Brainfoodinator

Brainfoodinator

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This is an *almost* daily personal audio journal, I00% unscripted and unedited. There will be ordinary days with small lessons & reflections, as well as accelerated learning projects detailing the insecurities, frustrations, and progress. どうぞ宜しく🙇🏻‍♀️


Vilnius to Riga - Greetings from Latvia!
Aug 25 • 5 min
Hill of crosses, Rundales Palace, and Salaspils monument, and finally Riga! Quite a road trip and absolutely full of surprises :D
Greetings from Lithuania
Aug 23 • 2 min
In the capital Vilnius! Very charming city~ excited to explore it properly tomorrow. On a side note, Ryanair surprised us by taking off on time and arriving 20min early all while 1/3 of their workforce is on strike! 😂
We are now venture backed! 🥳
Aug 22 • 1 min
Small celebration! After a stretch of crunch time! Apologies for the audio quality, had to whisper~ But yea, still wanted to record something today :)
Result will be revealed tomorrow…
Aug 21 • 1 min
A bit of a limbo state today, and weren’t as productive. But onboarded a new creator!
Timebox Everything! #lesson
Aug 20 • 1 min
Learn to be okay with good enough and start timeboxing everything! Otherwise, so easy to end up spending way too much time and overthinking things!
Pitch Day
Aug 19 • 2 min
Tournament Mood! Today reminded me a lot of my younger days when I used to go to Go Tournaments~ I enjoy the competitiveness and it’s been a fun ride so far! Feeling very thankful :)
Museum of London
Aug 18 • 1 min
Interesting day (re)discovering parts of London!
What’s the best thing that happened today?
Aug 17 • 5 min
Answer this one question daily to practice positive reflection :) I started my logbook today after being inspired by Austin Kleon. Logbook is an idea similar to bullet journal but more free and creative! Also, apologies for having gone missing for a…
Decision Making
Jul 29 • 2 min
Decision making is hard, especially when there is a lot at stake. Our advisor thinks it’s a matter of knowing what we want to build. And perhaps that’s really the most important factor!
The Foundling Museum
Jul 28 • 10 min
Britain’s first hospital for orphaned children. Fascinating stories behind it. Highly recommend checking it out!
Mindful Triathlon
Jul 28 • 2 min
Wanderlust - an annual so-called mindful triathlon event, with 5k + meditation + yoga, with 4000 people all in a park~ pretty interesting concept, just was unfortunately raining :(
Preparation is King
Jul 26 • 1 min
Quickly reflecting on the day~
Amazing Day including Discussing Ideas with Harry from 20VC
Jul 25 • 2 min
Can’t share too much just yet, but great day full of energy and insights! Including signing on our first creator!
Today’s Learnings
Jul 24 • 2 min
Fairly new to the audio drama world, but definitely exciting!
Some Thoughts
Jul 23 • 2 min
Reflecting on why I’m doing this and it’s purpose, besides being a journal. Or perhaps at this point it’s really just a journal, and better to be kept private…
Double Subtitles
Jul 22 • 1 min
Have both the English and Spanish titles on at the same - best way to learn ever!!!
LanguageTransfer.org
Jul 21 • 6 min
Officially finished Smart.ly’s MBA - just waiting to receive my diploma now :D also enjoying casual Spanish learning! Great to feel daily progress :) I also highly recommend LanguageTransfer.org if you don’t know it yet! Amazing lessons for free, I do…
Language Learning
Jul 20 • 1 min
Specifically Spanish! Loving the movie coco and its Spanish version is perfect for learning :D
Brain-fart During Presentation 😱
Jul 20 • 6 min
Haha it felt somewhat embarrassing in the moment, but I quickly recovered myself and it became a learning experience :)
Exciting Times!
Jul 18 • 1 min
Got validation from a couple more experienced entrepreneurs - who are offering to help us! No better commitment than time ;)
Love It Enough to Become a Subject Expert?
Jul 17 • 2 min
Research and design phase to become a subject expert, so you can better defend your idea 💡
Early Signals
Jul 16 • 3 min
Some early signals that we are on the right track :D
Aggregator for Online Learning Resources?
Jul 15 • 3 min
Would you like one? There are some, but not for everything yet!
🎞 Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda
Jul 14 • 5 min
Japanese animated film that warms your heart
British Museum - Manga Exhibition
Jul 13 • 3 min
Very well curated exhibition! If you’ve ever been impacted by manga, definitely check it out :)
Unproductive Day
Jul 12 • 2 min
But it’s okay :)
Identify Theft + Enormous FinTech Grants
Jul 12 • 5 min
A friend’s identify for stolen - both for her credit card and phone number! Completely mad… then also randomly discovered that there are enormous FinTech grants given out - something like 150million pounds, to existing well-established FinTech companies!…
What is the problem you are solving?
Jul 10 • 2 min
People are some times blind to their own problems… Problem exploration has its own limitation because of it~ Things are always very nuanced.
First Cofounder Retrospective
Jul 9 • 2 min
Work culture is starting to form even from the early days! We are also making progress in exploring the audio space~ pretty exciting times!
Swirl-shaped Progression
Jul 8 • 1 min
Trying to trust the process, even though today felt like we were going in circles a bit.
TikTok and EdTech
Jul 7 • 2 min
Musically (now TikTok) founders tried to build an EdTech company before they pivoted to this super addictive social networking site.
Random
Jul 6 • 2 min
Quick review of yesterday and today~
Letting Dust Settle
Jul 4 • 1 min
Making progress but still a bit unclear on some fronts~ just gotta validate assumptions!
More Guiding Principles
Jul 3 • 4 min
Lessons from Superhuman 🦸‍♀️ again + some more guiding principles!
How to Optimise for Product Market Fit
Jul 2 • 4 min
Lessons from Superhuman’s founder and CEO 👨‍💼
Tracking Out
Jul 1 • 2 min
Week 4, Day 1 at Antler - we are ready to track out! Exciting week ahead :)
Smartly
Jun 30 • 1 min
Finishing up the course to take final exam :D
A Day of Food and Friends!
Jun 29 • 2 min
Amazing weather in London today! Absolutely loved it with tons of great food 🥘 and friends 👬 👫 👭
Team Culture
Jun 28 • 3 min
Importance of trust~ #bestteamexperienceever!
Forgetting Time
Jun 27 • 1 min
With the right team, when in flow, you forget time :D
The Light in the Piazza 🎭 🎶
Jun 26 • 5 min
Watched the musical at the Southbank Centre. Its story reveals some terrible stuff women had to face back in the 50s… But overall it’s a lighthearted musical!
Process of Innovatio
Jun 25 • 1 min
Insight approach - from the point of customer behaviours!
“Sleep Meditation”
Jun 24 • 1 min
Too effective, literally passed out 😂
Alone Time
Jun 23 • 1 min
Have you had sufficient amount of alone time recently?
Gratitude
Jun 22 • 3 min
Life reminds us that nothing is constant! Be grateful for what we have in the moment
Reflections on Cofounder Hunting
Jun 21 • 2 min
The right balance of chemistry and productivity!
Artificial Constraints
Jun 20 • 2 min
Try applying artificial constraints to potential ideas you have, something cooler might come out of it ;)
Network Effect
Jun 19 • 2 min
Does your business idea have the potential to rapidly expand?
Simplicity
Jun 18 • 1 min
Simplicity is at the other end of complexity!
Innovation Models
Jun 17 • 3 min
Mental models to guide and categorise innovation.
Venice Biennale 2019
Jun 16 • 3 min
Amazing modern art from all countries in the beautiful city Venice!
Rambling
Jun 14 • 4 min
Rambling on~ p.s. Tried ravioli in Bergamo style yet? :P
Wedding in Bergamo!
Jun 14 • 5 min
Beautiful Italian city near Milan~ Great wedding and fantastic friends~ Also, lessons on “fighting well” :)
Antler Day 3
Jun 12 • 3 min
Timeboxed team challenges! Had a lot of fun and saw diversity in thinking working out brilliantly~ also #trusttheprocess - divergence before convergence ;)
Antler Day 2
Jun 11 • 1 min
People interested in the problem area of continuous learning! Super awesome beginning - excited :)
Antler Day 1
Jun 10 • 3 min
Fun and exciting day! Antler’s first London cohort~
AI: More Than Human
Jun 9 • 7 min
Super cool exhibition at the Barbican Centre!
The Marriage of Figaro at The Grange Festival 🎭
Jun 8 • 6 min
Opera Figaro was composed by Mozart and supposedly the BEST opera ever according to many! It was an all day event, very british style - people dressed up all fancy and brought their own picnic 🧺 A pretty memorable day~ Forgot to mention that the estate…
New Beginning
Jun 7 • 5 min
Came out of emotional funk! New super organised and productive phase starts today :D
Sketchnote + How to Structure an Art Project + Lin Chi-Ling
Jun 6 • 5 min
Fun sketchnote session today! Great chat with Julia about life and art. Then the news that broke Chinese social media today!
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
Jun 5 • 6 min
Some thoughts on Ellen’s comedy style. Life is random, very often, and there will be knots you can’t untie~ so it’s best to just do and the answers will come :)
Quintessentially - Luxury Concierge Service
Jun 4 • 5 min
The cofounder of Quintessentially Aaron Simpson shares his story and how they grew to what they are today - 5000 employees with a quarter customers who pays at least 20k membership fee per year!
Corporate Misery
Jun 3 • 5 min
Had a meeting with my friend, and I was reminded of the type of corporate misery and the stifling feeling I once had too. It’s important to remind yourself of why you walked away from something! Once determined, the journey ahead becomes exciting :)
The Renaissance Nude at Royal Academy of Arts
Jun 2 • 5 min
Some reflections on arts and society~ https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-renaissance-nude
What’s Your North Star? 💫
Jun 1 • 8 min
A strong reaction triggered by me mishearing a number. Vivienne Ming talks about prioritising your purpose in all decision making. It’s not always easy, but will be worthwhile when looking back on your life :)
Auntie in Town!
May 31 • 2 min
My youngest auntie is in town! Getting to know her as an equal adult and also had an epiphany on how life needs to be constantly fine-tuned :)
Memory Lane
May 30 • 6 min
Had a long call with my high school Chinese teacher, attempting to find my pace and North Star again! Key realisation: modularise my days going forward.
A Story on Freedom #Dubai
May 30 • 9 min
#FreeLatifa is a campaign for freeing imprisoned Dubai princess who despite having access to riches lacks the most basic human rights… We have the perception that we live in a society where there is free media, but the truth isn’t so simple! Check out…
Random
May 28 • 2 min
Waiting for epiphany to hit~ perhaps the best thing I could do is to just take a step back and create some space for it :)
Our Experience as Tourists in Morocco 🇲🇦
May 27 • 30 min
Quite long and detailed accounts of our experience and some reflections. Warning - I totally vented :P It’s a very honest personal experience of what it’s like there rather than only showing you the pretty parts!
Dust Unsettled
May 16 • 2 min
Figuring out life - always a journey, and it’s never too late :)
Charity : Water
May 15 • 6 min
Inspiring story of one’s journey back to faith and meaning in life! Also, a great case study as a charity! I feel very inspired and have renewed faith
The Bubbles We Live In
May 14 • 5 min
We all live in our own bubbles! There are all these other worlds that we are utterly unaware of. I was reminded of the fact by Brandon Wade, this “online dating entrepreneur” who has created a lot of niche dating sites that are basically all about sugar…
Trillion Dollar Coach - Bill Campbell
May 13 • 5 min
Eric Schmidt’s new book details the lessons learnt from legendary coach Bill Campbell. Bill coached teams of business executives and created collaborative culture like he did with sports teams! Human psychology works the same in all context ;)
What Do you Think About POP Music?
May 12 • 4 min
Pop music is becoming increasingly sexualised > < Songs about prostitution ends up becoming top of charts and kids sing along to those… Does it bother you?
Alexander McQueen 🎥
May 11 • 7 min
The documentary on Alexander McQueen showed you the life story of amazingly talented Lee McQueen. I also realised through his story, instead of worrying about working with the best, just work with your friends :)
Stay Centred
May 10 • 6 min
Know what you want and manifest it!
The Other Side of Resilience
May 9 • 6 min
Resilience is generally a good thing, but sometimes it might also mean you tend to push yourself further than what’s good. Try to listen to your body for signals!
Celebrate Successes!
May 8 • 3 min
Small wins are important and the ritual of celebration actually makes a difference! Tonight was a night of celebration for women in software, and it was very nice to be surrounded by people who recognise your contribution
Back from Long Weekend
May 7 • 8 min
Practised full detachment when on vacation! Still processing the trip~
Quick Reflection
May 2 • 1 min
The challenges of emotional management in entrepreneurship journey…
Professionalism
May 1 • 6 min
Professionalism is something we could take for granted in the corporate world. Then sometimes we get disappointed by people we encounter. Sometimes the different standards in professionalism is resulted in cultural differences…
First Time in Munich
Apr 30 • 7 min
I went away and did the “airplane mode challenge” - practiced true detachment. Hence why I did not update for a few days! In the future, I’ll also fully detach when on vacation :)
Importance of Detachment!
Apr 24 • 4 min
More insights from the book “REST” - detachment, being in control of one’s time and relaxation are three key elements in recharging one’s energy!
Maintenance Hours
Apr 23 • 3 min
The art of happily pampering oneself :)
Are You Overworking?
Apr 22 • 2 min
Worked half day even though it’s a bank holiday. It’s super easy to overwork when it’s your own thing… I did a pretty good job putting my phone on airplane mode over the weekend though :)
Time Estimate? Always x2!
Apr 21 • 3 min
Things always take longer! Especially if you are an optimistic person~ Whatever your “realistic estimate” might be, time it by 2, you might be right now > <
Day Trip - Brighton + Seven Sisters Park
Apr 20 • 2 min
Enjoy the good weather while it lasts :)
The Art of Taking Breaks
Apr 19 • 4 min
Intentionally allocate no work hours and days! It’s an art, and balance can be achieved :)
Faust - Royal Opera House
Apr 18 • 3 min
My very first opera! While it was a brilliant production, the storyline really made me upset…
How to Master Ourselves as Tools
Apr 17 • 3 min
Just like how we would invest time in mastering tools like a tennis racket in order to better enjoy the game itself, our physical body is also a tool in our own life journey. If we could master our physical body, in terms of both strength and energy, then…
Education
Apr 16 • 3 min
When a room full of educators come together and share stories, a few things become clear - part of the struggles educators experience are no flaws of any individual, but the inevitable inefficiency that’s part of human groups beyond a certain size
Cofounder Alert!
Apr 15 • 1 min
When a Chinese and Nigerian meet serendipitously in London and decide to build a company together! I know haha
Relaxing Day
Apr 14 • 2 min
Quick review of the day~ Excited for the conference tomorrow!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Apr 13 • 2 min
An inspiration for women and men! Noticing how far we’ve come, true equality might not be far anymore :)
Sofar Sounds
Apr 12 • 3 min
Great secret concerts worth checking out! Also, amazingly talented spoken word artist Chris [email protected] on Instagram ;)
Skoll Forum Ecosystem Events
Apr 11 • 3 min
Absolutely fantastic events at Oxford! Loved the people I met and conversations we had! Definitely going back to Skoll next year :D
A Solution to Diversity and Inclusion
Apr 10 • 3 min
More hybrid roles! Rather than radical specialisation, encourage employees to be more well-rounded! It doesn’t just spice up a workday. Chances are, these multidisciplinary employees will end up building better products too :)
Mini Digital Detox
Apr 9 • 5 min
Airplane mode for the night (except during the recording of this episode)~
Professional Side of Friends
Apr 8 • 4 min
Caught up with an old friend, and it turns out he worked as a CTO for a startup that’s doing pretty well for the past 2 years! He reflected on how funny that one’s experience hasn’t really changed, but because one positions himself differently, he’ll then…
“Ba Miao Zhu Zhang” - spoil things by undue haste
Apr 7 • 4 min
The balance between focus/speed and patience is an art many entrepreneurs need to learn to master~
Scavengar Hunt Saturday! Harry Potter Themed 😊
Apr 6 • 5 min
Which Harry Potter house do you identify yourself with? I’m a Ravenclaw, and we won the hunt :D Question - if all our cells are replaced every seven years, why do tattoos stay?
Grieving Bravely
Apr 5 • 6 min
It takes courage to grieve, to face one’s deep emotions, the powerful sorrow… Buddha prepares us for the sufferings in life by reminding us two things: 1. Nothing is constant; 2. We are all one, and interdependent.
The Art of Time Estimate
Apr 4 • 2 min
Things always take longer! A top tip - double the estimate at least~
How to Communicate Well as a Brand
Apr 3 • 4 min
“Simplify and Exaggerate”, the cofounder and ex co-CEO of Innocent, Richard Reed says.
Is Quirkey a Social Network?
Apr 2 • 5 min
Trying to find good analogies, so people get what Quirkey is.
First Day Attempting To Be An Early Riser
Apr 1 • 1 min
Well, didn’t succeed! Ended up sleeping 9 and half hours 😂 But trying again today~ wish me luck!
REST - WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS by Alex Pang
Mar 31 • 6 min
Deliberate practice and creative work that require real focus, we can do maximum 4/5 hours a day. Safe guard those hours. Right after a session of deep work, go for a walk or engage in some other deep play to allow your mind to work in the background :)
Joe Wong - A Chemical Engineer Turned Standup Comedian
Mar 30 • 5 min
Joe Wong’s life Story is very inspiring! Do what you love, even just on the side, and it will pay off :) Check our one of his recent jokes - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=36v9GSOFMFc
Financial Model
Mar 29 • 3 min
Is there exponential growth in your financial model? Assume doubling year by year~ you’ll be amazed at how big the numbers get in 5-7 years ;) And, it was Zinc’s 6 month graduation!
Possibly the Most Tattooed PHD
Mar 28 • 5 min
Possibly the most tattooed PHD you’ll ever meet! Met him as part of my trip up to Sheffield to set up a pilot program with some parents for Quirkey~ Supposedly the greenest city in the UK! Will try rock climbing there next time ;)
Transition Day
Mar 27 • 1 min
Had time to reflect and further conversation with a potential cofounder. All pretty good! Sheffield tomorrow~
Parting Ways with Zinc
Mar 26 • 3 min
Due to misalignment on vision, Quirkey and Zinc are parting ways amicably. Next chapter starts! EDUCATE also starts in May~
Until tomorrow…
Mar 25 • 1 min
Can’t quite discuss much yet until I learn more tomorrow. So let’s see what happens~
Adobe Illustrator Color Hell
Mar 24 • 3 min
Adobe Illustrator made something that’s supposed to be easy difficult! > < I’m gonna try to edit the color elsewhere, now I have the SVG!
First Political March 🤓
Mar 23 • 3 min
Never had the chance to participate in politics before, since I spent my whole adulthood as a foreigner in different countries until fairly recently! Got to exercise my rights as a citizen and very much enjoy the freedom of speech! 🇪🇺🇬🇧
15-20 Key Messages for Your Pitch
Mar 22 • 2 min
A method I learnt today - nail down the 15-20 key messages you need to form a narrative. With it, you can create pitch of any length ;)
The Practice of Planning
Mar 21 • 1 min
The practice of planning is useful. The plan itself is not.
Conviction
Mar 20 • 3 min
Just a reminder, despite the emotional challenges of the startup journey. The fact we are already having positive impact on people’s lives make me feel assured to keep pushing forward! 💪🏻
Professor Shoelace 👟
Mar 19 • 3 min
Funny how small things could cause so much headache in our daily lives! My experience with shoelaces that are too long taught me something valuable on how things that seem unimportant might actually deserve some priority :P
When Productive
Mar 18 • 3 min
Just ride the flow! Sometimes it’s better to feel on top of things than to guard precious precious personal time. Sometimes, the only way through is to put in more time~ Try to apply 80/20 rule, but be fine with the long days too.
The Panama Papers 🎥
Mar 17 • 5 min
Investigative journalists risking their lives to uncover stories that matter to us and reveals systematic corruption. Highly recommend the documentary “The Panama Papers”. There is something beautiful in how almost 400 journalists came together globally…
BuddhaField
Mar 16 • 4 min
A type of Buddhism, good to have experienced it, but I still prefer silence and nature :)
Conceptual Gallery Opening and much much more
Mar 15 • 5 min
Amazing conceptual gallery (WhiteChurchPassage.com) opening that essentially serve as a social commentary! Congratulations to my friend whose company got into Stanford’s Launchpad program! Finally, a massive emotional lesson and progress from the past few…
The Key to Belonging to a Community?
Mar 14 • 3 min
Start giving. A beautiful piece detailing the author’s personal journey on discovering the true meaning and value of belonging to a community - https://www.facebook.com/672706154/posts/10157295617381155?sfns=cl
Cofounder Breakup - The Most Common Cause for Startup Failure
Mar 13 • 3 min
Yet another team parted ways. To many people’s surprise, and often times the true reasons might never be known.
Colorlib
Mar 12 • 2 min
Amazing resources like colorlib allows you to delay building for as long as possible! Learn from testing with users, and try repurposing existing tools ;)
Don’t judge until you’ve communicated with someone directly
Mar 11 • 5 min
Truth often gets lost in the process. Not that people intend to spread rumours, but truth is never black and white and hard to preserve. Learnt a valuable lesson on the importance of suspending my judgement until I’ve communicated with someone directly…
Exciting new pilot 😍
Mar 10 • 2 min
Momentum! And awesome user feedback!
Tried to work too much?
Mar 9 • 4 min
Perhaps I should have taken the day off completely… p.s. a random fact - most effective foot cream contains 10 - 25% urea! #readtheingredients
Progress
Mar 8 • 3 min
A happy day with progress! Fun co-creation process with power users :D
Trust in Serendipity
Mar 7 • 2 min
Quick reflection on the day. Realised the importance of trust. Trust that everything will work out, even though we can’t see the path.
3 Key Lessons Today
Mar 6 • 7 min
1. Crazy or almost there? (Podcast Zero to Launch episode 1). 2. Focus on the users and product or worry about building a team? 3. Customers only care about the value you provide, not how you deliver it.
Riding the Emotional Wave 🌊
Mar 5 • 6 min
Being a solo founder is hard, mainly because of the emotional challenges! Having a strong support network is crucial. P.S. tonight we watched Frankenstein ballet performance at the ROH.
What I noticed today working with a potential cofounder
Mar 4 • 2 min
It’s way easier to push marketing materials out when you are not the only one working on it. This probably extends to other areas too! Wonder what’s the psychology behind such nuanced shift in attitude.
Productive Night
Mar 3 • 2 min
A quick recap on the day~
An Atypical Startup Story
Mar 3 • 8 min
The company and founders will remain unnamed, but the lessons are still valuable for many entrepreneurs!
Alita: Battle Angel 🎞
Mar 2 • 4 min
A James Cameron movie! Supposedly over 400million CGI hours went into creating this amazing work of art! Slight complaints on the plot, but visually breathtaking! Thoroughly wowed♥️
Who Knows Sue Black?
Feb 28 • 2 min
Please help me get in touch with Sue Black! 🙏🏻
Ecole 42 Student Interview
Feb 27 • 6 min
Definitely an interesting model. If you have time and below age 30, why not apply? The biggest gain would be your self-confidence :)
The “Godfather” of Social Innovation in Europe - Michael Norton
Feb 26 • 3 min
Michael Norton is the author of “365 Ways to Change the World”, and a serial social entrepreneur. In 2000, he co-founded UnLtd, which supports social entrepreneurs in the UK and is now spreading internationally, and in 2011 he co-founded the International…
“Into the Spider-Verse” 🎞
Feb 25 • 3 min
How to access your super power? Take a leap of faith :)
The Most Valuable Things In Life Are “Free”
Feb 24 • 4 min
They are free in monetary terms, but do you recognise them and do you know how to appreciate them? 😌
Apple Taught Me A Valuable Lesson on Expectation Management 🍎 + Christian Dior 👗
Feb 23 • 8 min
I call Apple’s strategy “Grossly Underpromise”. Then as a result, you’re almost guaranteed to over deliver ;) V&A’s special exhibition on Christian Dior took my breath away! Beautifully curated masterpieces~
Evening at Tate Late
Feb 22 • 5 min
Tate Modern has special Friday Lates and tonight’s one is themed around feminism. My favourite project from the artworks we saw was done by this Argentine artist Judi Werthein. She designed a brand of sneakers called Brinco (meaning “Jump” in Spanish) in…
A Lesson On Communication
Feb 21 • 4 min
We all have triggers and it’s easy to enter reaction mode. Given how we often misunderstand and misinterpret things, it’s good to always check our understanding first before reaction. If we are also able to apply the non-violent communication model, the…
Apprenticeship at Google
Feb 20 • 2 min
Google.com/students - here you can find Google’s apprenticeship program, (not this moment because the applications are only open in October), AND it’s actually open to people of all ages! You also get Open University credits towards a computer science…
A Lesson on Personal Priority
Feb 19 • 2 min
A lesson learnt through a friend of mine. Even though I have already learnt the lesson before, it was still good to be reminded of it.
What Game Are You Playing?
Feb 18 • 3 min
The finite game or the infinite game? If you play to stay in the game and play to improve yourself and your company, you’ll be winning in the long run. Check out Simon Sinek’s talk on this, hopefully it will give you some inspiration ;)
Feeling Grateful
Feb 17 • 3 min
Narrowing down on a vision and feeling grateful about everything in life
#Reflections - Lessons Learned
Feb 16 • 8 min
Took a pause and reflected on the entrepreneurial journey so far with a founder friend who’s been hustling for 5+ years. Business is an art! End of the day, you need to solve your customers’ real problems. Everything else is secondary. Also, think about…
The Founding Story of MarvelApp
Feb 15 • 7 min
It’s okay to start with a specific focused vision. If you are addicted to solving problems for customers, once you solve a problem well for a tough customer group, chances are your product will be loved by many more! Marvel started by building prototyping…
Cutest Gentleman
Feb 13 • 8 min
Just remembered the sweetest 6 year old boy helping me with my garbage bags earlier today, and suddenly nothing else seemed important 😂 Such sweet human exchange that reminds you the beauty of life and there is so much to be thankful for!
Close Enough - Living Vicariously
Feb 12 • 6 min
Hidden Brain podcast has this amazing episode called “Close Enough” (https://overcast.fm/+Ht3gEvYhg), and it’s given me insights on what research I need to conduct. Ended the day with ROH’s brilliantly humorous and elegant ballet performance of “The Two…
🎥 China’s Van Goghs
Feb 11 • 5 min
A unique story about painters who are able to paint a Van Gogh’s replica in 22minutes from scratch! It’s only possible after 20 years and over 100,000 copies… The numbers seem so unreal, but it also illustrates human potential!
First Pilot Session! 😄
Feb 10 • 6 min
Learnt a lot from the pilot session, and it gave me great ideas on how to improve and structure future ones! I also got ideas on design! Pretty exiting times 😊
Psychological Safety in Virtual Space
Feb 9 • 6 min
We somehow feel safe in real life having private conversations in public places, like cafes and restaurants. The tables allow people to face inwardly and have their own bubbles. So how do recreate that experience online?
Buddhist Philosophies
Feb 8 • 7 min
On reincarnation, meaning of “unfair” life events, and our ability to “change” the past.
The Dropout - Story of Elizabeth Holmes, and Theranos
Feb 7 • 4 min
Absolutely fascinating story about how Elizabeth and Theranos came to be what they were. How she played a character, manipulating her own voice and all. The podcast is produced by ABC News. Let me know what you think!
Radical Acceptance
Feb 6 • 4 min
Things always take longer than we’d expect, so it’s important to practise radical acceptance! Also, a small lesson on persistence today - after repeatedly querying the receptionist on whether someone’s picked up a 🧤, she finally remembered she found one…
One Top Priority A Day
Feb 5 • 2 min
Everything else is bonus ;)
Happy Chinese Year! And Lessons From Slack’s Marketing Strategy
Feb 4 • 5 min
Officially 2019 according to all calendars 😂 Had the ultimate marshmallow test today at dinner~ Some reflections on customer acquisition strategy :)
🧧 Chinese New Year
Feb 3 • 7 min
Feb 4th is the last day of 2018 according to Lunar Calendar. It’s the day of celebration and family reunion in China~ I’ll be busy making calls home tomorrow!
Reflections Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert & Billy McFarland
Feb 2 • 8 min
Reflections inspired by the book “Big Magic” regarding art and creative living. Also, unrelated reflections on the Hulu documentary “Fyre Fraud” regarding entrepreneurship, compulsive liars and more.
Feeling Grateful
Feb 1 • 5 min
A Zinc cohort member is leaving the program due to family circumstances. It is a reminder on how lucky we are to have healthy family members and have such time and space to pursue our own ambition!
Ageing Innovation Awards
Jan 31 • 5 min
The Chatty Cafe Scheme - simple idea, easy to execute yet could really improve people’s lives! Then some potential tests to run in 🇧🇬 😁
What I Learnt Hearing Influencers Sharing Their Social Media Secrets
Jan 30 • 13 min
The influencers I met today are very different from the people I normally come to contact with, and the difference was so big that I experienced the psychology of people from the left behind places. When you can’t relate to some people so much so that you…
Do Your Best Also Trust The Process
Jan 29 • 4 min
Things always take longer than you’d like. Accept it and do your best! Also, be kind to yourself!
What Emotional Response Do You Want People to Have?
Jan 28 • 4 min
When creating Facebook ads, it’s important to go back to the basics and really align the language with your unique selling point and choose images that tell the same story visually!
V&A - Always A Great Option on A Rainy Day
Jan 27 • 6 min
V&A is my favourite museum in London! After the exhibition on 1500-1700 Europe, I then watched “The Favourite” and recognised the place they shot it 😄 Brilliant movie 🎥 , highly recommend it!
Doomsday Book Exhibition
Jan 26 • 8 min
A day full of exhibitions, started off at the British Library for the Giant Bible and Doomsday Book, then headed off to the Royal Academy of Art for Michelangelo and Bill Viola. Then ended the day at Canary Wharf’s Light Festival :) Also, met my…
Happy Friday!
Jan 25 • 3 min
It’s been a long week but had a good ending! I’ve settled on the go-to-market strategy! A fellow founder at Zinc decided to leave but reminded everyone to carefully nurture the fire 🔥 inside us and not to take Nos for an answer, as all we need is one Yes!
Findings From Bett - The EdTech Show
Jan 24 • 7 min
Today I went to Bett, the EdTech show at London Excel centre. It was super impressive but also overwhelming to see all these companies from all over the world 🌍 getting together to compete for your attention. It doesn’t seem at all effective to me, but…
Good Day with Progress
Jan 23 • 3 min
Had a fun and productive day! Inspirations coming from all directions :D
Thoughts on the Day and Body Modification
Jan 22 • 6 min
After a long day working. When I was unwinding, I came across documentary channel i-D and one of its presenters Grace Neutral. Intrigued by her looks and the subculture of body modification.
Focus
Jan 21 • 2 min
No more indecisiveness! With renewed focus and direction, I’m excited about the process I’ll make in the next few weeks :)
Ending The Week On A High Note
Jan 20 • 3 min
Had a both relaxing and productive day! I was able to process things that happened this week and put everything behind! Excited to start the new week ahead~ Hope you all have a great week :)
Anna Akana’s Tip on How to Process Bad Feelings
Jan 19 • 3 min
All feelings are trying to us something. So definitely don’t recommend suppressing any emotion. But how do we effectively handle bad feelings? Anna, one of my favourite YouTubers has a tip! You might also want to check out her YouTube video here -…
The Great Gatsby Immersive Theatre
Jan 18 • 4 min
Had my first immersive theatre experience! And it was all a surprise. We dressed up in 1920s costumes but I had no idea where we were going! On another note, also officially parted ways with my cofounder. All for the best, with lessons learnt :)
Startup Podcast’s Story on Success Academy in New York
Jan 17 • 8 min
One woman’s journey on closing the achievement gap and how she helped kids from underprivileged background believe that everything is possible! Although these miracle charter schools shockingly resembles Chinese schools😱 Are the tradeoffs between…
Emotional Breakthrough
Jan 16 • 6 min
Improved nuanced understanding that gives us increased conviction on how we would approach the business development!
Self-acceptance
Jan 15 • 5 min
Self-acceptance is a practice that I sometimes need to remind myself of… I sometimes forget I’m being harsh on myself. Today I felt my mind was very noisy, until I meditated and practiced radical self-acceptance :) Ended the day with Angel Comedy Club,…
The Invisible Poverty - Documentary “A Northern Soul” by Director Sean McAllister
Jan 14 • 8 min
An intimate portrayal of a working class resident of Hull, a forgotten city in Northern England. If you want to understand the invisible poverty and how a hardworking man with dream and ambition still gets himself stuck in a dead-end job with soul…
Creating Paper Prototype and Feeling Stuck
Jan 13 • 5 min
It’s like having a writer’s block. Because the vague idea I have in mind seems so brilliant and I don’t feel I have a clear image to then translate onto paper. So I ended up procrastinating… Finally broke the bad pattern and made something though!
Cofounders Double Date 😄
Jan 12 • 3 min
Fun night getting to know my cofounder’s wife and them as a couple! She’s worked in anti human trafficking for the past 5 years in Cambodia teaching sex trafficking survivors hair and makeup skills~ Very meaningful work and fun person!
How Much Software Engineers Make And More
Jan 11 • 6 min
Some updated industry level salary info on software engineers at big tech firms. And first time experience with what’s called EFT - emotional freedom technique. Whatever works! :)
Ways to Commit
Jan 10 • 4 min
There are different to onboard a potential cofounder. There is “until death” do us apart from the get-go, and there is increased commitment upon milestone achievements. No right or wrong, only preference!
Future Proof Yourself Festival
Jan 9 • 7 min
Jolt, a startup that offers gym-like membership for learning, had its launch event called “Future Proof Yourself Festival”. It was a good case for learning the design of a launch event :)
Cofounder Test
Jan 8 • 5 min
Cofounder relationships are important - a lot of learning ahead~ But let’s get thing done :)
A Day Of Recovery
Jan 7 • 5 min
Not yet productive, probably needed time to fully recover. Excited for tomorrow though!
Home Sweet Home 🏡
Jan 6 • 5 min
Will properly reflect on the whole trip over the week, but had a pretty fun flight ✈️ with a Scottish family! My sweet boyfriend picked me up from the airport and made the whole journey home fun 🥰
Possibly the Oldest Apple Staff?
Jan 5 • 7 min
Met a super cool lady at the Apple store by Omotesando! She’s a retired teacher, full of great energy and silver hair 👩‍🦳, but was at the front line serving demanding customers. Absolutely loved her attitude as her reason for working is to get new…
Random Thoughts and Reflections
Jan 4 • 11 min
Some observations from the hot spring trip~ Hakone is a very beautiful place and famous for a good reason.
Hello from Hakone (Hot Spring!)
Jan 3 • 8 min
The day was supposed to be for digital detoxing, but didn’t go as well in that front 😂 Still plenty of fun and relaxing time with awesome view of Mt. Fuji, plus traditional Japanese style inn with onsen (hot spring)! Great way to relax~
Study 📖 Day
Jan 2 • 9 min
Decided to skip Yokohama and properly reviewed for Smartly midterm and took the test! Rather glad I did that, now I feel quite happy with statistics! Loving Smartly even more now~ The quiz format really helps you stay focused even with dry content!
Jan 1st the Japanese Way
Jan 1 • 4 min
We went to the temple in the morning - there was an insane queue to get in and pray, but also meant quality time with the family! Then some observations on my aunty’s family dynamic~ Overall, a great start for 2019 😄
Happy New Year!!! 🥳 May 2019 be a great one~
Dec 31, 2018 • 10 min
Last day of 2018 was rather nostalgic - old friend and city, but many has happened too! Some things will never change and others do~ 2018 has been a transitional year for me. How about you? Looking forward to an exciting 2019!
A Day Until 2019!
Dec 30, 2018 • 4 min
Dec 30 was spent lazily~ Meeting up with an old college friend Vincent tomorrow - it’s been 8 years since I last saw him, so very much looking forward to it!
Hiking Mountain Takao
Dec 29, 2018 • 4 min
Hiking, eating amazing food, seeing Mt Fuji from afar, enjoying osen and the whole Tokyo experience!
Visiting A 21-Day Old
Dec 28, 2018 • 4 min
My friend’s Rena just had a new born baby boy who’s only 21 days old! And he’s already going to have 3 passports from his parents 😂
Tokyo Story Continues!
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
Catching up with old friend, bonding with cousins, learning about how insanely crowded Tokyo station is at all hours, and much much more 😁
Hello Japan!!! 🇯🇵
Dec 26, 2018 • 5 min
Thrilled to be back in Japan! It’s been 8 years since my last visit 😱 Way too long! I wanna spend every March here going forward 😆 Cherry blossom season is just too beautiful to miss!
Liking Seoul More and More
Dec 25, 2018 • 7 min
With the right guide, it becomes a lot easier to discover a place’s charm! Seoul is a very livable city, especially when you know the right places to go :P Also, some reflections on the Korean language~
Merry Christmas! - Revising My Impression Of Korea
Dec 24, 2018 • 8 min
Korea is in-between China and Japan, both geographically and culturally. After initial disappointment on its lack of unique architectural identity (based on my first impression), I’ve warmed up to its diverse cultural and culinary offerings. Plus tip on…
Greetings from Seoul
Dec 23, 2018 • 6 min
First impressions of Korea compiled! I’ll probably see more positive stuff tomorrow when I’m well-rested and less jet lagged :)
Last Day In the Office Before The Holidays
Dec 21, 2018 • 4 min
Not many people in the office but great fun bonding with Anthony :) My life coach taught me something important today - expressing disappointment helps bring people closer together!
Catching Up On MBA Work
Dec 21, 2018 • 3 min
Really want to finish up Smartly coursework before the holidays! The mission continues today. Forgot to record an episode last night, so making up for it now :)
Zinc Xmas Party 🥳 & Movie Aquaman
Dec 19, 2018 • 4 min
Zinc Xmas party (Zinc’s own X Factor) was a lot of fun and uncovered many hidden talents. Then went to watch movie 🎥 Aquaman, which was just full of visual surprises~
House Boat Duck Billie
Dec 18, 2018 • 4 min
Might have forgotten to mention Billie, but she’s the pet of the house boat’s owner! Random day but interesting enough~
Recentered Test Plan
Dec 17, 2018 • 3 min
Had some much needed advice from UCL’s design lab crew! It helped putting me on the right path💪🏻
Saatchi Gallery
Dec 16, 2018 • 3 min
A place that always has amazing art to offer!
Prototype Building and Movie “Small Foot” 🦶
Dec 15, 2018 • 4 min
Spent a few hours building prototype, made some progress but not as fast as I’d have hoped. But movie “Small Foot” helped ending the night on a happy note!
Improv Workshop
Dec 14, 2018 • 5 min
Two key improv principles: 1. Run towards failure. 2. Always say “yes, and”!
Bubble.is - Visual Code Editor
Dec 13, 2018 • 2 min
Why code from scratch when you have bubble? Perfect for building MVP! :D
Vivienne Ming - Future Of Human Potential
Dec 12, 2018 • 8 min
How your ability to construct purpose and believe your effort would pay off are the most important predictors of your lifetime outcomes. And meta learning skills are trainable at any age! Randomly selected entrepreneurs who receive resilience intervention…
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Dec 11, 2018 • 6 min
My default way of unwinding and distressing has always been films and TVs. A story about comedian will always have a special place in my heart. One lesson from season 2 - you probably don’t ever want to perform in front of friends and family, because they…
When Someone Drops Out
Dec 10, 2018 • 4 min
The technical person who’s been working on the project for the last 2 weeks just unexpectedly quit the incubator…
The Practice of Non-Reaction
Dec 9, 2018 • 5 min
Japanese Buddhist’s guide to the practice of non-reaction is an Amazon best seller in Japan (not sure what’s its exact English book title). I picked up the book from Chengdu airport and had very much enjoyed it during the flight ✈️ . Back to real life…
Last Minute Podcast From The Airport
Dec 8, 2018 • 3 min
Leaving Chengdu for London after a slightly longer than 48 hour visit! It’s been great and will miss my family very much
The Naturally Curious Little Ones
Dec 7, 2018 • 9 min
Some update on the 72-hour-visa-free China trip. And how the curious little ones touched me! I guess what ends up missing when you live overseas and away from your big family is the multigenerational bond…
China and Its 72-Hour-Visa-Free Offer
Dec 6, 2018 • 3 min
While the offer is real, it’s NOT as easy if you want to use it. If you are staying at a hotel, it’s more convenient. But if you are staying with a local - you’ll need to register with the police and all….
Fun Family Time
Dec 5, 2018 • 2 min
Helped my dad achieve a huge milestone in his swimming “career” and seeing the pure joy on his face made it priceless! Forgot to mention it was also the late King’s birthday, so the grand palace is once again closed. Missed it twice on my visits already >…
Midnight in Bangkok
Dec 4, 2018 • 4 min
Some reflections after a day here with just my parents! It’s my mom’s first trip to a country where people don’t speak her mother tongue, so very glad I got to share the special moment with her
An Inspiring Senior Learner
Dec 3, 2018 • 4 min
Groom’s mom is in her 60s and has been learning Chinese from about 1 year ago in an attempt to better understand her new daughter-in-law’s culture and her family. She was able to give a moving speech all in Chinese!
Cutest Wedding Ever!
Dec 2, 2018 • 4 min
Absolutely stunning wedding and the cutest couple ever🥰 So much love from the couple and the family! Can’t be more picture-perfect and can’t ask for more joyful tears!
When “Sure” Isn’t Reliable
Dec 1, 2018 • 3 min
In Thailand, it seems you can’t trust the staffs to do things because they are too eager to say “yes” or “sure” even if they don’t really understand you!
Cabaret Show Performed By Ladyboys
Nov 30, 2018 • 5 min
Pre-wedding day stress for the bride-to-be and how we ended the hen party with a cabaret show performed by trans women - all in Phuket!
Greetings from Phuket
Nov 29, 2018 • 2 min
Just saying hi after over 24 hours on the road! I’m ready to crash > <
Zinc Believes In The Idea
Nov 27, 2018 • 3 min
It’s great to get Zinc’s buy-in on the idea. Now we can move confidently forward and refine it along the way! P.S. It’s not easy to learn dance moves > <
EDUCATE Demo Day
Nov 26, 2018 • 4 min
EDUCATE is UCL’s program for assisting EdTech companies. Today, they selected 11 companies to demo at London City Hall. Companies such as MyCognition and Little Bridge really left an impression!
Pixar’s Short Film 🎥 - Bao
Nov 25, 2018 • 5 min
Pixar artists are such amazing storytellers! Bao helped me see aspects of Chinese culture in new ways~ Bao is an incredibly cute, humorous and touching short!
Games - A Shortcut To People’s True Selves
Nov 24, 2018 • 4 min
A great way to see people’s real selves is through games! Today, I attended an epic scavenger hunt and pub quiz. Also, I had a moment of realisation on how public personas are built and how it’s different from reality.
Support From Fellow Founders
Nov 23, 2018 • 3 min
Startups have sunny and stormy days. I really appreciate that there are some fellow founders from Zinc whom I could be vulnerable with.
How Much Cash Should You Give For A Wedding Gift?
Nov 22, 2018 • 3 min
There is no set number, but what’s the general range? Still shocked at an outlandish number a fellow wedding attendee is apparently planning on giving…
From Accenture’s Report to Gaining Fans on YouNow
Nov 21, 2018 • 6 min
It’s great to get confirmation from different sources, and always exciting to see complete strangers supporting your study :D
Reflections on Networking Events
Nov 20, 2018 • 3 min
A great day speaking to experts and just general networking. A lot of followups to do!
Live-streaming on YouNow
Nov 19, 2018 • 4 min
I live-steamed myself doing SMARTLY’s probability module on YouNow. It went pretty well - I got 77 likes by the end and 5 fans! #study seems to attract people~ As a learner, I had fun!
Live-streaming Myself Learning Math
Nov 18, 2018 • 2 min
Completely SMARTLY’s probability course on camera. Talking out loud was a very fun way to learn math!
“Explained” on Exclamation Mark
Nov 17, 2018 • 5 min
EF’s “Halloween Massacre” turned out to be a bad experiment. But “Explained” brightened up the night. Who knew all the fun facts behind a simple exclamation mark! ;)
Quick Reflection
Nov 16, 2018 • 2 min
Importance of getting expert confirmation!
Equity? + New Discoveries
Nov 15, 2018 • 5 min
What does early stage startup look like? How do you divide equities? On a happier note, London is full of hidden gems to discover!
Lifelong Learning Meetup
Nov 14, 2018 • 4 min
Reflections on the meetup and on our first argument in the team!
The Mattress Interview (#JTBD)
Nov 13, 2018 • 2 min
I was reminded by Mia the importance of TRULY understand your customers! Learning how to talk to your customers for real - no better place to learn than from Jobs-to-be-Done - http://jobstobedone.org/radio/the-mattress-interview-part-one/
Some Thoughts on Platform Building
Nov 12, 2018 • 7 min
Excited to read the book 📚 “Platform Revolution” and plot out some strategies for the project! While plans will definitely change, but great to have some rough roadmap!
Brene Brown - The Anatomy Of Trust
Nov 11, 2018 • 7 min
Brene Brown is such a fantastic public speaker! She’s daring to be vulnerable on stage, and almost a standup comedian! Her breakdown of trust provides us a roadmap on navigating this big hairy yet important thing. Before speaking of trusting others, do…
British Museum Sketchnote-On-Location + Magic Eye
Nov 10, 2018 • 3 min
It was super fun sketchnoting-on-location at British Museum while listening a guided tour on Japanese Paintings! For the first time ever, I managed to see the 3D image on Magic Eye prints!
General Magic - Forbes calls the “most important dead company”
Nov 9, 2018 • 7 min
“General Magic, the upcoming documentary, is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world. The film features members of the original Mac team along with the creators of the iPhone, Android and eBay. These designers, engineers and…
Lessons + Memrise’s Founder Ed Cooke
Nov 8, 2018 • 5 min
Reflections on the team’s journey so far. Also, randomly went to an event on psychedelics hosted by Ed Cooke.
New Team member + Reid Hoffman
Nov 7, 2018 • 3 min
It was great fun on-boarding Sara to the team! She finally made it back to the UK on an entrepreneur visa. Reid Hoffman’s event with SCVC2UK was also interesting. It’s a small startup world, the same people end up bumping into each other a lot~
codebar’s First Ever Improv Night
Nov 6, 2018 • 3 min
Zinc fun continues! My team is recruiting learners to join the community and showcase their learning journeys. Also, codebar has its first improv night. It was a lot of fun!
Fireside Chat with Monzo’s Founder & CEO
Nov 5, 2018 • 5 min
Tom Blomfield is very much a “get sh*t done” type entrepreneur, and he shared some key lessons with us at Zinc today. Early on, just focus on getting users! Do what doesn’t scale, find your 1000 true fans and worry about scale later.
Sunday + Bamboo Saxophone 🎷
Nov 4, 2018 • 6 min
Have you ever heard of Bamboo Saxophone? It’s this super portable, flute like instrument that makes sounds very similar to saxophone! You have to hear it to believe how powerful this tiny instrument is, using material straight from nature!
Videogames & London Korean Film Festival
Nov 3, 2018 • 4 min
V&A has some amazing exhibitions going on! Why don’t we have programming language that isn’t in English?~ London Korean Film Festival is happening now! Watched “Little Forest” earlier. Very heartwarming and in many ways a beautifully curated food porn :P
Does Fitness and Diet Work?
Nov 2, 2018 • 6 min
Had fascinating conversations tonight! A friend who feels the pain of society’s overly harsh tone towards fat people and what might be a better approach than “fitness“ is simply an active lifestyle, even if there is no weight change in the end.
Ecole 42 & Improv
Nov 1, 2018 • 9 min
Learnt more about what it takes to build a 42 branch. Also experienced how before improv can help you to trust yourself more, you’ll have to experience panic first :P
IMDb’s Founding Story
Oct 31, 2018 • 9 min
IMDb, a site that most of us use and love, but how many of us know its founding story? A tale of accidentally success when a group of people organically comes together doing what they love~
“No one knows what they are doing”
Oct 30, 2018 • 4 min
Top tip from an experienced entrepreneur, encouraging founders to trust their own gut more. I believe if the founding teams are scratching their own itch, then yes, trust your gut!
More “Abstract”
Oct 29, 2018 • 4 min
Absolutely love Netflix documentary series “Abstract” - seeing artists’ creative processes allows you to let your own imagination go wild!
Abstract: The Art Of Design - Christoph Niemann
Oct 28, 2018 • 4 min
Christoph is an amazing illustrator who’s full of creativity and he shares his key philosophy on art creation - abstraction. Because viewers are fluent at interpreting visual images, the task is on the artist to remove as many lines as possible to find…
“A Star Is Born”
Oct 27, 2018 • 3 min
Watched movies on my day off, and was very touched by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s amazing acting in “A Star Is Born”. Did you know Lady Gaga tried to become an actress before she became a musician? She was goooood!
How to Know If You Are Working On The Right Thing
Oct 26, 2018 • 4 min
Zinc Day 20 - Sprint 2 is officially over, which also marks the end of boot camp phase. People are forming teams, at least testing out potential pairings. Some reflections on the whole cofounder dating process~
Reflection on Sprint 2
Oct 25, 2018 • 6 min
Zinc Day 19 - it’s been a thoroughly fun experience! Recognising our own biases and how a team without hierarchy forms its dynamics.
Rapid Prototyping and Sketchnote
Oct 24, 2018 • 3 min
Zinc Day 18 - fun day prototyping and getting feedback! Great teamwork! Also loved sketchnote meetup tonight, visualising user is a great way to ensure empathy in product development!
Oobah Butler And His Fake Selves
Oct 23, 2018 • 4 min
Zinc Day 17 - another fun productive day! But more interestingly, Oobah Butler pulled off yet another amazing gig by sending his fake selves out for interviews on TV & Radio!!!
Fun Team
Oct 22, 2018 • 2 min
Zinc Day 16 - also Day 1 of Sprint 2, a quick reflection on today’s experience. It’s fun working when it’s with the right team!
Comparing Notes With EF
Oct 21, 2018 • 4 min
Caught up with my friend doing EF - different pace, different drama, but fun times for all~ #trusttheprocess
How Space Facilitates Human Interactions
Oct 20, 2018 • 2 min
Very touched by house renovation projects featured on Japanese and Chinese TV shows. Reflecting on the importance of well-designed space in facilitating human interactions.
Advice from a seasoned investor for startups
Oct 19, 2018 • 5 min
Advice from a seasoned investor for startups - warm over cold, it’s not a numbers game. Also, a reminder on discrimination at the workplace -what really happens…
POV Statement
Oct 18, 2018 • 4 min
Zinc Day 14, Point of View Statement - essentially a persona of the idea customer and what he wants/needs.
Smarely MBA vs EMBA
Oct 17, 2018 • 5 min
Smartly drinks earlier tonight, met a lot of people from the EMBA program. Compared notes and understood Smartly business model better~
How to Work Through Different Opinions with Cofounders
Oct 16, 2018 • 6 min
Zinc Day 12 - more teamwork. This time, we had an excellent opportunity to learn how to work through different opinions with cofounders.
Some Thoughts on Therapy
Oct 15, 2018 • 6 min
Zinc Day 11, first day of Sprint 1 - group exercise. But today I’m more interested in talking about therapy, and how everyone should see a therapist :)
Miscellaneous
Oct 14, 2018 • 3 min
Reflecting on the weekend~
Career Development
Oct 13, 2018 • 4 min
A good friend from university is now reassessing her career. She didn’t focus on her career as much in the past, but never too late for a new start!
Zinc Day 10: Ecole 42
Oct 12, 2018 • 4 min
Had the head of pedagogy of Ecole 42 coming to speak to us! Absolutely love what they do!
Zinc Day 9: Innovation, Future of Work and Georgio Peviani
Oct 11, 2018 • 3 min
Real marketing genius - check out Vice’s story on “Georgio Peviani”! It’s a great lesson on how the society operates~
Zinc Day 8: Scratch Your Own Itch
Oct 10, 2018 • 3 min
The startup journey is going to be rough, so make sure you really care about what you are building! Nothing better than scratching your own itch!
Zinc Day 7: More Expert Talks
Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min
Themed expert talks ranging from education to urban planning. The importance of connectivity!
Zinc Day 6: Quick Recap
Oct 8, 2018 • 2 min
Perhaps time to start working with people in different groups to figure out a good pairing :)
A Day of Recovery
Oct 7, 2018 • 2 min
Took it very easy! Ready to start again though :)
Saturday Off + EF’s Pairing Method
Oct 6, 2018 • 4 min
Great to have a friend going through the same thing at the same time, so we get to share lessons~ More importantly, it was a day off :)
Zinc Day 5: Raspberry Pi
Oct 5, 2018 • 2 min
Great inspirations from Raspberry Pi~ Ready for a relaxing weekend!
Zinc Day 4: Social Innovation
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
“Daddly Does It” initiative shows the importance of meeting people where they are. Also, the transformative power in not treating people as isolated individuals but within their social context.
Zinc Day 3: Empowerment
Oct 3, 2018 • 3 min
2nd day in Rochdale, spent time with local organisations. Biggest takeaway, empower people - people need and deserve respect!
Zinc Day 2: Amazing NHS Initiatives
Oct 2, 2018 • 7 min
GPs are the most well respected and trusted people in a place, so initiatives in the Greater Manchester area focused on helping the underprivileged are designed around GPs. “Social Prescribing” becoming a common practice amongst GPs also positively…
Zinc Day 1: Zinc vs Entrepreneur First
Oct 1, 2018 • 9 min
A friend of mine is starting at EF at the same time as Zinc is kicking off, so we get to compare notes on how the two accelerators are like. Also, some shocking update on a friend’s experience with bureaucracy…
Zinc Starts Tomorrow
Sep 30, 2018 • 5 min
A new phase of my life officially kicks off tomorrow! Excited~
Small World
Sep 29, 2018 • 4 min
Ran into an old friend from Japan exchange year at another friend’s house party - we truly live in a bubble, don’t we :P
Tech Giants’ Office Designs
Sep 28, 2018 • 3 min
Physical environment definitely plays an important role in stimulating the people interacting in it. Office space becomes particularly important. Based on my office tours, at least in London, Google office wins Facebook~ But can’t comment on their…
Speaking at MOEvement
Sep 27, 2018 • 6 min
Extremely fun day at MOE Foundation’s annual conference! Improvised parts of my speech titled “How to Find Your Element”, and it went really well~ Looking forward to seeing the video recording!
Turning Speech Writing Into A Social Engagement
Sep 26, 2018 • 5 min
Tonight was for codebar. It was very fun, discovered a codebar coach was a YC graduate. And got to practise my speech whilst hanging out with lovely people - implementing Brene Brown’s method of writing! :D
Reflections from a Conversation with a Serial Entrepreneur
Sep 25, 2018 • 6 min
Being reminded that a clear financial model would make or break a company, and entrepreneurship is a marathon. There might be moments when concentrated extreme efforts are important, but it’s still a marathon.
Nothing Is Original
Sep 24, 2018 • 4 min
Even though nothing is truly “original”, but it’s not a bad thing. Because it becomes a form of market validation :) It’s all about execution in the end anyway!
Recurse Centre - Coding Retreat for Developers
Sep 23, 2018 • 6 min
Learnt about an awesome organization called Recurse Centre today. Fantastic self-directed learning setup, or say Montessori for adults! Also some reflections on movies in China.
Paul Graham on Bosses | Brexit | E-residency for Estonia!
Sep 22, 2018 • 5 min
Various different topics but fun! “You weren’t meant to have a boss” (www.paulgraham.com/boss.html) - comparing employees in big corporations as lion in zoos - comfortable, but not lively. Then some thoughts on what to do around Brexit… Estonia surprised…
How to Know What You Really Like
Sep 21, 2018 • 6 min
Great day with great conversations! Musings on how to determine what you really like and what you think you like~
Jonna Jinton’s Story on Becoming An Artist
Sep 20, 2018 • 5 min
Jonna quit her job 8 years ago and moved to a small village in Sweden to be closer to nature and figure life out. 8 years later, she’s now living her dream as an artist.
Making of Manga “Blades of the Guardians”
Sep 19, 2018 • 7 min
Xianzhe Xu quit his job to pursue his love for manga without any prior training. 4 years of 12-hour-days dedicated to crafting his very first series that ended up awing Japan! His dedication, patience and grit made the masterpiece possible.
Fashion Innovation - Elvis & Kresse + Burberry
Sep 18, 2018 • 10 min
Luxe.co hosted a fashion innovation forum with a focus on UK & China, and there were some pretty amazing guests. Kresse Wesling from Elvis & Kresse is one of them. Their commitment to sustainability, their brand DNA and 50% profit sharing commitment make…
Citizenship Ceremony
Sep 17, 2018 • 3 min
It feels like I’ve finally “graduated”!
Accepting Human Condition
Sep 16, 2018 • 3 min
Nothing ground-breaking, but once again accepting things in life rarely happens the way we want at the time we want. It’s up to us to choose the relatively optimal option.
codebar’s 4th unconference
Sep 15, 2018 • 4 min
Twitter hosted our 4th uncodebar! It was a fantastic day with many interesting topics~ codebar is truly my favorite community!
Are you good at assessing people?
Sep 14, 2018 • 5 min
Trust is fundamental in all human relationships. Yet, are you good at assessing people’s characters? Do you trust your own judgement?
Y Combinator Q&A in London
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
What surprised me about YC and some personal epiphany!
The Joy of Teamwork
Sep 12, 2018 • 8 min
Fundamentally, human beings are social animals. My own journey of realizing what’s important :)
Thoughts on Privacy and Fame
Sep 10, 2018 • 4 min
We live in an era where influence = money and power. In exchange for influence, one often ends up revealing one’s personal life. So how much sharing would you be comfortable with?
Molly’s Game
Sep 9, 2018 • 4 min
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut is based on Molly Bloom’s real life story! Love Aaron’s scripts and Molly is quite impressive~ Might contain some spoiler.
Deadpool 2 & On the Value Of Art
Sep 8, 2018 • 7 min
Deadpool 2 has high entertainment value because it breaks the common patterns of superhero movies. It might never win the Oscar’s but it’s one of my favourites. Then some reflections on the value of art.
Speaker Training for MOE Foundation’s Conference
Sep 6, 2018 • 3 min
MOE Foundation trains coaches and speakers at its conference share such level of authenticity and vulnerability that are inspiring! I feel very fortunate to have been part of MOE.
My Longest Short Distance Travel to Date
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
Been on the road since 6:30am London time and only got home now at 1:15am…
National Cleaning Day and Thoughts On Writing
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
When you see trash left behind in beautiful forests, your heart hurts… National Cleaning Day is an effective way to raise awareness on the effect one’s behaviour has on the environment. Finally, what writing means according to an MFA who teaches creative…
Forest, Lake, Stars and Friends
Sep 3, 2018 • 4 min
Forest, Lake, Stars and Friends - what else do we need? Being reminded of the beauty of the universe by the shining stars in the dark sky! Music and singing with friends after a good meal - pleasure of life~ Aim to be up early for a hike tomorrow morning!
Difficulties of Being a Vegan When Traveling
Sep 2, 2018 • 5 min
The day after the wedding ceremony, celebration continues. And we’ll be going hiking tomorrow! Also, have to reflect on how difficult it is to be vegan when you don’t have the chance to cook for yourself :(
An Epic Bulgarian Wedding
Sep 1, 2018 • 4 min
Reporting from my friend’s epic Bulgarian wedding!
Greetings from Sofia
Aug 31, 2018 • 2 min
Good friend’s wedding tomorrow and the theme is for all guests to wear their home countries’ traditional clothing! Cool, right? :D
Reflections on Saying No
Aug 30, 2018 • 4 min
Reflections on learning to say no and set boundary. Off to sofia tomorrow for a wedding!
Catching Up with My Newly Retired High School Teacher
Aug 29, 2018 • 5 min
My HS Chinese Teacher’s retired life is pretty ideal - she’s busy learning a lot of things and traveling across the country! Love her spirit!
Lifestyle as a Founder
Aug 28, 2018 • 8 min
Do your best and live life with no regret! Work hard now~
Visit to the Cartoon Museum - Learning from the Masters
Aug 27, 2018 • 6 min
There is so much benefit in seeing masters’ art work up close! Loved seeing the evolution of artists as well~ True mastery in art requires daily practice!
Learning in loud spaces?
Aug 26, 2018 • 4 min
I typically recommend learning in quiet spaces, but Smartly app allowed me to study accounting while hanging out at a party. It was an interesting experiment! The game-like design makes it possible to concentrate :)
Art Career and Self-promotion
Aug 25, 2018 • 6 min
Had an interesting conversation with a newly turned full-time artist. All careers are hard, might as well do what you love!
“Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear”
Aug 24, 2018 • 6 min
Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on how to lead a creative life has been truly heart warming! To unburden ourselves from the anxiety of creating art, remember that we are not geniuses, but we could have geniuses, sometimes.
Natural eyesight improvement + Hamilton
Aug 23, 2018 • 9 min
Getting weaker prescription to allow room for eyesight improvement! It was awesome watching Hamilton up close front and centre!
Some Reflections
Aug 22, 2018 • 6 min
On overworking, time allocation and more~
Smartly MBA
Aug 21, 2018 • 7 min
Smart.ly is an innovative, remote and free MBA program. My Smartly cohort started today, and we had our London meetup earlier - only 14 people based in London this time!
Elon Musk Tearing Up During Interview
Aug 21, 2018 • 5 min
Life as an entrepreneur is not easy, even Elon Musk had a small breakdown.
Miyamoto Musashi - Way of Strategy
Aug 19, 2018 • 5 min
Musashi is a self-directed learner, famous Japanese samurai from the 16th century. He’s also known for being a Buddhist, philosopher, artist and writer. He believes in the “way of strategy”, and practices many arts with no teacher!
Kimura Takuya - 日本一の男
Aug 18, 2018 • 14 min
Kimura Takuya started off as a pop star, mere entertainer. Now he’s viewed as a living Samurai, even a God for some, because of his hardworking attitude and excellence in all things he does.
World’s Largest Idol Group AKB48
Aug 17, 2018 • 12 min
AKB48 has about 150 girl members. According to its producer Yasushi Akimoto, the group’s concept is about gathering ordinary girls without much talent or personality and showcase their growth in an intimate accessible way with their fans through nightly…
10-Day Silent Meditation
Aug 16, 2018 • 21 min
My 10-Day Silent Meditation retreat experience - the highlights! And my excuse for having missed 4 days of audio journal - but back on track again!! p.s. dhamma.org has information on the vipassana meditation retreat :)
Lessons from Werner Herzog & Aaron Sorkin
Jul 31, 2018 • 12 min
Werner Herzog is a soldier of cinema, completely self-taught and does things his way! Aaron Sorkin the writer for “The West Wing” also approaches screenwriting very differently from the most~ great masterclasses!
Frank Gehry -Enjoying a Career You Love in Your 90s
Jul 30, 2018 • 7 min
Frank Gehry is the amazing architect who created the “Bilbao Effect”. Reflecting on how he’s still passionately working even though he’s almost 90! Perhaps the most fortunate position to be in~
Malcolm Gladwell Manages His Expectations Well
Jul 29, 2018 • 6 min
Malcolm shares a great tip - “ It’s a good writer’s job to lower the bar.” Absolutely love it! How to avoid the sense of failure and writer’s block!
Malcolm Gladwell on Writing & Nas Daily on Videomaking!!!
Jul 28, 2018 • 8 min
Met Nas Daily in person! Was at his London meetup~ lots of tips! But Malcolm Gladwell’s masterclass on writing non-fiction still made my day more :D
James Patterson Shares His Secrets in Writing
Jul 27, 2018 • 7 min
Outlines + research + up to 10 rewrites = James Patterson’s Writing Secrets
Master Classes So Far
Jul 26, 2018 • 7 min
Different masterclasses by passionate artists have more in common than you think. All art forms ultimately are about storytelling, so emotional resonance trumps everything!
Impact Founders Summer BBQ
Jul 25, 2018 • 5 min
Startup life - reflecting on my conversation with an entrepreneur who’s worked on his impact business for 16 years…
My Personal Story with Music
Jul 24, 2018 • 9 min
My childhood story and how Christina Aguilera’s masterclass on singing ended up being very inspirational.
Kumail Nanjiani’s Comedic Career
Jul 23, 2018 • 6 min
Kumail is a first generation Pakistani immigrant in the US who studied computer science for his undergrad, and built up his career gradually as a standup comedian and writer! Very inspirational~
Judd Apatow’s Advice on Comedy Writing
Jul 22, 2018 • 8 min
Amazing candid advice on writing from Judd’s masterclass. My reflections on the explorations in art, different mediums and what I love making at the moment!
Robin Williams Documentary
Jul 21, 2018 • 8 min
Robin Williams documentary “Come Inside My Mind” help us understand a genius, an industry and comedy some more. Steve Martin’s masterclass on comedy gives us hope and confidence in building a craft rather than relying on genius.
Ron Howard on Directing Part 2
Jul 20, 2018 • 4 min
Ron Howard’s master class contains incredible content on how he stages a scene and works with actors. It would help anyone appreciate the art of cinematography more!
Helen Mirren’s Master Class on Acting
Jul 19, 2018 • 9 min
Helen talks you through her thought process of acting - how every little detail contributes to the character. Then, reflections on the exploration phase and decision tree.
Meeting with Makers and Reflections on Racism
Jul 18, 2018 • 9 min
Meeting with Makers was very inspiring! Lovely group of people working to change education too! Then some reflections on racism and immigration at different ages.
Ron Howard’s MasterClass on Directing
Jul 17, 2018 • 8 min
Loving Ron’s MasterClass and the amazing chance to be a fly on the wall in seeing how great minds work! + Some reflections on the state of TV in China~
Tiniest City I’ve Ever Visited + Dr. Gabor Mate
Jul 16, 2018 • 7 min
Valletta is officially the smallest city I’ve ever visited! I’ve also been enjoying Dr. Gabor Mate’s book “When the Body Says No”, provides a refreshing holistic look on health, especially with oppressed emotions.
World Cup + British Pakistani Youth & Arranged Marriages
Jul 15, 2018 • 8 min
World Cup + Putin~ British Pakistani youth & their sufferings from arranged Marriages…
Malta Day 2
Jul 14, 2018 • 8 min
Happy bachelorette celebration day 2! Random seaside party after midnight with lovely Filipinos who live in Malta - something you can only run into!
First Day in Malta
Jul 13, 2018 • 6 min
When google map isn’t reliable… Here for a good friend’s hen party, so looking forward to the weekend!!!
Polyandry in India
Jul 12, 2018 • 6 min
A future dystopia “Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (Hindi: मातृभूमि, translation: Motherland)” is a 2003 Indian film. It reminds us of the UN theory that women’s access to birth control and small family sizes are main contributing factors to peace!
Meeting “Pakistani Jesus”
Jul 11, 2018 • 7 min
England lost to Croatia - it shows performance isn’t determined by financial backing! The town hall staff was lovely and nicknamed “Pakistani Jesus” 😂
How Cult Brainwashes Followers
Jul 10, 2018 • 11 min
Alexandra Stein’s book “Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachments in Cults and Totalitarian Systems” provides an in-depth look into social psychology of ideological extremism - necessary read, because everyone could become a victim!
Reflecting on Coaching and Facilitation
Jul 9, 2018 • 5 min
Taught MOE’s coaching course today, and it was fun. Some reflections from the experience~
Reflections on cult, political correctness and immigration
Jul 8, 2018 • 10 min
Humans all have strong desires to belong and it can be easily taken advantages of… power corrupts… Every coin has two sides, including political correctness. Finally, a brave journalist and her hopeful solution to immigration issues~
London Pride Parade 🏳️‍🌈
Jul 7, 2018 • 7 min
Mike, a good friend from Japan days, visiting from NYC and comparing the two mega global cities~ some reflections on boundaries, pride, and changes in our desires and wants…
Are the birth control pills the real reason for peace?
Jul 6, 2018 • 6 min
Are the birth control pills the real reason for the peace we’ve enjoyed? And what really contributes to behavioral change?
A Day of Admin
Jul 5, 2018 • 6 min
Timing is one of those things in life - just gotta accept and move past~
Citizenship Application on July 4th!
Jul 4, 2018 • 3 min
Perfectly timed 😂
Close Encounter With A Cult
Jul 3, 2018 • 12 min
Watching “Wild Wild Country” made me realise the “group” I’ve met are effectively a cult. It’s important for all us to realise that not all cults are religious either, they could be AA groups, or self-help groups. And their recruitment process is sooo…
Blablabla
Jul 2, 2018 • 3 min
Posting drawings on insta again from tomr!
Sunny Day Off
Jul 1, 2018 • 14 min
Some reflections on my favourite author - Lu Xun’s life and work. It ended up being quite long!
What I learnt from a documentary maker!
Jun 30, 2018 • 9 min
Great fips from a documentary maker! On the importance of mentorship. How crestive projects are all like writing - first draft is key, no matter how shitty. Get it out of your head first, then it will get better!
Visual Storytelling - Storyboarding
Jun 29, 2018 • 6 min
Leo Matsuda has a great storyboarding course on skillshare! Seeing how ROUGH his first draft is and his whole work process really opened my eyes! And to realise the importance of reference pictures in the process~
Skillshare - loving it!
Jun 28, 2018 • 5 min
Skillshare’s short courses are proving to be great, because they are so concise! New idea for mocumentaey!
London’s Startup Eco System
Jun 27, 2018 • 6 min
Zinc.vc had its mission 1 celebration tonight, and it seems like everyone is just 1 degree separation away in this tight-knit community~
Reflections
Jun 26, 2018 • 8 min
Reflections on what’s happened and how I’m progressing~ Stronger sense of direction!
The Westworld Season 2 Finale
Jun 25, 2018 • 5 min
*Spoiler alert* - a lot has been crammed into the last episode and it’s a lot longer than usual! Interesting meta-message stating human beings’ “free will” is really just an illusion… what do you think?
Frida Kahlo
Jun 24, 2018 • 8 min
Frida is a gender fluid artist and fighter of life! Great exhibition of her at the V&A~ some reflections on drawing and the immigration trend in the UK
Anti-Brexit March
Jun 23, 2018 • 4 min
Could Brexit still be stopped? In theory yes and I’m still hopeful…
Lifetime of Pleasure
Jun 22, 2018 • 4 min
For me, pleasure = progress. This could be a bit extreme, another way is to look at the lifetime of “pleasure” associated with different activities.
The Borjias
Jun 21, 2018 • 5 min
History can sometimes be more twisted than our wildest imagination!
Jacqueline Kennedy
Jun 20, 2018 • 3 min
It was not easy figuring out what to write about her. Even though she’s an intelligent woman, she’s been hiding behind the title of First Lady, which has nothing to do with her own merit. But I eventually found something!
Interview Tips
Jun 19, 2018 • 2 min
Know your stories and be enthusiastic! Practice and practice some more :)
Nothing Much
Jun 18, 2018 • 2 min
Nothing much, slowly getting back into swing of things!
Reflection for the past 30 days
Jun 17, 2018 • 4 min
A lot of unexpected happenings, and finding my own path again!
Be Here Now
Jun 16, 2018 • 7 min
A touching documentary on Andy Whitfield’s fight against life-threatening cancer. Reminding us all of the true nature of life…
Suffragette
Jun 15, 2018 • 6 min
Reflecting on the movie “Suffragette”, the movement, and how blessed we are to be living in the new era.
Diversity in Tech Panel Discussion
Jun 14, 2018 • 6 min
Cart before the horse - some thoughts on how to fundamentally change the challenge of not having enough tech talent
Strongest Man Alive
Jun 13, 2018 • 5 min
Patrik Baboumian holds world records for his strength and he’s a vegan! Plus, some thoughts on Buddha’s original teachings
“Old Path White Clouds”
Jun 12, 2018 • 8 min
Thich Nhat Hanh’s book on Buddha’s life. How Buddha believed in Pantheism, that universe is the manifestation of God. If Einstein knew Buddhism better, he would have considered himself a Buddhist.
English Literary Giants in the 18th Century
Jun 11, 2018 • 5 min
Research for a portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft, a founding feminist philosopher, reveals how small the English literary circle once was and how scandalous things can get!
Carnage: Swallowing the Past
Jun 10, 2018 • 5 min
Great mokumentary that will help us reflect on our dietary habits.
On Mental Toughness
Jun 9, 2018 • 4 min
Very much admire what David Goggins achieved for himself, but perhaps there is a more compassionate alternative!
“Many Lives Many Masters”
Jun 8, 2018 • 5 min
Dr. Brian Weiss wrote about reincarnation in his book and this is a chance for us to exercise open-mindedness!
Talking about Spirituality with An Atheist
Jun 7, 2018 • 5 min
Had an extensive discussion with a friend of mine on spirituality, death and much much more
Card Mechanic Richard Turner
Jun 6, 2018 • 2 min
Such a fascinating guy with a “secret” that would shock you! Check out documentary “Dealt” to learn more!
Buddhism Q&A
Jun 5, 2018 • 3 min
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Q&A recordings from Plum Village. The idea of “Deep Buddhism”.
An Honest Liar
Jun 4, 2018 • 3 min
Highly recommend the documentary “An Honest Liar” about The Amazing Randi, a fabulous magician and myth buster!
The Handmaid’s Tale
Jun 3, 2018 • 2 min
A great work of art for us fo reflect on political dangers and appreciate the freedom some of us enjoy!
Random
Jun 2, 2018 • 4 min
My parents came around!
Telling My Parents About My Vegan Diet
Jun 1, 2018 • 2 min
Parents can’t understand…yet…
Too Much Too Soon
May 31, 2018 • 3 min
Going to bed super early to reset!
There aren’t always answers
May 30, 2018 • 3 min
Enjoy the process!
Buddhist Ideas
May 29, 2018 • 7 min
Learning from the Wise
JDrama “Long Vacation”
May 28, 2018 • 2 min
My favourite JDrama and its life lessons
Appreciating Patience
May 27, 2018 • 2 min
Learning to take it slowly
Obsessing Over Magic Tricks
May 26, 2018 • 0 min
Well, “ruined” some magic tricks for myself :P
Time is the Best Gift We Can Gift Ourselves
May 25, 2018 • 2 min
Slow down and appreciate life!
Magician Dave Blaine
May 24, 2018 • 4 min
Some thoughts on the unbelievable Dave Blaine! + Clerkenwell Design Week
Embracing Vegan Diet
May 24, 2018 • 4 min
Fell sick yesterday, but determined to give my body time to adjust!
On Surrendering Ego
May 22, 2018 • 2 min
Some thoughts on ego.
Discovering the Elephant
May 21, 2018 • 4 min
Expanding our creative identity!
Next time - just do it the next day!
May 20, 2018 • 4 min
Drawing requires decision making and you can’t make good art when tired!
Trevor Noah in London!
May 19, 2018 • 2 min
Trevor and what happens when you commit to do a new sketch a day, even on days that’s hard…
On Making Arts That Have Meanings
May 18, 2018 • 4 min
SOAS’s exhibition at Brunei Gallery - photos taken in Asia 150 years ago by John Thompson. And my own process of stylised portrait drawings.
First Time as a Videographer!
May 17, 2018 • 4 min
Interesting first time experience! And a special exhibition recommendation, if you are based in London.
Small Update
May 16, 2018 • 3 min
Excited to shadow a documentary maker at work tomr!
Life of Katherine Hepburn
May 15, 2018 • 7 min
A brilliant actor and feminist who’s always stayed true to herself! And some thoughts on calligraphy.
Japanese TV Series and Memory Challenge Commencing Tomorrow!
May 14, 2018 • 7 min
Some thoughts on manga style Japanese TV series, and committing to a memory challenge! Did a sketchnote today too - one sketchnote a day going forward :)
More on Art and We Are All Human
May 13, 2018 • 7 min
Love doing human portraits and particularly females! #redlipquotes :) How I slipped back into an old addiction (hopefully just today!) p.s. you can see my daily artwork on instagram @brainfoodinator2.0
Reflecting on the Day
May 12, 2018 • 3 min
The Artist’s Way has been such a great help, but still working up to producing one sketchnote a day…
Thoughts on Making Art
May 11, 2018 • 5 min
Members-only event at The School of Life London, and some thoughts on making art
“One Green Bottle” Review
May 10, 2018 • 5 min
Perspective from a non-regular theatre goer on a small production at Soho Theatre.
After Watching “Red Sparrow”
May 9, 2018 • 5 min
Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie, contains some spoiler alert, so proceed with caution :P
Reflections on Google I/O
May 8, 2018 • 4 min
Google’s annual conference with their “exciting” announcements.
Time to Set Daily Objectives
May 7, 2018 • 1 min
Read fictions, taught my parents some English, did some art, ended up being another day off :)
Church for the Atheists
May 6, 2018 • 5 min
Sunday Assembly - Church for the Atheists founded by comedians! Meeting documentary filmmaker and getting inspired!
A Ramble
May 5, 2018 • 2 min
Appreciating new routine!
The Artist’s Way
May 4, 2018 • 2 min
Morning pages & Social Impact Focuses VC
“A decision is either made based on love or fear.”
May 3, 2018 • 6 min
Gained some clarity and ready to refocus myself! Be aware of distractions!
Be Proud of the Effort
May 2, 2018 • 4 min
Cultivate growth mindset and make trying cool! Also reflecting on parent child relationship.
Hedy Lamarr, The Inventor
May 1, 2018 • 4 min
We all owe Hedy for inventing frequency hopping technology, which is the foundation of WiFi! What a misunderstood genius!
What We Can Learn From Churchill
Apr 30, 2018 • 4 min
Reflections after visiting Churchill’s War Rooms. Forgot to mention he’s also very hardworking, but had great relaxing daily rituals - 2 baths a day and an afternoon nap + demanding staffs to be quiet 🤫
“Horrible Histories” Book Series
Apr 29, 2018 • 1 min
A great example of how learning of boring facts can be fun!
2 Insights + Dr. Milton Erickson
Apr 28, 2018 • 4 min
Had an emotional breakthrough with videomaking! Also made progress with caricature quote practice~
As Luck Would Have It
Apr 27, 2018 • 5 min
From being perceived as a bad friend to a great friend in a matter of hours :P
Feeling of Overwhelm
Apr 26, 2018 • 6 min
Videomaking research has left me feeling overwhelmed. It’s common when learning something completely out of your depth of knowledge. p.s.i highly recommend the book (really an article) called “When I Loved Myself Enough” by Kim McMillen, enjoy!…
Some reflections on a slow day
Apr 25, 2018 • 4 min
One of those days, slow but needed!
Daliso Chaponda - an international comedian
Apr 24, 2018 • 4 min
Seeing Daliso catching his big break on Britain’s got talent is very inspiring! Love his acts too!
Rewatched Django Unchained
Apr 23, 2018 • 3 min
So beautifully shot and awesome script! A lot to learn. Will have to rewatch again to take notes! :D
Happy Day Off
Apr 22, 2018 • 3 min
Enjoyed the sun and took it easy. Appreciating the importance of simplifying icons in sketchnote!
On Filming Outdoors
Apr 21, 2018 • 2 min
Interesting learning experience filming outdoors for the first time. Overcoming psychological barriers! It ended up being fun :)
US Immigration Policy vs Japan
Apr 20, 2018 • 4 min
US has enjoyed its successful PR as a diverse, immigrant-friendly country from the last century way past the point it’s no longer true…
Sketchnote Challenge Reflections
Apr 19, 2018 • 3 min
I now feel comfortable to take notes in sketchnote format even in LIVE scenarios! It’s a lot of fun.
Meeting Likeminded People & More On Sketchnote
Apr 18, 2018 • 3 min
Had a great evening meeting other people who care about education. Loved doing sketchnote for Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk!
Reflections on Public Education
Apr 18, 2018 • 6 min
Many people appeared in Sir Ken Robinson’s book “The Element” disliked schools and rightfully so. But public education was a step forward comparing to an age where no education was available to the leas privileged. But it’s time for another learning…
Find Your Element
Apr 17, 2018 • 6 min
Sir Ken Robinson’s humourous work and the greatest gift we could give ourselves.
Sketchnote and Biomimicry
Apr 15, 2018 • 5 min
Day 4 of Sketchnote Challenge, developing my own sketchnote grammar. Idea of the day: turn to nature for inspirations when designing! asknature.org
A Lovely Encounter
Apr 14, 2018 • 4 min
Finally a sunny ☀️ day in London! Took the day off and had an interesting encounter with a retired professor from Japan 😄
Rethinking Daily Caricature
Apr 13, 2018 • 6 min
Still figuring things out. Just some thoughts.
The Most Important Step in Making Good Caricatures
Apr 12, 2018 • 2 min
Find a good reference photo! Not just clarity, but the right facial expression.
Musings on Movies
Apr 11, 2018 • 2 min
Musings on scriptwriting to be more precise. And how amazing Quentin Tarantino is 😆
Submitted for the Competition!
Apr 10, 2018 • 2 min
After many iterations! Here is the video: https://youtu.be/v2uv04kZ1aA. It’s a lesson on motivation and touches on the social psychology concept - the Overjustification Effect. This is the starting point. Future videos will only get better 😆
VideoMaking
Apr 9, 2018 • 0 min
Finally filmed the video, now onto editing! Will submit for competition just in time :D
Do It Because It’s Fun
Apr 8, 2018 • 3 min
Always remember that - don’t let competitiveness ruin the fun!
Caricature Drawing - live recording tomorrow morning!
Apr 7, 2018 • 6 min
Today is the last day of learning and practice for the cartoon challenge! I actually first freaked out a bit realizing how different the caricature drawing felt from the practices I’ve done before. Then I analyzed the differences - as long as I make the…
Investigating the Art of Caricatures
Apr 7, 2018 • 3 min
Discovered proko’s course on caricatures, so now I can properly address the pain points :D
Have the ideal audience in mind
Apr 6, 2018 • 2 min
Lesson learnt today
Thoughts on Public Commitment
Apr 5, 2018 • 9 min
Day off from the sketchnote challenge - because I’m sick and couldn’t spend that much time staring at screens. Musings on public commitment and how intentions matters and will change your perspective!
Audio is the most authentic form of media
Apr 4, 2018 • 2 min
Day 3 of Sketchnote Challenge. Attempted to live sketchnote Alex Blumberg’s talk on the power of audio storytelling.
Sketchnote Resources
Apr 3, 2018 • 2 min
CreativeLive has a course on sketchnote. I’ll go through it tomorrow. You can get it too, referral here will even give you $15 off, only the first 10 though. https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Charlotte81
Sketchnote Challenge Day 1
Apr 2, 2018 • 3 min
Worked on the fundamentals of sketchnote, structures, containers, connectors and started to build my own visual icon! Very fun process. What did you learn today?
New Challenge & Jay Shetty
Apr 1, 2018 • 5 min
New 7-day challenge on sketchnote starts tomorrow. Loved Jay’s videos, also his story.
EQ and Embracing Failure
Mar 31, 2018 • 6 min
In Japanese TVs, there are often portrayal of families with complete lack of emotional communication, yet it’s been painted as common occurrence. EQ education is urgently needed! Also, check out Ben Yu’s autobiography in progress themed around embracing…
Reset & the Future
Mar 30, 2018 • 7 min
Happy Easter Brainies! Getting back to my own timetable tomorrow. Feel like I swapped around Easter break to the past couple of days. A good friend is coming to visit end of April. So I have 4 weeks to satisfy my own hunger first before engaging the…
Nothing much
Mar 29, 2018 • 1 min
Uneventful day. But we shall appreciate these kind of days too :)
What’s it like to meet someone who literally thinks like you
Mar 28, 2018 • 3 min
Meeting super like-minded people + some reflections on caricature drawing
Iterative Approach to Content
Mar 27, 2018 • 2 min
Workaholic mode today. joinafa.org is now out!
Learnings on Drawing
Mar 26, 2018 • 3 min
Potential tip on choosing facial shape and some other finer things in drawing faces, caricature or not.
Dreams & the Greatest Showman
Mar 25, 2018 • 3 min
Loved the movie “The Greatest Showman”! Beautifully shot and touching. I love movies about dreams. Have the courage to dream and go after them!
Thoughts on Storytelling & Education
Mar 24, 2018 • 6 min
Learnings from other people’s demo and thoughts on education
Blablabla
Mar 23, 2018 • 3 min
Random musings and next week’s rough plan!
Thoughts on effort and marriage
Mar 22, 2018 • 6 min
Anything goes if you really put in the effort and rethinking marriage.
Grit
Mar 21, 2018 • 3 min
Some musings on grit.
Call for Action
Mar 20, 2018 • 4 min
If you know anyone who’s self-taught in a skill, please email me at [email protected] I’d love to speak to them! Also, if you’ve got ideas around how to grow and engage brainfoodinator a community, please let me know. Let’s co-create!
Natural Vision Improvement Experiment
Mar 19, 2018 • 7 min
A lot of the bad eyesight epidemic that’s seen worldwide and particularly in Asian countries could be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Day off & Random Lessons Learnt
Mar 18, 2018 • 5 min
Decided to take today off from serious project related stuff. Shared some musings on life, plus some reflections on natural vision improvement so far!
Final Test Day
Mar 17, 2018 • 2 min
Posted the caricature drawing video on my blog! Also just ordered my first pair of transition glasses for natural vision improvement experiments. Will keep you posted!
Variations
Mar 16, 2018 • 3 min
After building a foundation, it’s time to get creative with the shapes and sizes to make cartoon characters more humorous! Drawing requires problem-solving skills too - how to break big problems down into small pieces.
What’s the connection between drawing and coding?
Mar 14, 2018 • 4 min
I’ll explain more on meta-learning: how the same learning principles can be applied to learn any skill. Today is also Day 5 of the cartoon challenge. Although I didn’t get to practice as much as I’d have liked, still appreciating the progress I’ve made!…
Reflections, time investment and more on the Alexander Technique
Mar 13, 2018 • 8 min
Day 4 of the cartoon challenge, I was too ambitious yesterday with what I wanted to practice today. But still on schedule to draw caricature live on camera this Saturday. Per listener’s request, the 2nd segment of today’s episode is on the Alexander…
Action Poses and the Alexander Technique
Mar 12, 2018 • 3 min
Struggled with getting human body proportions right, but will schedule target practice tomorrow to fix it! Due to my back pain, I’ve researched into the Alexander Technique and spent quite some time reading and following workshops. I’ll keep you posted if…
Cartoon Accessories and Visual Vocabulary
Mar 11, 2018 • 2 min
Today’s practice is mainly around cartoon accessories. Still learning all the key visual vocabulary, but hoping to start practicing caricature drawing soon. Also, I read into methods for natural vision improvement. I’ll be the guinea pig, and will let you…
Important elements in good cartoons
Mar 10, 2018 • 3 min
Key learnings from day 1 of cartoon drawing challenge. Also, a surprising fact of the day!
Intro
Mar 9, 2018 • 1 min
A safe space for adult learners to find inspirations and be empowered to teach themselves new skills. Let’s challenge traditional schooling together. Podcast format will be a personal audio journal, I00% unscripted and unedited. Risky, but raw and real!…