The Mystery of Sleep

Many people suffer from sleep problems—sleep apnea, sleep irregularity, narcolepsy—but within primary literature (science from the source), there’s a lot of confusion and disagreement when scientists are asked: “what is sleep?” The question of why we sleep is of big debate among sleep researchers. We know there are cycles in our sleep and that it’s a…

Strangers in the crowd

I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And…

Japanese citizens didn’t loot after disaster struck in 2011

During times of disaster, many people suffer from a severe case of individualism, a condition defined by a lack of concern and/or empathy towards other people in situations where one cannot be benefitted. This often results in theft and chaos as people scramble to obtain scarce resources. I bring up this overgeneralized definition of individualism because…

Why I will (hopefully) have a successful career

A few years ago, I attended an inspiring lecture by Larry Smith, an economics professor at the University of Waterloo. During that lecture, Dr. Smigh told a room of 100 hundred undergraduate students, including myself, why we would will fail to have a great career. He then told us how to fix it. I mean…

The Musicality of Sign Language

Today I watched a TED Talk about the musicality of sign language. In the enchanting video, Christine Sun Kim, an artist and TED fellow, educates the audience on how musicality does indeed play an important role in sign language. As a casual musician, I thought it was really interesting to learn from Christine and her…

The Unfinished List

It’s been a few months since I started blogging. All in all, I’ve found it to be lots of fun to actually have a (seemingly) productive hobby. I have always enjoyed writing and reading, a trait I share with many bloggers. It was an important choice for me to start my own blog as a…

Once Upon a Video Game

To some people, video games are the 21st-century equivalent of oil paintings. From 2D platformers like the classic Super Mario Bros or more recent triple-A series like Horizon Zero Dawn, video games are created on a canvas that can please our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. This post is my love letter to video…

Good bye, Winter.

For all its slipperiness, cold, and inconvenience, winter is a beautiful season here in Toronto, Canada. On days when the snow flutters down in beautifully chunky snowflakes that drift slowly across my vision, I feel at peace. Snowfalls are not always accompanied by frigid weather, contrary to popular belief. Snow is an effective insulator that…

Robo Advisors: Would you trust a robot with your cash?

Have you ever heard the phrase “the rich get richer, but the poor get poorer”? Well, part of the reason that expression might be true is that rich people tend to put their money to work for them in the form of investments. It takes a decent amount of research and introspection to understand what…

Payday Maydays

No manager is perfect, but some are definitely better than others. As I gain more experience in the world of jobs and job interviews, I’ve come to learn how important it is to have a manager that both respects and listens to you. Feeling part of a team truly does improve your work ethic and…

Staring at Life from Above

I wish I could view the road map of my life. I wish I could look at my life like an experienced cartographer and have a full perspective of where Road A will lead me as I look for a career or how Road B will affect my relationships with those I cherish. If I could,…

Logically in Love

Ever since I started dating my current partner, one of my family members periodically asks me “How serious are you with him?” My irked answer often amounts to: “Well, I probably won’t ever tell you if I’m serious with anyone I date because if we break up, the next time I feel like I’m in a…