I’m not surprised that damn near nobody in the Malay community knows who I am, apart from the minor prominence I have within a niche investor crowd since becoming the country’s youngest property developer in 2005, I’ve always kept a very low profile, then again I haven’t personally met a Singaporean Malay worth above $50million yet, so no surprises as to why this is so.
This of course is great, because I can get around pretty much anonymously around the baju kurung and kueh raya hot spots to do my shopping in peace. This also means that other than Mendaki Club workshops and seminars, I escape having to speak at Malay/Muslim organisation events. I am thankful for this because, if not, I would not have any personal weekends to speak of.
I get called fairly regularly to speak at events, mostly organised by friends, and agree only because they’re my friends. I don’t usually say “no” unless there’s a schedule conflict with work or an MClub activity, because that takes priority.
Although sometimes, I do think it’s getting to be a habit, every time the question comes up on “Who do we know with personal experience on/that can speak on X and/or Y, and relate it to Z?”, if “X and/or Y” refers to any permutation of Real Estate/Concept Design/IT/Business/Community/Sports/Wellness/Fair-trade/Economics/Social Enterprise/Defence Technology/Sustainable Development, and “Z” refers to kids, parents, investors, shareholders, government officials, teachers, students, sales staff, athletes, yuppies or youths, somehow my name comes up and some Chinese, Indian, Indonesian or Ang Moh friend would text me a message “Are you free on DD MM YY?”, to which if my reply was “yes”, would be followed up with immediately almost always to the effect of “Cool! I’ll send you an email. Thanks mate! :)”.
I fully appreciate their regard for me as the convenient go-to for all and sundry, but it sometimes gets a little boring speaking at official thingies, so I whenever permitted, like to spice things up by peppering my oratory with my own signature quotes and sayings.
Just for fun I’ll leave you with a list below. Enjoy!
10 Things you need to do to make your Dream come true
“The first thing you need to do to make your dream come true, is to have a dream. The second thing you need to do, is to wake up and face reality. The third thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The fourth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The fifth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The sixth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The seventh thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The eighth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The ninth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The tenth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The last thing you should be doing is hayal (day dreaming).” ~ Eman Lim, 2007
The Truth About Stupid Questions
“Remember when your teachers told you in school, that there’s no such thing as a stupid question? Well. They lied. There are such things as stupid questions. And teachers ask them all the time.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009
Why reservists attend/conduct commanders briefings
“Well, gentlemen we all know why we’re here today, on this Saturday morning. Because the exercise is just a couple of months away, so we need to arrow people. Ironically, we kena arrow to do it. Why I am conducting this briefing, instead of CO? Because he arrow me to do it.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009
“Age does not necessarily bequeath it’s bearer with wisdom, but wisdom can bequeath it’s bearer with a longer life expectancy. If you know it’s bad for you, don’t do it lah. Aiyoh! Like dat also must teach.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009
“Many people want to do business, but business is not easy. If it was, except for teachers, nobody would join the civil service.” ~ Eman Lim, 2007
“The key to sustainable development is to make the design so idiot proof that who ever comes after you has a really hard time trying to f*ck it up on purpose. Simple solutions make the best design evolutions.” ~ Eman Lim, 2007
Why parents should listen to their kids and their kids friends.
“For all you know there could be a very good reason why your kids are telling you “Mummy/Daddy I don’t want to go to school because I have been persistently harassed by this two-faced big Indian kid that bullies the smaller sized kids and acts like nothing happened and pretends to be a good boy in front of the teacher.”, maybe the corroborating testimony by their friends are an indicator that he or she is being harassed by this two-faced big Indian kid that bullies the smaller sized kids and acts like nothing happened and pretends to be a good boy in front of the teacher. Listen to your kids, and independent testimony.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009
Therapeutic value of cats for people with intellectually and emotionally demanding jobs.
“If you’re a software developer punching out code all day, the last thing you need at the end of the day is a taxing conversational exercise. Therein lies the therapeutic value of having conversations with your cat, the simple exchange of mews, an extremely concise and efficient code transmitting emotional release. ‘Mew’, says everything you need to in one single particle of code. No syntax errors or misunderstandings, cats are the code monkey’s best friend.” ~ 2009