Saturday, December 5, 2015

2015 through Facebook (1)

2015 has been an exciting year due mainly to my "adventures" in Papua New Guinea. For this year I have been away from my boo for six months cumulatively. We have not been apart for this long before so 2015 has also been a difficult one for both of us. However 2015 is also the year we had our wedding which brought us infinitely closer together. So I guess everything balances out in the end.

The world has changed a lot too in this year with the ongoing violence around the world (terrorism-related or not) and the continued economic downturn. I often use Facebook to express my views on world events as well as on what I observe happening around me. These perspectives can be serious at times but they can also be light-hearted but they all give a good insight into what kind of person I am.

In the next few entries grouped into themes, I shall share with you selected chronologically-arranged Facebook posts I have made for this year. These are the non-selfie and non-food porn posts that are meant to let people know where I stand with regards to the issues that matter to me. Let me begin with a more serious theme. Here are the rest of the posts in this series - 2 3 4 5 6.

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Current Affairs and Political Issues (Part 1)

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06-Jan: If one's ability to feed one's family depends on one's job, is it surprising if he or she will do everything legally possible to stay employed? In that context, how can anyone believe that politicians care about people when they go about making their policies?

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07-Jan: Impact of the continuous sharp fall in oil prices:
Not applicable to me: Petrol price dropped below $1/litre in NSW.
Applicable to me: Funding for my project will likely be cut and my contract working in Papua New Guinea might then be affected.

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08-Jan: The Western world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place to live in. This attack on Charlie Hebdo is more outrageous than the others because at the time of the attack the staff was already being protected by two policemen who were both killed, one of whom is a Muslim.

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20-Feb: Why is there so much government campaign propaganda crap during ad time on TV? Oh wait. I almost forgot I am back in Singapore.

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20-Apr: I wonder how long more can ANZAC Day stay relevant. Why would a country find its national identity from wars? Isn't the incessant media coverage simply another form of abuse of the memory of the dead soldiers? Well I guess the redeeming grace is it's at least a public holiday, not that that's applicable to me, or any other person this year for that matter.

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24-Apr: I haven't commented on this long-drawn, Australian taxpayers' money-wasting, newspaper-selling piece of non-news before on Facebook but I can't help it now. Just do it already! (Yes, I am for capital punishment).

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26-Apr: Is the ANZAC Day coverage over yet? Can we finally move on to another media cash cow now?

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29-Apr: Pulling back and chasing out ambassadors? Bringing the Indonesian government to the International Criminal Court? Investigating the Australian Federal Police for simply doing their job? Australia may be partial to convicts given its history but who is the one that needs to grow up now? Or is it the case that the media and politicians can't let go of this because there is still money and gains in opinion polls to be made? Please just move on already!

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01-May: WTF??! Oh wait... it is from a Catholic university so it won't make a dent in their credibility seeing that they had none to begin with. I didn't think Australia was that proud of its convict history but now I am not so sure.

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02-May: Do you believe me now when I say some Australians lack the maturity required to function as normal human beings? This sad state of affairs down under also proves that maturity has no correlation with educational level and that some people will jump at any chance to hijack events to further their innate xenophobia and racism (think ANZAC / Australia Day).

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03-May: Can journalists stop being stupid and start finding correct words to describe the royal birth? How can it be "historic" when such births have been frequently happening since centuries ago??? But I must say this is a lesser evil in my books compared to the Bali Nine executions. Thank goodness for the 24-hour news cycle!

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13-May: The fact that this is considered news in Australia simply shows how multiculturally-immature this country is. Australia has a very long way to go before it can be considered a country that's truly proud to be cosmopolitan.

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20-May: This is so cool! I don't think I will get to see this in my lifetime in Australia or anywhere on this side of this world. Maybe the move to UK or Europe is really the way to go!

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27-Jun: When is Australia ever going to stop being a joke and stand on the right side of history? If Australia idolises all things American, she must follow in America's footsteps too. Or is this too complicated or advanced for Australia to understand? Finally, a huge congrats to equality! It is really timely that Ision and I are having our wedding reception this weekend!

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09-Aug: Singapore you are half a century old now and I hope you start acting your age with regards to gay rights.

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