Category Thoughts

Alchemist Cup 2018 – A Travelogue & Personal Reflection

One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the 2018 tournament calendar – the Alchemist Cup – was held in Penang, Malaysia, from 5 to 9 Dec 2018. The invitational team event featured 10 teams of 5 players, competing in a 45-game round-robin (i.e. each player gets to play every other player from opposing teams once) […]

A queasy sense of ennui…

…summarises where I think I am now in life. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, and I’m somewhat interested in starting again. Part of the allure of doing it on this platform (vs other social media networks) is that it’s semi-private. I was looking through a few draft posts which I left […]

A Posteriori Good Fortune

“At any one time there is a natural tendency among physicists to believe that we already know the essential ingredients of a comprehensive theory. But each time a new frontier of observation is broached we inevitably discover new phenomena which force us to modify substantially our previous conceptions. I believe this process to be unending, […]

I listen to this every now and then

“The city may win, but too often its citizens seem to lose. Every urban childhood is shaped by an onrush of extraordinary people and experiences – some delicious, like the sense of power that comes from a preteen’s first subway trip alone; some less so, like a first exposure to urban gunfire… [f]or every Fifth […]

Such a brilliant series

“I wonder why I was like that. I wonder what it was inside me that made me like that… and I can see even at fourteen and I was beginning to get more subdued and I was putting a lot more thought into what I was saying to a ridiculous degree… and probably when I […]

I hardly post on here anymore (too many thoughts and too little time!), but there’s something worth sharing here: The Landscape of Murder – Antonio Olmos’s photographs of London murder sites. Don’t be put off by the taboo subject – it is quite a powerful video, with a somewhat different message from the description on the […]

Some Pictures from China

This was my first trip to China, and it was a bit of a culture shock, not only because of its obvious differences with Singapore, but also because of its similarities which run below skin-deep. This was especially dislocating for me, considering how I was brought up in a supposedly Chinese school, but with woefully little […]

Needs to be read with a strong dose of morbid optimism

“When teen suicide was on the rise in the 1970s and 1980s, society was stung by the conclusion that something must be wrong with the way we live, because our children don’t want to join us. The question today is different, but just as unsettling. With people relinquishing life at its supposed peak, what does […]

How not to travel?

This article has recently resurfaced on social media (such is the power of social media – the article was written in 2010, but it has received all of its comments over the past few days), and has invited much criticism over its arguably biased and ‘Western-centric’ view of Singapore. As a Singaporean I broadly agree […]

Just had to share this..

.. in the midst of my exam cramming. One of the best statements I’ve encountered from all of my reading about development economics: “All this sounds paternalistic, and in a way, it certainly is. But then it is easy, too easy, to sermonize about the dangers of paternalism and the need to take responsibility for […]