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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🙇🏻‍♀️
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Ryanair Nightmare
Ryanair is now officially THE worst in customer service.
03:48
September 3, 2019
Vilnius to Riga - Greetings from Latvia!
Hill of crosses, Rundales Palace, and Salaspils monument, and finally Riga! Quite a road trip and absolutely full of surprises :D
05:06
August 25, 2019
Fun Facts about Vilnius
Things learnt from the walking 🚶‍♀️tour :)
04:55
August 24, 2019
Greetings from Lithuania
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! 😂
02:24
August 23, 2019
We are now venture backed! 🥳
Small celebration! After a stretch of crunch time! Apologies for the audio quality, had to whisper~ But yea, still wanted to record something today :)
01:27
August 22, 2019
Result will be revealed tomorrow...
A bit of a limbo state today, and weren’t as productive. But onboarded a new creator!
01:10
August 21, 2019
Timebox Everything! #lesson
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!
01:09
August 20, 2019
Pitch Day
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 :)
02:09
August 19, 2019
Museum of London
Interesting day (re)discovering parts of London!
01:38
August 18, 2019
What’s the best thing that happened today?
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 couple of weeks. Need some space and time off~ now I’m back to daily voice journal!
05:17
August 17, 2019
Nothing Is Original
End of the day, it’s about execution!
01:31
July 30, 2019
Decision Making
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!
02:00
July 29, 2019
The Foundling Museum
Britain’s first hospital for orphaned children. Fascinating stories behind it. Highly recommend checking it out!
10:39
July 28, 2019
Mindful Triathlon
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 :(
02:20
July 28, 2019
Preparation is King
Quickly reflecting on the day~
01:49
July 27, 2019
Amazing Day including Discussing Ideas with Harry from 20VC
Can’t share too much just yet, but great day full of energy and insights! Including signing on our first creator!
02:08
July 26, 2019
Today’s Learnings
Fairly new to the audio drama world, but definitely exciting!
02:15
July 25, 2019
Some Thoughts
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...
02:58
July 23, 2019
Double Subtitles
Have both the English and Spanish titles on at the same - best way to learn ever!!!
01:39
July 22, 2019
LanguageTransfer.org
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 recommend donating to support him!
06:03
July 21, 2019
Language Learning
Specifically Spanish! Loving the movie coco and its Spanish version is perfect for learning :D
01:48
July 21, 2019
Brain-fart During Presentation 😱
Haha it felt somewhat embarrassing in the moment, but I quickly recovered myself and it became a learning experience :)
06:37
July 20, 2019
Exciting Times!
Got validation from a couple more experienced entrepreneurs - who are offering to help us! No better commitment than time ;)
01:46
July 19, 2019
Love It Enough to Become a Subject Expert?
Research and design phase to become a subject expert, so you can better defend your idea 💡
02:17
July 17, 2019
Early Signals
Some early signals that we are on the right track :D
03:14
July 16, 2019
Aggregator for Online Learning Resources?
Would you like one? There are some, but not for everything yet!
03:46
July 16, 2019
🎞 Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda
Japanese animated film that warms your heart
05:02
July 14, 2019
British Museum - Manga Exhibition
Very well curated exhibition! If you’ve ever been impacted by manga, definitely check it out :)
03:33
July 14, 2019
Unproductive Day
But it’s okay :)
02:25
July 12, 2019
Identify Theft + Enormous FinTech Grants
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! Completely mad...
05:21
July 12, 2019
What is the problem you are solving?
People are some times blind to their own problems... Problem exploration has its own limitation because of it~ Things are always very nuanced.
02:56
July 10, 2019
First Cofounder Retrospective
Work culture is starting to form even from the early days! We are also making progress in exploring the audio space~ pretty exciting times!
02:46
July 9, 2019
Swirl-shaped Progression
Trying to trust the process, even though today felt like we were going in circles a bit.
01:35
July 8, 2019
TikTok and EdTech
Musically (now TikTok) founders tried to build an EdTech company before they pivoted to this super addictive social networking site.
02:56
July 7, 2019
Random
Quick review of yesterday and today~
02:56
July 6, 2019
Letting Dust Settle
Making progress but still a bit unclear on some fronts~ just gotta validate assumptions!
01:55
July 5, 2019
More Guiding Principles
Lessons from Superhuman 🦸‍♀️ again + some more guiding principles!
04:10
July 3, 2019
How to Optimise for Product Market Fit
Lessons from Superhuman’s founder and CEO 👨‍💼
04:38
July 2, 2019
Tracking Out
Week 4, Day 1 at Antler - we are ready to track out! Exciting week ahead :)
02:19
July 1, 2019
Smartly
Finishing up the course to take final exam :D
01:56
July 1, 2019
A Day of Food and Friends!
Amazing weather in London today! Absolutely loved it with tons of great food 🥘 and friends 👬 👫 👭
02:37
June 30, 2019
Team Culture
Importance of trust~ #bestteamexperienceever!
03:22
June 29, 2019
Forgetting Time
With the right team, when in flow, you forget time :D
01:17
June 27, 2019
The Light in the Piazza 🎭 🎶
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!
05:54
June 27, 2019
Process of Innovatio
Insight approach - from the point of customer behaviours!
01:50
June 25, 2019
“Sleep Meditation”
Too effective, literally passed out 😂
01:17
June 25, 2019
Alone Time
Have you had sufficient amount of alone time recently?
01:32
June 23, 2019
Gratitude
Life reminds us that nothing is constant! Be grateful for what we have in the moment
03:31
June 22, 2019
Reflections on Cofounder Hunting
The right balance of chemistry and productivity!
02:14
June 21, 2019
Artificial Constraints
Try applying artificial constraints to potential ideas you have, something cooler might come out of it ;)
02:32
June 20, 2019
Network Effect
Does your business idea have the potential to rapidly expand?
02:43
June 19, 2019
Simplicity
Simplicity is at the other end of complexity!
01:42
June 18, 2019
Innovation Models
Mental models to guide and categorise innovation.
03:31
June 17, 2019
Venice Biennale 2019
Amazing modern art from all countries in the beautiful city Venice!
03:03
June 17, 2019
Rambling
Rambling on~ p.s. Tried ravioli in Bergamo style yet? :P
04:11
June 14, 2019
Wedding in Bergamo!
Beautiful Italian city near Milan~ Great wedding and fantastic friends~ Also, lessons on “fighting well” :)
05:22
June 14, 2019
Antler Day 3
Timeboxed team challenges! Had a lot of fun and saw diversity in thinking working out brilliantly~ also #trusttheprocess - divergence before convergence ;)
03:22
June 12, 2019
Antler Day 2
People interested in the problem area of continuous learning! Super awesome beginning - excited :)
01:48
June 11, 2019
Antler Day 1
Fun and exciting day! Antler’s first London cohort~
03:41
June 11, 2019
AI: More Than Human
Super cool exhibition at the Barbican Centre!
07:36
June 9, 2019
The Marriage of Figaro at The Grange Festival 🎭
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 was in a very interesting state - barely holding together, strong Shoreditch vibe on the inside 😂
06:31
June 9, 2019
New Beginning
Came out of emotional funk! New super organised and productive phase starts today :D
05:08
June 7, 2019
Sketchnote + How to Structure an Art Project + Lin Chi-Ling
Fun sketchnote session today! Great chat with Julia about life and art. Then the news that broke Chinese social media today!
05:13
June 7, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
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 :)
06:31
June 6, 2019
Quintessentially - Luxury Concierge Service
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!
05:28
June 4, 2019
Corporate Misery
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 :)
05:01
June 4, 2019
The Renaissance Nude at Royal Academy of Arts
Some reflections on arts and society~ https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-renaissance-nude
05:13
June 2, 2019
What’s Your North Star? 💫
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 :)
08:46
June 1, 2019
Auntie in Town!
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 :)
02:35
May 31, 2019
Memory Lane
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.
06:00
May 30, 2019
A Story on Freedom #Dubai
#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 freelatifa.com to see details of the story yourself! Let’s be grateful for the freedom we have
09:23
May 30, 2019
Random
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 :)
02:18
May 28, 2019
Our Experience as Tourists in Morocco 🇲🇦
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!
30:49
May 28, 2019
Morocco - Here We Come
Very different customs, so excited for what we’ll see and experience :D
02:51
May 18, 2019
Dust Unsettled
Figuring out life - always a journey, and it’s never too late :)
02:36
May 16, 2019
Charity : Water
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
06:29
May 15, 2019
The Bubbles We Live In
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 daddy setups... And he did it to solve his own problem 😂
05:04
May 15, 2019
Trillion Dollar Coach - Bill Campbell
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 ;)
05:29
May 13, 2019
What Do you Think About POP Music?
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?
04:27
May 12, 2019
Alexander McQueen 🎥
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 :)
07:35
May 12, 2019
Stay Centred
Know what you want and manifest it!
06:27
May 10, 2019
The Other Side of Resilience
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!
06:00
May 10, 2019
Celebrate Successes!
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
03:54
May 8, 2019
Back from Long Weekend
Practised full detachment when on vacation! Still processing the trip~
08:07
May 7, 2019
Quick Reflection
The challenges of emotional management in entrepreneurship journey...
01:55
May 3, 2019
Professionalism
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...
06:09
May 1, 2019
First Time in Munich
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 :)
07:53
May 1, 2019
Importance of Detachment!
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!
04:02
April 24, 2019
Maintenance Hours
The art of happily pampering oneself :)
03:45
April 23, 2019
Are You Overworking?
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 :)
02:28
April 23, 2019
Time Estimate? Always x2!
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 >
03:17
April 22, 2019
Day Trip - Brighton + Seven Sisters Park
Enjoy the good weather while it lasts :)
02:46
April 20, 2019
The Art of Taking Breaks
Intentionally allocate no work hours and days! It’s an art, and balance can be achieved :)
04:42
April 19, 2019
Faust - Royal Opera House
My very first opera! While it was a brilliant production, the storyline really made me upset...
03:00
April 19, 2019
How to Master Ourselves as Tools
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 we could maximise the enjoyment 😉
03:05
April 17, 2019
Education
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
03:50
April 16, 2019
Cofounder Alert!
When a Chinese and Nigerian meet serendipitously in London and decide to build a company together! I know haha
01:40
April 15, 2019
Relaxing Day
Quick review of the day~ Excited for the conference tomorrow!
02:31
April 14, 2019
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
An inspiration for women and men! Noticing how far we’ve come, true equality might not be far anymore :)
02:41
April 14, 2019
Sofar Sounds
Great secret concerts worth checking out! Also, amazingly talented spoken word artist Chris a@poetcurious on Instagram ;)
03:26
April 13, 2019
Skoll Forum Ecosystem Events
Absolutely fantastic events at Oxford! Loved the people I met and conversations we had! Definitely going back to Skoll next year :D
03:16
April 12, 2019
A Solution to Diversity and Inclusion
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 :)
03:42
April 10, 2019
Mini Digital Detox
Airplane mode for the night (except during the recording of this episode)~
05:51
April 9, 2019
Professional Side of Friends
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 be exposed to different opportunities ;)
04:47
April 9, 2019
“Ba Miao Zhu Zhang” - spoil things by undue haste
The balance between focus/speed and patience is an art many entrepreneurs need to learn to master~
04:16
April 7, 2019
Scavengar Hunt Saturday! Harry Potter Themed 😊
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?
05:15
April 7, 2019
Grieving Bravely
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.
06:37
April 5, 2019
The Art of Time Estimate
Things always take longer! A top tip - double the estimate at least~
02:04
April 5, 2019
How to Communicate Well as a Brand
“Simplify and Exaggerate”, the cofounder and ex co-CEO of Innocent, Richard Reed says.
04:03
April 3, 2019
Is Quirkey a Social Network?
Trying to find good analogies, so people get what Quirkey is.
05:26
April 2, 2019
First Day Attempting To Be An Early Riser
Well, didn’t succeed! Ended up sleeping 9 and half hours 😂 But trying again today~ wish me luck!
01:56
April 1, 2019
REST - WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS by Alex Pang
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 :)
06:17
March 31, 2019
Joe Wong - A Chemical Engineer Turned Standup Comedian
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
05:56
March 30, 2019
Financial Model
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!
03:06
March 29, 2019
Possibly the Most Tattooed PHD
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 ;)
05:31
March 29, 2019
Transition Day
Had time to reflect and further conversation with a potential cofounder. All pretty good! Sheffield tomorrow~
01:37
March 28, 2019
Parting Ways with Zinc
Due to misalignment on vision, Quirkey and Zinc are parting ways amicably. Next chapter starts! EDUCATE also starts in May~
03:26
March 26, 2019
Until tomorrow...
Can’t quite discuss much yet until I learn more tomorrow. So let’s see what happens~
01:40
March 26, 2019
Adobe Illustrator Color Hell
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!
03:37
March 25, 2019
First Political March 🤓
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! 🇪🇺🇬🇧
03:31
March 24, 2019
15-20 Key Messages for Your Pitch
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 ;)
02:17
March 23, 2019
The Practice of Planning
The practice of planning is useful. The plan itself is not.
01:37
March 22, 2019
Conviction
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! 💪🏻
03:19
March 20, 2019
Professor Shoelace 👟
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
03:44
March 19, 2019
When Productive
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.
03:46
March 19, 2019
The Panama Papers 🎥
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 to collaborate on the story!
05:46
March 18, 2019
BuddhaField
A type of Buddhism, good to have experienced it, but I still prefer silence and nature :)
04:51
March 16, 2019
Conceptual Gallery Opening and much much more
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 months on the startup journey :)
05:58
March 16, 2019
The Key to Belonging to a Community?
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
03:36
March 15, 2019
Cofounder Breakup - The Most Common Cause for Startup Failure
Yet another team parted ways. To many people’s surprise, and often times the true reasons might never be known.
03:42
March 14, 2019
Colorlib
Amazing resources like colorlib allows you to delay building for as long as possible! Learn from testing with users, and try repurposing existing tools ;)
02:25
March 12, 2019
Don’t judge until you’ve communicated with someone directly
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 and applied my personal assessment.
05:03
March 12, 2019
Exciting new pilot 😍
Momentum! And awesome user feedback!
02:30
March 10, 2019
Tried to work too much?
Perhaps I should have taken the day off completely... p.s. a random fact - most effective foot cream contains 10 - 25% urea! #readtheingredients
04:29
March 9, 2019
Progress
A happy day with progress! Fun co-creation process with power users :D
03:03
March 9, 2019
Trust in Serendipity
Quick reflection on the day. Realised the importance of trust. Trust that everything will work out, even though we can’t see the path.
02:18
March 8, 2019
3 Key Lessons Today
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.
07:37
March 7, 2019
Riding the Emotional Wave 🌊
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.
06:49
March 6, 2019
What I noticed today working with a potential cofounder
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.
02:18
March 5, 2019
Productive Night
A quick recap on the day~
02:53
March 4, 2019
An Atypical Startup Story
The company and founders will remain unnamed, but the lessons are still valuable for many entrepreneurs!
08:25
March 3, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel 🎞
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♥️
04:19
March 3, 2019
Who Knows Sue Black?
Please help me get in touch with Sue Black! 🙏🏻
02:42
March 1, 2019
Ecole 42 Student Interview
Definitely an interesting model. If you have time and below age 30, why not apply? The biggest gain would be your self-confidence :)
06:18
February 27, 2019
The “Godfather” of Social Innovation in Europe - Michael Norton
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 Centre for Social Franchising.
03:51
February 27, 2019
“Into the Spider-Verse” 🎞
How to access your super power? Take a leap of faith :)
03:12
February 26, 2019
The Most Valuable Things In Life Are “Free”
They are free in monetary terms, but do you recognise them and do you know how to appreciate them? 😌
04:41
February 25, 2019
Apple Taught Me A Valuable Lesson on Expectation Management 🍎 + Christian Dior 👗
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~
08:57
February 24, 2019
Evening at Tate Late
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 2005 for Mexican migrants to cross the US border. A very thought-provoking and controversial piece!
05:29
February 22, 2019
A Lesson On Communication
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 odds of successful communication will be in our favour💪🏻. When it comes to our closed ones, it’s a good practice to assume the best intentions as the baseline of communication 😊
04:42
February 21, 2019
Apprenticeship at Google
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 undergraduate degree as well! Pretty awesome opportunity 😍
02:59
February 21, 2019
A Lesson on Personal Priority
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.
02:48
February 20, 2019
What Game Are You Playing?
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 ;)
03:51
February 18, 2019
Feeling Grateful
Narrowing down on a vision and feeling grateful about everything in life
03:48
February 18, 2019
#Reflections - Lessons Learned
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 what you personally truly want🐾
08:51
February 17, 2019
The Founding Story of MarvelApp
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 tools for designers, until they realised everyone was using it then their vision got bigger ;)
07:51
February 15, 2019
Cutest Gentleman
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!
08:07
February 14, 2019
Close Enough - Living Vicariously
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 Pigeons”.
06:27
February 13, 2019
🎥 China’s Van Goghs
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!
05:38
February 12, 2019
First Pilot Session! 😄
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 😊
06:17
February 11, 2019
Psychological Safety in Virtual Space
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?
06:15
February 10, 2019
Buddhist Philosophies
On reincarnation, meaning of “unfair” life events, and our ability to “change” the past.
07:29
February 8, 2019
The Dropout - Story of Elizabeth Holmes, and Theranos
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!
04:07
February 8, 2019
Radical Acceptance
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 but left it in the bike room! I was certain it was only dropped inside the building and I was right :D
04:35
February 6, 2019
One Top Priority A Day
Everything else is bonus ;)
02:07
February 6, 2019
Happy Chinese Year! And Lessons From Slack’s Marketing Strategy
Officially 2019 according to all calendars 😂 Had the ultimate marshmallow test today at dinner~ Some reflections on customer acquisition strategy :)
05:15
February 4, 2019
🧧 Chinese New Year
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!
07:23
February 4, 2019
Reflections Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert & Billy McFarland
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.
08:36
February 3, 2019
Feeling Grateful
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!
05:42
February 2, 2019
Ageing Innovation Awards
The Chatty Cafe Scheme - simple idea, easy to execute yet could really improve people’s lives! Then some potential tests to run in 🇧🇬 😁
05:55
February 1, 2019
What I Learnt Hearing Influencers Sharing Their Social Media Secrets
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 don’t even have the desire to communicate or listen......
13:39
January 31, 2019
Do Your Best Also Trust The Process
Things always take longer than you’d like. Accept it and do your best! Also, be kind to yourself!
04:29
January 30, 2019
What Emotional Response Do You Want People to Have?
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!
04:58
January 28, 2019
V&A - Always A Great Option on A Rainy Day
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!
06:07
January 28, 2019
Doomsday Book Exhibition
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 boyfriend’s mom, a super cool lady and a historian~
08:12
January 27, 2019
Happy Friday!
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!
03:00
January 25, 2019
Findings From Bett - The EdTech Show
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 exhibition is still a large business...
07:09
January 25, 2019
Good Day with Progress
Had a fun and productive day! Inspirations coming from all directions :D
03:10
January 24, 2019
Thoughts on the Day and Body Modification
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.
06:51
January 23, 2019
Focus
No more indecisiveness! With renewed focus and direction, I’m excited about the process I’ll make in the next few weeks :)
02:49
January 21, 2019
Ending The Week On A High Note
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 :)
03:17
January 21, 2019
Anna Akana’s Tip on How to Process Bad Feelings
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 - https://youtu.be/nI8uTbUwYJs
03:59
January 20, 2019
The Great Gatsby Immersive Theatre
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 :)
04:36
January 19, 2019
Startup Podcast’s Story on Success Academy in New York
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 students’ short-term stress level and academic excellence worthwhile?
08:36
January 18, 2019
Emotional Breakthrough
Improved nuanced understanding that gives us increased conviction on how we would approach the business development!
06:04
January 17, 2019
Self-acceptance
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, fresh materials from established comics on Tuesdays! Highly recommend!
05:41
January 15, 2019
The Invisible Poverty - Documentary “A Northern Soul” by Director Sean McAllister
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 crashing debt, you’d want to watch “A Northern Soul”.
08:33
January 15, 2019
Creating Paper Prototype and Feeling Stuck
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!
05:19
January 14, 2019
Cofounders Double Date 😄
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!
03:40
January 13, 2019
How Much Software Engineers Make And More
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! :)
06:04
January 12, 2019
Ways to Commit
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!
04:11
January 11, 2019
Future Proof Yourself Festival
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 :)
07:28
January 9, 2019
Cofounder Test
Cofounder relationships are important - a lot of learning ahead~ But let’s get thing done :)
05:31
January 9, 2019
A Day Of Recovery
Not yet productive, probably needed time to fully recover. Excited for tomorrow though!
05:10
January 8, 2019
Home Sweet Home 🏡
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 🥰
05:24
January 6, 2019
Possibly the Oldest Apple Staff?
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 experiences 😄
07:45
January 5, 2019
Random Thoughts and Reflections
Some observations from the hot spring trip~ Hakone is a very beautiful place and famous for a good reason.
11:20
January 4, 2019
Hello from Hakone (Hot Spring!)
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~
08:53
January 3, 2019
Study 📖 Day
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!
09:18
January 2, 2019
Jan 1st the Japanese Way
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 😄
04:58
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year!!! 🥳 May 2019 be a great one~
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!
10:01
December 31, 2018
A Day Until 2019!
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!
04:16
December 30, 2018
Hiking Mountain Takao
Hiking, eating amazing food, seeing Mt Fuji from afar, enjoying osen and the whole Tokyo experience!
04:27
December 29, 2018
Visiting A 21-Day Old
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 😂
04:02
December 28, 2018
Tokyo Story Continues!
Catching up with old friend, bonding with cousins, learning about how insanely crowded Tokyo station is at all hours, and much much more 😁
05:34
December 27, 2018
Hello Japan!!! 🇯🇵
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!
05:44
December 26, 2018
Liking Seoul More and More
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~
07:35
December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas! - Revising My Impression Of Korea
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 how to survive Korean winter 🥶
08:32
December 24, 2018
Greetings from Seoul
First impressions of Korea compiled! I’ll probably see more positive stuff tomorrow when I’m well-rested and less jet lagged :)
06:02
December 23, 2018
Last Day In the Office Before The Holidays
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!
04:38
December 22, 2018
Catching Up On MBA Work
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 :)
03:10
December 21, 2018
Zinc Xmas Party 🥳 & Movie Aquaman
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~
04:10
December 20, 2018
House Boat Duck Billie
Might have forgotten to mention Billie, but she’s the pet of the house boat’s owner! Random day but interesting enough~
04:06
December 19, 2018
Recentered Test Plan
Had some much needed advice from UCL’s design lab crew! It helped putting me on the right path💪🏻
03:07
December 18, 2018
Saatchi Gallery
A place that always has amazing art to offer!
03:23
December 17, 2018
Prototype Building and Movie “Small Foot” 🦶
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!
04:35
December 16, 2018
Improv Workshop
Two key improv principles: 1. Run towards failure. 2. Always say “yes, and”!
05:02
December 14, 2018
Bubble.is - Visual Code Editor
Why code from scratch when you have bubble? Perfect for building MVP! :D
02:33
December 14, 2018
Vivienne Ming - Future Of Human Potential
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 increase their companies’ chances of success by 60%!
08:11
December 13, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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 are the source of your materials!
06:19
December 12, 2018
When Someone Drops Out
The technical person who’s been working on the project for the last 2 weeks just unexpectedly quit the incubator...
04:29
December 10, 2018
The Practice of Non-Reaction
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 tomorrow!
05:56
December 9, 2018
Last Minute Podcast From The Airport
Leaving Chengdu for London after a slightly longer than 48 hour visit! It’s been great and will miss my family very much
03:12
December 8, 2018
The Naturally Curious Little Ones
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...
09:12
December 7, 2018
China and Its 72-Hour-Visa-Free Offer
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....
03:57
December 6, 2018
Fun Family Time
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 >
02:44
December 5, 2018
Midnight in Bangkok
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
04:03
December 4, 2018
An Inspiring Senior Learner
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!
04:22
December 3, 2018
Cutest Wedding Ever!
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!
04:33
December 2, 2018
When “Sure” Isn’t Reliable
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!
03:40
December 2, 2018
Cabaret Show Performed By Ladyboys
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!
05:05
November 30, 2018
Greetings from Phuket
Just saying hi after over 24 hours on the road! I’m ready to crash >
02:46
November 29, 2018
Zinc Believes In The Idea
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 >
03:06
November 27, 2018
EDUCATE Demo Day
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!
04:01
November 27, 2018
Pixar’s Short Film 🎥 - Bao
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!
05:23
November 26, 2018
Games - A Shortcut To People’s True Selves
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.
04:57
November 25, 2018
Support From Fellow Founders
Startups have sunny and stormy days. I really appreciate that there are some fellow founders from Zinc whom I could be vulnerable with.
03:35
November 24, 2018
How Much Cash Should You Give For A Wedding Gift?
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...
03:39
November 23, 2018
From Accenture’s Report to Gaining Fans on YouNow
It’s great to get confirmation from different sources, and always exciting to see complete strangers supporting your study :D
06:15
November 21, 2018
Reflections on Networking Events
A great day speaking to experts and just general networking. A lot of followups to do!
03:28
November 21, 2018
Live-streaming on YouNow
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!
04:55
November 19, 2018
Live-streaming Myself Learning Math
Completely SMARTLY’s probability course on camera. Talking out loud was a very fun way to learn math!
02:23
November 19, 2018
“Explained” on Exclamation Mark
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! ;)
05:29
November 18, 2018
Quick Reflection
Importance of getting expert confirmation!
02:18
November 17, 2018
Equity? + New Discoveries
What does early stage startup look like? How do you divide equities? On a happier note, London is full of hidden gems to discover!
05:19
November 16, 2018
Lifelong Learning Meetup
Reflections on the meetup and on our first argument in the team!
04:51
November 15, 2018
The Mattress Interview (#JTBD)
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/
02:45
November 14, 2018
Some Thoughts on Platform Building
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!
07:08
November 13, 2018
Brene Brown - The Anatomy Of Trust
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 you trust yourself?
07:48
November 12, 2018
British Museum Sketchnote-On-Location + Magic Eye
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!
03:43
November 11, 2018
General Magic - Forbes calls the “most important dead company”
“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 entrepreneurs saw the future decades before it happened. General Magic captures the spirit of those of us who dare to dream big and the life-changing consequences when we fail, fail again, fail better, and ultimately succeed.”
07:33
November 10, 2018
Lessons + Memrise’s Founder Ed Cooke
Reflections on the team’s journey so far. Also, randomly went to an event on psychedelics hosted by Ed Cooke.
05:05
November 9, 2018
New Team member + Reid Hoffman
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~
03:10
November 8, 2018
codebar’s First Ever Improv Night
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!
03:37
November 7, 2018
Fireside Chat with Monzo’s Founder & CEO
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.
05:00
November 6, 2018
Sunday + Bamboo Saxophone 🎷
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!
06:36
November 5, 2018
Videogames & London Korean Film Festival
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
04:46
November 4, 2018
Does Fitness and Diet Work?
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.
06:27
November 3, 2018
Ecole 42 & Improv
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
09:02
November 2, 2018
IMDb’s Founding Story
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~
09:05
November 1, 2018
“No one knows what they are doing”
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!
04:28
October 31, 2018
More “Abstract”
Absolutely love Netflix documentary series “Abstract” - seeing artists’ creative processes allows you to let your own imagination go wild!
04:51
October 30, 2018
Abstract: The Art Of Design - Christoph Niemann
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 the right level of abstraction! This also reminds me of coding~ In the end, everything’s connected :)
04:28
October 29, 2018
“A Star Is Born”
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!
03:50
October 28, 2018
How to Know If You Are Working On The Right Thing
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~
04:50
October 27, 2018
Reflection on Sprint 2
Zinc Day 19 - it’s been a thoroughly fun experience! Recognising our own biases and how a team without hierarchy forms its dynamics.
06:49
October 26, 2018
Rapid Prototyping and Sketchnote
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!
03:37
October 25, 2018
Oobah Butler And His Fake Selves
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!!!
04:17
October 23, 2018
Fun Team
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!
02:13
October 22, 2018
Comparing Notes With EF
Caught up with my friend doing EF - different pace, different drama, but fun times for all~ #trusttheprocess
04:55
October 22, 2018
How Space Facilitates Human Interactions
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.
02:22
October 21, 2018
Advice from a seasoned investor for startups
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...
05:11
October 20, 2018
POV Statement
Zinc Day 14, Point of View Statement - essentially a persona of the idea customer and what he wants/needs.
04:56
October 18, 2018
Smarely MBA vs EMBA
Smartly drinks earlier tonight, met a lot of people from the EMBA program. Compared notes and understood Smartly business model better~
05:05
October 18, 2018
How to Work Through Different Opinions with Cofounders
Zinc Day 12 - more teamwork. This time, we had an excellent opportunity to learn how to work through different opinions with cofounders.
06:19
October 16, 2018
Some Thoughts on Therapy
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 :)
06:10
October 15, 2018
Miscellaneous
Reflecting on the weekend~
03:18
October 14, 2018
Career Development
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!
04:43
October 14, 2018
Zinc Day 10: Ecole 42
Had the head of pedagogy of Ecole 42 coming to speak to us! Absolutely love what they do!
04:20
October 13, 2018
Zinc Day 9: Innovation, Future of Work and Georgio Peviani
Real marketing genius - check out Vice’s story on “Georgio Peviani”! It’s a great lesson on how the society operates~
03:22
October 11, 2018
Zinc Day 8: Scratch Your Own Itch
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!
03:37
October 11, 2018
Zinc Day 7: More Expert Talks
Themed expert talks ranging from education to urban planning. The importance of connectivity!
06:29
October 9, 2018
Zinc Day 6: Quick Recap
Perhaps time to start working with people in different groups to figure out a good pairing :)
02:11
October 9, 2018
A Day of Recovery
Took it very easy! Ready to start again though :)
02:17
October 8, 2018
Saturday Off + EF’s Pairing Method
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 :)
04:53
October 7, 2018
Zinc Day 5: Raspberry Pi
Great inspirations from Raspberry Pi~ Ready for a relaxing weekend!
02:26
October 6, 2018
Zinc Day 4: Social Innovation
“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.
06:48
October 5, 2018
Zinc Day 3: Empowerment
2nd day in Rochdale, spent time with local organisations. Biggest takeaway, empower people - people need and deserve respect!
03:54
October 3, 2018
Zinc Day 2: Amazing NHS Initiatives
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 surprised me. Loving the initiatives!
07:04
October 2, 2018
Zinc Day 1: Zinc vs Entrepreneur First
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...
09:53
October 1, 2018
Zinc Starts Tomorrow
A new phase of my life officially kicks off tomorrow! Excited~
05:02
September 30, 2018
Small World
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
04:59
September 30, 2018
Tech Giants’ Office Designs
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 headquarters. Supposedly FB HQ is modelled after Disney Land~
03:40
September 29, 2018
Speaking at MOEvement
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!
06:00
September 28, 2018
Turning Speech Writing Into A Social Engagement
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
05:45
September 27, 2018
Reflections from a Conversation with a Serial Entrepreneur
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.
06:27
September 26, 2018
Nothing Is Original
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!
04:22
September 25, 2018
Recurse Centre - Coding Retreat for Developers
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.
06:25
September 24, 2018
Paul Graham on Bosses | Brexit | E-residency for Estonia!
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 me again on its e-residency. It’s been out for a few years, but I only just heard about it :P
05:12
September 23, 2018
How to Know What You Really Like
Great day with great conversations! Musings on how to determine what you really like and what you think you like~
06:19
September 22, 2018
Jonna Jinton's Story on Becoming An Artist
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.
05:20
September 21, 2018
Making of Manga “Blades of the Guardians”
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.
07:59
September 20, 2018
Fashion Innovation - Elvis & Kresse + Burberry
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 them such a fascinating case study!
10:35
September 19, 2018
Citizenship Ceremony
It feels like I've finally "graduated"!
03:35
September 18, 2018
Accepting Human Condition
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.
03:49
September 17, 2018
codebar’s 4th unconference
Twitter hosted our 4th uncodebar! It was a fantastic day with many interesting topics~ codebar is truly my favorite community!
04:10
September 16, 2018
Are you good at assessing people?
Trust is fundamental in all human relationships. Yet, are you good at assessing people's characters? Do you trust your own judgement?
05:47
September 15, 2018
Y Combinator Q&A in London
What surprised me about YC and some personal epiphany!
08:11
September 14, 2018
The Joy of Teamwork
Fundamentally, human beings are social animals. My own journey of realizing what's important :)
08:34
September 13, 2018
Thoughts on Privacy and Fame
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?
04:12
September 11, 2018
Molly’s Game
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.
04:44
September 10, 2018
Deadpool 2 & On the Value Of Art
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.
07:51
September 9, 2018
Speaker Training for MOE Foundation's Conference
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.
03:53
September 7, 2018
My Longest Short Distance Travel to Date
Been on the road since 6:30am London time and only got home now at 1:15am...
07:51
September 6, 2018
National Cleaning Day and Thoughts On Writing
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 writing.
07:21
September 5, 2018
Forest, Lake, Stars and Friends
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!
04:32
September 3, 2018
Difficulties of Being a Vegan When Traveling
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 :(
05:32
September 2, 2018
An Epic Bulgarian Wedding
Reporting from my friend's epic Bulgarian wedding!
04:36
September 1, 2018
Greetings from Sofia
Good friend's wedding tomorrow and the theme is for all guests to wear their home countries' traditional clothing! Cool, right? :D
02:22
August 31, 2018
Reflections on Saying No
Reflections on learning to say no and set boundary. Off to sofia tomorrow for a wedding!
04:39
August 31, 2018
Catching Up with My Newly Retired High School Teacher
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!
05:57
August 30, 2018
Lifestyle as a Founder
Do your best and live life with no regret! Work hard now~
08:51
August 29, 2018
Visit to the Cartoon Museum - Learning from the Masters
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!
06:51
August 28, 2018
Learning in loud spaces?
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 :)
04:19
August 27, 2018
Art Career and Self-promotion
Had an interesting conversation with a newly turned full-time artist. All careers are hard, might as well do what you love!
06:11
August 26, 2018
“Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear”
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.
06:11
August 25, 2018
Natural eyesight improvement + Hamilton
Getting weaker prescription to allow room for eyesight improvement! It was awesome watching Hamilton up close front and centre!
09:01
August 24, 2018
Some Reflections
On overworking, time allocation and more~
06:57
August 23, 2018
Smartly MBA
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!
07:42
August 22, 2018
Elon Musk Tearing Up During Interview
Life as an entrepreneur is not easy, even Elon Musk had a small breakdown.
05:33
August 22, 2018
Miyamoto Musashi - Way of Strategy
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!
05:11
August 20, 2018
Kimura Takuya - 日本一の男
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.
14:32
August 19, 2018
World’s Largest Idol Group AKB48
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 performances. Akimoto san also doesn’t believe there are great talents in Japan...
12:15
August 18, 2018
10-Day Silent Meditation
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 :)
21:01
August 17, 2018
Lessons from Werner Herzog & Aaron Sorkin
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!
12:24
August 1, 2018
Frank Gehry -Enjoying a Career You Love in Your 90s
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~
07:25
July 31, 2018
Malcolm Gladwell Manages His Expectations Well
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!
06:39
July 30, 2018
Malcolm Gladwell on Writing & Nas Daily on Videomaking!!!
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
08:39
July 29, 2018
James Patterson Shares His Secrets in Writing
Outlines + research + up to 10 rewrites = James Patterson’s Writing Secrets
07:51
July 28, 2018
Master Classes So Far
Different masterclasses by passionate artists have more in common than you think. All art forms ultimately are about storytelling, so emotional resonance trumps everything!
07:53
July 27, 2018
Impact Founders Summer BBQ
Startup life - reflecting on my conversation with an entrepreneur who’s worked on his impact business for 16 years...
05:46
July 26, 2018
My Personal Story with Music
My childhood story and how Christina Aguilera’s masterclass on singing ended up being very inspirational.
09:11
July 25, 2018
Kumail Nanjiani’s Comedic Career
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~
06:18
July 24, 2018
Judd Apatow’s Advice on Comedy Writing
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!
08:26
July 23, 2018
Robin Williams Documentary
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.
08:15
July 22, 2018
Ron Howard on Directing Part 2
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!
04:14
July 21, 2018
Helen Mirren’s Master Class on Acting
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.
09:51
July 20, 2018
Meeting with Makers and Reflections on Racism
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.
09:27
July 19, 2018
Ron Howard’s MasterClass on Directing
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~
08:00
July 18, 2018
Tiniest City I’ve Ever Visited + Dr. Gabor Mate
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.
07:16
July 17, 2018
World Cup + British Pakistani Youth & Arranged Marriages
World Cup + Putin~ British Pakistani youth & their sufferings from arranged Marriages...
08:09
July 15, 2018
Malta Day 2
Happy bachelorette celebration day 2! Random seaside party after midnight with lovely Filipinos who live in Malta - something you can only run into!
08:40
July 15, 2018
First Day in Malta
When google map isn’t reliable... Here for a good friend’s hen party, so looking forward to the weekend!!!
06:40
July 13, 2018
Polyandry in India
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!
06:03
July 13, 2018