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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 …

Research Mania!

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Today I visited the Central Library to do some research! It’s been quite a while since I last sat down with a huge pile of books flipping through pages looking for relevant information. I’m pretty excited about the idea of writing a paper for an academic journal. Oh wow! I miss doing this. Reading pages and pages and getting all …

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 …

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Quiet Start to the Day

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Lately, one of the things I’ve been doing almost every morning is to go to the food court in school for a delicious dim sum breakfast. The university just opened a new food court which is quite affordable. And they sell delicious dim sum! Now, my morning ritual consists of chee cheong fan (steamed rice rolls) with either siew mai …

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Impending Deadline

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I’ve not been updating this blog for a while. I’ve been quite busy writing my Honours dissertation. I’m just happy to say that it’s almost done. All it needs is several rounds of editing before I can declare it as the greatest accomplishment of my life. Anyway, there’s four days left before the submission deadline. I hope to get over …

Chinese-Speaking Westerners

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One of the most amazing things about doing Chinese philosophy (or Chinese studies or China-related studies) here in the National University of Singapore (NUS) is that you get to interact with Western professors who are fluent in both modern-day Chinese and classical Chinese! Many of them are even able to converse fluently in Mandarin too! I’ve been privileged to have …

Research, research, research…

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The second week of school has just ended, but it has already been quite an intensive week for me. I’ll be officially starting on my honours thesis next semester. However, my supervising professor will be away for a while during that time, and it would be quite inconvenient to attempt a thesis under such conditions. So, I figured it’s better …

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A New Semester Dawns

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Wow… I can’t believe a month of holidays has just gone by. Tomorrow, it’s back to the University. It’ll be the start of yet another 4 months of ransacking the library, pouring through books, books, and more books, and of course, the many cups of coffee and the many overnight marathons. I don’t know… On one hand, I hate it. …

Sunset. Evening Sky.

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I love sunsets. I really do. It makes you glad that there’s more to life than work. It reminds you that in the midst of all that hustle and bustle, something beautiful is going on. Here’s some photos of the sunset I took while in school last Sunday. Fading light. Evening night. Darkness starts to fall. Work stops. Silence sings. …

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A Visit to the Institute of South East Asian Studies

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Today, I had the opportunity to visit the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS). If you’re not familiar with it, this is the institute that publishes several books about South East Asia (nooo… really?) on a wide array of topics, but usually on cultural studies, economics, history, politics, and sociology. I’ve read several books published by them. What makes …