:Thursday, April 28, 2005:
WEll, I din have to go to work today.. I decided to go rollerblading early in the morning in hope to catch her as she goes to school... But well, I miscalculated.. The morning rush clogged down the lifts, and to make matters worse, one lift broke down.. dang... Well, I took the stairs, and in the end, there was only 15 mins within which she could go to school.. meaning that the latest she could start off for school would be 7.30... and it was 7.15.. but I guess I was too naive.. I suspect that either her parents fetch her to school (like my mum used to) or she goes to school super early, like I used to since my mum fetched me... I normally would do that to do homework that I haven't finished..
Anyway, I went home and played heroes 3 for awhile.. After which, I went to gym with jeremy. He really has such great stamina.. he ran 9 laps according to the treadmill, while I only managed to run 6 (2.4km) and I was totally flat out (altho I did it in 12 mins) Well, we rested for awhile, and I kept focusing on training arm muscles.. THen we talked about getting leg weights (weights you attach to the leg for leg training) and talked about how we might end up running like rock lee... haaa too much naruto liao... I went to west mall while he went home to shower.. Too bad the military stall not open... I wanted to search for the L torch and my leg weights from there.. but it doesn't open so early, I guess......
Then we met at breadtalk and we went to my house to play heroes 3.. In the end, there was one monster he repeatedly couldn't defeat.. adn we had to keep restarting because he wasn't happy about losing his favourite hero just like that.. haha.
He went off for his barbecue after that.. .and I was left alone.. I guess I decided to indulge in the world of the zzz and slept till 7. I guess I regret that. I haven't showered and I just went on top of my bed.. yuck.. oh dear.. my bed is gonna stink and all that.. until my mum changes the sheets.. ah well.. who cares.. I don't. (stay away from me.. i'm gonna stink.. haha)
The reversehaven spoke at 8:24 PM
Casino.. my personal viewpoint.
:Tuesday, April 26, 2005:
Well, this is just a post I'm making, with regards to the casino, and my views to it.. Well, I can't put it up in the today paper like Mr Brown, but I guess I can put it here..
Well, my strong disapproval of the casino comes in five points.
First, the social implications. As we all know, gambling can become a habit, a bane to life. Gambling, especially to Christians, is prohibitied, because of its strong association to the world, and the kind of ruin gambling can bring to your life. I ever tried small scale gambling before, and that little bit of gain that it can bring you could lead you to continue, out of greed of gaining more. Fact is, the probability of gaining overall after a session of gambling is very small. One small win is very poisonous, because no matter how many times you lose after that, you'll still be led to the erroneous thinking that you will gain on overall, and this leads one to borrow money right after they have lost all their money, still foolishly believing that they can win. However, in gambling, the only true winner is the casino. Never any gambler. The lucky gamblers who get the jackpot ultimately spend most of the cash, and when they are almost dry, they will come back to gamble some more, hoping to get another jackpot. This will inevitably break families up as their irresponsible family members gamble, putting the family into financial stress. Mr Brown couldn't have put it more tactfully - to IR is human. (IR stands for integrated resort... while he would pronounce it as 'err' in this case)
Second, the economic implications. Woe unto us! the Government refuses to look at the long term, but only the short term! I just had a conversation with keene, and we both wondered if God would choose to punish this now becoming sinful lion city by means of a tsunami or similar natural disaster. The government only looks at the short term results... for four years.. They can create another 35,000 jobs for four years, and i think about 1000 or less long term (as casino staff, if i'm not mistaken). However, they fail to realise that in Singapore, the only people who gamble are the poor, who will never willingly pay an entrance fee of $100. The poor are the people who are foolishly led by their greed and hope to win through this means. The rich will never come here, because most of them are either too busy making money with calculated risks in the market (the stock market. Most of the gains and losses are at a macro level, so each win and loss implicates a big sum. However, since it's calculated risks, these people already know how to win, and win overall.). Never will these rich people come to the casino. Perhaps,... perhaps for some entertainment, yes. Just perhaps. However, many singaporeans are already in the "against casino" camp in the debate. Just how many of our local rich people would patronise it... I don't know.
Third would be the foriegners. This would be under economic too. I sometimes wonder why foriegners would come out of the way to an out-of-the-way (ok lar.. not so out of the way lar.. Singapore is supposed to be the most accessible country in the region right?) Singapore, just for a teeennyy tiiinnyy casino. Face it. The Government has made a mistake in having the casinos occupy 3% of the total space of the two centres. First mistake they made is thinking that this 3% will make the casinos any less evil (pah.). Second mistake is that... this 3% would make these casinos really puny. Compared to the huge massive casinos in Las Vegas.. Hmm.. those casinos there would be...er.. now.. just how big is Las Vegas? hmm...
Fourth would be the mentality with which the government takes. They think that the 3%of total space and all that counselling and 'measures' put in place to reduce social implications make the casinos less evil. Look; Like Mr Brown said.. They only look at that short term 35,000 jobs. If chewing gum could bring that many jobs, they would immediately unban chewing gum and declare singaporeans mature enough to chew gum (with a little help from the trained social counsellors, of course.).
Fifth.. would definitely because it's wrong. Gambling; Drugs; Drinking; Smoking... All these go together. under one roof. The Bible did not say "thou shalt not gamble" neither did it say "thou shalt not drink". But the implications it brings... bringing one further from God... makes this inherently and absolutely wrong. I am totally and fully against the casino. No way would anyone be able to persuade me otherwise.
The reversehaven spoke at 11:58 PM
WHEE!! I GOT MY PAY!!
Well, I DID get my pay.,.. but I still have to wait for another two days for it to be banked in... Hmm I got my ATM card too!!! but i'm too lazy to photograph it.. haa..
Well, lotsa things I wanna get.. Many things on my wishlist... For starters, rollerblade wheels. But after working out how much i'm saving and how much i'm giving God and my parents... I end up with only about $60 of spendable money.. Well, that's better than nothing. How often do I get that much money for spending? Most probably i'm gonna save it...
I'm still getting to work at LEAST another three days (but I expect to be called back to work for another six days at least.). Well, that means larger paycheck. hmm.. but for those who are thinking of pestering me to treating them...haa... well, I guess you'll have to wait.
Well, i'm pretty divided on the first paycheck thing.. I had decided quite sometime ago to give my first paycheck to God. But right now, this money seems to be very much needed. Soon enough, I might have to use it for my poly education. I'm pretty tied up in between giving God and using it for our uses.. Somehow... this reminds me of elder seah.. He promised to give one of hte insurance bonds to God should anything happen to him or his wife. In the end, his wife died, and he was left in debt. Right there and then, he had vowed to give that one insurance bond. But the insurance bond just seemed to be the easiest way out. in the end, he gave to God, and God helped him to settle the debts. But right now.. i'm really tied in between. I really don't know whether or not to give to God or to use it for myself. But there again, if I don't give God with a full heart, then my offering is but in vain... Sighs..
I'm really in a dilemma... :(
The reversehaven spoke at 8:49 PM