After a week of heated and exciting election campaign, today is declared as a cooling off day. To be honest, I wonder why? Perhaps that the people will calm down and change their perspective?
I am not saying that the government is not doing a good job. Don't get me wrong. What Singapore is today, we thank them for the effort. Of course, when we compare ourselves with Third World countries, we are so superior in every aspect but we should compare ourselves to the First World countries, don't we? It is how we can move forward, right?
This year’s election, the reaction actually surprised me. For the past elections, Singaporeans were basically very gentle and submissive. In fact, they were contended with their lives even though you can hear tetchy comments along the way but generally they took it their stride and make the best out of it.
This year, I think The People is finally getting out of their comfort zone and realised that this democratic society was fast becoming like an autocratic one.
I was so intrigue by my son's interest in this year election. Is he is older now or it is partly because everyone is talking about it? I seriously don't know.
How can we teach our next generation about accountability when our leaders are not showing it? Especially when cases like Mas Selamat’s disappearance, during those days, even my baby girl knew what it is all about.
In other countries, this person would have already resigned to show responsibility. Here, we are not taking about bank robbery, we are talking about the severity of this mistake, a world’s threat.
Treating The People like ATM machines with no limit. Though we are an affluence country, all money is all hard earned.
Public housing was supposedly to help ALL Singaporeans to have a roof over their heads, isn’t it? I was lucky that I married at the right moment where public housing was affordable and quick. I was able to tie the knots and moved into my martial home straight away but I guess we can’t speak for our next generation. They need to plan their “future”, way before they can start dating. 30 years of housing loan is no kids’ play, it definitely needs proper planning and fund management.
For us, we were able to still have time to save for our retirement. What about my kids?
Already the school system is horrendously difficult, will our kids emerged with a qualification that enable them to find a decent job that can support a house and a family? I constantly have to refrain myself from being a great worrier but as a mother, I simply can’t help it.
I was told that taxes are not only applied to just your salary, even transport and phone allowances given by the company are all taxable? What is the logic?
The company provided such allowances to help to ease the burden of the employee’s. Thus instead of helping, OUR GOVERNMENT puts more pressure on the PEOPLE by taxing them. Not forgetting that, every bill we received, a 7% GST is already imposed. Perhaps that is why they can give themselves a fat bonus.
When I heard “….. educated you, prepared you, given you every help to do well…..” and reconfirmed myself with the Strait Times today. I was thinking what help?
It is we, the parents who PAID all those tuition fees in order for our kids to do well so that they will not ostracized by the system. Now you know why tuition centres are earning big bucks and more and more are setting up?
I put my girl into tuitions not because I wanted a A student but rather can’t bear to see her “lost” in her learning world.
Now, after viewing all those pictures from the rallies, I really hope that Singaporeans will put some voices in.
I believe we, Singaporeans is thankful for what it is today but I also think that it needs to strike a balance.
Enough of my grievances, it is time for me to made something sweet to ease off the sore wound. Hopefully after this weekend, our kids’ future will change.
Finally I spotted some purple sweet potatoes at the market. This is really a rare find, I couldn’t get this in a supermarket at all.
I bought the wrong sago, next round, I will get the smaller ones as it is easier to cook. I ended only half the portion as the rest was stuck in the pot.
Besides difficulties cooking the big ball sago, the rest of it was pretty easy to assemble.
So let’s join me and dig into this Baked Sago with Purple Sweet Potato dessert.
Source: Pudding, cake, sweet soup by Winnie
What you need:
180g purple sweet potatoes, sliced thinly
1/2 cup sago pearls (use the small ones to ease cooking time)
2 tbsp custard powder
2 tbsp corn flour
1/3 cup sugar
100ml evaporated milk
2 tbsp butter
Steam sweet potatoes till it is soft. Mashed and set aside.
Boil water, and put in the sago and cook for 10 mins. Turn off heat and simmer in the pot with lid covered for another 10 mins. Rinse in cold water and drain.
Mix custard powder and corn flour with 150ml water.
Mix the other 100ml water and sugar and boil till sugar dissolved. Add in evaporated milk, sago and butter and bring to boil. Turn off the heat.
Stir in the mashed sweet potatoes and custard solution. Leave to cool.
Whisk in two eggs and stir well.
Pour mixture into 5 ramkins and bake for 20 mins at 190 degree.
Serve hot (I chilled it)