Monthly Archives: December 2011


Generation millenials, also known as generation Y, is often called the strawberry generation. Many have called us soft, apathetic and lack national pride. And while it pains my group to say this, there is some truth to this claim.

With regards to us being soft, my generation has been brought up in a life of luxury as compared to our predecessors. We have not experience much hardship in life and this has resulted in us being soft. An example would be how parents and grandparents, having gone through tougher times in order to achieve the material well being that they currently enjoy. Having experiencing such hardships, they do not want their children or grandchildren to go through the same experience. Hence, they shower us with gifts and goods to allow us to live in comfort. This inexperience has soften us as we did not have to work to get the things that we have. Therefore, when it is time for us to work for something, we are easily demotivated by setbacks and failures. Thus, being called soft.

My generation is also called apathetic as we do not pay attention to our surroundings. Being brought up in such a safe environment, we do not feel the need to read up about what is happening in current affairs as we believe that the government would resolve the problem for us. This indifference would be our downfall as we lack the political awareness and when the current cabinet were to step down, we would not have many suitable and experience candidates to take over.

Lastly, many have also commented on my generation’s lack of national pride. Having been born in peaceful times, we never really appreciate the importance of peace and the need to maintain it. Despite the numerous attempts by the government to inculcate national pride, it is clear that it is something that my generation still severely lacks. An example would be the increasing number of citizens that choose to immigrate. Despite Singapore having provide us with this comfortable and safe environment, we are not proud of our nationality.

However, it is important to note that while such negative remarks may be true, my generation also possess some good traits as well. One such trait would be how we are more willing to experiment as compared to the older generations. An example would how we are taking part in this race!!!


Day 01

Its 3.15 am and I am redoing this post because of my carelessness of accidentally selecting a very long post and replacing it with the alphabet “y”. Good job me. *heart breaking* 

Anyway, the first day started early in the morning. We realised that our linked in accounts were not properly linked. Early in the morning, Lin Hui sent us a text on how to properly link it. By 7.15 am, all had been done- I know because I was the last to link it on this blog heeh. We met at Tanjong Pagar Station. Soon enough the SMRT personnel approached us to move away from the spot we ‘conquered’. Just in time, Lin Hui had just arrived and we were off… We took the escalator up only to find a crowd of people at the top of the escalator. As you may have suspected, it was raining and people had gathered to find umbrellas etc etc. We, on the other hand, decided to head back down a short flight of stairs to glamorously change to our slippers and poncho. We were then on our way to headquarters! What a start to the day!

We settled our administrative matters and started planning our route- for once, I felt assured for at least we were prepared even without 4 of the 12 landmarks. Imagine how awed we were when we realised it was void. Wow. I never would have thought… It was a quite disturbing and sad to know that our efforts were in vain… All the sleepless nights trying to figure it out. Oh well, expect the unexpected. 

An auction was held and our team was unable to score modes of transport for the team. Oh the agony! I was quite affected with the groups decision to not use our points… I guess the auction seemed to expensive for us and having to let go of the number of likes which took so much effort. I was nodding when Fadzli came by to express this- points do matter but transport is more important in the race. I don’t want us to suffer from traveling around Singapore! But it was done. Anwar and Fadzli then suggested we try to liase with other teams to get modes of transport. Another team coach approached to say that the reality is, they most probably would not want to give it to us. But somehow, I felt there was a need to ask for sympathy from the other teams and so whilst the rest were discussing what to do given our situation, I asked around. You cannot imagine the relieve when the first group I approached agreed to opening up their form of transport for us- yay team Masoci! There was this sudden feeling of gratitude and hope. They agreed to open up a train ride for us if we really needed it. We exchanged contacts and yay! I asked around again and had teams Tennis, Beggars and The. Centurions open forms of transport for us. Yay!!! 

We planned our route and off we went to Mount Faber. Oh and we we asked to leave a hotel where we had stopped to plan the route. Heh. We went all then way up! It was really a journey that tested our mental and physical strength and especially with the rain pouring down on us. The only thing that helped pulled us through the hurdle was the motivation by the team. We hiked up knowing our team members were doing this for us as well. It does inspire me because I think if we were to have done it individually, we would have stopped halfway and given up. I can’t really express this in words but I’ll try my hardest. We were drained but at some point, a friend will push us on- be it with their antics (singing, smiling, cheering) or their sheer presence of having someone be by your side. It was a team effort. We reached the Jewel Box and rested for a while to do our challenge. It was really fun because we allocated tasks and did a cohesive peace. We were simply esthetic by the time we got to the top. 

The journey back down to Telok Blangah Road was a little more fun! We saw the mist of being so high in Singapore. It was getting late and yellow lights seemed to form a beautiful array of patterns that I have never seen before. We passed a bridge and it was astounding to see how the different elements had created such a scenery. The bridge was wooden and had an alignment of lights near its railings. The floor was wet as a result of the rain and it reflected the yellow lights near the railings. It seemed to light the way for us. Unfortunately, we could not take pictures because it was raining and our camera was not waterproof. Nevertheless, it’s still clear in my memory. 

We reached a dead end once but it only made it more fun:D It’s like we grew so closer within the past 24hours that how tired we were did not matter. We had our dinners and headed for West Coast Park to end off the day. And that was another journey…. A 10km walk-temptations to head back home or stop by a relative’s house was creeping on us given how tired we were. We had to constantly remind ourselves of the value of integrity and how everything we did in the race depended on it-if not it would be worthless. But yea, I was a real challenge for it didn’t seem to make sense to get ourselves more and more tired just to rest for the day. I guess this is Singapore and everything is bounded by rules and regulations…

And here we are, at West Coast Park. Everyone is resting well. 
Oh and you know, I wanted muscles- well I think I have they are growing. My hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and feet as well as my core is cramped! Speaking of which, I lost count of how many times I had leg and tummy cramps throughout the 10km walk. I never knew it could continue walking as though nothing had happened. Throughout the journey to West Coast Park, we just talked and walked and sung and stayed merry 🙂

From the day that had passed, “together everyone achieves more” is an apt way of describing the overall feeling. We have the little things- changing our footwear together so we won’t feel awkward, walking together around town feeling secured knowing we have our trusted teammates to look out for us, its like a family. As ridiculous as it sounds, we really have grown to care for each other like a family. We make decisions together, wait for one another, learn to compromise and take initiative.  There is also this whole idea of sympathy that I would like to tap on. I really was surprised when they allowed us forms of transport- some may say its just to make alliances in a competition, but I think as of now, the competition doesn’t matter. Our goal is to do our best in completing tasks and challenges.




Are paper qualifications over-rated in Singapore?

Whoa, what a questions to ask. There is so much controversy toward this issue and till this day, the Singapore government is still in a pickle on what to do.
To be honest, there is not a right answer to this question. The importance of education and whether it is really over-rated depends on the time and the type of job that we are discussing.
Furthermore, we can also see that the purpose of paper qualifications is for the employees to have an insight into the working style and thought process of the the candidate. For example, it can be said that liberal arts graduates would possess higher level of soft skills such as analysis and arguments. On the other hand, engineering students would be better trained in skills such as mathematical and programming. Therefore, there is a need to differentiate the different candidates by the type of qualifications that they hold. 
Lastly, paper qualification can give future employers a glimpse of the candidates mentality and working style. While there is no concrete proof that better paper qualification would mean the person is better at working, better paper qualification would suggest that that particular is more hardworking and dependable to work hard to achieve a certain goal or result. Thus, we can see that paper qualifications are not over-rated.
However, on the other hand, we can also see that paper qualifications are over-rated as too much emphasis is placed on purely grades. While grades are a good representation of the candidates knowledge, it does not give a good representation of how the candidate is as a person. A straight “A” scoring student may have all the knowledge but if he is unable to work in a group, work under pressure or present well, that student still does not make a good worker. And from here we can see that paper qualifications in this sense would be over-rated as too much credit is given to grades and not the candidates character and personality.
Paper qualifications are also over-rated as they are not needed for all jobs. For example, certain jobs like being a chief or any jobs in customer service, there is no really necessity for paper qualifications for such jobs. If a person would like to pursue a job in such lines, they would be better of learning on the job rather than the classroom.
Therefore, it is impossible to conclude on whether paper qualification are over-rated as its importance and significance depend from the various jobs. If a person would like to be a doctor or engineer in the future, he should pursue a paper qualification. On the other hand, if a person wants to pursue becoming a chief or a waiter in a higher end restaurant, he would be better off learning from the job.




Passion is a quality that can be cultured or simply blossom by itself. 
I guess today would be a clear example of how passion is important in individuals. Coming in the race, it seems rather hard to believe that we were able to overcome this obstacle-ourselves. Climbing up Mount Faber , there were apparent moments where we just wanted to give up. Furthermore it was pouring whilst we were protected from the water with our ponchos and gortex, we were wet inside-our sweat. A long and tedious journey to start off the race on top of our morale knowing that we did not have any form of transport. Yet, somehow our passion for our team helped us through this for we wanted everyone to reach the top together. It felt as though our determination to succeed was instantaneously enhance.
This reenactment exemplifies what we have been doing for the past few hours. Tired yet all smiles.
So what happens when we don’t have passion?  seems as though life would have little meaning. We would be directionless. Life would simply be moments of us passing through one motion after another. 
Therefore, passion is the one quality that allows other values to be built upon and cultivated so that we live life to the fullest. 

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