About the Author

a) Introduction

Credits to my uni-mate, Khoo Wen Ying for taking this photo of me. Thank you!!

My name is Ng Zi Xiang. As of 2016, I’m 23 years old. I’m the author of this blog that holds my thoughts and is a reflection of my soul.

My nickname is Zack though I strongly recommend taking the name to learn and pronounce my real name. I’d greatly respect that gesture and there’s an excellent reason why I recommend doing it and why I do it for others too. The reason is because I feel everyone is truly unique and deserves to be recognized as the individuals as they want to be. That’s my reasoning.

Before I continue, take note I’ll come back from time to time to update my profile so the description will change as the times change. [Last Updated: 24 July 2016]

As of January 2016, I’ve completed my degree studies in International Business & Marketing. Then in April 2016, I started to continue my education (perhaps my last year) by pursuing a Master in Management.

So what’s my nature as a person?

“The Foole doth thinke he is wise, but the wiseman knowes himselfe to be a Foole.”
~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It (V.i)

Firstly, many people call me an intelligent person and at times I recognize I can be. Yet, at times I know I am not. So, I tell myself I am always learning and constantly striving to improve myself. Hence, I learn to learn. Secondly, I’m an emphatic person. From a first glance, I may not be. Only later on will you or people who are close to me realize that that there is more than meets the eye and there is more to the river than just the surface. Thirdly, I’m an idealist. I believe in a better world and I extend my hopes to the people around me, unless they give me just reason not to. Even then, I feel everyone can have a second chance, if only they give themselves that chance.

“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.”
~ Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

b) Passion, Interests & Hobbies

Next up are is what I love to do. You can deduce so much from learning what a person loves to do and think about.

If only I had bookshelves like that.. someday.

My first love would be reading books and articles.. I’d have to thank my mother for instilling in me the joy of reading. Although she didn’t initially succeed, she did nurture a seed to be a tree.

From there on, reading was a simple solace for me. I never had many friends in the first place and in all honesty, I’m a lonely person. I’m not like my peers. I feel like an outsider and have never managed to bond with them, not from lack of trying. More often than not, I often feel left out and I’ve been hurt more times than I can remember. So books were my greatest and best companions that accompanied me. Somehow, reading a book in hand is sometimes better than spending time with people. Its a reassuring feeling that I do not understand myself. All the same, since I was young, reading has been one of my favourite past-times. I read many types of reading material ranging from novels, newspapers, e-books, encyclopedias, internet articles etc. My favourite books that I recommend to everyone are “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” and “Man’s Search for Meaning”. My favourite book series is the “Legend of Drizzt” series by R.A. Salvatore and the “Horus Heresy” series from the Black Library. The former series chronicles the trials and tribulations of a dark elf outcast named “Drizzt Do’Urden” who escaped his dark homeland and kindred to find where he belongs, to have his principles of friendships and good vindicated while embattled in a fantasy land of adventure.
The latter series is set in the 31st millennium where humanity has ventured into the stars to explore the unknown beyond and forge an “Imperium of Man” in a glorious and audacious vision. That utopian dream may have been achieved until the empire itself suffers a calamity from within, where half of it betrays the other half in an epic civil war unlike any other, pitting brother against brother while loyalty and trust have become naive virtues of a bygone time, forever darkened with the taint of betrayal. Thus, humanity’s greatest civil war erupts and pits its greatest heroes on both sides against each other till the inevitable conclusion. The series is still ongoing.
The Battle of Terra – Horus the Warmaster and
the Emperor of Mankind on the Vengeful Spirit

My favourite haunts for articles are Psychology Today, the Art of Manliness, Wall Street Journal, Brain Pickings, Ruthless Criticism and Forbes etc. alongside many other places.

My second hobby is typing my thoughts out through blogging.  One is my personal blog that has been with me since 2011. The personal blog is my journal of my life where I write my hopes and fears. I created two blogs since then as a part-time hobby. The two blogs are “The Angry Thinking Man” and “Thoughts from a Wandering Youth”.

However, I later decided that I enjoyed blogging but I wanted to commit myself to blogging on a more regular basis and hope to make some income from it. So, I stopped blogging on the other two blogs and have decided to come here instead. As of March 15th, I have decided to move my blog to WordPress.

I started this blog because I wish to pen it down as a remainder to myself so that I’ll always remember them and that others can read my thoughts. By doing so, they’ll gain some valuable insight into what I’ve learned. Additionally, this is more of a medium where I can eloquently pen my thoughts.

My third hobby is sports. From swimming, jogging and more, sports has been another loyal companion of mine. I believe wholeheartedly of the mind, body and soul. By strengthening one, you strengthen the others. Preferably, I love doing sports on my own. I find that people usually don’t have the time for me. So, jogging and swimming are sports I like my form of mediation for me. I believe in the idea that appearance is a consequence of fitness rather than the other way around.

My fourth hobby of sorts is being at r/depression at Reddit. I take the time to help and give people advice there. I know what’s it like to feel depression. And I really want to help people. If it means doing what I can from my laptop, then I believe in doing it. It started off as a spur of the moment thing. I was very bored and a thought came to me. Rather than waste my time on other things, why don’t I spend time to help people on Reddit to distract myself? And that’s how it all began.

As of March 1st however, I have decided to stop frequenting r/depression actively as I feel it does little to help me on my own searching for my meaning in life. However, I’m still there from time to time.

I have stopped being at r/depression as it is mostly a waste of time.

My fifth hobby is playing computer and video games. Strategy games such as the Civilization series, city-building games from Sierra, Real Time Strategy Games like X-COM, the C&C series, Battle Realms etc. are my forte. I enjoy those games as they require a deep sense of thinking, strategy and planning should one wish to achieve victory. I also like the Soul Calibur series as it is doesn’t use button-mashing and requires that every move be a calculated move. I have a soft spots for intelligent, deep and abstract games such as Silent Hill, the Civ series and more.

My sixth hobby is coding and programming. I’m currently learning at Code Academy. Its free to learn for everybody. I started learning programming after my A-levels when I was 19 years old. I come back to it time and time again. I have to admit, its easy to start and hard to master I should say. Its even harder still when you start to apply that knowledge into making something like a website or blog.. yet its very satisfying. I’m currently trying to re-learn it again.

That’s about it, ladies and gentleman.
Sincerely, thank you for reading and taking the time to know me