All the things they said I couldn't do (Pt.1)

Part 1. On running a businessIn college "These business ideas are cool to think of, but let's admit it Lu Wee, you're an engineering student, you don't know how to run a business." "That's a nice idea for a side thing you do on the weekends." After college, in a…

Libraries changed my life

I grew up with Asian parents who wanted the best for me, but never followed the typical Asian parenting stereotype when it came to my academics and self-enrichment. We didn't speak English, or Mandarin at home. We spoke our own dialect, Foochow (a.k.a. Fuzhounese/Hokchiu). When I cried…

The magic of doing just one thing a day

One night, more than fifteen years ago, I found out that my life would be changing forever. A man who my parents loaned a six figure sum to, failed to show up at an agreed location to pay off his final dues. He wasn't the only one. Some weeks before,…

aspirations 2021

do more, show less. like my mother, who donates, gives, serves... yet, you see nothing of these on social media. not because she doesn't use social media, it just doesn't occur to her that a picture needs to be taken when you do good. learn more, learn faster. curse less.…

Habits 3

<< Habits 2 This couldn't be real. Cherry was only twenty-six, much too young and alive to suddenly be dead. I could still hear her voice, smell her perfume, touch her. I did all that just hours ago. Yury. I heard my name being called, but couldn't respond. I…

How you lose yourself

I didn't think I would lose myself. I used to like thinking of myself as someone who guarded my identity with such vigour that my life's compass would always show me the right way. Yet, like a complacent sailor at sea, I hit an unknown storm, and lost my way.…

Habits 2

<< Habits 1 "Sir, sir!" A boy's voice grew louder near me. "Sir!" I felt a pair of hands grab my shoulders, and shake my body. I opened my eyes. A boy stood in front of me, his eyes wide open. "You've been in the train for two hours,…

Where do dreams go to die?

The tragedy of life isn't that we'll all die. It's that we'll die before living first. We may define living differently, but we all know how it feels like to be living exuberantly, or to be dying slowly. The former, relies on keeping one thing close to you alive. Of…