A New Chapter at IvyTan.com

February 26, 2016 / Daily Life / 0 Comments

Long time no write. I’ve begun a new chapter in life. I took a career break and I’m now exploring Japan for the next 2 months. I write about my adventures at http://blog.ivytan.com. Please follow me there instead.

What’s the National Library’s Role in Society?

July 16, 2014 / Opinion / 1 Comment

Of all public resources the Singapore government affords its citizens, the institution I have the most reverence for is the national library. Every year, when the tax man knocks on my door, I happily give a share of my earnings knowing that someone in Singapore is becoming smarter and wiser because of it. Singapore’s national…

3 Things I Learned from Hackathon

I joined a hackathon recently to put my rusty design skills to the test and also gain insight/empathy of what starting up a company would be like. It’s a terribly exhausting ordeal but I got what I wished for, and actually learned a whole lot more. Here are top 3 lessons: Lesson #1: It’s all…

Ghost Blog Platform: A Lesson in UX and Investing

I’ve been raving about Ghost for a long time. I loved it so much, I specially signed up on Kickstarter to back it. It recently open its doors to the public and I have to say, I have never vacillated so quickly between delight and disappointed in my life. It was my personal failure for…

Quick Review: Philips Fidelio X1 Headphones

August 12, 2013 / Reviews / 0 Comments

I had the opportunity to test the Philips Fidelio X1 Headphones last week thanks to Philips and their agency. Here’s a quick review. What I liked Aesthetically, The Fidelio X1 is classic luxury with the velour and leather finish. It’s well-crafted and feels very premium. The sound quality is definitely worth its S$499 price tag….

A New Theme A Year Later

It’s been one whole year since my last post. As I grow older, I have come to realize how short 24 hours a day really is. There are so many things to do, so many things to experience that, I guess, sharing the little observations about my life has found itself much lower on my…

The Opportunity Costs of Consumption

Call it an off-season new year resolution, if you will, but I’ve been living a new mantra in the last few months: to invest resources instead of consume. It’s become criminally easy to consume — whether it’s shiny, new stuff, useless information, or mindless entertainment. After a hard day’s work or study, we vegetate in…