During Chinese New Year, it’s customary for mandarin oranges to be exchanged when visiting homes. The gifting of oranges to and fro signifies prosperity and other well wishes being shared to all and is a wonderful tradition I remember beyond the red packets, multitude of cookies and goodies during my favourite festive season. When growing up, I often recall my parents buying boxes of big luscious mandarin oranges, so much larger than the size of my palms and often shiny-looking while ever so fragrant.
by woon on 18 December, 2014 - 04:53
I see will.i.am more as an innovator and disruptor beyond the music performer he is most known as. William Adams (born March 15, 1975), known by his stage name will.i.am (pronounced Will I Am) is the founding member of the hip-hop/pop band The Black Eyed Peas, famous for songs like “Where is the Love?”, “Let’s Get it Started”, “I Gotta Feeling” and more. He’s also released four solo albums and produced with an A-list of music artists.
by woon on 24 November, 2014 - 18:31
Today I had the privilege to be interviewed by Eugene Loh in his motivational programme A Slice of Life on 938LIVE radio station. I say privilege because Eugene himself has a high level of awareness and passionate about knowing his values and living by them.
My topic "The choices we make" centres around how our core values reflect what is important to us. We are motivated by our personal values and together with our beliefs, they are the causal factors that drive our decision-making.
by woon on 11 November, 2014 - 02:54
Khalil Gibran (sometimes spelled Kahlil) was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer and the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi. He is undoubtedly my favourite poet and philosopher on life, love, lost and more. In his most famous book, The Prophet, Khalil Gibran offers the following prose poetry on children.
On Children by Khalil Gibran
Your children are not your children.
by woon on 27 October, 2014 - 08:10
“Brave” isn’t a word often associated with the workplace unless you do death-defying acts as part of your job (think Cirque du Soleil). My opinion is that being bold and determined are great sides of bravery and we mustn’t misunderstand that when someone says “take courage to speak up” it points to hastiness, risk and disastrous outcomes. I’ve had the privilege to discover with many clients that they err on the side of caution by only speaking when they are confident about the accuracy of what they are saying or when they absolutely have to.
by woon on 25 September, 2014 - 07:08
This is something I’ve felt strongly about since my first pregnancy and taking public transport in Singapore.
The idea is that we have better chance motivating a few “connectors” than motivating the general public to be more observant and give up their seats or do the right thing - which varies from moving in to make more boarding space, placing your bags on the floor to prevent “hitting” others, being more considerate by using headphones etc.