Some thoughts on the oft-recited poetry of 静夜思.
As the semester drew to a close, I submitted my last classical Chinese essay-- detailing the psychological significance of Pre-Tang ghost stories on Chinese ethics, I felt a wave of relief and at the same time, confusion. What now? I shared a love-hate relationship with （文言文）Classical Chinese. Across the dynasties, from Confucius to Sun Tze … Continue reading Reviving 唐诗 (Tang Poetry) in the 21st Century.
Growing up, I was always a fan of Jon Stewart's Daily Show with his news-styled satire comedy show. Here is a sample of his genius. I found myself enraptured whenever he was presenting his "news". He had a razor sharp political acumen in highlighting the bipartisan gridlock in the Senate, the dangerous feedback loop of the … Continue reading The Daily Show Decaying
A non-descript weekday lunch appointment with my academic advisor. Scott Cook is my academic advisor in Yale-NUS. He was also my Classical Chinese Professor. Yes, you read that right. An American man teaching me classical Chinese, all thanks to the beauty of globalisation. We played Basketball together as well and came … Continue reading Cookin with Confucius: Learn the Confucian Way
Lunchbreak. A few weeks ago, I had literally the most productive lunch break ever by going to a workshop on productivity. (irony) I found the workshop tremendously useful in helping me optimise my time and organise my life better. So I thought sharing it here would be very beneficial to anyone who is reading. Common … Continue reading The College Student’s Guide to Productivity
I told myself that I would write something and post weekly on my blog (regardless of what happened) and then this past two weeks happened. Amidst the mad rush of things, I found it increasingly difficult to actually write stuff and formalise my thoughts. My brain has been caught up in a smorgasbord of thoughts, … Continue reading The Discipline of High Kneeling
Victoria Junior College has always held a special place in my heart because the philosophy of grinding it out, working hard as reflected in the school's motto of "Nil Sine Labore" has truly left a lasting impact on me. The motto was not mere words, but they were etched into the fabric and culture of … Continue reading Beyond ‘Nil Sine Labore’