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…


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…


Why We Feel Lonely and Unfulfilled – How to Fix That

July 30, 2011 / Psychology / 8 Comments

If you’ve got time to spare, you should absolutely watch this video by Simon Sinek. It’ll make you feel good. I highly, highly recommend it! But for those of you who don’t have the time, Sinek shares two main ideas: Progress, be it organizational or societal, can only be made if there’s trust. And trust…


What is the Meaning of Life and Other Thoughts

April 9, 2011 / Psychology / 17 Comments

I’ve always wondered what’s the point of roaming the earth to do crap you don’t really derive any pleasure from like studying or working. So much suffering is associated with living that you’re driven to find some sort of meaning to justify your existence — be it in the form of senseless partying, shopping or…


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…


Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

December 23, 2010 / Psychology / 6 Comments

It’s been a long time since I devoured a book in one sitting. The book is Sam Gosling’s Snoop. He talked about how our music playlists, our rooms, our office cubicles and even how our demeanor can inadvertently reveal things about our true selves. I was so inspired by it I self-snooped. And here are…


The Irony of It All

August 28, 2010 / Psychology / 4 Comments

Ever since the meaning behind the first Matrix was explained to me in my 10th grade psychology class, I became enthralled with the philosophy of life. It made me think hard about my existence as a confused adolescent. What do we exist for? Love? Justice? Fame? Power? Passion? I was so intent with seeking the…