Friday, October 03, 2014  

[What went wrong?]

My wife was at Toa Payoh recently and she saw something rather distressing.

There was an old man selling tissue paper near NTUC and three HDB Hub security guards were trying to get him to leave.

Foreigners come here and live the high life. They live in nice houses, drive flashy cars, and bed all the hot chicks. Some come and cheat rich old people of their money. They come here, most of them with no intentions of settling down, leech whatever they can, and go back to their home countries.

What about the people who built this country into what it is today? They sell tissue paper, collect cardboard boxes, or clear tables at food-courts in order to survive.

How did we get here? What went wrong?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014  

[Lazy Sunday...]

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Thursday, September 25, 2014  

[Ode to an ice-cream bar...]

I first saw you on a flight to the United States about fourteen years ago. When the stewardess handed you to me, I had no idea what you were. For some reason, instead of your familiar packaging, a plain white wrapper was used instead.

It was one of the best things I've ever tasted.

Since then, I've been on the look-out for you at my neighbourhood supermarket, but you've never appeared. Who knew that the next time I would see you would be this past May in Dubai.

I finally found you in Singapore. At Cold Storage Anchorpoint.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014  

[Poor man's watches...]

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[A calming flame...]

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014  

[Happy now...]

I wonder, how many of us are really happy at work?

I've worked at a few different organisations. Four, to be exact. I find that no matter where I go, I can't seem to be happy. I may be happy at first, I may be happy for a few weeks or months at a time, but eventually, something happens that either saps all my energy, or make me so angry, that I start questioning whether is this all worth it.

There are, of course, people who stay at the same job and/or organisation for a long time. I can't believe their experience is that much different from mine. They must face the same difficulties at one time or another.

Which begs the question, is this normal? Is it normal for people to feel this way about their jobs? Is it normal for people to feel "burnt out" all the time? Some people quit and leave the corporate world after a number of years to start something and be their own bosses. Maybe these are the ones who felt that a 9-to-5 job doesn't suit them.

I'll be away from office for two weeks, starting next week. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I'm looking forward to ICT. It would give me some time to think about this.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014  

[I guess that's one way to reduce your debt...]

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014  

[The problem with mortality...]

I’m watching Cosmos now. I’m nearing the end. The last episode I watched was one about global warming.

The facts speak for themselves. Global warming is real. And we are the cause of it. The facts and impact on the environment is startling to say the least. If I recall correctly, there hasn’t been this much CO2 pumped into our atmosphere for the past million years.

Confronted with all the facts, evidence and projections of what could happen, why then are we, humanity, not taking action? I suppose it can be argued that we are, but I feel that whatever we are doing now, it not enough. So why aren’t we doing more? Why aren’t Governments doing more?

I think the reason is because compared to the lifespan or timescale of the universe, our lives are but just a blink. We have no incentive to change our ways for the better because we won’t be the ones who have to live with the consequences. It will be our children, our grandchildren, or maybe when our great-grandchildren.

If we knew that we would have to confront the consequences of our actions in our lifetime, I’m sure our responses, by now, would have been very much different. We would not be continuing to exploit our planet for short-term monetary gains. We would be trying to restore the balance, to fix what we’ve broke.

I hope we won't go down in history as the generation who screwed Earth up for all subsequent generations.

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[Survivorship bias...]

NDR has come and gone. One of the things our PM put across is how we do not need a degree to be successful.

I have a degree. I agree with what our PM said.

That said, there is an article in the local papers today about some people who made a name for themselves and they don’t have a degree. That’s nice for them, but people who read the article will probably be somewhat misled. Survivorship bias is at work here.

For every one such successful person highlighted, there are probably hundreds or even thousands more, in the same position who are not doing anywhere as well as the highlighted person. Not even close. They may be struggling along, trying hard to make ends meet.

Don’t be blinded by a few successful examples. Be aware of the reality on the ground.

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[I am the greatest!]

In the book Good to Great, author Jim Collins introduced the idea of level-5 leaders. Among other things, these leaders will groom the next generation of leaders to take over when they are gone.

In contrast, there are the “superstar” leaders. They have huge personalities (read: egos), and their management style is basically they call the shots, and everyone else around them should just execute their orders. More often than not, when they leave, the company suffers. Such leaders do not groom the next generation’s leadership. When the company flounders after they leave, they take it as evidence of their genius, how their presence has been sorely missed.

What am I suddenly writing about this? Because I came across the latest outburst from a former Prime Minister up north.

Some people should just learn to shut up.

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