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2013, please be good to me

As the new year beckons, what are your wishes for a better 2013?

As we stroll into 2013, I am hearing predictions of issues that will most likely make the headlines this year.

Besides the usual hot button issues like transport, housing and education, expect technology and health topics to dominate the headlines as well.

Sure, we cannot foresee the future, but at least we can prepare for the hefty price tags to come.

What's going on?


Transport fares will probably be raised
to improve the currently ailing and overcrowded public transport system. Hopefully, these fare adjustments will be minor (let us hope for the best here), but is it enough to convince the hoards of disgruntled public transport users that the price is justified? I doubt it.


RISING BUS FARES? WOE IS ME.
PHOTO CREDIT: ICARS.SG

If you are thinking of beating the public transport crowd, you may be disheartened at the rising COE prices, which is now at a record high of slightly over $80K for small cars.

Smart phone users hungry for speedier mobile connections will be pleased with the implementation of improved 3G coverage, specifically in high-rise buildings. That means you should be able to share filtered, picturesque shots from the 27th floor of any building with ease.

Meanwhile, I have a few wishes on my list for a better year ahead. For instance, instead of merely increasing transport fares (which is no doubt inevitable), how about increasing the frequency of buses and trains during off-peak hours too, for convenience and efficiency? Since I am paying extra for my trips, surely I expect better service, right?


...BUT IT IS SO HARD.
PHOTO CREDIT: JEEBBOO.COM

And while we plan to fight child obesity by banning advertisements promoting unhealthy food to children, how about providing cheap and nutritious food in more schools too? We could probably take a leaf out of Jamie Oliver's book for this one.


JAMIE OLIVER SERVING HEALTHY FOOD TO LUCKY SCHOOL KIDS
PHOTO CREDIT: ANDY BUTTERTON/PA

And I long for the day when social media users finally realise that privatising their accounts is not licence to spout their mouths insensitively. Nor does it guarantee that their rants will be kept within the (safe) confines of their social media platforms. I hope that the recent string of costly social media blunders in 2012 will deter people from repeating such mistakes. Hold on tight to your scholarships and jobs, people.

Maybe these are just my wishful thinking but I am hoping for the best in 2013. Perhaps more good news like complimentary passes to the Marine Life Park for students – it is educational, no? And less reports about dumb rants on Facebook and Twitter, please.

What's your take?

  1. What are you most worried about this year?
  2. What are you looking forward to this year?
  3. Besides the topics mentioned above, what other wishes do you have for 2013?

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