The Unexpected Cuba

Every city has its own music. Havana’s is best characterised by the cacophony of beeps and honks (emitted from decades-old Fords, Buicks, and Moskvitchs/Москвич alike) that – strangely enough – melds into a fascinating symphony when paired with the salsa/samba/rumba music reverberating on every street and plaza corner. Havana’s music reflects its vibrancy: its vibrancyContinue reading “The Unexpected Cuba”

The Potential Loser in the Uber-Didi “Win-Win” (Hint: It’s Not Just the Anti-Uber Alliance)

The merger between Uber and Didi is one that is fraught with challenges and consequences that extend far beyond just the two companies themselves. To ensure that Chinese consumers are not disadvantaged, the Chinese government will have to closely monitor and regulate the Chinese ride-hailing industry. But if the merger can bring together China’s largestContinue reading “The Potential Loser in the Uber-Didi “Win-Win” (Hint: It’s Not Just the Anti-Uber Alliance)”

From SFO to LHR

“Mr. Møller’s message to us is a call to action. As citizens of the world and leaders of the future, we have a collective responsibility to address the issues of peace, sustainable development, and human rights facing our world today.” – Read my latest article for the Stanford Political Journal, on UN Director-General Michael Møller’s callContinue reading “From SFO to LHR”

Understanding Xi Jinping’s US Visit

“The aversion to Chinese power is more than just mere sentiment; the belief in the value of antagonism in the form of checking Chinese expansion and anti-free market practices is widely held, especially in the West. But, Americans should be wary of the knee-jerk reaction to oppose China; it is far more beneficial to workContinue reading “Understanding Xi Jinping’s US Visit”

The Struggle for Recognition

It’s 7:30 am, and my alarm rings. The first thing I do is blindly feel my bedside table for my phone (knocking half a dozen books off the table in the process), slide to unlock, and then graze through my Facebook notifications to see how many people “liked” the photo I posted the previous night.Continue reading “The Struggle for Recognition”

The Lesser Seen

It’s been a long time since I last posted on my blog; I’ve been quite busy with university applications, scholarships, exam preparation, meet-ups with friends (before they head off to college this September!) and the works. But this holiday I’ve found the time to return to the weekly Wednesday Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS) at my local constituencyContinue reading “The Lesser Seen”

MOE Cuts Funding to Independent Schools

The funding cuts for the top independent schools in Singapore have recently raised quite a furore over the fairness of such a move. Six top independent schools in Singapore have had their funding cut and, along with other mission schools, have been told to moderate fund-raising activities for campus upgrading. In addition, they will have toContinue reading “MOE Cuts Funding to Independent Schools”

Lord Turnbull and the ‘Really Inconvenient Reality’

Lord Turnbull came to give a presentation on his ‘Really Inconvenient Truth’ about climate change today, but all I got out of it was the reflection of a ‘Really Inconvenient Reality’. His presence here was showered with prestige, but tainted with an unfair amount of conceit. Not on Lord Turnbull’s part- but rather, the entireContinue reading “Lord Turnbull and the ‘Really Inconvenient Reality’”

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

A colossal tome reflective of Ayn Rand’s literary greatness, her magnum opus- a beautiful volume brimming with burning conviction, fierce challenges to societal values and morals, packaged in a deceivingly modest-looking paperback. Ayn Rand- in her complete appreciation for individuality- pays homage to the driving forces of the world, the men (and women) without whomContinue reading “Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand”