Welcome to FIKIR Daddy

I’ve had a lot of people ask me to write a blog to share some of my experiences in work and in life. OK, so 3 people… and my 2 kids count! Usually, I don’t like being in the limelight, but that’s the beauty of the internet, isn’t it? I sit behind a screen and say what I want and in a way, I’m saying it to myself, it just so happens that a whole load of other people can potentially see it.

Anyways, a bit about me, first and foremost, I’m a father. Wait, hang on, I should say, first and foremost, I’m a husband. Yeah, that’s right, I’m a husband first, then I’m a father (You see, darling wife, I’ve put you first before the kids…). So, third after that, I work in the Early Childhood industry. Now, it’s still a bit of a rarity to see a guy in this industry, and in a later posting, I’ll make my case for more guys in this industry, but it is what it is for now.

Now, let me explain what I mean by FIKIR daddy. If you understand the Malay language, you’ll know that fikir means think. However, it’s also an acronym:

  • F – Fun
  • I – Integrity
  • K – Knowledge
  • I – Inspiring
  • R – Revolutionary

These are the core values that I believe in. I’ll explain them in more detail some other time. Happily enough, it’s also in order of importance for me and what I believe. In all things, we must first have FUN! Especially so in the industry I work in. Early Childhood Education is all about kids having fun. OK, maybe a bit of learning as well, but fun should come first.

Being involved in Early Childhood has taught me a lot of things about life. When I first started, I didn’t have kids; I wasn’t even an educationist before that. It was a big jump from some of my previous jobs and previous industries I’d been involved in. It was a shock to a lot of people when I told them that I was involved in education. Most of all, some of my previous teachers, and especially my former boarding school master. He could not believe it when I told him. I’ll admit, I wasn’t the best student. I’ve had more visits to the headmasters office than I care to remember.

I had some good teachers and mentors who guided me back when I first started my company. They certainly taught me a lot in terms of what to do and what not to do. Sometimes the lessons weren’t always obvious, but at the end of the day, everything in life can be a lesson. You just have to look at it in the right way.

So I’ll leave it at that for now.  I hope that if you do read this, you get some insight into something or other. Who knows, you might learn something, you might not. You might achieve some epiphany, you might get so bored you fall asleep. Either way’s a win to me.


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