Thoughts of the day

Food for thought while looking at CNA today:

  1. Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte and his hard line on drug dealers and corruption. Is violence the only way (likening himself to Hitler)? Reportedly 1million people involved in drugs and corruption, if Duterte remains true to his word, will such a policy be considered genocide and hence a violation on human rights according to UN? How will this be received internationally?
  2. Growing threat of extremism in SEA. Is destroying their bases in Iraq and Syria ideal? Those trained at the bases will return to their home countries, re-organise and regroup themselves, extending the network.
  3. Zika clusters at Bedok and Bishan closed. How does this relate to governance and health?

The Secret Life of Pets

So I went to catch The Secret Life of Pets last Friday and I just wanted to pen down a few thoughts that ran through my mind while i was watching the movie. To me, it wasn’t just a mere family-friendly movie but a film that parents can use to educate their kids

A pet is a lifetime commitment.

The film’s antagonist came in the form of a seemingly innocent little bunny, whose cuteness betrayed no hint of that crazed personality under all that white fluff. Along with his three sidekicks (a muzzled bulldog, a tattooed pig and a chameleon/gecko), his aim is to carry out a revolution against the human race together with the followers he has gained, all who were abandoned pets by their previous owners or have experienced some kind of suffering and trauma with humans.

This representation depicted in the film reflects the reality of our society today. Children today often beg for a pet, throwing tantrums in a bid to get their parents to succumb to whatever they want. (I won’t lie, I did that too in order to get a dog.) Parents, in order to make their precious little child happy, often purchase these pets as gifts to their children (Thankfully my parents didn’t give in when i was younger). When these pets grow too big and become too much too handle, families send them to shelters or release them into the wild(often the case with red-eared terrapins/fish), thinking that these animals will eventually find a better home or survive in the wild.


Shelters are exploding with the number of strays and abandoned animals. Terrapins are highly territorial can’t fend for themselves in the wild. So when you make a decision to get a pet, that decision is for life. You don’t abandon your kid just because he destroys your furniture or defecates all over the house, do you? Similar, you don’t give your pet up just because you cannot afford to care for it. If you made the choice to bring it home, you must ensure that you have thought through your decision and be able to care for it till its very last breath. Children lack the maturity to consider such issues, and parents most definitely should not join their children’s immaturity in making a rash decision such as owning a pet.

You are your pet’s whole world, even though they are only a part of yours.

The introduction of the film focused very much on what the pets were up to while their owners went out. The protagonist, Max, spent his whole day lying by the door patiently waiting for his owner to come back, proudly proclaiming that he is very busy and has an extremely important task that day – waiting for his owner to return.

This scene perfectly highlights the reality of our pets’ lives. While we have other aspects of our lives to take care of, we are the core of our pets’ world. While we spend time outside chasing after our goals, wanting one thing after another, our pets just want to lay down beside at our feet and spend time with us.

I am lucky to have two devoted dogs that love me and each day, I count my blessings because they teach me so much about tolerance, acceptance and finding happiness in the simple things in life.








Tough times let you see who are the people who truly care for you, who care about nothing more than wanting the best for you. Thankful for everything that has happened thus far, for letting me discern the sincere from the fake.

So many thoughts in my head right now but….will probably get them out after finals.

You are young only once

Recently rekindled my passion again. I realise i have to start living for myself and stop worrying about the future and focus on what i can achieve now. All the endless worrying about the future is just making me stressed out. I became so unhappy, finding fault with myself and my life, how I will always be mediocre and never be good enough for society. But then, if i focus on the now, doing the things i want to do, the things that i can do while i’m still young, I will be much much happier. All these experiences will make me, me. Because i can safely justify that at this point in my time, my goal is to enjoy my student life and achieving what I cannot achieve when i start work for real. Having spent the a few months reflecting and trying to find myself, I have emerged with a clearer, more attainable and more realistic goal.

Reminder to self: Stay true to yourself and do what makes you happy


Imagine a world without feelings. What if we lived like robots and went through the motion of life without having to feel? No hate, no love, no happiness, no sadness. Would life be easier? If there were no nationalistic feelings then there wouldn’t be any phenomenon of race supremacy.

But then again, what exactly counts as feelings? Because everything we do and the decisions we make are all based on feelings. Why do we have certain laws? Because we feel like that should be the morally and socially accepted norm. If anything deviates form the norm, then we feel anger, we feel a sense of injustice. Why do we follow rules and abide by the law? Because we fear the potential repercussions of physical punishment etc.

Being unable to harbour any form of feelings is probably not such a bad thing after all because feelings won’t get in the way of your life. You just follow a standard protocol in making decisions without having considerations for what others might think of you, how others might feel. You just simply do what you have to do. All these negative emotions will not be felt.

Of course, having the inability to experience any emotions also means that you can’t experience any positive feelings of love, happiness, joy etc. This is probably the saddest thing that can happen to anyone because all these positive vibes are what feeds our soul. It’s what makes this cold and cruel world slightly more bearable. With these positive emotions, we don’t see the world with a grayscale vision but we see it in colours.

I guess the nation of having no feelings is quite a scary thought to entertain since we are so used to having feelings. It’s probably what makes us human. I should probably get out of this funk I’ve been feeling lately. The fear of growing up is real. I think i’m having a quarter-life crisis. Need an island getaway soon.