Saturday, December 17, 2011
First time that we'll be "celebrating" separately.
First time that Z will be spending his birthday away from us.
The house is not decorated (apart from a few Christmas candle votives & a red & green colored table runner). The fake Christmas tree has been sold, knowing that it won't be used this year.
Call me Scrooge or the Grinch....but hey, it is what it is....
But then, if you think about it, everything is just trimmings, right? The true meaning of Christmas is that it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. So not having a tree or holly & mistletoe, & wreaths on the door really is OK. And presents?
Have a good one, everyone.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Next year when both boys are in college, chances are family holidays will be few & far between. Excited as I am with the changes to come, I am also melancholic.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
And I am going to sigh again because the topic of this entry makes me tired.
When Z did his college apps two years ago (has it only been two years???), he went through the whole tedious process of filling in his personal information, academic information, test scores etc into the Common apps or online applications forms for the universities of his choice. Then he had to fill out the supplement applications and write the essay/s for each of the colleges & submit them. I had to keep track of the deadlines & keep pushing him to complete his essays so that we & his college counselor could review them before he submitted them. It was a tiresome, tedious & time-consuming task especially since Z DID NOT/DOES NOT enjoy writing essays!
Now it's W's turn & to add an extra layer of complexity to the whole process, because he is applying to study Music, he needs to submit extra applications with the associated essays to the universities' music colleges AND record his music so that it is sent off to them for prescreening, AND THEN, if it passes the prescreening process, he would need to submit a recorded audition or go for a live audition. AND all these have deadlines!
I feel tired just thinking about it.
I will be happy when Jan 15, 2012 arrives or Dec 15, 2011 when the Early Decision results are released (hopefully he can get in but then it's a tough school to get into).
I am so glad I only have 2 kids to put into college. I don't think I can survive another round.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 08, 2011
THE deal is set for the Yale University and the National University of Singapore to set up a liberal arts college here ('Yale-NUS College gets faculty, alumni backing'; April 1).
But the question I want to pose is: Is it worth it?
The college will be offering a degree in liberal arts, which is not exactly a commercially viable qualification.
The fact is, to live and succeed in a competitive country like Singapore, there is more pressure on students such as myself to get a degree that will help us get a stable job, rather than something we would like to do.
The unfortunate truth is that students go to university for the degree, and not for the experience.
Also, the liberal arts 'scene' in Singapore is virtually non-existent. Students who want to actually apply what they learn in the programme will have to migrate to a country with more liberal arts opportunities, something conservative Singapore cannot provide.
Therefore, having a course that binds Western and Eastern cultures becomes moot.
Also, why not go straight to Yale, or any other university in a liberal arts savvy foreign country to study since they will have to migrate anyway? How useful will the students find this programme?"
I wonder if the author of this letter to the editor is being sarcastic or does it truly reflect the attitudes of the youth in Singapore today?
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Ban ineffective screening tests
I REFER to the reply from the Ministry of Health ("Why Medisave can't be used
for all screening tests"; Thursday) to Mr Arthur Lim's letter ("Allow use of
Medisave for more screening tests"; Monday). In the name of medical ethics,
the Ministry of Health should perhaps consider a ban on tests that are of
questionable effectiveness when used as screening tools.
Going by the phenomenal growth of some medical centres, and the increasing
complexity of some packages they offer, medical providers must be doing
a roaring business.
With some packages costing as much as $9,000, could it be that a large
proportion of tests in the packages are probably not recommended as screening
tools? And if they are, why are they even allowed to be there? Shouldn't
the public be protected from such practices?
(Addendum: I am not advocating banning these tests, some of which are useful
for patients recovering from cancer, to check for recurrences. I just hope that
this is a wake up call for both patients and doctors - patients to start asking
intelligent questions about the tests & procedures which they allow themselves
to be subjected to; and doctors to stop pushing some of these health screening
packages to laymen who may have the false impression that these tests magically
detect early cancer.
Wake up, people.)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
THE Jan 6 report ("Docs may face changes in ethics rules") highlighted the three ethical issues which the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is grappling with, namely, organ donation under suspicious circumstances, overcharging by doctors and the possibilities for manipulation by managed-care companies.
The American Medical Association recently revealed that two-thirds of 200 doctors polled in the United States said they would misstate the reason for a diagnostic test for Medicare insurance reasons.
A recent survey revealed that most American doctors support a "single payer" plan that will eliminate the central role of private insurers.
Doctors in many countries are resenting the iron hand of large companies as they are held to ransom by insurers and large hospital chains. The corporatisation of health care is producing a seismic shift in the way doctors look at public health care.
They are experiencing a sudden loss of control at the hands of the insurers and hospital networks, while being snowed under by paperwork and bureaucratic battles with insurance companies over authorisation and payments.
The SMC should consider these global trends and tread carefully lest our health-care system is hijacked by the insurance companies.
Heng Cho Choon
Sunday, January 09, 2011
My parenting style is the direct opposite of what she describes, and yet, I have one child going to Engineering school (one of the desired outcomes of the stereotypical Asian parent, although in his case, it was entirely his choice altogether), and I have another child who is immensely talented musically, though not classically trained in either violin or piano.
I know of people who have grown up with the sort of parenting style that Ms Chua describes. And oh my goodness, what a dysfunctional lot they have become, with neuroses & baggage galore.
No thank you, Ms Chua. I will treat my children with respect, teach them how to be good, civilized human beings and allow them the freedom to choose who & what they want to be.