I felt sad and guilty when I saw this old lady working really hard and hunched over in front of the newly opened Cafe at Wisma. I often spot elderly people like her, clearing tables at the food court. They seem like the forgotten people. The left behind. If inflation in Singapore is scary to me, it must be a nightmare for so many more. I truly believe that people like her deserve a safety net and welfare. At the very least, free medical. I’m sure there is some help out there but I am also sure there is a lot of red tape that goes with it. Also people like this lady want to live with dignity and would rather work than ask for help. Just my thoughts which I shared with my cousin, and she said that the government wants children to look after their own parents and don’t want it to be the government’s responsibility. But she said that is also discriminatory against singles. And what if they don’t have kids and there is no guarantee that you won’t be abandoned by selfish children. Also it’s a wrong premise to want kids in the first place. Just so they look after you in your old age? It’s not surprising that under such circumstances we have become more and more materialistic.
So many luxury stores in Singapore. Thought the window display was cool, but not comfortable with ostentatiousness or people wearing brands not for the appreciation of the design (if it’s to be appreciated), but just for the label to be flaunted. I have to confess, I did find the vintage LV suitcases from the movie Darjeeling Express beautiful, but I don’t like what the label has come to represent in Singapore and Asia. With all those long queues for the latest handbag? Even someone I knew from France, where the maker is from, could not understand it at all. He found it quite funny, those long queues. And as my partner likes to say, an exorbitant price, for a canvas bag. I’m no angel and am guilty of indulgence too, but at times like this I feel the tremendous unease.