Worst Day Ever? – Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.


Tabata Workout – Stay Fit and Motivated

I was recently exposed to Tabata, a High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) workout while serving my reservist in Pasir Ris camp. The workout regime is relatively simple and does not require any equipments at all. Best of all,  it only takes 4 minutes to finish one “Tabata” cycle. However, this will be the most intense and longest 4 minutes you will ever experience, provided you do not shortchange yourself during the workout.

Why Tabata?

  • High Intensity Interval Training has larger impact on both aerobic and anaerobic systems than traditional aerobic workout
  • It’s simple and requires no weights/equipments
  • You can easily customise your own Tabata workout by mixing any exercise you desire
  • It only takes 4 minutes of your time to complete one cycle

How to Tabata?

  1. Workout as hard as you can for 20 seconds
  2. Rest for 10 seconds
  3. Repeat Step 1 & 2 for the rest of the exercises (1 “Tabata” cycle)
  4. Do as many “Tabata” cycle as possible

Tabata Workout:

  1. Squats
  2. Jumping Jacks
  3. Lunges
  4. Situps
  5. High Jumper
  6. Burpees
  7. Flutter Kicks
  8. Push Ups

For beginners, you may want to start off with 4 “Tabata” cycles and gradually increase 1 cycle at a time when your body is conditioned for higher intensity.
It is important to give your 100% for the 20secs of workout in each exercise as it would defeat the purpose of high intensity training if you don’t push yourself to the limit.

P.S. – Just for laugh:
I named the Tabata workout as the “Patapon” Workout. The word “Tabata” reminds me of the PSP game “Patapon”. I have completed the game back in my NS days. It was really fun and interesting game! On a side note, I have designed the Tabata featured image above based on some online tutorial to improve my photoshop skill.

My preferred Patapon Workout exercises as belowPatapon Workout

Patapon Workout:

  1. Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon (Squats)
  2. Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon (Jumping Jacks)
  3. Chaka-Chaka-Pata-Pon (Lunges)
  4. Pon-Pata-Pon-Pata (Crunches)
  5. Pon-Pon-Chaka-Chaka (Flutter Kicks)
  6. Don-Don-Chaka-Chaka (Burpees)
  7. Pata-Pon-Don-Chaka (Front Planks)
  8. Don-DoDon-DoDon (Push Ups)

See related post:
Workout Motivation

List of references:
What is Tabata Training?
The 4-Minute Fat-Burning Miracle Tabata Workout
List of Command Songs
How To Create Great Typographic Wallpaper In Photoshop

Jack Ma advice on how to be successful in Life

Before 20 Years Old:

Be a good student. The way to entrepreneur, just learn some experience.

Before 30 Years Old:

Follow somebody. Go to a small company. Normally in a big company it’s good to learn processes. You’re a part of a big machine. But when you go to a small company, you learn the passion, you learn the dreams, and you learn how to do lots of things at any one time. So before 30 years old, it’s not which company you go, it’s which boss you follow. It’s very important. A good boss teaches you differently.

From 30 to 40 Years Old:

You have to think very clearly if you want to work for yourself. If you really want to be an entrepreneur.

From 40 to 50 Years Old:

You have to do all the things that you are good at. Don’t try to drop into the new area, it’s too late. You may be successful, but the rate of dying is too big. Think about how to focus on things that you’re good at.

From 50 to 60 Years Old:

Work for the young people. Because young people can do better than you. So rely on them, invest on them, making sure that they are good.

Over 60 Years Old:

Spend time on yourself, on the beach, sunshine, it’s normally too late for you to change. This is my advice to young people: At 25-years old, make enough mistakes. Don’t worry. You fall, you stand up. Enjoy it. Enjoy the show.

Jack Ma on Regrets:

I regret a lot of things. I regret that I meet the Media. I regret that I speak in the public. Because I could have my own privacy. I regret that I work so hard and spend so little time with my family. If I have another life, I would never do things like this. And my wife said: “You do not belong to me. You belong to Alibaba.” But, in all, Life is so short. It’s all about experience. People seek different views. Some people think you’re rich, you’re successful. But you’re not! Some people say this guy does not have money and he’s a terrible guy. Maybe not! So everybody choose his or her own life. We have a lot of problems that people never thought of. Because running a company for 34,000 young people, operating a company for more than 500 million people. If 1% of the 500 million people are bad guys, you got 5 million bad guys. So it’s a headache. But it’s too late to regret. Forget about regret. Think about I have another 10-20 years to go. So enjoy the show, enjoy the ride. You’re the same.

See Related:
Advice from Jack Ma on Life and Entrepreneurship
Jack Ma’s vision for Alibaba
The Value of Honour – Jack Ma

Workout Motivation – Tough times don’t last, tough people do

Most people are aware of the health benefits of having a regular workout regime but often lack the discipline and motivation to stick to their training schedule. Procrastination and excuses start to kick in, and soon,  they simply just stop trying.

When a new hot and trending workout video (such as INSANITY workout) is shared online, people might get excited and try it out for awhile. However, the enthusiasm simply wore off over time, and they are back to their sedentary lifestyle.

Do you find yourself making yearly resolution to go the gym or keeping to a run schedule, and find yourself breaking them a few months later, giving yourself excuses and procrastinating from time to time.

Therefore, it is important to identify the “Why” of keeping fit and healthy instead of just focusing on “How” to keep fit and healthy. For me, the “Why” is simply because it just feels so right and logical to stick to an exercise regime. Exercise is an excellent way to destress and keeps one focused and energised. Although it feels kind of sucky for the first few months, your body will get used to the body aches and sore feet over time. You will start to feel more refreshed each day and also feel good about yourself.

Find out your “Why” and craft out a flexible exercise regime to fit into your schedule. For a start, drag someone for a jogging session once a week. Slowly build up your endurance and be disciplined. Suffer either the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.

Keep pushing hard until you get it!

Below are some of motivational quotes and images to keep you going:

EXERCISE - Some motivation required
EXERCISE – Some motivation required
Better sore than sorry
Better sore than sorry
No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned
No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

Running is the greatest metaphor for Life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

P.S. If you are in Singapore and need a jogging/running buddy, feel free to drop a comment and I will be happy to arrange a jogging/running session.

See related post:
Tabata Workout – Stay Fit and Motivated

Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew – The Man in the Arena

23rd March 2015 is a day of mixed feelings…

It is the day I learnt that our founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, died peacefully after his condition worsened due to an infection…

I normally do not express my feelings through this website, but I do hope international users who accidentally/intentionally land on this website be aware of this great thinker and visionary of this era.
Many foreigners may only know him as the first Prime Minister of Singapore, who introduced lots of unpopular policies, and ruled Singapore with an “iron fist”.
But what most people do not understand is that these controversial policies and “autocratic” style of ruling get Singapore to where it is today.

I, for one, am very grateful that our esteem founding father did not adopt a populist ruling approach. I am not an expert on how to run a country, but seeing how Singapore transformed herself from a fishing village into an economic powerhouse, is truly an amazing and remarkable feat. Although everyone plays a part in the growth of our nation, I feel that it was thanks to the vision of Mr Lee that we get to enjoy such a beautiful and safe country.

I am very thankful that Mr Lee had the foresight in creating a bilingual society, which enables me to indulge myself in Chinese and English texts, culture, and ultimately the ability to aggregate motivational content of both languages for everyone to enjoy.

One of his memorable quote exemplify just how much he sacrifice for Singapore:
‘I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.’ – LKY
I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.

His sacrifice and absolute devotion to the betterment of every Singaporean will not be forgotten. At the very least, not by me. He is truly the man in the arena.
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew for your selfless contributions.
May you rest in peace.

Tribute written by a teary-eyed, true blue Singaporean


See other Tributes:
The Straits Times – Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
BBC News – Obituary: Lee Kuan Yew
Channel NewsAsia – Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91
Channel NewsAsia – PM Lee: I am grieved beyond words at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Mahatma Gandhi – Inspirational Quotes, Film, and Speech

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi a.k.a. Mahatma Gandhi a.k.a. Bapu, was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (endearment for “father”) in India.

An epic biographical film – Gandhi (1982) – depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom’s rule of the country during the 20th century.
The film covers Gandhi‘s life as a lawyer from a defining moment in 1893, as he is thrown off a South African train for being in a whites-only compartment, subsequently became the famed leader of India through his philosophy of non-violent protest against the British rule. The film concludes with his assassination and funeral in 1948. Although a practising Hindu, Gandhi‘s embracing of other faiths, particularly Christianity and Islam, is also depicted.

Below are some inspirational & motivational quotes from Gandhi (1982)

  1. No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one’s way to the heart of the man…
  2. Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth
  3. When you are fighting in a just cause, people seem to pop up, like you, right out of the pavement. Even when it’s dangerous.
  4. Doesn’t the New Testament say: “If your enemy strikes you on the right cheek, offer him the left.”
  5. I suspect he (God) meant you must show courage, be willing to take a blow, several blows, to show you won’t strike back, nor will you be turned aside. And when you do that, it calls on something in human nature, something that makes his hatred for you decrease and his respect increase.
  6. You’ll find there’s room for us all.
  7. Love thy neighbor as thyself
  8. We are all such sinners; we should leave punishment to God.
  9. Think of what you can do by living that you cannot do by dying.
  10. The only devils that are in this world are those that are running around in our own hearts. And that is where all our battles ought to be fought.
  11. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
  12. When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always.

Bonus motivational quote by Mahatma Gandhi

On October 1931, Mahatma Gandhi delivered a spiritual message to a huge crowd in London. The speech is centered on the mysterious power/being that rules everything in the universe, and asked listeners to have faith in this supreme entity that governs us all.

Inspirational speech by Mahatma Gandhi
Kingsley Hall, 1931


There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything; I feel it though I do not see it. It is this unseen power which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof, because it is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses. It transcends the senses. But it is possible to reason out the existence of God to a limited extent. Even in ordinary affairs we know that people do not know who rules, or why and how He rules, and yet they know that there is a power that certainly rules.

In my tour last year in Mysore, I met many poor villagers and I found upon inquiry that they did not know who ruled Mysore. They simply said some God ruled it. If the knowledge of these poor people was so limited about their ruler, I, who am infinitely lesser in respect to God than they to their ruler, need not be surprised if I do not realize the presence of God – the King of Kings.

Nevertheless, I do feel, as the poor villagers felt about Mysore, that there is orderliness in the universe. There is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is not a blind law, for no blind law can govern the conduct of living being and thanks to the marvellous researches of Sir J. C. Bose, it can now be proved that even matter is life. That law then which governs all life is God. Law and the law-giver are one. I may not deny the law, or the law-giver, because I know so little about it or Him.

Just as my denial or ignorance of the existence of an earthly power will avail me nothing even so my denial of God and His law will not liberate me from its operation, whereas humble and mute acceptance of divine authority makes life’s journey easier even as the acceptance of earthly rule makes life under it easier. I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and recreates. That informing power of spirit is God, and since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist, He alone is. And is this power benevolent or malevolent? I see it as purely benevolent, for I can see that in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness, light persists. Hence I gather that God is life, truth, and light. He is love. He is the supreme Good. But He is no God who merely satisfies the intellect, if He ever does. God, to be God, must rule the heart and transform it. He must express himself in every smallest act of His votary. This can only be done through a definite realization, more real than the five senses can ever produce.

Sense perceptions can be and often are false and deceptive, however real they may appear to us. Where there is realization outside the senses it is infallible. It is proved not by extraneous evidence but in the transformed conduct and character of those who have felt the real presence of God within. Such testimony is to be found in the experiences of an unbroken line of prophets and sages in all countries and climes. To reject this evidence is to deny oneself. This realization is preceded by an immovable faith. He, who would, in his own person, test the fact of God’s presence, can do so by a living faith, and since faith itself cannot be proved by extraneous evidence, the safest course is to believe in the moral government of the world and therefore in the supremacy of the moral law, the law of truth and love. Exercise of faith will be the safest where there is a clear determination summarily to reject all that is contrary to truth and love. I confess that I have no argument to convince through reason. Faith transcends reason. All that I can advise is not to attempt the impossible.

Dangerous Minds – There are no victims in this classroom

Video Transcript:

LouAnne: “Hey, listen. Nobody’s forcing you to be here. You have a choice. You can stay, or you can leave.”

Male Student: “Lady, why are you playing this game? We don’t have a choice.”

LouAnne: “You don’t have a choice? You don’t have a choice on whether or not you’re here?”

Male Student:” No. lf we leave, we don’t get to graduate. lf we stay, we got to put up with you.”

LouAnne: “Well, that’s a choice, isn’t it? You have a choice. You either don’t graduate or you have to put up with me. lt may not be a choice you like, but it is a choice.”

Female Student: “Man, you don’t understand nothing. I mean, you don’t come from where we live. You’re not bussed here.”

LouAnne: “Do you have a choice to get on that bus?”

Female Student: “Man, you come and live in my neighbourhood for one week and then you tell me if you got a choice.”

LouAnne: “There are a lot of people who live in your neighbourhood who choose NOT to get on that bus. What do they choose to do? They choose to go out and sell drugs. They choose to go out and kill people. They choose to do a lot of other things. But they choose not to get on that bus.
The people who choose to get on that bus, which are YOU, are the people who are saying, “I will not carry myself down to die. When I go to my grave, my head will be high.” That is a choice!
There are no VICTIMS in this classroom!

Female Student: “Why do you care anyway? You just here for the money.”

LouAnne: “Because I make a choice to care. And honey, the money ain’t that good.”

Female Student: “Whatever.”


Note: I miss my school days…

Your Daily Dose of Motivation