4 Uniquely Singaporean ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

Simple tips to make 2015 better.

By Benjamin Cheah | December 30, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when people start making resolutions they can’t keep.

Don’t be like that. Take the shot at becoming a better person. If you need help sticking to your resolutions, here are some uniquely Singaporean ways to do it.


1. Be kiasi. All the time.


Think about your resolutions. Spend a moment and let your imagination go wild. Promised to lose weight? Think about growing so fat you get a heart attack.

Resolved to save more money? Daydream about Ah Long chasing you because you couldn’t pay your debts.

Kiasi yet? Good. Now be prepared to be kiasu.


2. Get a friend/buddy to monitor you


Among your kaki-lang, there’s always that guy. The Army buddy who is always on the ball. The gym kaki who is always very niao about proper form. The one who doesn’t care about what people say about him and will stick to the rules.

Plan milestones for your New Year resolutions, then give him a large sum of money. Your money. Every time you meet a milestone, he gives you some of your money back. Every time you fail, you get to blanjah him.

Want to take it up a notch? Set the same resolutions as your buddy. Whoever can’t reach the goal or does less to reach it has to blanjah the other.


3. Live life to the fullest – pamper yourself too


A true blue Singaporean loves food. So when you do hit a milestone, what better way to celebrate than a feast? You earned it.
(Well, unless you’re trying to lose weight, in which case you’d better not go overboard…)


4. Don’t kancheong spider, hor


It’s very tempting to go all out and try to meet your resolutions after the New Year. But don’t kancheong.

You have 12 months, not 12 minutes. If you do nothing but chase your resolutions after 1st January, you’ll burn out before the end of the month.

Just relak. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself so you have the willpower to carry on.

BONUS: Get off the Internet!

‘Because I can has cheezburgers’ is not an excuse.



Seriously. If you’re committed to your resolutions, why are you still on the Internet? Don’t you have something better to do?

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About Benjamin Cheah

Benjamin Cheah dreams of gods and monsters, spaceships and rayguns. From these he crafts meditations and thrillers for a new age. He also launches expeditions into non-fiction for funding.

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