When You Wake Up From The Singapore Dream

A month ago I was asked by this client if I wanted to be involved with a campaign for a retirement financial product. I was reluctant, until they told me of the story of Mr Leong, a former taxi driver and uni graduate.

Mr Leong’s former assumptions of life, health, family and retirement haven’t panned out. He’s widowed, in remission from a blood cancer that’s stopped him from driving a cab (his sole income), his son has flown the coop, and he’s relying on the charity of other family members to get by.

But Mr Leong’s isn’t a hard luck story – it’s turning out to be the average Singaporean’s story. He’s just telling it for the rest of us.

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  • 12seconds – [Qik] Mobile video by Benjamin Lee http://tiny12.tv/762S9 #
  • 12seconds – [Qik] Mobile video by Benjamin Lee http://tiny12.tv/8A2C3 #
  • I uploaded a YouTube video — Qik – Mobile video by Benjamin Lee http://bit.ly/Gmjie #
  • FB RT: Trying to upload my reel to facebook! Here's the link first…http://bit.ly/HcEmb #
  • Thems Ikea chicken wings and meatballs are yums. http://myloc.me/TWrt #
  • Hossan Leong the court jester: http://bit.ly/xd4JR #
  • Apple challenges Australian chain's logo trademark http://viigo.im/15SH #
  • Australia No. 2 for quality of life http://viigo.im/15SW #
  • Flip Ultra HD or Mino HD? #
  • 12seconds – [Qik] Mobile video by Benjamin Lee http://tiny12.tv/AWJ6B #
  • Kai's first 'solid' meal! http://pic.gd/385677 #
  • I uploaded a YouTube video — Qik – Mobile video by Benjamin Lee http://bit.ly/3dyprg #
  • What's good for late lunch at bukit timah plaza? Nonya deli closed, and no going for taiwanese delicacies. #
  • Thanks for all suggestions. Too hungry and baby I tow. Settling for Pizza Hut. #
  • And Kai weighs in at 9.25kg #
  • No more shots for Kai for another 6 months! But he may be allergic to dairy products. #
  • Lunch at the drive thru. http://pic.gd/163ece #
  • RT @AdrC82: My sympathies go out to the English teacher of Ris Low back in her school days once the media manages to track him/her down… #
  • …"tea, coffee, whole nuts, raw egg and raw shellfish should not be added in the weaning diet." – Nestle nutrition card. #
  • RT @TechCrunch If Teens Don’t Use Twitter, Then Why Do I Have To Read About Miley Cyrus? http://bit.ly/Ker7I #
  • something must've happened to the staff at The Handburger. Not one has smiled yet. Ok one has smiled to himself, so that's counted. #
  • Make it fun and people will follow: http://bit.ly/18CLo8 #
  • Analysis: 'Blackface Jacksons' embarrassing to Australia – http://bit.ly/7JEoD #cnn #
  • Which shop in Funan sells Flip camcorders? #
  • To Stereolounge for cast party #hossanleongshow #

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  • RT @gssq: Singapore: the only country in the world which treats foreigners better than its people; http://is.gd/3JAwz #
  • In theatre rehearsing #hossanleongshow http://pic.gd/93d1c9 #
  • "Low also admitted that she started stealing Pokeman cards when she was young". http://bit.ly/1KG77l #
  • RT @mrbrown: RT @badbanana: The dialogue in 'CSI: Miami' seems to be written without any concern for search engine optimization. #
  • Basket, call my friend a horse? RT @kazitoshi: women love funny guys. here's an explanation, from the horse's mouth. http://ow.ly/rx06 #
  • In theatre now. Don't have a dongle, so lucky got blackberry internet. The set's been renovated so we're gonna start a run soon. #
  • Starting cue to cue. Another long night at work. http://pic.gd/ee4f9b #
  • RT @abigvictory: Tampons: Ribbed For Her Pleasure. Someone get on that. #
  • RT @digg_2000: "25 Awesome Dirty Car Window Drawings [Pics]" – http://digg.com/d215onl?t1 #
  • They should have a travelator spanning the breadth of T3 http://pic.gd/a3175c #
  • RT @skinnylatte: Yu-Mei spent the last 2 years writing her "Singapore: A Biography" book. Fascinating. http://www.singaporebiography.com #
  • Someone tell the Indonesians that hungry ghost month over liao. No need to burn trees for the dead. #
  • RT @eugenekhoo: RT @mrbrown: RT @metacole http://ow.ly/rADc – ST naming Ris Low's photo filename as 'sg-stupid.jpg'. http://bit.ly/oXVfA #
  • Didn't feel tremors but apparently city hall evacuated. #
  • Crew says over P.A. that dress run will be at 8.30pm. #hossanleongshow #
  • I subscribed to videosimprovaveis's channel on YouTube http://bit.ly/ysntY #
  • Show me the funny http://bit.ly/zHb9s via @addthis #hossanleongshow #
  • Aftershocks felt on Beach Road. #
  • RT @gssq: Tremors again! So fun! I'm leaving before I get a headache #
  • Is ok, we'll read about it tonight on CNA. RT @cruzteng: Was there a quake again? Or was it my imagination? I'm on Level 6, Radio Bldg. #
  • google #fail #googlewave RT @yjsoon: i got my google wave invite… in my spam box on gmail. errrm. #
  • Hail Red China! Your Sons & Daughters Labor in our Convenience Stores & Food Courts for the Glory of your Socialist People's Republic! #
  • Off to theatre in a bit. It's Opening Night! #hossanleongshow #
  • Thank you everyone who watched on preview night! You were awesome! #
  • ST commenter: "I think the real imbecile is the botak who expect others to stay open just for him!" http://bit.ly/m4s5v #
  • The Hossan Leong Show Top 10 Lists: http://bit.ly/3RBqld #
  • OMG traffic. Please clear a path to the Drama Centre! #
  • WTF $3 ERP! #
  • Want to encourage reading, arts etc., then turn off the blardy ERP leading to National Library and Drama Centre! $3?! Fark! #
  • In theatre. Half hour call. #
  • RIO #
  • Oooh when my baby when my baby smiles at me I go to RIO… de Janeiro #
  • Oh me oh my oh Rio! Rio de Janeiro! #
  • My blackberry's address book corrupted. Can't add or delete or sync. Only 2 addresses displayed but options show 1200 contacts. #
  • The Handburger lunch before matinee show. #hossanleongshow http://pic.gd/ec47b5 #
  • 2 Americans next to us complaining non stop about SMU faculty. Don't like to work there then quit lah! Nabeh, sianz man the two of you. #
  • Ok update: one of them quit liao. Quit liao don't complain lah! #
  • RT @hossanleong: The Hossan Leong Show CD out now, distributed by Warner Music, in good CD shops! #
  • Waiting for my seat allocation. #hossanleongshow #

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  • "And that's what you lesbians are missing out on" RT @patlaw: Never seen anything that big before. #
  • Testing twitterberry! #
  • Buying stuff at a surprisingly busy Novena Square #
  • Omg I think I'm gonna get a blister on my thumb #
  • RT @ladyironchef: Oh My God! foie gras macaron http://bit.ly/KEGEG #
  • The new Tweetdeck rocks! #
  • RT: @victortan I like tat ans! RT @preetamrai: #snwf person asks if am I a broadcaster. I reply I hv a YouTube channel. #
  • Is on ubertwitter http://myloc.me/IXJK #
  • Taking Taiwanese mother-in-law to Din Tai Fung. Bracing for backlash. #
  • Mac Portable gets a 20th anniversary vivisection http://viigo.im/0XwA #
  • We survived dinner with just one comment on how one dish is not Taiwanese. She blamed the Singapore palate for pressuring the restaurant. #
  • Kai has his thumb to soothe him to bed. I have my Blackberry Bold. #
  • RT @nanyate: IE6, please die already. You're like that village hag that has overstayed her welcome. #
  • F1 drivers should be made to drive through the traffic chaos the event causes. Great lead up event. #
  • Arrrrgh traffic! Damn you Formula 1! #
  • RE: Good luck! And have fun at camp! http://disq.us/d9o3 #
  • Here we are complaining about a slight haze. RT @torvaanser: 1st pictures of the Sydney Sandstorm http://is.gd/3BqcN #
  • I think the Sydney sandstorm blew into Singapore: http://bit.ly/1vyexG #
  • Instead of having floodlights to make the F1 race look like day, why not have the race in the day to save electricity? #
  • RT @gurms: One of the tips on the "help prevent the spread of h1n1 on public transport" poster is 'avoid taking public transport'. #
  • Arrrrrgh F1 traffic! http://pic.gd/a3548 #
  • FB RT: Lindsay Lohan is in da house! #
  • Rain arrives for F1 Rocks… so how? Cancel lah? http://skitch.com/t/ssg #
  • ''Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.'' – Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll'' #
  • "This year's fashion is preezon stripes, but I can still wear the leopard prince beginee inside" #rislow http://bit.ly/YO2GN #
  • RT @msglitzy: wow! I need monee to buy preezon stripes. becuz i oni have bigini and they are all boomz. #
  • Bluff! Watching F1! RT @sgtraffic: 09:39 Vehicle breakdown on ECP towards City near Benjamin Sheares Bridge. #
  • First right answer wins a pair of tickets to THE HOSSAN LEONG SHOW: Who are Hossan's co-stars in the show? #
  • You have just won a pair of tickets to the Hossan Leong Show! RT @niqkelodean: @miyagi chua enlai, celine rosa tan and karen tan? #
  • "I support the yellow ribbon project by putting black spots on it so it become leopard prince! Vooms!" #rislow #
  • Because it's F1 weekend, I got tyrepac.com to come change mum-in-law's tyres. #
  • Orh, I thought F1 cancelled. RT @singapore_news: GP suspended over Subutex http://sn.im/s3wez #
  • F1 is such an interesting sport. RT @nadnut: waiting for someone to buang or something. #
  • RT @skinnylatte: It transpires that Josie's new boss is TSM's husband! RT @sgnews [CNA] Josie Lau leaves DBS http://snipurl.com/s4syb #
  • Via Australia too. RT @angelamay_: American cheese burger in singapore looks surprisingly like Gaines Burgers http://twitpic.com/j6lxd #
  • Where's a good mall to go to with lotsa baby shops? #
  • Thanks for suggestions. We're at Paragon now. http://pic.gd/a7d78 #
  • the 'chicken dance song' is 'the duck dance song' in french. #
  • RT @joannchance: who will bring spanner and hammer to F1 race…..the list of prohibited things lists make me laugh *LOL* #
  • If you're not interested in the race, tonight's a good night to go to that popular restaurant that's always fully booked. #

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  • Myanmar's military has transferred billions of dollars from a gas project into two banks in Singapore http://bit.ly/z29rn #
  • RT @mrbrown: Banks deny holding Myanmar cash RT @agbullet: @mrbrown DBS and OCBC have denied the allegations. http://is.gd/3fBcH #
  • Can you hear that? They are sounding my superhero signal. Now where's my costume?! Mum! Where you put my cape? #
  • RT @tinkertailor: if i wanna bomb singapore, i'd do it on SCDF day so nobody will be alarmed. #
  • RT @angelamay_: The doggie went out to howl with the bomb warning system. It was so cute I've never seen her do that before. All's safe … #
  • Not happy. Blog hacked. Files corrupted. Nabeh WordPress. #
  • All's good. Blog fixed. #
  • RT @mrbrown: http://twitpic.com/hsucl Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a "jackass" (via @Mashable ) http://bit.ly/odQxC #
  • RT @mrbrown: http://bit.ly/15O8y7 Ho Ching charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl and indecent exposure. via @siewkumhong #
  • THE HOSSAN LEONG SHOW opening titles! http://bit.ly/18vPFO #
  • Vale, Keith Floyd & Patrick Swayze #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — THE HOSSAN LEONG SHOW! http://bit.ly/eR4nm #
  • RT @stephietan: Nice one ST, I download your app and the first thing that pops up? "s'poreans are upbeat abt the recession, says AC Niel … #
  • http://twitpic.com/hx3qh – No Outside Food. #
  • Is in the midst of rehearsals for The Hossan Leong Show. #
  • DJ Shigeki is in the house! #
  • Singapore's OK because Malaysia is more cock than us: http://bit.ly/D4dHX #
  • Got Sunday off! Sunday off right? Wait I check schedule RT @HossanLeong: It's er..FRIDAY!!!! but it's a working weekend AGAIN for me… #
  • Health Alert: For those still in NS (includes reservists) if they give you Permethrin to soak your uniforms in, don't. http://bit.ly/ZBYex #
  • RT @HossanLeong: Today is last day for early bird discount for Paul Carr's Executive Voice Course (30 Sept) http://bit.ly/3MLslH #
  • #followfriday @HossanLeong cos got The Hossan Leong Show. @angelamay_ because is hottest travel show host. #
  • RT @HossanLeong: Read this fab interview of Catherine Lim with NY Times. Love her! http://bit.ly/qT4JB #
  • How about that rain! #
  • http://twitpic.com/i9rr5 – Baby Kai enjoys the cool weather at Grandma's house. #
  • RT @gssq: Citizenship classes should teach – 'Singapore is hot and humid. Please bathe everyday' #
  • fiddling with my brand new bold #

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