A GOOD year starts off with a long weekend, or as blogger Re-minisce (re-minisce.blogspot.com) puts it, a “wild and wanton new year loonnng weekend”.
The weekend of wild celebrations aside, this is a good time to read what others are resolving to do this new year. Especially if you can’t think of any resolutions for yourself.
If you’d rather not read the same spiel about “being a better person” or “controlling my temper”, go to blogger Ngader’s Livejournal site (www.livejournal.com/users/ngader/), where she’s written a post called 101 goals for 2006.
Some goals of hers sound simple, such as No 82: “Try every single stall at the Maxwell Hawker Centre”, while others sound complicated enough (to me at least) to drive you bonkers, such as No 61: “Build a streamlined, all-weather, all-love wardrobe filled only with great versatile pieces”.
A far cry from her 2005 resolutions which were: “Take care of my eyes and take care of financial health”.
There’s the rub: A blog is essentially a journal and you can check back to last year’s resolution to see whether you met your goals or not. And as you’re sharing this information, you might feel the pressure of your readers’ expectations as well as your own.
Then again, baring your soul may be your thing, like blogger LittleMissDrinkalot (littlemissdrinkalot.blogspot.com) who reflects on last year’s loves lost and says that she doesn’t “want to start the new year as a crazy psychotic bitch. Maybe he likes me, maybe he doesn’t. I’ll find out, eventually”.
But let’s get back to the wild celebrations of the past two long weekends â€” and some controversy, too.
The one brewing right now among bloggers who attended street parties over Christmas and New Year’s, is over the scourge of aerosol foam sprays allegedly used by some party-goers to distract and immobilise (mostly female) revellers in order to molest them.
Even the doyenne of Singapore blogs, Xiaxue (xiaxue.blogspot.com) has weighed in on the matter, being a “victim” herself of the New Year’s party perverts.
“Being blinded by foam, and then molested while you are struggling with the foam on your face â€” how’s that for a happy new year? What is chewing gum? Chewing gum is nothing compared the harm caused by these foam sprays,” she asserted.
An online petition has even been set up (new.petitiononline.com/aerosol/petition.html) to collect endorsements calling for the ban of aerosol foam sprays at these parties. There are currently over 1,500 signatures on the petition addressed to “The Government of Singapore”.
Probably more controversial is the fact that these bloggers allege that most of the perpetrators were “foreign workers”, with blogger inex (www.livejournal.com/users/inex/) asking for future street parties and events to be “a Singaporeans-only event. Only those with pink IC and their foreign friends (a controlled number of course) should be allowed to participate”.
Oh well. New Year, new controversies â€” and all fodder for bloggers.
Mr Miyagi aka Benjamin Lee has been entertaining readers at miyagi.sg for over a year, and has resolved to keep his resolutions short.