There were two woodcutters named Ah Tee and Ah Hock. One day, they decided to hold a competition to see who could cut down the most trees in one day.
The next morning, Ah Tee woke up early in the morning at 5am, ran down to the forest and started chopping away as fast as he could. He chopped non stop to maximise his chance of winning. Ah Hock, on the other hand, woke up at 6am, had a good breakfast and took big strides down to the forest. He chopped for 1 hour, rested for 15 minutes, chopped for another hour, rested another 15 minutes, and carried on in this way for the rest of the day.
Ah Tee noticed Ah Hock taking breaks and was sure that he was going to win. But at the end of the day, to his amazement, Ah Hock had cut down more trees than he had. "How did you do it?" Ah Tee asked Ah Hock, " You had so many breaks!" "Ah," said Ah Hock, "every time I rested, I was not only regaining my energy, I was also sharpening my axe."
Beach by Yong Mun Sen