[Update 26/01/06 4:58am: URL to LH's personal blog has been removed based on her request]
I received 200++ emails after the exposé but this one really got my attention so I thought I would share it with you guys...
I am emailing you just for a long chat. You don't have to reply and I write with the assumption that you are the real deal in Singapore blogdom.
I am just amazed that outside of your normal job, you have the time, extreme patience and determination to set up this blog and painfully track blog entries relevant to an expose. I set up my own personal blog in July 2003 for many motives, one of which since I spent a lot of time online and I enjoy keeping a diary, I might as well start a blog. I also began to check out some famous blogs, including Xiaxue's. I remember distinctly that I was not impressed after reading it a few times and so I stopped. Then, I began to post and read less and less and finally took a hiatus from blogging in August 2005. You can check out, if you want, my silly blog at *[URL has been removed based on LH's request]. I'd rather you don't though heh, 'cos it is really history.
Anyway, I stopped because some Singaporean blogs were, in my opinion only, becoming overrated and sensationalised by the traditional press. Blogging is a publishing tool to be lauded but I felt disgust and ashamed at the sort of opinions some famous bloggers which includes Xiaxue, were dishing out, through this unedited, unfiltered medium. I was appalled that my peers and teenagers could not judge for themselves what was good personal blogging, what was pure nonsense and bordered on the offensive and what were meek attempts at satire. I was saddened. The worse part was that bloggers like Xiaxue proclaim loudly that if one did not like it, one did not have to read her blog, and she has the prerogative to say what she wants. As you, others and I know, this is hugely irresponsible and does not equate to freedom of speech. Were Singaporeans so poor in judgement? I guess, as a nation, we have a long way to go to maturity. By the way, I am not saying I am an extremely good judge of character nor extremely mature. Also, I do enjoy Sarong Party Girl's blog and I see little wrong with her published naked pictures, since her writing is relatively mature. Anyway, I was hoping my peers and youths would just stop patronising Xiaxue's blog, but of course, that did not happen.
Hence, I was afraid that I could be making this error if I continued personal blogging, though I refrained from putting up personal photos of me and acquintances and eventually disabled comment feature since I was writing for release, not for an audience. Having a comment feature would effectively refute the claim that I was not writing for an audience and so I could write whatever the hell I want about my personal life. This argument has been put forth by Xiaxue and some others, but I honestly feel that if you did not want to write for an audience, you can disable comments feature or only provide access to your friends, family etc. Besides, there is nothing wrong with writing for an audience, but it will be highly hypocritical when you make an evident proclaimation that you are NOT, and then you add a comment tool nor make your blog private.
I began to abandon patronising local, personal blogs. To inject fun into my mundane life and due to my unexplained passion for entertainment, I just patronised gossip cum entertainment blogs, mostly by Americans. There was the usual dumbass or uncalled for comment, but it was a pretty refreshing change. I also avoided news on Singapore blogs. Yeah, I guess Singapore blogdom irritated me to that extent. Inspired, I recently set up an experimental entertainment blog. I might not have time to blog, but I just did anyway.
And then, I returned to Singapore blogdom and was surprised little had changed. In fact, the scandals became worse. Xiaxue became unbearable. I was also confused about the XX-Sandra-Celly vs Blinkymummy feud since I was out of the scene. After a while, I got it and I was again freaked out and disgusted by Singapore blogdom. Then I came upon your blog. When I started reading your expose(s), I was honestly thinking, man you really have to get a life and not waste time on this. However upon further reading, I began to appreciate your motives and realised your importance in Singapore blogdom. My background in media, communications and cultural studies also increased my appreciation. Here, I wish to salute you for such proactive efforts. I also salute you for writing in a disclaimer style, because I try to do that myself, since some people like to recklessly jump at a comment. I think it's very tiring to write like that, but there is little choice, not only in blogdom, but in cyberspace.
Anyway the recent episode about Xiaxue impersonating you and Tomorrow's compromised judgement is hugely disappointing to me. I just want you to know that you have my support. You may close your blog one day, but the little you have done heartens me.
By the way has anyone asked Dawn Yeo outright whether she has had plastic surgery? I mean it's just a yes or no. I have nothing against plastic surgery and assuming she did, the end result looks good. I did try to search for a yes/no to that question, but she seems to digress to other stuff in her long posts. Oh well.
Work is really piling up so I shall concentrate on clearing my deadlines first before anything else. I am glad that people are finally taking the initiative to speak up against the racism that sparked all these in the first place and I am glad that I am able to help make the issue salient. Anyway, do continue to send in your emails - I won't promise I will reply but I do promise that I will read them.
Xiaxue - The Exposé [xlx]
Xiaxue - The Exposé Part 2 [xlx]
A Message to The Malingering [Nadia]
Online petition against XX
Decide for yourself [xlx]
We won't tolerate racists too [xlx]
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