Month: March 2015

Walking Proud. A Tribute to Ah-Kong.

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” — Peter Drucker. Walking proud. I am currently watching Mr. Lee’s state funeral procession, and how the respected military and local leaders are marching from to the University Cultural Center in the National University of Singapore. In spite of operating on a tight schedule, I found myself spending hours and hours reading up on Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy over the past week. Because I’m based in Finland currently, it is a little difficult for me to imagine the overwhelming sentiments on the ground back home. That being said however, I’m going to refer Mr. Lee as Singapore’s “Ah-Kong” (Hokkien for “grandpa”) throughout this post. Watching the live broadcast from the PMO youtube channel, I am moved to write about Ah-Kong’s global legacy to all Singaporeans. Have you looked at the list of countries that sent in their respect to Mr. Lee? You can find a complete …

Education: What Finland Taught Me.

I read with interest this incredibly articulate post on “Tuition Culture in Singapore: Abundance and Anxiety”.  The original post was made in response to the Singapore’s recently announced budget, on the shift towards education that is more skills-focused, than solely grades-focused: “We must become a meritocracy of skills, not a hierarchy of grades earned early in life” says Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.” And you know what? It’s this “meritocracy of skills” that I want to expound on today. Also, I read the comments section of the original blog post, and I realised quite a few people made references to Finland. So, I found some time today to pen my own thoughts, and hopefully can add a little bit of my perspective to the discourse: First as a previous private tutor who used to work for some time teaching JC and University Economics, and General Paper; Next as a Singaporean currently doing my masters in Finland; then Lastly, as a human being. Caveat: I don’t profess to be an expert–on the contrary, I’m pretty narrow-minded. This …

On Roy Ngerng.

Hi folks! =) I know it has been a long while since I’d written anything on this personal space–but let me just briefly update before I go to work. I’d be writing another piece later on education in Singapore because I read a rather insightful post today. (You should read it, too!) Ever since I made that facebook status public, on Roy Ngerng in ISFiT, I’d been getting tons and tons of messages in the “other” folder. Some were long, long messages (up to 3000 words), telling me what they think about the issue. Some were hate mails targetted towards Roy, and basically his haters asked me to forward them all to him. I can’t understand the mentality of the latter group initially, but later I realised Roy basically blocked all these haters.  Oh–but all were anonymous accounts.  And reasonably so. Let me show you the mildest PM I got of the latter sort, under “others” folder. I deleted the rest of the more violent ones. Prior to ISFiT I’d met Roy once in Singapore, years before before he got sued. …