A Brief Look at China’s Government – Stuff You Thought You Knew, But Didn’t

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Looking at the western democratic governments these last 30 years, more negatives than positives are apparent. The latest to add to the fold of turmoil & instability is Egypt – an ancient civilisation that once held its glory & pride. US, so claimed as the master of western democracy, in its attempt to dominate & impose its system of government on others has itself been drowning in the ocean of economic woes & other problems.

In the article below, the Shanghai Chinese author presents to us the meritocratic system of the Chinese government that ignorant critics are quick to condemn. Knowing the truth will breed better understanding of the merits & the way the system works.

Deng Xiaoping referred to it as “capitalism with Chinese characteristics.”

Here’s to the Most Vocal & Unforgivably Uninformed . . . who will begin to understand why China has emerged as a major political and economic power on the international stage, and the pace of this growth has been astonishing.

China is like having the longest root of capitalism to capitalism. Its meritocracy is certainly a good or even better alternative to US imperial democracy.

Article by 龙信明 (Lung XinMing)

http://www.bearcanada.com/china/brieflookatchinasgovernment.html

A Bit of Background 

You probably already know that China has a system of annual university entrance examinations, taken by about 10 million students each year. This set of examinations is quite stiff and perhaps even harsh, covering many subjects and occupying three days. The tests require broad understanding, deep knowledge and high intelligence, if one is to do well. Any student whose results are near the top of the list, is in the top 2% or 3% of a pool of 1.5 billion people. 

Getting a high mark qualifies a student to enter one of the top two or three universities, which will virtually guarantee a great job on graduation, a high salary and a good life. Moving down the scale of results, the prospects become increasingly meager. You may not know that China also has a system of bar examinations which every graduate lawyer must pass in order to practice law in China. For these, we can bypass “stiff” and “harsh” and go directly to “severe”. Out of about 250,000 graduate lawyers who sit for the exam, only about 20,000 will pass and obtain qualifications to actually be a practicing lawyer in China. Once again, the exams require broad understanding of all matters legal, deep knowledge of the laws, and high intelligence. So if you happen to meet a Chinese lawyer, you can be assured you are dealing with someone from top 1% or 2% of a pool of 1.5 billion people.

I mention these two items only to introduce a third – the Civil Service Examinations.

Becoming a Government Official in China

The Imperial examinations were designed many centuries ago to select the best administrative officials for the state’s bureaucracy. They lasted as long as 72 hours, and required a great depth and breadth of knowledge to pass. It was an eminently fair system in that the exam itself had no qualifications. Almost anyone, even from the least educated family in the poorest town, could sit the exam and, if that person did well enough, he or she could join the civil service and potentially rise to the top. The modern civil service examination system evolved from the imperial one, and today, millions of graduates write these each year. And for these, we can bypass “severe” and go directly to “brutal”, because out of the millions of candidates only about 10,000 will get a pass.

The Chinese Have High Standards

And that pass doesn’t get you a job; all it gets you is an interview. If you meet anyone in China’s central government, you can rest assured you are speaking to a person who is not only exceptionally well educated and knowledgeable on a broad range of national issues but is in the top 1% of a pool of 1.5 billion people. Moreover, China’s government officials are all highly-educated and trained engineers, economists, sociologists, scientists, often at a Ph.D. level. 

Contrast this with the Western system where most politicians are either lawyers or those with no useful education. We should also remember that the Chinese generally score about 10% higher on standard IQ tests than do Caucasian Westerners, and couple this with the Chinese process of weeding out all but the top 1% from consideration. When you add further the prospect of doing your weeding from a pool of 1.5 billion people, you might expect China’s Central Government to be rather better qualified than that of most other countries. And it is. 

The point of this is to bring your attention to the disparity between the quality of ‘politicians’ in Western countries and China’s government officials. The discrepancy is so vast that comparisons are largely meaningless.

Friends, Family and ‘Connections’ 

There are some who will tell you that family connections in China can produce a government job for some favored son, a claim that may be true in some places though extremely difficult at the national level. But no amount of ‘connections’ will move you into senior positions or to the top of decision-making power; those places are reserved for persons of deep experience and proven ability. “Of the Communist Party’s highest ruling body, the 25-member Politburo, only seven came from any background of wealth or power. The rest of them, including the president and the prime minister, were from ordinary backgrounds with no special advantages. They worked and competed all the way to the top. 

In the larger Central Committee, those with privileged backgrounds are even scarcer. A visit to any top university campus in China would make it obvious to anyone that the Communist Party continues to attract the best and the brightest of the country’s youth. In fact, China’s Communist Party may be one of the most meritocratic and upwardly mobile major political organizations in the world – far more meritocratic than the ruling elites of most Western countries and the vast majority of developing countries.” 

(1)Choosing the Nation’s Leaders 

Consider how it would be if a Western country could identify and assemble the 300 best, brightest, wisest, most educated and experienced people in the nation, men and women of great proportion whose depth and breadth of knowledge and ability were the envy of all. And consider this group selecting some to be their leaders – the Prime Minister, President, Cabinet members. That’s essentially how China does it. On what basis can we tell them their way is wrong? For Westerners to refer to this as a dictatorship is offensive and merely stupid. 

In contradistinction to the West, China’s system cannot produce incompetence at the top because in a population of 1.5 billion people there are just too many available candidates with stunningly impressive credentials. In China’s system, leaders and officials are evaluated and selected by their peers, not by the unqualified and uninformed ‘man in the street’. It is the only government system in the world that ensures competence at the top, because these people are evaluated on the basis of real credentials rather than public popularity or TV charisma. 

Leaders are selected on the basis of true leadership, on their ability to bring together all factions, to create harmony and consensus on their realisable vision for the country, to wisely control and direct the military. They have a firm understanding of the economy, of the nation, of society and its problems and the best way to meet them. They are not only admired and respected by their peers, but able to draw others to them in order to form that consensus and harmony that are so desirable and necessary for stability.

Education and Training of Government Officials 

There is another factor to consider, that of education and training. In the West, senior government officials – the politicians – are seldom renowned for competence or even intelligence. For the Western politicians who who exercise all the real decision power to shape a country, there is no education or training available or required. It is all a kind of ‘earn while you learn’ system. 

In China, those who will become the senior officials and civil servants have entered a lifelong career in a formidable meritocracy where promotion and responsibility can be obtained only by demonstrated ability. Once in the system, the education and training are never-ending. The system is generally well understood within China, and it meshes well with Chinese culture and tradition as well as conforming to the Chinese psyche in their Confucian overview and their desire for social order and (yes) harmony. The Western world understands this dimly, if at all, and inevitably forms incorrect and often absurd conclusions about China and its government – especially the mindless references to China being a ‘dictatorship’.

The President Goes to School 

The Central Party School in Beijing has been called the most mysterious school in China, and is like no other university or college anywhere. Here is a link to an article on this university that will give you more information: Read here. At various times, the most promising young and middle-aged officials attend this university for up to a year at a time, to expand their knowledge and understanding of all issues relating to China. 

The Headmaster of the school is often the President of China, and the lecturers are usually foreign dignitaries, high-level officials, and renowned experts on everything from economics and international finance to social policy, foreign policy, industrial policy and even military matters. The cornerstone of the school’s educational policy is that everything is on the table. There are no forbidden topics, and even reactionary, revolutionary or just plain whacky positions are discussed, analysed and debated to resolution. All manner of planning, problems, solutions, alternatives, will be discussed, examined, debated, explained, with any number of prominent experts available as reference material. 

When these sessions are completed, all students will have an MBA-level or better appreciation of the entire subject. And this is only one subject of many they will encounter. When you consider that these officials entered the government with an already high level of education, and with an already demonstrated broad level of understanding and exceptional intelligence, these additional layers of training and education cannot help but produce an impressive level of overall knowledge and ability throughout the government. Nothing like this system exists in the West, which is why senior civil servants in most Western countries often look on their leader-politicians with a mixture of disdain and contempt for their lack of knowledge and ability.

The Functioning of China’s Government 

Few Westerners have bothered to learn even the simple basics about the form of China’s government, preferring instead to parrot foolish Western supremacist nonsense about China being a dictatorship. China has a one-party government. 

If you listen to Western ideologues, you will be told this is heresy in the eyes of the Gods of Government in 6 galaxies. But it is no such thing, and contains enormous advantages. Here, there is no forced separation of officials on the basis of political ideology. China’s entire social spectrum is represented in government in the same way as in Chinese – or any other – society.

There is no partisan in-fighting. 

Unlike the West, China’s system looks for consensus rather than conflict. Government decision-making is not a sport where my team has to win. It is simply a group of people with various viewpoints working together to obtain a consensus for policy and action for the overall good of their nation. From everything I have seen, China’s one-party system is superior in many respects to what we have in the West. This is what has produced a growth rate of over 10% per year for 30 years, compared to perhaps 3% in the West. And how can it be otherwise? 

China’s government doesn’t waste its time fighting juvenile ideological battles with ‘opposition parties’, but instead everyone gets down to the business of doing the best for the nation. China’s government leaders manage by consensus, not by power, authority or bullying. It is their job to create agreement and unified willing participation in the country’s policies to meet its goals. At this level there are no children, and there is no one person with the power to start a war just because he doesn’t like someone, or who is free to alienate other nations on the basis of some blind personal ideology.

Lobbying and Influence 

In China, many people and industries are permitted to present their case, but private or short-term interests will not emerge victorious in this system. Your proposals will receive support and will succeed only if they are to the long-term benefit of the country as a whole – the greatest good for the nation and for the population. That’s how it works. In the US system, corporations control the government; in China’s, the government controls the corporations. And those firms may often not get their way even if they are government-owned. Consider the introduction of HSR (High-Speed Rail) in China. Some Chinese airlines (especially the state-owned ones), complained like hell, and with good reason, about the inauguration of HSR. Some have had to dramatically scale back their flight schedules because many people prefer the train. But the wide HSR network was seen as being in the best interests of the entire country and it went ahead. Read more here. That is also why China has the best (and cheapest) mobile phone system in the world. Read more here.

The “Loyal Opposition” 

China’s system also has an ‘opposition’, but this body has two major differences from Western governments. Also, it functions intelligently, so let’s make that three major differences. First, it does not function to ‘oppose’ but rather to consult. This body is charged with the responsibility to consider not only the government’s directions and policies but also to devise alternatives and make recommendations. And the government must by law consider and respond to all these consultations – which it does. Second, this opposition group are not the marginalised ‘losers’ as in the Western systems but a second tier of extremely competent people who were not selected to the top governing positions. And, rather than lose all this expertise, this secondary group was created to contribute to the development of their country.

The Success of Government 

Probably the greatest deciding factor permitting China’s rise is the political environment. China’s one-party government is in for the long term; it makes no short-term decisions for the sake of political expediency. China makes decisions for the good of the whole country and, having made them, implements them. 

There is no partisanship, no lobbyists, no special interest groups that skew these important decisions and rob the population of what they might have had. 

The benefits of this system can be seen in its results. China has already far surpassed the undeveloped nations that adopted Western democratic governments,and likely has a brighter future than most of them. Why is the West so eager for China to abandon a centuries-old system that clearly works well, in favor of one designed for ideological battles, conflicts and shouting wars? Many foreign observers are now, (finally) admitting openly that China’s form of government exhibits signs of superiority over Western systems, and that it is largely responsible for China’s efficiency, for its rapid development, and for its speed of response in areas like the Sichuan earthquake and the planning and deployment of its high-speed train system. 

The “Free World” could learn a lot from China’s government system. It works, beautifully. It has transformed the economy and brought hundreds of millions out of poverty. It has put men into space, built the world’s fastest trains, the longest undersea tunnels, the world’s longest bridges, the largest dams. 

It is rapidly creating the world’s largest genuine middle class. And it’s hardly begun. (1) From an article by Eric Li.

So This Is Christmas . . .

 

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The year slipped by so fast

That it’s Christmas time again

What does Christmas mean?

Is it plainly a holiday

When gifts flood the day?

Or is it much more significant

Than all the commercials chant?

Today thee’s a new Christmas song in the air telling us what Christmas is all about. The song says it all and it’s so beautifully sung by the American Christian Life United (ACLU) Choir, making “Say Merry Christmas” the greatest Christmas song of all times.

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On my part, I have written a poem in 1992 expressing & concurring exactly with this new Christmas song:

Christmas

This is the day that the Lord hath made & the season too

Let us rejoice & be in it to the full.

Christmas is a season of cheers

And there’s every reason to steer

Our hearts & love to the Lord

God‘s only beloved Son to adore.

Christmas is a season of loving & giving

In our hearts much forgiving & forgetting

Loving without reservation

And giving without compensation.

Christmas is a season of rejoicing

Rejoicing in our Lord’s coming

We sharer joy with the unjoyful

We share gifts with the needful.

Christmas is for one & all

Without exception we should call

And shout to the world at large

To heed, change & our spirit to charge.

© Paul Chong

Friday, 25 December 1992

5.20AM

Significantly, this is one celebration celebrated the world over by every colour, race or creed, young & old, rich or poor!

Wishing all my readers

a Very Warm & Bright Christmas

& a Happy New Year 2013

American Policy . . . No Way to Sway!

 

 

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U. S. soldier carries a M67 recoilless rifle past a burning Viet Cong base camp in Mỹ Tho, South Vietnam, 1968 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

(Paul’s own reflections & thoughts)

 

 

American intervention, occupation & domination

 

 

all lead towards abomination!

 

 

American have initiated & perpetrated

 

 

many a major war like Korean, Vietnam,

 

 

Iraq & Afghanistan . . .

 

 

or how many more can there be counted as victorious?

 

 

Domination is not the way to go

 

 

But cooperation will go a long way.

 

 

War achieves nothing

 

 

Only death & sorrow . . . if anything!

 

 

Weapon makers & vested interest parties love wars,

 

 

the more the merrier!

 

 

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Montrealers throwing shoes at a poster of George W. Bush during a protest against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

As you mature you turn passion towards compassion.

 

 

Let there be need satisfaction

 

 

Rather than GREED manifestation.

 

 

Most evil happenings are attributed to GREED.

IN GREED We Trustwhich manifests itself under the guise of democracy & good deeds. 

Wall Street is the deification of GREED.

 

 

GREED is the mother of capitalism & globalisation.

Everything may well be camouflaged for legal acceptation.

 

 

Be Creative & Innovative to be Productive

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English: Roadside billboard of Deng Xiaoping in Lijiang (Yunnan) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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People are generally negative & restrictive

They fall into the “existence trap”

Existing with the world flashing by

Without as though a worry & care.

Dead as a door nail

Rotting away with the gale

The weather & wind perform their parts

Till time sets all apart!

Without initiative & drive, the world will drift you by. You’ve got to be alert to catch up with the time which is fast speeding by. Miss the train you’ll be in pain . . . finding yourself lagging behind. The proverbial truth that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step bears out clearly to you. So take the initiative & move on.

Besides changes are refreshing. It’s exhilarating & exciting. When you live your life out with emotion, excitement & enthusiasm, you’d find life worth the living . . . under any circumstances. This is YOU ruling the circumstances rather than the reverse . . . you’ve got to put yourself in the driver’s seat. Chart the course & navigate the way.

If you aim high & miss the sky, at least you’re landing midway high! It’s obvious that you’ve got to do something to achieve something, doing nothing means getting nothing at all.

In the old days, people were more “sedentary”, staying put in one place. Unlike the present era, people are constantly on the move. They are internationally mobile with their first class credentials & academic qualifications, seeking jobs & opportunities globally. Salesmen too are not confined to restrictive territories & boundaries. They are flying here & there & everywhere! Life as a whole is different.

When you’re old & retired, life takes on a different plane of excitement. Who says retirement is for the rest of your natural life? If you stayed retired & do nothing, you’re gonna meet St Perter in the Pearly Gate sooner than expected.

Creativeness & innovativeness do not stop chronologically. Your brain cells must be nourished & kept afresh all the time. Stimulation keeps you young mentally. Sir Winston Churchill & Deng Xiaoping were both old but not feeble . . . achieving greatness only in the later years of their lives. A living testimony is in the person of Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore or Prof. Wang Gangwu (privileged to have him as my former university lecturer) in the academic field.

Change should not be for the sake of change. Change must always be for the better. Often it involves some calculated risks. But remember nothing venture nothing gain.

Change needs to come from “within” not from “without”. Politicians always promise heaven & earth which they are never able to fulfil. President Obama is typically the best example.

Be not afraid of changes. Take them in their strides. Be courageous even when angels fear to tread. Take the calculated risks . . . to dream & build, to conceive & believe, to strike & to be bold, to stand tall & be counted . . . and in the end to stand proudly & declare unto the world saying: “THIS I HAVE DONE”!

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PM meets Lee Kuan Yew (Photo credit: Downing Street)

 

Crying Out Loud (C O L)

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Frog in the Well

WITH the advent of email & internet

Acronyms & abbreviations are common sight

Be it LOL or SMS

Economy of words step right out

Actual vocabulary seemingly lost

In the world of speed & short-cut

To be heard don’t just sob

You’ve got to “cry out loud” & shout!

The full impact of a joke breeds LOL

When distressed, oppressed & hurt . . . COL!

I recall the story of “The Frog in the Well” – its call is all confined to the walls of the well. It’s only in the still of night or early morning that its calls hit our ears but only faintly. The frog knows not the world outside nor the outside really knows of its existence. What can of the world is that it lives in?

The world is a troubled place as it is. Wars, riot & civil commotion raging everywhere. You simply don’t have time to stand & stare!For “Crying Out Loud” is the way to go to merit survival of the fittest.

People the world over are like frogs in the well. Be they living or existing in US, Greece, Portugal or MALAYSIA . . . all are bogged down in the quagmire of political-economic-social mess!

It’s democracy gone crazy. The rich & powerful dominate reaping the country & the world at large to satisfy their GREED. In Malaysia, the American media flagship CNN is replaced by CCN (Corruption, Croynism & Nepotism). This is where the ruling BN/UMNOputras bloom while the majority of the nationals including their own “sons of the soil” swoon!

Let’s refresh with a little poem of mine on “The Frog in the Well” . . .

DON’T be a frog in the well

It never know it’s living in hell

When it’s able to get out of the well

Then it knows it’s never so swell.

People who live an isolated life

Are confined & restricted in their sight

Such people are difficult & set in their ways

Nothing new & progressive can make them sway.

The story also typifies people with closed mind

They are like ancient miners in thee old coal mine

Danger lurked with every stroke

Like bungee jumping without the rope.

There’s a big world out there

You’ve got to know & care

Love is what makes the world go round

Living together peacefully in & around.

Paul Chong ©

Sunday, 1 July 1990                                                                               

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The Plight Of Mankind

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The plight of mankind

 

The sight of human suffering & atrocities

 

Are all too much to bear!

Faces of human plight

 

A new human wave is catching on . . . to arrest this plight of mankind both near & far.

 

Born out of the essence of care & concern

 

Of people who do care

 

Over great human suffering

 

resulting from wars & conflict . . . deprivation & oppression . . .

 

loss of human pride & dignity . . . driven out of homes & homeland . . .

 

fighting hunger & survival . . . keeping body & soul together . . .

human rights & liberties . . .

 

the list just goes on & on. 

 

Alone you are weak & feeble

 

Together we are strong & powerful

 

To fight & lobby for your human rights

 

Not to cower before any master

 

Nor bend by any threat.

 

We stand by your human pride & dignity

 

And help to restore all rights & justices.

 

To win it . . . You’ve got to be in it.

 

Asian Australian Initiative . . . AAI . . . it’s all for YOU!

Youtube Video: Angelina Jolie: World on Fire (Save Darfur)

 

Contact:

 

Paul Chong

ASIAN AUSTRALIAN INITIATIVE INC. (AAI)

 

Mobile: 0411 589 888

 

Email: paul.chong33@gmail.com

Kids Playing without worry & care!

 

 

Malaysia’s Shadowy Melting Pot

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                                                            Pernas Twin Towers

In a flashback to the days when we were in school & college & even at the university, we can remember fondly how we used to refer Malaysia

as the “Golden Chersonese”. Life was beautiful then, peaceful & harmonious in kind & nature. We didn’t have any “humbug” political slogans to instil that in us.

Then May 13 in 1969 civil racial riots & commotion struck upon us with great fury out of the brewing political storm of defeat, changing the political, social & economical landscape forever.

Hypocrisy & greed will not breed prosperity nor will they generate any posterity in longevity!

For the last five decades, the diverse southeast Asian nation of Malaysia has given economic benefits to its ethnic Malay majority, a policy of NEP (National Economic Planning) that was initiated by the ill-fated PM Tun Razak, who died of cancer, with weighted benefits in favour of the Bumiputras (the so-called sons of the soil). In this, you might have been born in Malaysia but you are out of political & legal consideration as one of them. Yet the ruling controlling party, UMNO in the Alliance, readily accepts other foreigners & confers them the Bumiputra title so long they are of Muslim faith & pledge allegiance to UMNO (United Malay National Organisation).

In line with the US media flagship of CNN, Malaysia has its own CCN representing Corruption, Cronyism & Nepotism which dig deep into the coffers of the Treasury, laying rampant waste & mismanagement while consolidating the power of the UMNOputras.

Seemingly, the gleaming Petronas Twin Towers aim high into the sky in the Malaysian capital city Kuala Lumpur. However, its economic wealth from oil resources has not benefited the overall population – need I say benefitting only the Bumiputras.

Amid Malaysia’s population of 28 million, comprised mainly of Malays, Chinese and Indians, the official religion for all purposes & intent is Islam, although constitutionally it’s free. Religious funds are freely available for Mecca pilgrimages, and the building of exotic mosques in virtually all nooks & corners.

Economically, Malaysia’s Chinese has long been a dominant force to reckon with. After the fateful day of May 13, 1969, the ruling component party of the Alliance government in all haste & rapidity implemented its NEP, the national policy aimed at increasing the slice of the economic cake for the ethnic Malays – the Bumiputras. It was stipulated to be at least 30% for a period of 30 years – but that period of time might just as well stretch on to 300 or 3000 years. Seemingly unfulfilled as far as the greater Malay majority goes, the NEP has largely enriched people with UMNO connectivity. How the national policy is being implemented is grossly questionable.

The 30 years of stipulated time frame for raising the economic level of the ethnic Malays has come & gone, but nevertheless still exists without constitutional rights. As long as the UMNOputras are secured politically and in power, the benefits will persist rightly or wrongly. Chinese & Indian entrepreneurs freeze while foreign investors flee.

The fundamental growth of the economy has always been attributed to the Chinese entrepreneurship, and to a lesser extent the Indian minority. History texts have been manipulated & changed to prove otherwise. This is laughable like denying that the Holocaust never happened or that the Nanking massacre to be a figment of the Chinese imagination. The fact is the aim has been forcefully there, but the target has been missed.

They say that all that glitter is not gold. Beneath the seeming reduction of dire poverty, the economy is no doubt stuck in the “Midway” syndrome with the financial coffers drained and bankruptcy looming in the not too distant future. Malaysia with its rich resources has been lagging behind the rest of its southeast neighbours, and glaringly behind the city state of Singapore.

Blatantly, the incumbent government is to be blamed – it has to go. Enough is enough! Racial quotas in education, home ownership, business & trade participation and a whole long list of negatives must go to allow the economy to flow & grow. Greater participation by all will benefit the country overall.

What Malaysia needs is a “mental revolution” to avoid treading upon the riotous road of “Arab Spring” or whatever. It’s been jokingly said that Malaysia hasn’t got a Prime Minister. It’s got a “Crime” Minister.

Let truth prevail

Adversities will fail.

Very-inspiring-blogger-award

 

F10 Quickcut (Taiwanese Franchised Hairdressing Salon)

My brother Tony found this innovative hairdressing salon quite by chance about two months ago. He introduced me there today for a special haircut.

I am indeed most satisfied & still can’t imagine the low price I paid for such an excellent service and will subsequently call back again & again.

This shop is at:

Maddington Centro Shopping Centre

43 Attfield Street
Maddington WA 6109

Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm

It’s called F10 Quickcut

Set in the corner right across from K-Mart.

There are others: one in Perth, Noranda and one recently opened in Victoria Park at The Park Centre. This particular one at Maddington is the pioneering one to begin in Western Australia just over a year ago. Its success has encouraged the franchisor to operate more & more salons for people’s convenience.

They are a team of hairstyling experts committed to provide no-frills professional haircut at an attractive low price of $10 . . .

irrespective of male or female, young or adult.

I found a great number of boys & girls having their cuts.

Slot Payment Machine where you get your ticket

No appointment is required. Feed your $10 bill into the machine slot to get your numbered ticket and wait for your turn. There’s a number clock on the wall indicating the current number that is being served.

 

The name “Quickcut” is kind of ambiguous, for the service is certainly not a quickie job. You’ll get the satisfaction of getting all due care & professional attention according to your needs. For example, I often get rejected when I ask my barber to trim my eye brow. But “Fade” the sweet pretty hairdresser from Taiwan gladly obliged me.

 

These professional hairdressers are all recruited from Taiwan speaking mainly Mandarin & Taiwanese Hokkien. Sponsored by the franchisor, they are here on a two-year working visa; 5 or 6 of them in this salon all living together in one house. They are young & pretty in their early 20s.

As reported re the origin of the business:

We started off with a humble little shop in Taiwan (Tainan province) in September 2006 and within 4 years, we have a whopping number of 100 shops all around Taiwan and became the biggest brand in Taiwan. In December 2009, we started our first shop in Australia (Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown in Brisbane) and planning to set foot on more shops all around Australia.

F10 Quickcut is a new concept of hairdressing, focusing on haircut alone and doing it well. Providing professional, hygienic, entertaining and economical style cut for everyone without the need of making any appointment.”

“Style Cut for $10”

NOW! HOW IS THAT FOR COMPETITION WITH OUR LOCAL HAIRDRESSERS IN TERMS OF PRICE & VALUE!

Beautiful Life on the Drive

 

. . . making each day radiant & bright

It’s said that life is a journey not an destination. It follows then

to make its journey a new & exciting one each day . . . filled with enthusiasm, exhilaration & emotion of meaningfulness.

In the past, men had chosen to live in caves or tree tops to ensure physical safety. With the progression of time, men have come to live in the manner we are now in. Basically for most of us, we live a sedentary life . . . same home, same place & same town. Nothing exciting, nothing changing.

We become accustomed to life as we live it.

It’s a changing world we live in. With globalisation, changes are inevitable & growing faster than we can keep pace with. Change is refreshing & exciting. Fixation drags you down to the abyss of boredom.

Creative living is what I am advocating and you don’t have to be rich & famous in order to achieve that. Creative living takes on a convention of deviating from the norm & having a positive outlook. Life is not like a “frog in the well” that knows not that life can be swell!

In my blog archives, you’ll find articles on people living in weird structures, converting old aircrafts to unimaginative home living, living in boat houses or building on tree tops. The possibilities are plenty & certainly very affordable & adventuresome.

How about waking up each morning in a new environment with new aspects of life, adventure & new enriching experiences? Here is somebody who’s taken to the wheel, converting an old garbage truck to a great living quarter. I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

From the womb to the tomb, we are constantly on the roam, 

and ultimately leaving behind all our worldly possessions.

Here, at least, Won Park, a master of origami, owner of this unique living structure, is carting all his personal possessions with him wherever he goes.

The Voice

The Voice of Frank Sinatra
The Voice of Frank Sinatra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The VoiceTV Singing Competition

The demised legendary singing sensation, Frank Sinatra, known solely as “The Voice”, probably lend its name to the new television singing competition.

It’s a reality talent show which saw its initiation in the Netherlans & is now catching the world by storm. Its version, adopted & adapted globally, can differ from country to country, but its basic format is a blind audition, a battle phase & live performance shows.

Created & launched in 2010 by John de Mol, the owner of the production company called Talpa, its incredible success in the Netherlands has now caught on in China, where its own version of the show kicked off in July 2012.

The Voice comes with a “format bible,” which records every detail of the original TV program, such as lighting, theatrical design, stage setting and even standards for choosing the contestants.

The Voice has become a brand and television companies that want to produce it must pay a license fee to use the intellectual property.

“The success of the Voice worldwide can be explained by the positive energy that the show sends out. The coaches, the blind auditions and the fact that audience can play along add to this positivity,” said Maarten Meijs, managing director of Talpa Distribution.

It is fair to say The Voice is successful in another aspect: it earns a lot of money through advertising and televoting.

At a time when the consumers have their own ways to skip advertising, by recording programs or watching television on demand, advertisers are looking for new ways to incorporate publicity within shows. The Voice provides them with an opportunity.

An important element of the talent show is the color red. In the Netherlands, this element subtly refers to the main sponsor of the show: Vodafone, while in China, the color reminds the audience of the local main sponsor Jiaduobao drink.

Chinese audiences are drawn & attracted to the show because of the inherent nationalism theme, stressing on the concept of “living homogeneity”, quite apart from the commercial potential of product advertising & using digital media in the show.

By & large, The Voice renders people who live in obscurity the opportunity to become famous, stimulating celebrity mania.

It’s a known fact that some of the best talents, because of the lack of opportunity, lack of exposure, the natural fear of failure & rejection, become sadly missed, going to their graves with the best music interred with their bones.

So, let The Voice be heard & captivate!

If you have a gifted voice, sing to the world

Let your hidden singing gem be uncovered!

 

Source: CCTV/Xinhua

Source: Xinhua