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Something Is Seriously Wrong With SingPost/SpeedPost

For a few years now, we’ve experienced phantom attempted deliveries from SingPost/Speedpost – where we get a slip either under the door or in our mailbox saying that delivery of a package was attempted but unsuccessful because ‘no one was in the premises’. Sound familiar? Been home all day and not a peep outside the door, and doorbell’s completely fine? It seems that the modus operandi of the SpeedPost/SingPost delivery person is to just leave the packages in their office/base and carry a stack of ‘attempted delivery’ slips to deliver to recipients, who have no choice but to make a trek down to the nearest StinkPost office to pick up their item. Customers who complain are simply asked to write a formal complaint, and the ‘matter would be looked into’. It never is, and after so many years, THIS IS STILL HAPPENING! Check out this thread on FB: And here’s a little exchange on Twitter I had today with @SingPost: Another @SingPost #SpeedPost Horror Story https://t.co/lVgpKfLwmy — Mr Miyagi (@miyagi) May 6, 2015 @miyagi Hi, …

Adding To Our Melting Pot

It is part of Singapore life to have foreigners in our midst, and that there are people grumbling about how there are too many of them. There are also terms first used by the Government – such as “Foreign Talent”, that have taken a derisory and derogatory tone when used by the same grumblers. You would have been hiding under a rock if you didn’t encounter someone daily who wasn’t born in Singapore. And that’s the thing I love about living here: you don’t have to travel far to get a dose of somewhere else. But what I find a bit troubling is the term “integration” and how we must “integrate” foreigners into “our society” and “our culture”. There is this idea that we need to live in harmony, without any social friction, and that is all well and good. But it would pay to remember that we are a city-state of diverse cultures and backgrounds. There is no “our culture” and “our society” as if it were homogenous. All you need to do is …