The Enigma With Golf

THE ENIGMA WITH GOLF

Golf is said to be better than sex – more “sexiting”!  Why then so

segregated as compared with other sports? Why its popularity?

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Two novice women golfers are out on the course one day. The first tees up her ball, swing, and watches as it takes off on a 90-degree angle. It flies about 20 yards, hits a rock, bounces off a cart path, hits a tree, careens off the tree and finally comes to rest in the middle of the fairway.

“Hey!” exclaims her friend, giving her a miffed look. “Why didn’t you tell me you’ve been practicing?”

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Is this the scenario to explain why fewer women play golf than men? But then why do so many men play such a frustrating game? Could this be a cultural phenomenon – a past legacy of the alpha males playing at exclusive clubs? Tennis, a traditional country-club sport, however, is now being played by nearly as many women as men. With the availability of the abundant public courses in Australia, a trend should come round to see the number of woman players on the increase.

I guess such drama, no exception with men, makes up for golf as a less action-packed sport. Yet in a typical PGA Championship, the spectators that watch the game amounts to millions including those millions that watch it on television. Golf features no body contact, unlike Aussie football, and no car crashes nor cheerleaders . . . yet men are hooked with golf, making it the most segregated sport by sex than any other.

Frustration or incompetence never seems to deter guys from becoming obsessed with it. Golf is truly a “magnificent obsession”. It is claimed that golf is better than sex. A below par performance is considered good in golf as maintained by David Letterman in his Late Night Show’s Top Ten List. Best of all, if your equipment gets old and rusty, you can replace it.

According to the List, as an encouragement to seniors, you can still make money. Three times a day is even possible and your partner doesn’t hire a lawyer if you do it with someone else. If you live in Perth, as in Florida, you can do it every day – with the exceptional wet days.

I guess nothing sells like sex. With such truism, hefty prize money awards for both men and women, great television promotions drawing an increasing large captive audience, such affordability with the opening of abundant public golf course, and the fact that once hooked you’ll be hooked for life, I dare say no other game can be as popular as golf.

Enjoy it!

Paul Chong

An Avid Golfer

The ‘Binlan’ Girls of Taiwan

The ‘Binlan’ Girls of Taiwan

(Betel Nut Beauties)

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Like a page taken from the Red Light Districts of Hamburg, Amsterdam or Rotterdam, a recent cultural phenomenon is making its presence felt along the streets of Taiwan. From the neon-lit cubicles scantily-clad beauties solicit their trade. You would immediately be mistaken they are prostitutes or sex workers plying sex. Surprisingly, they are only selling betel nuts.

It’s often said that it’s not it’s not what you sell that counts but how you sell. The whole crux of the matter lies in the strategy of marketing. Basically, everyone of us is a salesperson, whether it’s an idea or a thing, an emotion such as love or an appeal. Everything is translated in your ability to putting it across effectively to be accepted by the public at large.

In Taiwan, betel nut also known as areca nut, is the second largest agricultural product, consumed as in most Asian countries as a stimulant. When laced with lime and chewed with betel leaf it is a popular drug stimulant. Long distance truck drivers, looking for a quick pick-me-up and other motorists were the target market and selling booths conveniently lined all feeder roads leading to major highways.

That scenario has given way to a glamorous strategy of marketing. Now selling booths or cubicles (once only served by old women) are manned by young pretty and sexy “Binlan” girls clad scantily only in bikinis, even in the cold winter environment. Old women who used to ply the trade are no longer on the scene. “Binlan” is a Mandarin word for betel. Glass booths make their presence everywhere, recognizable at night by strips of green florescence light. Evidently, sex sells. Motorists are attracted to buy not only betel nuts, but also cigarettes and soft drinks as plied by such “Binlan” girls in provocative outfits.

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Their popularity has given rise to much controversy and public outcry has from time to time forced upon political pressure over its control and management. It’s believed that many a “Binlang” girl is a runaway kid of poverty or sex-abused background or may even be drug addicted and the operation controlled by Chinese mafia. There are an estimated 60,000 kiosks employing thousands of girls who are reputed to earn more than $1,000 per month.

Whatever the position, as in sex prostitution, for which Taiwan is nonetheless as well-known as Thailand, “Binlan” girls will continue to play their serving role. To them this is just a normal job & in no way feel themselves to be exploited.

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In retrospect, on my first visit to Taipei in 1972, I was awed by the visual publicity of large signboards displaying VD Clinics or Hospitals. The signboards may visibly have disappeared, but the urban seedy side of life is as vibrant as ever.

Now how about this, figurines of “Binlan” girls as replacements to do the trade? Unbelievable that man has all the ingenuity to come out with such a contraption! But will customers be satisfied? Nothing like the real thing?

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Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consenty

Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 4.35 am

Women – Men’s Equal?

Women – Men’s Equal?

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83-jpgTo correctly begin this discussion, it would be proper to rely on some fundamental facts that are given in the Good Book. Opinions can differ from individual to individual, whether male or female. In the final analysis, you’ll be both the judge and jury of the whole issue. It must also be stressed right from the onset that I am not a sexist and I am open to all differing views.

God first created Adam, and seeing how lonely he was without a soul mate, caused him “to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed it with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken from out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2: 21 –22).

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Adam called her “woman” meaning “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” (Genesis 2:23). Woman was thus designed to be a helpmate, a companion and a comforter unto Adam. As implied, Adam would be the provider, the leader and head of the family unit. “Adam named his woman Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” (Genesis 3:20).

The role of the woman has been clearly set since the dawn of time. There’s no gainsaying when it comes to this basic truth. In this DNA age however, with women’s liberation, changing economic circumstances, education, the value tag has been switched and all norms of practice have come into play. But things can go too extreme when genders are done away and eradicated. In the movies, there are no more “actresses”, only “actors”. You are labeled a sexist if you refer to any terminology with reference to gender. In time we won’t be able to distinguish one from the other.

It is not saying that women are not capable of attaining great feats. In the academic field, we have some great scholars. In politics, we have some very capable senators and ministers. Ladies have shone in the sporting field and woman writers are just as prominent. In truth, given the opportunities, women can aspire like the men.

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Nonetheless, there will always be demarcation between sexes. For one, no woman can be Arnold Schwarzenegger, though women have ventured into the field of bodybuilding. But what a shame to do away with their gentle, soft tender flesh with hardness and bulk. The alluring and “come hither” look will be lost forever.

A rose by any name would still smell the same
Going against nature is not the game!

Paul Chong