Month: January, 2014

Weekly Writing Challenge: Chinese New Year

It’s all about the goodies and the God-sent sugar-coated candies. A real treat to the tongue and its taste buds! Just imagine the tantalising crystals of sugar melt in your mouth. It’s simply honey for the soul!


I’m only here for the Ang Paos… Yup, only for the money. I have negative interest in seeing strange uncles and aunties whose faces I register only once a year. And that cousin over there? I don’t even know his name or how old he is! This is all too absurd. Why do those kids even have an iPhone? Oh gosh, they are taking a selfie…


Too much palaver and superficial conversations going on. It’s real tiring to fake a smile. All these tradition nonsense is getting out of hand. The copious rituals are a disgrace to modern culture and reflects terribly on the intellect of evolved mankind. I just wish all of these will pass soon and I can get back to what concerns me. The atmosphere is cacophonous and, oops! Here comes another relative. Time for a smile to veil my boredom.


Look at all these kids frolicking in the festive spirit! I still remember the days when I used to be a kid; free from the troubles of the adult world and taking delight in the simple pleasures. What’s that vibrating in my pocket? Oh right my blackberry! Darn the emails, there is an urgent proposal to be done by Monday. Snap! I forgot to pay the bills too!


There is much virtue in the traditions of our culture. Chinese New Year is a time of reunion for family no matter how busy or where they are. It’s a time of gathering to remember our roots and to cherish our loved ones. It’s about making time for each other and understanding that everything else here material and fades with the passing of time. While the bonds forged are as strong as the will of our forefathers who toiled and suffered for our freedom today. We must cherish our relationships, for these imperturbable ties are what brings us back together every year. I hope this tradition passes onto our next generation, and hopefully withstands the erosion of time.

Lost in Fading

Those lips danced awkwardly, as if the words uttered were foreign to the tongue.

There was a name mentioned, Faraday, I think. But that was the extent of it, for the politics of the history in Science piqued no interest of mine. The name sounded reprehensibly like “far away”, somewhere I wish I was. Subsequent sounds emitted from that orifice were muted effortlessly and involuntarily.

My peripheral vision caught sight of a multitude of pens squiggling vigorously. I wasn’t quite sure what it was for, just that mine was tucked away somewhere even the owner couldn’t remember.

Staring out into the vast sky-wider and deeper than all the oceans combined- my being transmuted into a mist-like state, spiralling in the direction water evaporates. I faded, imperceptibly. My existence erased from the space-time continuum, just as how black slips behind a deeper darkness…

SJI Graduation Night: Batch of 2013

Science vs Religion

After trawling Youtube for debates on this topic, I can’t help but to feel deeply disappointed. In exacerbation to the already evident lack of consensus between 2 polarised camps, the tension following each discussion seems to thicken considerably as well. It is as though there will never be a peaceful agreement on this issue, by extrapolation of past occurrences.

I think the solution is not to encourage unity but to embrace diversity.

I feel the idea of pushing for union is flawed in itself. The problem with this ideal is that everyone occupies the same spot; which means that only ONE person/party can be at the center. In countless debates I have watched, each representative subtly injectssatirical comments into their own arguments to ridicule the opposition. This reflects the absence of sincerity to have an intellectual conversation to help lay out facts clearly for the public digest and instead shows the belligerent efforts to subjugate each other. Such actions trivialise and stampede on the larger, pressing issue, which is utterly disrespectful and derogatory to humans as a race.

Adding sharpness to our words is counter-intuitive as our point does not get put across effectively and it fuels anger. An angry man does not construct intelligent answers.

Using force to obtain one’s ambitions results in devastating consequences and instils intense resentment as seen from historical world events, such as World Wars and the Holocaust. Figures like the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis exemplify the use peaceful methods as opposed to using force, and have consequently attained immense public approval.

Therefore, to create union is a forced process of blending everyone into the same mixture. It’s like how one pizza does not have every kind of topping but there are many pizzas with different toppings and that works with pizza-lovers.

Religion and Science does not have to come into conflict at all. Imagine a Math teacher banging on the door of a Biology class, explaining vehemently that the process of division reduces the size of the number.

Science is human’s natural mode of exploration while Religion answers a whole different set of questions.

“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.”

― Galileo Galilei