8.4.06

"... and progress for our nation"

Sashimi heaven

Over dinner with the parentals, I learned that, despite having picked up a new full-time job post-retirement, my father has nonetheless joined the ranks of retirees who write outraged letters to the Straits Times forum pages. Meanwhile my mother had several choice phrases of outrage herself about whoever seeded the idea in our society that Singapore women should have children and then hire a typically unskilled person at a pittance from a less developed neighbouring country to look after said children.

I think a sign that one is growing old up is when one catches oneself making utterances in the same outraged tone as the parentals.

Like all good Singaporeans, we also compared how much we had each received for our Progress Package, which disbursement, as all good Singaporeans know, has absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming general election. I thought the amounts we received would be commensurate with our age, since the dividends are purportedly to "share the fruits of growth with all Singaporeans", and haven't my parents contributed a lot more towards the country's growth than we young 'uns? But no, it seems it has more to do with one's housing type (public or private, and the value thereof, it seems safe to assume).

Anyway, since the Progress Package has, I repeat like a good Singaporean, nothing to do with the upcoming general election, and all the news headlines suggest that Singapore's economy is doing better than ever this year, I look forward to receiving next year's Even More Progress Package as well.

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7 Comments:

At 4/09/2006 11:56 pm , Blogger Kiv said...

The 'Progress' in Progress Package actually stands for PRoviding Opportunities through Growth, REmaking Singapore for Success.

Acronym - True Singaporean style.

 
At 4/10/2006 10:07 am , Blogger Postmaster-General said...

You know you're home when Acronyms are bandied about like a real language. =P

My dad doesn't complain as much. He just keeps wondering how to use the internet. =P

 
At 4/10/2006 5:55 pm , Blogger Dot said...

Nothing to do with the elections. Move along. These are not the droids you are looking for.

 
At 4/11/2006 7:56 pm , Anonymous gecko said...

politics? what's that?

the sashimi is more the interesting conversation.

 
At 4/11/2006 9:09 pm , Blogger Bobo the Bimbo said...

Hi. may I know what Camera you use?

Just kaypoh. Nice pics. :)

 
At 4/11/2006 10:04 pm , Blogger Tym said...

I can't believe that for something as self-explanatory as "progress", they still had to go "make" it into an acronym. Pah!

Bobo the Bimbo > I currently use the Nokia N70's built-in camera because my Contax is still in the shop.

 
At 4/13/2006 5:02 am , Anonymous sharlet said...

This should be the year the economy peaks, which means next year things will start falling, and recession can be expected in '08. :P

They had it all planned of course - hold election during the peak year so everything's all chirpy and good, then once they get re-elected, who cares if we go into recession.

 

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