Thank You English Teachers!

I once had a wonderful dinner with a group of total strangers.They eventually became my friends long before the night was over.

That evening started with a cocktail followed by a candlelight dinner in an open area, the ambience of which I would only say was magical.

The food was amazing.

There were two choices of starters, three choices of main courses, and two choices of desserts, followed by a free flow of beverages and alcoholic drinks – a wide array of food to suit different palette.

All the dishes were exquisitely prepared. Delicious and well presented.

Although the food were cooked based on recipes from different parts of the world, the menu and description of the food was printed in English.

Around the table, we had people from different parts of the world. There were friends from South Africa, Swaziland, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and other countries.

We had a wonderful conversation over dinner and exchanged many jokes.

Throughout the evening, everybody spoke mainly in English and I was able to interact actively with everybody.

At the end of the memorable evening, I went back happy and feeling grateful until today.

I was thankful that the Singapore government adopted English as the lingua franca for our multiracial society. This was not the norm in the past and is still not the norm in our part of the world.

As a result, I had to go through my formal education in English.

Coming from a non-English speaking environment, English was not the easiest language to master and I’m still learning about the language.

Particularly in the last five years, I have put in a lot of effort to not only brush up my spoken English, I have also tried very hard to improve my written English.

In the initial years of my working life, I was working with English-speaking expatriates from England, Germany and the USA.

At that point, I have to admit I was not the most confident in speaking and writing in English.

Thankfully, over the years, my command of the English language has improved and it has helped me in my career development.

I was able to conduct businesses literally all over the world.

You might not believe it but I have even spoken in quite a few international conferences with luminaries such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Kiyosaki, and have also authored a few publications – all in English.

Through the English language, I have a better access to some of the best information. It has also helped me to cultivate a stronger base of knowledge and develop different expertise and life skills.

I have travelled all over the world and met many interesting people. I have also gone to wonderful places and enjoyed a vast array of conversations, delicious cuisines and other exciting experiences.

I could do all that mainly because I was able to communicate my thoughts and heart’s desires in English.

I could not have imagined how much worst my life would have been if I could not communicate in English.

My world would have been a smaller and quite possibly, a darker one.

Without a good command of the spoken or written English, it’s very hard to go far and run faster on the journey of life. That’s one of the first few steps to achieve sustainable success.

Thank you English teachers and all those who have corrected my spoken and written English.

I am committed to improve my command of the language. Please continue to help me.

Thank you.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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