This is why you shouldn’t study during Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is a season to celebrate and share moments with your love ones. It is a time for you to forget about work related issues and focus on spending as much family time (e.g. enjoying your reunion dinner) and time with friends if you can, because studies can wait, but Chinese New Year only happens once a year!

I decided to write about this today because I’m still seeing people studying on this special occasion, which in my opinion is unacceptable (sorry for the harsh word used). I have to admit that I did some work yesterday for about an hour, but after an hour or so I was like “screw this, I should be spending more time with my family instead.” so I dropped my books and started went to spend some family time.

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P.S. How would you rate these fish jellies that my mum made? 🙂

Let me ask you an honest question, when you’re old and not as active as you are in the future, will you remember what grade you got for math or chemistry, or would you remember the jokes, the awesome Mahjong and poker sessions that you have spent with your family and friends? I’m sure it would be those great moments that you spent with your family and friends.

To be honest, even when I’m in University now, I can’t remember what grades I got during secondary school, because at this point in my life now, those grades are of no value to me. So this indirectly means that it’ll definitely be impossible for me to remember the grades I get in University now when I start working next time.

“But I remember the grades I got throughout primary and secondary school!”  

Alright, to be fair, I know everybody is different, so if you’re not like me and you remembered the various grades you got in school, then let me ask you this, will your future boss hire you next time solely based on your grades? Well, grades mean something, but they are not everything.

Ultimately, your future boss will hire you for your ability to work in a team, your ability to communicate well, and your ability to plan and organize your work. These are the key elements that your boss will look for when hiring you, and not about the A grade you got in your Math. So drop your books, and start spending time with your family, because family time allows you to train this skills which will benefit you in the future, and not by completing math questions.

“No! I still think my school GPA will matter when I work in the future.” 

Ok, if you think that grades are everything, then let me ask you a simple question. Knowing the importance of spending family time, will you still be able to fully focus on doing your work and neglecting your family? And even if you managed to study, will you not feel guilty that you didn’t spend family time on this special occasion?

So… Drop your books, and go spend some family time. 🙂

 

“NO! I will not feel guilty when I don’t spend family time. Studying is love, studying is life…” 

Ok, if that’s the case, then I hope you grow up having all the As you wish for and also remember to laminate your results slip so that you can stick it on to your wall and remember how enjoyable these moments were, because I know for sure that you won’t be able to remember the grades you got in school when you start working so DROP YOUR BOOKS, AND START SPENDING SOME FAMILY TIME.

 

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Jokes aside, here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Drop your books and start spending more quality family time. Trust me, these will be the moments that you’ll treasure as you grow older. And with this, I will end off my blog post and go enjoy my reunion dinner with my family. 🙂

P.S. To the teachers who are really strict on their students: If your students didn’t manage to finish their homework in time, please forgive them, because they must have spent some quality family time over Chinese New Year. 😉 

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Here’s another pic of my mum’s homemade jelly fishes… Just another attempt to show off her hard work 

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Starting the New Year Right

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I went to the Church of Singapore with my mum and sister to start a New Year. 2013 was the best year I had so far, and I want to thank God for everything.

During the service the flashbacks of 2013 came back to me and I almost teared a little. A year has flown by and I was being blessed with so many fruitful memories, can’t believe so many great things can happen in just a year. I don’t usually go to church as Sunday is technically my only rest day from swimming, so I usually spend my Sundays lazing in bed for half the day.

Experience from the service

It was definitely an uplifting experience for me and I felt a sense of freedom and happiness from within. In church, nobody judges you by how you look or the way you act as everyone was a child of God.

Everyone in the service had huge smiles on their faces and they looked genuinely happy. The freedom I experienced from within was something that is hard to describe, but I guess they felt the same way as I did.

To be honest, after the service, I felt more awake than sleeping for more than 12 hours. And I felt more productive as the church service ended at 11am, thus I had more than half a day left to spend time with family and friends instead of the usual waking up at 1pm.

After the service I felt really refreshed though I slept late the previous night, I’m not sure why, but I just felt really free after the service. I guess sleep is not the only cure to fatigue and tiredness.

Why I chose to go to church

I always skipped church services last time as due to all of my swimming training, I would be really really tired when it comes to Sundays, but my mum managed to persuade me this time.

Mum: Son, do you feel that 2013 has been a really great year for you? Having a great army experience, getting into NTU, winning your first Gold medal at the SEA Games, having really close friends that you can count on, and basically all your goals for 2013 were accomplished?

Me: Yeah definitely was! Everything fell right into place; honestly it feels like a miracle.

Mum: Well even Dad says it is a miracle. But trust me, it’s not.

Me: How so?

Mum: Ever since the start of the year, I had been faithful in prayer. I prayed everyday for you to achieve your goals, for sister’s success, and most importantly, to a happy family, and look where we are now? God answered all of my prayers.

Me: Woah, yeah it’s really amazing, though I haven’t been attending church, I’ve been praying a lot too. We should really thank God.

Mum: Yeah, so since God has been there for us for the whole of last year, I think it’s only fair that you join me in church service, start the New Year well, you already know what God is capable of.

Me: Yupp, I know, ok we’ll go to church. 🙂

The message I’m trying to bring across here is not that God will give you everything you ask for, but rather, if you put your faith and trust in Him, He will guide you through the tough times.

When you’re stressed or feeling troubled with life, just remember that God is always watching over you, and everything you do is part of God’s plan. Though I’m a free thinker, I believe that God has the answer to everything.

My life has definitely changed. Thank you God for everything.

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Footsteps

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Deep in his slumber, one night a man had a very real, yet surreal dream. He dreamt that he was walking along the beach with God. As he looked up at the sky, he saw all the scenes of his life flash by along with two sets of footprints: one set for himself, and another for God.

After all the scenes had flashed before him, he looked back at those footprints and noticed something quite disturbing: At the most difficult times in his life, he saw only one set of footprints.

This deeply troubled the man, so he turned and said to God: “You said that if I followed you, then you would always walk with me through thick and thin. In looking back, I see that during the most painful times there is only one set of footprints. Why did you leave me when I needed you the most?”

“I love you and would never leave. It was during those times when you suffered the most that I carried you.”

(http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-81-Footsteps.html#sthash.zlOhJxVM.dpuf)

 

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6 Tips to Resist the Temptation to Snack During CNY

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Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Still can’t believe that almost a month has already passed in 2014, time really flies so really treasure your time with your family and loved ones.

As we all know that it’s a tradition during chinese new year to snack on a variety of unhealthy food, we do that simply because it’s yummy and it has already become our second nature over the years. Here’s the list of snacks we have during CNY and the amount of calories in it:

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To summarize, these foods contain A LOT of calories; just imagine how horrified we would be when we weigh ourselves after CNY. I honestly find it easy to eat a few slices of Bak Kwa at once, but I really can’t imagine myself eating 5-7 slices of bread, that is just crazy. I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

So how do we resist the temptation to snack? Here’s a list of things I’ve thought about which may help you snack less. I always believe that we can afford to eat all things in moderation, so I’m not saying that you should totally stop snacking on these CNY goodies, but what I propose is to snack lesser.

1)    Drinking a glass of milk before snacking

Personally I find that this is the best solution to satisfy my snack cravings. A glass of milk contains a relatively high amount of Carbohydrates and Proteins which would suppress your appetite; therefore you would crave less for those unhealthy snacks. Milk protein is actually different from the usual Whey protein we drink post training; milk protein is made up of Casein protein, a slow digesting protein which would stay in your body for quite some time, whereas Whey protein gets rapidly absorbed in our body. By drinking a glass of milk, you would definitely feel a sense of fullness for quite a period of time thus leading to you snacking less naturally.

2)    Take the maximum serving you will consume  

Often a times we over snack when it comes to CNY as many of us just hold a container of Pineapple tarts and snack in front of the TV. We actually don’t realize that we’re overeating as we think that it’s ok to have ‘just one more’. The best solution to this would be to take a plate, and fill that plate up with a variety of Bak Kwa, Pineapple tarts, Kueh Lapis

3)    Stop eating immediately when you no longer feel hungry

When it comes to snacking, we shouldn’t eat until we feel full; rather, we should eat until we no longer feel hungry. I may sound contradicting here but usually when you feel full after eating, chances are you have already over ate. Our brain takes a longer time to register that we’re full as compared to the rate that we are eating. So once you don’t feel hungry, stop snacking, you don’t have to finish what’s on your plate.

4)    Eat slowly

Every slice of Bak Kwa is LOADED with calories, so always constantly remind yourself that and saviour every piece of Bak Kwa you consume. Chew slowly; your brain doesn’t immediately register that your stomach is full, so you’ll naturally snack less when you eat slowly.

5)    Peer pressure

Family members might tell you “it’s ok to snack, it’s just once a year.”

NO, it is not ok, you’re going to regret it once CNY is over. Always remember, you are what you eat, so always control your urges when you can.

6)    Reward yourself at times

I always believe that we shouldn’t deprive ourselves too much. Life is about enjoying anyway. Like for me, I allow myself to indulge in unhealthy foods every Saturdays, that kinda helps me stay sane to be honest. I really can’t imagine life without junk food. Sometimes, being too deprived isn’t good as well. If you allow yourself to snack from time to time, your snack cravings would naturally be lesser. Thus, you wouldn’t feel a need to reward yourself greatly during CNY as you know that you’re always rewarding yourself from time to time.

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To end it off, always remember to eat all foods in moderation and you will be fine.

Once again have a Happy Chinese New Year 2014, and hope you achieve your goals!

 

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