Well, it’s 2 Jan 18 and already the New Year celebrations seem like an eternity ago. Two days into the new year and there is one thing we realise, nothing has changed. For all the New Year Resolutions, hopes and wishes for ‘World Peace’, and the belief that we need to start the year off on the right foot, trouble has a way of finding itself intertwined in our lives.
Just this morning, on my way to work, the MRT announcement over the PA system reported a track fault along the East West Line, between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport. The news went on to report that we should expect a 30-minute delay and that free shuttle buses have been activated to help ease the congestion for those in need of getting to work or to the airport on time. Come on SMRT, two days into the new year and the same old problems still plague us.
In other news, and on a more serious note, The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), have condemned the latest Islamic State (IS) propaganda video, showing Singaporean turned terrorist, Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, executing three men by shooting them. In response to the latest video, MUIS said it was a "desperate attempt" by IS to recruit individuals to "cause carnage" and "sow discord between Muslims and non-Muslims".
It’s not all doom and gloom though, Singapore welcomed four newborn babies at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, which is heart-warming. The Budget 2018 will be announced on Feb 19, after Chinese New Year, which is auspicious I guess, if you are into those things. And apparently, a new twist of Kaya Toast and Bak Chang is making the oldest kopitiam in Bandung, Indonesia, hip again. I guess, amidst the immediate bleak outlook, Singaporeans have something to look forward to in 2018 if you are travelling to Bandung anytime soon.
The theme for the New Year’s Day countdown party in Tampines was something about welcoming or entering a “New World”. When I saw the posters and banners, I thought it was rather corny that they decided to go with that theme. The world was not expected to end at the stroke of midnight on 31 Dec, there is no post-apocalyptic world that we ushered in and truth be told, today is no different from yesterday or the day before or the even the week before that. There is no ‘New World’. But it’s nice to see that some people have big expectations for 2018 and maybe, we are ushering in the New World, we just don’t know it yet.
Happy New Year everyone. Have a great 2018!