July 28, 2006

Death in the Blogosphere

Insomnia. Cryptic, vivid dreams. Mainly of things I shouldn’t be dreaming about. Got up with the intention of writing some of my racing thoughts. But since they are not publishable / interesting I decided to surf around and found out via Tym’s blog that another blogger has passed away. Not that I know him or have even read his blog before this. But reading it now, I find his blog intelligent and eloquent despite his apparent ambivalence.

I have never liked people who diss Singapore as a guise of political rebellion but do nothing about it. This applies to both Singaporeans and foreign “talents” who have nothing good to say about their host country. So I respect him for his “”taking your dollar elsewhere if you don’t like the service” decision.

I took a double dose of calm. I really have a confession of my own to make.

I recently met a bunch of my neighbour’s friends, all foreigners, young and nomadic. They tell me that the feel the urge to move every few— typically three— years. And that it typically happens one morning, after some three years in a given country, when the wake up with the feeling that they need to get a ticket out of wherever they are soon. I don’t know how much of the nitty gritty logistic details have been left out. But the gist of it was that they (and this is a bunch of them) uproot every few years, seemingly on a whim.

I guess Martha Stewart would call it repotting.

I can’t imagine what I would possibly do with three Expedite shelves full of books, magazines and stuff that own me. Although I still agree with what Ben Stiller’s character said in Mystery Men, ie “blah blah blah….”

“Singapore is about routes, not roots: an intersection point of the trajectories of a thousand journeys. Singapore is the sum of a hundred diaspora: at night, it seems everyone is dreaming about somewhere else.”

- from Peter Schoppert’s essay Displacing Singapore

So back to death in the blogosphere. I guess it’s a terribly watered down version of death in real life. But in both cases, “She will never return and still she will never leave.”

Posted by Karen at July 28, 2006 04:50 AM in miscellaneous

i’ve started reading his posts. The writing has a honesty that’s disarming. I particularly like this one, his 1st impressions of Perth.

Will keep reading.

Posted by: jimmy at July 29, 2006 01:17 AM
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