I just read a story on The New Paper about a man who tried to catch a woman who fell 14 storeys in Tanah Merah, Singapore. On July 10, Mr Rozaimi Zainal saw a lady standing on the ledge of the highest floor of a condominium block. Although he shouted at her not to jump, she rolled herself off the ledge, so Mr Zainal attempted to catch her. The bones in his left leg shattered from the impact, and unfortunately, despite his efforts, the woman died. More can be read here: http://www.tnp.sg/content/man-breaks-leg-trying-catch-maid-who-fell-14-storeys

I truly respect this individual for risking his life to rescue another. Experts noted that being hit by a body falling from that height is akin to being rammed by a car moving at 100 km/h, and some said Mr Zainal is lucky to be alive. But Mr Zainal said, “I don’t know where I got the courage or why I tried. But if it were to happen again with the same consequence, I would try again. As a human being, as a fellow person, it is my duty to at least try to save another person’s life.” 

His sentiment is truly amazing to me and I really hope in such a situation I would be able to act in a similar manner. In Singapore many have noted a lack of humanity and simple kindness in everyday interactions, but events like these really demonstrate that noble values still live on in individuals.

Incidentally, while I was in the UK, I read a similar story where a woman in the US caught a falling infant. That case ended much happier with both parties unhurt as the baby only fell from the second storey. Similar to this case, the woman saw the toddler on the balcony, so she positioned herself where it would likely fall, and dialed 911. But before emergency personnel could arrive, the toddler fell. She said after the incident, “I just was positioning myself where I thought he might fall. I feel fortunate that he landed right in my arms. It was effortless to catch him. Once it was happening, he was landing.” More can be read here: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-21/mad-mad-world/40118443_1_toddler-shock-sources

Well as a start, I guess if we live in high-rise urban environments, we should always be alert to activities happening not just around us, but above us as well.



nordic nature

this is the view from my friend’s house in jyväskylä, Finland. it’s just so beautiful! really something you don’t see in urban city environments.

Comparing Singapore and London F&B work experience

So I’ve been working part-time in London for three weeks now. I won’t say much else, save that it’s an Oriental restaurant (that’s suitably vague). Having worked in Singapore in the food and beverage industry previously, I could see a serious difference in the work experience in both countries. The chief difference being customers’ attitudes. Well. Where do I begin? Customers in London are really accommodating and understanding overall; they say please and thank you, they are patient and understand when the restaurant is busy, and I’ve not had an unpleasant encounter with any (yet. And I hope it stays that way). Plus, even though service charge is already included, some insist on tipping further. (Haha yes moneyface here).

As for Singaporean customers, they tend to have a saibin (i should revive my Singaporean slang series lol) on all the time, and generally treat service staff like tools. I mean, like something to get things done, not necessarily a living breathing person. So they are more demanding, impatient; if you give them great service, they take it as what they deserve. But if you dare to make them wait or maybe serve another customer before them or mix up an order, they tend to complain straightaway, or give you that look. The look of disgust and *why are you so stupid*. And they never tip. Haha. Perhaps it’s the kiasu and corporatist culture we’ve cultivated over the years, that result in an impatient, look-out-for-oneself tendency in Singaporeans.

Anyway, the next time you go  to a restaurant, put yourself in the shoes of your waiter/cashier/service staff. Imagine it’s their tenth hour on their feet (yes, it’s happened) and perhaps they’re thinking of the schoolwork they have to rush in the early morning, before working again. Then perhaps give them an extra smile and thank-you. It’ll make their day. Trust me, it’s worked for me!


Missing Hong Kong

Missing Hong Kong


some first-world good feelings

  • Reading a flurry of important-looking emails on your inbox, and realising no action is needed on your part
  • Finding an excellent source on google scholar, and finding your university has subscribed to that source
  • Highlighting your essay and clicking “double spacing” – instant expansion!
  • Remembering an acquaintance’s name immediately 😛
  • Taking leave just because.
Haha awesome.

Why do you have to rub salt in my wound?