Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Fountain of Wealth

Sunday, March 06, 2016

of Zhou Decheng, the missing 71-year-old man who suffers from dementia

It was a peacefully warm Saturday afternoon and I was waiting for bus 859 when this poster beckoned to me. It was about a missing person, a 71-year-old Zhou Decheng who was last seen at Blk 336 Clementi Avenue 2 on 27 Feb 2016 at about 7 am. The poster also stated that Zhou suffered from dementia. I can't imagine how his family are feeling. They must have searched for the whole Clementi & extended their effort throughout Singapore even to the northern part like Sembawang. Sigh. Granted Singapore is relatively small, but still to expect to locate 1 person among the 5.54 million people (at least as per Statistics Singapore for June 2015) is not an easy task. And to add to that Zhou Decheng is not exactly young himself & moreover he suffers from dementia.

Wikipedia mentions that:
Globally, dementia affects 36 million people. About 10% of people develop the disorder at some point in their lives. It becomes more common with age. About 3% of people between the ages of 65–74 have dementia, 19% between 75 and 84 and nearly half of those over 85 years of age.

Think about it. One day we too may possibly be suffering from dementia. And we too may cause distress to our loved ones if one day, we go missing like what happens to Zhou Decheng.

Sigh. I am not so looking forward growing older...

...and this joke is no longer funny to me.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

of Prudential Relationship Reconnect in Singapore

So what's your take on the clip, "Prudential Relationship Reconnect in Singapore"? The goal of this “social experiment” to see if simply looking at someone for four quiet, uninterrupted minutes could create a sense of closeness and empathy. Interesting, really. But why four minutes? Will the same result be obtained if the duration is shorter? Will a more profound sense of closeness and empathy be generated if the duration is longer?

The Climbing Dutchman...


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

of Madonna - a rebel not without a cause?

So you have read the Straits Times, "Catholic Archbishop expresses grave concerns about Madonna's concert this Sunday" in which the Archbishop William Goh reminded Catholics that it was their "moral obligation not to support those who denigrate and insult religions, including anti-Christian and immoral values promoted by the secular world". He also emphasized that "there is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present (at these events) in itself is a counter witness. Obedience to God and His commandments must come before the arts."

The event he was referring to is about Madonna's Rebel Heart tour which MDA gives it a R18 rating. In addition, one of the songs, a controversial "Holy Water", which features pole-dancing nuns and large crosses, would not be allowed as it contains “religiously-sensitive content which breach (MDA) guidelines.

Well, this is not really a big surprise, is it? Express in its article dated 17 Sept 2015, "Catholics furious with Madonna's latest on stage stunt" shared how Madonna was surrounded by bikini clad dancers in nun outfits & she was seen stripping off her skirt to reveal a skimpy, corseted costume as she holds on to a pole in the shape of a crucifix while balancing on top of one of the horizontally splayed dancers.

In the past (the good old Eighties), her video music "Like a Prayer" was also condemned by the Vatican. The family and religious groups also protested its broadcast & boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial.

The Fact magazine once quoted Madonna in the article dated 5 Oct 2013, "Madonna opens up about religion, being raped at knifepoint and adoption in piece for Harper’s Bazaar" to say this about religion:

“I have a funny relationship with religion. I’m a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules. And yet we cannot live in a world without order. But for me, there is a difference between rules and order. Rules people follow without question. Order is what happens when words and actions bring people together, not tear them apart. Yes, I like to provoke; it’s in my DNA. But nine times out of 10, there’s a reason for it.”

Well, she does provoke, huh? Billboard reported that her fifth video album, "Drowned World Tour 2001" was deemed "too explicit" for Singapore and banned from release here. The Wikipedia article also states that MDA took offence with two scenes during the "What It Feels Like for a Girl" interlude, in particular Japanese-inspired animation sequences that depicted a monster fondling and raping an Asian girl.

Back to Madonna's banned performance of the song, "Holy Water" (which involves the pole-dancing nuns), I wonder if a similar negative reaction is successfully repeated if Madonna decides to make her show a comedy one. I am especially referring to "Monty Python Live (mostly)" which has a segment that included dancing nuns and cardinals and two giant suggestively-shaped cannons that fire confetti into the audience. Then again, no I have not done any further research whether this show was also banned in Singapore. Heh.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A tapir's 1st contact with a jack-o'-lantern