What’s the National Library’s Role in Society?

July 16, 2014 / Opinion / 1 Comment

Of all public resources the Singapore government affords its citizens, the institution I have the most reverence for is the national library. Every year, when the tax man knocks on my door, I happily give a share of my earnings knowing that someone in Singapore is becoming smarter and wiser because of it. Singapore’s national…


Happy 2012! Here’s to Better Health!

Happy 2012, everyone! My new year resolution came early — in November 2011. It’s to treat my body better. I’ve had a terrible track record at taking care of my body. Having been plagued by an autoimmune disease for a decade, my body has always seemed more like a liability than an asset to me….


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…


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…


I’m Still Alive…Kinda

October 16, 2009 / Daily Life / 16 Comments

I’m frustrated and feeling a tad guilty right now. I keep trying to tell myself to write at least 5 posts a month, but that just can’t happen with my work load. So here’s a quick update to appease my guilt until I can find time to write again. Ghost toured around Singapore Thanks to…


I am Predictably Irrational

June 16, 2009 / Opinion, Reviews / 5 Comments

I have a perpetual struggle against the word FREE. I always caution against FREE because I know it always entails some sort of cost or condition. But I still fall for it, time after time, especially when buying sanitary pads. The amount of times I have been duped into buying the wrong variety pads because…


How to Become Successful: 10,000 hours

Yes, that’s right. A portion to success in anything is to clock 10,000 hours, 417 full days into whatever you do. Or so claims Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Blink“, in his latest book “Outliers“. After interviewing many extraordinary people like Bill Gates and the Beatles, he comes to the conclusion that one important component of…