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.

A knight in shining armor is a man who’s never had his metal truly tested

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How I would describe myself?

“R.S.V.P.”

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.

If you are going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

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.

Are we, as the most intelligent being on earth, meant to be simple?

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.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle

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.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Past Companies

Some of the companies I have worked with, including part time and internship.

Different facets, across time.

Social Initiative

Testimonials

  • Testimonial from Kristina Marie Tom
  • Testimonial from Sng Yi Lin
  • Testimonial from Colonel Foong Kok Pun
  • Republic Polytechnic Graduation Testimonial
  • Testimonial from Ang Jing Jie
  • Testimonial from Mia Xiao Qian Ru
  • NS Testimonial
  • NS Transcript

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