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The true friend is the one that’s coming in the door while everyone else is going out.

Dr Phil McGraw, American TV personality


leaves returning to roots

My friend Elizabeth flew off on 25 July to begin a yearlong teaching stint at an international school in Foshan, China. So I was chatting with her on Facebook earlier……

E: the work load here is very heavy
at least for me

Me: aiyo… nvm you can do it
just think of your ancestors when they made their way to sg in rickety boats
they did it
you can too! 💪💪

E: Yes!!!
hahahah i like that analogy btw…
it really made me LOL-ed


My JC senior Cheryl, a teacher, posted this status on her Facebook wall earlier today:



rainy twilight

It was close to 7 pm when I got off the bus, right into the middle of a deluge. Walked through the darkened NUS Central Forum, and suddenly realized the lush green valley that lay beyond it was very beautiful. Somehow, almost misty and magical in the rainy grey twilight……

(Had gone back to my university to attend a personal finance talk organized by my friend Kanghao and his business partner for their new startup. Decided to stop by the arts faculty canteen for dinner. Alas, all my favourite stalls were closed!)

crossing over

Spent the last couple of hours of 2015 at the Harry’s outlet (a raucous full house!) near my place with a younger friend, S, who also lives close by. We had prawn pizza, washed down with sparkling wine (me) and light beer (him). (My treat!)

They had turned the TV to MediaCorp’s ‘starstudded countdown show’, so when it got really close to midnight, the hosts started going, ‘Ten! Nine! Eight! Seven! Six!’ Everyone else in the bar chanted in unison, ‘Five! Four! Three! Two! One! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!’ Cheers and clinking abounded.

Then colourful fireworks from the small-scale celebration a couple of roads away exploded into the night sky. Like many other patrons, we too rushed out to admire the sight.

A simple way to ring in the New Year……

life is but a dream

Went for the funeral of a friend’s younger brother yesterday evening. He was only 24, in his last year of university…… 天有不测风云,人有旦夕祸福…… :(

toothbrushes and toothpaste

My friend Gabriel posted this question on Facebook:

Why do I have 3 tubes of Colgate toothpaste in my toilet?

Responses I really liked:
– ‘Asexual reproduction’
– ‘Life will find a way. / No wait…’
– ‘There were 4 and someone took one?’
– ‘42

And this was mine: ‘there are more toothbrushes on our toothbrush rack than there are people at home. best thing is, some of my family members keep their brushes elsewhere… :/’ Curious, indeed!

the wisdom of children’s literature

A month ago, Kang Hao sent Ming Zhen and I the following image, evidently from 9GAG:


He later commented that he actually hated everything about Pokemon other than Mewtwo. Its words of wisdom actually made me recall two quotes from Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series……

To Harry Potter in The Chamber of Secrets: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

And to Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic, in The Goblet of Fire: ‘You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!’

red packets

Well wishes from friend Gabriel via Facebook a week ago on 19 February:
May you find a husband and give me red Packets next year
Haha so sweet! :)


Visited my friend Joanne, ate lots of nice food, learnt how to play baccarat, and my wallet was $5 lighter after the game ended a few hours later. :D

jack and jill

On 29 January, my friend K wrote this on his Facebook wall:

Nangka is jackfruit.
Chempedak is _________ ?

Naturally, I replied, ‘jillfruit!!! :P’

aloha anaphora

One of my friends, B, who teaches at a top secondary school, posted this on Facebook on 6 January:

exasperatedly, I asked my class how come they’ve forgotten so many of the rhetorical devices we’ve taught them almost every year for three years now:

“Remember metaphors? Anaphora?”

Boy: “Huh? I only know Sephora.”

(Incidentally, while I did learn about metaphors in secondary school, I only learnt about anaphora in university……!)

Continue reading ‘aloha anaphora’

strive to excel

My junior college senior ZQ wrote this on his Facebook wall today……

I think we should start rethinking how we describe the limitations and aspirations of our small nation. Some thoughts:

Previously: we are a small nation without any natural resources. Our only resource are our people and we have to survive.

Proposed: we are a small nation which does not rely on the export or monetization of natural resources. Consequently, our people built great companies, produced world class thinkers and intellectuals, honest managers and operators which the rest of world sought to work for and learn from.

We can only strive to excel, for “surviving” is really very 1960s.


I have never taken a formal MBTI assessment, although I vaguely recall doing a simple one at a peer support leaders’ camp way back in secondary school (can’t remember what type I got and it was probably inaccurate anyway, cos teenagers’ preferences are still in flux). So far, I’ve only tried a free online one here. But I think my result was pretty accurate! This paragraph does sum me up quite perfectly……

Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.

from here

Especially the penultimate line, ‘Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others.’ Once, when we were discussing something over Whatsapp, I gave my friend Zhiqi a URL for further reading, and she commented that I ‘have a link for everything’. Yes, I do consider that praise of the highest order indeed!

wedding bells

Jaewai will be getting married next year, how exciting! Congratulations dear!!! :D

When I met her for lunch today, I volunteered to be her fashion consultant. But to be honest, I am not quite sure what its job scope entails, though! :P

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