Friday, April 20, 2012

pet peeves

Just a bit of raving and ranting from me at this time of the morning.... here are some of my pet peeves:-

(1) New converts who over-do the call to evangelise - Please do not quote Bible verses and preach to others as though your denomination is the one and only correct denomination. Just because someone has decided to move onto another church does not mean that such a person is the prodigal son and this does not give you the right to go all out to throw Bible verses at that person so freely (yes, I know it is easy to download the versus from the internet but please show some consideration towards others). Even in our Constitution, we are given the freedom of religion. So, please do the rest of us a favour and respect the fact that we may have chosen to move on.

(2) Strangers who take it upon themselves to discipline our children in public - It is not their place to do so. In fact, relatives also do not have such a right unless it is granted by the parents of the child.

(3) Others who undermind our authority with our children - Again, it is not their place to do so. Also, it can cause the child to see their parent's word as not final. Such harm to the parent-child relationship is unnecessary and uncalled for.

(4) People who give little respect to those in the service industry - For many of us in the service industry, we encounter clients/customers who do not value the work that we do for them. We do not ask for nor expect a big pat on the back or a lunch treat but at the very least, please do not squeeze our costs/billing to such a ridiculously low amount that you insult the work we do.

I am sure that many of you would have more to add to this list. I would love to receive feedback from you on what are your pet peeves.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The swing door

The left panel of the swing door that you see in the above picture had been faulty for some time. When you open the door, it swings back so hard and fast that it can slam against and hit a person. What is more frightening is that this swing door is located next to a childcare centre.

Despite several feedback from parents to the childcare centre and (as I understand it) feedback from the childcare centre to the building's management, nothing was done. I am not a building expert but in my layman thinking, would not a simple change of the door closer solve the problem?

This morning, we took the photograph above, intending to file a complaint with the government building authority if the situation was not improved. After we took the photograph, we realised that the supervisor of the childcare centre had noticed us.

That evening, we were informed (and yes, we tested the door) that the building's management had fixed the door. It seems that the administrator of the childcare centre had that day informed the building's management that a parent of the childcare centre had that morning taken a photograph of the swing door (quare: was she referring to our taking of the photograph?) and would be filing a complaint to the higher authorities.

I am thankful that the problem has been fixed but I am disappointed that the response time by the building's management was so slow and so late because several feedback had for some time already been given to the childcare centre about the faulty door and I understand that the childcare centre had been trying for some time to get the building's management to fix the door.

To those in charge of management of buildings - it is irrelevant whether it is a childcare centre, a beauty salon or even a cinema located next to a faulty swing door. When the door is faulty and swings back very fast and hard, it can cause injury to an adult and even more so to a precious little one. Please spare a thought for public safety.
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