November 20, 2019

The long and winding road

Don’t you admire those people who, from a young age, knows exactly where they are going in their careers? It seems as if they have their entire life figured out. They not only have their 5-year plan, but they might even have their 10 or 20-year plans laid out. And yet here you are just […]

November 13, 2019

Live, work and play

There is an idea in urban planning called ‘live, work and play’ that aims to allow people to – like what the phrase suggests – live, work and play in the same area. It is perhaps becoming somewhat of a trend right now. More and more mixed-use developments are sprouting. Huge multi-use complexes are being […]

November 6, 2019

I’m building a cathedral

I’ve heard of a story of three bricklayers once.  When the first one was asked, “What are you doing?”, he replied, somewhat irritated, “Can’t you see? I’m trying to finish laying all these bricks so that I can finish my workday.” The second bricklayer was also asked the same question. And he replied, “Well, I […]

October 29, 2019

Moving forward when stuck

You have made your decision at a crossroad in your life. You took one path and have come a long way down. But obstacles after obstacles, turn after turn, things that life throws at you make you question whether you should have taken that first step anyway.  What do you do when you feel stuck? […]

October 23, 2019

New adventure calling

Moving to another country might be exciting. It might inspire new visions and bring new experiences. However, it comes with a great deal of uncertainty as well. Where am I going to stay? How am I going to bring in income to cover my expenses? How do I get to know people and cultivate strong […]

October 16, 2019

Free time and play

When I was teaching guitar, I had a student (I think she was 5 years old?) walked in one day crying, saying that she did not want to attend the class. When I started talking to her more, I found out that it was actually because she felt that she was busy. And that there […]

October 9, 2019

Finding your passion

Follow your passion and it will lead you to your destiny, right?  Though well-meaning, it is not exactly a piece of very helpful advice. What if I do not know what it is? Or what if my passion is just a hobby that can only help me to unwind and decompress at the end of […]

October 2, 2019

What is creativity?

It is a term that is becoming increasingly conflated with many other ideas, such as entrepreneurial-thinking, inventiveness and being innovative. World leaders and even organisations have recognised that it is one of the important skills for children to have to be able to meet the demands of the twenty-first century.  On one hand, creativity is being […]