Hav­ing missed last year’s event because I made like many other Sin­ga­pore­ans and downed tools for the long week­end, I was invited to my first May Day Rally on Thurs­day, and came away impressed with the can­dour of the labour lead­ers, and slightly dis­ap­pointed with the lack of aware­ness of the same.

With Cheaper, Bet­ter, Faster hav­ing earned its place in ridiculed slo­gan folk­lore, what could the union lead­ers have come up with that would bet­ter that? What new ini­tia­tives would be launched and trumpeted?

I spoke with sev­eral other peo­ple at the rally and they inti­mated that the labour move­ment was going to move away from the hard sell of the Pro­gres­sive Wage Model of the past two years, and towards a recog­ni­tion of the employer, the worker, and the buyer (cus­tomer) for this year’s rally.

The venue for this year’s event was also sig­nif­i­cant. Hon­our­ing NTUC’s first Secretary-General (and lest we for­get, the country’s third Head of State), the new Employ­ment & Employ­a­bil­ity Insti­tute (e2i) is named the Devan Nair Insti­tute, and was offi­cially opened at the start of the rally by the Prime Minister.

When the sem­i­nar hall was filled to capac­ity and the rest of the atten­dees packed into spillover rooms with live video feeds, the event started proper with a song and dance item (“Happy” and the very pop­u­lar “Ayam Tita­nium”), and rous­ing speeches by lead­ers of sev­eral unions.

Then came this Sin­ga­porean Of The Day inspired video fea­tur­ing rank and file workers:

  • Mohamed Ishak Bin Mohamed Noor, SMRT Assis­tant Engineer
  • Lim Chee Kiang, PSA Con­tainer Equip­ment Spe­cial­ist (Quay Crane)
  • T. Man­i­maran, Sem­b­Waste Senior Driver
  • Ray­mond Ong, Com­fort­Del­Gro Taxi Driver
  • Ang Boon Ho, Seiko Instru­ments Sin­ga­pore Assis­tant Supervisor

The work­ers fea­tured in the video were seated front row (not cen­tre – that’s for the Min­is­ters) and were intro­duced to loud cheers from their col­leagues and fel­low union mem­bers. For me, that was what I thought the event was about. Hon­our­ing union mem­bers, hon­our­ing workers.

The Prime Minister’s address fol­lowed this path, but at the same time sounded a warn­ing for com­pla­cency and for those who still think that the sole prob­lem lies in let­ting in cheap for­eign labour – your jobs will get “stolen” by peo­ple who don’t even have to move here to do it.

And there’s the sec­ond focus of the rally – the employer. I think that many Sin­ga­pore com­pa­nies are caught in what a friend of mine calls the “Stuck Tarzan Mode” – hav­ing caught the next vine to move for­ward but not want­ing to let go of the one he’s just swung from.

Our econ­omy will face com­pe­ti­tion from peo­ple who can not only do things cheaper, they’ll do it faster, and they might do it bet­ter. Sound famil­iar? The Prime Min­is­ter men­tioned our pri­vate trans­port indus­try being chal­lenged by tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies who smartly skirt the obsta­cles of the trans­port busi­ness by mak­ing apps – like Uber (use my code “uber­miyagi” and get $10 off your first ride, hehe) – and with the leaps and bounds being made by 3D print­ing – soon, who’s going to need you to build and ship things to the cus­tomer abroad any more?

It is with these chal­lenges that makes it more alarm­ing that many SME’s do not inno­vate or don’t know how to. For exam­ple: Why are audi­tors still insist­ing on paper receipts that would any­way fade and be illeg­i­ble? Why are banks (or the MAS) not work­ing on solu­tions for third party account­ing soft­ware to con­nect to cus­tomer data when it is much eas­ier to forge a cheque than it is to obfus­cate an elec­tronic trail?

We can­not afford to fall behind, and I will smack the next gov­ern­ment agency offi­cer that asks me to fax some let­ter when they can jolly well read an email attach­ment. Yes, I can e-slap you. I have an app.

Before I froth at the mouth at these annoy­ances, let me get back to the PM’s address. I am encour­aged that there are seri­ous mea­sures to ensure the re-employability of older work­ers. I’m quite sure that at this very men­tion, there’ll be con­spir­acy the­o­rists bang­ing their drums about how this gah­men sim­ply doesn’t want us to col­lect our CPF.

But the real­ity is this – ask any aged 30-something cou­ple rais­ing a young fam­ily and hav­ing to look after their par­ents and you’ll dis­cover that the CPF wasn’t ini­tially cal­cu­lated to look after an aging pop­u­la­tion with an increas­ing life expectancy. The older folk need to work and the impor­tant thing is that we enable them to.

The other thing that struck me was the cur­rent NTUC Secretary-General’s can­dour. I don’t care what peo­ple say, I really like this man and his life-long pas­sion for mak­ing work­ers’ lives better.

In his open­ing address (which involved a few mis­cues with the event’s run-down), he said some­thing about Sin­ga­pore ‘not being zero-defect’, but that we’d be judged on how we reacted to the mis­takes and fixed them.

Mr Lim Swee Say has been tire­less ever since he was appointed Secretary-General (SG) of NTUC. The num­ber of finan­cial grants and rebates avail­able to the back­bone of the econ­omy – the SMEs – are a result of his harass­ing and harangu­ing the var­i­ous min­istries and agen­cies over the decades.

But he has not been above admit­ting when things aren’t going as smoothly. I recall a talk last year where he talked about how head­ing the labour move­ment was a con­stant task of mov­ing bot­tle­necks around the work­force when he realised cheap labour was becom­ing an unde­sir­able opi­ate of con­struc­tion companies.

There are oth­ers like the SG in the move­ment – the head of the e2i him­self, of as a friend calls him, The Other Gilbert, con­stantly tweak­ing and improv­ing schemes to help the rank and file workers.

Therein lies the rub. There are still things that can be done better.

I believe the labour move­ment can be more inclu­sive, get every­one involved, not just the con­verted, because you can still con­tinue get them excited about the rally by giv­ing out polo shirts in four dif­fer­ent but bright colours, you can still make them sing the NTUC theme song to the tune of The Bat­tle Hymn of The Repub­lic, and give out energy bands with the word “Bet­ter” printed on them because this year it’s about Bet­ter Employ­ers, Bet­ter Work­ers and Bet­ter Cus­tomers.

I still see ivory orna­ments in shops, and quite often in homes of rel­a­tives. I sup­pose one could say these trin­kets were beau­ti­ful items because when they were once worn nat­u­rally by their orig­i­nal own­ers, they were a mag­nif­i­cent ensem­ble of size, might and intelligence.

I want to help tell peo­ple that ele­phants MUST die in order to sup­ply the ivory from their tusks. You don’t shear them off like you do wool from sheep. Poach­ers kill lots of these ani­mals just for their tusks, and appar­ently in increas­ing num­bers because of the increase in the num­ber of afflu­ent Asians and their appetite for what they think are lux­ury items.

Please pledge to never buy ivory at www.letelephantsbeelephants.org. And tell others.

Singapore Skyline (2013)

It’s been a while since the Bud­get was announced, and since then the only thing that seems to have con­tin­ued echo­ing is this thing called the Pio­neer Gen­er­a­tion, and the size of their packages.

I’m not say­ing that my father’s gen­er­a­tion — the one that built the republic’s foun­da­tions — doesn’t deserve the recog­ni­tion or the reward that were sup­posed to come with it. But that’s not the point of the Bud­get for me.

Any national fis­cal mea­sure is a mea­sure of the direc­tion the Gov­ern­ment wants the coun­try to head towards. And for the most part, I agree with where it wants us to head: A high tech, high pro­duc­tiv­ity economy.

There’s never been more money being poured into grants and rebates for pro­duc­tiv­ity, inno­va­tion, and inter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion. It’s easy to bandy these terms around, but the thought behind it is that we’re look­ing to look after the peo­ple that do the work.

This means mea­sures to ensure we don’t over rely on cheap for­eign labour again. I don’t like see­ing com­pa­nies that employ a whole bunch of for­eign unskilled labour and deploy them hig­gledy pig­gledy just because they can afford to, and I’m happy cheap labour sup­ply has been tight­ened, and that com­pa­nies are finally look­ing to inno­vate to save costs.

As a small busi­ness owner, I’ve been wit­ness to how ris­ing costs have forced me to inno­vate and aban­don old prac­tices. Ris­ing rental costs were killing me and my abil­ity to retain a head­count — so off went the receptionist/admin staff, finance man­ager and other staff. I opted for a cloud based, paper­less billing/accounting/time-costing sys­tem that I’ve sub­se­quently become a reseller for.

I don’t have to have a finance or accounts clerk to chase late invoices because my cloud account­ing sys­tem does that for me with increas­ingly curt emails (best thing ever). When clients call to ask ques­tions about their file, I can answer their query almost any­where thanks to my files being elec­tronic and in the cloud. There’s no need to call up the office to get a staff mem­ber away from their tasks at hand to answer a sim­ple question.

There are so many other options avail­able that would make your exist­ing staff’s lives eas­ier, and encour­age other poten­tial job seek­ers to upgrade and train them­selves so their jobs are multi-faceted, multi-skilled.

The fan­tas­tic thing in the Sin­ga­pore con­text is the fact that all these things can be sub­sidised. Actu­ally, sub­sidi­s­a­tion is an under­state­ment. The Gov­ern­ment is prac­ti­cally pay­ing busi­nesses to modernize.

Take the Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Inno­va­tion Credit (PIC) for exam­ple. You get a 400% write off in your busi­ness’ tax returns (for busi­nesses that employ 3 or more local staff), mean­ing if you buy a $1,000 com­puter, it is worth $4,000 in your tax returns, so you pay less in taxes.

But if you were mak­ing a loss, no wor­ries — the scheme lets you get a cash rebate of 60% for your pur­chase. So if you were to buy a $1,000 com­puter, dis Gah­men GIVES YOU BACK $600!


And if you think that’s like ZOMG WLE SIGN ME UP NAO, there is more money being thrown your way to make your com­pany staff’s lives easier.

After get­ting an e2i Inclu­sive Growth Pro­gramme (IGP) dis­count of 50% off your pro­duc­tiv­ity pur­chase, if you spend more than $5,000 in a qual­i­fy­ing period and you have claimed a PIC grant of 60%, you are eli­gi­ble for a (tax­able) addi­tional cash grant of 100%. Con­fused? Nair mind.

Exem­pli gra­tia: You pur­chase $12,000 of sev­eral com­put­ers, machin­ery, and soft­ware that make your staff’s lives eas­ier and more pro­duc­tive.
You get 50% e2i IGP dis­count and only spend $6,000.

You suc­cess­fully claim a PIC cash pay­out of 60% or $3,600. THEN DIS GAHMEN WILL NOW GIVE YOU AN ADDITIONAL $6,000! OMGWTFBBQ DIS IS THE REAL GREAT SINGAPORE SALE!

Is this Bud­get seri­ous about sup­port­ing SMEs and mak­ing lives of work­ers bet­ter? How about you read the pre­vi­ous five para­graphs to answer the question?

You’ve prob­a­bly also heard about the increase in CPF con­tri­bu­tion rates for the over 55s. There’s just not enough in work­ers’ CPFs to cover retire­ment neces­si­ties, partly because of how much older Sin­ga­pore­ans are when they do finally get mar­ried and have kids, and how much more our life expectan­cies have increased.

I’m glad dis gah­men is also imple­ment­ing grants to cover the increase in employ­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions. Of course, thanks are in order to NTUC for push­ing the idea of increas­ing employ­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions to the lawmakers.

There’s also other monies to tap on if you’re inter­ested in improv­ing work­ers’ skills — the Life­long Learn­ing and Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion Fund has now been topped up to $4.6b. Again, these funds and schemes have been pushed by NTUC for sev­eral years now.

You can call it the happy cir­cle of life — happy employ­ees, pro­duc­tive com­pany, bet­ter prod­ucts, and hap­pier cus­tomers. The ball is firmly in our court to put the money to good use — make your employ­ees hap­pier, more pro­duc­tive, more skilled and make your staff and your busi­ness con­tinue to be the back­bone of the Sin­ga­pore economy.

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Children under shelter

A super cyclone lashes the low lying Padma delta region, wip­ing out scores of vil­lages and ren­der­ing mil­lions of peo­ple home­less. The refugees who are able to start stream­ing onto higher ground, into already clogged and crowded cities like Chit­tagong and Kolkatta. And since we’re talk­ing about mil­lions of peo­ple — it becomes a cat­a­stro­phe of unprece­dented proportions.

Over here in Sin­ga­pore, we’re still only just com­plain­ing about 2 months with­out rain, and the haze com­pelling us to spend the rest of our time indoors. We empathise and send aid in the form of cash, food and cloth­ing. Burma and India start to ask for aid because they can’t cope with the influx of mil­lions. Bangladesh is on its knees as dis­ease begins to take hold of every­thing that isn’t in the mas­sive exodus.

Then it hap­pens — the tens of thou­sands of low wage work­ers from Bangladesh and the Kolkatta region refuse to repa­tri­ated after their con­tracts expire, because they have no homes to return to. The UN bars Sin­ga­pore from repa­tri­at­ing any­one newly classed as Cli­mate Refugees. And that, is how cli­mate change will become a mat­ter of national secu­rity. Read more and start to do something.

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Update: Give­away extended to 2 April 2014, 2359hrs

I count myself one of the lucky peo­ple in this con­stantly chang­ing coun­try. I had a mother who was a relent­less hoarder of things. She kept everything.

I dis­cov­ered a tonne of things she kept that I thought she would’ve thrown away. After all, she did throw away my ACSOBA (ACS Old Boys’ Asso­ci­a­tion) rugby jer­sey that had been retired and given to me when I played a game back in the late 80s. That the school and its Old Boys’ Asso­ci­a­tion retired their jer­seys only once every five years did not move her. She had dis­ap­proved of my play­ing rugby, even after I had left school, because rugby boys were a bad bunch.

When she passed away three years ago, my sis­ter went through her belong­ings and passed me a box of things which turned out to be a trea­sure trove. In the box was a plas­tic folder she had neatly kept her own “Leav­ing School Cer­tifi­cate” from ACS Serem­ban (Malaya) in 1955, her dri­ving licence from Mel­bourne, her first pay slip from the same city, and a rejec­tion let­ter from the PUB in Sin­ga­pore in 1965 when she applied for a job upon set­tling in the newly inde­pen­dent repub­lic of our country.

That same year, my mother and father had returned to the newly fed­er­ated union of Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore by ship from Mel­bourne, plan­ning to marry in Malaysia and set­tle in the city of Sin­ga­pore to live and work. It seems it wasn’t long after they dis­em­barked at Clif­ford Pier that that whole episode known as The Sep­a­ra­tion happened.

She made an amaz­ing effort to keep my stuff too. There are about 10 copies of my birth cer­tifi­cate, my cit­i­zen­ship cer­tifi­cate (I had not been a cit­i­zen at birth even though I was born in Sin­ga­pore — con­sti­tu­tional lawyers would know why), my first IC, pass­port pho­tos through the years, Army mugshots, old bank­books, cleared and returned cheques and dozens of other para­pher­na­lia wor­thy of a museum display.

I am for­ever grate­ful that she kept these things in such great con­di­tion, given that every­thing else in our coun­try seems to be get­ting erased and built over so relent­lessly and rapidly. I can hardly remem­ber what Marina Bay looked like when it was a real bay.

Where I lived from birth till I was about 6 is also almost a mere mem­ory. I remem­ber my first address: 412 Pasir Pan­jang Road, Sin­ga­pore 5. Yes, a sin­gle digit postcode.

Across the road there used to be a police sta­tion (not an NPP), where police­men in their shorts used to be sum­moned across by my mother to scare the crap out of me when I mis­be­haved. Behind the police sta­tion was the beach, and a jetty where fish­ing boats docked, unload­ing their catch to be sold at the fishmonger’s (Ah Heng’s) on the cor­ner of Pasir Pan­jang and Clementi Roads.

I must be one of the lucky, lucky few who can still find his house of birth after 45 years. The orig­i­nal stones that make up the gate’s pil­lars are still there in its 70s kitschy glory. I drove past it last year and reminded myself to go and take a pic­ture of the gate. Or maybe chip off a piece for keep­sake. After all, the police sta­tion is no longer across the road.

From this mag­i­cal box my mother left with me, there are four items I want to share with you:

From the magical box of belongings

From the mag­i­cal box of belongings

My First Pink IC

My first Pink IC: This was essen­tially a piece of pink paper with printed fields and a hand­writ­ten sig­na­ture of a civil ser­vant autho­rised to issue IC on behalf of the Com­mis­sioner of National Reg­is­tra­tion. We always won­dered who this per­son was. Every one had the same sig­na­ture, and it always looked like it read “Mdm Sam”. So, Madam Sam, if you’re still around, reveal your­self and let the world know who you are.

OCBC Cheque, 1970:

OCBC Cheque, 1970: In the age of paper, non digi­tised cur­rency, a cheque would take 3–5 work­ing days to clear. Once cleared, it was returned to the drawer, because it had served it’s pur­pose as an instruc­tion to the bank to pay the payee what­ever amounts of money was writ­ten on it. 45 years later, a cheque still takes about 2–3 work­ing days to clear, and it was only this week that inter­bank elec­tronic trans­fers were sped up to 1 work­ing day.

Diphteria Vaccination Certificate, 1969:

Diph­te­ria Vac­ci­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate, 1969: I don’t even know what diph­the­ria is now. But what about that fancy pen­man­ship of the clerk huh?

Army ROD Clearance Form

Army ROD Clear­ance Form: Does any­one even know what a cyclostyled sheet is or how poor Army clerks used to get ink on their hands mak­ing cyclostyle copies of Rou­tine Orders?

And not from the box my mother left me, this is a pic­ture of the gate’s pil­lars at 412 Pasir Pan­jang Road:

The gate pillar of my first home

I played within these gates, on the dri­ve­way, on my toy cars and bicy­cles. I hope my son will remem­ber his play­grounds and other places he spends with his Mama and Papa the same way I try to remem­ber mine. It is impor­tant to have that sense of belong­ing and continuity.

I strongly urge every­one to take stock of the things around you, record them and the sto­ries attached to them, for pos­ter­ity, and for the pros­per­ity of our col­lec­tive memories.

As part of the Sin­ga­pore Mem­ory Project’s “10 for Keeps” cam­paign, a fab­u­lous mem­ory kit worth over $100 will be given away to 2 of you, and it comes com­plete with an Instax cam­era, a guide book on how to record your favourite mem­o­ries, two packs of film and a pam­phlet to sub­mit some of the pho­tos to SMP.

Some of your pho­tos may be selected for a Mem­ory Show­case exhi­bi­tion at the lobby of the National Library Build­ing from 11 Apr — 26 May. Come and check out if yours have been chosen.

Details on the project can be found on www.iremember.sg or on FB at facebook.com/iremembersg

Before you leave this page, leave a com­ment below to share what items you cher­ish the most, and the mem­ory that comes with it by 31 March 2014. Best two entries (I choose) will win this Mem­ory Kit.

The fabulous Singapore Memory Kit

The fab­u­lous Sin­ga­pore Mem­ory Kit



OK the fort­night is almost up, and I think I’ve lost the Blog­ger Chal­lenge com­po­nent (to get as many peo­ple to sign up for the 1 Mil­lion kg chal­lenge) of the campaign.

That means a for­feit. Of me wear­ing span­dex and doing yoga or some other exer­cise designed to make me look more ridicu­lous than I already do. So please, if you want to save your eyes and those of the nation, do your part and let me not be last if there’s still time.

Being a part of this cam­paign has been inter­est­ing. Not least because I got my friends think­ing about what they’re eat­ing and what they’re doing about their health. I get lunch reports from friends telling me what they’ve had and what they’ve cut out. A fried chicken meal is now had apologetically.

Last week, a friend brought Naomi and I a box of deli­cious nonya kuehs sprin­kled with coconut and guilt.

Per­son­ally I don’t believe in putting even more stress on myself when it comes to my own health. I count myself lucky I’m able to enjoy tasty and unhealthy good­ies once in a while, and in mod­er­a­tion. But to be able to do that requires a lit­tle bit of thought into what I’m eating.

Two years ago I was diag­nosed with hav­ing pre-diabetes and I’m quite sure if I hadn’t mod­i­fied my diet then, I’d have upsized it to full dia­betes by now. I’m now so used to not hav­ing soft drinks or any drinks with added sugar that the last time I had a gin­gerale, I had a stom­ach ache for a whole night. Most days now, the drink accom­pa­ny­ing my meal is a glass of water or a cup of unsweet­ened tea.

It pays to be mind­ful, and I’m glad we eat health­ily in our house­hold. I know it’s hard to change our mind­sets — but like the pro­lif­er­a­tion of soup stalls shows, once we cre­ate the demand for health­ier food, the sup­ply will follow.

If the 1 mil­lion kg chal­lenge is new to you, or your friends, sign up, and sign them up. Oh lordy save me.

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So we have two bad cops, one Abe Lin­coln, one Panda pair, two baris­tas and one West­ern Wyld Style avail­able to swap for:

Emmett, William Shake­speare, Robot Girl Recep­tion­ist & Mer­maid. If we get these, then EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

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There’s been a surge in soup shops across the CBD in the past two years, cater­ing to work­ers’ increas­ing pref­er­ence for health­ier options. I’ve tried some of these places, and I’ve never gone back to any. Soups dished out from boil­ing vats are sim­ply depress­ing, and most of them don’t taste good.

It is dif­fi­cult find­ing cheap, healthy, and tasty lunch options, but I think this trin­ity might have finally arrived in the form of this non­de­script food stall in a cof­fee shop in Bukit Merah Cen­tral. Thanks are due to Dr Leslie Tay and the HPB’s 1 Mil­lion kg Chal­lenge for bring­ing us to this place.

Called Lim’s Soup (The Art of Soup), the food stall is lov­ingly owned and oper­ated by Eric Lim in the day. By night, Eric does some­thing in finance. He didn’t elab­o­rate and I didn’t ask what it is that requires you to work at night in finance, because when you make soup as awe­some as his shop does, why would you want to talk about any­thing in finance?

Soups are dif­fer­ent at Lim’s, as Eric explains — there is a sci­ence (and and art) to “double-boiling” soup. The indi­rect heat extracts the flavour of the soup’s ingre­di­ents with­out over­cook­ing (yes you can over­cook soup) them. The results are clear broths and sub­tle flavours that dis­pense with the need for fur­ther sea­son­ing, or god for­bid, MSG.

Apart from the soups, Lim’s offer three grained steamed rice with a top­ping of cab­bage as accom­pa­ni­ment, as well as menu items such as steamed minced meats with var­i­ous top­pings like salted egg yolk.

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There’s also a dish of baked rice with salted fish which is prob­a­bly the best I’ve ever tasted. At other places, you’d prob­a­bly dig into the dish and bite into chunks of salted fish which kill your taste­buds. Not so with Lim’s ver­sion because the salted fish is so finely minced that it infuses the entire dish.
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The thing that’ll prob­a­bly make me lim a lot more of Lim’s Soup is that they deliver (if you order a day in advance). They’ll dou­ble boil your order and put them in vac­uum flasks that will keep your dishes warm for two hours. This is because Eric thinks microwav­ing your soup to reheat them is an insult to every ingre­di­ent in your soup. He’s such a double-boiled soup nazi about it that he’ll let you keep the vac­uum flask and only col­lect them the day after you’ve fin­ished your meal. Now, that’s dedication.

Lim’s Soup (The Art of Soup)
Block 161, Bukit Merah Cen­tral
Sin­ga­pore 150161.
11:30am to 8pm
Closed Sun­days and PH
Tel: 83837687

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Our combined weight might be close

Our com­bined weight might be close

So I went to the 1 Mil­lion kg Chal­lenge launch at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza on Sat­ur­day, signed myself up for the chal­lenge by pledg­ing to lose 3kg in three weeks.
It was a mas­sive event, with exer­cise sta­tions and sus­te­nance sta­tions where you could pre­sum­ably learn about what kind of exer­cise was suit­able for you, and what kind of food you could eat to become, and remain healthy.
The bad news is, in the days after the launch, I haven’t exactly been on the straight and nar­row path to suc­cess. Being in the mid­dle of a the­atre pro­duc­tion does that to you. It can be dif­fi­cult to get enough rest, and I think I must have tal­lied an aver­age of 5 hours a night this past fort­night.
Mon­day must have been a demon­stra­tion of what not to do if you wanted to lose weight: I woke up, dal­lied before skip­ping break­fast, then hav­ing a high carb lunch with lit­tle pro­tein before feel­ing faint and trem­bly from hunger at about 4pm. Loaded up on another high carb pre-dinner, before hav­ing din­ner and dessert. Fail.
I’ll get bet­ter. Promise.
Mean­time, if you’re strug­gling with try­ing to get healthy and don’t know where to start — try sign­ing up for the 1 Mil­lion kg Chal­lenge and make a rea­son­ably achiev­able pledge. There’ll be days (like mine) where your plans go awry, but keep at it, and keep me com­pany. Let me know how your jour­ney goes!
Remem­ber to sign up: http://bit.ly/1iw4Uko

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Prime Min­is­ter grate­fully posts a pic­ture of rain:

"LHL=Lor Hor Liao". Hahahaha!

LHL=Lor Hor Liao”. Hahahaha!

The Act­ing Min­is­ter For Man­power posts a pic­ture of rain:

Grateful if stop work orders happen due to rain...

Grate­ful if stop work orders hap­pen due to rain…

And the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Tampines posts a pic­ture of himself:

Magic selfie FTW

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