Needing Contemplation

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Recently, a philosophy professor mentioned that philosophy only advances when one engages in three things: reading, discussing, and writing. This is so true. Sadly, ever since I graduated, I rarely had the time to write. As you can see from this blog, I don’t write that often. But the actual root of the problem is this: in order to have …

Second Person Narratives

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Here’s a random thought that came to my mind: why aren’t there stories written in the second person narrative? (i.e. stories involving, “you”). I’ve not seen any literature out there are employs this mode of writing. If you think about it, it can be – and in fact, it is! – very exciting. When you read or tell stories from …

Waking Up After September Ended

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“Wake me up when September ends…” Well, ok, it’s October now. Gosh… I actually can’t believe I haven’t been blogging for slightly more than two months. It felt like eternity. I’ve been so ridiculously crazy over the past two months. Somehow, when the semester began, I found myself flooded with a never-ending stream of activity. It was exhausting and stressful, …

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The Awesomeness of Three Monitors!

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Yes, that’s right! I now have 3 monitors on my office work desk! I decided to bring my 23″ monitor from home to work as I’ve been greatly under-utilising this monitor ever since I bought it. It’s been great working with two monitors. So I figured, working with three monitors will be even better! Is it? Of course! I waste …

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Another Attempt at Eating Healthy

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I’ve reached the age where my body’s metabolism has gone down drastically to the point that it’s very easy to gain weight, but very difficult to lose it. This week, I’m trying to instil a healthy eating regime, once again! The motivation for this came from a book that I recently read. It’s by Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert), …

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Learning to Wrap Rice Dumplings!

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Yesterday, The Fiancée and I went for an event celebrating the Rice Dumpling Festival, or as I like to call it, Bak Zhang Day! (If you’re curious  to know more about this event, do read Happy Bak Zhang Day!) The highlight of the event was that we would learn how to wrap rice dumplings. I thought they would teach us how …

Doesn't that look like a hotel toilet?

And the award for the best library toilet goes to…

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I’ve visited many libraries here in Singapore, and the toilets have been pretty ok. I mean, they’re average. There’s nothing about it that will make you go, “Wow!” But when I began working here in NTU (Nanyang Technological University), I discovered the most amazing toilet EVER! If I could hand out the award for The Best Library Toilet in Singapore (or …

The Myriad Thoughts is now: Autumn Floods

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Dear Followers of this Blog, Thank you for your support! I’ve moved to this new blog some time back (you can read about the reasons here). I’ve also just found a way to migrate the list of followers from the old blog to this new one. Some of you have already subscribed to this blog before migration, so you may …

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Look at that Big Ass Fan!

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If you’ve ever walked around NUS or NTU, you would have probably seen enormous fans hanging down from the ceiling. Well, have you ever looked closely at the fan? If not, here’s a photo: There’s a donkey on the fan! Well, it’s not just a donkey. It’s an ass – a BIG ASS! Turns out, that’s the brand name of the …

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Building a Fort of Books

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When I learnt just how many books research staff are entitled to borrow from the university’s library, I was thrilled! My friends joked that I could build a fort of books with a borrowing privilege like that. Well, I went one step further. I borrowed a friend’s library card to use another university’s library. I need those books for uh… …

Complexity Science and Chinese Philosophy

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I’m currently involved in a project that is attempting to bridge Complexity Science with Chinese Philosophy. I’m really excited about it! When I first heard about “Complexity Science”, I was quite puzzled. What on earth is that? Well, complexity science is a relatively new field in the sciences that attempts to study complex systems and phenomena from a non-reductionist manner. It …