Most gorgeous country

Singapore is the easily the most gorgeous country I’ve been to

Marina Bay is on another level when it comes to innovation, design, and creativity

Returning back to Singapore makes me truly appreciate the intricate details that Singaporeans have put into designing a wonderful city-state

Singaporeans are proud of their country. They are proud of their work. And they are diligent and careful.

There is no wonder that Singapore is one of the prettiest, safest, cleanest, diverse, and richest countries I’ve ever been to.

I want to live here at least for a few years.

 

going against the crowd

it’s hard

it’s really hard to go against the elephant in your head

elephants are huge

no one messes with them

and when they want something they’ll go for it

that is your mind

most of the time

but your rational self is sitting on top of the elephant

you can’t tame the elephant completely, but you can guide it with your reigns and nudge it in the right direction

in the long term, even a small nudge will take you in a completely different direction than just simply going straight

“Consider this. If you’re going somewhere and you’re off course by just one degree, after one foot, you’ll miss your target by 0.2 inches. Trivial, right? But what about as you get farther out?

  • After 100 yards, you’ll be off by 5.2 feet. Not huge, but noticeable.
  • After a mile, you’ll be off by 92.2 feet. One degree is starting to make a difference.
  • After traveling from San Francisco to L.A., you’ll be off by 6 miles.
  • If you were trying to get from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., you’d end up on the other side of Baltimore, 42.6 miles away.
  • Traveling around the globe from Washington, DC, you’d miss by 435 miles and end up in Boston.”

https://whitehatcrew.com/blog/a-mere-one-degree-difference/

Lamma Island

Today my friends and I visited a small island off the coast of Hong Kong Island, called Lamma Island.

It was cute and very quaint. Although it did seem like a place more fit for tourists, it still had a very local vibe. The island is primarily a fishing village and has multicultural diverse communities.

We had very fresh seafood (caught that afternoon) and walked along a path through the island through forests.

Visiting Lamma was a nice fresh perspective from the busy buzzing Hong Kong city.

These types of trips are exactly what I get very excited about.

I don’t need big fancy cars, luxury items or shopping, or expensive restaurant meals to have a good time.

Just me and my friends, enjoying the island, enjoying the water, enjoying the food, and talking philosophy too of course.

Great day overall.67718570_652822358554833_5787748712335802368_n.jpg67095738_1907949242639665_7937657844331970560_n.jpg

will robots be better parents?

with the advancement of AI and robotic technology, one fear is the fear that robots will become better parents than humans

though no robot will ever be able to emulate true passionate emotion as humans are able to, the basic necessities of caring for a child can be easily replicated and be enhanced by robotic AI

robots won’t lash out at children

robots will be programmed to carefully care for the child

robots can be perfected to not make mistakes

robots can take the place as parent figure while the parents are working–although working for the child– the child may perceive the robot as a more caring figure due to the absence of the parents

sort of seems like a dystopian-future out of Black Mirror

but it’s a fear that is grounded

and it makes me question the necessary steps we need to take in order to ensure we don’t lose too much to the advancement of technology

even small steps towards habits that don’t completely depend on technology

maybe it’s good to put your phone at home once and a while

thoughts?

 

putting yourself first

Putting yourself first isn’t selfish

Putting yourself first is a natural and healthy habit

They always say to put your oxygen mask on first before you help others on the airplane

Before you can save the world, you need to ensure you are alive and healthy to actually do any saving

 

Baby steps

Baby steps

It’s all about baby steps

I still remember these words from

my grade 8-9 basketball coach

1% better every day

Whether that be personal life, academics, career, health, or basketball

1% better every day

Don’t worry about being a millionaire overnight

Celebrities aren’t made by one movie (they usually did several crappy movies before the star in the movie that “makes” their career)

Rome wasn’t built in one day

It’s not a lot, but baby steps eventually turn into strides, and before you even realize it, you will be running fast towards your goals

why studying abroad is so great

I have studied abroad in Singapore (4 months), Shanghai (6 weeks), Hong Kong now (7 weeks), and will be in England next year for 6 months. I am technically studying abroad by attending university in Philadelphia as well, but let’s count that out due to a technicality

There are numerous reasons why studying abroad has been amazing for me

Making new friends, learning new cultures, languages, new food, sightseeing, meeting new friends, and seeing the world

As someone who wants to study both global economics and humanities, it seems obvious to me that I would love traveling and love the idea of seeing the entire world.

I’ve found a new goal for myself and it’s called 30 by 30

30 countries by the time I turn 30

I’ve been to 12, and I have so many more places I want to visit

looking to the past and future

i keep looking to the past: what my life used to be, how great it used to be

i keep looking to the future: when will i meet “the one,” when will i reach my life goals?

they say that when we are too caught up in the past or dreaming too often in the future, we do these things so that we may escape the present moment

the present moment sucks

but i can’t keep looking back

i cant keep wishing

it’s time to be here and now, and to make the most out of the present moment

self-pity

There was a great quote I saw today in a recent anime I’ve been watching

“The words of your past are fundamentally unrelated to who you are now”

I still need some time to ponder this

But I think I understand it at a very basic level:

Each of us, at any given moment, is constantly changing

Who I was 10 years ago is different from who I am now

Even who I was 10 seconds ago is different

Each thought, each word, each action changes as time moves forward

To be static is to fail at life

Do not allow your past self to hold you back

 

Money

Modern money has no intrinsic value

and I think that makes it the most fascinating case study ever

The USD is the global reserve currency and 60% of world transactions are dealt in USD

That’s crazy

The USD is backed by US.

But if the country’s economy fails, like Venezuela, Ecuador, or Zimbabwe, then the currency also fails. Zimbabwe now uses the USD after their currency fell to a value of zero. Now you can get 100 trillion dollar Zimbabwe bills on eBay for roughly $80

Money has value not intrinsically, but universally is accepted as valuable because of a universal trust

This is the reason a lot of things in our world exists

Communities, religions, brands, Bitcoin and all cryptocurrencies

Even the local bar you go to, which might not intrinsically be better than the pub two doors over, will garner more people if there is a higher perceived trust of value

Certain parts of India don’t accept the 10 rupee coin because it is perceived as non-legit, despite being fully and legitimately backed by the Central Bank of India

psychologically, we want to tag along on what everyone else uses

and that’s why money is valuable: because we all deem it to be

But what if one day we don’t?

That is why money is so interesting. It is a platform for power, but also a platform subject to collapse