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Friday, August 13, 2004

Too High, Too Much, Too Wet

I believe our local taxi drivers are the best political scientists in and around Singapore. They also show us the way how locals think and breathe their way through life in the hustle and bustle of a growing and technologically challenging Singapore.

These barometers of the country's social, psychological and economic scene has an unusual knack of seeing what we so-called middle and upper class citizens don't. It may be because these cab drivers are always in touch with the pulse of society through their unique job of ferrying all kinds of people to all kinds of places and remaining sane and smiling (or not) to face the next day that does not always promise blue skies and everything nice. These cab drivers also make good philosophers. If you let them have their way, they will take your money and give you a good reason why you need to take two tablets and call them again tomorrow morning.

This came out of my conversation with a friend over 'rojak' (see the connection here?) after an interesting RCIA session on the Assumption. Tough matter to share with the catechumen but a necessary one. I think we account ourselves rather well despite the difficulties. As the cab drivers do with ease the ruminations of life in their unique manner under restrictive confines, I should not grumble or moan too much with what I amply have to ruminate the faith life with others, given the fact that I don't necessary do this 'alone'.

So I shouldn't be too free to tell the mountain that it is too high, the road that it winds too much and the ocean that it is too wet.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Friend was posed this question by Taxi Driver: So, what do you think of our new Prime Minister? Do you like him or not?
(Silence. Busy buat-ing bodoh ... )
- He no good, lah!
- Er, he hasn’t done anything for me to dislike him.
- Aiyah! Don’t like also like that. He become Prime Minister also we have no say!
- Er, actually, we do have a say. Well, we did choose him to become an MP.
- Aiyah! What does it matter to us? He still become Prime Minister!
- Well he was elected to become an MP. If nobody liked him he would not have been elected as an MP.
- But that not the same. That only MP. Now PM!
- Well, that’s just the system we have, you see. We have our say in choosing our MPs. Then, whichever party wins gets to decide who they want to be the PM.
- That not fair!
- Er, maybe not. But it’s the system we inherited from the British. It’s the same in England, in India and in Malaysia.

By which time, of course, Friend's zeal had quite doused Taxi Driver's!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no political analyst. I just think coffee shop (in this case, taxi) politics often consists of little else besides badmouthing public figures at a whim.

Wasn’t there mention of the 10th Commandment lately? Time to be mindful of the 8th.

Jude Gal said...

yestday's TODAY, wat does SSM? SuperSenior Minister or sumthing like tat, "Minister Mentor" - almost becme High Overlord, The One, Father of Nation..........kind of internet chat zones.

Does it really affect u?

Jude Gal said...

i dun noe i feel tat those who are called for "TEA PARTY" yr backgrd would have oredi been "Checked/investigated" "by then". if u are called up by PM Ofce or any ministries. Frm wat i do understand yr records are being kept permanently or sumthing like tat and linked to govt agencies i suppse like yr I

Jude Gal said...

i dun noe i feel tat those who are called for "TEA PARTY" yr backgrd would have oredi been "Checked/investigated" "by then". if u are called up by PM Ofce or any ministries. Frm wat i do understand yr records are being kept permanently or sumthing like tat and linked to govt agencies i suppse like yr IQ test or watever u call tat...........not SATS but the pyscho test and wat nots.

the "Tea party" reminds me of SQ "Tea party". heehee.......how u mingle mix ard been watched......

Jude Gal said...

Fr Aloy, meimei wanted to try for SQ juz to see how far she could have gone in the interview rounds. hahaha.........daddy and mummie were so worried later she want to SERVE TEA/COFFEE rather than go NUS. she told daddy, mummie even if i get it i will reject it but they were so worried..........in the end kena arrowed go teaching 6mths at SAC. hahaha........

Don Corleone said...

Aiyoo ! me no politic lah, better durian party hor ;-p

Anonymous said...

Yucks tat fruit AGAIN, make me NAUSEAOUS ...........


Happy Assumption to One & All plus not 4getting Happy Hungry Ghost Festival on Monday !!!

Jude Gal said...

remembered got a SAINT for SORE THROAT, who's tat huh? Fr Aloy? i 4got tink fr erbin got say b4, when i 1st started having zis ENT pblem. St WAT? Any1 noe?

Anonymous said...

St Blaise. A matyred bishop of eastern Europe in the 4th Century, I think. There was, in all probability such a man but whatever details exist of his life is largely legendary and can't be substantiated. He had apparently come to the aid of someone with a fishbone in the throat. Sounds a lot simpler than what you might be experiencing, I'm afraid! I'm sure, however, that St Blaise, or whichever saint God might have deputised would be glad to intercede for you! I think his feast is in February. Blessing of throats take place. The last I heard, they do it at St Joseph's, Victoria Street. What DO they do at throat blessings? I wonder ...

Yes, it would be good to have a 'real' patron saint for sufferers of ENT ailments ... There has been talk of Pope Pius XII being made a Blessed, then perhaps a saint ... I wonder if he might be a man for the job ... He had a very huge nose! ... Then again, I don't think he suffered for it. He put IT to good use. Sniffed out the Jews and the Nazis and kept them apart ...

Anonymous said...

There was a blessing of throats on his feast day...I attended evening mass at CTK...After mass Fr Stephen Yim invited those who wanted to get a blessing to receive one...

Z from Sfx

Jude Gal said...

wat's the date of the FEASTDAY OF THROATS? My darling Z? i never heard of him b4 - SAINT. oni CTK celebrate zit?

never hit TOTO or 4D till like tat b4..........tosilits for me. (ENT say my throat got "white spots" tats causing the pain - it's tosils tat turn white oso dun noe how to explain but it's the white spots in throat tat causes the pain, can't eat chocos or watever.......... really dun feel like toking much but any takers for icecream ??? numb my throat. but still going back to work, wat to do? doc say it's i smelt sumthing again lah, my allergy it's non viral/flu but no choice with itch eyes and itch throat as well. i gve up better listen to Fr JJ and go lourdes and bathe. i dun mind .................heehee...........

Fr Aloy u pray for me ok, my throat is terok but i am still going back to ofce. u can "suan" me all u wan, i won't be bothered to answer u back oso. Enuf of handling objections/rejections with my clients.

Jude Gal said...

does the priest bless the THROAT or the person,Z? heehee.........juz wondering, if tats the case my sales team all can go for blessings. Majorty got ENT pblem esp THROAT...........Fr Aloy can or not? ok tme to go work liao, 2nte then see wat u ve to say - Z...........be good..........but the saint doesn't sound the more familiar saints i dun tink can get his pix in KCBC kind of thingy

Jude Gal said...

Mummie was nagging scoldg again. i with my usual allergy pblem, she can't stand me, i can get it quite often. but got icecream to eat later. heehee.............dun noe breathe or smell wat again. i really dun noe. and i dun trust my GP - company doc anymore. still asked me u wait for 2 days dun take any medication then see whether viral flu or zit yr allergy pblem. my ENT was laffing.........if i listened to GP i tink would ve affected my throat more, painful nevermind i sound terok on phone. it's worse.

Hope tat St Blaise can help me then mummie won't be angry she doesn't like the idea of me gettg "Scoped", my throat & nose. the moral of story is juz take my "sleeping pills" ntely. fr aloy now extra another "blue pill" - antihistmine.

Jude Gal said...

Jude Gal needs to GO OFF FOR THE DAY.........Bye for tme being. heehee...............

2nte really can't meet up with u for mass/dner. up to u. surprisely u didn't call the whole wk since my sms to u on sunday tat i had sumthing on. hope u got the HINT tat SAC is not my parish. anyway i wouldn't have met up with u the whole wk oso coz of work & i needed my SLEEP/REST plus my throat gving me pblems. realised SLEEP IS THE BEST MEDCNE, not 4getting icecream.

 

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