Update: The Singapore Kindness Movement has responded directly to The Blogfather (as well as some other alt-media outlets) with a letter posted on their Kindness.sg blog. You can read it here. I first saw the resignation letter being floated around on Facebook, and I thought it was a spoof… until I saw where it came … Continue reading Singa’s Resignation – A Perfect Irony
The very first thing I noticed as I spoke to the PCF staff member was that she felt unsure about addressing the issue, despite the letter having been issued – by them, no less – in no uncertain terms that the incident occurred. Then when she went off the receiver to ask another colleague, that other colleague immediately and very curtly said, “No comment! No comment!”
Admittedly, listening happens to be the difficult part; as a dad, I do regularly fail in this respect whenever my wife and I have a spat. But fatherhood has also taught me, if you expect to change mindsets for people to accept what you’re doing, you need to change your own mindset in order to know what you’re doing.
To recap from my previous parent volunteer (PV) series post, I received an e-mail from a parent support group (PSG) committee member asking if I could fill in for a PV to attend a Primary 1 afternoon school outing. The excursion would be, er, excursed, the following Monday – just 2 days from the date … Continue reading [PV Series] The First Assignment
Back in the tail end of October, my wife pressed me into applying for a parent volunteer (PV) programme at a rather reputable school near our home. I was planning to make a living out of working at home at the time, and thought it might actually be a good experience to document here. Yes, … Continue reading [The Parent Volunteer Series] Beginnings
Ah, the Lunar New Year. It’s like the Chinese version of Christmas, except you get ang pows instead of presents, pussy willows instead of pine trees, and reunion dinners instead of turkey and ham. But one tradition remains constant despite the East-West contrast: bad conversation starters.
The Population White Paper, the whole Marriage and Parenthood package revisions and Chinese New Year (CNY); to the Blogfather, there is no better time to kvetch about what I feel has to be the most well-devised conspiracy theory in the history of Chinese tradition and family values.
I was asked to be interviewed for last Sunday’s edition of The New Paper on the latest revisions on the Marriage & Parenthood package (my answers weren’t published in the end, though). Nevertheless, I do have the interview Q&A mostly documented in my e-mail and Whatsapp. So I figured, why waste a huge chunk of opinion over a very hot topic of national conversation?
I spoke about it briefly here and here, but at length somewhere else when our PM announced the government’s plans during the National Day Rally speech. Yesterday, as promised, the latest revisions to the Marriage and Parenthood Package was announced (the last round of revisions was rolled out in 2008). You can find the full … Continue reading The Government Wants You to Get It On (But Still Doesn’t Quite Know How)
I was having a conversation with my wife in the car this morning about why people in love might expect their partners to change for them. This is how the not-very-long conversation went.
If there’s anything I learnt from being a father, … it’s that you do not peg parenting to a scoresheet, regardless of individual or as a family unit or as a community or on a national scale, and expect any parent to take kindly to it. It’s just rude and downright insulting.
Those Facebook pictures of little smiling schoolchildren betray their parents’s anxiety towards their children’s new year in school, and the rest of their academic lives that follow.