October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

The ministry has a scheme where it employs retired teachers. And I’m glad for it. Retired teachers, belonging to quite a different generation, have a wealth of experience to share. From going to Katong Park to catch lovers, to how to do smocking (something I didn’t know existed), to catching fish in the longkang (drain) to what Haw Par Villa was like in the past…

Part of me wants to live in that generation. I’m happy that there’s a show featuring Kampung life on channel 8. And I read Goh Sin Tub’s books to remember what life felt like when I was younger, before the influx of immigrants and the rapid economic and physical changes. The influx of immigrants is potentially exciting, yet most of me prefers it not to be so. Globalisation has led to the too nomadic lifestyle, and I’m not very much keen on the lifestyle nor the characteristics it produces in persons.


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