Are mooncakes being over-packaged nowadays?
What I have learnt from buying mooncakes for my in-laws is that they look at the box first, followed by the brand, then the mooncakes.
Over-the-top packaging means nothing to me. Got one mooncake with over-the-top packaging... so high tech. Tasted the mooncake... such poor quality.
Maybe offer options to buy mooncakes sans the pretty box? If I were getting them as gifts, the box is a nice touch, but for personal consumption, all that matters is the stuff inside.
It's a supply/demand thing. If consumers are willing to pay, then there's nothing wrong with it.
As a matter of fact, because the boxes are so nicely designed, they can usually be reused for storage or other purposes.
Do it the traditional way... wrap in waxed paper like bak kwa.
Will enough drivers agree to pick up strangers for a national carpooling movement to succeed?
I am personally sick of my commute through the expressway jams before and after work. Long stretches of highway, jam-packed with cars that carry only a single passenger. Connecting poolers and riders is essential to smoother roads, lower carbon footprint and more affordable rides.
That question hinges on whether the rider will treat other people's cars with respect like they would treat their own car.
Should Singapore celebrate its centenarians?
It would be better to take care of the old once they reach a certain age, say 75, by providing free daily meals and medical check-ups. There is no point waiting till they reach 100.
It is not how long you live, it is the quality of the life that counts.
Priority treatments from all services for them.
Ah Kee Kee
Should some schools teach certain subjects in Mandarin?
Schools and libraries should work out interesting programmes such as literacy programmes for kids.
Kok Mei Hui
No. People are already speaking Mandarin by choice in the workplace - leaving out their colleagues who do not speak the language. Let's just make people more fluent in a common language so we can all communicate better.
Chinese is best taught using an arts and culture approach. On a trip to China, the children loved listening to the history behind the places we visited. They might not be able to understand everything but they were definitely more engaged.
The only way to improve our mother tongue is to read books written in the language. Everyone should set aside an hour a day for reading with their children.
Syed Ali Semait