19 August 2016

Game Review: Twenty

Game: Twenty
Started Playing: July 2016
Current Level: TWENTY x 15

Synopsis:
Twenty is a colorful arcade/puzzle game that starts at 5, looks easy until 10, gets fiendish at 15 and challenges you to get to 20. Anyone can learn it, but you'll have to concentrate to make it all the way.

Review: 
Wahaha! for those who follow this blog, you must have been expecting me to write a game of Pokemon Go! right? And so... I have been addicted to this game, titled Twenty...WAHAHA... yes, it's another game...  (but yes, I am also playing pokemon Go).

So anyhow, this is a weirdly addictive game, where the aim is the match tiles of the same number, so e.g. if you match 4 & 4, the tile then becomes a 5. You then look for another 5, merge the two tiles, then it becomes 6. So this goes on till you have 19 and 19, which you merge to reach the end goal of 20.

As soon as you get to tiles where you hit 15, it gets a little more complicated in that tiles can now start being linked together. So you have to move them in the block. You can see the little black bar betwen the tiles in the photos, that's the link.

Then the next challenge is to see how many 20s you can get. It is the simplest, most brainless (and yet, not as brainless as you think) game that one can play. And yet, here I am.. playing it day in and out, whenever I have some free moments on my hand. My top score is 15!! any challengers? HAHAHA...

And the one up it has over candy crush.. there are no lives. yes!!! You can just keep playing, and if you die (as in the tiles have stacked up to the point where it reaches the top, sort of like tetris), you just start again. There are no hidden terms or conditions that requires you to fork out cash or irritate your friends.

Anyhow, after some fair amount of time spent on this, I have devised this strategy! Wahaha.. for once, I have a strategy... so this is what I do...

As you can see from this image above, tips are as follows: 
1. I have got three key columns. So what I do is to constantly stack and merge tiles based on these three columns. I have to say, I started with two columns, one on the extreme right and left, but that turned out a little far, and it just takes a bit more time to move the tile from right to left, so having the interim centre column works for me. 

2. Unless it is to free up tiles that are like totally linked together (and it requires a lot of manouvering so as to even reach and free up the tiles), always move a tile only to merge it with another tile. Don't make pointless moves as that wastes precious time and your tiles are just going to stack up more. 

3. And depending on which side you prefer, have the bigger numbers (e.g. 15 and above) stacked on the left or right side of the column. Then it's much easier to move things around to get your twenty when you are very close to it. 

4. Oh, and also, always break up the links first chance you get, or it will get into one big convulated link, where you move them as one big block! that makes it very difficult to free anything up. Which pretty much means you are reaching the end of the game. Haha..

5. And last but not least... it sounds a bit of a cheater bug, but sometimes, if you really need to blink, or just to rest your hands, cuz all that small movement can still result in a build up of lactic acid and also tears (haha, cuz if you are like me, you may tend to forget to blink frqeuently enough)... then hit the Pause button. As you can see... you are still able to see your tiles. Take some time to at least plot out the next 3-5 moves, so that when hit that continue play button, you know what to do to immediately continue the game and you don't lose the  momentum. Of course, this also works if you are stuck. You can use this time to strategise a little to see how you can move what and where. 

So there... waiting for challengers!!!

17 August 2016

Alien Rabbit - To Office and Back Again


And so... Alien has been banished from home and is on the hunt for "THE RING TO RULE THEM ALL"  Having a cuppa in office before hunting for more... Alien is also available on rent to accompany you on your Pokemon Go adventures. Tis said that Alien's best friend is Pikachu... you may start bidding now...

Rio 2016 Olympics and our Single Gold Model


And so... Singapore has finally brought back the Gold medal. ONE gold medal to be specific. It was an awesome Nation bonding moment. I even set my alarm clock to wake up early Saturday morning so as to watch the swim and I am not the only one.

CONGRATULATIONS JOSEPH SCHOOLING! :) 

We are all incredibly proud of you and I am already looking forward to the swimming legacy that you would potentially leave behind. Singaporean or not, any athelete or successful individual who has made it such that they are the best in the world is someone worthy of celebration. What more someone who is so close to heart?

This journey has just started and already my friends and I are talking about heading down for Tokyo 2020 as there is finally something to cheer for. Keep at it.

And just as soon as we have a nation that bonded together when Schooling won, barely hours later, I start to see signs of a nation divided. We have cries that the ruling party, PAP, is trying to take credit for schooling's win, and the fact that they have provided near to no support and in fact, were potentially a derailer as Schooling was due for NS.

Suddenly, there are cries about folks abusing the success of Schooling and seeking to capitalize on it. Whether it's the PAP or businesses. There are also cries that there are other Singaporean Olympians who have suffered and given up so much for their sport and yet, received little support from the Singapore government. With the money being spent on Foreign Talents.

I feel this strong need to also throw in my two cents worth on this.

On abuse of Schooling's success: 
Let's be frank here. In the world of business, any opportunity is to be pounced at. Especially when the economy has slowed down to this extent. So the fact that there is large scale promotions, etc, what is there really to complain about? Some are offering promotions, some are offering bundle package... what is the deal about it?

I actually see it the same as Christmas promotion or National Day sale. Nobody is complaining about the fact that we are abusing Santa's name in vain or that national day should be so much more about patriotism instead of sales. It really doesn't matter. A promotion, is just a reason to get consumers to spend more. Some of the retailers may truly be doing this in celebration and perhaps they are earning little or just recovering cost by offering the discounts. We don't know this. But a celebration is a celebration. If you like the product, buy it. If you don't, don't buy it. What's the point of getting upset over it?

However, there is a line that should be drawn when it comes to image rights, etc. It is the same for any celebrity, sporting or otherwise. the image rights, endorsement deals, these are what funds their careers. Singapore is already extremely lacking in this due to our small market. I would say, make sure there is no copyright or image infringements, for all the celebrations and really, I hope he makes it so big, he too gets the big deals from Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Speedo, whatever it is.

The best way to pay back your parents for their unwavering support is to continue being a success and to ensure that they no longer need to worry about anything financially and can fly to any sporting meet in comfort and style. At least, that's what I think.

On PAP capitalizing on Schooling's success: 
Another case in point. PAP is responsible for many things, including the Singapore Sports Council. So yes, and also for MINDEF for finally agreeing to the deferment for Schooling's NS. Politicians are paid a lot. We get that. Are all of them in because they are deeply patriotic about Singapore? We will never be able to answer this question, only the members serving at the parliament will know.

Sometimes I think we are all a very confused lot. And I have to admit I grapple with this myself. How many of us, who work in the stat board, or private companies, doesn't matter, find ourselves being absolutely loyal to the organisation that we work for? I would say, there will always be this part of us that will always be loyal only to ourselves and our own needs. This is not a judgement (or maybe it is) but it is only human to be so.

MP or not, Ruling Party or not, emotions are always high when it comes to politics. But whoever it is that stepped up to serve, they can love our country and do our best, but the toughest job of being a leader, is not the ability to say yes, as it's always easy to say yes, but having the ability to say No. So there will be times when they make decisions that are not popular, the important thing is intention. LKY had made so many unpopular decisions that it could be said that it was a love-hate relationship at times. But look at how far we have progressed. The intention to grow the country in the best way we know how, that is what makes the difference. So are there selfish decisions? Of course there are.
The people up there are human beings too. In this whole ecosystem that we call earth, one can never predict what will happen. The smarter and wiser you are, the more you can see past the mist and to the goal or outcome at the end.

But I digress. So... there have been FB posts, some in really poor taste, and some selfies taken. All well and good. Let's just put it this way, I have other commoner friends who have also taken selfies and group shots with Schooling. Everyone likes to hang around a winner and champion. When you have the opporunity to and it (suppposedly) makes for good publicity, woudl you or would you not take the photo, share in the success, congratulate this young man, and post the photo, hoping for more "likes" in FB?

Nobody has a magic ball where they can gaze into the future. If they could, they would be able to invest in the talents that count and maybe we can even win two gold medals one day (in different spotrs too!)

Can they make the difference in improving the sporting support that Singapore has given our young talents? Of course they can! And I am hopeful that now that they have seen the success that one individual can bring us, and seen the real tangile benefits of grooming long term, exposure and financial support that one can give a talent and to have him/her excel at world stage, that they would finally get their act together.

We all want success and are fearful of failure. Before Schooling, there may have been years where money was pumped into a high potential athelete only to have the poor person not succeed due to injury or a lack of mental strength. There had been no previous success that they can reference back to even look at the years of support required just to get one winner. Well, now they do and that will make all the difference.

Of the Sporting Support in Singapore
Sporting support in Singapore is one of the worst. Maybe not as bad as some other countries, but it is definitely down there. It is a fact that for fear of failure, they would rather invest in foreign talent as they have a higher potential for success. This is what happens when wining the medals become the end point. And yet, the real end point is, how a sporting success can hep unite the country. Why do we want to win on the world stage? Is it to show that we can do it? Or to show that we can afford it?

If it is the former, a lot more questions now need to be asked. Is the current structure good enough? Are we too partial towards selected sports and neglecting others?

I have friends in the sporting scene (yah yah, you think, I say, who confirm type of information) and politics and old uncles who want to hold onto power, without looking at the progress of the sports are all in place. Budgets that don't allow for our sporting talents to be exposed to the world stage, so they can see their gaps and areas for improvement.

Frankly, if the foreign talent is already here, I would say, support. No matter what, they are flying the Singapore flag and regardless, they have made the tough decision to become Singaporeans, even if it may have been for their own selfish reasons, we shouldn't judge. Singapore had made the decisions to invite them over as foreign talents, they did not seek and ask to come over. Even if it is the wrong decision, it is us Singaporeans and the committee who decided on it, who has to bear the brunt of this wrong decision.

Importing of foreign talent is one that is common to many countries, not just Singapore. Does it bring with it the same issues, of course it does. In the great US, with her many sporting talent, having one or two foreign talent doesn't spark much of debate. In small Singapore, with our very limited sporting talent, having one or two foreign talent becomes another reason why we should not vote for PAP (at least according to the FB posts I have been reading). Same same, but different.

It is a rather sore point and a decision that needs to be reconsidered considering we are already in the 2nd generation of TT players who have been imported. (yah yah, have to name the sport la, all of us 心知肚明,no point hiding it).

Many of those who don't really follow olypimcs, their first question is, who? We won gold medal? Real Singaporean or imported one? When the answer is real Singaporean... beams of smiles all round. "Wah, very good ah! We also can win ah..."  And I wonder, what the response would have been if the answer was "imported" one... maybe a dismissive smile and the response, "oh, good la, we didn't waste money."

Review review review. What's this about crowd funding so the athelete can go Olympics? Anyone who can qualify ought to be sent and exposure provided... we are a REALLY RICH country. We don't take it for granted of course, but really, just to provide a bit more support to our sporting community, local sporting talents can't be one that makes that big a dent in the national budget. AND... with the success of Schooling, makes it much easier to justify.

HAVING SAID ALL THAT... to all who want to succeed in anything, and the path towards becoming one of world's best, are not characters who would be that easily deterred. The will to win, the path to success, is one that only he/she can take. If there is support, the path is easier. If there is no support, I am sure they will not give up that easily. There are many atheletes who have given up a lot before they achieved sporting success. If one does not get the support, then find another way to move up. I realise it is not easy, but if the Schoolings had spent their time whining and complaining about the lack of support for their son, and decided that since no support when all we want is to win glory for Singapore, then sorry son, let's give up. Then he would not have won the gold medal. 路是要自己走出来的。 Sometimes, you have to get started on the path yourself, it is a lonely journey, but a necessary one.

Of Irresponsible Press Coverage
Finally, for the other swimmer, Quah Zheng Wen, I think the media reporter from TODAY ought to be shot (not literally of course). The manner in which the article was written, you have just crushed a sporting talent and in the dumbest, most immature way possible. Always think and rethink, and the editor who let that through, how do you sleep at night? There is this quote, "The pen is mightier than a sword".

A young man, who is absolutely crushed after training years and years, morning and night, giving up so much in the process, performed badly at that one chance he had for glory, Not the last chance, but a very potential and good chance, to not have performed well and delivered (there's a lot to be said for sporting psychology). And you are upset that he didn't want to talk.

Dude, the guy is there to perform, and he is understandably upset to the point where he needed some time to himself to recover. And you decide to lay it on thick.

You go and train day and night, and then fail to live up to your own expectations, at this young age, and you tell me you can handle it for sure and immediately recover.

Give Quah some space. He needs to grow up, become more mature, so that he can continue to compete on the world stage. I am hoping he can get past all these and continue to work at it. But that is another story... I am sure he will get past this. Winners will show these losers how things are done. Maybe it will even spur him on...

Final Side Note - Sports Commentators
And... finally a thought on the importance of sports commentators. Having played badminton most of my schooling life, and the occassional game still nowadays, it was a given that I would watch Olympics badminton.

I almost feel like telling the broadcasters... the commentary provided can make or break a game. There are a couple of seasoned ones, I have no idea what their names are, but I can recognise their voices. Now, what you can talk about in any match of badminton -

1) Pace of the game
2) Mixing and control of the tempo of the game
3) Deftness of certain strokes
4) Agility
5) Speed
6) Power
7) Setting of certain scenarios (e.g. doing cross court lob, then you drop, so that you set the stage for a smash, etc)
8) History of the players, their past win-lose history...
9) Mental strength and willpower to overcome the deficit?

There is so much to talk about and all these are just ramblings off the top of my head (heck, I can be a commentator, with a Singlish accent!)

BUT.... BUT ... BUT!!!!

There is just this one female commentator, who made me mute the game (only to realise I cannot hear the sound of the game, which makes for very weird watching)... and so I lowered the volume, cuz her commentary consisted of

1) Nothing much of the game - focus was on the player's history, etc.
2) Comments on the score. HULLO! There is a big score board behind the players, not to mention that the TV typically has the scores on the screen already (it may be tough since she can't see it, but babe, it's there)
3) Comments on the number of shuttlecocks used... WAH LAU EH... you think we care? Do the viewers care? Do the players care? Does the umpire care? WHO CARES!!! - this really pissed me off (And nope, I have no idea why I am getting so agitated too)... but seriously, every time the player requests for a change, she would say, "this is the only the 3rd point and they have used up 4 shuttlecocks... and then "This is the 21st shuttlecock they are using, they are using a lot of them",

What about the game?
What about what's happening on the court?
What about the players?
Why do I care about you repeating the score, or the number of shuttlecocks used?
Some bio about the players is fine, especially during moments when the play is very standard or run of the mill, but ignoring the play to share bio is just nuts.
What is your job?

I mean, you can even say "look at that smash, that angle, XX had no hope of getting it" or "look at how he set this up... absolutely beautiful, or excellent reading of the game, he was there before the shuttlecock even left the opponent's racquet"- I would have been fine.

And then... this other commentator - male this time - hey, gotta be fair right?

This one.. there was this one very exciting match between china and korea, men's doubles. And in the first game, China experienced a crushing defeat considering that both teams are fairly highly ranked. And the commentator started talking about the fact that the older of the Chinese pair is 32/34 and should retire... etc etc... he is not what he was in his hey days... say until like that guy should hang his head in shame...

And then.. in the 2nd and 3rd game, this same guy, with his resilience, his refuasal to bow down to the younger players from Korea, led his team mate (who was not performing as well, although not as well is really a statement that can't be used, cuz these guys are all top notch) in a resurgence and they won the 2nd and 3rd game in a extremely closely fought match to move on to the next stage.

Now, in all honesty, there wasn't anything wrong with his commentary and I enjoyed watching the match totally. However, there was this one thing I noticed... he didn't say a thing, or acknowledge a thing about the fact that he was making a very wrong assessment about the player. I mean, seriously, the guy led the charge to overturn the game... and you can't even say anything about how his experience mattered? And that maybe his comment that he should retire was said too early or something along that line? This is just a minor peeve though.. just feeling wronged for the Chinese player.

Ah well... ok ok... this rant is over. I know, it's not easy, the female commentator though.. needs a lot more training before being allowed to provide commentary on matches that are shown on the world stage. Maybe practice on the smaller stage first... hear more how the seasoned pros do it... learn more about the game... listen to the translations by the Chinese Commentators (it is a very popular sport there and the Chinese commentary is up there in terms of standards too)...

Over and out...

P.S Team Singapore TT... I is very sad you didn't get the bronze! 

06 June 2016

Good looks help you succeed in life


Dinner with friends almost always result in that one intriguing conversation piece that stands out... and tonight, the topic of the night was... does looks affects one's success in life.

The theory and one which most people would agree to, is that good looking people get away with more things in life and that they are more inclined towards success as most would be more easy-going or helpful towards the good looking person.

Then the conversation steered towards whether good looks help with males more than females when it comes to the work environment.... we then arrived at this theory - and of course, please feel free to interject your own thoughts into the comments column. :) Open debate and discussion are very welcome.

Good looks for males are helpful and helps you out in life, but not as much as females. And males and females who are in the 6-8 point scale, it helps them the most in working life. Males who are in the 9-10 have to fight harder to be recognised at the workplace. Females who are in the 9-10 scales end up living in a bubble as their good looks do help them out a little too much in life, and they end up in positions where they may be out of their depth. Why so? Read on...

FOR MALES: 
When you are a male and your looks are at a 9 to perfect 10:
You get a lot more stick from other males as due to your good looks and you may even be brushed off as just another himbo - pretty face without a brain by your fellow males. You are even be seen as competition if there are in partner hunting mode. They risk of you outshining them is just too high and your presence is not as tolerated.

For females, there is definitely going to be a slight advantage with your good looks. However, female colleagues are generally not the ones in power (now that is another topic for debate, the management ceiling that females face, while I am not expressing an agreement to this stand, it is unfortunately a fact now, but a slowly changing position!). So the help may be limited...

Essentally, there is always this biased (or not!) opinion that you have an easier lot in life due to your good looks and others may not want to cut you some slack just because they may feel that you have had it easy all your life.

When you are a male and your looks are at a at 7-8:
Pleasant looking and above average, you can actually breathe easier when it comes to work. Good and pleasant looking males tend not to be seen so much as competition, and you can be the buddy or wingman of your fellow colleagues. And you will be cut a little more slack at work as your looks haven't always gotten you what you want or need in school or life, and you have had to work a little more on having a positive attitude and character to get what you want.

For females, you are at cruising speed, as overly good looking man may be seen as being too unapproachable. So when you are just above average and pleasant on the eye, it would be more comfortable for them as a colleague or team partner.

FOR FEMALES: 
When you are a female and your looks are at a 9 to perfect 10:
You get random moments of bitchiness as you look too good. But what disadvantage you get from the fellow female is more than made up by the male population. Males tend to be very easy and particularly helpful to pretty females and the fact that you are a 9/10, only makes it even easier for you. And I swear, although there is the possiblity that this is sour grapes talking, but I hope not!

There was this lady I knew when I stayed in the university hostel (pretty enough that she works in the media and has won pageants, been on tv shows, etc)... and there was this once, she couldn't finish her assignment. She was just going around being stressed (aren't we all at that age?) and one smart guy, like the really smart type, said, "don't stress... I will help you." and that dude pretty much did her whole assigment for her, an essay, almost 20 pages long. I kid you not. I remember thinking, "Like that also can ah..." but yah, that was when realities in life hit me in the face. Nah, I am lying, realities in life had hit me a long time ago before that. For me, at that age, it was just... yah, that's life. Deal with it, no point whing about it. And nope, she wasn't such "good friends" with this guy after the assignment was handed in.

Having said that, there was this theory that we had... which is overly pretty females, move up the career ladder fast and they start living in this bubble that they are very competent and effective, which may or may not be the truth. The result is when they are promoted to their "Level of Incompetence"

Sidenote and I digress - This was a very interesting theory to me when I first heard about it from a friend - "Managers rise to their level of incompetence" - have a read, it's interesting.
The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by Laurence J. Peter and published in 1969 in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and "managers rise to the level of their incompetence."

So back to this... these ladies are then promoted to the level where they start to experience insecurities and are unable to perform to what is required. And then politics and power grappling start as a means to cover up for incompetence.

When you are a female and your looks are at a at 7-8:
Now, as with the males, 7-8s are cruise speed. Pleasant looking, you get more favours than not, but you have to work hard to move up the ladder, as with all other people, with a slight edge. Your work performance tends to be more solid (as you had to work for it) and while you can get away with some stuff in life, you don't get to take it for granted.

And so... your work life is a lot more balanced and you succeed in a healthier manner.

In Summary
Of course, there are smart and beautiful women, as there are smart and handsome men. This was just a dinner conversation and sharing of anecdotes in life, leading to conclusions that beautiful female bosses somehow come across as more insecure, and handsome male bosses somehow get more slack from the older management...  and those who are just above average good looking male/females are the ones that really have an easier path and succeed in life.

Comment if you want to! :) Join in the conversation... :D

11 December 2015

The occasional cry for help

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
"If a scream is a silent scream, does it still count as a scream?"

I have come to a sudden realization (and of course it could my neurotic self or my hormones talking), that when I am really thinking of asking someone out for a drink at the last minute, or just to chill as the stress is really getting to me, the sad fact of the matter is that, I have no one to call. I have no one to just dial out to without the fear of getting rejected.

For someone who thinks she has quite a number of friends, I suddenly feel terribly alone. 

I am not a good friend. I am not a good daughter. I am not a good sibling. I am actually not very good at anything. I say the wrong things all the time. 

Sometimes I wonder why I am alone. At at times, I know why I am alone. This is because I am not good enough and not deserving enough for the people around me. 

Some would call this a cry for help. And maybe it is, maybe it is not. I recognise that all these thoughts are of my own doing. I recognise that if you don't love yourself, no one will love you. I recognise that no one owes another person a living or are required to put you first. I recognise that there are many happier things to celebrate about.

But damn... all these recognising sure doesn't help my current depressed state. Why do I feel so alone? And yet I know... these are emotions that many have... loneliness is but a common affliction of humans.

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Albert Einstein

23 April 2015

Performance Review: 天门决 Legends of the Southern Arch


Date: 11 April 2015
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Drama Centre Theatre
Kaki: Ms Loon
Rating: 2.5 stars
Language: Chinese

Sypnosis: 
A legendary Wuxia tale of honour, passion and vengeance.

Legends of the Southern Arch is sparked off by events from 60 years ago, when a secret manual was hidden by a cult under the Southern Arch. Legend says that the Arch, which opens every six decades, is due to open again - and he who retrieves the secret manual shall command the Wulin World and reign over the realm of martial arts. 

There has been peace in the Wulin World since the fall of the cult. But the obsession with invincibility continues to draw warriors into battle. The spiral of blood and death threatens to bury their secrets forever. 

Our story begins here. It is a tale of injustice and vengeance, crossing three generations of bloodshed and violence. Now, the Arch is about to re-open and the secret manual will be returned to the world. Will this mark the final battle? 

Review: 
The set was awesome, costuming was up to standard for a wuxia show. Even the fight scenes was within my expectations, and the parts where they had to be strung up was cool, I gave it extra cookie points for it. Real effort!

However, I was disappointed by the convoluted storyline. They kept jumping around the timeline, 10 years ago, Nowm 15 years ago, now, 60 years, now. After some time, I was like whatever. There was too much narrative, too heavy on dialogue and explanations of why things happen. it's a play, we get 2-2.5 hours, keeping it simple is important. It's not game of thrones where you get multiple episodes to introduce the various characters. And the script was just too long winded. Sometimes, I am already bored before they even finish their sentence.

Speaking of characters, the names were all too long. It was funny at the start. But I couldn't remember the names after some time. Sometimes, for the smaller or not so important characters, you have to call darn silly names like 小明, 小兰, along that line. there is no need to give background to every single individual characters. It's an unfortunate fact, but some characters appear, merely to propel the story forward, or as the "绿叶" to the main character. Let it go. For instance, there was a "helper" couple in the inn. They are non-essential, and we don't need to know what strokes or martial arts they are learning, or their role in the past 20 years ago. that would go towards allowing the audience to focus on the main storyline.   

Redeeming qualities include the comic moments, such as 点穴,the weird romance that somehow developed without much warning, but was funny still for certain moments. The beautiful sets, the action sequence...


All in all, simplify the plot, reduce the cast (or reduce airtime for the non-lead cast), up the comic moments, limit the time jumps to max twice, and I think this will go up to a 3.5-4 star performance. 

20 April 2015

"An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention" - Steve Maraboli


Perhaps it's time to start sharing on about what it feels like to start your own company. To be without the support of giant organizations that will churn in the profit, without you having to actively contribute to the profit margin. It used to be that you would just need to focus on doing your job (and sometimes, those around you) and to do it darn well. You will already reap the rewards.

But when you are striving to break the ceiling, to push forward and be a success, you start being very focused on the goals. Financial goals, milestones, plans to get you to where you expect your company to be, what is the end game? 

It is exciting and tiring at the same time. Sometimes I feel that, the volume of things I have to learn and quickly become experienced in will overwhelm me. And here I always thought I was a pretty decent student and that I pick up stuff fast. 

I have never been a very goal driven person, I have been blessed that I can achieve most things just digging in my feet and pushing at it. But I have never been tested to stretching point and failure is not an option. 

I am not one to regret the decisions I have made in life, but what it does mean that now, I am stretching muscles that previously have not been used. It is tiring to always put the pressure of monitoring progress, to always review plans and ensure that I am still moving towards my goal. I have to monitor if the progress is up to speed, if it can be faster, or is the plan still appropriate. You do not start a company to have it fail because you did not do everything possible to make it a success. 

Dig Deep. Focus. There is no retreat. Keep moving forward.

And a truly inspirational video, also about inches, is the famous Al Pacino Speech in the movie Any Given Sunday. I feel charged up every time I hear this speech.

17 April 2015

My Work Desk


New work desk!  And with it... I must come up with an insane top ten list.

1. Start of a new company. With it... an enormous amount of pressure to succeed. But the way ahead is one that is somewhat blurred. Doesn't matter what plans you have made. The only constant thing in life is change.

2. Start of work in an office space where I need to pay rent. Granted, it's a manageable amount. Still, there is a weird sense of accomplishment... can't put my finger on it. But it feels good.

3. I need to bring a coffee machine to work. Checklist that. But maybe after we have finished some of the not so nice instant coffee that was already purchased. I want my kopi o kosong!! Singapore doesn't carry any good instant kopi o kosong!

4. Focus and discipline. Need to up it. It's not getting there if I am still here typing away. But I am starting to stop being so "nua" and coming in late to work.

5. Picked up a quote that really woke me up. "An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention" - Steve Maraboli
If you never start, you will never move. There is no good time for anything.

6. And the list will continued to be built on...