Thank You For Your Votes And Support
The count down to the final few hours of the Singapore Blog Awards 2014 voting has begun. The voting ends on 31 July 2014 at 3.00 pm SG time (30 July at 12 midnight US Pacific/LAX/SFO & 31 July at 3.00 am US East Coast/New York, 07.00 am London, 09.00 am Budapest, 3.00 pm Beijing, 4.00 pm Tokyo, 5.00 pm Sydney). You can still support me with a final vote before the deadline (steps to vote are in this post.)
Never mind the long nights spent in crafting my blog posts and the 28 days of voting to reach this moment. It is magical. The main purpose here is to thank all my friends and supporters from the bottom of my heart.
Retire – Do What? My Pictorial Journey :
1. There Can Be Miracles When You Believe
This plant believes it can grow out of the dark because nobody has told it that it cannot be done. And Whitney Houston left an inspiring legacy in her song, When You Believe. So, from the very beginning, the central theme of Retire – Do What? is “Stay positive in Life.”
2. At 66, I Still Believe And Imagine What This Boy Had Believed And Imagined
Growing up in the close proximity of Mother Nature, I had observed its wonders and its stars twinkling across the universe. Staying young means that “the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars” have not diminished.
3. Active Ageing With Continuous Learning
After my corporate life (Click here to read My Journey To Becoming A Big Potato), I continued my quest to Learn, Unlearn and Re-learn as part of my next “Dash” in living my life ( Click here to read the inspiring poem by Linda Ellis). I aim to champion “active ageing.”
4. Continuous Learning To Bridge The Gen Y – Pioneer Gen Divide
Believing in “Stay hungry, Stay foolish” helps me to stay on course. Read the origin of this famous quote here.
5. My Resource Centre Of Books
My collection of books is my permanent resource centre. Learn to distinguish between resources and resourcefulness. Resourcefulness is my application of the book resources in crafting my posts.
6. Develop A Mentor-Mentee Relationship
I believe in building a healthy two-way mentor – mentee relationship with my children. Using a book, such as “How Full Is Your Bucket,” is a good source of idea generation. It was from a conversation with my son during my visit to the Cooper Union that the foundation of Retire – Do What? was built. Lawrence had urged me to share my experience, insights and knowledge with his generation to make my bucket fuller.
7. Tapping Into The Wisdom Of My Ladies
Men think in one dimension and women can think in multi-dimensions. Hence I chose a colourful umbrella to illustrate my point. And if you doubt what I said here, click to watch this insightful and entertaining video, A Tale Of Two Brains. Hence my Retire – Do What? is richer by the inputs of my wife Melinda and daughter Carolyn 🙂
8. Discover Your Passion And Do It
Since both Lawrence and I, with support from both the ladies, share the passion of building Retire – Do What? we have so much fun developing the blog. Sir Richard Branson often said “Do Good, Have Fun & The Money Will Come.”
9. Do Other Things To Enjoy Variety
Variety is the spice of life! So do other things to add variety. Since I had started my career as an aircraft structure specialist, I am now devoting some of my time to help build the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP).
10. Stay Positive In Life
I live my Life in metaphors! Singing In The Rain is a long-running and lovely musical in London. I often used it as my metaphor for staying happy when clouds appear in my life. This is the reason for using “Stay Positive In Life” as my central theme for my Retire – Do What?
Singapore Blog Awards 2015 – Anyone?
I have enjoyed my 22-month journey in the planning and the execution of Retire – Do What? And I have enjoyed the camaraderie of bloggers in the Singapore blogging community, re-discovered the joy of sharing and encouraged by the support and feedbacks of friends from ‘across the universe.’ Above all, I am honoured to be selected as a Top Ten finalist in the Best Individual Blog category in the Singapore Blog awards 2014 competition.
With my experience, I would like to encourage new bloggers to start now and work towards the Singapore Blog Awards 2015.
My Special Thanks
I should like to acknowledge Grace Tan for encouraging me to participate in this Blog Awards 2014 and thank her for the many hours of dedicated and generous sharing of her “secrets.” Grace is the 2013 Best Individual Blog winner. I hope to succeed her.
And to my friends in the Blog Club, the many other Facebook groups as well as my family’s Grandma’s 24 group – a big thank you. As for my many other supporters who are “strangers” (my Retire Do What? definition of a stranger is a friend whom you have yet to meet) a big thank you. And thank you to the organisers, sponsors and judges:-)