I’m a Chinese Singaporean living in the Eastern part of Singapore. I tweet on current affairs & inspirational quotes. I blog on issues or events if they interest me. I write for pleasure. I also write mainly for my family and friends. 

“There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. If you want to improve your life and live with all that you deserve you must run your own race. It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself. Do not be concerned with the judgement of others as long as you know what you are doing is right. You can do whatever you want to do as long as it is correct according to your conscience and your heart. Never be ashamed of doing that which is right; decide on what you think is good and then stick to it. Never get into the petty habit of measuring your self-worth against other people’s net worth. Every second you spend thinking about someone’s dreams you take time away from your own.”
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
Foster C McClellan


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“The opinions expressed on this blog and the articles here are my own and do not reflect the official policies, practices or opinions of any organisation with which I may be affiliated”.

33 Responses to Gintai_昇泰

  1. Jim McElroy says:

    Thank you for placing a link to my blog (The Risk Manager’s Dilemma) on your page. I received a number of hits from your site. It is nice to see site traffic coming from Singapore. Good luck with your blog. It is very good.


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  3. bookjunkie says:

    I hope you continue to blog about what it’s like being an SMRT Train Officer. It’s been enlightening.


  4. Hi fren,
    I was warned not to comment on company matters. I cant put my job at risk. I will blog on other issues. I will share jokes, stories and anecdotes here like I said on my profile. Thank you so much for your kind words and support. Do keep in touch by dropping by here. Merry X’mas and a Happy New Yr to you. Cheers.


  5. Appleflying says:

    Hello , Im the guy with my friends At Train Enthusiast the other day and you gave me this link . Hhaahha 🙂 I Cant believe you write so well. 🙂 Haha 🙂 Interesting to read 🙂


  6. Rynnah says:

    Can you check your twitter link? Trying to find your Twitter ID but it doesn’t go there. Thanks!


  7. DrRocky Xavier Alsagoff says:

    Alan, trust me if you shift to CCL as a Station Manager, you could earn more & write more with less shit around. I was not handpicked by our local bosses for my present appointment, the French whom I was seconded with wrote to the mgmt about my contribution & dedication to the operation during my 3yrs attachment. The French took 3yrs to assess & upgrade me (recommend). But it takes 2 decades for the local bosses to see. I am a pro business person not a pro-management one.


  8. Thank you for dropping by old fren.


  9. Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing, my fellow singaporean…


  10. Norman Sawi says:

    Hello Gintai,

    I chanced across your blog while researching the ground sentiment (in forums, blogs) about the wage situation of employees such as you and I and that of your colleagues. Could we talk? If you could drop me a line via email, I could share with you more of the reason I’m getting in touch with you.

    Hope you’ll respond soon.

    Thank you!


    • Hi,
      Thks for reading my blog. I’m rather publicity shy. I prefer to keep a low profile leading an innocuous routine simple life. Sorry to disappoint you.


  11. Malcolm says:

    Dear Gintai,

    Thank you very much! Finally I get to read a bit about how trains are running in my Homeland. I’m currently employed also by a railway company, a real railway company moving passengers at high & low speeds as well as freight. I do understand your joy & frustration at work & I want to get to understand it better & in deeper detail.

    Of course there’re differences in the SOPs of your employer & of my employer, but the basic tasks is to get freight or people from origin to destination, safe & profitable. I hope you will contact me & when I visit my Homeland, I’d like to meet you in person! I’m sure a lot has changed since my last visit. I also invite you anytime to visit where I am now for a genuine “rail holiday”!

    Kind Regards


  12. Desmond says:

    Hi Gin Tai,

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile and I must say many of the things you’ve written have definitely opened my eyes and made me think.

    Why am I writing to you? Here’s why: I’m running a blog/project to interview people from all walks of life, to share perspectives of individuals everywhere. I’m deeply curious about what everyone thinks about their lives and therefore collecting stories via this platform. I also hope to inspire and expand the minds of its readers if possible, especially for those who feel lost in their lives.

    You can see the blog here:

    So I’m actually very curious about what you think about life in general! May I invite you to an interview (via e-mail) please?

    You may view the questions here:

    Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks



  13. Bodo Falkenried, Munich/Bavaria/Germany says:

    Dear Alan,
    Your writings, speeches – and most of all your friendship – is all-time inspiring to me. Keep on going, lah.
    Yours truely Bodo


  14. Manish Grover says:

    Way to go Gintai. It would be wonderful if you can trace out the history of Singapore much before Raffles and put it in brief for all the readers. Not many take efforts in going to Library to trace out the history say 500 years ago.

    You can show the progression thru chain of events leading to this wonderful, modern yet very Asian city steeped with traditional culture called Singapore. I love your writings and your contribution to the coming generation is immense. Keep it up my dear friend.


  15. Hi Gintai,

    I’m writing to you from the Life! section of The Straits Times. I was hoping to get in touch with Dr Mike Loh, and was wondering if you might have his email? I run a regular column called the Collectors Series, and was hoping to feature his son’s collection of Soviet-era headgear and masks (

    Please let me know if you can help.



  16. Thanks, Gintai! Much appreciated.


  17. mexsandalguy says:

    Great job Gintai.
    I look forward to reading your future posts. Your profile page leads me to believe that we share some common philosophy. As such I would especially be interested in your views and comments concerning Singapore/Asia/world as we move further into the 21st century. And are we as both individuals/nations contributing towards and building the kind of future that we want our children to inherit? And if not why and what can we do to change?
    Best. mexsandalguy


  18. Anonymous says:

    加油!!! 加油!!! 加油!!!


  19. strawberry says:


    I have been following your blog and it’s great to see your return to blogging. I wonder whether it is possible to apply for access to the protected blog article.


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  21. tabplay says:

    Hi & good evening too to you

    I’ve read your blog about the boorish ang mo & the replacement windscreen .
    Glad that you are safe and sound , not hurt too !
    Seeking your advice on being taxi driver as it’s my ideal job to drive and render service to the nation at the same time but I do not know the know-how of this trade.
    Thanks you for your time
    Really appreciate too 🙂

    Till then , stay safe & God Bless


  22. T S KWEK says:

    Hi Mr Tang

    I enjoy reading your blog and the nuggets of wisdom and humility that you espoused in the variety of articles.

    I hope to meet with you when I visit Singapore.

    If you will reply to me via private email, I wish to share with you some thought that I have about what has been happening to Singapore and the changed social landscape from the time I left.

    I wish you success in your new endeavor.


  23. Sheila Chiang says:

    Hi Gin Tai,

    I’m Sheila, a writer for a local lifestyle publication.

    I chanced upon your blog post on Sultana Book Store ( while researching. Do you know that the book store is closing next month? It’s a pity that second hand book stores are closing down one after another.

    Do you still visit the book store nowadays?

    Do you think I can get a few quotes from you regarding to how you feel about the book store closing? As well as how you feel about secondhand book stores closing down due to lack of demand and competition from online book stores?

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Thank you!



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