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A Good Education System Produces People Who Say: “There’s Something Very Wrong with the Education System”

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I attended a conference several months ago. It was a science conference, yet during one of the breaks, it was very interesting to hear academics from all over the world complain about their own education system: “The education system is stifling creativity!” “Young people don’t know how to innovate or think outside the box anymore!” “The education system places too …

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A Year and a Half in Academia

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Today marks the first day of the academic calendar for universities here in Singapore. Well, for me, it marks my 18th month here in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). That’s a year and a half! It’s amazing how fast time flies. When I first joined NTU, I was, at that point, unsure whether or not to take on academia as a …

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Heart-Shaped Pasta!

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Last weekend, The Fiancée and I were walking around in the Isetan Supermarket at Westgate Shopping Mall. We were looking for things to cook together when we spotted this: Love Pasta by Dalla Coasta It’s a packet of heart-shaped pasta! In fact, this was the last packet on the shelf! Without hesitation, we grabbed it and bought it! And today, …

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Time to Think

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a chat with a friend, a professor, at a conference. I haven’t met him in a while, so I asked how he was doing. He made an interesting remark. He said: “I’ve been busy, so busy with work that I don’t have time just to sit down and think. All I need is …

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Chinese Islamic Calligraphy

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Every year, during Ramadan (the Islamic period of fasting), there will be a huge bazaar (Pasar Ramadan) set up around the Geylang Serai area, around Paya Lebar MRT station. I’m told that this year is the largest bazaar ever. In the huge tent just in front of the SingPost building (there are several huge tents all over the area), I …

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Why I Avoid Eye Contact in Lifts

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If you’ve ever encountered me in the lift, you’d realised that I’ll just enter the lift and not make any eye contact. I might not even notice you in the lift, even if you’ve tried waving at me. Well, you have to wave very violently to attract my peripheral vision, or at least call out my name. There’s a good reason …

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