Moving Out

Just about ten years ago, I moved out and lived on my own.

Looking back, this was one of the best decisions of my life.

You’ll come to realise many things – one of which is how much it actually costs your parents to put a roof over your head for so many years.

Thank you, mum.

When my world expanded from a single room to an entire apartment, I felt like I have truly grown up.

Tonight, I’m back at my mum’s, in the same room I spent most of life in. This room used to be my whole world.

Obviously, my preferences have changed over the years. This single bed feels too small. My blanket – the same one I’ve used and loved has lost its comforting magic. The fluorescent light which I never thought too much about, is now uneasily bright and cold. And I just saw a tiny lizard run from the back of the shelf into my luggage.

This doesn’t feel familiar anymore but I guess its okay, I think its meant to feel this way after so many years – just so I remember where home really is.

Moving Out

Happy Birthday

So 37 came and left very quickly.

I’ve never been fond of birthdays but I thought I’d give this year a chance.

We had cake in the office, and I got a card – which is far more than what I had last year. I even liked birthday wishes on Facebook!

Until about 4pm when my sister called to deliver the news.

I guess there’s never a good time for bad news. It’s just a matter of when you can learn to accept it.

Happy Birthday

Remember You Will Die

Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you have today. It’s not yours, it can be stolen away at any moment. So while you have it on loan, cherish it.

I absolutely love this post on Medium called Thirty Things I’ve Learnt. Go read it, then read it again. Very true and poignant. Great stuff.

Remember You Will Die

A New Era

The past seven days were emotional for many Singaporeans.

The Singapore community in Hong Kong gathered today for the State Funeral Service. I heard Singlish spoken, and they served us pandan cake and even gave us packets of tissue paper. It was rather comforting being around fellow Singaporeans today as it almost felt like home.

I got emotional just thinking about how my life and the lives of millions of other Singaporeans benefitted from his life’s work.

His dedication to his life’s work is truly inspiring. You could say he was Singapore’s first entrepreneur, and our 50-year old nation was the start-up. As a CEO, he walked the talk, rolled up his sleeves, and worked tirelessly for his employees’ and their future.

Today we celebrated his life and everything he worked for, and we mourned and grieved that he is no longer around as the guiding light. As an era in Singapore history ended, a new one began. It’s time to move on, as he would have wanted us to, and look forward to tomorrow. His legacy lives in every one of us.

Here’s to another 50 years, Singapore. Majulah Singapura.

A New Era