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Why do our peers matter?

On 20180613, a former colleague shared how his application to volunteer at a primary school where he hopes his son (born in the same month and year as Little Prince) will attend, was rejected. The school has too many aspiring applicants! His main motivation of sending his son to a better primary school was that […]

What are the benefits and drawbacks of attending universities?

On 20180503, I learned from two senior faculty members that university grades must be a normal distribution, regardless of the class performance [1]. Otherwise, the instructor will be questioned. Therefore, for university students in the same course, it’s sadly a zero sum game. If our peers are hardworking and motivated, the competition gets more intense. […]

How to use Facebook?

After I finished washing grapes (with a mixture of balsamic vinegar as we were running out of white vinegar) at ~12.30 am of 20180411, I suddenly missed and became curious of a friend so I checked the Facebook, then another friend and so on. In the end, I slept at 2 am plus but had […]

How to collaborate?

We must collaborate. How to collaborate? always scout for opportunities [1] *** [1] Tseen Khoo shared that “One of the most successful coffee chats I’ve ever had resulted in a book contract with a good university publisher (for my re-jigged PhD), the possibility of being co-editor for a book series, and the cementing of a […]

How to become an astronaut?

One of my childhood dreams was to be an astronaut. To be an astronaut, one needs to have inner strength able to function under pressure able to function outside our comfort zone have a solid STEM background have participated in expeditions e.g. Antarctica [1] have done at least 50 hours of diving at 30 meters […]

Why must we nurture gratitude?

We accept that life is unfair [1], but life still offers many joyful and beautiful things. *** [1] There are many things and events that have formed my perceptions about fairness. On 20180227 when I transferred my salary to another account not associated with the ATM card, I became aware that my employer pays us […]

What do we inherit from our parents?

We owe our parents for bringing us to this world and raising us, regardless we agree or not with their methods. We inherit the followings from our parents: physical attributes look [1] health fitness and risks of diseases [2] personality [3] conscientiousness (责任感). If one is high in conscientiousness, s/he plans for the future and […]