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5 Lessons from my Life

Hi there. I was recently given the opportunity to share 5 chapters of my story of life. Proceeded to write the below article.



1. Chance & Choice

Things always happen either by chance or by choice. It is by chance that you are born of a certain race, religion, skin colour and social class. Some get lucky in the genetic lottery, some do not. Tough luck, but you can make choices in your life to make things happen. Take a chance, be bold in your choices and may lady luck be in your favour.

2. Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

If you have principles, never break them for anyone - not even everyone at all at once. Stand by your beliefs, show strength and warmth - you will be admired. This doesn't mean being ignorant - always take advice when given, but think for yourself. It's your life.

3. Ambition, Hardwork, Destiny

A simple framework to achieving in life. Ambition is literally your mind in action, you could set a goal of achieving anything you want at this very moment - it's simple as that. Hardwork, your body in action, is the crux to achievement after you know what you want. Keep at what you're doing and realise that the sweat and blood are key to reaping your destiny - achieving the goal you had set out for. Hoping to strike the lottery without buying the ticket is plain obnoxious - so work hard on getting your ticket.

4. Life Is A 4 Letter Word

Life is difficult. Everyone has their own skeletons in their closets, so don't beat yourself up too hard. WYSIATI - What You See Is All There Is. Whatever you know about a person is limited to your knowledge of the said person - only what you've seen or heard, not their entire lives. Remember that everyone has a story, sometimes you gotta just listen.

5. Life Implies Death or Death Implies Life

The very fact that there is life implies that there is death. If you are smart, then that implies there is someone who is not smart - how can you be smart if there aren't anyone ignorant around. Black implies white. Self implies other. Life implies death - or shall I say, death implies life - so live life to the fullest! Better to have a short life doing things you like doing, then a long one doing things you don't like doing in order to keep on living, which is to continue to do things you don't like doing - which is stupid. Life is short, make fun of it.

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Turn Back The Clock

The Dawn Chorus
You're awake now
Devil-may-care you may seem
Lackadaisical you may be
Still it's venez m'aider that your acquiesce heart shrieks

Abashed with your body
You seek a mirror in clandestine
Trying your best to decipher your dreams
Finally, it's still gonna be deus ex machina for you

Unexpectedly, you remember the time you tried to jilt
You lied through your teeth about your feelings
The crux was a contingency to your lover
Causing unnecessary confutes which were contemptible in fact

The blitzkrieg was an obvious failure
Carte blanche wasn't what you truly desired
Because chastity was everything to you before
Or would you deplore it instead today

Maudlin isn't a form of cuss at all
Now all that's left is regret of the coup de grace dealt
Your ardour has always beaten your animus
It has and always will do it ad infinitum

Today you're gonna be a better person
Your adroit and affable self will help you
With alacrity you demolish your acrimony
Then realise your heart is …

Aircraft Pollution

Pollutants from more than five million civil and nearly 2,800 military flights each year are destroying Earth’s protective ozone layer and stealing blue skies, while accounting for more than 10% of global greenhouse warming.

But wait. Isn’t wild weather happening everywhere? And isn’t jet travel responsible for significant global warming? Aren’t sky-high aircraft emissions destroying the ozone layer? What about the effects of radiation exposure and lack of oxygen on humans as captive as astronauts on long haul flights? Is zooming through thin air more than two miles above the Earth worth the risk to planet and passengers? Or should we be booking with passenger-accommodating freighters, taking the train, or staying home instead?


More than 4% of all CO2 emissions are emitted by high-flying aircraft.


What can you do?
Reduce usage of aircraft by using other methods of transport
Support world peace as wars can be avoided and usage of fighter jets can be reducedSpread the word We all play a role…

HABITS: Choose your future. Choose life.

As I'm writing this, 2017 is coming to an end and soon we'll be ushering in the New Year 2018. A New Year for new beginnings and of course - New Year's resolutions.

Reflecting on the past year, I grew as an individual - physically, mentally and spiritually.

And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got habits?

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit"
With the digital revolution, I'd like to share on my personal journey of making and breaking habits - with lifehacks and tools which you may use to your advantage too!

Firstly, start with asking the right questions to prime your mind in looking at the world in a different way, in a different future, in a different life. Josh Kaufman, the #1 bestselling business author of the Personal MBA has laid out 49 Questions to Improve Your Results:

Do I use my body optimally?
What is the quality of my current diet?Do I get enough sleep?Am I managing my en…

Letter to You

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Dear Potential CEO,

School. A perfect place to train candidates of the most efficient employees. Then comes the million dollar question, where do these people work without employers? There is no specific subject being taught in any school around the globe on being a successful employer. Therefore, the subject that should be learned is financial education.

Financial education is a subject where someone should learn to make things work the opposite way. Employees work for money and employers don't. Employers make money work for them. This is a form of education which has outrageous demands which result in either an oblivious failure or a magnifi…

Serve To Lead 4 Change

The only constant in life is change, and the rate of change is increasing. With today's pace of change, there is an increasing need and demand for us to embrace agility, flexibility and adaptiveness in our professional lives. What are these characteristics in actuality?
Agility Ability to move quickly and easily.Ability to think and understand quickly. Flexibility Ability to be easily modified.Ability and willingness to change or compromise. Adaptiveness Ability to adjust to new conditions.Ability to be modified for a new use or purpose. When I turned 13, I enrolled in the Royal Military College. Being an innocent young boy, I had zero expectations of the reality I was about to face for the next 4 years. Little did I know, this was a key tipping point in my life. Nevertheless, I distinctly remember my first day as a Putera or "New Boy" as we were fondly called. It was the day when the pace of change in my life accelerated evidently in contrast to everything I've experienc…

Let's Agree To Disagree

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Well, during the shootings, I actually learnt quite a lot. Firstly, it would be that pink is actually not that bad. It's awesome really. I also learnt to listen to others opinions and also accept them when they're found worthy. I've managed to refute, dispute and disagree more effectively. Not forgetting, I've also learnt to agree to disagree. =)



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Embracing Diversity and Cultural Differences: Choice & Chance

I fully embraced diversity and cultural differences by choice and by chance in weathering through 4 years in the Royal Military College, where about 90% of student demographic are Muslim, whereas I am a Hindu.

choice was made when I decided to enrol at the Royal Military College. Barely a teenager at the time, I survived and did my best in the 7-day interview of which we were told that only 150 students will be enrolled from around 20,000 candidates from all around Malaysia.

By chance, I received an acceptance letter to be enrolled. Given the odds, chance had definitely favoured me in making the cut. Again by chance, I was born a Hindu – allowing me to embrace life as a non-Muslim in a Muslim majority environment.

4 years of strict upbringing, discipline and being ragged with other Malaysians is a mix of choice and chance. The different upbringing and genetics of friends exposed me to different personalities and traits. I met them by chance but made a choice to befriend them.

When our 4…