23 Aug 2015

Personal/ity

I've already accepted that I'm mentally wired in quite a different way from the typical people I come across. I tend to see different perspectives. I don't like taking conventions for granted when they contradict my logic. It's almost frustrating trying to see what wavelengths others are on so I'm not totally out of sync.

I guess more people are willing to accept the idea of differences in personality and mentality than before. The idea of introversion and extroversion is a common hot topic on social networks, appropriately enough. Yet paradoxically it's gotten mainstream enough to the point that youths are very quick to label themselves in either of the camps, or even the third "ambiversion" camp. Not everybody's clearly introverted or extroverted or perfectly in between. Similarly, the autism spectrum disorders have the word "spectrum" for a reason: there's no clear distinction or generalisation. Not all autistic people have drastic symptoms, and some even exhibit pretty close to neurotypical behaviour with very slight differences.

8 Aug 2015

Ass Gee Fifth Tee

Fifty years. Not bad of a streak so far. Not nearly as impressive as most other countries who've endured decades, even centuries, but it's a heck of an achievement given the circumstances.

Still, it's pretty annoying seeing the red dot with its four letter plastered just about everywhere. Understandable, but probably overdone to near death. Fishcake? SG50. Sushi? SG50. Milk powder? SG50. Lasagne? You get the idea. Any company could slap it on their products and claim it's for the commemoration of the 50th year of independence. Geez, remembering that the 2015 New Year Countdown kept using SG50 as a substitute term for "New Year" still irks me.

There is merit in all this in-your-face reminder of Singapore celebrating its 50th "birthday" (I don't even know why they call it a birthday) though. It's national education on overdrive. Okay, that in itself already elicits cringe reactions from some people. But many of the SG50 events do a neat job of reinforcing nostalgia and recounting of past milestones, something beneficial to the younger generations. A connection to the past that's getting ever more distant with time.