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Thursday, December 14, 2006


I am a punctual person. This is why I find it difficult to understand why some people do not practise this trait. I find it extremely rude of people to assume that people should wait for them . This is especially true if it happens once too often .
I read somewhere that these people, when they were young, could have had a neglected childhood and now they like to arrive late so that they could have the attention they lacked during childhood.
Do you have friends who possess this unpopular trait? Did you try to get them to change their behaviour?Shall we excuse their behaviour if it is really due to their neglected childhood?



  • My friends used to tell me "Oh when you have kids you'll know". Now I have a kid I am still very punctual. To me it's just common courtesy to be on time. Dunno about the childhood thing, never come across any studies on it before.

    By Blogger FireHorse, at 7:13 PM  

  • The same theory does not apply to my hubby...he is one person who has never been early for appt..i thought i can change that when we got married..boy , how wrong i was..and becos of him , i will be late too. I think he got the genes fr his mother who is also..biar lambat asalkan selamat kinda person...having a kid does make me a bit late but not overly late..depends on whether daddy help out anot to get ready..

    By Blogger eve, at 9:13 PM  

  • you can't change a person's inbuilt character. Just like a leopard cant change its spots. You can, but the leopard will be severely handicapped for life.

    By Anonymous LM, at 10:06 PM  

  • firehorse, I heard of the theory while watching Oprah.

    eve,so when you have 2 kids, you may be a little late for appointments, huh?

    LM, I gather most Singaporeans are not "leopards" huh? They are punctual, right?

    By Blogger just me, at 10:23 PM  

  • I know quite a few who have that punctuality problem, quite irritating especially when everyone else is waiting for just that one person to show up to get things going.

    sometimes it's easier to schedule things a little earlier to accommodate these late-comers, than to keep repeating to them, "be there on time!"... and they're still late anyway. grrr!!

    By Anonymous may, at 12:54 AM  

  • I think punctuality is an important trait.

    However, between friends and family, it is not a good thing to get too worked up when they don't meet your standards.

    I mean, is it really worth it to let 5 or 10 minutes spoil the mood of your gatherings and relationships. Don't let a little thing screw up the more important things. If they can't be early, I still say, better late than never.

    By Blogger Jonzz, at 1:44 AM  

  • Punctuality is the courtesy of kings. That's what i learnt in school.

    To me it's simple courtesy. If you're not punctual or don't call up if you're going to be late... it just means that you think that you time is more valuable than other people's time.

    By Blogger Bernard, at 1:52 AM  

  • may, some late-comers are so thick-skinned as well

    jonzz, never get too worked up so cannot enjoy the food, good advice!

    bernard, yeah, they are just downright inconsiderate!

    By Blogger just me, at 4:21 AM  

  • well said, Doc! It all really comes down your manners and common courtesy/respect that you should have for the other person.

    By Anonymous mott, at 9:35 PM  

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