NS brought me out of my comfort zone by challenging me to do things that are different from civilian life. It has made me a better leader and I continue to interact with the people I meet in NS.
In my first ICT cycle as an NUS undergraduate, one of my teammates was the owner of a chain of cafes. He became by biggest customer for my computer business when I was still in school.
To me, NS is the best experience any man can have. We just need to have an open mind. I am proud to be a PNSman.
My NS days have given me many stories to inspire my students – how I was involved in nabbing illegal immigrants at construction sites, going undercover to catch bookies at coffeeshops, raiding gambling dens, and so on.
As an entrepreneur, I set up L-intelligent Horizons Eduhub to provide academic and life skill education to both children and adults. I aim to directly impact one million under-performing students in my lifetime with my team.
Mother Theresa has been my inspiration. New age and instrumental music are also food for my soul.
I inspire positive change in Singaporeans by conducting seminars, workshops and tuition to students, parents and entrepreneurs. In Myanmar, I sponsor orphanages with English teachers, and poor communities with rice. I dig wells and install water pumps, widen roads and build libraries to improve their lives.
I faced language barriers, food poisoning, infection on my legs, scepticism and more in my humanitarian work. But nothing stays bad forever, and I know I will overcome any problem.
Humanitarian work is a lifelong journey for me. My goal is to build 100 schools or libraries for needy children around the world.
You are welcome to join me in my next trip to the villages and experience the kind of lives these people are leading. There, you can impact their lives directly and I will show you how.
This article was originally published in Frontline Magazine Jul-Aug 2015 Issue: Homegrown Heroes(p.29). View the original copy here.