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…


Political Divisiveness — A Matter of Time

After reading on the recent debates on Occupy Wall Street in the US and watching the parliamentary speeches in Singapore, I’ve gained a new perspective on political divisiveness. I always assumed that political division was just a bunch of old farts vs a legion of hippies. Actually, it’s not too far off, but there’s a…


The Disconnect Between Childhood and Adulthood

October 26, 2011 / Opinion, Philosophy / 6 Comments

I just came back from an panel discussion organized by the Creators of Tomorrow. Their aim is to inspire more kids to become engineers. I can’t comment on the profession, since I’m no engineer. But what struck me at the event was the disconnect between the panel of professionals and the audience of high school…


Questioning My Quest for Knowledge

October 7, 2011 / Philosophy, Psychology / 8 Comments

I’ve always been an inquisitive child. My bedtime story books were primarily encyclopedias. It’s not out of tiger mother coercion. It was simply the thrill and joy of knowing how the world worked. I loved learning about the stars, the plates beneath the Earth, the times before mankind dominated the world. Into my teens, I…


What is Happiness to You?

August 20, 2011 / Daily Life, Philosophy / 5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, one of my very close friends forced me to read Eric Weiner’s Geography of Bliss. I like exploring the realms of philosophy and psychology but I’ve never really taken an interest in happiness. I’ve always believed that happiness had to come naturally — that thinking about it won’t necessarily make…


Thoughts on Anime [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

June 19, 2011 / Opinion, Philosophy / 3 Comments

One of the most thought-provoking animes ever made is airing on Fuji TV. It’s called [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control. Sort of an antagonist, Mikuni Soichiro (left) and Protagonist, Kimimaro Yoga (right) I’m terrible at writing synopses, so I’m not gonna even going to try. Here it is from Wikipedia: The Japanese…