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Inspirational Speech by Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane’s 2009 Commencement Speech

May 10th, 2012

 

 

Everybody sees how you seem, however, only some know who you are!

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残而不废 自食其力 – 知足常乐 (with English Translation)

May 9th, 2012

 

by Baey Yam Keng on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:53pm ·

《我报》8-5-2012 – 炎下之意(专栏)文/马炎庆

 

 上个月“咖啡开讲”交流会上,有位好心的女士提起,一位坐轮椅的中年男子,每天早上很吃力地自己用手从家里推轮椅到他的报摊,晚上又吃力地推回家。有时 候累了没办法得停下来,休息片刻再继续。女士看他很辛苦,只要碰上了就会帮他推一段路,其他路人也会主动助他一臂之力。

 

  好心的女士问我,可不可以帮他找一台电动轮椅,以方便他出入。我被女士的善意感动,当场表示支持。我们首先会向社理会(CDC)或其他福利团体申请资金,但电动轮椅价格不菲,一般的援助可能只限于普通轮椅,那我们可以发动基层和群众,筹款买台电动轮椅给他。

 

   “咖啡开讲”结束后,我前往停车场的路上,碰巧遇上了在报摊的轮椅叔叔。我上前向他阐述了好心女士的建议,并问他对我们的计划意下如何。轮椅叔叔非常感 激,不过,他说,他其实已经有一台电动轮椅了。那时,他用了一阵子,因为双手闲着没有劳动,反而身体不舒服,所以他还是选择用回手推轮椅。

 

  轮椅叔叔患有小儿麻痹症,从小被父母遗弃,几十年来学会了自食其力。他的妻子也坐轮椅,但她对控制电动轮椅没有把握,所以,也选择用手推轮椅。他们知道自己的情况,照顾自己还勉强可以,所以决定不要有孩子。在他们身上,我看到一股不想麻烦别人、凡事靠自己的坚强毅力。

 

  目前,他们住政府租赁组屋,日常生活不成问题,但总会有一天他们年老了或生病了,又没有子女奉养,国家社区得负起照顾他们的责任。

坐在轮椅上,双手掌控命运

  之前在女皇镇服务时,每个月会定期分发干粮礼包给200多名低收入居民。当中就有一对哑巴夫妇,丈夫还患有肾病。在区内经常看到他们一脸笑容,骑着脚车,收集纸皮过活。

 

   他们虽然生活清苦,除了每个月的干粮礼包,他们住租赁组屋,也应该有领取公共援助金,当他们的议员那五年,他们从来没有要求过什么其他的援助。问了他们 好几次,有没有任何方面我帮得上忙,他们无法说出来,但我从他们的笑脸,看得出他们知足常乐,基层和邻居们也确定他们的生活没问题。

 

  社会上的好心人看到一些不幸人士,或年长者卖报纸、卖纸巾、检纸皮、收碗碟、做清洁工,总会引发怜悯之心,并惊叹新加坡为什么还有这么多贫困的人,甚至质问政府为什么不帮他们,忍心让他们受苦?

 

  就如轮椅叔叔和哑巴夫妇,他们接受了政府或社区某些方面的帮助,但还是选择靠自己赚点生活费。打发时间也好,用手劳动也好,这是他们的决定,他们的生活,或许更是他们的尊严。

  好心人要给电动轮椅,完全出自好意,因为看到别人吃力的挣扎,认为有电力代劳肯定会更好。可是,当我们进一步了解个别情况后便会发现,坐轮椅者其实宁愿用自己的双手控制自己的命运。

若撑下去,接受帮助没什么不好

   身为议员,照顾居民是我的义务。我得让居民们知道,需要帮助时随时可以找我、可以如何找到我,最重要的是,可以安心有信心地来找我。我也需要基层领袖和 公众的协助,散播讯息,甚至鼓励他们,如果真的撑不下去了,不要再勉强,接受社会的帮助并没有什么不好,以后有能力、有机会时,还是可以回馈社会,饮水思 源。

 

  我也必须通过言行举止,让人们乐于接近我、与我交谈分享。只有通过有效的沟通,才能了解实际情况,对症下药。

 

  对于轮椅叔叔的处境,既然他目前不需要任何帮忙,我尊重他的意愿。我已交代市镇会研究他来回报摊的路途,是否有梯级或任何路障,尽可能加强无障碍设施,让轮椅叔叔在继续掌控自己人生旅途的当儿,可以行驶得更顺畅顺心。

 

 

English translation

MyPaper 8 May 2012

 

Vulnerable or Vulnerable Not

During “Kopi Talk” last month, a kind lady highlighted a wheel-chair bound middle-age man who wheels himself daily to his makeshift news-stand every morning and home every night.  She observed that sometimes, he has to stop along the way to catch a breather.  Like most passers-by, this lady would always offer a helping hand whenever she catches sight of him.

To make his daily travel more convenient, this kind lady suggested that we help him get a motorised wheelchair.  I am touched by her thoughtfulness and supported the suggestion.  We could apply for a grant from CDC or other welfare organizations. However, as a motorised wheelchair is not cheap, the usual grants may only be sufficient to cover the cost of a regular wheelchair.  However, we can always mobilise the grassroots and the community to raise funds to purchase a motorised wheelchair.

As I was walking towards the carpark after “Kopi Talk”, I chanced upon the wheelchair-bound uncle at the news-stand. I related the suggestion to him and sought his opinion on the proposal. He was most grateful for the kind gesture but mentioned that he already has a motorised wheelchair.  He was using it in the past, but his health deteriorated as he was not exercising his arms.  Eventually he chose to give it up.

The wheelchair-bound uncle is a polio patient from young.  He was abandoned as a child, and has learnt to be independent.  His wife is also wheelchair-bound.  She too does not use a motorised one because she is not confident enough to control it.  Due to their circumstances, they decided not to start a family as they are not confident of providing a good life for their children.

At the moment, they live in an HDB rental flat, and have no problems with their daily needs.  However, when the couple eventually succumbs to old age and illness, with no children to look after their needs, community and governmental aid will have to come in to take care of them.

When I was serving at Queenstown, we gave out ration packs to more than 200 low-income residents every month. Amongst them was a mute couple, with the husband suffering from renal dysfunction. I often spot them cheerfully pedalling their bicycles around the neighbourhood to collect paper cardboard for a living.

Even though the couple leads an impoverished life in a rental flat, subsists on the monthly ration packs and probably also receives Public Assistance, I have not received any appeal from them for additional assistance during my 5 years as their MP.

When Samaritans see some unfortunate or elderly people selling newspapers or tissue paper packets, collects cardboard, clears dishes and cleans the streets in Singapore, some may be surprised at the sight and question why the government seems to turn a blind eye to these fellow Singaporeans.

The wheelchair-bound uncle, as well as the mute couple, for instance, receive assistance from the government or community in one way or another, but have not failed to continue with their abilities to earn their keep. They have made the decision and chosen their way of life.  They do this to kill time, to keep themselves physically active, or perhaps to preserve their dignity.

The good intention of providing a motorised wheelchair was to effectively reduce the physical demand on the user.  However, when we understand the situation better, we may discover that the wheelchair-bound actually prefers to take charge their own destiny.

Taking care of residents is my responsibility as an MP.  I have to assure residents that they are welcomed to approach me with their concerns and to know how to contact me. More importantly, they should have confidence in me that I am able to help them with their problems. I also require the assistance of my grassroots leaders and the community to help me reach out to residents and encourage them to accept help if they are in genuine need. There will always be opportunities later on to return the favour back to the community.

I will also continue to interact actively with residents so that they are comfortable with me and willing to share their concerns with me.  It is only through effective communication and interaction that problems could be understood and resolved.

I respect the decision of the wheelchair-bound uncle.  I have asked the town council to study the route he takes between his flat and the news-stand for any obstruction in his way.  We can do a part to enhance the barrier-free accessibility so that he can continue with his path of life in a smoother manner.

 

 This is my problem and I will solve it.

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Price Tag

April 28th, 2012

 

My dear doll, Ting, recommended this song to me.  She said I sure like it.  Indeed.

My daughter knows she has a ‘hot’ mama, funny and crazy one who needs to be tamed.  I am her ‘daughter’ and she is my ‘mother’.  She will remind me to drink enough water, invent me a schedule to eat my vitamins, calcium, royal jelly, evening prime rose, etc..  If I insomnia, she will read to me.  If I didn’t sit probably, she will signal me. Just like a mother hen.

My husband is a lo-li-lo-so ‘papa’ to me, taking care of all the ‘big and small’ things’, thinking I am very gullible and easily ‘gana’ cheated by people.  Please lah, ‘Who Am I’, sia.

My whole family is very ‘xi-lai-lious’ people EXCEPT ME, got all the genes from the ‘papa’.  All got very ‘serious’ face including my ‘assistant’ (maid) of 20+ years.  Wah, very stressful leh.  You say something funny, they catch no ball and thought you critisie them.  SO BE IT.

Lagi best,  my family is like another ‘department’ of my husband’s company. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper’s conversation is revolved round ‘business’ discussion.  We are listeners (90% of the time),debaters(5%) as well as advisers(5%) too(wu yi kong, Bo wa kong).  I think we should be named “VIP brainstorming Dept.” and claim a salary from his Company.  Very tiring indeed.

I hope after his retirement, the conversation is NOT revolved round  his ‘past’ company.

Heng ah, he will not visit my website.  He views it as children playground, lol.  His past time is watching Youtube Kung-Fu Fighting, ya that’s adult thing.

So, let’s be crazy.

 

Don’t worry about the past and don’t get too upset or take it to heart because it does nothing for U

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行人道。斑马线。交通灯 by Baey Yam Keng on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:28am

April 27th, 2012

This article is well-written in Mandarin and also translated into English by our handsome MP Mr Baey Yam Keng:

Patience, tolerance, magnanimous and  consideration are the important grains to become gracious Singaporeans.  How to form the habits?

Everday, praise 3 persons, do 3 good deeds and greet your family members and friends, say thank you.

After 18 days, you are a changed person to the better lah, dude.

 

我报》27-3-2012

炎下之意(专栏)

文/马炎庆

 

行人道。斑马线。交通灯 

前个周末的“咖啡开讲”交流会上,有位淡滨尼的居民就针对有些脚车骑士在行人道上的鲁莽行为,表示不满。

有关当局已在进行加宽行人道的工程,好让行人和脚车骑士有更大的空间共处。

可是,行人道的空间再大,人心的空间若不放大,也无济于事。脚车是铁马,速度比步行快,撞到的伤害力大。脚车骑士有义务照顾行人的安危,看到有行人在前方,应该自动放慢速度,按车铃也不要急躁,尤其上了年龄的行人,需要多一些时间反应,急促的铃声反而让他们紧张。

另一方面,如果行人认为,行人道是他们的地盘,可以随性,甚至大摇大摆地走,知道有脚车要经过,却故意不让步,纠纷就会这么开始了

 

在柬埔寨学会过马路的窍门

 

我在路上行驶时,注意到很多行人在过马路时有点大意,一面走一面看着手机,甚至在发简讯。

马 路如虎口,就算是在斑马线,或是交通灯绿人亮着的时候,也要左右看一看,查一查车辆是否停了下来。虽然在指定过道过马路完全没错,法律也会站在行人这一 边,可是,万一发生意外,吃亏的肯定是行人。就算交警法官会判肇祸司机有罪,扣分、罚款,甚至坐牢,但受伤的是行人,痛的是自己的身躯,值得吗?

十多年前去了柬埔寨,马路上的汽车、电单车和脚车挤得水泄不通,要过马路却找不到斑马线或交通灯。

后来,发现车子都不会开得很快,却也不会停下来让行人过马路,当地人都是慢慢地顺着交通,一步一步地走过去。不久,我也学会了过马路的窍门。

行人和交通融为一体,顺水推舟般地就可以缓缓地、安全地从马路这一边走到另一边。

与人相处,要理性规划,感性配合 

新 加坡是一个讲法律的地方,什么可以做,什么不可以做,都明文规定。执法者也很有效率,抄牌、警告、罚款或坐牢,总会有一招生效。可是,我们是否认为凡事有 法律保护,有警察抓坏人,而就掉以轻心,警惕心大减?或者,变得事事都依法行事?认为“这是法律规定,这就是我的权利”、“那是他的错,我为什么要让步? 需要妥协的人应该是他!”。

斑马线和交通灯固然是现代社会的基本交通设施, 但我们不可变成没有斑马线和交通灯就不懂得如何安全地过马路,更不要认为斑马线和交通灯就一定是万无一失的安全之道。

人与人之间的相处,公共空间的同享,除了有理性的规划,也要有感性的配合。凡事不要太计较,尽量为他人着想。

忍一时风平浪静,退一步海阔天空。

 

 

Translation

 

Pavement, Zebra Crossing, Traffic Lights

 

During the “KopiTalk” session held at Tampines North two weeks ago, a resident expressed unhappiness over the reckless behaviour of some cyclists on the pavement.

 

The relevant authorities are carrying out plans to widen the pavement so as to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Unless we strive to be more gracious and magnanimous, this will continue to pose as a problem regardless of the width of the walkway. The bicycle is akin to an iron horse capable of a traveling speed many times higher than that of a pedestrian. Therefore, cyclists have the added responsibility of keeping their acceleration and environment in check.  When ringing the bell, they should exercise judgment and discretion, especially when alerting the elderly who require a relatively longer reaction time. Impatience will only create unnecessary burden and distress.

 

On the other hand, disputes are seemingly unavoidable if pedestrians insist on hogging the entire walkway and refuse to give way to an oncoming cyclist.

 

Learning the knack of road crossing in Cambodia

 

It is not an uncommon sight to spot pedestrians staring hard into their mobile phones or actively engaged in their text messages when crossing the road.

 

As the Chinese saying goes “The roads are no less dangerous than a tiger’s jarring mouth”, it is therefore crucial to make a quick visual scan of both your left and right to ensure that the traffic has come to a halt before crossing the road. In spite of the conscientious efforts to abide by the traffic regulations, it does not render one invulnerable to the traffic hazards. In the unfortunate event of a road accident, even if the driver eventually received the fair punishment meted out, the injured pedestrian remains the one bearing the physical anguish, wallowing in his sorry plight. Is this even worthy of a justification?

 

During my trip to Cambodia more than ten years ago, I found it almost an impossible mission to cross the roads in the sea of motorists and pedestrians when there was no proper traffic infrastructure. It took me some time to finally realize that the pedestrians had to move along with the streaming vehicles in order to get to the other side of the road.  While people do not drive fast, motorists would also not stop to give way to pedestrians.   Hence, the trick to crossing the roads with ease in Cambodia – pedestrians blending in with the traffic.

 

Rational planning interweaved with sensible complementarities makes the art of harmonious living

 

Singapore is a law-abiding nation with what we know to be the “to do’s” and “not to do’s” explicitly spelt out. Law enforcers are also efficient to issue summons, warnings, composition fines or even mete out the penalty of imprisonment, all of which will indubitably serve their respective purposes. However, can we just outsource our security to our polished and efficient Home Team and therefore subscribe to a lower level of vigilance and surveillance against external jeopardy? On the contrary, will we tailor every aspect of our lives in accordance with the law and ride on the privileges legally prescribed, and refuse to make compromises?

 

The zebra crossings and traffic lights are modern infrastructure that lend assistance to moderate traffic flow. Nevertheless, we must never take their usually functional and robust capability for granted and gets trapped in the assumption that these tools are unassailable and fail-safe.  Neither should we lose our innate ability to negotiate traffic in the absence of these provisions.

 

Building interpersonal relationships and living together in a common space not only ask for sagacious planning but also jive with the virtue of emotional and mental forbearance. Sometimes it serves us better to be less fastidious and to exercise greater consideration towards the needs of others.

 

Patience and tolerance in the fit of rage begets serenity and harmony.

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Tooth Implant – What an experience!

April 19th, 2012

 

My right side left only 1 small molar tooth and 2 empty slots.

All the left teeth had been filled again and again and the filling getting bigger and bigger, probably need crowning in the near future, the result of always using it to chew food, especially nuts.

I had considered tooth implant times and again but didn’t make a decision because to me, it’s a big operation and I pinched  about the S$5,000+ a tooth.

Besides, the dentist, to protect his profession, stated that there is a chance that it might hit my nerve and the result is no more feeling e.g. if you drink and when it drips out, you wouldn’t feel it but the chance is only 0.001% and so far has yet to happen. BUT, what if I am that 1 in a million?

The dentist advised that I should carry out the operation especially when I am still healthy (i.e. no high blood, no cholesterol, no diabetics, ……) and still ‘young’, haha.

After several checks and x-ray, I finally made the decision.

On that fateful day, I sat on the surgical chair and was very very tense.  After the local anesthetic, I can hear drilling, sawing and digging but no pain.  Finally, the hole is ready to receive the screw, haha.  However, the screw wobbles not because of the screw.  It’s because my bone is not strong to hold it firm.

The dental surgeon gave me 2 options.

ONE – leave it there, hoping that the bone will eventually grow strong and bind it but you can feel the ‘shake’ if, otherwsie.

TWO – Pull it out and close the gap.

Please take it OUT!

So, the surgeon tried  but CANNOT.

SO HOW?  Leave it lo.  But, he again tried very diligently, probably seeing my ‘dismayed, lost and blank’ expression and finally, got it pulled OUT and the surgeon put some bacteria or whatever to grow the bone or make it stronger.  I was advised to go for the 2nd operation.

Wah Say, 真受 不了!

After 3 months , I should be ready for operation.  I delay the allotted appointment after appointment for almost a year and finally make the decision.

YESTERDAY WAS THE DAY and it falls on the day the stock market was moving up.

Ai yo, I need to SELL, my ‘shoulders’ are very heavy already and I need to off-load as there is money to make leh and it’s on margin.

I thought of ‘lao sai’ on the surgeon but my conscience told me that I should have some social responsibility.  The theatre was booked for me and if I didn’t turn up, I am guilty of wasting alot of public resources, the doctor and nurses time and the productivity of the OT and I deprive someone’s opportunity.

I went with heavy heart.  Wah say, what if it’s another failure.  The nurse saw my fear and I confided to her that my 1st operation FAILED.

I told myself not to show ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ to the surgeon, otherwise, he will aslo lose confidence in himself. The nurses there are so gentle and attentive.  One of them hold my hand and gently strokes my hand to calm me and keep talking to me.

THE OPERATION IS A BREEZE!  Hooray!  Everything goes smoothly.

I thank the surgeon profusely and appreciatively, and the nurses too.  We must sincerely thank service staff when they do a good job.  This will spur them to go more further.

What is my cost of operation?

Original cost is S$1,795, after subsidy = S$1140.62.

I help my hubby to save almost $3,000 to $4,000.

Where:  Our National Dental Centre, SINGAPORE, OUR PRIDE

 

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Morale of the Story?

October 8th, 2009

Some of us have probably read this, but I believe it is worth reading it again and reflect the way we do things these days.

Here is a little story…that teaches a lot:

A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work.

He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life.
 
He carefully put his hammer away.

The engine was fixed! A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.

“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!” So they wrote to the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT WAS THE BREAK DOWN?

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What?

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The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer. ………… . . $       2.00

Knowing where to tap……… .         $ 9,998.00

Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort in your life makes all the difference.

 

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Singaporeans, haiz

September 10th, 2009

 

The Bizarre Behaviour of Singaporeans                                                                               
  – observations made by a German national who has lived in Singapore for 9 years.                                    
                                                                                                                      

44 years of economic and material success have spawned some very strange behaviours among Singaporeans. 

They spent  ya  so much to buy a house or flat, furnished it up like a palace, but spent their time outside, most of the time at work.   And the maids are the ones enjoying the million-dollar or multi-million-dollar assets.

Then they pay so much, the highest in the world, for a car only to park at home.  Too expensive to drive, too many ERPs and car park charges to pay.  And they are encouraged to park their cars at home and take public transport,  being cheaper and more convenient.

And when Singaporeans travel, instead of seeing the places, they went shopping. The best part is that they would head for the cheapest bargains, buying stuff that they could get in Chinatown or pasar malam, at even cheaper prices. But they are still happy that they got a bargain.

And while the heartlanders are busy trying to make a life here, being told to bust off if they are not happy, which they could not, the rich and presumably very happy and contented citizens are buying up properties overseas just in case they need to make that escape from this paradise..

While many Singaporeans are thinking of jumping ship, or preparing to jump ship, hoards of new immigrants are rushing in to take their place in this paradise.

And to top it all up, they keep complaining about the govt and all the policies that they found unpalatable, but come every election, they will vote and return the govt to power.

What to do?  Most Singaporeans are so kaisu to lose face.  They have mistakenly led their souls to think that they are  successful only if they not only own a property but well furnished, own a car, many credit cards, branded stuffs and must travel overseas at least once a year.  That’s why Singaporeans spend most of their time slotting for the money and not the other way round, thinking how the money can slot for them or rather they don’t even have the spare cash to slot for them, because they bear more liabilities than assets.   There is no time left to breathe  life into their life and they become boring people but they blame the country is boring and so jump ship loh.

The government and the policies are good for the citizens and they know but they didn’t want to admit.  The vote tells the truth, else how can the government stays for 55 years and more.

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09-09-09

September 9th, 2009

 

 

祝你2009年09月09日09时09分09秒。。。

友情99

爱情99

幸福99

健康99

平安99

快乐99

财运99

记得我99-99-99

 

 

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Anyone interested in a Trainer’s job?

June 24th, 2009

 

 

Looking for a specific trainer to conduct a typing course and also train contact centers to listen to feedback and key into their systems.

Please email directly to: kenneth@deepimpacto nline.com

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How to polish gold, precious gems, copper & silver?

June 16th, 2009

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Commercial metal polish can be expensive, inconvenient, messy and toxic. There are many other ways to clean and shine metals that can produce better results. Tarnish and grime can be removed with a few simple items that you already have around the house.

Sometimes simple things find great uses.

Cleaning Methods:
♦  Gold and precious gems can be cleaned with some drops of amonia and detergent disolved in lukewarm water.  Stand for a while, rinse with mineral water.

♦  Place the metal object to be polished in a bowl. Soak with white vinegar/rice vinegar, apple cider, etc.  Add in table/rock salt.   Let the metal soak for 30 minutes. Scrub with a kitchen sponge or green scrubber and rinse with hot tap water.  Buff with a kitchen towel.

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Polish silver (and other metals) with white toothpaste. Put toothpaste on the item and scrub with a kitchen sponge or an old toothbrush. Rinse with hot water and buff dry.

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Make a paste with baking soda and water.   Apply the paste to tarnished metal and scrub with a kitchen sponge. Rinse with hot water and shine with a kitchen towel.

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Using ketchup on your sterling silver and gold is safe, inexpensive and highly effective. Most people have a bottle of ketchup around the house at all times. Ketchup can be used  also on sterling flatware, coffee and tea sets. This is a slower jewellery cleaner method for maximum control of what you are doing and to be primarily used if there is only light tarnish to be removed.

1.  Pour some ketchup into a glass bowl and stir to remove any lumps that may have formed in the bottle. Allow it to stand until it achieves room temperture. It’s not as effective when it is cold.
2.  Place the tarnished jewellery in the bowl of ketchup and let it stand for a few minutes checking frequently to see the amount of tarnish being removed. You may only want to clean some of the patina leaving a bit in the creases for depth or on antiques. Because this is a fairly slow tarnish removal method, it’s best for jewellery that only needs a light cleanup.
3.  Using a soft tooth brush, gently scrub the item with the ketchup to remove stubborn spots where tarnish has built up. Leave the ketchup on only as long as necessary. It’s an acid and can eat away much of the surface if allowed to sit for too long. As long as there is still tarnish on your piece, there is no real danger, but always watch, rinse and keep an eye on it along the way.
4.  Rinse the jewellery frequently with luke warm water to check your progress and repeat if necessary until you achieve the desired look.  Probably the vinegar in the ketchup aided by the acidity of tomato is doing the job.
5.  Dry with a soft towel and buff with a terry washcloth or other jewellery cleaner cloth to a soft, lustrous shine.

 

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