How I Organize My Friends

While reading Daniel’s blog, I stumbled upon a Facebook app called Nexus, which charts out how your friends are linked. And here is how Nexus graphed my social network: Clusters Based On Stage of Life While there is a discussion here on whether friendship is primarily bound by geography or shared interests, my graph shows…


Stuff Singaporeans Like: #1 Acronyms

February 19, 2009 / Culture / 26 Comments

Tip: Hover your mouse over the acronyms to find out what they stand for. To survive in Singapore, you need to know your AYEs, BKEs and CTEs. Singaporeans have acronyms for just about everything – from government bodies like MOE and MOF, swear words like KNN and CCB, to even people like their Minister Mentor…


My Valentine’s Day in Singapore

February 18, 2009 / Culture, Daily Life, Reviews / 8 Comments

With my boyfriend still in Canada, I spent my Valentine’s day with a friend this year. We went to some nice places, bought some clothes, and had an mini adventure of sorts. Food For Thought Our first stop was the Food for Thought. It’s not everyday you can walk into a quaint IKEA-laden store that…


Singapore Files: The Tissue Culture

October 15, 2008 / Culture / 8 Comments

One of the strangest sights you’ll ever find in Singapore food courts is the rows upon rows of pocket tissues obnoxiously placed on empty desks or seats. If you’ve never been to Singapore, you’ll probably think these tissues are for your use. Not in a million years. These pocket tissues, occasionally replaced by umbrellas, are…


Life Lessons Learned from Sports

August 26, 2008 / Culture, Opinion / 6 Comments

Today, I finally realized why sports is so important in life. As an elementary school sprinting champion, I am now able to run fast, fast enough to run after the bus that seems to always want to escape me. As a basketball point guard, where I was a dwarf amongst giants, I gained the skill to…


Designer Bags: Stares and Status

July 6, 2008 / Culture, Opinion / 22 Comments

After experiencing life in Asia for the past month or so, I have come to conscious realization that Asians are infatuated with designer bags. It’s not a bad thing. However, with a little knowledge of designer labels, it has become quite obvious that most (not all) aren’t infatuated with the bag or the brand, but…


Singapore and Cellphones

May 31, 2008 / Culture, Opinion, Reviews / 21 Comments

Singaporeans are incredibly infatuated with cellphones. Everywhere you go people are text messaging, chatting, emailing all the time. It has been said that the annual cellphone sales in Singapore is often double the population of the country. So why the craze? Cellphones, otherwise known here as handphones, is a symbol of fashion forwardness, education and…