Manly Men in Haze

When PSI readings escalated higher than the PSLE scores of our elite scholars, it is time to show a little concern indeed. We heard of folks focused on clean water intake. They invest in purifying equipment to ensure the 2-4 litres of water they consumed is fine but hardly anyone cares about air. On average, a normal human takes in an average of 10,000 litres of air in a day. That's easily 4000-5000 times as much as water. That highlights the importance of good, clean air that we took for granted every other day when people aren't burning forests for fun.

For Singaporean men, it was time to show their manliness to profess their love for their women by performing the ultimate ritual accessible only once or twice a decade that put their physical endurance, patience and determination to a serious test. This year, the stakes of the ritual was doubled, the men probably thought, with an element of life endangering haze added to the trial for the trill of it. Now, the manliness was doubled. 

Was tipped off that most in Q were manly men

Our brothers got it both right and wrong. The part where they were wrong turned out to be right, really. Singaporeans still have the misconception of outdoor air is more harmful than indoor air. In this case, doing the ultimate Singapore Q was actually a wise move. Since it was boring to stand outdoors dying slower than cooping up at home, might as well queue up to do score some brownie points. I would have done the same - albeit with a totally different purpose in mind. I might as well kill two birds with a stone by playing along with the skewed perception of manly man in Q and hopefully return alive with a T shirt with "The finisher, 42km queue." to wear around until the next ultimate trial. Alas, there wasn't such a prize. Scumbags McShit!

Meanwhile, lovely women dies faster in their enclosed home waiting for their kitties. If they survive the haze, the kitties shall collect dust in their trophy cabinet as their trophies of love. Sometimes, they get sold for a profit after a few years if the economics go in their favours. There probably isn't a single sad ending to this Singaporean love story.

And they lived happily ever after.

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