Finding Zen in Phuket

July 16, 2011 / Culture, Daily Life / 3 Comments

Just came back from a short trip to a secluded beach in Phuket, Thailand. It was a wonderfully relaxing trip; one I desperately needed to escape from my increasingly over-analytical, anxious mind. While in Singapore, my mind just cannot stop processing. So many anxieties over inconsequential matters. But I think it’s not just me that’s…


Thoughts from a Chinese Gen-Y TCK: Tiger Mothers and Freedom

January 22, 2011 / Culture, Opinion, Psychology / 7 Comments

Amy Chua‘s article on Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior is causing quite a ruckus in the blogosphere. I feel compelled to respond because I’ve grown up seeing the difference in children who are brought-up the strict, unforgiving “Chinese-style” and the more liberal “Western-style”. While I am mostly Chinese by descent, my mother isn’t quite the…


Untranslatable Words: Sisu

March 19, 2010 / Culture / 49 Comments

I love finding foreign words that can’t be translated into English. These little gems allow me to experience another culture as a local because the only way to understand these words is to put yourself in their shoes. Untranslatable Finnish Word: Sisu During one of my Top Gear marathons, I stumbled upon an interview with…


Peranakan Culture

November 22, 2009 / Culture, Media Events / 19 Comments

I realized I spent a lot of time being fascinated by other peoples’ cultures but have never really mentioned my own – and I don’t mean Chinese culture. As with many Chinese people in South East Asia, I am not purely Chinese by descent. My paternal grandmother is Peranakan from the Indonesian Riau Islands and…


Poi – Maori Performance Art

September 5, 2009 / Culture / 2 Comments

While doing one of my random YouTube surfing, when I stumbled upon poi, a traditional performance art from the New Zealand’s Maori people. Traditional poi is made of a string and a ball. But what really intrigues me is modern poi – the one with LED lights and glow sticks. There’s just something very entrancing…


Traditional Asian Ice Cream: Ais Krim Potong

August 30, 2009 / Culture / 11 Comments

While surfing around YouTube yesterday, I stumbled some old Klondike bar ads and had a sudden revelation (and a sudden craving!). It looks a lot like the traditional Singaporean / Malaysian ice-cream called ais krim potong my parents used to eat as kids. Translated to English, ais krim potong means cut-out ice cream. It probably…


Chinese Character: Dragon in the Home

August 16, 2009 / Culture / 19 Comments

Despite being mostly ethnically Chinese, Chinese has always been a second language. I never really learned how to read until I was in university where, I forced myself to enrol in those excruciating classes for 4 consecutive years. I’ve never been fond of the language since I have to struggle to memorize the thousands of…