Monday, April 09, 2018
Give before you take.
本身帶有點 “多管閒事” 的自己總是學不會對別人的求助說不。
續之前完成的#project1983eagleivan 之後，今年 2018 也給了自己一個新的挑戰就是要再次與83個人玩這副遊戲卡。
This is such a simple statement yet so hard to achieve.
I had several encounters and also met some people recently which gave me this thought.
There are people where in certain occasions, making certain decisions or when dealing with certain people, the first thing which comes to mind is, "How is this going to benefit me?"
I believe, there's a reason why we say "Give and Take" instead of "Take and Give"; only by giving will you be able to receive and take something.
With a "busybody" character, I find it pretty difficult to say no to other people's request for help.
More than a year ago, after my first encounter with this set of cards from Taiwan, I started inviting friends to have a one-to-one exchange session with me.
Following the #project1983eagleivan, I have set a new challenge for myself in year 2018, that is to play this set of cards with 83 people.
As I was caught up with work and other miscellaneous stuff in the first 3 months, progress was pretty slow and I only managed to play with 4 people.
When I started to invite friends to play this card with me, a common question I was being asked, "Why do you want to play with me? What is your motive/reason?"
I believe that it's better to give than to receive, after my friend played with me for the first time, I felt that I benefited a lot from the game and is hoping to "pay it forward".
Different people benefited differently from this game, thus I am unable to specifically let you know or guarantee what can you bring back from this.
Having met with some persistent friends who insisted that I must be wanting to gain something from them, the only reason I can give you is that I hope to gain inspiration from your stories.
When I have the time to enroll in Teacher Xiao Han's professional lyrics writing course, I would then be able to retrieve from my memory jar and use your stories as inspiration, hoping to write some touching songs...
Are you willing to play a game of cards with me? =)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Single ought to have a choice too.
It's the day of the year once more...
Ivan's target of getting married has been shifted from 30 to 35.
In a blink of an eye...
I am turning 35 this year.
Friends around me started asking and even "push" me to take whoever happens to come into my life.
Same goes for other single friends of me receiving the same treatment from their friends as well.
As much as we appreciate your sweet and kind thoughts, please note that we are happy you found the one and has someone to spend today with.
HOWEVER, JUST BECAUSE WE ARE STILL SINGLE, IT DEFINITELY DOESN'T MEAN WE OUGHT TO SIMPLY TAKE WHOEVER COMES ALONG, WE OUGHT TO HAVE A CHOICE TO CHOOSE RIGHT?
We would rather wait (in your eyes, wasting time) for the right one than having to mend our broken hearts over the wrong ones.
So, while you are busy searching for ideas on the most romantic and worthwhile dinner dates, allow us to enjoy peaceful single moments.
My friend was just disturbing me that I know not how to say NO to people.
So, don't try to confess to me on this day.
You may be the first to teach me how to say NO.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Life is unpredictable, treasure the moment!
I have seen a similar photo being forwarded in social media sometime ago.
Since then, it has made me think a lot about life and I have wanted to blog about it.
However, time never seem enough for me to sit down and pen my thoughts down.
So much has happened within a short span of time to people around me, I think it is high time I sit down to blog my feelings and thoughts.
At the same time, hopefully it serves as a gentle reminder to the readers of this blog.
I bet most of us have always hold this thought in our minds, "I still have tons of time left, I can do this later (tomorrow, next week, month, year, etc)."
It may be true today, tomorrow or next week.
But, how long more can this sentence of "I still have time" stay true?
Even if we say the average lifespan of a person is 75 years old.
What makes us think we really can do so?
Have we truly give a thought on this?
When our mobile phones go out of battery, we can always charge it.
Most of us never stop to think how much life battery do we have left.
Theoretically, children should outlive their parents.
We ought to know in reality, things might not go as smoothly.
Take some quiet moments on your own and think about this.
If I were to leave tomorrow,
- Is there any family member or friend I wished I have met up with?
- Is there anyone I wish I have expressed my feelings for?
- Do I have any apology I have yet to make or accept?
- Are there any dreams I have not fulfilled?
We may not leave this world today, tomorrow or next week, but someday, we will.
Do not leave this world with regrets.
I shall end with one of my fave songs of 2017 - 閻奕格 Janice Yan - 《閻羅王 Grim Reaper》
想必我們很多人都常常這麼想，“我的時間還很多，這件事可以遲一點 (明天，下個星期，月，年等等) 再做。”
讓我以我在2017年其中一首我很喜歡的歌當作結尾 - 閻奕格 Janice Yan - 《閻羅王 Grim Reaper》。
Monday, December 25, 2017
This took longer than targeted.
It was definitely not easy to hang on when the odds are against you.
Giving up was easy; but I already know what would happened if I give up, I want to know what would happen if I don't!
2 long years have passed since I started this entrepreneur path.
Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I decided to start.
All I know is I can see this business is an upcoming trend and I have always know working for others would never bring us far.
We are either working for our dreams or we are busy working to fulfill our bosses' dreams.
Do you remember the first time you got your promotion or a pay raise?
When I opened up the letter and saw the pin, the feelings I had was far more than how I have felt for my first promotion or pay raise.
All because I know this is a small milestone towards a bigger and brighter future ahead.
Through the tears and sweat, we have survived and persisted so far.
There were people who doubt us, challenged us and belittle what we are doing.
I am glad we held on and motivate each other to go on.
I would like to take this chance to thank my Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia business partners who have come so far with me.
If not because of your care and concern on how I was doing, the positive feedback on how I should be running this business, the encouragement when everything seems so dark and grey, I would not be who I am today.
This has got to be the best Christmas present for myself and come 2018, I must achieve my goal of giving my Mum her resignation letter as her Christmas present and let her retire completely.
Since I have reached the targeted goals later than planned, it's high time to readjust my action plans in order to catch up on the lost time and achieve what I have set out for.
May my business partners and I continue to grow with each other and bring this to greater health while bringing better health and more wealth to the people around us.
Let us continue to strive harder and hang in there till we achieve our dreams together!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
50% chances of winning, will you take it?
If my parents have given up the 50%-50% chances operations back then, I would not be here today.
Thus, I would always hold onto the slightest chance or hope I have.
There are times where you may not succeed in the things you tried, however if you have never set yourself free to try it for once, you would definitely fail!
I rather regret after I have tried and failed than having to keep thinking how things would have been if I have done that in the past.
To have 2 different friends buying the same plaque with the wordings - "Believe in your own decision, pursue your own dreams" for you at the same time is definitely not a coincidence.
I believe in my friends' eyes, I'm someone who would go all out to achieve what I set out for.
Never will I give up till my dreams are achieved!
在同一個時候兩個不同的朋友不約而同送給我這句話絕非巧合 - 相信自己的決定追求自己的夢想。
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
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Monday, October 30, 2017
30/10/17 :-Only seek advice from people you want to trade places with!
How many times have we seek different kind of advice from people?
Be honest, at least once in our lives, don't we?
Be it studies, love, career, life, you name it.
However, have we ever stopped to wonder, why are we seeking advice from the people we were seeking advice from?Because we have a close relationship with them?
They were the only ones available at the time we needed advice?
Or are they already at the position where we want to be at in the area you are seeking advice for?
Think about this, if you want to score an A in Maths, would you ask a person who never even got a pass?
If you want to go after a girl you have interest in, would you seek advice from someone who has never entered a relationship?
If you needed advice on running your own business, why would you seek advice from a friend who has been a working employee his whole life?
If you want to seek advice on eating healthier and getting fitter, would you ask a guy whose gym is his sofa or even a so-called certified instructor on paper but has never really worked out to get the body you desired?
This is why I've picked Irfan.
Even though he is not certified at all, he used 3 years of his time, watching videos from other trainers, putting in hours of efforts at the gym to get to where he is now.
His own experience is more valuable than those paper knowledge other trainers had, yet having a shape like minion.
I'm not there yet, but I believe I will get there.我還沒達到目標，但我堅信我會到達。
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