Is work all about money? (Week 13)

To be absolutely realistic, I would want to be an event organiser. I love planning events and I love the satisfactory from it. I enjoy doing the “behind the scenes” job as there is an interest there. If I have to be specific, I would want to work as a wedding planner perhaps? or even just in a big company and maybe work hard enough to have my own company.
I wouldn’t want to perceive my job as a dreadful chore to do, and neither would I want my every day to be a boring routine. That is partially why I chose events management. Being in such an industry, you would be able to experience many things every day, be it a mistake or an awesome discovery.
My to-be list? I want to be happy and rich. I want to be rich so I can travel the world and explore. I want to be able to be independent. I want to be able to witness the world with my very own two eyes. I want to be able to do the things I love. And of course, I want to be who I am and not who I’m supposed to be.
I can use skillfuture to upgrade myself. No matter in what industry, I believe they would provide courses for you to improve who you are and impart knowledge to you. I can upgrade myself such that, I can gain more skills, and I might also be able to broaden my career options. Or even, I might gain a set of skill that might benefit me and give myself a promotion. But life is more about learning than anything else. You are never too old or too young to learn.

What is a good country? Week 5 reflection

What is a good country to me and do I consider Singapore as a good country? To me, every country is good in their ways. Each and every country outstands in a certain area. What one has the other may not. A good country to me is being able to have a balance between helping and satisfying the citizens and making the country bloom. Personally, yes, I would say Singapore is a good country. We have more than we can ever ask for. We have a strong medical industry, we are able to feel safe, it’s clean, and we have a good sewage/drainage systems. Although the standard of living is extremely expensive here, it’s still most important that we are able to feel safe.

What I like and dislike about Singapore, is the same thing. I like and dislike whenever we complain. Why would I like it? Because complaints can be taken as a form a feedback. Let’s say “Oh students are so noisy on busses”, well it is something students can take note of. Or whenever they complain about how the government should do this or should not, it is also a chance for the government to improve themselves and implement whatever is needed. Why I dislike Singaporean complaints, it gets annoying at times. Because people can complain about the most trivial matters or even make really unnecessary comments about everything. These days, netizens don’t practice good manners online anymore. On STOMP or anywhere, you can actually see how harsh people are. I don’t deny that I too complain a lot. I believe that it’s because I often forget how fortunate I am and as human, I would always yearn for something better. Upon stating this, I am still learning how to appreciate and cherish what is given before it’s taken away.

How can I be a better citizen? And what am I blind about? I remember that lesson, my friends and I put up a short skit on how the world would be like if everyone else was blind. And the script went something like not judging others from their appearance but for their personality. If the world was blind, no one could be criticised on their appearance and people would only understand the true inner beauty.

TERM 1 REFLECTION

1. What is the best part and hardest part about term 1?
The best part about AEC would be topic on parenting. In this lesson, we talked about 4 different type of parenting styles and we shared about each other’s families and parents. It was like a flashback moment which made it funny.
Hardest part was i’m constantly confused between CAS and AEC. Probably because i have the same teacher for the 2 subjects.

2. How can I apply what I’ve learnt.
For Money Matter, i learnt how to manage my money and how to spend wisely and plan financially. And for the parenting topic, I guess i understoof how things are at home.

3. What else do I still want to learn?
I guess I want to learn how to understand in a more racial form. Such that, understand more of other cultures so we would be able to understand and be better citizens, especially in singapore.

How Did We Become The Way We Are?

In week 4’s lesson, I believe we discussed the Rohingya refugees and also the reasons why Singapore refused to take in all those refugees as well. I remember being able to reason from the government’s point of view, the netizens and the refugees.

The netizens were really angry at the government for not having a “heart” and take in the refugees to give them a temporary home.  They felt unfair for the refugees as they were able to empathise with them. They probably felt that such powerful government should’ve been able to temporarily support those in need. Honestly, I too felt that way. However, I do not know what intentions the government have. So, I am unable to make any comments about what should be done. They might have had plans but shrugged it off because of the cons which would not benefit our country. The refugees would’ve felt disappointed as well, as they probably hoped that a country like ours should’ve been willing to help them. They didn’t ask to be in such a plight and I believe they would be grateful for any help they receive and be appreciative as well.

we also discussed the topic of migrants. Often, Singaporeans complain about the lacking on jobs and migrants “stealing” them. I believe they were referring to foreign talents than foreign workers. We also discussed foreign talents are workers with “skills”. But we often neglect the thought that foreign workers have skills too. I believe construction workers and domestic helpers possess certain skills we don’t that’s why we employ them too. Example, to take care of elderly or little children, I believe they had to go through training for it as well. And also construction workers, they had to go through certain briefings to learn the strings of this industry.

Money Management

What I Know About Money Management What I Want to Know About Money Management What I’ve Learned About Money Management
 Saving money  How to save more efficiently  It is important to differentiate and understand our needs and wants.
 spending more on needs than wants  We should set aside what we should save up and then spend the remaining. at least we would still have savings.
 having a target goal for saving  Income-Savings= expenditure.

I like the blog post about “The truth about polytechnic students” because I think I can relate to it. Being a polytechinc students makes me want to invest more in my clothes and accessories. And I guess I really have to learn to distinguish between needs and wants. However I find myself to be eating more when i’m in Poly. THat’s why i find myself unable to save up at times. Having a social life means going out after school to study and chill, and that would also mean spending money on meals. I could have my meals to be paid for but I chose to hang out and eat with my friends. Frankly, I don’t really get what’s in trend, I love investing on my wardrobe to make myself feel more comfortable and I don’t like wearing a particular outfit too frequently. Thus, I found that this post is actually really relatable and it helps me realise that I’m really spending too much at times.

Weekly:Population and Parenting.

For the lessons of population and parenting, we could relate back to the previous topic, Culture. Every parenting style is also influenced by their own culture. It was also mentioned that parenting style is also influenced by their country and government. However the culture does not only refer to things practiced by religions or race.

Well, to begin, Culture is a belief or lifestyle practiced by a group of people. What i remember most was discussing about 4 different types of parenting. They are Authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved. My parents brought me up with the authoritarian parenting style. But, gradually, my parents resorted to authoritative and permissive as my sister and I grow older. It is good that there is a change because I feel that children should not be too restricted in the things we do. Especially in this generation, I believe parents should not always stick to the traditional ways as there is so much to explore.

A personal experience would of course be the unorthodox upbringing styles of my parents. My aunties are very “old-fashioned” people. As typical chinese parents, my parents focused a lot on my academics. I’m not a studying person, I’d admit. I used to do badly or average on academics, and come home to major punishments whenever I brought back my report book and exam papers. To my parents, it was important that I excel in school. Being brought up with a really fierce father, I was very afraid of making mistakes and being a bad kid. So, I would get very involved with activities that gives my my moral values. My parents teach me as well and groom me with good values. I never appreciated them till secondary school. I was the good student in primary school, always punctual, and liked my teachers. I only noticed in secondary school that my leadership potentials has always caome from my parents, and of course those activities I took part in primary school that grooms me to be who I am. I did not do as well in my PSLE, and ended up in NA stream. T They were disappointed of course. Some of my relatives looked down on me. I’m still their daughter afterall, they accepted the fact that i’m in NA . My parents learnt to loosen the strings a little, and they trusted me, thus becoming permissive parents. My father is always there to support me and I started to do well academically in secondary school. I got character awards, progress awards and did really well in school. And here I am now in SP as a PFP student. Because my parents choose to believe in me and gave me so many chances to explore and discover myself makes me who I am today. They groomed me to be what I am. Without my father disciplining and supporting me or my mother advising and motivating me, I will not be here today.

To more old-fashioned parents, things must be done step by step. Example, to my aunties, it is madatory for their children to be in the express stream and then do well in O levels, end up in Poly or a JC and they should have a degree. This sounds like typical asian parenting right? Whereas my parents chose to trust me and support me throughout the unorthodox way. I didn’t end up in the express stream, my highest qualification so far would be N levels, and I skipped O levels. My mother once told me that she believes it isn’t necessary for me to get a degree. I agree. I totally agree with her. My parents realised within the last 4 years that it is more important to groom their child to do what they love than what they “should have been doing”. Me and my parents share great trust with each other. And I personally believe that is what all parents should have with their kids, mutual respect and trust.

In one of our AEC classes, we were discussing about our ideal parenting styles from different culture. I like that the Norwegian and Dutch parents have a common thing which is grooming their child to be excellent at what they are good at. And another parenting style from the Japanese culture would that they teach their children to be independent. An example given was that young children at the age of 11 could travel on their own through the subway. This reflects on the amount of trust they parents have with their children. I really love that parents in this generation no longer focus on just academics, but also groom their children to be better people and to be able to excel in the things tthe children love doing. This permissive parenting should be promoted.

In short, I believe that because of this unorthodox way my parents chose actually made me who I am today. Because of the discipline my dad instiled in me, and also the respect and trust my parents and I share.

Weekly Reflections : Identities and Citizenship

We often wonder who we really are and what our purpose of life is. Well, the answer is not as simple as it seems, but not as tough as well. The first CAS lesson, we did the first impression activity, in which we were required to write 3 traits about ourselves and 3 other different people are to write about their first impression of us. many of my first impression consisted of friendly, outgoing and hyper. I am indeed all of them. The first impression we give others is very important. in that split second many thoughts would go through someone’s mind and obviously, they are judging you. As an extremely judgemental person, I think a lot when I first meet a person, I judge them from their appearance to body language, to tone and character. What others think of us might not be what we are, and vice versa what we think of others might not be what they think of themselves. ‘Who am I’ is the question we’d find ourselves pondering about. Personally, I feel that there is no specific definition. We are not defined by our skin colour, our language, beliefs, our intellectual standards, and of course by academic. We are who we are. You are just you. That’s the special thing. And no one should love you more than yourself. We can find someone we the exact same habits or interest. But they are still not you. Twins/triplets/quadruplets look identical. But they are still differentiated by their different thumbprints and tongue prints. Who am i really, and what is my purpose? I think my purpose in life is to just be what I’m best at; being happy and bubbly. Perhaps what others see me as is what I really am.

Another thing we did was question what kind of citizen we are. One impactful thing was the sweatshop. It’s really saddening to know that people are severely underpaid to make our branded apparels. It’s not fair that they have to spend many years of their lives sewing the same seam. Countries like Cambodia. Honestly, I think this is a very selfish act. Countries or even the people stuck in poverty will have to live in this misery and poverty throughout this life. They are always being driven to a corner such that they will always be underpaid and they can’t afford many things. The poor people will always be pressed under the thumbs of the rich peoples/countries/companies. Because of the poor state their country is in, wages are low there, cost price to make things are cheap, workers are cheap to employ as well. If there is still no action taken to improve things for these people, they would have to suffer. Families would have to borrow money for the month and use the salary to pay people back. Still leaves them with no money. Kids would have to drop out at certain age because they couldn’t afford to have education anymore. The kids there long to have a proper education. And always, first world country kids like us don’t seem to appreciate that we have such advanced education with excellent facilities in schools. We always overlook the fact that someone needs and wants what we have. But yet we cannot appreciate what has been given to us. As long as there is a demand, these people have to work terribly hard to support their families. As consumers, we should take action as well. Be an activist. It’s unfair that people have to slog off just for us to enjoy such luxury. But of course people may question if there aren’t any cheap workers to employ, who will do our apparels? I believe the apparel brands are able to pay each worker a little more extra because they are profiting so much from their products. ‘This is a selfish world’ people say. But it is only selfish because of the citizens. there are no equal rights around the world. Things have been defined and set for us. The poor should not always be condemned under the thumbs of the rich. If everyone do their part to make this world a better place, to be a good citizen, I highly doubt that this world is a selfish world. Every little actions counts. It all starts with you.