I had no inkling that a simple but heartfelt post about how we Singaporeans are slowly eroding in our manners could garner so much excitement and argument in our midst! For the first time, I had over 500 likes in FB! Thanks to Jean Lim, a good friend whom I had met on G+, who had reposted my post in her FB account. My main objective was to create awareness and boy didn't I just accomplished that?!!
I was still appalled when I read about the old lady who was abused by her own daughter and her neighbors didn't inform the authorities for fear of 'meddling in other people's domestic affairs'. And again when I saw the YouTube video of a rude Caucasian man who was barraging a young man in the MRT train and everyone pretended not to care until a young Malay man stepped in! Video link :
But I am writing again because over the last few weeks, I have also witnessed so many acts of kindness and friendliness which I would like to share as well... which proves that there are always two sides to a coin. Where do I begin ? From a total stranger who helped an elderly lady get into a taxi and the taxi driver who helped load her groceries into the boot to a bus driver who looked at his watch instinctively when I greeted him Good Morning and corrected me with Good Afternoon which brought about a burst of spontaneous laughter from both of us! And who can ever forget the incident of the passersby who rushed to help the South Korean man who was pinned under a trailer truck at the junction of Bendemeer and Boon Keng Rd (See Picture Below)?
All these incidents prove one thing - there is hope for us Singaporeans. My faith in our humanity which took a beating when I had first arrived in Singapore is slowly being restored....Quoting my friend Sunita Danani 'We may be rough round the edges but our heart is in the right place. '
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...