Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stranger Rants

Today was probably one of the days where I had a few strangers randomly talking to me.

The first was when I was dreading my bad luck when I missed my bus back home after a long day at work when two old Malay aunties reached the bus stop as well. They were bemoaning their luck as well because they literally watch our bus drove passed them despite the many attempts to flag it down.

One of the aunties started talking to me as they had knew me for a long time. She kicked off the conversation by saying to me ," Boy just finished work ah?"

Me being a little frustrate, checking the bus app and only to find out that the next bus would be 20 minutes, decided to force a little smile and said ," Yup, just finished work "

Aunty : " Wow so late! Nowadays I don't understand why youngsters like you works so late! My son also comes back so late. What do you work as?"

Me : " I teach "

Aunty : " Oh boy, mak cik pity you! Teachers work so hard nowadays, plus kids are so rude too. Must be hard. Let me tell you something boy, I know a lot of teachers in IMH.

Me : " O.O "

Our conversation lasted for about 20 minutes plus and I did enjoy listening to her rants about Singapore, work, China and Hong King people and public buses.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fishing Encounter

Today I had the privilege to witness an interesting fishing encounter at Bedok Jetty. As I was cycling back home, I heard some jingles on a fishing rod nearby indicating that the rod may have a bite. Very quickly a little boy rushed to his rod and shouted in excitement to alert his dad that his rod had a bite. Everyone around the jetty turned their attention to the little boy to see what he may have potentially caught. I just stood nearby to join in.

An uncle, who was jogging, also joined in the excitement and went very close to the kid. The little boy was so excited that he started shouting to his siblings that he has a gut feeling it would be a big catch looking at how taut his line was.

The uncle however, was just mocking the little kid. " Boy reel in faster la, uncle want to see what fish you catch". A while later he continued his 'taunts', " Eh boy, tak makan nasi a? Need uncle to help you?"

What surprised me was that his father was right beside the kid when the uncle said all these things but the father just smiled and told his son ," Patient ok? Take your time"

The uncle impatiently said, " Boy, you must reel in faster or else your fish will run away"  But the little kid ignored the uncle or probably from what I observed, he was more engrossed in landing his catch.

I just stood beside, exchanging smiles to the father when that uncle was babbling away.

Some random thoughts ran through my head when I was standing and observing the whole incident.
Uncle :
Represents society or more so skeptics. Often they come to you when there is a pot of gold, probably hoping for a slice of it.

Kid : 
Represents us as individuals. Remember the first time when we got our first pay cheque or when we first saw snow

Dad :
Represents all cool fathers :D

Do drop comments on your own interpretation. Man I feel like a retiree : D

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fish Story

Today I found out that fishes are choosy animals when it comes to their diet. From my experience, I normally just feed my fishes fish food or bread, basically scraps. Even if you did not feed them that, they will be able to some how survive by eating their own poop.

My loyal customer was complaining to me today his expensive fishes have been refusing to eat market prawns and according to him, they now only eat worms. O.O That made him invest in a bigger composting bin which in enables him to increase his fish feed.

Honestly I was quite shocked at the incident and came up with some thoughts from this fish story.

1) Life gets mundane at times. At some juncture we will need something different to spice it up a little.
I consider the market prawns to a simple plate of cai fan (mixed vegetables). The prawns to the fish are like 'boring/common' food. The owner feeds them because it's probably cheap and easily available. Similar to us, if we continue eating cai fan everyday we probably get bored and the uncle at the stall will remember our eating patterns. Maybe that's why people go crazy when they go for buffets :P

2) If we pamper ourselves too often, it will be hard to take a step back. 
Just life the fish, the owner probably pampered them with abundance of yummy and luxurious things, creating a 'vessel' aka hunger strike when their supply of worms was depleted. Oh yes, trust me I know how that feels. I've been eating too good food for the past week that often I crave them even more. Give you an example, for today's dinner I was craving fast food and the thought of eating burger king flashed passed me a thousand times when I was trying to distract myself in the library. Guess what, I ended up eating.... cai fan!:D and trust me, of that plate of cai fan never tasted so bad in my life @.@

My tasty  Cai Fan, came with lot of bones too @.@ 

3) Find more owners who pampers their fishes just like this one!

Ps: Back to eating healthily again, hopefully : D