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6 Reminders to Comfort You in Times of Loneliness

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 | Permalink

Your heart starts beating faster, your body temperature rises, tears are slowly gathering in your eyes, and the stories in your mind are getting out of hand—as though you’re about to see your life and dreams all crashing down under you.

Sometimes, when loneliness takes over, for whatever reason, it can make anyone feel powerless—except that isn’t true. It’s normal and human to feel like this but we are the owners of this feeling, and we have the power to will it away.

When days get a little rough, may these simple and real life reminders comfort you:

1. This too shall pass, and faster if I don’t resist it
It is a wave that you must allow to hit you—ride the current and let it take you somewhere for a little while until it passes. Going against the tide will prolong your struggle; strong waves will eventually spit you out so just go where the flow is and it is going to be alright.

2. Your thoughts hurt you when you allow them to
Thoughts are only what they seem. They do not bear meanings unless you let them. When they visit your head, allow them to come in and go out, but do not fuel them nor make them stay. They are not necessarily your reality and often times, they do not represent it. You have to assert power over them.

3. There is no need for you to have everything figured out right now
You don’t need to figure out everything you are supposed to do or not in your life in one sitting. Take one day at a time, breathe, calm your mind and heart, and then you can make clearer, better decisions. Remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint.

4. Your time will come and never doubt that even for a second
The right circumstances will never skip the person whom they are meant for. You may be struggling about achieving your dreams or due to other things right now, but every person in this world has his own time to shine, you just have to believe your own.

5. You will get out of this and this can make you braver
What pains you is what can actually strengthen you. You can manage whatever happens, it does not matter how many times it hit you, what matters is the fact you choose to stand up every single time—and that is bravery. Remind yourself that you are way stronger now than what you were before.

6. A lot more things are going right
Notice the little things that are going right for you. You are safe, someone loves you, you are not hungry, you are not homeless, and you have a job. Keep this going until you feel the anxiety and tension leaving. As Goh Keng Swee says, to avoid wrong things is to do nothing at all, and that is the ultimate wrong act. Slowly but surely, you can clean up your mind from unwanted thoughts. Count your blessings.

Reasons behind the Great Migration

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 | Permalink

Singapore is indeed the land of opportunity. There are a growing number of wealthy people here and that is not surprising considering that the industry or the market here is lucrative. However, a great number of wealthy people think about moving or migrating to other countries. According to Barclays Wealth Insights, twenty three per cent of two thousand high net worth individuals from seventeen countries are planning to move or migrate.

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Before delving into details, it is important that you know the definition or parameters of high net worth individuals. When you hear this, it refers to individuals with more than US$1.5 million net worth. Barclays Wealth Insights released their report on September 15, 2014. The report captured the survey saying that twenty three per cent of two thousand high net worth individuals are thinking about moving abroad in the next five years. What are the reasons behind the migration?

The main reason is broadening the wealthy people’s horizon. The prospect of increasing their assets and economic security prompts them to migrate. Apart from that, what are other reasons? Here are some according to a survey conducted by Ledbury Research:

  • Desirable climate: Wealthy people move because of the climate. Thirty five per cent would go for climate than anything in the world.
  • Retirement: Twenty four per cent would move or migrate for retirement. Maybe they want a different environment to retire to.
  • International career: Twenty per cent would migrate for their career.
  • Education: Twenty per cent would also migrate to get their education and possibly opportunities after graduation.
  • Experience another culture: Another twenty per cent would migrate to experience new culture.

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  • Lower cost of living: Eighteen per cent would migrate because they are seeking low cost of living.
  • Work-life balance: Another eighteen per cent would go for the balance that they deserve – work-life.
  • Starting own business: Twelve per cent would migrate because they believe that starting another business is easier in other countries.
  • Political security: Ten per cent migrate because of the political instability of their country.
  • Healthcare/social services: Nine per cent would migrate to avail of the best healthcare or social services. There are many countries who take pride in their healthcare and social services.
  • Marriage/partner: Only seven per cent move to find a partner or marry their partner.
  • Born/grew up there: Six per cent of people move or migrate because they are born or raised there.

What are the countries that these wealthy people go to? Well, there’s the United States, Australia and the Britain.

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Activities Better Shared with Friends

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | Permalink

Some things were simply meant to be done with friends. Why? Because it is more fun that way. Just think about it, would you rather go to the amusement park by yourself or with your group of friends? Here’s another scenario, would you rather go partying with your special someone or with your circle of friends? See the point? Sometimes, it’s just better to share some moments with friends than with anybody else. If you need more proof, just check this list out and you’ll be convinced that they’re more fun to do with friends.

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Frightened No More

When you’re about to do something frightening, wouldn’t you want the support of your friends? When you have your friends by your side, you’ll feel much more confident to try something new even if it scares the heck out of you like trying the GX-5 Extreme Swing. This activity brings just the right amount of adrenaline rush and guaranteed safety. So there’s no need to worry because highly trained staff are there with you throughout the experience. The GX-5 will drop you and your friends from a height of 50 meters and will send you screaming through a speed of 120 kilometres per hour!

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Life’s a Party

At your prime, especially when you’re single, partying with friends is something that you should try at least once. Partying is liberating and a good way to shake off those worries and stress from work. So just let loose and show off those dance moves! And don’t worry if you’re not so much of a dancer, just don’t take it seriously and be goofy. In fact, the goofier, the better. One good place to party at is The Butter Factory. Located at One Fullerton, this hip hop and R&B club features artistic interiors and wild themed parties.

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Celebrating Jubilee Babies

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | Permalink

Singapore will celebrate its Golden Jubilee next year. Singaporeans are looking forward to the activities and festivities prepared for this special occasion. Have you heard about the commemorative birth certificates? To commemorate the Golden Jubilee, Minister Grace Fu shared about the commemorative birth certificate.

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For mothers who will give birth next year, their child will automatically get the commemorative birth certificate. It does not end there because additional gifts or packages (for the child) will be given. For the past weeks, the public has been encouraged to vote for five (out of the fifteen) items that they like to include in the Jubilee Baby Gift package.

To date, 15,000 votes have been casted. This initiative is steered by National Population and Talent Division. When the division called for gift ideas, they received at least more than 6,000 ideas. The voting will end on May 15, 2014. You should vote now before the time runs out.

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If you are interested to vote, you can go to the official website of the Jubilee Baby Gift package. You have to decide five out of the fifteen shortlisted gifts. The fifteen shortlisted gifts include set of baby clothes, diaper bag, baby sling, wooden toy, hooded towel with bath toy, multi-functional shawl, special medallion/coin, baby feeding set, scrapbook for baby memories, baby rattle, sippy cup, baby book, family photo frame, set of bibs and growth wall chart.

This is indeed a memorable way of celebrating the 50th anniversary. More than any gifts and festivities, we should all commemorate how we gained our independence, our lessons learned and how we can move forward for a better and brighter Singapore.

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Exchange Students: The Drawbacks

Sunday, August 10th, 2014 | Permalink

Homesickness

Part of being an exchange student you must be immune to homesickness. This is actually one of the challenges that you have to take in order for you to keep going for the accomplishment of program.  When you are far away from home, it is normal to miss everything that you are doing with your friends and family. And to make it through, you just have to focus on why you are there and try to get busy by exploring the country and its people.

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Culture shock

If you are in a new country, this will always be expected. Let’s say you are in a University that allows their students to wear anything even bikinis while mingling around with people. Well, if you are from a conservative country this will definitely shock you. Another one is when you are in a country where in they normally eat creepy insects and you are from a country that is known for its sophistication and wealth, this will definitely jolt you.

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Conflict

As an exchange student, conflicts between you and your host family may not be prevented.  These conflicts should be solved immediately or else this may hinder the success of the whole program. These usually resulted from the diverse values and beliefs of both parties. The host family should be the one who will make sure that you are well taken care of while you are in their custody and as a sign of appreciation you need to respect and adapt the way of their living.

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