One for the weekend


(Oz Specialty Coffee, Thomson V Two)

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”
― Immanuel Kant

Here, I end the week on a rather emotional note. While work bites me harder, I remind myself that the sword-smith hammers down hard to make a fine sword. Just when I had thought I had overcome a battle, the challenge of patience and independence presents itself again.

This whine bit aside, I have been reflecting on the socio-economical profile of Home’s poor. In the article by Policymic (link below), the author speaks of the end of the world being man’s own doing.Social stratification being the reason for our demise; unfair distribution of resources leading to overconsumption. Further, it seems health of economy and health of ecology are functionally inverse.

And why you may ask, am I pondering on such issues. This is no less brought about by an encounter I had. Where the idea of currency and money may seem universal, the value of which still so strangely applies differently to different social classes. While some of us willingly and regularly pay 6 dollars for a cup of coffee, to others this is what sustains them through the entire day’s worth of meals. To them the value of S$6 is more than just “6 bucks,” – This is life, this is how they sustain themselves on a daily basis.

While this may seem straight forward, or just merely logical. When you apply this, to say, medical bills. Imagine what S$650 means to someone who sustains themselves on 6 bucks a day. This could mean everything, while to some of us, a new wallet. One too many pairs of shoes, or a meal prepared by a celebrity chef of celebrity status for God knows what reason at a fancy restaurant.

(Chin Mee Chin Confectionary, 204 East Coast Road)

And if you should join me in pondering about the matter, last weekend I was well-charmed by a certain confectionary shop. One would imagine mothers in their cotton mandarin collar blouses and matching pants, with their little ones seated at marble top wood tables, having kaya toast and kopi for breakfast way back in the 1940s.

While breakfast done this way was not something I grew up with, I totally understand why such places hold a special place in the hearts of Singaporeans. While not entirely unique to the country, the old school charm, the sweet eggy coconut jam and coffee – all it does it offer comfort. Especially so on a Sunday morning.

(One Man Coffee, 215 Upp Thomson Road – along the same stretch of shophouses along Upp thomson where Old School Delights is)

While the source may be varied, the feeling of comfort is universal, and essential to my sanity, what comfort it is to have brioche, with a runny egg heart, topped with a splatter of cheese and fresh avocado on a rainy afternoon. Housed with Crust Pizza, this new cafe along Upp Thomson is definitely promising. Pictured is the Gas House Toast with bacon jam, and and additional side of avocado.

20140321-224133.jpgLife is short, and while money is at this current time in many ways essential to living, I urge all to seek value over the actual figures of things. The value in your actions and ways, the value in your choices. For in many ways, the value you place in these things reflect how much you value yourself as a human being. Again, with the words of the great Immanuel Kant,

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”







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