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The Lofty Vision of Ritual Propriety in The Book of Rites (禮記 Liji), “Summary of the Rules of Propriety (曲禮 Qu Li), Part 1”

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[This is an exploratory post as part of my research] In this exploratory post, I will focus on the lofty ideals of rituals and its claims of bringing about a harmonious society as expounded in the first chapter of The Book of Rites (禮記 Liji). In approaching the ancient texts, it is important to bear in mind that many of …

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A “Just Desert” is Not a Land of Righteous Sand, and a “Just Dessert” is a Rightly Portioned Cake with Ice Cream

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Here’s a little-known trivia about the English language. I was reading a book on Political Philosophy when I encountered this: WHAT?! The first thing that went through my head was: What does that mean? For the rest of the chapter, the author continued to use the word, “desert,” but in ways that were so unusual to me. How is a …

Divine Wine Bar at Parkview Square, Singapore

Divine Wine Extraordinaire: A Place with Great Ambiance and Great Wines for Great Company

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A few days ago, I organised a little gathering with friends at the Divine Wine Extraordinaire Bar in Parkview Square. If you’ve never been to Parkview Square, it’s that majestic art deco building diagonally opposite Bugis Junction, that looks like it came out of Gotham City. Some call it the Gotham Building, or the Batman Building (because everybody knows Batman, …

HOLY INK DROPS, BATMAN!

Write Like a Scribe

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These few days, I’ve been reading a book so that I can submit a book review to a journal. It’s often the case that academic books can get rather boring. I decided the best way to make things interesting is to attempt calligraphy while I make annotations. So I took out my trusty dip nib a bottle of ink! My …

Wasa Sandwich

The Wasa Sandwich Snack from Ikea is the Perfect Snack for Enemies: Do Not Administer to Friends or Self

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Yesterday, I bought a sandwich biscuit thing from Ikea. It looked nice. I thought this might be a good idea for today’s breakfast. Best of all? It’s only SGD$1.80. Wasa Cheese Tomato & Basil Sandwich from Ikea. Only SGD$1.80! Thus far, I’ve tried quite a number of awesome Ikea foods and snacks, and they’ve all been great. So, I thought …

Chinese Emperor

A Proposal on the Study of Ancient Chinese Rituals and its Relationship with Management

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This is a draft proposal for a paper I wish to write. It’s still very raw, but I like how this project will allow me to engage in the study of Chinese philosophy, Chinese history (and maybe even archaeology), and learn to apply philosophy to some practical area, like resource and operational management. Image Source: http://alphahistory.com/chineserevolution/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/emperor.jpg In the Analects, li …

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