Saturday, April 14, 2012

I wander through each chartered street

If you happen to walk past this stationary car (see photo on the left) and look over it, you'll probably just see the back alley of a shabby row of shops in a nondescript part of town.  You wouldn't stop to take a closer look.  You most certainly wouldn't bother to take a pic.  If you had seen me pausing to take a pic, you'd probably think I was a little out of my mind.  You would walk on hurriedly, eager to be in a better and cleaner part of town.

Ah!  But you see, the Hercule Poirot in me immediately spotted what the untrained eye is unable to pick up.  Let me blow the photo up for you:

Face deliberately blotted off

Earlier, this man was asleep on the pavement.  Is he another one of the very few homeless people in Singapore.  I had thought for a long time that Singapore was the only country in the world that had no homeless people. That view of mine was slowly shattered.  Read the following posts and trace how the scales slowly fell from my eyes:

1.  First post
2.  Second post
3.  Third post

And now this.  But let's not be too hasty and jump to a conclusion without more facts.  This man may not be truly homeless but it's hard to imagine why anybody would want to lie down on this filthy pavement if he weren't homeless.  It's still amazing that Singapore is the only country in the world where you have to search really hard to find even one homeless person and when you've found him, you aren't even sure if he really is homeless.  In all the other countries in the West, homeless people are a common sight.  Singapore may be near perfection but obviously, there's still some work for the social workers to do.

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