Welcome to my personal site!
My story (so far)…
I entered a secondary school infested with secret society members and was bullied in my early years, then later becoming an at-risk youth myself, relegated to Normal Academic stream, after making the top 204 students possible in a 205-students cohort. In my last year, I managed to turn the situation around, surprisingly topped my class for GCE ‘O’ levels. I gained momentum and graduated well from polytechnic then later went into OCS after being awarded Best Trainee in Basic Military Training. I also managed to enter NTU, a university currently ranked 12th in the world – something I said I will do as a 16-year-old when not many believed me.
But this was not a smooth journey. I dropped out of OCS, spent almost a decade pursuing my degree and left my first employment in a top law firm after a mere 3 months. My first child was later diagnosed with a rare disease that only affects hundreds in the world during my last few semesters.
To me, there is no happily ever after. As with what Lee Kuan Yew said: Life, is a relentless process of attrition. We can only strive to put our best foot forward each and every day.
This is the space where I share who I am, my journey, thoughts, and perspective. I hope you gain something from your stay here. Do reach out if you are keen as I am happy to make a new friend.
How I would describe myself?
Relentless – I can be quite relentless if I believe that something is worth pursuing. Take my degree for example. During the last few semesters, I had to work full time while studying full time. On top of that, my daughter stayed in the hospital for more than 7 months. With the support of those around me and a bit of luck, I managed to complete this journey that took me 9 years in total.
Sophisticated – I wish to tell you I am a simple person. But I am not, because I think deeper on issues and I try to gain a different understanding than what is apparent on the surface. Because of the different facets of me, if you were to take a snapshot and put me into stereotypical boxes, you will probably be wrong. I believe that people will appreciate me better if we have a good, long chat.
Versatile – I take an intentional effort to expose myself to different lines of work and to talk to different kinds of people. I can communicate with people across the spectrum of society. I can appear to be uncouth in a certain environment, or refined and polished if I have to. I also have a wide range of prior experiences and training in different disciplines.
Purpose-Driven – Money and results to me is a byproduct. If you are doing things right, they will chase after you; you do not have to chase after them. I have never SU-ed any modules in University. During polytechnic, I could have secured a higher GPA, but I wanted to score well enough for University while exposing myself to an all-rounded education. Being shortlisted as one of the potential Valedictorian in RP seem to tell me I am on the right track.
Some of the companies I have worked with, including part time and internship.
Different facets, across time.
The best way to know me is through a conversation.
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