Living In Australia

 

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Paul Chong                                                                   Thursday, 14 December 2017

 

In a word, living in Australia is great . . . “a lucky country” in the downunder world, geographically speaking that is. Everything else is top of the world . . . rich in natural resources, largest continental island in the world, beautiful weather with sun, surf & sand for fun lovers, good first class education, opportunities for one & all in a truly cosmopolitan nation. Most importantly, fairness is practised in true meritocratic way.

I am a Chinese by descent . . . an Australian by consent. My family & I have been in Perth, Western Australia since 1982, that is more than quarter of my life. It is indeed a fortunate life with my three offsprings all acquiring tertiary education from a PhD holder, a specialist medical doctor to a civil engineer.

Though born & bred in Malaysia, I could never consider myself a Malaysian because of the non meritocratic system of extreme corrupt government since independence from British colonial rule. Every non Malay race is marginalised in all aspects of human endeavour & life. Needless for me to go into any detail of the ongoing unfairness & injustice upon looking back & looking in from outside. There’s no meritocracy but sheer  “democrazy”. Brain drain from the country is no surprise. What’s Malaysia’s loss is gain to countries like Singapore, Australia, US, UK & Canada.

Everyone wants & deserves a good life, but not to expect & demand on hand-outs, for that would be tantamounting to living on your knees rather than dying on your feet. You’ve got to work, not only working hard but working smart as well. Work is God’s design for our natural living.

In Australia the aged are well taken of. Medical care can be said to be par excellence. All possible help are extended to make life of the aged comfortable & safe. Under the scheme known as Home & Community Care (HACC), there are organisations offering facilities to take good care of you, especially as the song goes “When you grow too old to dream, you’d have them to remember”.

Really, old people can keep on living in their own home, best place to be, rather than to scale down moving to units or aged homes, unless it is absolutely necessary. If you are living alone, Red Cross provides visitor service whereby a visitor would come by on a regular basis to keep you company, have a chat with you, have tea or a game of card, or take you out shopping or medical appointments. Other organisations also provide such a service & other home services as well like domestic cleaning, minor home maintenance, gardening.

There’s that Triple A Care (Australian Asian Aged Care Program) with multiple home & community care services. Charges for the services are subsidised & all that is required is $8 per hour.

TADWA’s (Technology Assisting Disability WA) purpose is to improve the quality & enjoyment of life for people with disabilities, older people & those caring for them through the application of technology & the skills of volunteers & staff. For our home, they came & installed safety railings for our steep driveway, front & back garden steps. All we need pay pay is for the materials.

In the case of Chorus (its old name Volunteer Task Force) apart from providing gardening service & other domestic services, organises outings to places of interest & lunches. I am particularly impressed by their friendliness,helpfulness with extreme care & attention.`The staff & the team of volunteers are about the nicest people you will ever meet. A stranger is but a friend you have not met. You can have hundreds of friends`but none near you or ever in sight, you might just as well be by yourself.

Old habits die hard. Nothing like living the life you are so accustomed to`. . . free & easy to be living in your own home.`A man’s home is his castle, however modest or otherwise.`

In the final analysis, I wish the best for all Malaysians. I would further add by quoting what the DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said: ” If we love Malaysia, we must unite as Malaysian patriots to save Malaysia from corruption, kleptocracy, injustices, exploitation and the fate of a third-world nation”.““““`“““““““““

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Rent For Apartment


The subtlety of regret & the equally profound spontaneous response, by way of written notes over the worthiness of the sexual venture, elucidate the class, refinement & ethics of it all.

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In my years of emailing, I have seen some pretty good jokes in circulation. This particular one “Rent for Apartment” beats them all in terms of subtlety, class & refinement. Nothing offensive & since it’s been rarely seen, thought I share it with my blog readers.

A man met a beautiful girl and she agreed to spend the night with him for $500. So, they spent the night together. In the morning, before he left, he told the girl that he did not have any cash with him, but that he would have his secretary write a check and mail it to her, calling the payment “Rent for Apartment.”

On the way to the office, he regretted what he had done, realizing that the whole event was not worth the price. So, he sent a check for $250 and enclosed a note:

“Dear Madam, Enclosed you will find a check in the amount

of $250 for rent of your apartment. I am not sending the amount agreed upon because when I rented the apartment, I was under the impression that:

1. It had never been occupied

2. There was plenty of heat

3. It was small enough to be cozy & at home.

Last night, however, I found out that it had been previously occupied, that there wasn’t any heat, & that it was entirely too large.”

Upon receipt of the note, the girl immediately sent back the following reply:

“Dear Sir, First of all, I cannot understand how you expect such a beautiful apartment to remain unoccupied indefinitely. As for the heat, there is plenty of it if you know how to turn it on. Regarding the space, the apartment is indeed of regular size, but if you don’t have enough furniture to fill it, please don’t blame the landlady.”

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Travelling – Historical & Progressional

Travelling- Historical & Progressional

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Man is constantly on the move, never staying in a fixed place ever since time immemorial. Historically, people moved conquering new territories, discovering new land, changing habitat or establishing new homes. The discovery of the American continent is attributed to Christopher Columbus, whose faith and belief that the world was round wrote his name in perpetuity. Another such historical well-known figure, Marco Polo, made his way to the central world of the Chinese, possibly popularising the consumption of spaghetti and other pastas after the Chinese noodles. Knowledge spread, products exchanged, new discoveries made – much as a result of such travels.

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Confucius would say, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Indeed, we used to walk from place to place. There was no other way. It is the courage of brave men in the past that had opened up the world at large. These days it is no more just “hearsay” but more like “”near-say”, for the world we live in today is shrinking as time and space are no longer territorial barriers. You won’t continue to say “it is so near and yet so far.” Everywhere is within reach instantly, no more primitively but progressively.

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From the Kon-Tiki that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to sail ships men have progressed to great ocean vessels like the unfortunate Titanic and Queen Mary which presently is claimed to be the single largest ship in the world, men have been moving on and on. Not satisfied with just staying on land or sea, men have taken to the sky, initially with the attempts by the Wright Brothers. Having conquered the sky, the new frontier is space and extra-terrestrial travel. Where do we proceed hereafter?

You know every conceivable idea or dream begins in the mind. If it’s at all possible or believed to be, then the realisation is always there. . . for “whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Ancient men used to pray to the moon . . . we discovered and landed on the moon . . . it’s just another frontier to be reached and conquered. The quest of men goes on and on. I dare say, the next stage of development may seem inconceivable – human “tele-portation” as in Star Trek. Our presence could be instantly here and there at command . . . like wishing yourself to be in paradise and really be there not virtual reality!

Paul Chong ©

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent