Category: Reflections

July 21, 2021

Returning to Bullet Journaling

It’s been ages since I seriously used Bullet Journals. I incorporated it in life sometime in 2015 until around 2018. I’m trying to look back to remember why I stopped. Was it because I was deep in sorrow and worry that the whole process seemed daunting? It could also be associated with my reliance on mobile devices to organise my life. There’s Google Calendars, Google […]

June 12, 2020

Why do people behave the way they do?

I often wonder why people behave the way they do. So far it bottles down to options with respect to self-preservation. The more options one has, the more they can protect their well-being and their livelihood. Having options is also a matter of control. I associate the lack of options with the lack of control. Control, not just the task, but also the outcome. Here’s […]

January 10, 2018

Les Affaires, C’est Moi

Though deemed apocryphal, Louis XIV is famously attributed to saying “L’Etat, c’est moi“. This may be transliterated to “I am the State”. As an absolute monarch, the authority of the State came from le Roi Soleil. In businesses, the owners and founders are typically seen as the source of the enterprise. Often I have seen – and been guilty of – embracing a similiar spirit: […]

June 16, 2017

Should the government…?

The most dangerous statement any one could make in a democracy: “The government should…” I subscribe to the political philosophy of limited government and small government. The former part of the ideals of liberalism; the former a philosophy held by classical liberalism, libertarianism, and conservatism. In this piece, ‘government’ does not just mean the Prime Minister, the Federal Cabinet, the Chief Minister, the State Ministers, […]

March 26, 2017

Inspired by an Infatuation…

This was written before my last piece – ‘Stepping out of the Shadows‘. Meant for my blog,, and not a Facebook note. “What do I look for in a partner?” My age is catching up. I thought I could continue being single for at least two years. Too soon? I just broke up in August 2016. What’s the rush, right? Yes, I was prepared to […]

March 20, 2017

Stepping Out of the Shadows

This entry was originally posted as a Note on Facebook on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. ( Hi Fredrik. Let’s date while waiting for a meeting. 😆 Damn, wrong bookmark! #bibliophile #malaysianbibliophile A post shared by Aldric Tinker Toyad (@a.tinkertoyad) on Feb 14, 2017 at 2:09am PST While waiting for my 7pm meeting today, I revisited the first few chapters of Fredrik Eklund’s book, The Sell. Who is […]

January 29, 2017

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

The Fire Rooster soars in as the Year of the Fire Monkey left us with a bang! Yes, roosters do not fly; some dub the Fire Rooster as the Phoenix – which can fly. :-p Just as the year ended, I was in Singapore for a business meeting. I have to say I am amazed by how much travelling I encountered in the last lunar […]

November 30, 2016

My 2016 Journey.

In about 31 days, we will say goodbye to 2016. On the 32nd day, we greet 2017 with great jubilation. I am amazed by how far I’ve come as a person since this time last year. There were ups and there were downs. I never expected to be where I am today; and I am grateful for all the opportunities that came my way. Recap […]

October 1, 2016

On a Two-Way Street…

Communications. Human behaviour. Emotions. Beliefs. These are facets of humankind which fascinates me. In almost 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing joy, anger, sadness, remorse, hate, love, and other feelings. However in 2008, my feelings betrayed me. The disastrous first relationship robbed me of what I could have. For years since August 31st, 2008, I’ve looked back and questioned myself: Am I good enough? Seeing […]