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The Happy Running Girls

My wife and I wandered downstairs after dinner last Saturday. Quite a few people living in the neighborhood were enjoying themselves. Some were jogging around the garden with the favorite music in their ears. Some were stretching their bodies with community facilities. Some were chit-chatting with their neighbors. People who prefer to stay away from the electronic worlds and keep distance from alcohol found their moments of relaxing and peace. Indeed, while the temperature was cool and the wind was flowing gently across, it was such a lovely evening for busy parents, young couples, pets lovers, etc.

Just about half way we wandered around the garden, two sweet laughing fly across the corner. Then two little girls with their eyes narrowed, mouth wide open, arms stretched upward appeared at the corner. We quickly stepped aside and gave the path for the two little girls. The parents who pushed a stroller with their new born inside steered their wheels at the side walk. Another older couples further behind also tightened their dog cord so that they won’t blocked the girls.

It seemed that the 1st girl was chased by the 2nd girl and the 2nd one try to catch the first one. But the girl in front didn’t seem to care whether to be caught and the girl behind didn’t bother to run faster either. They staggered along the pave, wagged their braid. They never looked aside for people who cleared pave for them. They simply laugh and ran along the path.  They disappeared at the end of the pave shortly, but their laughing still stayed around our ears. 

While their sweet voice finally flew away, I looked at my wife with a simple smile, and she smiled back to me naturally. Then I looked back towards the couple with their new born with a smile, and they nodded back with a smile already in their faces. I turned back and continue the walk with my wife. We talked about the two little girls, and envied their unconditional happiness. As a result, the rest of our trip was not just peaceful and relax but also smiley and cheerful. I believe the new born couple would have the same experience because of their best wishes to their baby while their walk restarted. And I have no doubts that the last couples who were walking their dogs would experience similar change of mood. 

I was amazed by the power of these two happy running girls. While the walk at Saturday evening walk is a way for adults to avoid their daily hassles, it was just a cool night that they can happily run or chase along a quite and safe pave without being interrupted. They are so happy about running together that they don’t have to excuse anyone who need to stop by to give them the path. And the people who step aside are not only so ready to accept the priority of the girls but also happy to see know their laughing continued because of their choice.

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Unexpect The Expected

This post is about the new family member on the way.

She (we do not know the gender yet, but I like to use “she” here) is expected because we started to prepare about one and half years ago. (Yeah, I am Virgo and always plan.) I stopped drinking and signed up for gym membership. She is unexpected, as she is going to barely catch the end of Snake year.

There she is. The first time we met and was informed her arrival time. She is 50 days old. Our parents smiled, and started to spread the news. They planned their leaves and flight to visit us. My wife smiled, she can stop traveling and start to work from home with flexible working hours. I smiled, my hard work finally showing results and I can buy myself a bottle of bear again.

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My wife stopped smiling. She started to get all kinds of symptom for early stage pregnancy. The little lady obviously has strong opinion on healthy food and doesn’t like seafood. My mother in-law has been with us for two months to take care of the recipes. With her experience and caring, my wife managed to keep her health and mood positive.

I have to express my great appreciation to both of them. Their support and understanding has kept me focus on my 16-hour * 7-days a week startup. I can’t image what would otherwise be.

With that, good to meet her again on her 71 days. She has grown legs and hands. A very thin umbilical cord is connecting her to my wife.

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My wife started to feel better and better. Her belly started to showing the shape. She can eat more without worrying to vomit out soon after. She get the permission to had KFC and some spicy steamboat once each. Meanwhile, due to expiry of visa, my mother in-law is going to fly back soon.

During her visiting period, I have to say, life in Singapore has never been so enjoyable. You know what I meant when you are able to pursuing your dreams with all of your housework being taken care of. 

With that, we meet the lady again on her 89 days. Her legs and hands are clearly formed. She slept peacefully at first. Then either annoyed or excited by our visit, she started to jump back and forth. (Dammed, I was fully attracted by her movements and forgot to capture anything. It was such a precious moment for my wife and me.)

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She is still growing very fast. And I am here to wish her good night.

Side note: my wife was born head of a tiger year. Her birthday and her birthday is going to form something interesting in Chinese. Not fully positive, but who cares.

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Thats How I Started

I was born in late Aug. By astrology, I belong to Virgo. I have been never bothered by comments and advice on how the Virgo should behave, talk, or love. But one thing that matches well is that I am very organized. I am always plan ahead and execute accordingly. When I have big decisions to made, I always search for plenty of information and get as much advice as possible. Then I compare, or even calculate the risk I could bear and the benefit I could enjoy.

And yeah, I did try my best to prepare myself for this venture. I convinced my families, saved enough cash, invested additional money.  I found partners, wrote business plan, secured government and angle funding. I thought “Yeah, I am prepared. And I am ready to go”. Then I submitted my letter and handed over my tasks.

The next Monday, instead of suit and leather shoes, I put on my polo and sneakers. I realized my pants were a bit tight. Hmm… seems I gained a bit of fat. Instead of following the crowd into CBD, I dropped off near NUS campus and walked on a quite single lane. NUS Incubator has allocated a small room at the second floor of an unused bungalow as our office.

Before I open my Todo list for the day, I realized I needed to clean up some space for  my laptop first. As I browse through the list, I realized I needed a project management tools to coordinate the work between my partners and me. Then I realized we needed someone who can assist us in marketing, and we also need to have more developers to handle more and more plan. Then I realized …

Oh my… I can’t stop adding new items to my Todos. I was still overwhelmed by so much unprepared for running a business. We still have endless features to develop. We don’t know how to share tasks and knowledge between us effectively other than face-to-face. We don’t have any idea about accounting. We don’t have a proper Chinese name for our project yet. We don’t … My partners don’t even have an additional set of keys.

This post was planned two and half months ago as a mark of beginning for yet another off-the-track activity for me. The original idea was totally different. I imaged to write this post on that Saturday morning, next to the swimming pool I mostly visited. The result? We worked non-stop, 15~18 hours a day, 7 days a week for more than two months.

When I finally reached here, it is not about dreams and plans any more. It became the story. And this is just the START of our story.

Finally, I would say, the statement below on starting your own business is true.

However you think you had well prepared, it’s never good enough.

And I am glad that I have proved it.

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Courage to Live Plainly? No

Few days ago, I read a post shared by friends on Renren about the courage to face your plain life. It is originate by a back-packers who has just graduated and join the workforce as a young professional. The author points out that the young generation are eager to express their identity by doing all sorts of different things. They dress differently, travel to different places and in different manners. They seek for their uniqueness and afraid to be ignore or be treated as just anybody. Then, the article quoted a passengers the author met on the train, at the end of the day, we all go back to reality and live a common life. It is important to have to courage to get settled and live a common life.

 

In a society that people wanted to get famous in order to fulfill their ego, this article received a lot of positive comments. Some people genuinely express what they feel because they are the humble without ambitious type who just wanted to live peacefully without worrying too much. In my opinion, this people are lazy mentally. (Different from those who are lazy physically and eager to make the world a better place.) Some people put their support because they want to be viewed as humble. They are the person try to look good in other people’s eyes no matter what suggestions or views are given. They are afraid to give different voice that potentially make them look aggressive or less-welcome.

 

I agree with some facts stated by the articles, but do not think “the courage” is something we should promote. It is similar to the traditional confucian dogmatic that we should live as nobody and just accept what the society, or worse the powerful and the resourceful given us. We work as ants and die in the dust. We consumed what we have created or more that we have created without making the world more affluent. And I think that is  wrong but just not good enough.

 

Of course, I do not mean I think people who wasted resource or sacrifice their own or others reputation to achieve something that just worth for others to gossip should be recognized. In fact, I think they should be suppressed and make them unknown and unsung, so they their little expectation to be gossip is vanished. Their behavior are causing harm and damage they they think are good for them.

 

So what we should do, I think is the follow our own dream. We should keep growing ourselves, striving to achieve something beyond the enjoyment of physical needs. In this process, we are not fighting against each other and wasting ours and others time to be gossip or gossip. We seek our uniqueness and a peaceful meaningful way. We live in a society that is common for everyone else but uncommon for ourselves. We maybe nobody to others, but we will be somebody to ourselves.

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