Posts Tagged ‘ ramble ’

Random Thoughts – Pt form

work

why people work?

to earn a living

to gain experience

to widen contacts

job vs career

job implies less commitment

career implies willingness to put in extra effort

meaningful salary

what determines meaningful

how is market wage derived

how to avoid wage stagnation which all developed nations is currently stuck in

singapore is stuck with decreasing or flat wages for low/middle class, and exploding income for those who made it

example clercical and adminstrative work in sme has remain at 1.4-1.6k for 10 years

pmet basic also remained at 1.6-2k for 10 years

salary of ordinary drivers 1.1-1.5k for 15 years

cleaner salary 1.2-0.9k for past 10 years

meanwhile cost of living rising non stop

not saying about food and transport

those we the poor can scrimp and save out the amount

but hdb flat

how to afford?

if a 3 room also cost a lifetime to own

how can people dream

the current dream will come to an end

an abrupt end with no replacement

when that happens

what will singapore become?

what will i become

no life

no money

no friends

what does the future hold?

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HDB Flats

It is my honest opinion Singapore is a country where innovation is sorely lacking. The entrenchment of top talent in the Civil Service and in the Safe sectors of Commerce also helped to preserve the status quo. As a result, in the past 10 years Singapore’s growth had relied greatly on cheaper and cheaper labour through displacement of its own citizens with ever cheaper labourers and PMETs from other developing countries.

Yet as wages remain stagnant, the cost of living has relentlessly rose, even if some of the factors were due to the current global instability. Still, it has meant that our low and middle class gets more and more poor at the expense of the rich.

The building of the 2 integrated resorts and promotion of Singapore as a Rich Man’s safe haven also helped to exacerbate the rich poor divide.

I believe however that innovation and a sense of justice can help to minimize our problems.

In the UK, we have seen the unveiling of the Raspberry Pi, a simple Personal Computer for only SGD58. This concept was first thought by a group of university students who lamented the current state of electronics and wanted something simple yet functional for the masses. They put their thoughts into action and after a few years of experimenting then discussions with their local manufacturers, today we have the Raspberry Pi shipping out to the World!

Having this in mind, we have to think along the lines and develop cheap, durable and easy to construct buildings that can house our population. With the earlier batches of HDB flats getting old, we may need to demolish them and build new units on their site. If we can lower cost of affording a flat to levels that would not saddle people with a generation of debt, surely it will do much to improve national well being and stress levels.

Only when people are free that they will be able to contribute to society meaningfully.

Working?


No this post has got nothing to do work the anime Working!!

6 days into the job, one which my friend kindly introduced into… though sometimes i still spend time thinking whether i should had searched for familiar job scopes or a for some totally new experience. But the greatest thing I miss is still the luxury of being free to do whatever you want; ie: such as going out as and when I like it, watching anime 24/7, etc.

Moreover at this point of time, maybe its due to some events that I’d experienced or what, but I don’t see the point of putting in more hours than necessary for work. I had always thought of it as an exchange… … time and work traded for money which moves this world…

Though sitting on the desk also made me understood that my life cannot be like this for the rest of the x years, how long I am not sure of…

At least the job sets me thinking much more than I had so far…

After the ORD

September 12, 2010… Ran the Army Half Marathon of my own accord with my friend from the same camp. After the very run, my NS Days were truly over and a new phase of life was supposed to begin…

Although they said NS was a rite of passage, I cant help but feel a sense of dissonance when life really began… What now?

Twitter is for lazy people like me… lawl

http://twitter.com/cplbao

Goh Keng Swee

… was one of our founders of today’s Singapore. He helped steer Singapore’s economy into a boom after independence. Yet, other than a few articles and a few pages in the local curriculum, his name is rendered insignificant to most compared to the MM.

Quote real life example that happened last Friday:

Me: Wa why is flag at half mast?
A: Dunno maybe someone pass away?
Me: Issit related to GKS?
A: Should be…

Life carries on as if nothing had happened.

Traps seem to be in style these days…


Read from here, where this maid cafe is staffed by 18 traps… though I guess its a good marketing decision…