If you didn't know the elections are near, you might want to move out from under that coconut shell. The streets are lined with flags and makeshift mini political party offices, even though Parliament has not been dissolved. Ang pow packets, free food, monetary gifts and the likes are being handed out almost daily. If you own a cell phone, you most probably received a few text messages asking who your vote will go to, or which party will win. Not only did a local politician (whom I'm not acquainted with) send me a generic birthday greeting, I even received one for Mother's Day, though I don't qualify. Certainly these tactics bear resemblances to advice given in the ancient Roman letter "How to win an election"?