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2012 resolutions

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

I still believe in writing down my new year resolutions as it is a form of motivation and tracking for myself.

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone


  1. Read at least 5 books about Management
  2. Journal & Reflect my thoughts per week
  3. Be thankful for things whether good or bad
  4. Go for at least 1 mountain climb trip
  5. Write to my 3 kids from World Vision
  6. Plan to start a family 2nd half of 2012
  7. Join Toastmaster in the 2nd quarter of 2012


  1. Spend 30mins every morning on devotion
  2. Pray before I sleep using ACTS
  3. Keep a record of prayed answered by God
  4. Share the gospel to 5 individuals
  5. Attend church service regularly
  6. Ask for praying list from friends
  7. Join a CG


  1. Run twice a week (5km)
  2. Train for my 21km
  3. Eat in moderation (1 day on fruit/juice diet to detox)
  4. Reduce my weight to 75kg (82kg now)
  5. Sleep before 12am
  6. Pick up golf after CNY


  1. Serve 30 more families
  2. Pass my M8A & M9A
  3. Have 5 COF
  4. Write Will for 25 individuals
  5. Cross $100k income mark
  6. Recruit 5 new advisers
  7. Co-Employ a personal admin
Categories: Me, Reflection

2011 at a glance

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Looking back into 2011, there were alot of ups and downs… happiness, sadness, joy, disappointments. Nevertheless, it was a good year.

In January, I was away with my wife for our 1st anniversary in Vietnam. We had lotsa of fun there, enjoyed french cuisines at a fraction of the price we would have to pay in Europe. Have cheap local food and fell in love with the weather in Dalat. Had my 1st experience of being pick pocketed which left us with little to spend for the rest of the trip in Ho Chi Ming City. I’m still thankful that God protected us from harm.

In February, we couldn’t give ang baos cos it was advisable since Dad is not gone for 1 year so we couldn’t really celebration CNY. This was the 1st year, Dad wasn’t around anymore to cook for the whole Tan clan. I deeply missed him, his dishes, his presence in the kitchen. At the same time, discovered that my 2nd uncle’s health was falling.

In March, it was both joyful & sorrowful month, Jac’s shop was officially open on 12th Mar 2011. It was a tremendously happy occasion as she finally have a shop of her own to welcome her clients and work in. It was a milestone for her. On 24th Mar 2011 my closest 2nd uncle passed away from liver failure due to late stage cancer. It brought me down because he is my closest uncle & one of Dad’s closer brothers. When he was around he was one uncle that in his quiet manner shown his love to me. Doted me when I was young whenever I stayed at his place to play with my cousin. A man who had no temper and quiet… I will miss him deeply as I miss my own Dad.

In April, I was in hospital for health check up and was cleared with a clean bill of health cos I wanted to make sure I am still fit for my 21km run.

In May, went to Genting with some of my colleagues and had a wonderful time of fun and bonding. Did my 21km run after a good 10 years of not running for such long distance. Dad was gone for 1 year but I still can feel his presence & miss the late night tea session with him. I miss sharing my achievements & problems with him. I miss his wise insight on the situation.

In Jun, visited a colleague for her baby’s 1st mth and return to be in my greens which I dreaded because I got so much unfinished work to be done.

In July, I was still in my reservist till the middle of the month, it was the longest reservist 4 long weeks… I was sponsored to be on 2 courses which benefitted me much for my work and growth.

In August, was blessed with one of the industry veterans who personally mentored me. He trained and moved me into a new level of doing my work with even more pride and integrity. It was as though God gave me another fatherly figure whom I could looked up to.

In September, there were few incidents that I was contacted via FB to help to provide financial planning to help the various families who wanted unbiased advises for the families well being.

In October, went overseas twice. It was a break for my wife for her to reflect and recharge. God was good to us, Thailand was experiencing flood but we were not affected in any way. It was only when we came back then we realized the seriousness of the flooding in Thailand. Went to Penang with 2 brothers and befriended a few new friends there. They took the step of faith by starting up their own church with little funding and witnessed God’s miracles. The congregation grew through sports.

In November, hosted the family from Penang and was blessed by the family’s prayers. Had a simple celebration for my 34th birthday . Discovered that I was betrayed by a friend after knowing him for so many years. I totally lost my respect and trust for the person. It took me quite awhile to regain myself and stand up again to move on.

In December, I completed my 1st ever 42km marathon I finally achieved my personal goal of running a full marathon before I turn 35. Organized a successful Christmas lunch for my colleagues and everyone enjoyed and had fun. Wrote on the floating balls for NYE countdown our wishes for 2012. Celebrated NYE hunting the open display of elephants and watched one of the spectacular fireworks which lasts for a good 9-10mins.

Categories: Life, Reflection