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…


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…


What Does Success Mean To You?

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about my career. Is what I do now, what I want to do for the rest of my life? If look at my skill sets, it does suit me well. I also love the industry I’m in. But I couldn’t help but feel that something is missing. I…


…But What’s My Passion?

December 6, 2010 / Career Development, Opinion / 9 Comments

Check out any interview with any person you consider successful — be it a start-up founder or a CEO of a Fortune 500. They all say variants of the same message: do what you love and you’ll be successful. Great advice but the problem plaguing me, and perhaps some of my Gen-Y peers, is that…


Gen Y at Work: Are we intolerant and demanding?

Career blogs and business publications, like this article from the Wall Street Journal, all have a knack for painting a harsh picture of Generation Ys (people under 30). Here are some things they’ve been saying about us. We… want work life balance and a good pay can’t handle criticism – even constructive ones are flaky…


How to Become a Great People Manager

November 17, 2009 / Career Development, Opinion / 5 Comments

I had a great opportunity to spend the last week at APEC Singapore 2009. While important world leaders and CEOs debate on the future of the world, I was there to make sure things ran smoothly for my company’s image and clients. It’s a comparatively insignificant role, but it was a goldmine of a learning…