Saturday, November 26, 2016

Confusing English: "from"... "to"....



"Picked up" this banner along the way of my morning walk today.
Probably my English is no good, and I started to get confused as I look at it longer.

For a start, it looks like any of those big banners put up at any housing estates that feature the MPs of the constituency conveying greetings to their residents during the festive seasons.

However, wait a minute!
The words (happened to be printed at my eye-level) caught my attention!
"from Advisors to Tampines Grassroots Organisations".

My 1st wonder: 
Hm... It's from the Advisors (i.e. the MPs) - conveying their season's greetings to its Grassroot Organisations?
This sounds limiting, right? And why hang the banner at the open space to tell the 'whole world' that the greetings is meant for a selected group of people only? [That sets me think harder and longer...]

Then my 2nd wonder came:
Is it trying to say people right from the "Advisors" (level) to those at the "Grassroot organisations" (level) are coming together to convey their greetings to the residents in the town?
This thought came about because it's a usual practice that we sign off at the bottom right of the cards! And this is positioned at that spot!

Look at the entire banner again... that is no indication to whom the season's greetings is addressing to. There is no 'salutation" or no mention whom the greetings is addressing to.

So, is it my English is no good or it's simply the "beauty" of the language?
That's my third wonder.

Then, think further....

The Grassroot Organisations will contain people not just those who reside in Tampines, but probably some who come from other constituencies. There are also residents in Tampines who are members of the Grassroot organisations, too. As a result... This relationship could be represented as a Venn Diagram, too!








Saturday, October 15, 2016

月亮🌛 不见了!


已养成了晨走的习惯。每逢周末,天还没亮,就会摸着黑出门,沿着附近的大“沟渠’走。同时,也会习惯性的抬起头,向那挂在远远一角的月亮打个招呼。

今早,也习惯性的抬起了头。怎么,月亮不见了?沿途,仍然四处张望,怎么就是没有月亮的踪迹呢?

月亮不见了,没察觉到,也没有什么稀奇。沿途的路,都有亮着的街灯。

它的存在与否,其实对我们(的生活),并没有什么影响。它,可有,可无。

以上这句话, 你同意吗?

问了问自己,月亮有什么的存在的价值呢?其实,它的存在价值因人而异,因环境有所不同。

就说环境吧!

在发达的城市,有充分的电流供应,不乏街灯,主要的街道都点亮了;有些地方,到了晚上,更是五光十色;又怎么还会记得或理会到月亮的存在?

有了科技的发达,在黑漆漆的路上行走时,手上只要有一个手电筒,或手机,就能把前面的路给点(照)亮了。我还记得,在不丹帕罗 (Paro)当义工的那段日子,当地的学生跟我说,“老师,在那黑漆漆的夜里,只要看到远远的那一点亮光在移动着,我们就知道那一定是你!” 那已经是十多年前的事了。当时的帕罗,除了市中心,其它的路,连一根灯柱都找不到。如何在那伸手不见五指的地方行走呢?当时,那手电筒就成了我了救星,在夜里行走的良伴。也是在当时与当地,我察觉到,那里的黑,其实已铺上了薄薄的一层月光,对于我来说,那是微懦的,它的光芒,是微不足道的。对于在城市里长大的我,眼睛已经习惯了“亮”的环境,因此,无法对微微的月光做出太大的反应。也因为这样,就对手电筒有了非常大的依赖。所以,月亮,还是没什么“用途”。

直到有一次,有机会参与一项在村庄里头,在夜间进行的活动,一伙人从屋子那里,往前面的一片空地走去,甚至到了前面的那片石林里进行祭祀活动。在那辽阔的草地,没有任何科技的存在。突然,那(之前)微不足道的月光,却显得特别的明亮,发挥了我前所未能想象的能力。谁敢说月亮没有它的存在价值,谁敢说它只不过是天上的一颗点缀品呢?
 
其实,人也是一样。
我们的周边,我们的职场上,也用着许多的月亮。不信?
你是否曾经在最暗的日子里,有人给你雪中送炭?你是否会感到惊讶,那人其实一直以来,就好像路人甲乙丙丁呢?其实,他却是你的月亮。当你是月亮时,也许,只是在做你认为是你的分内事,也许,有时你会认为自己只不过是路人甲;但,可能就会在他人最需要的时候给了希望,给了无限的帮助。虽然,在这世界上,尤其是在职场上,没有什么没有了谁是不可以的;但,当有了“谁”的时候,我们在当时的体验和经历,就可能是天渊之别的。

也许,我们除了要记得自己有月亮的力量与价值;同时,应该注意一下在我们周边的月亮,记得他们的贡献,感激他们的出现与存在。







Sunday, August 14, 2016

Is this the impression you want to make?

Panda is an adorable animal - that's what we saw in documentaries and the zoo. However, the panda in this commercial portrays an entirely different impression - violent and possessive - two most appropriate words to describe. While it's meant to be something light and funny, I'm not sure what image the brand think this 'panda' will create for it.

I think, it's the communication - how does one really want to market its brand? and the branding...
People switched to this brand because of the fear of violence?
Hm... food for thought.


Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Say_No_to_Panda

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Reflection: I now become more aware...

In the past, if I saw fruits or objects in the middle of the walkway, Iike many others, I'll changed my path (slightly) to avoid the object. It would remain when it was.

This has changed since February, after I sprained my ankle in one of the early mornings, having stepped onto one of those leftover half-bitten fruit on the walkway. As a result, I limped for almost 3 full weeks. I might be careless for not checking what was ahead or on my way. So, there would be others like me, too!

Thanks to the injury that had heightened my civic awareness and decided that I can do a small bit to improve the safety of the environment for others.

Cheers.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Morning Walks...

One of the greatest achievement of this year-end holiday is about resuming the "walking" business on a daily basis, which I think the last time I did it so regularly, almost on a daily basis was more than 15 years ago, and that time, it was evening walks most of the time, where I was highly stressed up and the clear oxygenated-mind helped me to make an important decision.


Only started in early December and so far, except mornings that I have to leave early for work, I would make it a point to commit 50 minutes to walking, taking over 5500 steps :)

Indeed, it's quite cooling behind the sun starts to work her way up to the sky, showing off her golden rays :) It's also a pretty beautiful experience to see how the sky transforms from total darkness to full brightness.


Some interesting observations picked up over the past 3 weeks include:
  • It is actually quite a pleasant surprise that walking is as popular as 'jogging' which I used to associate the morning activities with "jogs" only.
  • It is common to see "lone" joggers and walkers in the morning :)  Of course, we also see couples (young & elderly), as well as friends (usually two) who exercise together.
  • Seeing some regular faces - without fail will meet them every morning (as my morning timing does not differ much. The more regular ones actually do slow jogging (which I refrain from jogging but walking instead). There are not that many regular faces, less than ten.
  • The one who looked like Dr Lee - hahahhaa... remember what I said in the earlier post, I had never saw my dentist's face 100% - he is always 'half-masked'. So, that's my imagination from the hairstyle! Well, this look-alike does not seem to be a regular. Had disappeared after seeing him a couple of times - maybe, he's away for holidays since it's the year-end vacation period.
  • There's this elderly man who would appear after 6.45 am, also not as regular as I initially thought. He would sat at the bench facing the canal, right in front the flats. What left an impression was once, he actually took out a harmonica and blew his heart out in the early hours at around 7 am. That was the only one time I heard the tunes from the harmonica. In that morning, I counted... The tune went as far away as 100 steps from the source! He probably had not practised till he could 千里传音 yet. Hahaha.... No more harmonica this morning. Why? Hm....  
  • Up to now, I saw around 5 different dogs that would accompany their owners for the morning jogs & walks (at varying degrees). I wonder who pushes/ motivates who, sometimes :)
  • Scary stuff in the darkness (before the sun rises)? Well, it's really up to our imagination! Once I saw a huge 'object' in white moving along the canal... with the gentle breeze, I could see the white cloth moved (ok, quite a sizeable amount). As I brisk walk nearer... hahaha... It's a huge-size man in a long loose white baju! 
With the ECO Green Park along the opposite side the canal, morning calls of the birds are common.
Looking at the birds flying pass or resting on the trees... a nice way to start a busy day...