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…


Finding Zen in Phuket

July 16, 2011 / Culture, Daily Life / 3 Comments

Just came back from a short trip to a secluded beach in Phuket, Thailand. It was a wonderfully relaxing trip; one I desperately needed to escape from my increasingly over-analytical, anxious mind. While in Singapore, my mind just cannot stop processing. So many anxieties over inconsequential matters. But I think it’s not just me that’s…


What Does Success Mean To You?

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about my career. Is what I do now, what I want to do for the rest of my life? If look at my skill sets, it does suit me well. I also love the industry I’m in. But I couldn’t help but feel that something is missing. I…


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…


…But What’s My Passion?

December 6, 2010 / Career Development, Opinion / 9 Comments

Check out any interview with any person you consider successful — be it a start-up founder or a CEO of a Fortune 500. They all say variants of the same message: do what you love and you’ll be successful. Great advice but the problem plaguing me, and perhaps some of my Gen-Y peers, is that…