Saturday, February 12, 2011

pap's CNY angpows, sharkfin, silver coin....

there was a very big event at the INDIAN GLOBAL SCHOOL in mei chin rd today. baey yam keng was giving all the senior citizens in queenstown a cny treat.

anyone above 50 was invited. unlike SDP, it was free.

initially thought it was just a simple yusheng tossing affair, but no! it was a 10 course meals! it began with the yusheng or raw fish tossing - traditional of cny celebration. instead of raw fish, strips of abalone was substituted. no kidding! abalone.

the next dish was sharksfin, again with abalone strips, craps - i mean shredded crabs and etc. then followed by louhan chai or a vegetarian dish. surprise again! it wasn't any cheapskate simple vegetarian dish but one that contained fa cai or the hair-liked black moss which was quite expensive. it wasn't done yet. emperor chicken in herbal soup was next. then seabass in spicy assam gravy. then abalone and spinach. yep! u heard it right!! ABALONE again!

it wasn't really top quality abalone but a very much cheaper version which u could buy fr the market at about $8 for one big piece. looked like abalone. tasted like abalone, closely related to abalone (?)...but definitely NOT the authentic abalone.

didn't stay until the end cos the heat was really killing me! left the place with a door gift good bag which had 1 commenmorative RABBIT silver coin, 2 mandarins and a notice to register for free health screening. needed to be excused cos baey yam keng was going to every table to distribute ang pows and it wasn't a misery angpow. it contained $10.

was ushered to a counter to register for FREE PASSION CARD.

and there u have it. 10 course meal, silver coin, angpow, free PASSION CARD and lots of stage amatuerist entertainment to celebrate CNY.

what was my impression for the entire affair?

hmm.....VOTE BUYING. GE is nearing and lau lee, the mother hen might not be around to back his little chicks.

while munching the food and slurping the yummy sharksfin, i couldn't help thinking about opp parties. how could they outdo the pap? it was a massive event and there seemed to be no lacking in manpower. there were the volunteer entertainers who were mostly PRC-converted sgporeans. they danced, they mcee, sang and even did acrobatic stunts.

though not really stage quality standard but it was still passable. later a bunch of aunties went up to croak their TIAN MI MI. my god!! i nearly choked on my sharksfin! at least mp was usually gracious enough to bear and grimace grotesquely along with those old croakers.

there were many ??? question marks that curiously intrigued me. who were paying for all those? the humongous tent which housed so many senior residents was amazingly spartacus! then there were the food, the door gifts and what about $10 for an estimated 3000 guests. (that was what i overheard from some uncle.) ok. 2999. i skipped the angpow cos i won't be voting for pap.

seriously, how are the opp parties going to counteract such generous public relation activites which the paps are going out all strength to push for votes?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wau lau..no papaya dance?
Don't worry...they will recover every single cents spent & MORE after GE...confirmed & chopped :(

Anonymous said...

The "abalone" should be actually Top Shell. $7 for one big can. Looks the same but actually tastier. Are you sure its sharks fin ? Cuz Shark's fin soup without sharks fin taste exactly the same. It's just starch, egg, fake crab meat. You think PAP so generous meh ?

Anonymous said...

Opp party can organize a "Tea-Tareh" Party.
Hire those Indians tea makers who were pissed by the Thaipusam ban.
Singaporeans these days can see through bells and whistles. Just have quality campaign platforms and chiong all out this year! Is make or break..let's make it freak!

Anonymous said...

Haven't you heard? After the elections, GST will be hiked to 10%!

Wiser said...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/41225274?slide=1

Anonymous said...

Hi, will not be surprised that those invited are very touched and will reciprocate well in the next election.

leetahsar said...

this is what's wrong with all the opps particularly SDP. when times are bad, it's gloom n doom. sdp would aggravate and exaggerate it blaming everything on the gov when almost every countries faces the same or even worst dilemma.
however, when time is good, pap celebrates and distribute goodies. again, SDP would be preaching more doom n gloom. as a voters, what would u prefer? more gloom and doom even in better time?

SDP's sickening pessimism is killing their own credibility. the rest of the opp parties shouldn't be jumping into such suicidal bandwagon to cherry pick the pap. in doing that, voters could see and especially when so many freebies are handed out, hearts (and votes) could be leegally bought over.
i didn't quite like baey yam keng initially. he gave the impression of a decorative flower vase mp voted in through the backdoor of GRC walkover. but seeing him arduously going from tables to tables distributing and shaking hands with almost every senior citizens, it would be quite touchy. so no prize for guessing who those aunties and uncles shall vote if baey would to stand alone in a single ward as a sole candidate.

ang pows said...

http://www.corporategreetings.com.sg/chinese-new-year.html

corporate said...

I have always been fan of ang pows and I gift them to my friends I really like Ang Pows it looks cool.

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