In the early morning hours of 2nd June 2017, a new month has just started, reflecting back, 5 months have just passed, it seems like a flash at times. There were times when there were so many thoughts, words, feelings and emotions going through my mind, heart and soul. It was very difficult to write or share it out. I do not believe in typing out essays on my personal Facebook wall, I do not want to do it too. Typing it out in 140 characters on Twitter proved to be very challenging since I got to summarise everything into a few 140 characters posts. Therefore, sometimes and many a times, bits and pieces were posted on my Twitter and my Instagram.
Life is precious, be grateful and thankful
First thing first, handling two passing ons in my extended family tree in a period of six months is totally not ideal at all. I didn’t share it on Facebook, I shared it on Twitter, a few weeks back, I rushed back to attend my younger paternal cousin’s funeral in Malaysia, he suddenly passed away due to an illness. To be honest, I was totally shocked. This wasn’t the type of gathering that I thought I would be meeting my relatives again. Life is so unpredictable, unexpected and so fragile. Life is precious, be grateful and thankful. Not to forget, eat and live healthy too!
At a recent gathering with uni friends, they were all celebrating something wonderful and happy in their life, I am really happy for them. As for me, I had to deal with two passing ons in the past six months, I just don’t have the happy celebrations at this time. Slowly, things would start to turn better as times goes by.
Economy – more slow and difficult times ahead
The economy is still slow and difficult, personally, it’s not getting easier, echoed by a few friends running their own small / medium sized businesses.
This is a crucial period to change, adapt, innovate, improve and learn new skills and knowledge. We have to be prepared for consistent slow levels of growth in the years/decades ahead as Singapore enters into a mature economy.
Hopefully, the economy is able to steady the ship in 2018 and we have adapted to the slow economic growth for the next era ahead.
Running my photography business – still a long long long journey ahead
For the record, in case you forgotten what I wrote earlier in the past few months, I had established and registered a photography business at the start of 2017. For those who kept asking me what I am doing when I already told you what I had started, please read the paragraph again, and also revisit and read the following articles:
- Some updates and announcements
- Updates 28th April 2017
- Introducing TGH Photography and Hpility SG
- Updates and Changes to my photography sites
- TGH Photography and Hpility SG
Currently, a one person operation, taking on almost everything from top to bottom. Running out of words to describe the type and amount of work that I have to do. It’s still a long long long journey ahead.
The business is moving very slowly since it’s still very new (regardless of my number of years of freelance photography). Competition and market saturation is very intense in a small country and economy like Singapore, like many of the other industries and businesses in Singapore.
Always thinking out and beyond the box, innovating and challenging myself, to learn and improve in as many areas as possible, not just photography skills and knowledge.
Learning to Say NO
Sometimes, I have to learn and say NO more often. Slowly, I am getting there. There are times whereby my kindness, giving and willingness to help have be more abused than before.
I want to reserve my kindness, giving and willingness to help for those who really need help and support.
I don’t rant on my personal Facebook wall, I can be a very private person even though I can talk and chat a lot with people. I sometimes share bits and pieces of my thoughts on Twitter and Instagram.
Even if I wrote this article, friends also don’t visit my website and read. Sometimes, I just don’t want to repeat something that I already wrote and shared earlier. Sometimes, I just don’t wish to talk more about private things unless necessary.
My patience with people has been very thin and my tolerance for bullshit is almost zero.
To everybody that read my whole article up till this sentence, thank you for reading my rants, thoughts, feelings and heartaches.