I live in Singapore. Other than Singlish and our food, do you know what we are famous for? Complaining. We are notorious for this. Every little thing that happens to us is an opportunity to hem and haw about how hard life is and how bad things are for us. Complaining does serve some purpose, and it is always better to let off steam rather … Continue reading The World can’t always be better. But You can.
I can see you scratching your head at the title. You are your own biggest problem? Huh? Well, what I really mean is this: You are the source of all your problems. Not anyone else or anything else. Just you. That seems a little harsh (okay, it’s actually pretty harsh), but it doesn’t make it any less true. How can I be so sure that I … Continue reading You are your own Biggest Problem
We’ve all been there: That nagging feeling at the back of your mind, the sense of unease you get when there’s something you know you should be doing, but aren’t. It could be as trivial as undone household chores, or it could be as life-changing as undergoing a mid-career switch. Whatever it is, procrastination is a problem that plagues all of us, and it will … Continue reading Stop Procrastinating. Start Living.
I turned 30 slightly less than a month ago. That’s three decades of life right there. Birthdays are something to be celebrated, of course, because there are a whole lot of people who never made it to their own Xth birthday. A birthday is a milestone – a testament to your being able to survive that many years on this earth. But what do we … Continue reading Making Use of Milestones in your Life
When you first finished school and started your job search, the world was your oyster. So many meaningful jobs out there to pick and choose from. So many prestigious places to work at. So many great companies and agencies to work for. And so you picked one of them and started settling in. You learnt loads on the job, focusing your fresh and eager mind … Continue reading Pace Yourself in Your Career
Where I come from, the trains are packed with commuters glued to their smartphones. Either they are streaming the latest Korean dramas, or they’re scrolling through loads of photos on Instagram. Only once in a blue moon do I see someone reading a book or a Kindle, and more often than not it is a foreigner doing so rather than a local. Where I come … Continue reading Why You Should Love Reading
Everywhere we turn in life, there are expectations placed upon us. From birth, there are ways we are expected to behave, milestones we should achieve, choices we should make. Who makes these expectations? Other people – virtually everyone we interact with has expectations on what we should do or be. For the most part, this is all well and good. We are expected to uphold … Continue reading Dare to be Yourself
If you read my previous article about traveling, you’ll know that I ended it by saying that traveling can teach you not just about how other people live, but also grant you a different lens from which you can examine your own life. In this article, I will be dealing with one of the nuggets of wisdom (at least I hope it’s wisdom) I’ve gleaned … Continue reading Slow and Simple wins the Race
What do you picture in your mind when I say the word: Vacation? Well, let me take a guess. Oftentimes, due to our busy work schedules, we find it hard to take many days of leave. We are indispensable, you see – the company we work for would simply crumble to dust without us. So we take careful note of public holidays which make for … Continue reading Be a Traveler, not a Tourist
Some people think that being independent means you have to do everything yourself. This simply isn’t true. No man is an island. Trying to do everything yourself is inefficient and ineffective. What being independent really means is this: If you were left to your own devices, what activities would you engage in of your own volition? In other words, what will you keep doing because … Continue reading The Importance of Being Independent