Shortly before my Christmas break, my friend, M, was thinking about visiting Singapore while I'm here to show her around. Through which, she joked about her being ‘exotic’, typically implying that she would get some preferential treatment of some sort, compared to me being a local boy. There is some truth in her words, despite the fact that gone were the days where we would unquestionably accept that the white man is ‘boss’ - she is simply alluding to what is still a generally held notion inherited from the colonial-era, just as I have learnt to understand that not all whites are equal: the Irish would have been equally considered inferior to the English during the same period, although would have been at a standing higher than us.
As much as I try not to post technology-related posts on my personal blog, this one possibly merits so, given it clarifies my thoughts and position on why I generally don't post anything at all on Facebook. If you are in the the IT industry, then you should already know all about Facebook - much has been said about this high-profile public company. In a nutshell, they are an entity that makes profit out of people's personal data.
It's close to the end of the year again. I am off target from my goal of attaining “6000 Punches, 6000 Kicks”, by a margin of 2000 thereabouts at worse, or 1000 at best. It also comes down to the actual definition - when I mean “Punch/Kick”, I meant a dedicated style of punch or kick. If counting my combination of elbow attacks and varying punches, I should have exceeded the 6000 mark.
The most important thing I learnt about workouts (and for most things in life), is that it isn't important how hard you go at it, but more on how to make it stick. If statistics is a guide, only 30% of people who signs up for a gym membership will make it past the first 3 months. 10% will remain after a year, and only 3% will keep the habit up year after year.
As new-age common wisdom popularised by Malcom Gladwell, 10000 repetitions is the magic number of times one has to practice before he's proficient in a skill. Which obviously makes it strange to have chosen to practice 6000 punches and kicks over this year - that's just barely above the halfway mark. However, the answer is simple - it is reasonably achievable to attain this number over the course of the year.
This is my first post of the year! Not much to say yet, aside from that I'm still in the process of setting up this new blog. The old blog will stay as it is, so as not to mess up any permalinks for other sites that was kindly linked to me. I hope to keep writing all the way this year, and after a few years of absence, let's call it my resolution for 2014 then.