Archive for June, 2009

June 29, 2009

Begging… and how not to.

Today a man approached me on the street outside the National Library in Bugis. Fifty-ish, tastefully dressed in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, he held a handphone in his left as he hailed me with the right in Chinese.

“Hey, you know the way to Hougang?”
“Ummm…”
“Far ah?”
“Yeah.”
“I want to know the directions to walk there.”
“Errr…”
“Got no money lah. You got money to give me?”
“I don’t have money.”

As I turned and walked away, the man scolded me in Hokkien: “Don’t want to give, don’t give. Don’t come and tell me no money. mai gong jiao wei!”

Beggars who take home £280 a day (Link goes to Daily Mail article)

He told me he had no money and asked for money from me. I told him I had no money and he called me a liar. I wonder if he fully appreciated the irony of his statement.

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June 16, 2009

Walls, walls, everywhere

The 4 walls around us.

  1. Peers
  2. Relatives
  3. Government
  4. Society

Either you surpass them, or they will hem you in.

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