Majulah Singapura

April 29, 2011 / Opinion, Politics / 5 Comments

I am just your average Singapore citizen – one who has not grown up here, but a proud patriot nevertheless. I am not here to pass shallow judgments on you based on your voting preferences. Your vote is your choice and your right to govern our country. I just want to bring to your attention…


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…


…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…


Social Media is like Dough

January 31, 2010 / Opinion, Social Media / 12 Comments

Last night, I attended an interesting session at Hackerspace Singapore with other PR people and bloggers to better understand each other and the social media landscape in Singapore. Although no world-changing ideas came out of it, I think everyone learned something. For me, it’s that social media is like dough. It is what you make…


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…


The Perfect Diet?

Here’s me shortly after I received treatment. I was around an acceptable 45kg by then but I can’t say I looked like I was in the pink of health I suffer from an autoimmune disease called Graves’ Disease. And thanks to it, my thyroid gland has a mind of its own. For those of you…