Parkour in Singapore?

Yesterday I saw an ad by StarHub for a parkour-inspired run they were organising and it got my heart racing! Called “StarHub Urban Freestyle“, it is according to them (and as far as I know) the first ever parkour-inspired run organised here. The first thought that ran in my head was that this was too cool to miss; the second thought was that I had to get Wei Hao to join me in running it — I remember our parkour-inspired stunt back at Currie Hall that left him with a barcode-tattoo-like scar on his arm (is it still there I wonder?)

But upon visiting their website, I realised that the likelihood of it turning out to resemble a really lame children’s playground was pretty high. I mean, this is Singapore — though not a very litigious society prone to lawsuits, nobody really dares take any sort of risk especially where safety’s concerned. Anyway, if you’re into this sort of thing, do check it out. And for those who have no idea what parkour is, please take a look at the video below and prepare to be inspired! (Don’t blame me if you get hooked!)

I had a busy week… and a nerdy revelation

What a busy week this last week has been — I’ve been swamped with work! On top of my usual monthly reports, I’ve had to run several of the daily reports as well due to a change of roles for one of my colleagues. I’m starting to develop the “overworked, underpaid” syndrome.

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Okay, here’s a little confession I have to make.

After being given the task to run these reports, I did some digging in the code behind the running of them, and what I found made me so happy! I found that the code that was written was highly inefficient and I was actually excited to think about all the code optimisation I could be doing… I was pretty much that proverbial kid in a candy store, thinking to myself, where do I start? what should I start optimising? yay!

So, there you have it, I’m a nerd. Argh.

On Forgiveness and the Justice System

I’m currently reading a book called Between the Monster and the Saint by Richard Holloway. The book is essentially about the battles between good and evil that go through each one of us all the time.

In one of the chapters, Holloway writes insightfully on the western justice system — how it lacks an emphasis on getting the offender to acknowledge his wrong-doing while meting out its punishment:

Western justice has been good at limiting the momentum of force by institionalising its response to offenders who, in theory, are judged dispassionately in order to express humanity’s disapproval of those who turn against it. What we have paid less attention to is the trauma caused to the victim who needs, for her own re-integration after degradation, to hear the offender ‘perform’ his acknowledgement of the wrong done.

Earlier in the chapter, Holloway argues that the victim of any hurtful act has been degraded or “turned into a thing and therefore violated at the very core of her humanity”. He then goes on to say that “this is why there is a fundamental need in people who have been abused to have that fact acknowledged and proclaimed”.

I cannot stress how true I find all this. So many times I have felt hurt by words or actions, but when the person who had performed these hurtful words or actions sincerely acknowledges his or her mistake, whether or not punishment has been meted out I would feel appeased.