Monday, February 23, 2009

A Cup of Sg Tea

"The challenge, said Mr Lee, is to be able to boil down information and present news neutrally out of Singapore." ChannelNewsAsia, 23 Feb

like the dregs that escape the sock. scattered views, words, letters sinking into the bottom of the cup. a cusp of information, its meanings diffused into quivery aromatic wisps, swirling languidly in boiling raging water. the dregs sinking down and down. a settled scatter of stilled dregs.

whats left is a cup of a tea. subtly fragrant. calm, peaceful, soothing, therapeutic even.

the dregs at the bottom severed from the dregs in the sock. the associations dissociated. the answers unquestioned. the meanings unmeant. sensibilities unsensed.

leaving only the watered association, the dissolved answer, the distilled meaning.


and a slightly bitter taste.

Quote of the Day --

"We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe."

Rudyard Kipling


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singapore reminds me of a "modern" north korea. where the leaders glorify themselves, a "clean and green" image is put up to give foreigners that our citizens are happy and that the country is prosperous, the reality being opposite. the judiciary is not independent (to say the least).The systems keeps feeding information, we have to be competitive, cost effective, work hard or we will loose out. $1 million annual must be kidding.
It is true that singapore has achieved a lot in a small period of time (as compared to other cities). part of me inside says that system is flawed, part of me says we are still very young. we compare ourselves to America and EU which have hundreds of years of history. hopefully we experiment and grow in the future.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 11.42am:

Singapore's achievement in such short space of time was accomplished through more blood, sweat, tears, sacrifices and I dare say, lives, than what was absolutely necessary. - IrCTP

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do not stop posting, Xenoboy :).

6:56 AM  
Anonymous danny said...

where have you been?! We're already short of political savants as it is!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Kg Folk said...

All of you, I believe, are youngsters of Singapore. You have not experienced the difficult times the older generations of Singaporeans had encountered. Look more widely around your neighbouring countries. You will see that many are trying to work very hard, but at the end? The rewards go to some other incompetent fellows. So, learn to be contented youngsters, at least if you are meticulous aand work hard in future, there is an equal chance and reward for you, so be grateful!

4:27 AM  

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