How To Stay Alive Riding A Motorcycle In Singapore

It is true that Singapore has some of the worst drivers in the world. To be fair to the driving community, I would also add that we also have some of the worst motorcyclists too. I’ve been driving and riding for about 20 years and I still can’t help but get upset when I see so many instances of bad behavior on our roads.

Our island is a very small place, and yet we have almost a million vehicles (972,037 vehicles as of 2014, to be exact) jostling for space on our roads. With such congestion, it’s no wonder we constantly see cases of road rage, reckless driving and vehicle pile-ups on expressways.

As a motorcyclist, you’re the most vulnerable of all, and every ride you take does put your life at more risk than any other road user. So I decided to pen down all the lessons I’ve learned over the years for other bikers.

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The first steps to losing weight

I’ve written plenty on weight loss and weight management over the past two years but something still bugs me constantly – it is so difficult for most people to get started because their minds are filled with so many misconceptions or excuses.

On the other hand, I’ve also seen some friends or acquaintances actually lose weight effectively. No, not all of them read my free book “Anyone Can Lose Weight” but the book did come in handy for some. All these people did was to clean up their diet with healthier choices and a little exercising. No miracle cures involved.

So how can you fall into this camp of successful fat-busters, instead of wallowing in continued defeat and self-pity? After years of writing my blog posts and my book, and then listening to many people’s reactions to them and my current weight, I’ve come to a few key observations that I’ve penned below, and will add into the next edition of my book (goodness knows when I’ll update it).

I’ll make this post short so it’s easy to remember, and forgive me for being blunt, but I’m sure you’ll understand my point.

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Watching the Wearables

Did you know that over 1.2 billion watches are sold annually? And high as that 2012 number might seem, it’s still less than the 1.8 billion phones that was sold last year.

Watches and phones are the most personal items that we carry about every day, yet have always operated independently of each other.

That’s changing rapidly as “wearables” begin their inevitable ascent, and I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities that went through my head as I started using a Moto 360 smartwatch this week.

The Moto 360 was not launched in Singapore but I managed to buy it from Amazon at the MSRP of $250 USD ($330 SGD) with free overseas shipping. The affordable price (well, at least compared to other watches) sealed the deal even though I was well aware of the Moto’s flaws and limitations. In Singapore, there are online retailers selling the Moto 360 for over $450 and you should avoid them since Amazon offers free shipping (which takes about 2 weeks).

This not a review of the Moto 360 (there are so many online), but it opened my eyes to the changes that are coming. This is a long post, so bear with me as I have much to say on this topic.

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Why and how to buy a UHD TV

This is not a great time to buy a new television for your home as the industry is in transition from the old full HD 1080p standard to Ultra HD (UHD) standard, otherwise also known as 4k TVs.

But if you’re like me, whose faithful Samsung HDTV died after six years of service and it needed to get replaced, you would still have to figure out what type of TV to buy. I learned a lot of things when I was TV shopping back in June and am finally putting down my learnings here for people getting all confused about 4k, UHD, Full HD and all that jazz.

TV-buying is not as easy as buying a PC or a smartphone, so here’s the crash course.

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Common questions on losing weight

After I shared the first few editions of my free book Anyone Can Lose Weight with friends, I received many questions that made me realize how difficult it is to change mindsets and habits about food. I also realized that the same blinders prevent people from even starting to diet. Here are some of their questions and my responses.

Are you saying we should stop eating tasty food and just consume bland, healthy food in order to manage our weight?

No, that’s what I find difficult to explain to people actually – that I’m not depriving myself of good food, and neither should you.

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The wrong way to read calories

If you want to people to eat healthily, you really should not freak them out to begin with. One of the reasons why people are scared of calorie counting (to lose or maintain their weight) is the way calories have been demonized and positioned as too difficult to burn off through exercise.

When I travel in the United States, I see many fast food joints like Burger King printing calorie values next to their burgers and drinks. This is due to legislation signed by Obama back in 2010.

Calorie counts at the counter display of Burger King in the US. Photo from cockeyed.com
Calorie counts at the counter display of Burger King in the US. Photo from cockeyed.com

The initial impression is that this is a great initiative on educating people about the calorie content of each burger or meal. But as other people have pointed out, it’s only useful to people who know how to use the information correctly, or people who want to know the information to begin with.

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