Saturday, June 07, 2008

boycott purchase of petrol to reduce price...?

check out this recent email i received today...

LET'S JUST DO IT ok ! ! ! THIS IS NOT THE 'DON'T BUY' PETROL FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET PETROL BACK DOWN TO $1.00 PER Litre....hopefullyThis was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. If you are tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this winter, take time to read this PLEASE.Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the 'don't buy petrol on a certain day' campaign that was going around last April or May!It's worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!! We are going to hit $ 2.00 a litre and it might go higher!! Want petrol prices to come down?We need to take some intelligent, united action.

The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to 'hurt' ourselves by refusing to buy petrol.It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can Really work. Please read on and join with us!

By now you're probably thinking petrol priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $1.93 for regular unleaded.Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace...not sellers.

With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action.The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their petrol! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying petrol.But we CAN have an impact on petrol prices if we all a CT together to force a price war.

Here's the idea:
For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest global petroleum companies, ExxonMobil and Shell.If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Mobil and Shell petrol buyers. It's really simple to do! Now, don't wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to 20 people. If each of us s end it to at least ten more (20 x 10 = 200) .. And those 200 send it to at least ten more (200 x 10 = 2000 ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over TWO MILLION consumers.If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 20 million people will have been contacted!If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... TWO HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people.

That's all!How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all in. I suggest that we not buy from Mobil and Shell UNTIL 200 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you!Acting together we can make a difference.If this makes sense to you, please pass this message o THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO BELOW THE $1.50 RA NG E AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK. Simple - send the message along to other and do not buy petrol from Mobil and Shell.

so the email first said that it was originally sent out by a retire C-C executive... from my view, more like a salesperson from the some other petrol company... wahahah... sales tactics... and so.. wat part of social psych can we apply for this instance... and do we go for or against this idea... or just stand and watch...?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Check out this signage i found in the library...

Students found making noise or eating in the library will be asked to leave immediately.
The very first word on the signage already made me stop to read the entire sentence, twice. In the first place, what made the management have such a mindset that only students make noise and eat in the library. Why can' t they use the word users or patrons... anything... yes, some students do make noise and eat in the library, but not all students. and not only students do that, cos the last time i went to the library (just a few days back) i saw two grown-up men eating in the library. well, i guess the rule of eating in the library does not apply to them then...? hmmph...
i was obviously offended by the signage. i am a student, but i don't do any of those. and i still remember those times when i was in my teenage years, all the double standard treatments in the library. wen me and my friends were whispering (and i really mean whispers) in the library, the librarian would sometimes 'shoosh' us or reprimand us for the noise from the whispers we make and tell us that if we are going to contiue to make noise, we have to leave the library immediately. and at that point of time, few tables away from us was a mother with her noisy son. he was running around the entire reading area and talking aloud, yet we dont see the librarian saying anything about that.
maybe they should put up signage for parents telling them to take their children in hand, instead.

Monday, May 05, 2008

the questions we never seem to ask...

i noe this will be my six entry in this blog, just feel free to comment. since this blog was already up, with social stuffs, so here i am, continuing my blog for dear readers like u. was clearing up my email when i came up with one that was forwarded to me... u may or may not have read it... but here it goes....

  • Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard, when he lives in the jungle without a razor?
  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
  • Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough?
  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
  • Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
  • What is the speed of darkness?
  • Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every two hours?
  • Are there specially reserved parking spaces for 'normal' people at the Special Olympics?
  • If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
  • Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?
  • How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Did you ever stop and wonder......

  • Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?'
  • Who was the first person to say, 'See that chicken there... I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's bum.'
  • Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
  • Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
  • Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their bum when they ask where the bathroom is?
  • Why does your Obstetrician, Gynaecologist leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?
  • Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs !
  • If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
  • If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
  • If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
  • Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Stop singing and read on.......
  • Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
  • Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

thats about everything from the email... well.. the question is why...? why does it seems that we never question anyone this (only kids in the childhood does - the 'why' stage...) we just take things as it is, are we conforming? accepting things as it is? like why is an apple called an apple. other's than newton who's inpiration on gravity came by sitting under an apple tree... imagine if he had sat under a durian tree, would he still have come up with the pulling force theory..? and we take the words or others as it is...? like one of the questions, if we were told that there are 4 billion stars, we accept it, but when told of a wet paint on the wall, we touch the wall to see if it is true... ponder ponder ponder....

Monday, April 21, 2008

wats wrong with children's storybook...?

recently, while i was preparing some stuffs for social psych essay, i came upon some of my favourite storybooks.

Snow white and the seven dwarfs
Little red riding hood
Hansel and Gretel

Couple of questions popped up in my mind, (actually some of the issues said here came from my 5 year olg girl.
1. why are step mothers evil?
2. female (fairer/weaker sex) always needs some help
3. and characters of high social status are white?

1. Step-mothers are pure source of evil. The are known to have knowledge of witchcraft. Has an evil heart. Do not want their step children to have a good life. Are all step-mothers like what is said to be in children stories. What were the authors thinking when they came up with such stories? how about replacing step-mothers with step-fathers instead? and why must step-parents be evil, why cant natural parents be evil? Read up on the newspapers, there are also stories of abusive parents. not only step-parents are abusive.

2. female characters are made to plat as 'damsel in distress'. why cant they come up with characters like mulan (disney movie). the lady warrior who saved china. or pocahontas, saviour of her tribe. how long has rapunzel been kept in the tower, to thnk that she has got hair long enuff for the charming prince to climb on?

3. and what's with the children stories made with white characters. from children to adults. and princes and princessess are whites. why not come up with those of other skin colours?

wat would you say in reply to a 5-year old, especially to my 5-year old whose brain is forever in thirst for knowledge...?

Monday, April 14, 2008

have you ever go out shopping and some times people starts asking you for directions? well, it did happen to me. quite a few times. there's one particular shopping centre that i would dread to go to. most of the time when i shop there, i have public asking me if i know where a particular shop is. its like as if i have a signboard on my head that says "WALKING INFORMATION COUNTER".

someone told me that it could be the aura that i have with me or maybe that i have a friendly look that makes people feel that i was approachable. i guess that was still acceptable. but 1 event in a neighbourhood shopping mall really got me into mixed feelings; anger, guilt, and having to laugh it off at times.

as always, when i feel bored, il just make my way to the neighbourhood shopping mall. there i was, minding my own business in a shoe shop.

Shopper: (talking to me) eh, this one got other colour in size 6 or not?
me: ermm, dunno. maybe. (and minding my own business and walk away to the other end of the shop).
After a few minutes, the same lady approached me.
Shopper: eh, u got check in ur store at the back, got other colour in size 6 or not?
that point of time, my mind went blank. Goodness. she thought i was working in the shoe shop. cant she see that i was not even in the same colour tone as the uniform that the salegirls were wearing.
me: (took the shoe she was holding, shouting out to the salesgirls at the cashier counter) can any of you please check for this lady here if you have this shoe in other colour in size 6? and make sure that your walk-in customers stop bugging other customers like me when we shop.

After that making that loud statement in public, i left the shop. People just seem to have weird way of assessing others such as, who's nice and who's not, who to ask and who not to ask. and what actually crossed that lady's mind to think that i was working in the shoe shop? Was it the way i was dressed? Do i look like a salesgirl? Or maybe, i was having a salesperson's aura on that day?

Maybe what i just need is people to invent tags that says, "I don't work here. Just minding my own business. And I am not a freaking walking information counter."

Monday, April 07, 2008

racism in workplace...

before i started to step into the working world, i used to tell people how lucky i was to be in this multi-racial country. and they keep telling me how oblivious i was to the real world. ever since i had my first view of the working world, i am no longer sure if it was a blessing or a curse to be multi-lingual in this multi-racial society.

this happen to me on my first day of work-
As an eager first timer in the working world, i reported to work early, prim and proper, with a smile on my face, greeting every single person who passed by me while i waited for the HR manager.

HR manager: Good morning, and i would like to welcome you to XYZ co. Let me show you where your table is, and introduce you to your colleagues.

So, there i was, thinking how nice the HR manager was. While walking towards my designated table, she introduced me to the other staffs. One of the staffs that i was introduced to - chinese man (not knowing that i grew up with groups of chinese friends and and that i will understand every word that came out of his mouth), had this lovely(NOT) short conversation with the HR manager.

Staff: Does the boss know that he employed a malay? Anyway, why employ a malay staff this time? Dont you lnow how lazy and unreliable a malay staff can be?
(everything was conversed in mandarin, thinking that i would not be able to understand)

At that point of time, the only thing that crossed my mind was, "this man will be in my blacklisted list. he's lucky that i dun intend to be fired on my first day of work, otherwise he would sure have a feel of my karate-chop".

My HR manager ignored the questions and just lead me to my table, and i started praying to God that he was the only difficult person that i will have to bear with in the office. I guess my prayer came in too late. I reached my designated table, and was introduce to a co-worker who was seated next to my desk.

HR manager: This is ur table, and let me introduce u to W, she is currently handling the all the admin work in this office. W wil be handing over to you your work within these few days, at this point of time, you will assist her with whatever help she need.

Me: Sure. I understand that. Nice to meet you, W. I will sure need your help to teach me the way things work around here.

W: emm.

(awkward silence, as we waited for W to say her piece, but nothing else came out from her mouth)

HR manager: (talking to W in mandarin) later you pass to her the petty cash for her to get some office stationaries.

W: (reply in mandarin) what for? tell her to get her own stationaries, we now short of petty cash. if she insist on wanting to get stationaries, tell her to get the money from the boss. and tell her to NOT touch my stationaries. and why u hire a malay in this office? does the boss know that you hire a malay staff?

I wonder who have placed an evil eye on me today. To think that i have to hear all this on my first day or work. So much for this country to be multi-racial.

After working my guts out for a few months in XYZ company, i decided to look for greener pasture out there. One that will appreciate my hard work and talent, and will not judge me on my race or how i look. No one from XYZ company knew that i was multi-lingual, until my last day of work (had they known ealier, i would not have known the real character of my colleagues). On my last day of work, colleagues gathered at my table saying their well-wishes and gossiped about me (in mandarin), in front of me. (they should really get a life of their own) Trying to get answers from one another what was the reason to why i decided to leave few months after clearing the probation period.

So, being the NICE me, i decided to tell them the reasons to my resignation (of course, in mixed mandarin and english)

Me: my dear colleagues, thank you for all your concern for me, but i assure you that it was unnecessary. since you all really wanted to know the reason for my resignation, it was all because of you FART-FACES. And i hope i do not see you all any more in the near future, cos if i do i will be mean.

Well, after those spoken words, they left my sight.

After all that happened in XYZ company, do i see the majority differently? i'm glad i did not. cos if i did, i mite not have found my dear companion of 5 years, and he's a chinese. most probably what happened to me in XYZ company did happen to some others too, regardless of races. point to note here, racism happens everywhere, no matter how subtle or obvious it is, it happens. So far, i can still manage this amount of discrimination, but what about the next few generations after me? Can they?

Sunday, March 23, 2008


to think that i will learn something by sitting in a hospital ward. i was accompanying my mum at the hospital, few days back. so while waiting for the doctor(consultant) to check on my mum and give his 'piece of mind', i happened to overhear(i was not eavesdropping, they were just talking so loud) this conversation that got me thinking - and it goes something like this.

Nurse1: who does she think she is? every time when things goes well, she gets the credit. but when somthing goes wrong, she jolly-well just blame us for it.
Nurse2: well, that is just her. remember last time when we were passing out reports, she specifically ask for the case sheet of a patient and didn't return it back. so when it was time for the paient to be discharge, we had to search high and low for it, and all that she said was 'why is it that u all can't file properly all the important papers? and i have to search for it myself. all these never happen when i was a nurse'
Nurse1: I guess her N.O. sure have a heart of gold to have a staff like her, or maybe the N.O. decided to retire early.
Nurse2: If i was her N.O. i would sure make it hell for her to stay in the ward. She is always so forgetful and never take care of our welfare. If it was just once or twice, i can still take it. Think it is just her.
Nurse1: I think so too. so far when she is not around in ward, i get things done fast and without errors, but once she is in, i'm feel like im fighting for my life.

Based this short conversation that i heard, it seems that it is more likely in people's tendency to attribute other people's behaviour to internal causes while attributing their own behaviour to external vauses, especially when failure or error occurs.

Blaming others for errors, and taking credits for success. Parents blame teachers when their child did poorly in school and praise the child when he/she did well. Sales managers blames the sales staffs when sales are low, put praise his/her training skills when sales figures increases.

Where do we draw the line on these type of attribution? Who do we blame for errors and who do we applaud for success?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

schemas... perception...

Ask any person how to describe an item, let's say - apple.
common responses you would get
- red
- crunchy
- fruit
- sweet

that would, of course, be an easy example. cos from there, we can rephrase these responses by saying that anything that is a fruit, red in colour, sweet taste and crunchy when bite - is an apple.

but does it true all the time? let say, describe a pregnant person:
- woman (of course, so far i have not heard of men being pregnant)
- big tummy
- lose outfits
- flat shoes
- stage of adulthood

so, would all women who have big tummy and happen to wear lose clothings and flat shoe/slipper be pregnant? worse would be when they have an age category fixed to these women. let's say u see a lady (she's one of those lucky ladies who look younger than her actual age - let's say she look like she's in her late teens). first few thoughts that crosses your mind, "oh, shot gun", "slut/poor girl, thats why marry early, now pregnant". bet any lady in her situation would not feel happy with these remarks.

but cant blame those commenters, can we? well, in the first place all these happen because of the mindset/schemas/representation/perception that they have. then there's the reports on increase in number of young girls getting pregnant (availibility heuristics).

having these kind of mindsets/perception is not so bad also, at least it also prevents you from unwanted trouble. let say u end work late and the fastest way for u to get to ur house is by taking the short cut - poorly lit alley. so, wat crosses ur mind.
- scary
- thieves, robbers, molesters, rapists, murderers
and if recently an unwanted event was reported about porrly lit alleys, u may consider not taking the shortcut cos u dun want to put ur life in danger, no matter how much u would want to get home early.

so, how does ur schemas/perception affects ur daily life?