OK. It’s the first time in my life seeing a Singapore flag sticking up from someone’s head. Cynthia couldn’t resist to take a picture; I can’t resist not to share.
One great thing about having your website is that you can almost trace back on what you’ve done the same day last year, the year before, and etc. This year there is no jamming session for me. Instead, I am glued to the TV watching the Beijing Olympics. Weightlifting games (Women’s 48kg today) captivate me, move me to tears. The tearful joy of the Turk (silver), the fighting spirit of the Taiwanese (bronze), and the celebrity-like entrance of Chen Xiexia (China) whose first lifts placed her wide ahead of her opponents. One moment I was wondering if China was going to participate, another moment Xiexia came in and grabbed the gold medal, unchallenged.
And that is precisely my dilemma here. The Beijing Olympics seems like a bigger event to me today rather than our National Day Parade. The Obama versus Hilary race seems like a more entertaining piece of news to follow than our local news. Even our neighbor’s how-many-times-a-man-can-be-charged-with-sodomy is certainly juicer than anything we have here. Go Anwar, go! Reformasi!
Change, we can believe in. That, is one helluva tag line from Obama’s presidential campaign. Give the polar bears back their homes. That, is from my recent video blog. Thank you for not hating it. End of commercial messages.
So, in this fierce competition of global news squeezing its way into my radar of current affairs, what sort of local news sticks to my mind? Mas Selamat? Certainly. The rise in the price of a bowl of rice and the arrays of electronic road pricing (ERP) gantries added in around the city center? That too. And to quote from a gas station attendant in my area: our oil price goes up in a lift and comes down by stairs.
But there must be some news worth celebrating, right? After years of dispute with Malaysia, the tiny faraway island Pedra Branca belongs to Singapore. The catch is, it is not final, awaiting for new evidents to be uncovered. From this episode, I have learned a new Latin expression: terra nullius. It means nobody’s land. Actually, there is one more for you: a titre de souverain. Go figure.
Now, back to the Beijing Olympics. I don’t think it is an understatement that the Chinese has waited for hundreds of years to have a moment like this. Sure, it is the pride of a nation, pride of a race. And why the Western’s negative media coverage day after day? Like my African boss said: If you watch CNN and believe that that is Africa, you are so wrong.
Face it. There is a reason why the smart ones from the West are moving into Asia for a better career and financial opportunity. The world is changing; China is rising; not even the Western propaganda is going to reverse that.
Anyways, happy birthday Singapore. What talking me in this post?!