Do with joy

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In the world full of chaos and loneliness, no wonder why so many people want to be a writer. How else are you going to channel your thoughts or having a nice conversation without being judged or criticized? Other people are too busy with their own lives and problems to listen to your ramblings, no?

Yet, there should be a clearer definition of writing as a profession. It’s not just a stream of words coming out of your head. It seems to require a lot of thinking and judging and logical thinking, or what have you. “Duh!”, says all real writers would say.

Ahh, can I ever dream to be one of them? My writings, all of them, are streams of words coming out straight from my head, if not from my heart. It’s not even a writing, it’s just a record of what I am feeling.

Anyway… Start small. Remember the reason. Do with joy. Strive for self-satisfaction. Look inward, not outward. All of these will bring happiness in life.

#Home/Singapore

A must record

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Good bye, big pond. You were a dream came true. I had fun and I thank you for being good to me.

Papake, hear me from heaven. Next time you are in my dream, let’s make a promise. Help me fill my life with things that bring me happiness. Because what else is life but to be happy and content? In return, I will try my best to let you go. That, is harder than life.

Welcome, life full of uncertainty, passion, and happiness. Please be good to me.

#Home/Singapore

Stimulating your creative imagination

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Yesterday I found myself on the low side. There’s this new project at work that I’m not quite sure how to take on for many reasons. Challenging, yes. But comes with it is a lot of uncertainty. And with uncertainty comes the questions of boundaries. And I don’t work very well when I don’t know the boundaries, this much I know.

So this morning, I decided to try something and approach my anxiety in a different way. I picked a book called ‘The book of Doing and Being’ by Barnet Bain. I remember reading a few chapters before and felt like picking it up again when experiencing a mental block with work. It’s a book about unleashing our creative energy needed for whatever reasons we have. And I say I need the boost right now. To be a high performer, you need to be self-aware first, right?

I am starting my day with a useful exercise that is worth sharing here. The aim of the exercise is to stimulate your creative imagination, the first step towards releasing your creative energy.

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Fly me to the moon

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Fly me to the moon

Let me play among the star

Let me see what spring is like

On a-Jupiter and Mars

In other words, hold my hand

In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song

And let me sing for ever more

You are all I long for

All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true

In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song

Let me sing for ever more

You are all I long for

All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true

In other words, in other words

I love you

– Frank Sinatra

For those I loved and lost. 

#Home, Singapore 7 July 2015

Aid worker

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That’s what I told my big boss when asked what it is that I really want to be. What it really means, i’m not really sure. When do we call a person an aid worker? Is it when he works in humanitarian sector? Is it when he actually delivers aid? Is it applicable even to those dealing with the admin side of procuring relief items? Can we call those working in development sector an aid worker? Does it also include those who may have never been in the field but have a great understanding of donor requirements? What is an aid worker, really? And, do I really want to be one?*

*an ongoing conversation with colleagues since a year ago..

The big pond

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Day 10 of the earthquake, i’m phasing out from the response work in the office. Back to daily routine with a bit of involvement here and there to the response. One thing that stands out is that a lot of our team have now move to Kathmandu to start the work and operations shifted to the team in Nepal as of today. Which means the office is a lot more quiet than the last 9 days. As food was catered for lunch and dinner at 30 pax, there’s a lot of food wasted as well. Jerry and I went down to the first and second floors, even the next building to WWF to see if anyone wanted to join the dinner.

Anyway, he and I were talking about what we have learnt throughout the response. One word, fascinating. Came to a conclusion that we’re quite good at coordinating things in a very big and complex organisation as Save. I can only imagine what it looked like back then before our unified presence, must be a nightmare for government to deal with us haha. And also that it’s a very capable organisation. And to reiterate the obvious, ambitious. At $85m appeal funding target, and able to get 30% of it in the first 10 days, how can I not say that.

This is the big pond that I’m swimming. Whether i’ll continue swimming there or not, can’t say yet. But I quite like the idea of dreaming big. Wait, let me correct that, I like the idea of being ambitious. The next step for me is to learn how to deliver the ambition. I think that’s going to be my learning goal in the organisation.

#Singapore, 4 May 2015, waiting for bus at Tanglin CC