One Man’s Cooking is Another Man’s Poison

Read another article in CNA about a top civil servant getting reprimanded for writing about this family’s vacation at a top French cooking school.  Apparently, some people felt that it was insensitive of him to publicise it ‘cos it showed how out of touch he was with your average Singaporean. 

One woman that CNA spoke to said, “I think that the S$45,000 that the whole family used to travel could be put to better use at this time”.

Oh come on!  It’s his own money lor!  Why can’t he use it the way he wants to?  When the woman said the money “could be put to better use”, did she mean donate to charity?  Eh give the man a break lah.  He earned the money so it’s up to him how he wants to spend it lor. 

Anyway, the head of the civil service spoke to the poor guy about the matter.  Although it was acknowledged that whatever one does during his vacation is a private decision, to have the whole episode publicised was apparently a bad judgement call as it “stands in contrast to the values and ethos of the service…”

I don’t know if the whole brouhaha was started ‘cos he boasted of his wealth in the article he wrote or something (I’ve not read it) but assuming it was a sincere account of his holiday, people should perhaps look at it on the bright side?  Maybe this will spur people to work harder so they can go on expensive cooking holidays too?  Sigh.  I still feel sorry for the poor guy.

See!  This is why I don’t cook.  You can get fired from your job (think Thai ex-PM) or get rapped for it!

Lost in Translation

Was feeling a little sleepy after lunch so I was reading the news on CNA.  Saw this article about how Shiseido is increasing its sales of whitening products this year.

Somewhere in the middle of the article is a quote from Miriam Yeung that says, “I quite easily get dark in the sunlight. I will have a spot on my face and (this) makes me so confused and frustrated. So I think whitening is very important for me.”

Wow.  I better start using whitening products too!  Don’t want to walk around feeling confused you know.  😛

My Virtual Family…

Met some really old friends for supper last night – my Kor, Bengz, JT and YM.  I’ve known Kor since Junior Sunday School (probably when I was 8 or 9) and the rest I got to know during secondary school.  We hardly get to meet up nowadays… esp. since Kor is living in Aust. 

Meeting up on the occasion that he was back in Singapore was a good thing.  When I got home, I kinda missed the good ol’ days when we would hang out in the PC Clinic at church, youth choir practice, or during rehearsals for this musical our church put up, or just idling randomly.  Life during school days was good ‘cos of them.

Anyway, I’m happy to see that everyone’s doing pretty well.  🙂

Today also happens to be the day when my “ex-lao gong” hits 30.  Heehee.  So Happy Birthday Zounds!  Here’s wishing you many more happy 30s.  😛