A reflection on the S Rajaratnam Lecture 2016

I had the privilege of attending the S Rajaratnam lecture on 11 November last year. Organised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, the lecture bolsters the equipping of public servants with critical insights and knowledge to react wisely to dynamic landscapes beyond Singaporean waters. The event was graced by speaker, Mr George Yeo. As Chairman…

Reward your daily grind with Habitica

Here’s the thing. To me, a useless, instant reward like a pixelated pet dragon is simply more motivating compared to an important, far away goal (A levels? What’s that?). Unfortunate, but true. Did I mention a pet dragon? Heck yeah! Being a JC student in Singapore is no joke. There’s got to be some way to manage our ridiculous mountain of work.…

SMU Seminar: ‘Trumponomics – Impact on the world’

During the March holiday, I attended the Singapore Management University (SMU) seminar: “Trumponomics – Impact on the world”, by Prof Augustine H H Tan. During the 2-hour long seminar, Prof Tan discussed how Mr Donald Trump got elected as President despite his radical and seemingly presumptuous policy proposals that are likely to adversely affect America…

Are you normal?

No one wants to be normal in Singapore. A ‘normal’ person takes 5 years to complete secondary education. That’s too slow. Not when ‘express’ only takes 4 years. If a person has to take an extra year to be schooled, they must be stupid and are an embarrassment to their parents who will never be…

School in Taiwan vs school in Singapore

Have you ever studied in another country, where all the subjects are being taught in Mandarin and written in traditional Chinese characters? I have, and I can say that it was definitely an unforgettable experience, having been used to our lessons conducted in English here in Singapore. In Taiwan, all lessons are conducted in Mandarin —…