Will a wet end lead to greener beginnings

I’ve got about an hour to bash out my usual blog summary about the year 2021. This year, is the first year that I spent the better part of the eve at home. Didn’t have a restaurant gig to earn me a few extra bucks and there are no parties for me to go to. What I do have, however, is a comfortable home and I’m enjoying a glass of an apricot liquor that I took from the clearance of a Central Asian restaurant a few days back.

So, when you consider that this year was pretty much dominated by various forms of Covid and various restrictions, I guess I should be thankful that I am in the position where I can sit at home and bash out a blog piece with a glass of liquor and Oreo cookies. Whilst towards the latter half of the year, I was limited to one source of income, I actually had a steady source of income, which is more than what many people had.

I guess you could say that things on the global front improved a little with the arrival of an American President who actually treated the pandemic seriously. However, whilst Mr. Bidden has provided much needed sanity, the nation remains exceedingly divided and tribal. One has to ask; can a single 78-year-old heal the gap in less than four years? Furthermore, the other geopolitical elephant hasn’t done much better. Whilst its tempting to enjoy watching billionaires being taken down a peg in the name of “shared prosperity,” it’s been at a cost. Whatever growing freedoms Chinese citizens were starting to enjoy have been curtailed and the businessmen that the Chinese government has gone after were maverick innovators that the modern economy needs in order to move. Sure, China was showing that it was tackling inequality but are its methods going to make the problem worse? The world as comedian Bill Mahr argues is trapped between democracies that can’t get things done and autocracies that are downright nasty. The rest of us, can only look for a balance.

Just as nations need to look for a geopolitical balance between democratic but ineffectual America and effective but nasty China, individuals also need to look for balance. For me, I’ve accepted that the “corporate career” I fantasised about was not meant for me. I’ve come to accept that I am not meant to be a major part of the “working professional” class. Yet, it’s a path I can’t quite abandon in as much as it pays me enough to get by and at the same time allows me the time to look for things to keep me occupied.

So, I stay in my existence in the insolvency trade. I hate looking at files and documents and I avoid looking at anything remotely legalistic in nature. However, I do what I can to spend time with traders of assets. Always thought trading in scrap had a certain nobility to it. We live in a world where we are encouraged to waste and create rubbish, so what can be better than making a living from getting people to waste less. One of my great friends from this side of the business takes pride in the fact that he hasn’t bought a t-shirt for over a decade because he’s picked up his cloths from liquidation asset sales.

The Evil Young Lady is still trying to find her feet and to get her life sorted. I’ve told her that I have two major tasks in life. One, I need to see that she’s secured onto a path or at least made the effort to look for what she wants out of life. The other, is to prepare for old age – not that I think I am particularly old but now that I am over 45 and rushing towards 50, I have to accept that certain things will be denied to me and I have to find some way of ensuring I head into the twilight in some comfort.

Interestingly enough, the hero of the year, is the Vietnamese girl that I entered into a “life-partnership” with a decade ago. Huong took a friend’s shop and is now working hard to build up a business. I do what I can to help her out particularly in the area of managing government stakeholders and managing compliance issues. I’ve also managed to use her business to polish up copywriting skills as I help to edit her post on Facebook. This is a woman whom many would have said was “wrong” for me but then I decided to take the chance on something that might have been so wrong that it would actually turn out right. I am glad to say that her hunger and drive to make a better life for people around her have proved my bet to be thus far correct:

A sample of what Sky H Beauty Singapore does – visit our Facebook page  or come down to be treated like royalty.

In a few moments, this wet end of 2021 will be over and we will start 2022. I hope that what we experienced in 2021 will only get us ready for 2022 to be a better year in every sense of the word.


Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.




3 Responses to “Will a wet end lead to greener beginnings”

  • Let's Go Brandon:

    I lost you when you cited an American president who took the pandemic seriously. That chap was still sprouting ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ very recently and his ratings are abysmal. You should really fact check the latest odds before you bet on the horse.

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  • xoxo:

    Seems the Rich n Powerful love COVID,MANY GOT MUCH RICHER.
    Our own CEOs n ministers too?
    So,why *STOP IT*???

    MORE boo$ter$,more $$$,eh?
    Can even raid reserves to enhance *wealth* even if health gets worsen.

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  • Harder Truths:


    I don;t give a sh*t about your privileged life or that of your mistress. It is nice to a glimpse of your privileged high-flying lifestyle and a shameless plug for your mistress on TRE’s forum. To be fair to TRE, you should have done the decent thing and advertised properly, but I guess that requires you to have some sort of morals.

    No matter, when you have some time in-between gloating and boasting, perhaps it would be useful to meditate that once you leave this world, you take nothing with you. And you can never know when your time is up. Especially if you are jabbed.

    Happy 2022 to your decaying body and mind. And hopefully you don’t drop dead before the year is out.

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