By Lionel Yeo
It started with a T-shirt.
While trying on T-shirts at Uniqlo, I realised that not a single M-sized shirt could hide my proudly protruding belly. Aren’t these changing room mirrors supposed to make you look more attractive than you actually are? Ugh.
It was time to do something about it.
I didn’t want to do the usual “join a gym, pay lots of money, fall of the treadmill (literally)” cycle that plagues so many people today. No. If I wanted to overcome this belly-crisis, I needed something concrete. Something motivating. Something like… Getting an IPPT Gold.
Ah, IPPT: The Bane of NS Men everywhere. The annual rite of passage that involves us panicking right before our “window” closes and barely passing our hastily-scheduled test. We breathe a sigh of relief, only to have the horror repeat itself year after year.
Thankfully, I’d always been able to pass without much trouble, but getting that elusive Gold seemed like a sufficiently motivating benchmark for my new “Stop being a couch potato” lifestyle. There were 3 reasons:
- Monetary: An IPPT Gold comes with a monetary incentive of $500 (thanks, taxpayers!). Sure, $300 for a Silver was nice, but I’d probably blow it all on an expensive, forgettable dinner. $500, …read more
This man knows his heart’s compass when he shared the cartoons he drew depicting how he and his wife met and fell in love… …read more
Song dedication to friends of the cross out there!
To some people, it’s all about the bass, no treble.
Some exalt the fidelity of treble.
While some just prefer the comfort of the midrange tones.
And then there are those who will debate whether we should include beatbox into a cappella…
But put them together…
Merry Christmas everyone!
I noticed a bad habit by some readers of financial blogs – too reliant and dependent on their favourite “shepherd”…
For example, got question on CPF matters, instead of checking the CPF website or contacting CPF directly, prefer to be spoon-fed…
If you get a summary from a summary from another summary, what do you think?
Want to bet there’s some “oil and vinegar” (油加醋) added to the mix?
By Lionel Yeo
A friend randomly texted me this week saying that he watched Jia Jiang’s TED talk “What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection” and he thought of me:
(If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s about this introverted Asian guy who wanted to inoculate himself against rejection. So he did an experiment where he filmed himself asking ridiculous requests from random people for 100 days).
It just so happened that at that moment, I was reading a book written by the exact same guy:
Ahhhh rejection. Most of us try to avoid it. Many of us are terrified of it. Some of us face it every single day.
Rejection isn’t like failure. Failure is cool. Today, entrepreneurs proudly announce their failures at conferences. Coders, writers, and artists will tell you how important it is to “fail fast”, so you can learn and move on to the next thing. In today’s society, failure is celebrated as a means to success.
Unlike failure, rejection isn’t cool. You can “fail” at a prototype or a project, and still walk away with your dignity intact. But when you get rejected for a job interview, …read more