Thursday, June 4, 2020

Senang Diri Blog Time-out

Sunrise on Monday 1 June 2020,  the dawn my father never lived to see.

Dear Friends,
The Senang Diri blog will take a time-out of a month or more from today.

My dad died at home on Sunday 31 May 2020 at the age of 85. He left peacefully and with us by his side, which is the way he always wanted. We sent him off yesterday. Father Vaz delivered a beautiful service and his solo rendition of Nearer, My God, to Thee as we bid my dad a last goodbye from this world helped with closure and will ring in my ears till my dying days. As you can imagine, am in uncharted territory as my brother, sister and I have never lost a parent before. So navigating what's required is taking up our time outside of work and I appeal for your understanding as we tie up the many loose ends.

I will still attend to your comments. But by and large, spare time for writing will be spent on another pursuit. Please don't conflate blog time-out with lack of energy on other fronts. Things continue to move, just offline.

This COVID-19 Circuit Breaker has allowed me to see firsthand some fictional events I wrote about in a story. The crush of humanity ahead of the Causeway closure, the emptied out terminals at Changi Airport following the unprecedented reduction of flights to Singapore, panic buying in supermarkets were all described in the Period of Tension chapters. Nothing beats seeing it unfold online and in real life. I made several trips to the supermarket just to experience the madness. What has not happened for real is the impact of a Lloyd's war risk rating on shipping in regional sea lanes. My friends and I relied on our imagination for this part of the story. We hope the story sounds credible as we took some effort to calculate the war risk premiums and imagine its impact on shipping movements rather than pluck figures from thin air. Surface vessel movements affect shipping density, which is a factor that will help the reader understand the nature of the battlespace before he/she flips to the pages where air and sea battles are fought in a congested maritime environment. So when Bruisers are set loose and Magnums fly, you can picture how a small, determined force and even a single SSK can upset the odds. I hope the fight scenes sound real enough to keep readers enthralled. 

On another note, my term with MINDEF's Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) comes to an end this August after three renewals over more than six years. I thank NEXUS for its stewardship of ACCORD, and all the men and women from Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team units whom I met during my time with the council.

Thank you for visiting the Senang Diri blog.

Stay strong during this pandemic.


  1. hi ! David , my condolence for your loss of your father . Death is part of life cycle as Buddhist Sayings . our life on earth is not long . so we will do our best to learn & acquisition of knowledge & skill to better our self and mind . Take care !

  2. Dear David, So Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. And coming out only now to share with us this shattering news only attests to your immense sense of dedication to your passion on this institution that deters and defend our Home, and our way of life. You please take care of yourself, and your loved ones.


  3. My deepest condolences David

  4. David,
    Please accept my condolences on your beloved dad's passing.
    He is in a better place.
    Really appreciate it your sharing this blog.
    God Bless

  5. Hello David,
    Thanks for your contributions at ACCORD and here at your blog, kept glue to reading the stuff esp. those activities in the 80s - 2000+.

  6. My condolence bro

  7. I am truly sorry for your loss. I would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of your Father rest in peace.

  8. David, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Please take care...

  9. My condolences to you and your family.

    I will miss your blog entry. Hope you come back stronger and will more sharing.

    Thank you and best regards

  10. my condolences David and may your dad rest in peace

  11. My condolences for your father's passing, Mr. Boey. I hope that your final moments with him were good ones.

    Take care,

    From a reader

  12. hey condolences for your loss...
    as we always tell our first...take care.

  13. take care and all the time for yourself and family.

  14. Sorry to hear the loss. Stay strong.

  15. I would like to offer my condolences. I hope you will be better.

  16. Thank you all for the kind words and expressions of sympathy shared through comments here, via email, Whatsapp messsages and other channels. I very much appreciate the effort you made in reaching out during the past week.

    I am fine. But time outside work and settling family matters is limited which is why I've to ration time on this blog.

    In the meantime, please take care of yourself. Treasure your family.

    We'll be in touch again!


  17. Hi Bro,

    My deepest condolence to you and your family. Take care.