Places to be

It's been a funny sort of week. I've been really swamped with work and working till past midnight almost every night, which may be bad for my sleep and coffee consumption levels, but really isn't all that bad for the languishing bank account.

But a busy week means having no time to write a response to the government's salvo against mr brown. In fact, I didn't even hear the news till cour marly clued me in on MSN late that day, at which point I produced the following gem of an articulate response:
ME: I have one word for the MICA letter
ME: and it is FUCK
ME: Actually a 2nd word springs to mind:
ME: what is the emoticon for speechless?
And finally:
Dear government,
Thank you for proving once again that you have neither a sense of humour nor an understanding of a citizen's duty of participating in politics without joining a political party. I stand vindicated, after all my friends reassured me that Singapore was really opening up and going to be a more inclusive society.
That's not all I want to say on this issue, but it'll have to do for now. I did find the time to write the first draft of my own "I am Singaporean" script, which should make its appearance as a podcast some time before the end of the month...

Anyway, the other thing that's been going on during this stupefyingly hectic week is that Terz and I got around to figuring out whether we qualify to emigrate to Canada. Admittedly, this is based on an online assessment rather than an official evaluation, but the initial prognosis seems to be good.

Additionally, my cousin just Flickr'd recent vacation pictures of Vancouver, which reminded me once more why we need to get there asap and soak up some of that Pacific Northwest beauty (not to mention the West Coast liberal values and social consciousness that are so sorely lacking here). My cousin's pictures are friends-and-family only, but Mussels has some great Vancouver pictures too, if anyone needs convincing.

So in the red corner, we have Singapore, with a government intent on stomping out any political agenda that dares challenge its own.

In the blue corner, we have pretty, blue Vancouver, of which one of its hometown writers has said:
"When you look down through what we so foolishly imagine to be a new place, a young place, there's a lot of interesting things that we discover ... We have consistently erupted in these utopian insanities that have produced a strange and distinctive and vibrant and multicultural and brilliant civilization in what is now known as British Columbia."
Yeah, it's been a funny sort of week.


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At 7/09/2006 10:49 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got gmail.

At 7/10/2006 1:53 am , Blogger Anthony said...


If you're emigrating, you might want to know that Canada's immigration authorities are about 2-3 years backlogged. If you want to file for it, file for it soon.

At 7/11/2006 5:25 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was surprised to hear the blogger getting reprimanded for voicing his opinions. I didn't realize that the Singaporean government was so strict about participation in the political avenue..

At 7/11/2006 1:26 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

June and I had been thinking about the Canada thingy too, for the same reasons, after the bloody Elections. And yes, we share the same curse words for our shit head government also.

Stanley (e one that did Shooting Home with T)

At 7/12/2006 9:11 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm..I guess that's why my hubby took all of us here to Vancouver Canada.We're loving it, kids are loving it too!

At 7/12/2006 7:11 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7/12/2006 8:41 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are taking the PAP rebuke of "if you don't like it you can leave" a bit too seriously, aren't you?

At 7/13/2006 6:39 am , Blogger Tym said...

Anthony > Ugh. We'd better get cracking.

Joy > I believe "draconian" rather than "strict" is the more appropriate word.

Stanley > We all go Vancouver together lah!

Anonymous #2 > I believe I'm taking it exactly as seriously as they intend for it to be taken. Oh, and the idea of emigrating was not triggered by the current furore. The anger and heartbreak's been simmering for a long time ...

At 7/13/2006 11:41 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an unconfirmed report that CIC will issue a simplified immigration application process soon.


Agree with Anthony - Terz and you really should get your documents in order and file your application asap.

The wait is LONG.


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