3 other things to add to the definition of success (besides having children)

I came across this ST Forum letter today and was frankly stunned by the letter writer’s truly bad attempt at trying to connect a political statement with her own organisational agenda (of having children).

Mrs Joni Ong, President at I Love Children (ILC) wants the nation to “Include having kids in defining success in life” and spent a good amount of time writing into the forum.

One good turn deserves another, so here are a few ways you COULD define success in Singapore.

Successfully buy a HDB with no defects

Source: mothership.sg

Source: mothership.sg

You know what’s a better benchmark of success than buying a home? One without mushrooms. While we’re at it, I think we should also be successful if the corridor is navigable 😉


The humans in this photo don’t look very successful at this moment. They don’t even look happy hor?


Being really good at Instagram

Like… being really really good at it.

1 / 3 #hellodhd

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Like this…

Like this also can.

I SAY… if you can look this chio on a photo, while splashing water in the pool, you are pretty successful.

Survive train breakdowns

I just want to say before I go on, how I feel bad everyone who was caught in the MRT Apocalypse yesterday. I spent a good chunk of my time waiting for a taxi and I couldn’t imagine how everyone on the train could take just waiting on a stationary vehicle.

I stood around in Shenton Way for a good 45 minutes but it was actually pretty awesome because I had the chance to talk to a few tourists…

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and have a laugh…

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I ended up sharing a cab with this dude named Balaji, who lives in Tampines. We hopped on to one of those red TransCabs driven by a grumpy old uncle who reminded us that TransCab is “cash only HOR”.


Balaji told me he was working for a bank here, and I shared with him about my work on this site plus my day job. We shook hands when he got to Tampines and I was happy that he got home. I kind of felt that that was quite a success, since I got home in one piece, made a new friend AND had the time to start drafting this post. Wonder if Mrs Joni Ong would agree.

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