Joining the workforce

Every one has to join the workforce

To add some value to the economy

To the world

Today was my first day as an intern and I enjoyed it because I felt like I was adding value

I was a resource

If you are able to attribute value to your job, you will perform much better

Our world is made up of transactions

In the economy

In social interactions

Monetary, time, emotions

Find a way to add value to your transactions in life

Good Luck

Grateful Day 81: I am grateful for how cool it feels to be able to call myself an employee

Reading Day 22:

Did you know that when performing a “nervous” task, such as public speaking or doing a big test, it is BETTER to acknowledge your stress and attribute your nervousness as EXCITEMENT rather than anxiety. It is also better to be excited rather than trying to stay calm in those situations, and experiments made by In the book Originals prove that being excited rather than feeling stressed or trying to be calm in nervous situations will produce better results. Attribute your transactions with value!


Making slow progress

I’ve been making slow progress in many areas of my life.

  • Financial knowledge
  • My boxing skills & working out
  • Starting my personal business (VERY SLOW at this one. Haha)
  • Reading books
  • Writing skills

It is very slow progress.

But progress, nonetheless

Imagine if you had to learn a new language.

Now imagine you were allotted 40 hours (a regular semester worth of classes) to learn that new language.

You could choose to cram 10 hours a day, for 4 days straight.

OR, you could choose consistency, by studying 2 hours a week, over 20 weeks.

The same results are not produced. (I know this is true. There are many articles written about these types of experiments.)

The very true fact is this: Consistency beats intensity.

When you spend 20 weeks consistently practicing something, you allow yourself to develop those skills not only while in the act of practicing but also in the rest state. You allow yourself to fully process what you learn and fully understand the concepts.

One of the most important part of building more muscle is allowing your body to rest, repair, and then build new muscle.

Long-term investments mean some days you will go red, but in the long run, you will make slow progress towards big gains.

Try reading 50 books in one day, and I’ll gladly read those same 50 books over the course of 1 year. The only difference will be that I’ll actually consume and understand the knowledge provided, while anyone who tries to read 50 books in one day is most likely going to pass out at the thought of such a task, which is technically impossible if you account for the fact that the average book takes 4.5 hours to read.

Slow–and consistent–progress is the silent way to achieving success.

Good Luck.

Grateful Day 80: I am grateful for R3, the company I will be working for starting tomorrow!!!

Reading Day 21:

Currently Reading: Originals by Adam Grants

Did you know that later-born children are more likely to take risks, become entrepreneurs, and question the status quo? While firstborns are more likely to follow the social norms, climb the ladder to traditional success, and get better grades?

For example:

More comedians are last-born children

While many CEO’s are likely to be firstborn

Many entrepreneurs are last born

Many doctors, lawyers, and teachers are firstborn


7 Tips to Improve Your Everyday Life

I was requested to answer this question on Quora, a social media writing platform a few days ago. My answer gained 30K+ views and 400+ upvotes pretty quickly, so I am posting my response here.

  1. Put your phone on airplane mode/Turn off Notifications
    • Learn self-control and live in the moment. The PHONE is the tool; don’t let your phone control you.
    • You don’t need to check SnapChat every 10 minutes
    • Or Instagram
    • Unless I am expecting important phone calls or texts/emails, I always have my phone on airplane mode. I turn my data back on when, and ONLY when I need it, for certain situations.
    • It also extends the battery life of your phone. (No constant phone checking and notifications)
  2. Read everyday
    • Whether it be news, books, fiction, self-help, or articles online. I even count Quora. Basically, you need to consume knowledge.
    • I am currently reading: Counting by 7’s
      • The book follows a genius girl who is fascinated with medical conditions and plants. The story begins with the sad news that her adopted parents, who loved her dearly, sadly passes away in a car crash. I am only ~20% through the book. Started reading it yesterday.
  3. Dance
    • People who dance are happier. I don’t care if you do it in public, in your bedroom, or run off to do it privately in the bathroom. (I may or may not have done that before)
  4. Laugh. At yourself.
    • Self-humility is one of the greatest qualities a human being can have. It reminds you that you are, first of all, not perfect, but more importantly, that you are human.
    • Also, if you don’t have past embarrassing moments to laugh about and have a little chuckle in your head, then you aren’t living life and taking enough risks.
  5. Wake up with a consistent morning routine that helps activate and prepare your body and brain for the day. Here is mine:
    • Wake up and do some quick stretching + 10–20 pushups and then I jump around a little to turn my body on
    • Do your bathroom routine (number 1 or 2…whatever you do in the morning)
    • I BRUSH MY TEETH WITH MY LEFT HAND (non-dominant)
      1. This gets your brain flowing in the morning
      2. I also plan to become ambidextrous one day…one day…
    • Dance to music while brushing teeth/putting on clothes/on the loo
    • Drink a large cup of water. Water stimulates the brain and body.
  6. Write before bed
    • Journal. QuoraPersonal blog. Gratitude list. Etc.
  7. Be OKAY
    • Interpret this however way you want to. Love yourself. Love others. Just BE OKAY at the end of the day.

Grateful Day 79: I am grateful for how good it feels after a good workout.

Reading Day 20: 

  • I am currently reading: Counting by 7’s
    • The book follows a genius girl who is fascinated with medical conditions and plants. The story begins with the sad news that her adopted parents, who loved her dearly, sadly passes away in a car crash. I am only ~20% through the book. Started reading it yesterday.


“It has been my experience that rewarding and heartbreaking often go hand in hand”

“I am asking you to pay attention ins a new way and view it all as being Alive. With a capital A”

“Because in my opinion it’s not really a great idea to see people as one thing. Every person has lots of ingredients to make them into what is always a one-of-a-kind creation. We are all imperfect genetic stews”



Lost in Thought

In my thoughts.

Where my imagination takes me anywhere: the future, past, present.

To a galaxy far, far away. To a universe where everyone is happy and safe. To a reality where I have someone who loves me just as much as I love them. To a world where small creatures with abilities are capture with small red & white capsules, and trained and evolved. To Hogwarts.

But too often, I get lost in my thoughts.

It’s my safe place. My happy place.

But being safe your whole life is not good. Being happy in your thoughts means you are choosing to escape reality. But it’s not…real.

If you escape into your mind too often, it means your reality is not as good as you want it to be

Is it bad?

Not necessarily, but you can’t only create a life in fiction–that world is too perfect. I use my thoughts to create a life I want, and then I need to then choose to act upon it. People call this chasing your dreams.

“it’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life” – Perks of Being a Wallflower

Grateful Day 78: I am grateful for my boxing instructor. He is hilarious.

Today he told me to punch his stomach. I was hesitant, so I basically tapped him. He kept yelling “HARDER!”

So I kept hitting him. Harder, but still hesitant. My fifth punch definitely felt like it would have hurt, like probably make me puke. (I was still holding back like a bit)

He didn’t even budge!!!

Then he told me “Switch turns?”

I ran.

Search him up. His name is Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

Reading Day 19:

Currently Reading: Originals by Adam Grants



So you missed your flight?

So maybe you missed your transfer flight

You run back and forth, to different ends of the airport terminals, trying to see if there’d be another flight you could catch to go back to Singapore.

Bad news. Everything is fully booked for all on Sunday.

But you make it work anyways, because it is Sunday morning, and you need to be home because you start your internship on Monday.

So you take a 4-hour taxi, and then 2 different buses until you finally home.

Somehow, someway, you finally end up back in your apartment. Baffled at the turn of events.

Everything seemed fine when you took your first flight on Saturday night.

And here you are. Sunday afternoon. Mentally and physically exhausted. Not sure how you did it, but you somehow got all the way from Kuala Lumpur back to Singapore by taxi and bus.

Then you wonder: how many people made this exact same trip as you? How many people make this trip, consistently? Yes, you did miss your flight, but you still ended up at the same destination, just through another path–another road that many other people take.

You felt like the world was against you when you missed your flight, and the service counter told you that there were no more flights back to Singapore until Monday, but you realize in the end, maybe it’s not so bad. You made it home. You are safe, and although feel extremely stupid, you can now laugh at your mistake.

So maybe you missed your flight. But it’s okay because another plane will be coming in a few hours.

Or in our case, a 4-hour taxi ride and 2 separate buses.

Grateful Day 77: I am grateful for our taxi driver, who willingly drove us for 4-hours while we all slept in the car. Smooth ride.

Reading Day 18:

Currently Reading: The Sense of an Ending – By Julian Barnes

Again, I finished another book in one sitting (while on our first flight)

It was a book recommended by one of my friends that made me think a lot about the concept of time–past, present, and future.

Description: “This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.”

Interesting Quotes:

“Someone once said that his favourite times in history were when things were collapsing, because that meant something new was being born.”

“Life isn’t just addition and subtraction. There’s also the accumulation, the multiplication, of loss, of failure”

“But all this is looking ahead. What you fail to do is look ahead, and then imagine yourself looking back from that future point.”

“The less time there remains in your life, the less you want to waste it”



Interactions in Taipei

“And you work both stalls by yourself?

“Yes. 10 hours every day”


“Are You Japanese?”

“No. But we speak a little for Japanese tourists.”

“It’s so cold out! Are you okay?” Was the first thing the female taxi driver said when I got into the passenger seat

we stopped a car to hitchhike

“How much $ for the ride?”

“Ha it’s free. Taiwanese people are nice. It’s not a bother.”

“Thank you so much!”

“Don’t worry; I won’t be selling you to anyone”


Grateful Day 76: I am grateful for the people who tell me they enjoy my writing

Reading day 17: Currently Reading: Originals by Adam Grants

Interesting fact:

Novel-prize winning scientists are much more likely to be involved in the arts, a contrasting skill, compared to ordinary scientists

22x more likely to be involved in performing arts, amateur acting, dancing, magic

12x more likely to be involved in writing, poetry, plays, novels, short stories, books, essays

7.5x more likely to be involved in crafts, mechanic, wood making, electronics, glass blowing

7x more likely to be in visual arts: Illustration, drawing, sculpting, painting, print-making

2x more likely to be involved in music: instruments, composing, playing, conducting

Hitchhiking in Taipei

We had been walking down the mountain road for maybe 10 minutes.

The one taxi we saw that came by, we missed it.

And we had no idea how or where we could use the bus system.

So we hitchhiked.


Thumb out while we walked. An elderly man, who had been walking with us, helped us stop a car, and explained to the driver where we wanted to go. And we hopped in.

I’ve always thought that depending on the kindness of strangers is a great mentality to have when traveling. If we expect the best out of humanity, then we will, in turn, receive what we expect.

I’ve always wondered about the lives of the people constantly passing by in their cars. Were they middle-aged, or maybe young adults? Did they have a family, or were they starting a family of their own, or did they live an independent life? What type of careers and aspirations do they have?

Every car that passed by us on that mountain road had their own unique circumstances. They had their own life and own story–each as complicated and full of pain, stress, happiness, joy, experiences, but in different percentages.

Every car represented a whole different story.

Our driver: A car mechanic. He had two sons, one older than me by a year, and his eldest was 4 years older. He’d been to Australia before for work; never to North America or Europe. Native-Taiwanese. Impressed by my Mandarin. Enjoyed talking about culture and languages. Said that kindness was important.

The best way to describe these interactions with these cars while hitchhiking in another country: sonder.


n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Grateful Day 75: I am grateful for the kindness of strangers. Thank you Taiwan

Reading Day 15: So yesterday I slept at 6:30 AM because I literally could not put down The Perks of Being a Wallflowers.

I finished the last 80% of the book in one sitting (~4 hours of straight reading). I missed having that feeling of enjoying a book so much.


“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

“And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have. Good and bad”

“It’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them”

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”