Ideas, Journal

Handling too many interests, too little time – A Thought Exercise


Future Reinvention
Breaking out from the hiatus, revisiting the past, fusing it into the future.
~ Flex Tio, 13 Oct 2016 ~

A commitment to the nation’s conscription policy comes with its own perks. It gave me some time to complete my work in peace and more importantly, some time to self-reflect.

Once in a blue moon, I will take out my sketch book and draw whatever visions that came to my mind. As usual, I do not have a theme when I started drawing this recent picture. I interpreted whatever I have drawn after completing the drawing…

I took a 5-year hiatus from music and Japanese. Strange enough, that seemed to be what my idol Utada Hikaru was doing in the same period. I supposed most people at our age might probably be doing the same thing, as the spirit of living and adventuring got hold of us in endless cycles. Anyway, I’ve digressed.

Foray into public speaking, learning about soft skills (life skills!), a change in career, board gaming, half-marathons and an unsure but growing interest in facilitation. I’ve grown a lot as a person and I’ve learnt to be more accepting to the world around me in these five years. Life went tougher as expected, but I was marked happier. However, I wasn’t ready to give up the breakthroughs I had in life.

The past two year, I tried to do music and Japanese all over again. I wouldn’t say I failed to deliver after so long, but it had been a slug fest faced with limited success and passion to drive it. Melody no longer flows and Japanese just isn’t that fluent. It didn’t feel that satisfying.

It was also clear that I had way too many different interests and too little time.

One way was obvious, I have to pick and choose, and say no to some of the interests that I had. Of course, the perfectionist will want to have the cake and eat it too.

I was just wondering if a Future Reinvention could be another possible solution?

To me, Future Reinvention involves fusing the past talents that I have and use them in new ways that fits nicely into my current interests, creating a new brand of interests that I can pursue and explore. Fundamentally, it is a “kill two birds with a stone” type of solution. It is what this exact blog represents in fact, exploring symbiotic relationships between my interests.

I know very well that Future Reinvention is going to be a very ambitious project to undertake as I will have to rethink everything that I know about myself, probably even thinking about it in a reverse direction. I’m not quite sure if it is going to work out personally. Yet, my subconscious seemed to think it will…

Journal, Leadership in Action

On the way, By the way – An Observation of Busy People at Work

“Well, he is that free to specially call someone to inform about the illegal parking?”, my colleague quipped

“Well, no. It was a ‘by the way’ thing”, I replied


I was discussing about the plans about an event we are organising with one of the managers in the school which I’m just going to call him, A. We were on the way to the lab to pick up some goodie bags for the event. After we picked up the stuff, I followed him on to the general office as we had not finished with our discussion.

We entered the lift and it stopped at the very next floor. A door opened for someone to move out of the lift. Outside the lift was a fellow colleague and A spent only about 20 seconds tying up on some other work matters with him.

“Since I’m on the way to the general office, I’ll pick those things up. By the way, there is some illegal parking cases happening here. Do you know who I can approach?” A asked.

“You could ring up the security I guess,” came the reply.

We continued the lift ride to the ground floor where the general office is. On the way, we met a security guard and A alerted the security guard about the illegal parking case.

“Well, yes, yes! Actually we have been observing that for quite some time!” replied the security, with a bit of glimmer in his eyes and continued, “I guessed you just confirmed the case for us.”

That’s a done deal, and we continued to the general office to pick up our stuff and parted there. A met another fellow colleague and continued another discussion on yet another work matter on the way to his office.


Yah. He didn’t specially called the security, he isn’t that free. It was an on the way, by the way thing.


When lecturers are in a rush…

On the way to a meeting, I watched my student struggled with her work from outside the lab. I walked in to help her anyway, although there’s only two minutes left. I was hoping it was one of those simple ones solvable in two minutes.

“Why can’t the XAML display the video?” my student asked.

I thought for a while.

“Well, the answer is 42,” I replied

Her friends stared at me. So did my student.


“Because it is the answer to life, universe and everything.”


With one minute left, I told her this story:

“It was said that in the far end of the universe, there live a species of hyper-intellegent pan-dimensional beings…”

Afternote: When I visited the lab to make up for it, she was searching for the answer to life, universe and everything on the web