Get out of the Dot!

15 06 2011

I have been asked to participate in a bloggers’ initiative organised by ZUJI to get Singaporeans out of the comfort zone which some of us know as the Little Red Dot, or the Dot for short, something that on the basis of Singaporeans’ penchant for travel, shouldn’t really be too difficult to do. But, wait a minute, I realised that I am to do it in a simple and fun way – eh, fun and simple as I am – that wasn’t going to be easy, but anyway here goes …

A compelling reason to get out of the Dot - the experience of a festival on the streets of Nepal.

Singapore is, whether looking at it from a map or even at street level is, without a doubt, a curious Dot. I know many will disagree with this, but we don’t have much of a life here, considering that our more popular leisure activities involve braving crowds, whether it is to seek the best shopping deal or add up the calories – something that (braving the crowds that is) we do five other days of the week. The stress of living in the confines of what is one of the more populated land masses in the world has certainly gotten to us. We are as they say, a nation of moaners – the social media has now become the latest outlet for our disaffection – something very evident during the recently concluded General Elections. A recent addition to our resident population that I met on Twitter was quick to observe how much we moan on platforms such as Twitter. What this all means is that we should get out of the Dot a lot more … and why shouldn’t we, when there is that whole world beyond the shopping malls and makan places that has become our life. The world is certainly out there to be discovered something that I often enjoy doing. There is really a myriad of things about it that is waiting to be discovered – too much to really talk about.

One of the reasons to get out of the Dot - to marvel at the beauty of the serene Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

One of the things I have been asked to do is to identify three people who should really get out of the Dot. Thinking hard … I thought maybe of identifying a few friends who I thought should have a life – but not wanting to risk destroying our friendships, I thought maybe I should look beyond that. The first that came to mind was our Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr Lim Swee Say and for his outrageous attempt at trying to look like Zorro, should really be sent out of the Dot to Hollywood for acting classes so that he can properly act the part. The second has to be another politician who is none other than the controversial Ms Tin Pei Ling, who between bouts of feet stamping and posing with a Kate Spade bag regretted not bringing her parents to Universal Studios. She should really be sent out of the Dot to spend a good few months with the tribes in the Amazon to realise that there is more to life than Kate Spade and Universal Studios that she should regret. The last of the three has got to be not a politician but perhaps a very hard working man Encik Atan, the Station Master at Bukit Timah Railway Station who has worked tirelessly over the last two years with hardly a day off, and his family on a luxurious train journey through Europe after he leaves on the 1st of July – just as a gesture of thanks for his efforts in keeping the many train passengers safe.

And yet another reason - the old school musical experience of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing to a packed hall.

Or, maybe the experience of a Camarguaise bullfight inside a Roman built arena...


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10 responses

16 06 2011
KelvinMonteiro

nice read … lol

17 06 2011
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Kelvin! 🙂

16 06 2011
Zuji Singapore

Hi Jerome,

Great post! Thanks for sharing with the folks on why they should get out of the dot. We believe it’ll definitely inspire more of the folks to get out of the dot. You’ll be hearing from us soon =)

Cheers,
ZUJI Singapore

17 06 2011
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks ZUJI Singapore!!! I just got the awesome news!!! 🙂

17 06 2011
Pei Yun, Cheng

Congratulations. I read your article and the double bass looking instrument in one of the photographs simply caught my eye. I would have spent hours exchanging pointers with that musician and his colleagues if I were there!

And if you happen to be thinking of someone to recommend someone who could get out of the Dot, perhaps you could please consider me. I have spent my days exploring Singapore and our little dot, it is high time to exchange ideas with the people outside the little red dot. *winks*

18 06 2011
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Pei Yun 🙂 These guys are superb and back in 1989, it only cost me $2 to sit on the floor with a bunch of other tourists to catch enjoy an awesome performance. You would certainly have a wonderful time exchanging notes with the band … yes, perhaps you should also be one that should get out of the Dot, just for that! 🙂

18 06 2011
Wena Poon

What a coincidence. I *am* in the Camargue right now and I just learned bullfighting in Sevilla. I am not in the Dot anymore!

18 06 2011
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Wow really? Love the Camarguaise culture – you should really visit Arles and catch the Course Camarguaise which is held on Wednesday afternoons at the Arena! Have more in this post.

18 06 2011
Leone Fabre

Great post Jerome….. a nice take on ‘the why’s of getting off the dot’ …… as much as I love ‘the dot’, I enjoy exploring further afield too. 🙂

20 06 2011
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Leone! It was nice to have met you on the Pasir Panjang walk as well as at the station the other day. You do have wonderful accounts of your life on the ‘dot’ which remind us that there is a lot that the ‘dot’ has to offer us when we have no chance to get off the ‘dot’ … 🙂

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