Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Are You Up For Reading An Essay?

This is an essay written by a certain member of the Chow family. Can you guess who? Read and comment!

‘Money is the root of all evil’. How far do you agree with this proverb?

It is a fact of life that money is essential. In these modern times, money has become a necessity. Without money, we could not survive. Money has invaded our lives and spreads its influence over us at any moment.

Like all other things, money brings the potential for goodness. Wealthy philanthropists use their vast wealth to relieve the plight of the unfortunate. Money helps the needy to be better equipped to survive the harsh world. The need for money motivates people to work tirelessly, increasing the world’s productivity, ensuring a more comfortable life for everyone. The desire for wealth also inspires many to produce inventions, and literature which have been a great contribution to the world. The quest for money can also give people a purpose in life, and if in moderation, this can be a positive influence on one’s life.

Yet all these benefits which money brings are overshadowed by the evils which arise from it. As the importance of money cannot be doubted, people have gone to great lengths to obtain it. Sometimes, their methods may even be illegal. The vast majority of crimes are committed in the name of money. Many who live in poverty struggle to make ends meet and so perform desperate actions such as burglary or snatch thefts in order to obtain money. Their unquenchable need for money blinds them to the negative repercussions of their atrocities. Others, although well-off, would feel as if money is never enough and would be involve in serious crimes such as drug trafficking and kidnapping in order to have an opportunity to hoard more wealth. No matter the crimes, it is clear that their actions which are fueled by money will cause much pain and suffering to the innocent. Their victims can attest to that.

The increase in crimes is not the only evidence of the corrupting power of money. Too many people now are materialistic, embarking on an endless pursuit of money and the perceived happiness that will come to it. Throughout this, they would neglect what truly matters in their lives, namely their family and friends. Too many children how lead their lives lacking their parents’ compassion, having a void in their souls, and would be at high risk of being involved in social ills. All this is the result of money.

Money has also become a major point of dispute. Many families, instead of having harmonious relationships among each other, bicker endlessly about financial affairs. In extreme cases, bonds between family members which have been forged by love and trust would be broken apart irreparably. The family unit which used to be held sacred has had its significance destroyed by money. Many friendships have also been tarnished this way as one or both parties would prize money over their friends.

In addition to that, money can also have a devastating effect on our psyche. Those who are not short on wealth would often be smug and arrogant, feeling as if they could lord over others. This behaviour would cause a rift between people and invoke feelings of envy and resentment, whereas those who lack money would spend their days in misery. Some of them would perform drastic acts as a result of their lack of satisfaction with their financial situation. Many lives have been lost because of this. One could imagine the deaths that could be averted if money did not consume humanity’s thoughts.

It is apparent that for all the good that money brings, it is responsible for much that is wrong and it truly is the root of all evil. We would do well not to worship money and place our focus on other, more meaningful things.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Father, He Very The Farnee Lo

Upon seeing my recent posts, my father called me just as I was watching Roman Holiday.

Me: Hello?
Dad: Little girl, what are you doing?
Me: Nothing much. Why did you call my handphone? I'm at home.
Dad: I called downstairs earlier but you weren't downstairs, so I thought I'll call your mobile to talk to you.
Me: LOL.
Dad: So, how is your P&P going?
Me: Huh? What's B&B? (Bed and Breakfast?)
Dad: No no, PEA and PEA
Me: What P&P?
Dad: Pride and Prejudice!
Me: (-.-'') Nobody calls it that!
Dad: *laughs* OKOK. So did you like Mr Darcy?
Me: Of course!
Dad: Have you finished the book?
Me: Nope. Only up to the part Caroline Bingley invites Jane to Netherfield.
Dad: Oh, that's barely one third of the book!
Me: I got distracted. Am watching Roman Holiday now.
Dad: Ahhh, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn right?
Me: Mmmmhmmm.
Dad: Okay then, enjoy your P&P and RH then, bye.
Me: Hahaha! Bye!

Things you have learned about my father.

1. He very the farnee one ok? (Have been in JB too long)
2. My father reads Jane Austen. Now that's a real man.
3. My father always calls me. Even if I'm at home and he called home 5 minutes earlier, because he didn't get to talk to me. His bestest smartest prettiest daughter.

Hello Daddy!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Pride and Prejudice

Yes, it's one of those times again, where I suddenly feel like blogging and you stumble upon my blog to find 3 consecutive posts.

This post was "inspired" by my brother Wei's observation that my family library holds 5 Pride and Prejudice books, and that my youngest brother has read it, before Wei and I have.

Finally I decided to find out what the fascination was with this work of Austen's and borrowed mum's DVDs of Pride and Prejudice.

Having seen the famous scene of Colin Firth jumping into a lake and emerging in a wet white shirt, I chose to watch the BBC's version first. BBC developed it into a series, rather than a movie, so it could really bring out every thing in the book.

Colin Firth did not disappoint at all. His potrayal of Mr Darcy was just how I had imagined it to be, after hearing about the book countless times. My favourite scene (other than the lake scene and the reaction of Elizabeth thereafter) was the scene where he first proposed marriage to her. You could really see how conflicted he felt, with his thinking that his family would not approve of their union. Jennifer Ehle who played Elizabeth was really good too, I was not fond of her at the start but she started to grow on me, with her witty comments, just like she grew on Darcy. The lady who played her mum played it to perfection as well, though her screeching got on my nerves.

After watching the BBC's Pride and Prejudice, the Keira Knightley one could only pale in comparison. Of course, it had a disadvantage, since it was only a 2 hour long movie and not a series.

And now, I'm off to (finally) read the book!

Introvert vs. Extrovert

I recently (1 hour ago) came to the conclusion that I'm probably not as extroverted as I was 3 years ago. Or maybe I never was as extroverted as I thought.

2009 was definitely a very introverted year for me. I started work, and decided to actually attend classes, except Pharmaceutics. In addition, it was my first year living outside IH. Hence the only people I meet would be those at school, at work, my housemate, my boyfriend and my uncle's family. Did not step into a club the whole year, only went to a bar 0.5 times for a sending off party (the girl was slightly to drunk to talk to), and 1 Christmas party (because it was free). Dinners were usually had on my own, or during a 10 minute break at work. Weekends were spent sleeping in and reading or on my laptop. Even when I had free time I preferred to spend it on my own rather than meeting up with friends. Most of the gatherings I attended was organised by other friends (Chu Jie, mostly). And I kinda liked it. Having a routine that was not disturbed by variables (friends who just cannot be punctual), a schedule that I could change whenever I wanted to. Having dinner at whatever time I want, having anything I want. Felt pretty good actually.

Compare this to my 1st and 2nd year in Melbourne. I was living in a college with 250++ other people, about 70% of whom I knew and 30% of whom I would talk to everyday. Every other day I'm standing with a large group of people trying to shush each other as we prepare to surprise someone on their birthday. There was always something to do somewhere with someone.

Is it a bad thing if I prefer my life now? Since within 2 years I'll probably only be left with 10 friends. Yet I just can't be bothered to go out there and meet up with friends anymore. Maybe I'm lazy. Maybe I'm just the sort of person who feels more comfortable with just a few close friends rather than a large group of people she can't talk to for more than 5 minutes before running out of things to talk about.

As I told Fangi, this is why I'm not cut out to be a high society wife. Having to entertain so many people with a smile of my face while we talk about things I don't really care about is just too tiring to even think about. Sorry Prince William.