Category Archives: Reflections

To See The Light, Surround Yourself In Darkness

It’s amazing what all you will notice when the lights go out.

Some sources of illumination aren’t as bright as others but that doesn’t make them any less significant. Pull yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city, for instance, and insert yourself into the quiet deserted outskirts of civilisation. The sights and sounds may just amaze you.

Take a drive through the barely-touched landscape of the countryside in the evening and watch the sun set.

Ride along the coast and bask in the aural ambience of the waves crashing softly against the shore, with nary a distraction to pull your attention away. Feel your thoughts placate in your mind. Experience your breath lengthen to, almost, mimic the natural rhythm of the waves.

Take in the sea breeze and sense it purifying your body from within. Admire the beauty and harmony that has resulted from thousands of years of transformation that the coast has seen, as your eye muscles learn to relax and focus on the bigger picture.

Let the serenity percolate down from your mind to your heart and soul. Know that for every storm you have weathered so far in life, there is a moment like this waiting to relieve you of your worries.

Take a picture of this moment with your mind’s eye. You won’t regret it.

As darkness settles around you, get back on the road and ponder on about how ephemeral each moment of life is. Let your gaze wander till they look up above.

Stop yourself. Get off the car. And step out to absorb a view you find too good to be true.

Marvel at the expansive strip of stars draped over the sky. Stare up at the grandeur that is, the galaxy. Feel the exhilaration and yet the calming comfort at the same time, at the sight of something so limitless yet very much a constant. Feel rather insignificant as you observe a tiny portion of the entire cosmos stretching out for immeasurable distances.

Let the waves washing by in the distance, wind whistling past your ears, and the sky full of stars give you the ultimate experience of exhilaration, pride, wonder, humility, amazement, and awe as you realise that.. To see the light you must be surrounded by darkness.

And figuratively.


Why do youngsters get so much gratification from virtual games? Why do so many of us consider the world of these games to be just as big, if not bigger, than our real lives?
Why did I feel so much more of a rush playing an online game when I was younger, as compared to now?

Case in point – 15 yr old me obsessing over Tribal Wars vs. 22 yr old me picking up the game after a 6 year hiatus.

The younger me was literally obsessed with playing this online game at every chance I got. I’d get up early in the mooning, rush home after school, and even stay up till late in the night to play this strategy – based game. The me now got reminded of it by a classmate from school, and decided to give it a shot. Somehow, the excitement levels just aren’t the same. There is nostalgia, but not that passion which was bordering on addiction.

I’d like to think it’s because now I know/realise there are bigger sources of accolades, more meaningful sources of that rush than such games and the achievements that come along with them.

I guess as we grow older and wiser, our view of the world expands. We understand more things, realise more truths, accept more facts than before.

While the gratification that a game offers is constant (level up a character, successful attacks, more resources, etc.. ), to the 13 year old who’s engrossed in the world of his/her favourite computer game, these sources of gratification means so much more than to someone who has more avenues of his/her real life that can provide a similar sense of good-feels.

Did we take life’s simple pleasures for granted?

The View From This Shore

“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

There was a time when all we needed to do, in order to relax was to switch on the TV and lounge on the couch. Nowadays, this very act means switching through a plethora of TV channels trying to desperately find something ‘good’ to watch, although we already know that something good isn’t there anymore. Once we get through the first fifty disappointing programs and then having the foreboding feeling of more disappointment to come, we go back to that one program we dismissed with the hopes of finding a better one, only to see that it is finishing already. The manual labour involved in watching modern…

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On time and how it changes us

I just read an article on the Millennial generation (of which I seem to be a part of) and their seemingly austere expectations from life.
We’ve been characterised as

..a generation filled with confident optimism.

They have big goals, a determination to balance their work and life, they are accepting of differences and promise to be superior stewards of the planet.

While the article started off on a praise, it went on to point out that this optimism may be shortlived.. That our views of the world may be too idealistic as of now. We’re still young and starting to get a footing in the real world, and that our views may just change drastically – our views have yet to be

.. road tested by time and life.

I don’t know why but I was affected by this conclusion. My first reaction was the feeling of a slight jab at my own integrity and thought process. Call it pride or over confidence in oneself but I felt rebellious about this view.

It’s almost as if the author was being cynical and sceptical of our capabilities of a generation as a whole.

A few moments of letting the pint sink in and I realised that the author may not be entirely in the wrong. The article has cited similar trends in the Baby Boomers generation too, along with relevant data to back them up.

While it is indeed easy to make big and loud claims about life as a whole while at the beginning of the journey, it’s a different story when you’re actually living it.

The bottom line

I’ll make a more conscious effort to achieve the ideals I’ve set for myself. That way, at least I know that I tried. Even if I do become jaded with age and experience and end up changing the ideals themselves.


I don’t suffer from any critical illness.

I’m thankful that I don’t yet suffer from some debilitating illness that has left me in a crippled state.

Lately I’ve been approached by a few insurance agents to get health and life insurance plans. To make their point, they presented me with numbers and figures that were.. Eye-opening. While the facts were sobering, I have been under the “it won’t happen to me” mentality to keep myself from getting absorbed by the data.

Upon mulling over it slowly, I’ve come to appreciate the reason for my confidence. It’s because I’m fit and healthy now. And I’m just on the dawn of my second decade.

I’m thankful and grateful to whoever has contributed to my current state.

Thank God I’m Alive #1

Starting today, I’ve decided to maintain a periodic series of blog posts whose primary purpose is to identify and appreciate the many things in my life that I should not take for granted.
So here goes..



 I’m a fresh college graduate with a degree and a job. 

They say it’s hard to appreciate things that are too close to you to notice, and this may be one such thing for me. While I am inclined to feel bad about myself for not being to land other high-paying jobs that some friends have (you know, because at this age.. “Dem dolla$ = Da life! ” ), it’s an achievement in itself to HAVE a job right after college.

It is a sobering thought to think about the thousands of young bright minds around the world who have walked out of their universities with pieces of paper justifying their massive capabilities.. Yet not convince even one employer to give them the opportunity to prove it.

Henceforth, I will try even harder to appreciate and not envy the statuses and situations that my peers are in. We’re all fortunate in our own way and that’s it, really.