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…


Thoughts on Anime [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

June 19, 2011 / Opinion, Philosophy / 3 Comments

One of the most thought-provoking animes ever made is airing on Fuji TV. It’s called [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control. Sort of an antagonist, Mikuni Soichiro (left) and Protagonist, Kimimaro Yoga (right) I’m terrible at writing synopses, so I’m not gonna even going to try. Here it is from Wikipedia: The Japanese…


Majulah Singapura

April 29, 2011 / Opinion, Politics / 5 Comments

I am just your average Singapore citizen – one who has not grown up here, but a proud patriot nevertheless. I am not here to pass shallow judgments on you based on your voting preferences. Your vote is your choice and your right to govern our country. I just want to bring to your attention…


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…


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…


Economic Freedom

September 30, 2008 / Opinion / 3 Comments

“Economic freedom means the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail” – Mike Pence Hold on there, cowboy! Since when was the American economy ‘free’?! If it were free, the American government wouldn’t have forced Microsoft into two. Neither would they need to sign bilateral trade agreements with its neighbors. And don’t forget the…


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…