My Affair with Computers

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of hours playing video games. It was the best thing in the world then. It’s the one thing I look forward to most in the morning, and when I was in school bored listening to my teacher. It could be my addiction that has cost me my examination marks. You see, playing computer games was one thing that I thought I want to spend my whole life doing. The idea of being able to play an entirely different life, a hero, appeals to me so much more than my ordinary life. I even thought I will align my life achievements to creating an immersive and multiplayer educational game. Like “The Elder Scrolls Morrowind” but with real plants, real people speaking English, and morals to teach us about society. Of course that never happened. There was no way I could have built such a sophisticated software. Even by today’s standards with all the highly simplified Integrated Development Environments. “Aren’t computers meant to make our lives easier? Didn’t the guy on the Microsoft TV commercial say that?” I would think and it’s partly true.

Then came my teenage years, and the popularity of the Internet started growing. People started being frequently online. Google started becoming relevant and useful. I started searching the Internet for Range Rovers, Defenders, videos on cars off roading and Music Videos. I’d marvel at the ability of the artists to provide free songs on YouTube. Most didn’t have videos like we do today, it used to show only a picture of the album with the music. I grew up with the Internet, learning the culture of the world through it. (Well, maybe the culture defined by the Internet, like the Nerdfighters, Brotherhood 2.0). I started to realise the power one wields in being the Internet service provider. The Internet was unstoppable and everyone benefits in life and work from it. Those who are afraid of technology, has to live through it. I have an innate feeling that our generation will usher in a new age. Different in comparison to previous generations because we have the aid of the Internet.


Are Foreign Talents Truly Worthy of Our Jobs?

The infatuation of foreign talents has stirred unrest among the majority of Singaporeans and that has sparked countless of heated debates among citizens. Many employers who hold a high status in a local business or an organization have claimed Singaporeans as lazy, in-efficient thinkers and slow contributors. Employers are hiring foreign talents over Singaporeans as they claimed they are easier to communicate with and cheaper to hire. Some even claimed that they could solve problems more efficiently and better contribute to our society than us. There are even companies that go to the extend of interviewing only foreign talents.

Do the foreign talents truly deserve the job opportunities created or given by our government or local companies? Should the hardworking Singaporeans be worried about upgrading ourselves only to be told our jobs were taken away by “cheaper” and “hardworking” foreign talents?

Singaporeans are as hardworking as any foreign talents and we deserve to be paid more since we understand how to serve our fellow Singaporeans better than anyone else, much less the foreign talents who have grown in a country that has a different culture and different opinion of being amicable. Though some foreigners may converse better, only few could speak proper English and truly satisfy majority of the clients, which are the locals, as their idea of satisfying people are usually very different from us. Some of their bad habits have been portrayed in public areas such as speaking loudly in a quiet places and not apologising when bumping into you. This causes many misunderstanding and annoyance among us while they adapt to our society. Some of them even influenced surly expressions among us with their unpleasant characters. That is why Singaporeans should be prioritised above any other foreigners for most situation.

We should only be replaced if there are strong reasons to why foreigners are a better choice than us. We are citizens who have to rely on the government to know what to educate ourselves with, as most of us know little about or could hardly predict the future. Those who knows, kept it a secret for apparent reasons, mainly due to the competition among ourselves. If we graduated only to be told the industrial skills we so diligently studied for was replaced by the foreigners, would that not be the fault of the education given to us? Of course syllabus may change, but never that much. This is equivalent to getting sucker punched by our government we used to trust very very much.

However, most Singaporeans who are hardworking or ambitious, need not worry as much as few other uninterested or less diligent Singaporeans. Foreigners will never feel the need to contribute back to our society, they are foreigners and the country they came from is where they want to benefit truly, because that is where their family, friends and assets are at. Ideas that benefits Singapore tends to come from innovative Singaporeans because only we will bother to make our own lives better. We should stand out and not be afraid to fail. Failure is bad, but without it, we cannot learn to avoid it in future and that may akin to lesser chances of success. Only Singaporeans understand the whims, wants and needs of Singaporeans than anyone else for the reason that Singapore is where we were born in and where we were grew.

We grew up in a country that has provided us with one of the world’s best education. We were taught in school to be a morally upright person. Most of us feel the urge to contribute back to society because we feel compassionate. Certain employers would go the extra mile to hire foreigners since they are cheaper but only a true Singaporean who wants to contribute back, would hire who they think are more deserving of the job. And to move on as a nation, we need to create more opportunity for Singaporeans to strive in. We should not rely solely on the government, as they are only our think tank and nothing more. The moment we see fit a way to benefit our economy or our society, it is us who have to make it a reality.

Anniversaries Taken Granted For

Just earlier this year I have been searching on the net to sooth my hunger for the Range Rover. Looking at it is a plausible cure but unfortunately like all antibiotics, I bound to become immune to it in time to come. Plus, given my current state, I have better avoid it being a surplus.

It seems Land Rover is trying to extort as much cash out of making its cars “limited edition” by celebration their survival of oddities through the years. It happened last year, and it has again this year. Even limited editions are prone to lose it’s opulence. Oh wait, correct me. They only celebrated years of survival in tens. Let us surface the evidence:

First Range Rover – 1970
First Series 1(Defender) – 1983
First Free Lander – 1997
First Land Rover – 1948
First Discovery – 1989

Judging from my quick findings, Land Rover has every one in two years to celebrate if they see fit. Personally, I think that works pretty well with their customers. But wait, then why is there a break out in this “40 Years anniversary” for the Range Rover when it first came out in 1970? It is 2012 now… Is Land Rover hanging on a dire thread of financial bankruptcy? I am not gonna waste my time pondering on this… Shall.Move.On.

Even though the quirk considering Land Rover as a honest company (unless I have gotten these all wrong, which on second thought, perhaps), I have no grudge against them. British nationals are seen and disliked by many for reasons of their arrogance which they themselves have claimed to be misinterpreted and misled by culture.

Maybe it is the way Land Rover held their brand that hit me. I’ve always respected the brand, their videos about their amazing legacy sends shivers down my spine! It sometimes even make me smile! The way they managed their reputation among their discerning customers… are effective. Anyway, quoting from an official motoring website (not Auto Car),  an insider of Land Rover told Auto Car: “Like Bentley, we concentrate on using only the finest interior materials.”. Luxury materials do look luxury too. Perhaps that’s what that made their SUV unique. Did I not mention that Porsche has done well with their SUV sales? That Lamborghini has decided to walk their way and design, while risking their exotic cars only brand, with an SUV that looks pretty cool.

Charles Spencer King, the chief engineer and designer of the iconic Range Rover, passed away last week, leaving us with an extraordinary vehicle that has amounted to forty years of 4×4 firsts. In 1970, it was even exhibited as a piece of superior industrial design at the Louvre. Taken from:Aids to Navigation

Oh oh! On an aside, I found this, behold:”The Range Rover was launched in 1970. In the early 1970s the Louvre museum in Paris, France exhibited a Range Rover as an “exemplary work of industrial design”.”
I’m greatly awed. Saliva’s drooling. And something’s popping..