Playing Dress Up

December 7, 2012 · 0 comments

in Musings, Singapore

There was a whole line of little princess wannabes at Parkway today (and until December 9, I believe). It was incredibly endearing to see all these girls sitting in a row, eagerly waiting their turn for their Princessfication. Is that a word? It should be a word. Allow me to trademark it right now.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a princess although I do recognise that many of Disney’s princesses are strong-willed and actually make for pretty decent role models. I just wish their personalities were more celebrated than their frilly frocks.

Anyway.

Each girl could choose to be either Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle or Ariel. I’m not gonna go into questioning why the other princesses from Disney’s catalogue were missing, although we did reason that the Pocahontas outfit would be too slutty for little girls… The girls then pose in front of a very Disney backdrop and get their photos printed immediately. It’s all very cute and the little girls did look very happy.

While there were plenty of girls (and their parents) waiting in line despite the 90-minute wait time, the line for Knighthood wasn’t so hot. Guess Disney movies haven’t quite succeeded in influencing boys to become little knights-in-shining-armour. A shame?

Personally, if I had a kid, I’d bring him/her for the ball pit. Because hands down – they are way more fun than playing dress up.

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Song of the Day

Everybody Wants To Rule The World, by Tears For Fears

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Dear Americans

November 6, 2012 · 0 comments

in Musings

I don’t know how many of you will see this, but please would you indulge a non-American for a bit.

I just learned from an American friend that many of you young, eligible voters are not letting your voices be heard. I don’t understand. Why are you not voting? Don’t you want to have a say in deciding who’s going to govern your country? Or do you think it’s some kind of lost cause? You may not realise this, but the outcome of your Presidential election actually affects the rest of the world.

The policies that you support or don’t support have a big impact on us. Why else do you think the world watches so closely? Many countries take their cue from you. For the rest who don’t, they still take into account the decisions that your country has made. If you haven’t already realised this, this is a globalised world. Like it or not, we are all integrated. Which is why we need you to make an informed decision about your government.

I can’t stress this enough – YOU NEED TO VOTE. Regardless of the party you side with, you need to help determine the future of your country. It’s time to stop being apolitical and taking your freedom for granted. And here, I thought SNL was simply having some fun with that Undecided Voter spoof mocking the lackadaisical attitude of many young voters. Apparently, there are enough of you embodying those characters in there. That is not only worrying, it is also extremely disconcerting.

The world will be watching with bated breath on November 6 and 7. Please stop being disengaged citizens and VOTE. It’s time you step up and take matters into your own hands. Because you need to.

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You see that portion highlighted in yellow? I have a lot to say about that.

Firstly, I simply cannot believe that my Prime Minister has never seen the original Star Wars trilogy. How is this even possible? When the first film was released in 1977, he was 25. Yes, I checked. How did a man that age not get sucked in? Did none of his friends rave about it to him?

Now, I’d understand if he’s not a fan. After all, not everyone appreciates epic sci-fi/fantasy movies. Besides, “watching movies” isn’t listed as one of his interests on his Facebook page. But the man has actually seen Revenge of the Sith. Why would he suddenly decide to watch that particular one instead of the first film? Was he made to watch it because of some charity gala? When was the last time he even stepped into a cinema? And why hasn’t he watched the original trilogy following Episode III? Does he not want to find out what happened to Luke and Leia?

Then it got me thinking. Has he even seen Lord of the Rings? Does my Prime Minister even watch TV? DOES MY PRIME MINISTER HAVE CABLE?

Still, I applaud him for his efforts to stay relevant and discuss such issues with his fellow citizens, even if it were an expression of his excitement over the possibility of Singy having a part to play in a Hollywood franchise as big as Star Wars. And he probably also deserves a pat on the back for incorporating that phrase into his post.

Well done, PM Lee. Well done.

If only I were a teeny bit fanatical/crazy. I’d totally send him the original trilogy for Christmas.

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Song of the Day

Holiday, by Poor Moon

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