Day 7 – Happiness is celebrating our grad anniversary with fun folks


It’s been 2 years but each year at this time, it’s always timely to remember the journey we went through for 7 months together.  The downside is probably not being able to find the rest of the lovely folks to grab some selfies with.

Day 6 – Happiness is “high tea” with loved ones


The beauty of a free weekend afternoon is having “high tea” with family members before our church service. Why in “…”? Because your eggs and toast are probably more breakfastie than high teaie… The beauty of course is never with just the food, but the company accompanying the food.

This special corner along Esplanade Xchange just down the escalator of Suntec holds the best toast around with other goodies like Otah buns, Croissant with ham and cheese and my new find – Peanut Butter Honey Toast! Yummm!!!

Day 5 – Happiness is a close call

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The main highlight of my day, you would think, must be collecting my iPhone 6 during launch day, and you would probably be right. For once, collecting my iPhone was literally a breeze. No long queues (relatively). No unfriendly staff or fellow consumers. A lots of blitz and blings to spice up the event. But the main star must be the iPhone 6…


The minute I held it in my hands, I knew this was the right size and Apple has finally gotten it right! The form factor was sleek and the interface was smooth. Love love LOVE the phone!

But like I said, you would think this is the highlight, there was something else… two to be exact… Something that happened in a moment but shot adrenalin up like no other. I was driving on my way to Toa Payoh for a meeting with two other colleagues in the car along Balestier Road when a Caucasian jumped the red light and ran out of nowhere across my car. For that moment, it was like life went on slow motion… In iOS8 style, the slow-mo just got slow-moer. It was in a moment but thank God I was able to slow down and not hit him.

And you would think that’s it, but when I was in the Toa Payoh HDB Hub carpark and was exiting the corner, somehow when I turned, at the corner of my eye, the pillar was so close that it nearly scratched the side of my car. But again in that moment, it was like life went on slow motion… In iOS8 style, the slow-mo just got slow-moer. It was in a moment but thank God I was able to slow down and not hit the pillar.

So what was supposed to be a celebration of getting a new tech became a celebration of numerous close calls for the day. What remains was to celebrate the rest of my day with my new gadget!

So till then, CHILL OUT!

Day 4 – Happiness is celebrating LIFE


It was a late night trying to update my iOS 8 and after catching some ZZZs, I woke up with one phrase in mind – “Happiness is celebrating LIFE”. What is LIFE and how can we celebrate it in happiness?

First thought that came in mind was LIFE is Living In Faith Everyday. Faith is not just for the extraordinary, but it is for the ordinary everyday mundane. Because out of the mundane, we believe there will be an exception, an extra-ordinary, an exceptional that will happen in a moment’s notice. And that is what Faith is all about. Believing that something good will happen if we hold on just another day.

With that, ending off with simply LIVE OUT your LIFE!


Day 3 – Happiness is getting the iPhone 6 on the launch day


From iOS to Android to Windows Phone 8 to Android (temporarily) and now back to iOS again… My love relationship with iPhone seems like a story of teenage love where you find love everywhere else but always lands back to the first one. The difference being this time it feels like the stars aligned right at the perfect timing in the perfect place.

It was 2.58pm and all hands on deck with my left hand on my Mi3 (temporary) Android and my right hand on my iPad Mini (Retina). The moment happened when the clock hits 3pm and the booking of appointment opened for Singtel. It was a mad rush Singaporean style as I began to click repeatedly on both devices until I got in with my iPad at 3.03pm. SWEET!!!

This time, it’ll be iPhone 6, 64GB, GOLDDDD!!!!! Next highlight on iPhone – 10am on 19 September 2014. There begins my love affair with Apple once again…

On a separate note, my first DSLR camera was a Canon 600D and then my upgrade to a Canon 6D. Now my new iPhone 6 and thus the irony of my love relationships with the number 6…

Day 2 – Happiness is seeing a child smile

Day 2 of my 100 Happy Days and the happy part of my day is simply taking a walk during lunch. To top it all up, I had this little sweetie giving me a cute little smile while I was thinking how to spend my happy day. Many times, taking time out mentally and emotionally is the only sane thing to do in the midst of the busyness of life.

The other thing that was going for my second happy day is the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. It’s been ringing in my ear the whole day and I’m sure I’ll get sick of it pretty soon. Meanwhile, might as well enjoy it while it last.

[Verse 1:]
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way{Uh}[Chorus:]
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do[Verse 2:]
Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why[Chorus]{Hey

Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said

[Chorus x2]


(Happy) [repeats]
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

[Chorus x2]


“My 100-Day Challenge” Day 1 – Happiness is rest and recharge

100 Days of Happiness… 100 Days of Health… 100 Days of Positive Thinking… We may have heard this whole 100-Day Challenge on social media, where we commit ourselves to something for a 100 days.

The last 100-Day Challenge I did (before there were any 100-Day Challenge) was almost 10 years ago – my own 100 Days of Fitness, when I committed myself to exercising at least 5 times a week for 100 Days. Then I read somewhere that if we were to commit ourselves to exercising regularly for 100 days, we will exercise for the rest of our life. Even when we take a break for a season, we will always go back to exercising as the foundation of our life. I’m a living testimony of that 100 day, cause I have been exercising regularly for the last 10 years.

I think it’s about time to start another 100 Days Challenge, but this time to tackle the area of emotional health – my very own 100 Happy Days. To me, the foundation of happiness is always to be grateful and thankful for what life has to bring – the good, bad and ugly. We learn to make the best of every thing that comes. Each day I will focus on something I can give thanks and be grateful for. And here we go, Day 1…

Today is the first day of my 100 Happy Days and the best way to start this new ritual is simply “Rest & Recharge”. You see, ironically my first day is also my “sick leave without MC” day, as I took time off to rest from the past week of work and workout. And of course, I was fluish and feverish the day before, which I thought would be a good excuse to rest up before the brand new week.

The best moments of my day today was simply sleep, sleep and more sleep, from morning till afternoon and almost evening. Thereafter, it was hitting the gym to build my core and intensity again, before heading to rehearsal for the upcoming Drama Fest in 2 weeks time.

My one takeaway for the day is simply “Rest is to recharge for a longer road ahead” – 休息是为了走更长的路

Signing off… Live Out!


3 Ways to Start Your Week Right


Welcome, welcome, WELCOME to the inaugural post of Shawn W.rites!!! First off, you might be wondering why is there a “.” in the word “Writes”.  A quick introduction, my name is Shawn W and I am a civil servant by day (currently) and an avid writer by night.  To me, writing is almost like a “rite” or a “ritual” that helps me put things into perspective.  Many of my thoughts and mindsets are formed as I think, reflect and write my heart out.

Over the past few years, I have been trying to write as often as I could, those who had previously read my blogs probably know that I have been in and out of writing for the past couple of years.  While I cannot promise that this site would be updated regularly, I do promise that I will do my utmost to write and produce quality content in this blog.  Also, I have committed myself to update only this site from now on, so do follow or subscribe to this if you have not.

Now, unto the first post of my new site!

As I am writing this post, it is the wee hours of Monday night and the question that has been bugging my uneventful day is simply this – “How do you start your week on the right note?”  How many of us have gone through our Monday blues and end off much the same we started out in the day?  Somehow Tuesday feels much better, not because we have done a whole lot on Monday, but we are one day closer to the next weekend.

Never fear, another “3 Ways to” among the many “Top 10 of” and “Best 5 Methods” is coming your way!  This one will be the “3 Ways to Start Your Week Right”.

1. Start the first moment of your day in GRATITUDE

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. (In Praise of Gratitude, Nov 2011)

The best way to start your day is to think of ONE thing you could be grateful for.  Whether it is something that happened the day before, the week before, or even something you made up on the spot, the act of gratitude directs your focus on positive emotions and good experiences.

2. CONNECT with someone within the first hour of day

Strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity… strengthens our immune system… helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life… have lower rates of anxiety and depression… have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. Social connectedness therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. (Connect to Thrive)

The feeling of connectedness reinforces the fact that we are never alone in life.  There is always someone you can connect with, whether it is a loved one, a friend, a colleague, even your dog or in my case, my pet terrapins and tortoise.  The connection you make becomes the “positive feedback loop” that creates a momentum for a good day to start.

3. Surprise another person with an act of KINDNESS

Scientific studies reveal a strong link between gratitude and random acts of kindness and overall good health, including stress reduction, inner peace and happiness. (An Attitude of Gratitude and Random Acts of Kindness Can Release the Stress in Your Life)

As the Good Book says, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.  This saying never grows old because it is the foundation of a blessed life.  The person who is able and mindful to give or be kind to another person is always happier than the person receiving the kindness.  This kindness is doubled if you make it a surprise, totally unexpected.

There you have it, a quick first post for the site and thus begins the journey towards Shawnwrites.  LIVE OUT!


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