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‘What right do I have to complain?’

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by peppertail, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. peppertail

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    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/your-view--‘what-right-do-i-have-to-complain-’-041404236.html

    I just came back from Thailand not too long ago. Their way of life is so different from us.

    Here in Singapore, we rush when we eat, we talk on the phone while we are walking, we multi-task.

    We complain about this and that, every niggly thing we can think of. We chase after time and even when we are at home, we would get the kids to go to bed early because of school the next day. Everything is about rushing and chaos.

    Back in Thailand, they savour their humble food and the quality time they have with their family. Be it a good or bad day, they are content with what they have earned for the day. They can stand and sell things for over seven hours with only two buyers yet they still serve with a smile. They are not so fortunate like us that their government is able to give handouts. Their service is good. They are not pampered people like us. They have just been bought up that way.

    Bringing in too much foreign talent itself makes citizens upset. But if we look at another point of view, it’s very competitive to have them here. Competition is very healthy. If we badly want what is right for us, then fight for it. Show the government we can work thrice as good as the foreigners.

    I went to a restaurant to dine with my two kids. They are both toddlers. When I asked one of the local waiter where I can get plain water, he pointed to me “there….” and then he walked off.

    I couldn’t see it. Being a pampered Singaporean plus not wanting to leave my 2 toddlers alone, I asked another Filipino waiter where I can get the water. He pointed to me “there” but he offered to take the water for me since I have two toddlers to handle. He even brought me two glasses of water in case I needed a refill.

    At fast food restaurants, the ang mohs clear their own tray to the dustbin but do I? No, I merely wait for the waiter to clear the tray for me. I must be too pampered. How can that be when I do the chores all by myself at home?

    Whenever I have a problem with the mobile network or even at work, Singaporeans tends to sigh when you ask them repeated questions if you do not understand. In contrast, Filipinos demonstrate everlasting patience and go through step by step with me until I fully understand. It may take 30 minutes but yet they are patient. You can tell from their tone of voice.

    When Singaporeans cannot offer this kind of service, why am I complaining when FTs are taking over my rightful place? I should be ashamed of myself.

    I come from a middle class family background, spoilt rotten with love by my parents and family, grew up in a well sheltered country yet I forget to count my blessings. I keep complaining and comparing myself with those higher than me when I should have compared myself with those less fortunate.

    I better start to be thankful for what I have been given and blessed with before everything is taken away from me.

    Zarinah Idris, 40
    Assistant buyer in a hospital
     
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    Leongsam Administrator Staff Member Old Timer Old Timer

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    Sinkies have to spend time abroad before they can get a feel of how wonderful the PAP government actually is.
     
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    Classic case of Stockholm Syndrome. Someone who has clearly seen Singaporeans being displaced but feels good about it because competition is good. There's no sense of proportion.

    Singaporeans like Hong Kong'ers rush because we have to make ends meet in a high cost environment. And he has the cheek to claim Singaporeans are pampered when in reality it is a matter of difference in economic growth and pace of life.
     
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    I wouldn't go all the way and call it wonderful, but yes, in general i agree. I feel a lot of people do not appreciate what they have here simply because they have not experienced anything to compare it with.

    And with experience i don't mean some holiday. I talking about living in another country, being exposed to a different system for an extended period of time.
     
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    Where are you coming back for good? :rolleyes:
     
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    Back in Thailand, they savour their humble food and the quality time they have with their family. Be it a good or bad day, they are content with what they have earned for the day. They can stand and sell things for over seven hours with only two buyers yet they still serve with a smile. They are not so fortunate like us that their government is able to give handouts. Their service is good. They are not pampered people like us. They have just been bought up that way.


    I see no value or virtue in glorifying a slower pace of life for its own sake.

    That does not make another country better or worse. The system is simply different.

    The writer obviously clueless politically as well. Govt gives us handouts using our own taxpayer dollars. No difference from a life insurance policy declaring bonuses. It is your own bloody premiums.
     
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    lianbeng tells zarinah idris off: u better start packing n migrating to siam-loh liao! :D
     
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    If they spend time in countries such as Sweden, they will feel how shitty the PAP govt is.
     
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    Just another piece of shitty propaganda, this is an overused theme. They need to refresh this. I will be logging in with another nick and will let you have a taste of a much stronger propaganda.
     
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    The key point to his view is Singaporean are competitive and FT are not.

    So I don't understand what is his point.

    Firstly, the Thai stood there all day and just sold 2 pineapples. He said he served with a smile. What do you expect? Since he almost has nothing to do all day. Perhaps, beside you patronising from him, the smile is also a signal that he needs someone to talk to, otherwise he is bored.

    Secondly, the local waiter is just like you, being competitive. Instead of wasting his time to serve an inane customer, he can use his time for helping out with other chores in the restaurant. While obviously the lazy pinoy is happy to talk longer then neccessary to avoid doing more chores!
     
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    Vagina & Big Hairy Balls!

     
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    hi there


    1. aiyoh!
    2. such dafter sheep should drown itself in bedok reservoir.
    3. go & lick someone's balls too:D
     
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    hi there


    1. peppi, aiyoh!
    2. me having to work long-term in some 1st world, 2nd world as well as 3rd world countries hoh.
    3. come on!
    4. live and let live.
    5. it is up to the specific individual to adjust to the situation & environment.
    6. if you can want to compare.
    7. do compare orange to an orange mah:p
     
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    Come on guys. You claim to support the party for the common people yet you can't accept the simple views of a simple man. I don't get it.

    Complain and complain...
     
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    If Sweden is so wonderful, why do so many inhabitants there want to kill themselves.

    http://www.stockholmnews.com/more.aspx?NID=8348
     
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    People with tail generally have problems differentiating complaint from retort don't they?
     
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    The worst thing about the article is that I feel he is subtly using Thailand to bash Singaporeans. That is low class. If you want to praise the Thais, go right ahead. Just don't wedge us into this comparison mode. It is neither productive nor savory.
     
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    If Singapore is so wonderful, why are there so many people committing suicide by jumping off mrt tracks and drowning in reservoirs?
     

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