Electric Dreams and the Arrival of Vans from the Future

Photo: Arrival

These electric vans by Arrival are just too pretty and I can’t wait for the future of Electric Vans and Cars to be mainstream here in Singapore.

We all know burning fossil fuels is killing our planet and its affecting our global climate so much that its no longer funny. 2019 poised to be a really hot year in Singapore and February was already one of the hottest in 90 years. Reports have also shown that maximum temperatures in Singapore’s cool months rising faster than warmer months.

On 15 March, kids from more than 112 countries skipped school in protest of climate change and all they hope for is action by adults who are going to leave this only planet we have behind for them. If you don’t know how serious this, please spend sometime to hear Jeremy Rifkin talk about the The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy on Vice. I’ve seen it 3 times over and it has fundamentally changed my world view.

To motivate myself towards a more sustainable future especially in terms of transportation, here are a few more beautiful pictures of Electric Vans by Arrival which will be adopted by the the Royal Mail in UK and UPS in London and Paris.

Photo: Arrival
Photo: Arrival
Photo: UPS

Too beautiful right? And knowing that they have zero emissions makes them even more beautiful.

OED. an Update to OCD.

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

“Oh man, you’re such an OCD…” such phrases are common and it’s usually with a grin and sometimes a little chuckle especially to those who have to align every single stationary on their desk or that magazine on the coffee table at the café.

But I think the phrase is wrongly used and it’s time to update it. OCD is a mental disorder, nothing laugh about.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). These include unwanted thoughts or images of harming loved ones, persistent doubts that one has not locked doors or switched off electrical appliances, and intrusive thoughts of being contaminated, etc. OCD can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.

In a recent mental health study (SMHS 2016) shows that one in 28 people suffer from OCD and more than three-quarters don’t seek any professional help. It’s a serious thing and I don’t think we should use the term loosely and it’s surely not a laughing matter.

I’ve for the longest time held to the belief that “if you are not at least a little OCD, then you don’t care enough” so I fully embrace my OCD in the professional sense. However every time after saying it, I feel it’s not absolutely accurate as what I’m trying to say is not actually a disorder or bad and instead it should be encouraged.

It’s inaccurate. It needs an update. Wrong use of OCD needs to be changed to OED.

Obsessive Excellence Desire (OED) is an attitude, virtue and outlook in life in which people have constant, unavoidable observations, irritations (obsessive) that make them feel things that aren’t done well needs, can and should be improved (excellence). This pursuit of intentional care and desire of betterment is done with the desire to improve. OED is not crippling and inefficient, but productive, effective and significantly improves the output quality of everything a person does on a regular basis.

So next time someone tells you “Oh man that’s OED…”, reply “Thanks Babe…”.

ps: yes, i’ve given a fair bit of thought on the acronym to make sure it rolls of the tongue easily.

I can’t call you “Bro”

Photo by Isabella Jusková on Unsplash

I need to get this out as I have an issue with saying the word “Bro”.

I don’t use the phrase “Bro” when addressing guys, especially to those whom I’m super close to. I just simply can’t bring myself to say it. I can say “I love you” to them (sparingly), but I just can’t call them bro. I simply can’t. I don’t even call my real brothers “bro”.

Somehow, “I love you” is not difficult to say because in my mind it’s how I should treat everyone. Showing love to another is like going above and beyond to help others. To support them, to outpour, to give. But “bro” comes along with so much more texture, meaning and mutual expectations in my mind.

To me, “Bro” is way too intimate. It’s a phrase that agrees to fully expose yourself to one another. To have no secrets. To share all unfiltered thoughts, not judge, to be there for the other with no strings attached. To take on long term responsibilities and become even more than family. I don’t think I can. It’s too big a step for me.

So for those who do call me “Bro”, don’t worry… I know you don’t overthink like me, but I just want you to know that I can’t call you “Bro” back.