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Massive Life Changes

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I apologise for the long period of silence. I decided to let my right hand rest for a while (it was hurting so badly). But by the time my hand recovered, I was overwhelmed by life. A lot of interesting things have happened since my last post in April. For one, I finally went on a lovely 17-day honeymoon with The …

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The Power of a Smile

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The other day, I picked up a book by Dale Carnegie, entitled, How to Win Friends and Influence People. I have seen this book around for a very long time, and it has been on many best-seller lists for a while. I decided to give this book a read. What I certainly did not expect from reading the book was a torrential …

A once stable hand, now trembles. Doing calligraphy has become a greater challenge.

Right Hand Trembling

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It’s been about 4-5 weeks since my right hand has been trembling uncontrollably. Yes, it’s just my right hand. It has nothing to do with coffee or sleep. Regardless of how much coffee I drink (or don’t drink), and regardless of the amount of sleep I get, my right hand – and only my right hand – will tremble. A …

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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 …

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 …


Funny Sights in Malaysia

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I recently went on a short trip to Malaysia, and had the chance to walk around for a bit. Here are some funny sights I saw! 1. Deformed Blocks! Why buy Lego when you can buy “Deformed Blocks?” Buy this set and you can build a (sub)Optimus Prime with Down Syndrome!   2. Brutally Honest Sign This sign made me laugh only because they’re …

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, …

Name tag for the conference. It's such an honour and privilege for an undergraduate/fresh graduate like me to be present wearing this name tag amidst a crowd of about a hundred professors and PhD students all over the world, and to present a paper just like them!

The Consummation and End of My Undergraduate Life (and What is to Come)

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I’ve finally graduated! After four exhausting years of toil, of literally blood (having gone to the hospital thrice and getting needles injected all over my body), sweat, and coffee, I’ve survived university and graduated! Well, as some of you know, I’ve been pretty busy  finishing my Honours Thesis in my last and final semester. My thesis was entitled, “Notions of …