Automation and its effects have fascinated me ever since I came across the concept years ago. I saw gradual implementation of technology across the various sectors over the years. In the early 2010s, I worked as a Corporate Customer Service Executive for a local telco. 313@Somerset was a usual lunchtime haunt. One day, I spotted several touchscreen machines in a Yoshinoya outlet.
It was right there and then, I told myself that we would see touchscreen machines in fast food restaurant across the nation.
Over the years, people have told me to get a degree. I resisted because I did not have the money yet to pay for my own part-time studies. Shortly after finishing my two years of national service, my Dad wanted to pay for my studies but I declined. I knew then that I would have wasted his money because I just did not have the heart for it. I was also incredibly lazy. I still am, to a large degree (ha ha ha).
A close pal (SJ) nominated me to be featured on SUSS’s #HumansOfSUSS campaign about a month ago. I said okay. So, here I am! I am honoured to be chosen. Shoutout to SJ for the nomination, and SUSS for the feature!
She did all household chores and ran the house like clockwork. My mother ensured my father, sister and I had fresh supplies of clothes everyday, rain or shine. She was a splendid cook too.
Throughout the years, she taught us to do certain things. Sometimes, she instructed us. Other times, she would nag. “Don’t do that”, she would say. And I would do just that, to her dismay.
Still, she had a reason for every action. My mother dispensed practical tips for life and I practised them till today. It was a motherly kind of wisdom honed without any tutorial, guide or rulebook. Afterall, she belonged to a generation who believed that hard work was everything. If she could do something herself, you bet that she would.
In those days, knowledge was passed on from one person to another. And as best as I can remember, these were her lessons:
The year will bring good health and wealth to those who move with open eyes. Opportunities abound. But, you must take care to speak the truth. Tread with caution and work with good people in your organisation. Be confident in your words and do not falter in speech or posture.