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Name: modgurl
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New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 5:25 am

Dear Blogger,

There was so much hype about the Presidential Election (PE) last week but now the hype has died down. Why is that? Is it because a certain minority group is more concerned about the upcoming Hari Raya? It's in less than a week by the way. Or has many people realised that the candidates are really not worth the seat? I was going to say a bunch of clowns but that would be rude. There is a clown in there anyway.

I know some people who are not taking this election seriously because it's not the General Election (GE). GE or PE, an election is still an election. In Singapore, the opportunity to vote in an election is rare. So why be indifferent about it? Savour your right to vote! And do vote wisely.

Sincerely,
modgurl.


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Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 8:11 am

Dear Blogger,

I seriously cannot recognise my country anymore. Not that I've gone abroad for a considerable amount of time. I haven't gone anywhere actually except for the occasional day trip to JB. Maybe I've been cooped up at home and at work AND at school to see the changes happening.

The Singapore I used to know was economically stable, sociably tolerant and nationally/politically consistent. Yes Singaporeans complain a lot but I blame that on their ungratefulness. When you pamper a child, the child will grow up complaining and whining a lot when things don't go his way.

The Singapore that I see now is none of the above anymore. Even the complaining has grown louder and at times, more active. People are no longer just relieving their frustrations among friends, families and peers at the coffee shops, hawker centres or casual gatherings. They are going online and organising protests and what have you.

Nothing wrong with using media to create awareness of your causes. ONLY if used with responsibility. Many young Singaporeans these days, perhaps due to a stable environment in which they were born into, do not know what it means to be responsible. They jump without thinking of the consequences of their actions. Perhaps it's a youth thing. I did silly things too when I was younger.

There are young Singaporeans who use the many communication avenues for good and worthy causes. It's heartening to see them participate in debates in a civil manner on issues which have valid concerns. But they are many out there who deserved to be brought on stage for a canning like in the school days of before. Bad English is one thing, not knowing how to express yourself clearly without vulgarities is another. Besides, where's the impact of the vulgarity if you spew it regularly in your language?

I am still not convince that the influx of foreigners to our shores is the cause of intolerance in my country. Just like in any relationship, both parties must work together and accept each other's differences. I also believe that when in Rome, do what the Romans do. I'm not sure about the facts of the "Curry Saga" but I think the issue here is about tolerance.

Even before the foreigners came, Chinese Singaporeans complain about Muslims praying in public spaces, Malay Singaporeans complain about Chinese burning papers and joss sticks on the pavements, Indian Singaporeans complain about the Chinese and Malays and vice versa. There has always been intolerance but people back then were gracious enough to deal with it constructively. I don't see that happening now.

What is happening to my Singapore???

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:37 am

Dear Blogger,

I've received feedback from readers that I've not been writing much these days. My apologies. My deepest, sincerest apologies. It seems so ironic that technology is so advanced now that one can even tell the whole world of your mundane tasks in mere seconds, yet I can't even find the time to sit down, reflect, and write!

I said I was going to pray terawih as much as possible this Ramadan right? Guess what? My last terawih as a jemaah was on that first night of Ramadan! Since then, I have been so busy with school work that I couldn't go out to the mosque! I have been praying at home though. Still, it doesn't feel right unless you do it with your community. That equality and common objective to pray with the one and only Allah is what makes Islam so great. It's really quite a sight to see Muslims pray in unison you know. Just watch the Haj telecast on TV every Aidiladha!

This Aidilfitri, we are going to spend much because much of the spending was done last year. We don't have much time to go out shopping anyway. Besides, we've already gotten what we need when we went to KL last May. It does feel relaxed though not having to rush to buy things. No stress about shops not carrying your size or the colour that you want.

I don't know about you but I find the festivities in Geylang Serai gets faded every year. Maybe Singaporean Malays are getting more modern or that I'm just getting older. The light-up is nothing to boast about. It looks the same every year. It's as common as the young Singaporeans who disrespectfully loiter, eat, drink and smoke at the bazaar every year. I don't remember we did that when we were younger. My peers knew to respect Ramadan.

So... Presidental Election (PE) soon. To be honest, for most Singaporeans, we are just looking forward to the Public Holiday. For most Malays, at least for the women, this is the day we'll start cooking in the kitchen! Hari Raya will be just a few days away!

Err... Can I not cook this year? So tired with school and work.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

Dear Blogger,

رمضان مبارك!

My Arabic is getting quite ok eh? After half a year of Arabic language class, I should be able to read and write something.

Today is the start of Ramadhan. Already, I felt like kicking someone's butt all the way to the moon. All during past Ramadhan, my weakness wasn't about abstaining from drink and food. It was always about character and discipline. How can I be a virtuous person if I don't have discipline?

What is your goal for this year's Ramadhan? My goal is to do as much terawih as possible. I'm not very fussy about where I do my terawih prayers. If it's nearby, then that's where I'll be.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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