I am getting boring. I think the curse (and blessing) of spending too long in any one context is that you get too used to its norms. You get socialized into what’s expected of you: not only in what you say, how you say it; not only in how you act, and why you act. […]Read more "On Ignorance"
Dear Rz, life is going to suck. You’re 16 now, and being in Secondary Four, you think you’ve reached the top of the Food Chain. So it’s all very hard to imagine that life will go downhill from here on. You feel like you’re at the prime of your life. All you feel is a bright, […]Read more "Letter to My Past Future Past"
The road less traveled is a lie. If you are reading this, you are either a humanities student yourself, or you came here to gloat and to confirm what you’ve always suspected about those students who have too much time on their hands, doing their “readings”. Or maybe not, since binaries are always so deceptive. […]Read more "The Hopelessness of a Humanities Education"
Do Singaporeans have belly-buttons? Not so long ago, there used to be a theorist of the nation, and his name was Ernest Gellner. He is said to have famously and provocatively asked the same question about nations: do nations have belly-buttons? By which he meant: do nations have a single, traceable origin? Are nations born? Where […]Read more "What is a Singaporean?"
In about five hours, I am about to graduate. The Graduate Today I become The Graduate, the third in my immediate nuclear family, after Mum and Dad. Something about today has induced a lot of stress and melancholy in me, and I have been trying to understand this feeling. I want to tell you […]Read more "USP Lives: Full Stops and Full Stories"
I never wanted to major in History. Preamble Sure, it was fun to read about wars and aeroplanes in books. I first learnt about the Cold War through the various cool jet fighters I was crazy about as a child. I first encountered jet fighters through the World War Two fighter planes in a comic […]Read more "How I Became a History Major"
What is love? Everyone has an answer, some less fruity than others. I have considered the cynics and the romantics. Our material culture is saturated with a desperate emptiness, singing of an answer called Love. I have heard the songs, I have watched the films, promising utopias of Happily Ever After. And then, occasionally, I […]Read more "What is Love I: Starting Again"