Halloween is largely celebrated in USA. But it seems my little red dot is also having a swing at Halloween, which is this weekend.
I guess it is largely to do with the expatriate community we have as residents and or mixed marriages, including local humans like me who went overseas for an education.
In USA, I remember fondly the times I enjoyed scooping out the pumpkin and lighting up the lantern with my host parents.
Of course there was also the naughty part whereby as students I joined the friends I had who were living in the dormitory to throw toilet rolls on trees such that they hang to the ground, as it unrolls! It was pure fun in USA.
HA! But one must never do that in Singapore. We have a FINE policy. Littering or destroying our NParks trees. We are a clean and green city and this is not allowed.
But I guess if it was a private tree in the garden of a home owner, it is fine but the owner will have a hard time removing the toilet paper from the trees especially if the rains fall! UGH! Imagine the mess!!
So, the commercialization of Halloween is in and as I listened to my favorite DJ duo on One FM 91, Glenn Ong was sharing that this Friday, they have the Halloween Wheel to spin to the lucky callers.
If the wheel landed on a trick, then they get a bag of dried or dead leaves from the garden of one of the DJs whilst if it landed on a treat, the lucky caller gets a free snowboarding or ski package in an indoor climatic control place which was worth close to $180.
I laughed at the idea of the unlucky soul receiving a bag of dried leaves as a trick! 😉
It brought back memories of times with my host parents. It also reminded me that Thanksgiving was also around this time and the aroma of the pumpkin pie that my Host Mum Lucile used to bake for me wafted into my memory cells.
I do miss Host Mum Lucile and was saddened to hear that my Host Dad, whom I called “the Prof” was suffering from Alzheimers and that he was fading fast in memories. This is sad and should never happen to any living soul ;-(
As a community in Little Red Dot, we are not insulated from the dynamics of the world and the world is made even closer or nearer with smart phone apps and devices that allows us to connect with the world on the other side real time.
As Halloween is celebrated in Singapore, I am sure as our people traverse the world to work, study or play, we also bring with us our 4 major ethnic holidays which include Diwali, Hari Raya Haji, Hari Raya Puasa, Chinese New Year and Vesak Days.
I remember also sharing our festivities with my American friends and international students like me of our festivities.
Half the fun is sharing and it is a feel good moment for me.
Meanwhile, let’s hope the haze dwindles as this weekend is the Subaru Hand Challenge. This is where contestants who called in and qualified for a spot to place their palm on the Subaru car and if they are the last one standing, they will walk away with the car.
Not easy! Under the hot scorching sun, rain and only 5 minute breaks after many hours and dinner break of 10 minutes, it is sheer gruelling work to win the car.
Many have travelled from the region to try their “hand” on this and so far, all cars have been won by local Singaporeans.
Good luck to the contestants this weekend. May the haze dwindle and they do not have an added burden on their goal to win the car!