Encouragement
Encouragement Recently had a parent WhatsApp a thank you message to me, it was an unexpected surprise for me as the student was usually very quiet in class. Such a simple message but it had a profound impact on me.  In this period where everyone is feeling a little drained from working/studying from home, a positive message gives great encouragement. I hope everyone will try to spread a little positivity like the #Steadylah campaign by some celebrities. It really does spread cheer and lift up the spirits of a world crippled by Covid lockdowns. If you would like to receive such messages, why not start to send a few of these out yourself? If you like to reap an apple, ...
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Reflection and awareness
Reflection and awareness In this fast paced society, it is imperative that we take time for reflection at the end of the day. To be aware of what is happening around us and how we are living our lives. I once heard from Bob Procter, " If all the good of the universe is pour over us, it wouldn't make the slightest different UNTIL, we become AWARE of it". Think about it, until a child becomes aware what money is and what it can buy, they wouldn't actually be happy even if you write them a cheque for a million dollars. Our awareness, or consciousness, of opportunities around us...needs to be awaken. Through mentors who have done it before, through ...
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Déjà vu
Déjà vu We are transiting to Home-based Learning again. I told my wife that i have a feeling schools and tuition centres are going to be shut down...imminently. As it turns out, i was right. The rise in unlinked community cases is ominous. This is a very good time to think about the trade-offs we have to take as a nation. Some friends around me are very pissed that Government did not handle the situation well and imposing lock-down again because they made the mistake of not restricting foreigners from high risk countries (from South Asia). Thinking a bit deeper, i find that Government is stuck in between a hard place and a rock. Restricting workers from South Asia will ...
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Photography
Photography Recently, had a friend do a corporate photoshoot for me. Wasn't expecting too much as the previous photoshoots sessions i had were un-inspiring. But i was pleasantly surprised. He brought along the lighting gear and the prime lenses...also had an assistant to help with the set-up. Very different from the photoshoots i had previously. Not that the previous photographers wasn't professional, it was just a spirit of excellence that Ken (my photographer friend) put into the shoot. He captured the class in session without disrupting the lesson, knew exactly which is the better side to take my profile picture, generally gives people the feeling of a true professional. Now i know why he's so sought after. Below are some ...
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Your Frame of Mind
Your Frame of Mind Was just re-watching a Youtube video by Simon Sinek regarding frame of mind, you may listen to it here: In the video, Simon talks about how elite athletes interpret their body signals due to the adrenaline. For the same symptoms, they've learnt to see that as excitement, which makes them look FORWARD to the competition, rather than nervousness, which makes them shrink back from the challenge. In the same way, much of life's events in and of themselves does not have any negative connotations, rather, it's our thinking that makes it so. When we have tests and exams, how do we look at it? Most students think of it as a drag, they hate getting back ...
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Procrastination
Procrastination. It's the one silent killer that kills all our best intentions. Why do we always wait until it's too late? Prevention is better than Cure, but nobody believes it. It's the same with health, studies, career, relationships, income/sex inequalities, even global warming. We wait until the symptoms can no longer be ignored. A stroke, heart attack, diabetes, high cholesterol. Failing grades, retrenchment, divorce, societal unrest/revolt, rising sea levels, crazy weather storms. What do all these things have in common? Their decline is unnoticeable, minute. A slow boiling of the frog. And our adaptability works against us here. Mel Ribbons gives a great interview here with Tom Bilyeu about how we can stop procrastination. One of the best habits i ...
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Clarity
Clarity You might have heard the advice, "Work harder, practise more, listen attentively to lecture...." What i'm going to share is mindblowing. All those advice is good but diligence without clarity is nuts! I'm going to give a sports analogy. Soccer - Most teams will have the manager or coach give them a strategy briefing on how to play the game against the opposing team before the actual match. Why? Isn't more practise and training enough? Strikers know how to score, defenders know how to defend, midfielders know how to tackle and get possession. Goalkeeper just keep the ball out of the net. Of course not, soccer is a team game. The players need to know the objective so that ...
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Sleep and memory retention
Learning and memory retention "During sleep, pathways form between nerve cells (neurons) in your brain that help you remember new information you've learned. Sleep deprivation leaves your brain exhausted, so it can't perform its duties as well. You may also find it more difficult to concentrate or learn new things." - healthline.com Guys who go to gym knows the importance of rest days, our physical body needs to rest in order to build up new muscles. If you keep gyming 7 days a week non-stop, pumping iron, without giving your body time to rest, it's actually detrimental to your body. In the same way, when you keep studying non-stop, deep into the night, getting less than 6 hours (JC students probably can't get 9 hrs as recommended!) ...
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