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Re: Sg sucked out your soul?

Postby x9200 » Sat, 16 Oct 2010 8:41 am

Wind In My Hair wrote:X, that is so cute! It even announces that it's a sewing machine so we know what it is :P I think it would just roll over and die when it meets my over-priced but omnipotent machine that seems to do everything save shop for the cloth. Ah, a powerful machine is good for a woman's soul :wink:

No way it can die. Very robust. It took me 30 min to exctarct it with brutal force from my postbox after the postman failed to notice again that the box opening is smaller than the box itself. I needed a plaster strip but the machine perfect shape. Robust and reliable. As for omnipotence I bet yours cannot sew fabric this ways you can remove all the stitches with one single pull of the thread! And all this for S$27 including delivery.

ksl wrote:That's a cute one, handy for stitching time while travelling :o All good soldiers doing NS should carry one :lol:

This electric one is a relative rarity. There is a manual, hand-held and popular model with the prices starting from S$3 or so :) Very curious what does it actually do :)Image

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Sat, 16 Oct 2010 4:27 pm

Hey I actually bought that stapler-looking thing from Bangkok long time ago. Never used it but it looked so easy: staple and wear! Okay okay, your machine wins.

The soul thread has now become the sew thread :)

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Re: Sg sucked out your soul?

Postby ksl » Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:56 pm

maneo wrote:
ksl wrote:I learnt at a very early age from the old type Singer machine with the pedal back in 62 8-)

Would that be the pedal switch that turned on the motor, or the pedal that turned the wheel because there was no motor?
My mums first machine was without motor, just the pedal, though she upgraded to the pedal and motor in 61.

She was up most of the nights, after finishing work at the chippy at midnight, she would work on her sewing jobs until 3 or 4 a.m the Chippy job starting at 11 a.m to 3pm and 4pm to 11pm knocking off at midnight god bless her. To think back in those days she came from quite a skilled background and was a wizard at decorating and wallpapering too.

I still have some of my mums cottons and stainless steel spools knocking around my home here. Strange but I feel a great deal of her spirit associated with these items.
SMS:The soul thread has now become the sew thread
Sewing is really good for the soul trust me I have seen some really depressing times for my mum, and it wasn't until she was in her 70's when i discussed how hard her life was, I was also suffering a bad depression after my divorce too.

Never heard her once complain of depression, until I was suffering from it, and she gave me some patterns to cut out to keep my occupied. Though there is a very big difference between boredom and clinical depression and it can develop so easy too if the symtoms are not picked up early. I think many expatriats could fall victim to having their souls sucked out, because they become home sick.

When I lived in Denmark I couldn't really understand why the Danish thought their landscape was beautiful :( When i came for the North west of UK close to the Lake District and small mountains. I found the landscape quite insignificant in Denmark until I read about its history, and the feeling of the land just appeared inside me after I took some interest of the surroundings. :cry: Time for the sewing club :D

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Postby raden888 » Sun, 17 Oct 2010 2:56 pm

Time to sew your soul before it gets sucked out by the Lions.

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Postby macaroonie » Mon, 18 Oct 2010 3:12 pm

raden888 that is hilarious! :)
Carteki - yes i think you may be right here that it may not be specific to Sg but more generalisable to living in a big city.

Just look around, despite material wealth, an efficient transport system, expensive cars and condos, do more people smile around here? Do people bother about the person next door or stop to find out how you are travelling in life. And do they actually understand and appreciate a deep soul searching conversation - or do they prefer talking about shopping and eating? It's quite sad right that what appears to be the priorities here do not lead to peace or happiness (though of course i am speaking in general.. there is always the exception).

If you are the exception please raise your hand!

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 18 Oct 2010 4:39 pm

macaroonie wrote:If you are the exception please raise your hand!

Well, I think I am but the problem is that I do not feel this soul sucking thing. Singapore is not my favorite socio-setting neither but I guess this is about how you manage your expectations. I do not expect to have this kind of soul-deep conversation with many people. I do not talk about shopping and eating. I see smiling ppl and I bother about them if they are nice so where it places me? :)
You sound a bit like living on a desert island far from your friends and family or this is just that you cannot accept the reality?

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Postby poodlek » Mon, 18 Oct 2010 4:49 pm

macaroonie wrote:raden888 that is hilarious! :)
Carteki - yes i think you may be right here that it may not be specific to Sg but more generalisable to living in a big city.

Just look around, despite material wealth, an efficient transport system, expensive cars and condos, do more people smile around here? Do people bother about the person next door or stop to find out how you are travelling in life. And do they actually understand and appreciate a deep soul searching conversation - or do they prefer talking about shopping and eating? It's quite sad right that what appears to be the priorities here do not lead to peace or happiness (though of course i am speaking in general.. there is always the exception).

If you are the exception please raise your hand!


*Raises hand* Are you lonely macaroonie? Wanna go for coffee and talk about deep stuff? Here's something to ruminate on in the mean time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pS_wPeDxDQ

PM me if you want!

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Postby intellectualsmuse » Mon, 18 Oct 2010 4:49 pm

macaroonie wrote:raden888 that is hilarious! :)
Carteki - yes i think you may be right here that it may not be specific to Sg but more generalisable to living in a big city.

Just look around, despite material wealth, an efficient transport system, expensive cars and condos, do more people smile around here? Do people bother about the person next door or stop to find out how you are travelling in life. And do they actually understand and appreciate a deep soul searching conversation - or do they prefer talking about shopping and eating? It's quite sad right that what appears to be the priorities here do not lead to peace or happiness (though of course i am speaking in general.. there is always the exception).

If you are the exception please raise your hand!


I have to agree with the first part about general unhappiness despite a higher "quality of life", however as far as deep soul searching conversations are concerned, I believe it has more to do with an individual's personality (which to an extent is shaped by the environment!). Personally, I don't expect to have deep conversations with the majority of people I meet. Once in a while I can find people I can "connect" with on one or multiple levels which leads to interesting conversation and perspectives and I'm okay with that.

You can't expect to change the way people are here and I believe it has to do with the level of exposure they have had to the world outside-indeed when I meet locals who have been educated abroad or lived abroad for a while, I find them to be more open minded.

All said you need to accept the way things and people are here and not let it affect your happiness or if that is difficult for you then you just move I guess!
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Postby raden888 » Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:36 pm

hey macaroonie,
I don't think this is just a big city thing or Singapore thing but happens when one get stuck in their daily routines without appreciating what they have. The trick is to always see the positive side of things that's what I do anyways..I try my best not to be surrounded by negative people but that can be difficult with work at times. After all we have so much to thank for yet we don't see it so next time you're in a crowded MRT or bus enjoy the funny side of of it. See things from a different perspective :wink:

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Postby EADG » Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:53 am

It's odd to me to hear Singapore referred to as a 'big city', I've always felt it was neither. Which is not necessarily a Bad Thing.
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Postby macaroonie » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 4:35 pm

Isn't it sad, we work hard for things that are not permanent.. we arrive and leave this world with nothing. Surely there has to be a higher purpose to our existence than materialism.. but that is what we spend most of our day doing - working.

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 5:11 pm

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Re: Sg sucked out your soul?

Postby sporewunder » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 6:36 pm

macaroonie wrote:For those who have been here for a few years, do you ever feel that being in Sg has sucked out your soul? The life that we know it here is mostly work work work, and people are so focused on money, career advancement, prestige, shopping, eating... one would be hard pressed to find cultural people with an open mind who are living their lives the way they truly want it and discovering the meaning of life. Does anyone else out there feel that life in Sg has sucked out your soul?


Life in Singapore is not just about work. There are so many things to do. If you feel sad all the time, you might want to see a professional and talk things out with him or her.

Cheer up!

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Postby poodlek » Thu, 21 Oct 2010 7:53 pm

macaroonie wrote:Isn't it sad, we work hard for things that are not permanent.. we arrive and leave this world with nothing. Surely there has to be a higher purpose to our existence than materialism.. but that is what we spend most of our day doing - working.


In everything in life there is a choice. You don't have to work for a living if you don't want to, you do have the power to choose to do what you love instead of or including what you must. It's your choice. You just need to ask yourself honestly "what do I need to do to make this happen?"

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 22 Oct 2010 8:20 am

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