Week 6 Reflection!

What lessons can we learn from Hyoshi Ryokan?

Firstly, Hyoshi Ryokan is a hotspring inn that was owned by the Houshi family for 1300 years and is currently owned by the 46th descendant. The situation right now is that the 46th descendant’s only son has passed away and the heir could not be passed down unless the daughter of the Houshi family marries someone who is able to “adopt” the responsibilities of owning the hotspring inn. We can learn that the Houshi family has to adopt an “outsider” in order for the tradition to continue.

However, the daughter of the Houshi family have stated that sometimes she doesn’t wish to be born into the Houshi family. She had to abandon her career goals and have to help out the family inn. “Sometimes family have to be sacrificed” – 46th Owner of Hyoshi Ryokan.

What will Singapore be like if our Prime Minister is a woman, Malay/Indian/Caucasian, young /or disabled or an immigrant?

In my opinion, I can’t see my Prime Minister be none other than a Singaporean regardless of gender. It’s probably cause I trust people who have a forward vision and his/her aim to make Singapore the best Singapore it can be. Who else fit that role other than a Singaporean? It’s only logical for a citizen of a country to wish for the best for his/her country thus my reason for being why the Prime Minister should be a Singaporean. This is unless an immigrant has proven his/her worth in being the Prime Minister for Singapore. Honestly, there’s no real criteria for being the Prime Minister. The criteria are put so that the citizens can all agree and not cause a political uproar.

This can be obviously compared to the US’s president, Barack Obama, who was the first black president. There were a lot of hate comments all over the internet and criticism in the new stating how he should go back to his “home” country. Despite all the hate comment, Barack Obama did his best and  have decreased unemployment rate, increased US’s GDP, decreased the price of oil, etc. All that I have stated were some achievements of Mr Barack Obama who had tried to make the best decisions for his country. My point is that if the nominated the head of an elected government has the best thoughts for his/her country, his/her background, gender and race does not matter.

What If Singapore doesn’t have any foreign domestic workers or foreign construction workers? What will happen?

If Singapore does not have foreign domestic workers or foreign construction workers, we wouldn’t advance as quickly as we are able to simply because they are providing most of the labor work which most Singaporeans doesn’t take up. These labor work involve construction, maid and external skills like IT. Singapore’s fast development is mostly because of the foreign workers, removing the foreign workers from Singapore will simply hinder Singapore’s growth in a competitive world where there are changes happening every second.

However, without foreign workers, we would have more jobs for Singaporeans and we would have more space without the 1.5 million foreign workers occupying up most of the packed trains near construction sites.

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Week 5 Reflection!

A “good country” to me is a country that has goals for it’s citizens and the country. Any “good country” to me have to have their goals set on what they are going to do it and how are they going to do it. Any good country must also have good government with no corruption, they must be transparent with the citizens and must be able to explain their every action and their reason for doing so.

For me, I would consider Singapore as a “good country” as it has it’s goals and opportunities for the citizens, they have a corrupt free government with no opaque going on.

Of course, it might be biased because the only home country I have is Singapore but Singapore isn’t always perfect from the weather to the packed MRT during peak hours. Regardless of those “flaws”, I would still consider Singapore a “good country”

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Week 4 Reflection!

My philosophy on migration and refugee issues is simple. I would like to think everyone as a human being, not by a simple label such as Jew, Indian, Malay, Chinese etc. Regardless of religion or race, I believe everyone deserves equal rights. In the recent news about the Syrian migrants/refugees that sparked the entire world, I believed that the migrants should be allowed into the countries unlike Australia. The migrants/refugees had no choice as there was war happening in their country. If the Australians were put in the same situation, I bet they would react the same war as the Syrian migrants/refugees. I would like to be like the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who accepted all Syrian refugees/migrants simply because “it’s 2015”, a quote from him.

Honestly, I would like to think the way I think because of how compassionate and sympathetic I am as a person.

Week 3 (HBL Week) Reflection

What I Know About Money Management What I Want to Know About Money Management What I’ve Learned About Money Management
 Taking portions of your allowance or salary to prioritize it somewhere else  Ways to save more money  Learning how to differentiate “wants” and “needs”
Don’t spend what you earn all in a day.  Different advice to reduce expenditure  That “Income-Savings=Expenditure” is better than “Income-expenditure=savings”

I like the blog post about the struggles of teenagers and polytechnic students about saving their money. I like point number 3 (having the latest trend of fashion) as it really applies to me and my friends and I didn’t really payed much attention to it before because it was the norm. The blog post have opened up my eye to see how much of a spender I am instead of being a saver and I would definitely work towards being a saver in the future. 🙂

Week 2 Reflection! :)

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To me, I think my parents have influenced me the most as they would teach me about whats right and wrong, discipline me correctly and not beating me but talk to me what are the things i did wrongly. My parents raised me morally correct and I appreciate them for dealing with the problematic child I was growing up. My teachers also contributed to my upbringing as well. As what Mr Ong said, he said that teachers are there to also enforce the discipline in the child.

I would think that my strengths would benefit the kind of society i wish to live in as I am the type of person that would love to entertain my friends and care and love for them. I feel that I am also very fair when it comes to group works and I would give everyone a chance to speak and a chance to give their opinions. The kind of society i would love to live in is where everyone would be kind and understanding and not disrespectful towards each other and to work towards a common goal which is to care for each other and to bring the nation to a greater height than it is already.

Week 1 Reflection! :)

I have approached my friends of six years and asked them how do they “identify” me. I have a lot of mixed answers of how they identified me as but the common point that all their answers have is that I’m a funny and kind person who always look for them and would always be by their side no matter what.

Personally, I agree strongly with them. I am very protective of my friends and family and I would what i can with my abilities to protect them and to comfort them if anything were to happen to them.