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AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal March 23, 2015

Filed under: A-Z Challenge — mel @ 10:31 am
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The theme I’m setting for myself this year is probably the hardest one I’ve set yet. I am planning to write about my country, Singapore. It’s a place I don’t feel much for. This is an anomaly because as a highly sensitive person, I feel for so many things/people/animals/issues easily and can pretty much cry about anything if I just “reflect on stuff” or am having a bad day. But not Singapore. I don’t think I’ve actually felt a swell of national pride in my life. Why is this so? This is what I hope to explore during this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge.


Here are the parameters I’ve set for myself:

– Each entry will be 50 words. Firstly, because of time constraints. Secondly, because it ties in nicely with the fact that Singapore is celebrating 50 years of independence with a massive propaganda patriotic campaign called SG50.

– I’ll try to include a photo of Singapore with each entry (usually related to what I’m writing about), just so that readers popping by from other parts of the world will get a better sense of what this place is about.

– I anticipate that what I’ll be writing is poetic prose or proseish poetry, and possibly rather confessional and biographical. So, yeah, angsty stuff.

– I’ll be posting this on Instagram as well with the hashtag #sg50words. You can find me there @melanderings.


25 Responses to “AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal”

  1. joannesisco Says:

    Looking forward to it!

  2. A very interest choice of topic given your provisos. Good luck with the posts.
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  3. anb1972 Says:

    I’m very much looking forward to your April blogs.

  4. TP Says:

    I like that you’re curious about the roots of your nationalistic apathy, & that you choose to explore it through writing. Good luck & I look forward to reading what you discover.

  5. Tarkabarka Says:

    Oh fun! I have been wanting to go to Singapore forever, they have a great international storytelling festival 🙂 Looking forward to your posts!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

  6. Good luck!
    I like the idea of using the challenge as a self-exploration of your feelings toward something. 🙂

  7. Bethany Y Says:

    Cool! It’ll be really awesome to see snippets of life from a different country. 🙂 Good luck!

  8. Rhonda Albom Says:

    Interesting. I am doing similar only with my adopted area as I am an expat. We didn’t spend long enough in Singapore to really have any feeling for it, so Iook forward to your posts.

  9. mel Says:

    Hi Rhonda, cool, will be visiting your blog in April then 🙂

  10. mel Says:

    Yay thanks for dropping by Bethany!

  11. mel Says:

    Oh Zalka I know the lady who organises it! Kamini is a phenomenal storyteller. Look forward to your posts as well!

  12. mel Says:

    Hi TP, I’m curious at what will be unearthed! Keep me posted on what you’re up to as well!

  13. mel Says:

    Thanks anb1972!

  14. mel Says:

    Thanks Leetah! I will be trying to be as honest as possible.

  15. jazzfeathers Says:

    Eh… it’s easy feeling that way about our country, isn’t it? I’m happy you decided to explore it, sometimes that’s exactly what we need.
    And I’m certainly eager to know more 🙂

  16. Chrys Fey Says:

    I like learning about Singapore. 🙂 Good luck with the Challenge!

    -Chrys Fey
    Tremps Troops – A to Z Co-co-host

  17. LillianC Says:

    This is great! I want to know more about Singapore. How wonderful to learn from someone who lives there.

  18. Nick Wilford Says:

    I’ll be around for the posts! I spent a few days in Singapore while travelling and it seemed very clean and ordered. But I really don’t know too much about it.

  19. Mee Magnum Says:

    WOW! 50 words or less! I can’t wait to read your posts.

    I’m, The Chinese Quest, is participating in our first #AtoZChallenge. I hope you like Chinese food and will want to come and check us out. The best thing is that an hour later you’ll want to come back and read another article!! 😉

  20. mel Says:

    Nick: am not too sure if the posts will be all the informative in 50 words but I do hope you see the place differently after that!

  21. mel Says:

    Thanks Chrys!

  22. mel Says:

    Hi Lillian cool!

  23. I so hear what you’re saying. I lived there as an expat. And also in KL. I still love KL. I don’t feel the same way about Singapore…which I’ve been thinking about a lot since the news that Lee Kuan Yew finally expired. I can’t help but wonder whether there will be a change now… maybe Singapore will regain its heart and soul… maybe pursuit of wealth will not be Nirvana… Maybe it won’t matter whether you’re Indian or Malay or Chinese…
    Just maybe…
    Wendy at Wendy of The Rock

  24. mel Says:

    Oh Wendy I get you! Would love to hear your thoughts in April as I go along with each post.

  25. betty Says:

    Very challenging theme, especially since you are going to keep it to 50 words! Good luck with the challenge 🙂


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