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Hashtag Sharp
12 September, 2013, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Education, Music, Non-Profit, Social

#sharp logo

I truly believe that no youth should be taken away a chance of pursuing music because of financial constrains. I’ve started an initiative. #sharp is a free music class for youths who do not have have the means to have such a class. Using music as a mentoring opportunity – through the class, youths will be able to make friends with mentors, creating a healthy role model in their lives. Based in Singapore. Share it with your friends and I hope people who need this programme will be connected to #sharp.


Touring in Siem Reap?
12 September, 2013, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Travel | Tags: ,

Just this year I had an amazing time in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I met my Tuk Tuk driver and he brought us to the touristy places and even to the outskirts of Siem Reap. Here are some of the pictures from my trip:

Paddy Fields on the outskirts of Siem Reap

A beach where locals relax

Of course, an obligatory shot of Angkor Wat

Davin and my travel buddy, allowing us to try his Tuk Tuk!

My travel buddy and I with Davin and a fellow backpacker we met at a top of a temple

Other than the amazing places that he’s brought us, he’s really funny and nice too! I highly recommend him. Do consider him to be your Siem Reap guide. My trip has been made much more fun because of him.

Suon Davin
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Haze Preys
20 June, 2013, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Culture, Environment | Tags:

The unison theme that Singaporeans feels towards Singapore’s worst environmental crisis:

We are victims of the haze.
We are victims of the pollution from the forest fires.
We are victims of the Indonesian farmers who carried out this slash and burns.

People are falling sick, daily routines are disrupted and so on – we expect some kind of compensation or at least understanding from Indonesia. Instead, we were provoked:

“Earlier, he [a senior Indonesian minister] told reporters that Singapore said nothing when there was fresh air, but complained about the occasional haze.” (The Straits Times, 2013)

It makes me mad thinking about these words but suddenly a thought came, “Am I not guilty of not protecting our earth too?” I can choose to react to this situation in two ways: I can get all upset and annoyed at the farmers, at the minister, or whoever contributed to the haze, or I can start looking at myself and correct the ways that I have harmed the earth.

When I was in Siem Reap queueing for a public toilet, there is a light bulb installed in each cubicle so that it would not be dark. As usual at the ladies, there was long queue. My  habits tells me to be considerate and leave the lights on for the next person. There was a Cambodian lady, she switched the lights off after she got out of the cubicle. I thought the next Cambodian lady in line would be pissed because she was being “inconsiderate”, causing her trouble to turn on the lights again. But she wasn’t.

I’m not saying to follow exactly what the Cambodian lady did but to have that value that she has, to keep conservation at the top of our mind, doing it out of love for our earth. If not, it will just get so tiring of trying to do things right and get judgmental if others don’t.

It is our earth, not just yours or mine. It is a shared environment with limited resources. We got to stop being selfish and stop feeding our comfort because our appetite for comfort can only keep increasing. If it decreases, that means stepping out of our comfort zone.

Do your part; every individual’s effort makes a collective effort which then makes a difference.

(Some ideas for conservation: I’ve learnt from my Brazilian friend last year to avoid using straws because plastic harms the environment and a cup/glass/mug serves its function for drinking, so why the need for straws?)

Places of Interest in Istanbul
6 March, 2013, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Travel | Tags: ,

After living in Istanbul for 3.5 months and being back in Singapore, I was certainly delighted to find a newly set up stall that sells kebaps and kofte in the Kopitiam just opposite my school. 🙂


It was the exact same feeling I had when I found chinese food in Istanbul after not eating it for two months. I haven’t had authentic turkish food for two months now and was certainly glad to find that this is legit!

Anyway, I had this list of places of interest typed out to a friend some time back and I thought I should share it before it goes missing somewhere in the net. I hope it is useful for anyone who’s planning to go to Istanbul for a vacation. Pardon my sketchy write-up and it was written in the Singaporean context.

european side: (i shall go by ferry landmarks)
• besiktas
– ortakoy: famous for kumpir (humongous baked potato), flea market (half an hour walk to besiktas)
– Rumelihisarı: a great wall of china looking fortress (take bus from besiktas/kabatas. the bus will indicate sariyer. depending on traffic half an hour to 1hour plus bus ride) it’s near the bridge after bosphorous bridge
• kabatas
– dolmabache palace (40TL for adult, 5TL for student with international card)
– metro to taksim. taksim is the orchard road of european side (must go)
• karakoy
– nice fish barbeque sandwiches sold on the streets
• eminonu
– same fish sandwiches
– galata tower (12TL)
– spice bazaar
• legoland of istanbul:
• can take the tram from kabatas/karakoy/eminonu to sultanahmet station
– sultanahmet station has the famous blue mosque, hagia sofia, topkapi palace, basilica cistern
• tram station after sultanahmet
– the grand bazaar (where skyfall was filmed)

asian side:
• kadikoy: less touristy place. where i stay. i know all the awesome and cheap food.
• baghdad avenue: all the branded stuff. generally shopping in istanbul is not cheap.  (take dolmus that indicates kadikoy-bostanci)
– dolmus is like a shuttle/taxi/carpool hybrid that travels between two points and will move off only if it’s full capacity (about 10pax) price is fixed and indicated on a paper beside the driver

remember to check opening hours of attractions, they don’t really have the usual mon-fri.

Is Glee Project not so welcoming of people’s individuality afterall?
5 May, 2012, 2:50 am
Filed under: Media | Tags: ,

Only recently then I discovered Glee Project Season 1. I know it’s pretty lag but I guess it takes some time for American TV to be aired in Singapore. Today, I watched the first episode as it was the only episode that is free on Mio TV. Cameron Mitchell caught my eyes as his voice had a special blend of both my favourite singers – James Morrison and Jason Mraz, and his falsettos are just amazing. I really like the whole idea of how Glee Project attracts different people and provides people with opportunities that they could never dream of. It redefines media and spreads the message that viewers need not be attracted by model-good-looking people but instead, brings in people of different sizes, height, looks, etc. However, Cameron’s decision to leave the show because of his belief reflects the irony of Glee. Due to Glee’s consistent use of sexual content, it has eliminated people with beliefs like Cameron’s to not be comfortable to be who they are if they were to be casted in the show. I am glad this happened as it reflects a group of people that Ryan Murphy has overlooked and he should rethink about the constant use of sex to sell the show and allow people like Cameron to not struggle being who they are. Besides, is this not what Glee is all about?

2 February, 2011, 11:39 am
Filed under: Art | Tags: ,

I think this is a brilliant tessellation.

M.C. Escher – Horsemen, 1946









Reference: Escher – Horsemen

Character = Identity?
2 February, 2011, 11:30 am
Filed under: Religion | Tags:

My character doesn’t equate to my identity.

I’m like a steward of my character. If people praise me for good character, I give glory to God. If people gives me constructive criticism to my character, I humbly accept the correction. I don’t need to get too full of myself or offended when these happen because these feedbacks do not change my identity. My identity remains the same – a child of God.

My character doesn’t determine my identity. My identity determines my character.

Since my identity is founded in Christ, my character will slowly be changed and moulded into Christ-likeness.