Top 5 Favorite Android Apps (Part I)

March 7, 2011 / Technology / 6 Comments

Lately, I’ve been on a quest to seek out awesome apps for my phone. IMHO, the Android Market isn’t doing enough to promote all the phenomenal apps out there. So in the spirit of sharing, here are some of my favorite apps of the moment. 01. Human Japanese Learn Japanese for under $10 Human Japanese…


Untranslatable Words: Sisu

March 19, 2010 / Culture / 49 Comments

I love finding foreign words that can’t be translated into English. These little gems allow me to experience another culture as a local because the only way to understand these words is to put yourself in their shoes. Untranslatable Finnish Word: Sisu During one of my Top Gear marathons, I stumbled upon an interview with…


Witty Taglines and Wicked Tattoos by HTC

October 31, 2009 / Media Events, Technology / 6 Comments

Finally had some extra time this week and decided to attend the rebranding of HTC and the launch of the HTC Tattoo at the Butter Factory. Many thanks to the awesome people at The Right Spin for the invitation. Witty Tagline Anyway, I’ve always been a bit of a language freak, so it’s not surprising…


Chinese Character: Dragon in the Home

August 16, 2009 / Culture / 19 Comments

Despite being mostly ethnically Chinese, Chinese has always been a second language. I never really learned how to read until I was in university where, I forced myself to enrol in those excruciating classes for 4 consecutive years. I’ve never been fond of the language since I have to struggle to memorize the thousands of…


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…


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…


Learning and Mastering a Second Language

April 26, 2008 / Culture, Daily Life, Opinion / 46 Comments

In an article from New Scientist, a man claims that his grandfather could speak 70 languages, and write in 56. And he’s never even attended school. This man also explained that while they were traveling to Thailand, his grandfather admitted that he couldn’t speak Thai. However, in less than 2 weeks, he was able to…