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.

Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall

If you only know Adele through her songs, you may be in for a shock as vulgarity and unsightly behavior were portrayed at the beginning of her concert. Fear not as I digress, you will like her the way I do, or even more.

Today, I brought her album and immediately, I contemplated watching it. Atop my doorstep, I was calmed and settled but relentlessness swooped in quick as I was untying my shoe laces. So I confronted my dad just so I could borrow his Hi-fi to enjoy the added beauty of her voice as justice demands nothing less than a television built-in speaker. Those television speakers are absolutely horrible, and therefore DVD players should always be sold together with a home entertainment system if the consumer does not have one. “Hi-Fi” is an abbreviation for Hi-Fidelity, as self-explanatory as it is, it also refers to home theatre set considering cinematographers often create special effects(sound) that renders expensive system pointless.

Her first two songs weren’t of my expectation and perhaps it was me but as you sit through much of her lolly-gagging after each song, where vulgarities were the norm at the beginning and her awfully disturbing laughter weren’t actually disturbing but causing more laughter, you slowly set in and sedate as you try to discern and vicariously understand her because you know, you are in for something you have felt and that awful anguish will soon be soothed by her monumental vocal.

Fortunately half-way into the concert my impression of her changed greatly as I better understand, through her amazingly well written songs and talks on what inspired her to compose such a piece were coherent. I believe she is the Shakespeare of the musical industry. Her songs were so intense that she had to have a few gags just so some of the audience do not become too emotional that they could not take it. Many broke down, but wore a smile and some were spotted staring blankly, staring into space, lost in her art of her body waver(my gag!).

Summary :

So I was spiralling into the depths of my own despair, delved into my difficult times, all reminded again. But her last song, Rolling In The Deep, though equally intense, got me back to my norm. When the concert ended, my thoughts on my history were perceived with less regrets than before. Perhaps it was rocket science? I have no idea, but that is what’s so great about music. Tell me that I’m wrong.

“The novel is an event in consciousness. Our aim isn’t to copy actuality, but to modify and recreate our sense of it. The novelist is inviting the reader to watch a performance in his own brain.” – George Buchanan