SAF seeks to build mental toughness.

You never know what you get to read in the newspaper.  For example the following:

A programme to build mental toughness among military recruits by teaching them to talk about their emotions and think positively seems to be producing better soldiers, going by a recent study by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

The study found that recruits who went through the resilience-building programme outjumped, outran, outshot and outperformed those who did not.

The SAF will thus incorporate elements from this programme into its training of recruits.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the Defence Ministry (Mindef) said the Building Resilience in Individuals for Growth and Emotional Well-being (Bridge) programme was a study conducted between 2007 and 2008 ‘to improve soldiers’ overall training performance’.

From ST website on 31 Jan 12.

The way I see it, you can give lots of counselling or therapy or you can implement some form of Hell Week or Selection.  The latter is going to very painful, at any time, those SF wannabes always have the option to quit.  The recuits don’t!



Old Wives Tales

well , you know how old wives goes, keep warm or you will catch a cold etc.  This one is interesting.

Rain forecast made in 2011 for 2012 Chinese New Year

And it rained.

SINGAPORE, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — Thousands of people braved the rain late Sunday for a countdown to the Chinese New Year in Singapore.

The rain hit the Chinatown area of Singapore about half an hour to the beginning of the Year of the Dragon on Jan. 23. But it just added to the fun and the countdown went on as planned.

A host of the celebration on the main street of the Chinatown area said the rain was often considered a sign of fortune for the Chinese New Year, which began on Jan. 23 this year.




If you are interested in making mooncakes, check it out here

The Dumbest idea in the world.

Forbes ran an article on “Maximising Shareholder value” as the The Dumbest Idea in the World.  Now reading it.  Very interesting.

The real market vs the expectations market

In today’s paradoxical world of maximizing shareholder value, which Jack Welch himself has called “the dumbest idea in the world”, the situation is the reverse. CEOs and their top managers have massive incentives to focus most of their attentions on the expectations market, rather than the real job of running the company producing real products and services.

The “real market,” Martin explains, is the world in which factories are built, products are designed and produced, real products and services are bought and sold, revenues are earned, expenses are paid, and real dollars of profit show up on the bottom line. That is the world that executives control—at least to some extent.

The expectations market is the world in which shares in companies are traded between investors—in other words, the stock market. In this market, investors assess the real market activities of a company today and, on the basis of that assessment, form expectations as to how the company is likely to perform in the future. The consensus view of all investors and potential investors as to expectations of future performance shapes the stock price of the company.

Especially the part if the share price is down, the accountants may be forced to write down the assets


Good by 2011 and hello 2012

Queen Elizabeth once commented a certain year was ‘annus horribilis’. Well for me 2011 it was one, changing jobs in difficult circumstances and not a stable home front.

In the first half of the year, I was trying to increase the number of virtual hosts and retire some boxes to a DR role. Running the free hypervisor was fine for one box. When you have four, moving the guests around proved to be trying. I guess the vendor decided to throw some stones to encourage you to get the good stuff.

Redeeming a set of free tickets to Japan proved to be extremely trying. It seems that when you have the tickets courtesy of frequent flyer miles, the points are not really deducted until you actually fly. Once the hurdles have been crossed, Hokkaido is a really nice place to visit in summer/autumn. Clean has a different meaning there.

There were a few bright spots, in the later half of the year, I moved on to another job that is better paying and flexible hours. It was a comfort to be part of a well oiled machine. The children’s school results left much to be desired, in the coming year, I need to use a different strategy to improve their writing.

Well this is it.  Happy New Year!!