Month: September 2014

EARS in Helsinki

What is EARS? You may ask. It actually stands for “Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions”, and it is this amazing platform that brings creative industry professionals and practitioners together in Helsinki! The idea is to discover culture, business opportunities, share best practices and be inspired by other like-minded people in the industries, and their ideas. So EARS on Helsinki took place three weeks ago, in September 4-7 2014. I had the HUGE privilege of attending EARS on media pass, as a Singaporean journalist! I really, really loved the event, and learnt much about the latest trends on music, design, performing arts and the media! It was really nice to have lunch with fellow distinguished Singaporean Tang Fu Kuen as well!  I love the fact that EARS is a combination of conference and cultural activities. Here’s my media pass. 🙂 One of the really cool talks at EARS on Thursday. The amazing EARS team!! 🙂 I love how vibrant and enthusiastic everyone is. Amazing videographer Juliana Kontinen. We also had the chance to visit the Helsinki Design Week …

Random, nerdy note.

Yesterday a friend said this to me: “OMG you’re a nerd, wanwei”. And I was shocked at first! And then felt very, very happy because at last, a friend discovered that I’m actually a nerd inside hehe. This sort of happiness is perhaps one that is hard to communicate. It’s kind of like a moment when someone saw your “true self”. :DDDDDD Most people tend to think I’m a true-blue business major, because I know how to pitch well and drive sales up. But no. I’m a really really really really nerdy person at heart. Let me tell you this– I’m observing the image of a business person not till I make it, but till I BECOME it. I currently still dress funnily, still talk too fast, and smile too much in the Finnish context. But hey, it was worse last semester, and I could safely say that I’d improved a lot. I still feel extremely awkward in social interactions, because I’m so used to doing things in the business context. (Which obviously then explains why I can pitch reasonably …