatre watching the "Jersey Boys" concert.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Changing Times.

So fast, the days and the first week of 2013 have already gone past. This year is already showing signs how swiftly and quickly we are again moving day by day. Anticipation of the next festival is now gathering momentum as we start to buy the coming Chinese New Year goodies. Everywhere, in petrol stations, shopping malls and eateries, signs welcoming the next big occasion are steadily getting into place. The pace and speed of everyday life's activities have not relented and I daresay this year 2013 will come and go just as fast as last year maybe even faster. It's frightening isn't it?

Times have changed tremendously in this new generation where expectations are set higher with greater needs for continuous high technological mobile gizmos, futuristic living standards and unprecedented lifestyles and changing scenes in human behavioural patterns such as society's acceptance of marriages between same genders, violence against the weaker sex such as gang rapes, more horrific abuse of untold torture and brazen killings of innocent children. I wonder where all these will lead us to. The world was warned so many times that it will end by certain dates with predictions and more impending ones, scary, but until this very day, it has survived each and every threat and so life goes on.

To begin my first blog for this new year in such a sombre, alarming and disheartening fashion is quite unlike me but then, feelings and thoughts of happy and wonderful days ahead have not ceased either. Lets make this another fruitful and exciting year ahead and continue to look forward to whatever will be, will be. Don't worry, be happy and stay healthy always. Cheers!