How Do You Know He Is The Right One To Marry?

You aren’t sure if he’s the one to marry or not, but you need to make that decision quickly, what do you do? You’ve been with this guy for some time, and you’re wondering if he’s the one you should spend the rest of your life with. Yet you aren’t quite sure because he’s not…

Mindfulness in a crazy busy world

There is way too much adrenaline in Singapore. Have you ever enjoyed a beautiful vacation overseas, only to have your carefully crafted bubble of peace burst once you leave Changi Airport? The feeling of kancheongness seeps into your life and you start thinking of the 101 things to do once you reach home, do the…

Innovation CXOs Spill The Beans On Future Jobs

On Monday, I attended an Innovation Exchange panel session at NTUC Centre, where CXOs from four multinational companies shared their thoughts on innovation and jobs of the future. From left: Tobias Puehse (Vice President, Innovation Management, APAC, Mastercard); Susanne Arfelt (Country Director, Unilever); Richard Koh (National Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore); Audrey Kuah (Managing Director, Dentsu Aegis Network…

How do you cope with your weaknesses?

Today, I’d like to briefly explore the subject of weaknesses. I’m not talking about weaknesses in the sense of having a weakness for chocolate or cute animals, but chronic, unresolved issues you and I struggle with. Source: Pinterest I previously wrote about struggling with low emotional intelligence and my son’s struggle with his condition. I don’t know if I’m…

Does Neil Humphreys know Singapore better than Singaporeans?

Who is Neil Humphreys? He’s a self-declared ‘white trash’ bloke from England who decided to come to Singapore for 3 months in 1996, but ended up staying here till now (except for a period Down Under which made him miss Singapore even more). Neil Humphreys at his ‘Rich Kill Poor Kill‘ book launch at Kinokuniya While…

Should we teach our kids about racial issues?

When you live in Asia, we are already born deep inside racial issues, even in Japan where their population is relatively homogeneous. It’s a really painful issue to talk about because it’s not something you can exit from, like teenage awkwardness, poverty or being fat. Even talking about it can be more taboo than talking…

Should We Stop Condoming Singapore’s Economic Growth?

The MOM Labour Market Report has completely eclipsed Zika (for now) as the “oh shit” topic on Singaporeans’ minds. Basically, don’t be surprised if you lose your job, and if it takes more than half a year to find a new one. By the way, there were more foreign jobs (11k) created and Singaporean jobs…

Who Are My Favourite Authors?

Reading has typically been a private activity to me. Sharing a book with anyone is like sharing my morning habits, because the next person who reads a book I recommend knows what went into my soul when I read the book. But good things should be shared, and I’m sick of writing serious things tonight,…

The Most Important Schooling In Life Joseph Gave Singapore 

At first, we didn’t really take notice. Olympics again ah? So fast?  Live telecast or not, does it even matter since I get my news off social media anyway? But on Saturday morning, many Singaporeans were tuned in to watch Joseph Schooling beat 7 respected competitors, including the superhuman Phelps, with an Olympic record no…

The curious case of Singapore’s diversity

What makes us special? What makes us strong? Singapore is not a perfect country, but to me, we’ve come quite a long way from the racial riots more than half a century ago, which messed everything up. Today, in an increasingly Islamophobic world, Singapore, its leaders (not just the political ones) and society, continue to…