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14 February 2003 @ 11:07 am
*hugs and kisses to anyone who wants 'em*  
Happy Valentine's Day to anyone who wants those sorts of wishes. :) *gives a special kiss to a certain someone*

I heard something amusing as I drove in to work this morning on the news, which altricial and puckmalfoy especially should find interesting, though I would imagine they already know.

Apparently, Valentine's Day is basically a federally mandated holiday in Singapore. The declining birth rate in the country has concerned the government so much that they have set up all sorts of activities for single people to get together - there are supposed to be parties, kareoke, and other things - all to hopefully get people to have babies.

In all seriousness, I have no problem with encouraging people to have sex responsibly. But is this responsible, really? Is there perhaps a reason that the birth rate is declining - people are realizing they can't afford a large family, perhaps? Is the government going to pay to raise these kids? Puck or Anna, if you know any more about this, I'm curious.

But mostly I'm damned amused. >:D
I feel: flirtyflirty
I hear: Alice Peacock w/John Mayer - Bliss
the youth in asia: why oh whypuckmalfoy on February 15th, 2003 01:02 am (UTC)
Well um, i'm hemming and hawing in real life really because my country is so goddamned lame :((

Yes, such a thing is happening right now and actually it's called "Romancing Singapore". My country is stupidl ike this, it has all sorts of weird campaigns like don't litter or speak good english. perhaps they have too much free time. anyway, this romancing singapore thing is to just get people together and "have families"...i think they're trying to do the whole "if you have a family, you must have 21-3981-2938 kids" thing.

i hate it, because they're even planning stupid things like...in the libraries, all the singles get together and talk about their favourite books and they could maybe get together from that. :-L

the good thing is that though, they have cool shit like film screenings in the outdoors in some cool places. i don't mind that very much, because that is just too cool for words. :))

k i shut up now.

Vicki: MWAHhermorrine on February 15th, 2003 06:04 pm (UTC)
No, thanks for telling me all that! I do find it interesting, however sad really.

I mean, do they honestly think that it will help people get together, get married and procreate? It would be interesting to see if the birth rate does go up in the next year or two.

That's what she said.: -.-altricial on February 15th, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)
*waits for Singapore to ban condoms*