IN a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: “IT IS BEST TO PREPARE FOR THE DAYS OF NECESSITY.”
This is a Singapore version of the story where there is no winter! :).
The Ant and the Grasshopper
Once upon a time,there lived an ant and a grasshopper. The grasshopper
does nothing else but jump around and play. On the other hand, the ant
is so hardworking, looking for food all day long and store them in it's
Looking at his hardworking friend working so hard, the grasshopper ask,
"Hey, Ant! U dun have to relax ah? Always buzy one. Come and play
with me lah."
To which the ant replied, "I can't lah i have to store all these food."
"Haiyah! Relax lah... Why u bother storing all these food? When u
hungry den go find lah." the grasshopper told the ant again.
"Eh,cannot lah... I have to standby for the coming winter season. Then
I no need to panick mah. I think u oso must standby u know." the ant
telling his friend.
"Where got time... I go play better. U wanna store food u go ahead
lah. I continue playing ok... bye!" And hop goes the grasshopper.
The Ant is a hardworking guy... oops i mean insect. Not like the
grasshopper who is so lazy. And so as days, weeks, months go by, the
winter still has not come yet but the ant is still seen searching and
The two friends happen to meet again. "Hey Ant! U still haven't
finished storing food ah? Last time all the food all go where? So
fast finish ah?" asked grasshopper.
"I got keep but all overdue liao. So cannot eat anymore. All because
winter not here yet. Now i have to go and look for new food." sighed
"But ant ah... U dun mind i ask ah... Did u ever have a thought that
Singapore where got winter?" ask the grasshopper again.
"AHHHH????!!!!!" the ant was shocked!
The moral of the story is whatever u do better think properly 1st. Dun
anyhow humtam only...
"The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer, building his house and laying in supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and he laughs, dances and plays away the summer.
"Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ants should be allowed to be warm and well-fed while others are cold and starving.
"CBS, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ants in their comfortable homes with tables filled with food. America is stunned at the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so unjustly?
"Al Gore exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ants have gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ants to make them pay their `fair share.'"Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration at the entrance to the ant city, where the news stations film the group singing, `We Shall Overcome.' Jesse then marches his demonstrators into the anthill, where they kneel to pray for the grasshopper and demand franchises and reparations for Jesse and his grasshopper friends.
"Finally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission drafts the `Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act,' retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ants are fined for failing to have an affirmative-action program for green bugs and, having nothing left with which to pay retroactive taxes, the ant city is confiscated by the government."
The revised story goes on, but this column's readers will get the idea.And finally, noticed this post from South Africa about two men, mediocrity and enterprise!, you can figure out who is the ant and who is the grasshopper.
Quite amusing indeed.
All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!