All posts filed under: Korea

What is “Business” to a Chinese person?

Hey guys! Today I’m going to write about what the term “business” might mean to a Chinese person. Yes, this is an ontology post! When I was in Singapore last month on a business trip, the business leader Raymond Ng gave me a scholarship to attend his popular course on Chinese Philosophy and Business, inspired by the book of I-Ching (易经), or alternatively known as “The Book of Change”. I thought this might interest my audience. I’d always been interested in all things East-Asian, or related to China, Korea and Japan. I’m rather proficient in all three languages, even though I’m weakest in Korean. I took Chinese literature for 6 years, and read the main classics, poems and popular literature. My ex-boyfriend was Japanese (I only had 2 boyfriends my entire life, lol!) and I spent a year in Japan at Waseda University. In 2013, my friend Fiona and I were sponsored by Korean Air to blog about Seoul. So you see, East Asian philosophy and culture has always been close to my heart, and I …

#Slush14: An Overview!

Hey guys~ Wow, the past three days had been nothing short of crazy and amazing at #slush14! My feet are utterly sore now from running around in heels for the past three days. 😦 Well what to do, I’m very short and most Europeans are on average quite tall–it’s a brick-or-sea choice between feet or neck ache. I am happy that I chose to look good, at least! I want to begin with a heart of thank yous to two parties: Firstly, I want to thank the crazily efficient #slush media team for approving The Hieno!’s media all-access pass even though I sent in the application at 2am on Monday. In all honesty, I had been so busy recently with the setting up of my new company (more details later) that I had completely lost track of happenings in Finland. It is with a grateful heart that I thank everyone in the slush media team for such the positive spirit, energy and vision: In particular, Thank you Tiina for granting the pass so efficiently. You’re an awesome leader. Please catch up on your …

The Hieno Shops: A Shopping Story.

Bo Derek once made an intelligent remark– “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to shop.” This is so true! Today I am going to tell you a story about my global shopping experiences. 😀 “Hieno” means “Pretty” in Finnish. “The Hieno Shops” means “The Pretty Shops”, or “The Pretty, Shops”. I started this section on The Hieno because I love shopping, and I love documenting pretty things. I am a mobile Singaporean. Singapore is a modern, sunny and pretty country you guys should visit some day! Shopping’s great, most middle-class Singaporeans are shopoholics who indulge in regular shopping sprees, and then there are the richer crowds who go for the luxury goods too. Tons of high-end shops in Singapore. I’d always been an avid traveller. I lived in Tokyo for a year when I was 21, and was mesmerized by Tokyo’s material culture.  Be it colours, design, manner, sophistication–the loud contradiction of the modern and traditional truly captivated me. I loved walking down the roads of Harajuku >> Shibuya >> Omotesando >> Ginza; the experience of window shopping in Tokyo is akin to seeing …

Seoul Good! Seoul Food.

Today’s brief post will be about SEOUL + MYEONDONG + Food! A lot of focus online on Seoul has been on shopping and hauls. Which is really accurate, because MYEONDONG, Dongdaemun, Honggik and Ehwa areas are really all about shopping and cheap man-won (10,000W) deals. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see 5,000W deals! We bough so many shoes and bags and clothes at that price –even 10kg of them. ^.^ During our Sponsored KTO Trip last December, we went thrice to Myeondong for shopping and food. So, today’s post will be on the less featured MYEONDONG and its nearby areas that we felt were interesting as well. There’s this bun like thing with egg inside, and SOOSOSOOSOOOOO YUMMMY! Only 1,500won. It was probably worth mentioning that there was a crazy strike on our way to Myeondong. O.O We were stuck in a jam for 30minutes due to blockages. Seoul has all sorts of café too, with mediocre coffee, but great atmosphere and really nice bread/cakes!! It also started snowing really hard when we were there. Fiona’s …

Random Note: On “Cheap Labour” and “Competitive Wages”.

You know, one of the things I absolutely love about travelling is the broadening of the mind. Make no qualms about it– Even though I travel widely, I get culture shock all the time. The more I experience or learn something, the more I realize I don’t know anything, or worse–the more I don’t know what I don’t know! But I noticed something recurring with regards to education, in three countries who topped the 2014 PISA tests: Having been educated in Singapore most of my life, I’d always been taught that it is a virtue to work hard and be efficient in everything you do, even at the cost of your personal life. I’d always been exposed to individuals who are very focused in what they are doing. The experience of studying in Japan for a year made me see how non-academic most Japanese universities are. University-life in Japan seems to be more about networking, enjoying life, drinking, socializing…wayyy more than actual academic work. Wayyyy more than the effort Japanese high-school students put in to get into that prestigious university. I hear that it’s the same …