Rants and raves about stuff happening in and around my life in Singapore

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Singapore Citizen

At 11:15am on the 3rd of July 2013, I became a Singapore Citizen. I have spent 17 years of my life on this small island and have fallen in love with the place many times over during those years. It's a city that never really sleeps, that is always changing, growing, and becoming something more as it continues to evolve.

The people here are truly amazing and I count among them many good friends and acquaintances whom my life would no longer be complete without. They have become in many ways my extended family and involved me in their lives to such an extent that I considered myself Singaporean many years ago.

I have been called "SingMoh" a phrase cobbled together by my friends (a combination of Ang Moh and Singaporean) as I have proudly told to many taxi drivers over the years. For those who ever hear that phrase repeated in conversation well now you know where it came from, almost 14 years ago if memory servers. And with my newly acquired citizenship I have finally completed the transition from AngMoh to SingMoh to Singaporean. And I really can't imagine myself living anywhere else ever again.

Many people have asked me why I have given up my Irish citizenship as Singapore does not allow dual citizenship. But after being here for so long for me it's logical progression. I have lived here too long and absorbed so much of asian culture that I don't think I can ever return to the west. And while some people here in Singapore might want to do just that (for the grass is always greener) for me I think of it as a step backwards.

Singaporeans say what they mean and mean what they say. And while many could say that their own cultures do the same, in reality the practise of that simply phrase tends more towards plastic in many other countries.

Singaporeans have an honesty and strength of character that is uniquely Singaporean. I can leave my bag on a table and go and order some food and it will still be there when I get back. In other countries if I tried the same it would only be a matter of time (in Ireland probably measurable in seconds) before someone did a runner with it.

And while I'm not saying there is no crime in Singapore, the level of crime is still far below anything else I've witnessed in many other countries I've travelled too. I guess it has something to do with the way people respect each other here even strangers, a respect that can be a double edged sword if you fall the wrong side of it.

So I've learnt to be more tolerant as a result, to listen more, to understand that my own view of life, my own perspective is just that and everyone has their own view and is entitled to it. I've learnt to respect those views more and more over the years and let them shape and change my own as a result. And I like to think that Singapore has made me a better person for that.

For me Singapore is less of a country and more of a community, and while I will always be proud of my Irish heritage I have to admit that I am equally as proud to be called a Singapore Citizen.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Vibease (one for the ladies)

Nothing like a good giggle first thing in the morning and this little gem of an article on yahoo definitely hit the spot. It's called Vibease and is from a Singapore-US startup company who are currently seeking funding on Indiegogo to bring this product to market. What is it, well you may ask. It's a wearable bluetooth connected vibrator for the ladies that connects to a corresponding phone app giving you control over all the settings.

"Vibease brings your fantasy to life, creating a multi-sensory experience. Your pleasure doesn't need to be solely imaginative anymore", as according to the advertising blurb you will be able to link this little pink device to things like audio books. Yes you can now listen to something like 50 Shades of grey and have this device pulse at key moments so that you can "enjoy every second of the journey all the way up until the exciting intense conclusion". The brains behind this device have also "created a library of audio stories that will usher you away into an exciting world of fantasy".

That's right ladies you can now enjoy 50 Shades of grey all over again without lifting a finger (so to speak).

But wait there's more. "With the Vibease Intimate App, long distance relationships just might become people's preference. The Vibease Intimate app allows your partner to control the vibrations from anywhere in the world. It doesn't matter if your partner is in the office or in another country, you can still have your intimate moments. Distance doesn't matter". Yes that's right, now your partner can get you off no matter where you are. For the adventurous among you that means dinner with the in-laws might be a whole new and not to mention novel experience.

One of the lines in the about section reads "We believe the world will be a better place when women can have orgasm as much as men do" which (sorry ladies) was a little bit surprising giving it's factual inaccuracy. I mean it's not as if men have the capability to have multiple orgasams, after all we need a little time to recharge so to speak.

Yes I'm sure this little device will be in big demand if for no other reason than the novelty factor, after all it would make those boring train journeys just a little more fun and bring a few smiles to faces at the prospect of going to work on a Monday morning. Or how about those boring office meetings, indeed the possibilities are endless.

As for me, I'm going to keep a close on on this produce because if they ever bring out something similar for the guys I'm so going to be first in the queue to get one, after all, why should the ladies have all the fun.

For the more curious among you you can read more about it HERE.