Everything has its time.




i was commissioned as an officer of the Singapore Armed Forces on 20/07/2014. it was a proud and defining moment for both me and my dear ones.
but this is it. everything has its time. everything comes to an end. this marks the beginning of a journey filled with heavy responsibility, difficult decisions, tricky situations and countless problems. we, as officers, must not falter in these testing times and prove to be worthy of this title. this morning, i already feel the heaviness of many judging stares.
the above is probably the worst military cliche, but it should never be considered as such. as leaders, the implications of our failure has a multiplier effect. sergeants look up to us for guidance and orders and imagine if we fail, it snowballs down to our men. reporting to unit early tomorrow morning, perhaps it would be good to refresh my aspirations as a newly commissioned officer.
to be an inspirational and authoritative leader.
inspirational-i would like to inspire my men to become who they want to be rather than who i want them to be. i met instructors who apply a very strict and traditional military way of teaching, who attempts to mould you into their idea of a good soldier. i have also met instructors that are very liberating in a sense that they step back and let you have the privilege of experiment and exploration, only stepping in when guidance is needed.
authoritative-i aspire to have a positive and close working relationship with my men but there must always be a superior-subordinate understanding between us. if not, i will have a hard time getting things going. but i must exercise care here, for i experienced how LTAV can try too hard to portray such image but backfire in the end..
i hope that in future troubling times, i can refer back to this.
on a side note, i am definitely going to miss my dear coursemates. gosh my heart literally aches at the thought of the impending separation. i am going to be miss Joel, kokping, ricky, isaac, ryan, jingen, zhiwei, brandon, isaac and many more. i am really tired now so tomorrow i am going to document all the happy, exhilarating moments so i will never ever forget them.

Everything has its time.

i was commissioned as an officer of the Singapore Armed Forces on 20/07/2014. it was a proud and defining moment for both me and my dear ones.

but this is it. everything has its time. everything comes to an end. this marks the beginning of a journey filled with heavy responsibility, difficult decisions, tricky situations and countless problems. we, as officers, must not falter in these testing times and prove to be worthy of this title. this morning, i already feel the heaviness of many judging stares.

the above is probably the worst military cliche, but it should never be considered as such. as leaders, the implications of our failure has a multiplier effect. sergeants look up to us for guidance and orders and imagine if we fail, it snowballs down to our men. reporting to unit early tomorrow morning, perhaps it would be good to refresh my aspirations as a newly commissioned officer.

to be an inspirational and authoritative leader.

inspirational-i would like to inspire my men to become who they want to be rather than who i want them to be. i met instructors who apply a very strict and traditional military way of teaching, who attempts to mould you into their idea of a good soldier. i have also met instructors that are very liberating in a sense that they step back and let you have the privilege of experiment and exploration, only stepping in when guidance is needed.

authoritative-i aspire to have a positive and close working relationship with my men but there must always be a superior-subordinate understanding between us. if not, i will have a hard time getting things going. but i must exercise care here, for i experienced how LTAV can try too hard to portray such image but backfire in the end..

i hope that in future troubling times, i can refer back to this.

on a side note, i am definitely going to miss my dear coursemates. gosh my heart literally aches at the thought of the impending separation. i am going to be miss Joel, kokping, ricky, isaac, ryan, jingen, zhiwei, brandon, isaac and many more. i am really tired now so tomorrow i am going to document all the happy, exhilarating moments so i will never ever forget them.

Awesome night

Awesome night

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Adaptation is the enemy of happiness

Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75. — Benjamin Franklin (via sixthstop)

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Now, the world’s population has risen to a little more than 6.8 billion people, and it is said that the number of people who enjoy the same level of life as we do has increased to approximately 2 billion people. It’s also reported that a further 2 billion are waiting in the wings. If the number of consumers hits 4 billion, the earth’s thin skin will be blown off. When we had this discussion, we thought again about the ‘simplicity’ that had been prized by the late creator Ikko Tanaka, who built the MUJI concept. That is, the way of thinking that says ‘this will suffice.’ Simple is good. Resources should be used as little as possible. It’s not a matter of being resigned to something, but rather of wanting to make things that ‘will suffice’ while being full of self-confidence. Since ancient times, Japanese people have specialized in holding back personally for the sake of their surroundings. This is the ‘this will suffice’ concept. — Masaaki Kanai, MUJI President (via hikikogal)
mustangblood:

And this is not a compliment. I think you’re very clever at making every experience sound poetic, without the introspection it takes to really feel the weight of what you’re saying. You store up pretty words and have them loaded to fire into me when you have an opportunity. It’s a formula— a hunt— rather than a fluid exchange of sentiments. Pretty words are not always genuine, and even when it seems harmless to use them emptily, you are undermining your ability to speak with true conviction when it matters. Do not use your stockpile of metaphors on me. Tell me what is coming to you right now, when you look me straight in the eye.You could never do that, could you?

mustangblood:

And this is not a compliment. I think you’re very clever at making every experience sound poetic, without the introspection it takes to really feel the weight of what you’re saying. You store up pretty words and have them loaded to fire into me when you have an opportunity. It’s a formula— a hunt— rather than a fluid exchange of sentiments. Pretty words are not always genuine, and even when it seems harmless to use them emptily, you are undermining your ability to speak with true conviction when it matters. Do not use your stockpile of metaphors on me. Tell me what is coming to you right now, when you look me straight in the eye.

You could never do that, could you?