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Demand, supply, consent…and lies.

Once upon a time, a boss told me this before I left Singapore to pursue masters in Finland. He said, “I always respect Economics majors like yourself because you have internalised the concepts of demand, supply and consent. It follows you in every decision you make.” So I asked him– “My goal has always been to read people as well as you do. Will I ever get to do that?” And he said “Trust me, ww, you will one day. Very soon.” – Demand, supply and consent. I’d always wondered why he said that. Until recently. Well that’s because all markets in the world work on demand, supply and consent. Markets seldom bullshit you with lies. Follow the money, and you would unveil a lot! Things like delusion, cognitive dissonance, the hawthorne effect, wanting to be liked, wanting to progress along the corporate ladder, wanting to be better at gaining favour from the top. In short, being programmed. If I want to get you to work for free, it’s easy to programme you into thinking that you are worthless. …

The noble art of ignoring.

Prior to doing my masters in Finland, I always thought that ignoring someone/something is rude. I think this is mainly because life is so fast-paced in Singapore. We don’t play with the concept of “pace” or “time”–if someone scolds us, we are quick to be offended and would want to scold back immediately. I don’t think we play a lot with “being vague” also–Singaporeans are pretty direct, talk a lot, and by extension scolds/nags a lot too. But why haven’t we thought more about the virtues of ignoring someone or something? If you think about it, mastering the art of ignoring is actually more efficient. – This morning, I read screenshots of a Facebook conversation of two people who got into a very stupid argument. I happened to be FB friends with both parties, who shared the unpleasant and (very stupid) dispute with the whole world. Context: The guy met the girl on tinder. The guy was basically trying to convince the girl to go on a car ride with him, but the girl kept telling him that she’s not interested, …

7 things my research on weddings taught me about life and humility.

I used to be rather arrogant before I started my research on the Singapore’s wedding industry since 1.5years ago. That is, I thought I knew a lot and there were certain ways of life which I cannot help but judge. This judge-y worldview has since changed a lot ever since I sat down and listened to the stories of brides, because their intimate sharing truly made me realise how much I don’t know I don’t know. On hindsight, I therefore think that this wedding research has made me a more humble and empathetic listener + person. Since I have so much angst right now while reading about crooked wedding vendors, let me take some time to write about the 7 things my research on weddings taught me about life and humility. – #7. Like life, a wedding is technically “once in a lifetime”. This means that there are plenty of stuffs you don’t even know you don’t know. So, actively listen to people with experience, but decide which experience to adopt for yourself. Well, you should actively ask people for advice, and there would …

Capitalism and the nation’s soul.

-SIGH- /rant post ahead. Last year, IKIGUIDE did an interview with the very non-assuming Anthony of Booktique. I just read this piece of news on the possibility of Booktique closing down and all I can do is to sigh. Insane retail rental. Capitalism. Instant gratification and the “sunset” industry. These are harsh realities facing any business owner in Singapore. You get it worse if you belong to the black collar industry. You get it ten times worse if you are a black collar person with zero business background/intuition. I’m really at a loss for words. -HUGE SIGH-  You know, some say that Singapore is a perfect country, or “too perfect”. That’s why people choose to leave, because things are sort of “too perfect” here and getting increasingly expensive. Income gap is widening–they moan–the richer folks are losing touch with the “ground”, etc. Here,  it is plain for all to see on instagram. -.- As a nation, it is a real possibility that we sort of already traded part of our soul for money and profits. Which isn’t surprising, really–we know that Singapore is …

How not to be racist.

Hello! Today I am going to do a post on how not to be racist. I am doing this post because I am so sick of people saying things like “I don`t mean to sound racist, but (insert racist comment)”. Perhaps, people who use this expression are truly hypocritical, because they try to act nice when they actually are not so nice. In that regard, I have slightly more respect towards the Finnish politician Olli Immonen, who declared publicly that he is ” dreaming of a strong, brave nation that will defeat this nightmare called multiculturalism” than these gutless people. Because Mr. Immonen actually has the guts to say what he feels, even though it is not a kind statement. Before we proceed, let us define some terms: “Racist”: A person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. “Nationalist”: A person who believes that it is important to be loyal to and proud of his/her country often with the belief that it is better and more important than other countries. “Discrimination”: the …

Finnish Universities are lazy and inefficient?

Hey folks! Tonight I will be writing about the recent funding cuts involving Finnish universities because I honestly am pissed off. A Summary: Under the name of (economic) “austerity”, the current Finnish government headed by the 3 “S”–Juha Sipila (Keskusta), Alexander Stubb (Kokoomus) and Timo Soini (Perussuomalaiset) suggested cuts amounting to €500 million (US$556 million) from Higher Education Institutions by 2019. So today, I was watching how Finance Minister Alexander Stubb was met with an angry group of protesters when he went to make a speech yesterday at Helsinki University. I also got angry after watching the video, because the Finance Minister did promise before the elections to never cut university funding, and decide after elections to do the exact opposite. That’s just engaging in hypocritical behavior. (Check the trending hashtag #koulutuslupaus on twitter and instagram). Currently, most discourse online against the university funding cuts are mostly related to the philosophy of the nature of higher education–in pursuit of knowledge, for equality, and as a basis of human rights. In particular, I loved the way …