|The view from the dental surgery|
There were three tower blocks and the place was airy and clean. There was a lot of greenery, a WATERFALL, a really nice cafe and there was small group of volunteers selling produce they have grown in their urban garden on the seventh floor. Really, i thought, ok, i don't think the Big Pharma thing rocks my boat, and many of these treatments i do not agree with, but it was completely astonishing this place.
|I don't know how old the place is, but the plants there seem|
|On the sixth floor... a man cleans the windows|
|This was the best part|
|The people who do this are senior citizens|
|The bridge that joins one tower to another|
|There are over 100 fishes which are supposed to found in the ponds and streams|
|AND the photo credits include a Nick Baker?!?!|
|My mom waiting to go into the lift lobby|
|Later during the day she was sick too!|
OK, but the best part... the best part is that the government is trying to get into people's good books cos of the impending elections... so here it goes:
My dad was referred for a root canal by the polyclinic - which is the government's clinic. Because he was referred, the cost of the entire procedure, which was $1,200, was discounted by 50%. Given that he is from the pioneer generation - the first generation of Singaporean nation builders, there was a further 40% and the payment was done in two installments, so in the end he only paid $120 for the surgery that day. So, he got a root canal operation of $120. This is of course not as good as someone who gets it free on the NHS - but i suppose there is a trade off between a waiting time of like forever and facilities which look like that stepped out of the future.
So the impending elections. My take on this is... the opposition should not bother. Just let them get on with it, and at some stage in the not too near future there will be a split in the PAP. It is only a matter of time. In the meantime, i think that alternative communities should try and create a space which enable a more resilient structure to emerge, based on grassroots activity. Like the seniors who are growing veg on the roof spaces. Like so many friends i know who are still fighting the good fight. I think politics is a beaten docket because the media is so ignorant and uncritical (my mother has just said that the newspaper is all rubbish...it has nothing to do with us.) And by and large people are just sucked in by the illusion. It is just not possible that the PAP will hold together. It would be really surprised if within a decade it hasn't split.
In the meantime, effort and energy would be better invested in doing real things. Like building the Khoo Teck Puat hospital and providing kick ass health care to the people at a very small cost.