15 June 2006

Singapore's Cleaniness. Good or Bad?

Faith is at home again instead of school. Both kids have been falling sick very often since they came up in March. For Gabe, it is almost like clock-work to have a fever every 3 weeks or so. Faith is no better as we have already lost count liao.

While it is true that Spitland is not exactly the cleanest of places, I wonder how come the rest of the household as well as the neighbouring kids are ok?

I can't help but think if Singapore is too clean and hygienic for our own good? With health standards in Singapore so high, have our bodies gone soft at the lack of challenge?

I remember last time when the whole gang goes over to JB for makan. It is usually the new birds who would kena stomach ache upon return while the rest of us go on with life like it was just another day.

Short of laughing at others, I too have my Baptism of Fire (in the hole) when I first arrived in Spitland. It was still in the winter months and as such, steamboat dinners were a regular feature. It was always the raw egg that did me in.

Of course, 5 years on, with enough accumulated rubbish in my system, I guess my body has learned to adapt and developed some kind of a resistance. Still, there were the bout of mishaps peppered along the way.

The way I see it, on top of building of resistance, the other critical requirement is a strong defense system and that can only come from ample rest, balanced meal and regular exercise.

Question Of The Day: Singapore's cleanliness. Good or Bad?

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1. sunflower left...
Thursday, 15 June 2006 3:01 pm
Kids in sg fall sick easily as well. I can't agree with you if Singapore is too clean and hygienic for our own good.

I guess (really not sure) nowadays kids always stay at home or go to school, eg play group. But they hardly come out and play. I mean those plays like playing hide and seek in the whole block of building. Playing marbles. Catching spiders. etc. (More indoor games rather than outdoor games.)
I remember when I am a little one, I hardly fall sick! Becos, I think I always run under the sun. Run and sweat most of the time. And last time, hardly got money to buy sweet. If got sweet and it accidentally drop on to the floor, I will still pick it up and clean it and then put into my mouth and eat.
So now I older liao. But I my stomach become super sensitive. When we are having dinner in restaurant, I always kena stomach ache while me and hubby are eating the same food.

In a way, Singapore is cleaner compared to a lot of countries but I still believe is our body resistance that we need to build up. And that is thru ample rest, balanced diet and regular exercise (which you have highlighted in your entry.)

2. sunflower left...
Thursday, 15 June 2006 3:07 pm
(More indoor games rather than outdoor games.)
This statement is telling you that kids in sg has more indoor games rather than outdoor games.

3. Pam left...
Thursday, 15 June 2006 7:42 pm
i'm not sure it's actually the situation of singapore being too clean, but more to do with how parents these days are concerned about cleanliness (not to say our parents were ignorant or oblivious of course!)...

nowadays we have things like the clean wipes for babies, for us, for the house, toilet etc. ie, it's not just some Dettol and a brush!

plus, there are alot more pollutants in the air, in the food we eat, and things that shouldn't be in foods, like E-numbers, and preservatives.

4. koreanhousewife left...
Thursday, 15 June 2006 10:58 pm
Singapore’s cleanliness. Good or Bad?
Good. Rather keep it clean then give chance for germs to breed.
P/S: Just a short note, still workin in the office. Thks for poppin the IM just now. Appreciate yr effort. GTG.
P/S 2: Speedy recovery to the kids...

5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 16 June 2006 11:46 am :: 
Sunflower: Yeah, we practice the what is called the "5-second rule" i.e. if the thing stays on the ground for less the 5 seconds, it is still safe to pop into the mouth. Blowing the dust off the surface helps too.

Pam: Perhaps what you are saying that we still put the same amount of rubbish into our systems. Only difference is that rubbish these days are chemically artificial while rubbish of the old days are more au naturale. LOL.

KoreanHouseWife: Perhaps my point is that totally clean is not exactly 100% perfectly good. There is a downside to it albeit very insignificant.

6. heather left...
Friday, 16 June 2006 12:24 pm ::
maybe it's the food.. she still needs to get use to the different types of bacteria there. i hope she gets well soon! :)

7. ris left...
Friday, 16 June 2006 12:51 pm
i think sg is too clean, similar to japan, just one shot of pollen and everyone's sneezing. if we were more exposed to germs, we wouldnt have to keep on coming up with new antibiotics. they're just decreasing our resistance ~_~ i hope your kids get well soon! at least they'll be healthier than other kids in sg next time :p

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 16 June 2006 1:30 pm ::
Heather: Yeah. I think all these illness are part and parcel of "getting acquainted" with new viruses and bacteria.

Oh well, let's hope the kids grow up to be strong in future.

ris: That reminds me of the tale of King of Pontus named Mithridates VI (dated 63 B.C.) where he was known to take small doses of poison everyday in order to build up his resistance against them in case there was an assassination attempt on him.

And history later continued that after he was defeated by Pompey, he attempted suicide by poison to avoid capture by Rome. Ironically, he wouldn't die since he was so immune to the poisons.

Finally, he committed suicide by running into a sword.

9. Pam left...
Friday, 16 June 2006 5:00 pm
I would disagree with the post re pollen. isn't pollen naturally produced?!?! so if someone is 'allergic' to it, it's just a case of too much pollen in a season, as opposed to having a little pollen every day!
i have allergies now to rape seed. never had it till i moved to the SE (which grows alot of it, as compared to the rest of the UK). i reacted too, when i was living in tokyo but not as bad as now. i take antihistamines now, and it helps. thankfully it just means that spring's here and summer's following on!

10. JayWalk left...
Friday, 16 June 2006 9:00 pm :: 
Pam: Come to think of it, an allergy is a condition and would be unfair to classify it as an illness.

11. aloe left...
Monday, 19 June 2006 9:59 am
Unclean places creates hotspots for bacteria and germs to grow. Precedents in history has warned us of the epidemics that may occur due to this. Thus most countries endeavors to keep their own places clean. Think cleanliness is still better than suffering from the effects of a dirty place which would include pollution, smell and insects (cockroaches!!! Urgh!!). But of course, there must be a limit to it lah. Dun let being clean, become a 洁癖.

12. akk left...
Monday, 19 June 2006 12:10 pm
me back!! catching up now. clean is of cos good lah! but only if you stay in that place forever, can grow very old and still ok. like nippon ppl in the countryside and Shang-gri-la. if you have to leave that place, then not good lor.

13. JayWalk left...
Monday, 19 June 2006 1:27 pm ::
Anna: Perhaps I need to iterate that a clean environment is not a bad thing. Just wish that it was perfect. That's all.

Akk: Reminds me of the kid in the bubble. As long as he stays inside, he is fine.

Or perhaps anyone remember when Buzz Lightyear first had his helmet shield opened accidentally? That was a funny scene!

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