Sunday, 22 January 2012

Happy Dragon CNY!

Even though it is not much of a reunion dinner nor big spread this year, but I am thankful that my family is safe, the problems from 2011 are settled, I am sitting in the comfort of my new home watching television programs, having nice clams and drumstick for dinner.

Happy CNY. May all of us gets prosperity and good fortune in the year to come. Huat ah!


Sunday, 15 January 2012

'Sorry, your child is not bright enough' - Channel NewsAsia

'Sorry, your child is not bright enough' - Channel NewsAsia

It's so sad to think of the kind of stress that children these days have to go through. Stress from parents, from school and now even enrichment / tuition centres. Speaking of kiasuism...

Learning often calls for aptitude and attitude. I think these centres which hold pre-enrolment tests are trying to screen for children with these qualities so that it would reflect better on them since these are the ones who would fare better in exams at the end of the day. Smart tactic and marketing I would say.

However, the truely professional educator whom I admire would be those don't discriminate and those who are able to deal with children with learning problems or the not-so-gifted ones to help them improve on their results - as long as they are willing to learn.

It is really the improvement that should count and not so much of how many As or A stars the child gets. It is also about nurturing the child in what he is good at, a so-called bright child doesn't need to be a straight A scorer. Maybe we should start evaluating learning centres in this new light.


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New year resolutions 2012

I have started off this year with a brilliant firework-watching with my friends at Esplanade park and it is also my first time watching fireworks live. A good start to the year.

With reference to my last year's resolution -, I have 3 aspects that I wanna work on last year namely
- a realistic exercise regimen
- money to be accumulated and allocated this year
- my career goals
1. A realistic exercise regimen has made some progress, although I didn't have a good stick to discipline and when weather's bad I just sit in the comfort of my home (which isn't an ideal exercising ground at all), I manage to swim fortnightly for a while before the rainy weather set in. Now seems like the weather is getting sunny again, I shall aim to exercise weekly whenever I have a weekday off work.

2. Money to be accumulated and allocated. Well, I didn't keep to my words of staying out of new investment although I did bought a blue chip - CapitaLand. And I did that by catching a falling knife - when the price is plummaging. So... I am still holding on to it and wait to sell on a very good rebound. Unfortunately the property market has got some very bad news and I think it's gonna take some time. Other non-blue chips are doing badly too because the Europe crisis is still hanging.

3. I have managed to stay on another year at where I am and waiting for some bonuses. Thereafter, I will re-access what are my goals and prospects in the company. Would be interested to try out new jobs if prospects are not in favor otherwise. The ultimate plan is still to set up a business but I have yet to draw up a concrete plan. That shall be my new year resolution.

4. Okay, Resolution 4 is to learn more about stock trading. Again it takes self-discipline which I think I am lacking

5. To go for at least a holiday oversea. In 2011, I have been too busy and couldn't settle on a good travel location and time with my friends. Start sourcing travel opportunities and buddies... hmm but maybe after moving house.

I am both excited and anxious about moving house this year. Hope all will go smoothly. Seeing the new house this Thursday. Had a really curvy-turvy, bumpy year 2011. Looking on the bright side there are some good lessons that me and my family have learnt during those problem-solving times. For a while I am gonna stop tracking my stocks, because I am unable to do anything about them and it's just depressing to keep dwelling on the losses.

I have stopped wasting time on FB games which is a good achievement on the discipline part in 2011. I have decided to stop joining useless events. Lastly, I gotta ask myself what I would define as a happy life.

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