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🙇🏻‍♀️

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Vilnius to Riga - Greetings from Latvia!

August 25th, 2019

5:06

Hill of crosses, Rundales Palace, and Salaspils monument, and finally Riga! Quite a road trip and absolutely full of surprises :D

Greetings from Lithuania

August 23rd, 2019

2:24

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! 🥳

August 22nd, 2019

1:27

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...

August 21st, 2019

1:10

A bit of a limbo state today, and weren’t as productive. But onboarded a new creator!

Timebox Everything! #lesson

August 20th, 2019

1:09

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

August 19th, 2019

2:09

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 …

Museum of London

August 18th, 2019

1:38

Interesting day (re)discovering parts of London!

What’s the best thing that happened today?

August 17th, 2019

5:17

Answer this one question daily to practice positive reflection :) I started my logbook today after being inspired by Austin Kleon. Logbook is an idea …

Decision Making

July 29th, 2019

2:01

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

July 28th, 2019

10:39

Britain’s first hospital for orphaned children. Fascinating stories behind it. Highly recommend checking it out!

Mindful Triathlon

July 28th, 2019

2:20

Wanderlust - an annual so-called mindful triathlon event, with 5k + meditation + yoga, with 4000 people all in a park~ pretty interesting concept, …

Preparation is King

July 27th, 2019

1:49

Quickly reflecting on the day~

Amazing Day including Discussing Ideas with Harry from 20VC

July 26th, 2019

2:08

Can’t share too much just yet, but great day full of energy and insights! Including signing on our first creator!

Today’s Learnings

July 25th, 2019

2:15

Fairly new to the audio drama world, but definitely exciting!

Some Thoughts

July 23rd, 2019

2:58

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

July 22nd, 2019

1:39

Have both the English and Spanish titles on at the same - best way to learn ever!!!

LanguageTransfer.org

July 21st, 2019

6:03

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 …

Language Learning

July 21st, 2019

1:48

Specifically Spanish! Loving the movie coco and its Spanish version is perfect for learning :D

Brain-fart During Presentation 😱

July 20th, 2019

6:37

Haha it felt somewhat embarrassing in the moment, but I quickly recovered myself and it became a learning experience :)

Exciting Times!

July 19th, 2019

1:46

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?

July 17th, 2019

2:17

Research and design phase to become a subject expert, so you can better defend your idea 💡

Early Signals

July 16th, 2019

3:14

Some early signals that we are on the right track :D

Aggregator for Online Learning Resources?

July 16th, 2019

3:46

Would you like one? There are some, but not for everything yet!

🎞 Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda

July 14th, 2019

5:03

Japanese animated film that warms your heart

British Museum - Manga Exhibition

July 14th, 2019

3:33

Very well curated exhibition! If you’ve ever been impacted by manga, definitely check it out :)

Identify Theft + Enormous FinTech Grants

July 12th, 2019

5:21

A friend’s identify for stolen - both for her credit card and phone number! Completely mad... then also randomly discovered that there are enormous …

What is the problem you are solving?

July 10th, 2019

2:56

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

July 9th, 2019

2:46

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

July 8th, 2019

1:35

Trying to trust the process, even though today felt like we were going in circles a bit.

TikTok and EdTech

July 7th, 2019

2:56

Musically (now TikTok) founders tried to build an EdTech company before they pivoted to this super addictive social networking site.

Random

July 6th, 2019

2:57

Quick review of yesterday and today~

Letting Dust Settle

July 5th, 2019

1:55

Making progress but still a bit unclear on some fronts~ just gotta validate assumptions!

More Guiding Principles

July 3rd, 2019

4:10

Lessons from Superhuman 🦸‍♀️ again + some more guiding principles!

How to Optimise for Product Market Fit

July 2nd, 2019

4:38

Lessons from Superhuman’s founder and CEO 👨‍💼

Tracking Out

July 1st, 2019

2:20

Week 4, Day 1 at Antler - we are ready to track out! Exciting week ahead :)

Smartly

July 1st, 2019

1:56

Finishing up the course to take final exam :D

A Day of Food and Friends!

June 30th, 2019

2:37

Amazing weather in London today! Absolutely loved it with tons of great food 🥘 and friends 👬 👫 👭

Team Culture

June 29th, 2019

3:22

Importance of trust~ #bestteamexperienceever!

Forgetting Time

June 27th, 2019

1:17

With the right team, when in flow, you forget time :D

The Light in the Piazza 🎭 🎶

June 27th, 2019

5:54

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

June 25th, 2019

1:50

Insight approach - from the point of customer behaviours!

“Sleep Meditation”

June 25th, 2019

1:17

Too effective, literally passed out 😂

Alone Time

June 23rd, 2019

1:32

Have you had sufficient amount of alone time recently?

Gratitude

June 22nd, 2019

3:31

Life reminds us that nothing is constant! Be grateful for what we have in the moment

Reflections on Cofounder Hunting

June 21st, 2019

2:14

The right balance of chemistry and productivity!

Artificial Constraints

June 20th, 2019

2:32

Try applying artificial constraints to potential ideas you have, something cooler might come out of it ;)

Network Effect

June 19th, 2019

2:43

Does your business idea have the potential to rapidly expand?

Simplicity

June 18th, 2019

1:42

Simplicity is at the other end of complexity!

Innovation Models

June 17th, 2019

3:31

Mental models to guide and categorise innovation.

Venice Biennale 2019

June 17th, 2019

3:03

Amazing modern art from all countries in the beautiful city Venice!

Rambling

June 14th, 2019

4:11

Rambling on~ p.s. Tried ravioli in Bergamo style yet? :P

Wedding in Bergamo!

June 14th, 2019

5:22

Beautiful Italian city near Milan~ Great wedding and fantastic friends~ Also, lessons on “fighting well” :)

Antler Day 3

June 12th, 2019

3:22

Timeboxed team challenges! Had a lot of fun and saw diversity in thinking working out brilliantly~ also #trusttheprocess - divergence before convergence ;)

Antler Day 2

June 11th, 2019

1:48

People interested in the problem area of continuous learning! Super awesome beginning - excited :)

Antler Day 1

June 11th, 2019

3:41

Fun and exciting day! Antler’s first London cohort~

AI: More Than Human

June 9th, 2019

7:36

Super cool exhibition at the Barbican Centre!

The Marriage of Figaro at The Grange Festival 🎭

June 9th, 2019

6:31

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~ …

New Beginning

June 7th, 2019

5:08

Came out of emotional funk! New super organised and productive phase starts today :D

Sketchnote + How to Structure an Art Project + Lin Chi-Ling

June 7th, 2019

5:13

Fun sketchnote session today! Great chat with Julia about life and art. Then the news that broke Chinese social media today!

Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable

June 6th, 2019

6:31

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

June 4th, 2019

5:29

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

June 4th, 2019

5:01

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 …

What’s Your North Star? 💫

June 1st, 2019

8:46

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 31st, 2019

2:35

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 30th, 2019

6:00

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 …

A Story on Freedom #Dubai

May 30th, 2019

9:23

#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 …

Random

May 28th, 2019

2:18

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 28th, 2019

30:49

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 16th, 2019

2:36

Figuring out life - always a journey, and it’s never too late :)

Charity : Water

May 15th, 2019

6:30

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 15th, 2019

5:04

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 …

Trillion Dollar Coach - Bill Campbell

May 13th, 2019

5:29

Eric Schmidt’s new book details the lessons learnt from legendary coach Bill Campbell. Bill coached teams of business executives and created …

What Do you Think About POP Music?

May 12th, 2019

4:27

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 12th, 2019

7:35

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 10th, 2019

6:27

Know what you want and manifest it!

The Other Side of Resilience

May 10th, 2019

6:00

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 8th, 2019

3:55

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 …

Back from Long Weekend

May 7th, 2019

8:07

Practised full detachment when on vacation! Still processing the trip~

Quick Reflection

May 3rd, 2019

1:55

The challenges of emotional management in entrepreneurship journey...

Professionalism

May 1st, 2019

6:09

Professionalism is something we could take for granted in the corporate world. Then sometimes we get disappointed by people we encounter. Sometimes …

First Time in Munich

May 1st, 2019

7:53

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 …

Importance of Detachment!

April 24th, 2019

4:02

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

April 23rd, 2019

3:45

The art of happily pampering oneself :)

Are You Overworking?

April 23rd, 2019

2:28

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 …

Time Estimate? Always x2!

April 22nd, 2019

3:17

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

April 20th, 2019

2:46

Enjoy the good weather while it lasts :)

The Art of Taking Breaks

April 19th, 2019

4:42

Intentionally allocate no work hours and days! It’s an art, and balance can be achieved :)

Faust - Royal Opera House

April 19th, 2019

3:01

My very first opera! While it was a brilliant production, the storyline really made me upset...

How to Master Ourselves as Tools

April 17th, 2019

3:06

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 …

Education

April 16th, 2019

3:50

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 …

Cofounder Alert!

April 15th, 2019

1:40

When a Chinese and Nigerian meet serendipitously in London and decide to build a company together! I know haha

Relaxing Day

April 14th, 2019

2:31

Quick review of the day~ Excited for the conference tomorrow!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

April 14th, 2019

2:41

An inspiration for women and men! Noticing how far we’ve come, true equality might not be far anymore :)

Sofar Sounds

April 13th, 2019

3:26

Great secret concerts worth checking out! Also, amazingly talented spoken word artist Chris a@poetcurious on Instagram ;)

Skoll Forum Ecosystem Events

April 12th, 2019

3:16

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

April 10th, 2019

3:42

More hybrid roles! Rather than radical specialisation, encourage employees to be more well-rounded! It doesn’t just spice up a workday. Chances are, …

Mini Digital Detox

April 9th, 2019

5:51

Airplane mode for the night (except during the recording of this episode)~

Professional Side of Friends

April 9th, 2019

4:47

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 …

“Ba Miao Zhu Zhang” - spoil things by undue haste

April 7th, 2019

4:16

The balance between focus/speed and patience is an art many entrepreneurs need to learn to master~

Scavengar Hunt Saturday! Harry Potter Themed 😊

April 7th, 2019

5:15

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

April 5th, 2019

6:37

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 …

The Art of Time Estimate

April 5th, 2019

2:04

Things always take longer! A top tip - double the estimate at least~

How to Communicate Well as a Brand

April 3rd, 2019

4:03

“Simplify and Exaggerate”, the cofounder and ex co-CEO of Innocent, Richard Reed says.

Is Quirkey a Social Network?

April 2nd, 2019

5:26

Trying to find good analogies, so people get what Quirkey is.

First Day Attempting To Be An Early Riser

April 1st, 2019

1:56

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

March 31st, 2019

6:17

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 …

Joe Wong - A Chemical Engineer Turned Standup Comedian

March 30th, 2019

5:56

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

March 29th, 2019

3:06

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

March 29th, 2019

5:31

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 …

Transition Day

March 28th, 2019

1:37

Had time to reflect and further conversation with a potential cofounder. All pretty good! Sheffield tomorrow~

Parting Ways with Zinc

March 26th, 2019

3:26

Due to misalignment on vision, Quirkey and Zinc are parting ways amicably. Next chapter starts! EDUCATE also starts in May~

Until tomorrow...

March 26th, 2019

1:40

Can’t quite discuss much yet until I learn more tomorrow. So let’s see what happens~

Adobe Illustrator Color Hell

March 25th, 2019

3:37

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 🤓

March 24th, 2019

3:31

Never had the chance to participate in politics before, since I spent my whole adulthood as a foreigner in different countries until fairly recently! …

15-20 Key Messages for Your Pitch

March 23rd, 2019

2:18

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

March 22nd, 2019

1:37

The practice of planning is useful. The plan itself is not.

Conviction

March 20th, 2019

3:20

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 👟

March 19th, 2019

3:44

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 …

When Productive

March 19th, 2019

3:46

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 …

The Panama Papers 🎥

March 18th, 2019

5:46

Investigative journalists risking their lives to uncover stories that matter to us and reveals systematic corruption. Highly recommend the …

BuddhaField

March 16th, 2019

4:51

A type of Buddhism, good to have experienced it, but I still prefer silence and nature :)

Conceptual Gallery Opening and much much more

March 16th, 2019

5:58

Amazing conceptual gallery (WhiteChurchPassage.com) opening that essentially serve as a social commentary! Congratulations to my friend whose company …

The Key to Belonging to a Community?

March 15th, 2019

3:36

Start giving. A beautiful piece detailing the author’s personal journey on discovering the true meaning and value of belonging to a community -

Cofounder Breakup - The Most Common Cause for Startup Failure

March 14th, 2019

3:42

Yet another team parted ways. To many people’s surprise, and often times the true reasons might never be known.

Colorlib

March 12th, 2019

2:25

Amazing resources like colorlib allows you to delay building for as long as possible! Learn from testing with users, and try repurposing existing …

Don’t judge until you’ve communicated with someone directly

March 12th, 2019

5:03

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 …

Exciting new pilot 😍

March 10th, 2019

2:30

Momentum! And awesome user feedback!

Tried to work too much?

March 9th, 2019

4:29

Perhaps I should have taken the day off completely... p.s. a random fact - most effective foot cream contains 10 - 25% urea! #readtheingredients

Progress

March 9th, 2019

3:04

A happy day with progress! Fun co-creation process with power users :D

Trust in Serendipity

March 8th, 2019

2:18

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

March 7th, 2019

7:37

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 🌊

March 6th, 2019

6:49

Being a solo founder is hard, mainly because of the emotional challenges! Having a strong support network is crucial. P.S. tonight we watched …

What I noticed today working with a potential cofounder

March 5th, 2019

2:18

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 …

Productive Night

March 4th, 2019

2:53

A quick recap on the day~

An Atypical Startup Story

March 3rd, 2019

8:25

The company and founders will remain unnamed, but the lessons are still valuable for many entrepreneurs!

Alita: Battle Angel 🎞

March 3rd, 2019

4:19

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?

March 1st, 2019

2:42

Please help me get in touch with Sue Black! 🙏🏻

Ecole 42 Student Interview

February 27th, 2019

6:18

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

February 27th, 2019

3:51

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 …

“Into the Spider-Verse” 🎞

February 26th, 2019

3:12

How to access your super power? Take a leap of faith :)

The Most Valuable Things In Life Are “Free”

February 25th, 2019

4:42

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 👗

February 24th, 2019

8:57

I call Apple’s strategy “Grossly Underpromise”. Then as a result, you’re almost guaranteed to over deliver ;) V&A’s special exhibition on …

Evening at Tate Late

February 22nd, 2019

5:29

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 …

A Lesson On Communication

February 21st, 2019

4:42

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 …

Apprenticeship at Google

February 21st, 2019

2:59

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 …

A Lesson on Personal Priority

February 20th, 2019

2:48

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?

February 18th, 2019

3:51

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 …

Feeling Grateful

February 18th, 2019

3:48

Narrowing down on a vision and feeling grateful about everything in life

#Reflections - Lessons Learned

February 17th, 2019

8:51

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 Founding Story of MarvelApp

February 15th, 2019

7:51

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 …

Cutest Gentleman

February 14th, 2019

8:07

Just remembered the sweetest 6 year old boy helping me with my garbage bags earlier today, and suddenly nothing else seemed important 😂 Such sweet …

Close Enough - Living Vicariously

February 13th, 2019

6:27

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 …

🎥 China’s Van Goghs

February 12th, 2019

5:38

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 …

First Pilot Session! 😄

February 11th, 2019

6:17

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

February 10th, 2019

6:15

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

February 8th, 2019

7:29

On reincarnation, meaning of “unfair” life events, and our ability to “change” the past.

The Dropout - Story of Elizabeth Holmes, and Theranos

February 8th, 2019

4:08

Absolutely fascinating story about how Elizabeth and Theranos came to be what they were. How she played a character, manipulating her own voice and …

Radical Acceptance

February 6th, 2019

4:35

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 🧤, …

Happy Chinese Year! And Lessons From Slack’s Marketing Strategy

February 4th, 2019

5:16

Officially 2019 according to all calendars 😂 Had the ultimate marshmallow test today at dinner~ Some reflections on customer acquisition strategy :)

🧧 Chinese New Year

February 4th, 2019

7:23

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

February 3rd, 2019

8:36

Reflections inspired by the book “Big Magic” regarding art and creative living. Also, unrelated reflections on the Hulu documentary “Fyre Fraud” …

Feeling Grateful

February 2nd, 2019

5:43

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

February 1st, 2019

5:55

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

January 31st, 2019

13:39

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 …

Do Your Best Also Trust The Process

January 30th, 2019

4:29

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?

January 28th, 2019

4:58

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

January 28th, 2019

6:07

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

January 27th, 2019

8:12

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 …

Happy Friday!

January 25th, 2019

3:00

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 …

Findings From Bett - The EdTech Show

January 25th, 2019

7:09

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 …

Good Day with Progress

January 24th, 2019

3:10

Had a fun and productive day! Inspirations coming from all directions :D

Thoughts on the Day and Body Modification

January 23rd, 2019

6:51

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 …

Focus

January 21st, 2019

2:49

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

January 21st, 2019

3:17

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

January 20th, 2019

3:59

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 …

The Great Gatsby Immersive Theatre

January 19th, 2019

4:36

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 …

Startup Podcast’s Story on Success Academy in New York

January 18th, 2019

8:36

One woman’s journey on closing the achievement gap and how she helped kids from underprivileged background believe that everything is possible! …

Emotional Breakthrough

January 17th, 2019

6:05

Improved nuanced understanding that gives us increased conviction on how we would approach the business development!

Self-acceptance

January 15th, 2019

5:41

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 :) …

The Invisible Poverty - Documentary “A Northern Soul” by Director Sean McAllister

January 15th, 2019

8:33

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 …

Creating Paper Prototype and Feeling Stuck

January 14th, 2019

5:19

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 …

Cofounders Double Date 😄

January 13th, 2019

3:40

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 …

How Much Software Engineers Make And More

January 12th, 2019

6:04

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

January 11th, 2019

4:11

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

January 9th, 2019

7:28

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 …

Cofounder Test

January 9th, 2019

5:31

Cofounder relationships are important - a lot of learning ahead~ But let’s get thing done :)

A Day Of Recovery

January 8th, 2019

5:10

Not yet productive, probably needed time to fully recover. Excited for tomorrow though!

Home Sweet Home 🏡

January 6th, 2019

5:24

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 …

Possibly the Oldest Apple Staff?

January 5th, 2019

7:45

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 …

Random Thoughts and Reflections

January 4th, 2019

11:20

Some observations from the hot spring trip~ Hakone is a very beautiful place and famous for a good reason.

Hello from Hakone (Hot Spring!)

January 3rd, 2019

8:53

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)! …

Study 📖 Day

January 2nd, 2019

9:18

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 …

Jan 1st the Japanese Way

January 1st, 2019

4:58

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~

December 31st, 2018

10:01

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 …

A Day Until 2019!

December 30th, 2018

4:16

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 …

Hiking Mountain Takao

December 29th, 2018

4:27

Hiking, eating amazing food, seeing Mt Fuji from afar, enjoying osen and the whole Tokyo experience!

Visiting A 21-Day Old

December 28th, 2018

4:02

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!

December 27th, 2018

5:34

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!!! 🇯🇵

December 26th, 2018

5:44

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 …

Liking Seoul More and More

December 25th, 2018

7:35

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 …

Merry Christmas! - Revising My Impression Of Korea

December 24th, 2018

8:32

Korea is in-between China and Japan, both geographically and culturally. After initial disappointment on its lack of unique architectural identity …

Greetings from Seoul

December 23rd, 2018

6:02

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

December 22nd, 2018

4:38

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

December 21st, 2018

3:10

Really want to finish up Smartly coursework before the holidays! The mission continues today. Forgot to record an episode last night, so making up …

Zinc Xmas Party 🥳 & Movie Aquaman

December 20th, 2018

4:10

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 …

House Boat Duck Billie

December 19th, 2018

4:06

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

December 18th, 2018

3:07

Had some much needed advice from UCL’s design lab crew! It helped putting me on the right path💪🏻

Saatchi Gallery

December 17th, 2018

3:23

A place that always has amazing art to offer!

Prototype Building and Movie “Small Foot” 🦶

December 16th, 2018

4:35

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

December 14th, 2018

5:02

Two key improv principles: 1. Run towards failure. 2. Always say “yes, and”!

Bubble.is - Visual Code Editor

December 14th, 2018

2:33

Why code from scratch when you have bubble? Perfect for building MVP! :D

Vivienne Ming - Future Of Human Potential

December 13th, 2018

8:11

How your ability to construct purpose and believe your effort would pay off are the most important predictors of your lifetime outcomes. And meta …

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

December 12th, 2018

6:19

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 …

When Someone Drops Out

December 10th, 2018

4:29

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

December 9th, 2018

5:56

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 …

Last Minute Podcast From The Airport

December 8th, 2018

3:12

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

December 7th, 2018

9:12

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 …

China and Its 72-Hour-Visa-Free Offer

December 6th, 2018

3:57

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 …

Fun Family Time

December 5th, 2018

2:44

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. …

Midnight in Bangkok

December 4th, 2018

4:03

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

December 3rd, 2018

4:22

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 …

Cutest Wedding Ever!

December 2nd, 2018

4:33

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 …

When “Sure” Isn’t Reliable

December 2nd, 2018

3:40

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

November 30th, 2018

5:05

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

November 29th, 2018

2:46

Just saying hi after over 24 hours on the road! I’m ready to crash > <

Zinc Believes In The Idea

November 27th, 2018

3:06

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

November 27th, 2018

4:01

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

November 26th, 2018

5:23

Pixar artists are such amazing storytellers! Bao helped me see aspects of Chinese culture in new ways~ Bao is an incredibly cute, humorous and …

Games - A Shortcut To People’s True Selves

November 25th, 2018

4:57

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

November 24th, 2018

3:35

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?

November 23rd, 2018

3:39

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

November 21st, 2018

6:15

It’s great to get confirmation from different sources, and always exciting to see complete strangers supporting your study :D

Reflections on Networking Events

November 21st, 2018

3:28

A great day speaking to experts and just general networking. A lot of followups to do!

Live-streaming on YouNow

November 19th, 2018

4:55

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 …

Live-streaming Myself Learning Math

November 19th, 2018

2:23

Completely SMARTLY’s probability course on camera. Talking out loud was a very fun way to learn math!

“Explained” on Exclamation Mark

November 18th, 2018

5:29

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

November 17th, 2018

2:18

Importance of getting expert confirmation!

Equity? + New Discoveries

November 16th, 2018

5:19

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

November 15th, 2018

4:51

Reflections on the meetup and on our first argument in the team!

The Mattress Interview (#JTBD)

November 14th, 2018

2:45

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 -

Some Thoughts on Platform Building

November 13th, 2018

7:08

Excited to read the book 📚 “Platform Revolution” and plot out some strategies for the project! While plans will definitely change, but great to have …

Brene Brown - The Anatomy Of Trust

November 12th, 2018

7:48

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 …

British Museum Sketchnote-On-Location + Magic Eye

November 11th, 2018

3:43

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”

November 10th, 2018

7:33

“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.

Lessons + Memrise’s Founder Ed Cooke

November 9th, 2018

5:05

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

November 8th, 2018

3:10

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 …

codebar’s First Ever Improv Night

November 7th, 2018

3:37

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

November 6th, 2018

5:00

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 …

Sunday + Bamboo Saxophone 🎷

November 5th, 2018

6:36

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 …

Videogames & London Korean Film Festival

November 4th, 2018

4:46

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 …

Does Fitness and Diet Work?

November 3rd, 2018

6:27

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 …

Ecole 42 & Improv

November 2nd, 2018

9:02

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

November 1st, 2018

9:05

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”

October 31st, 2018

4:28

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”

October 30th, 2018

4:51

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

October 29th, 2018

4:28

Christoph is an amazing illustrator who’s full of creativity and he shares his key philosophy on art creation - abstraction. Because viewers are …

“A Star Is Born”

October 28th, 2018

3:50

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

October 27th, 2018

4:50

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 …

Reflection on Sprint 2

October 26th, 2018

6:49

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

October 25th, 2018

3:37

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

October 23rd, 2018

4:17

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 …

Fun Team

October 22nd, 2018

2:13

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

October 22nd, 2018

4:55

Caught up with my friend doing EF - different pace, different drama, but fun times for all~ #trusttheprocess

How Space Facilitates Human Interactions

October 21st, 2018

2:22

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

October 20th, 2018

5:11

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 …

POV Statement

October 18th, 2018

4:56

Zinc Day 14, Point of View Statement - essentially a persona of the idea customer and what he wants/needs.

Smarely MBA vs EMBA

October 18th, 2018

5:05

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

October 16th, 2018

6:19

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

October 15th, 2018

6:10

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

October 14th, 2018

3:18

Reflecting on the weekend~

Career Development

October 14th, 2018

4:43

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

October 13th, 2018

4:20

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

October 11th, 2018

3:22

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

October 11th, 2018

3:37

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

October 9th, 2018

6:29

Themed expert talks ranging from education to urban planning. The importance of connectivity!

Zinc Day 6: Quick Recap

October 9th, 2018

2:11

Perhaps time to start working with people in different groups to figure out a good pairing :)

A Day of Recovery

October 8th, 2018

2:17

Took it very easy! Ready to start again though :)

Saturday Off + EF’s Pairing Method

October 7th, 2018

4:53

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

October 6th, 2018

2:26

Great inspirations from Raspberry Pi~ Ready for a relaxing weekend!

Zinc Day 4: Social Innovation

October 5th, 2018

6:48

“Daddly Does It” initiative shows the importance of meeting people where they are. Also, the transformative power in not treating people as isolated …

Zinc Day 3: Empowerment

October 3rd, 2018

3:54

2nd day in Rochdale, spent time with local organisations. Biggest takeaway, empower people - people need and deserve respect!

Zinc Day 2: Amazing NHS Initiatives

October 2nd, 2018

7:04

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 …

Zinc Day 1: Zinc vs Entrepreneur First

October 1st, 2018

9:53

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

September 30th, 2018

5:02

A new phase of my life officially kicks off tomorrow! Excited~

Small World

September 30th, 2018

4:59

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

September 29th, 2018

3:40

Physical environment definitely plays an important role in stimulating the people interacting in it. Office space becomes particularly important. …

Speaking at MOEvement

September 28th, 2018

6:00

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

September 27th, 2018

5:45

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

September 26th, 2018

6:27

Being reminded that a clear financial model would make or break a company, and entrepreneurship is a marathon. There might be moments when …

Nothing Is Original

September 25th, 2018

4:22

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 …

Recurse Centre - Coding Retreat for Developers

September 24th, 2018

6:25

Learnt about an awesome organization called Recurse Centre today. Fantastic self-directed learning setup, or say Montessori for adults! Also some …

Paul Graham on Bosses | Brexit | E-residency for Estonia!

September 23rd, 2018

5:12

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 …

How to Know What You Really Like

September 22nd, 2018

6:19

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

September 21st, 2018

5:20

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”

September 20th, 2018

7:59

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 …

Fashion Innovation - Elvis & Kresse + Burberry

September 19th, 2018

10:35

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 …

Citizenship Ceremony

September 18th, 2018

3:35

It feels like I've finally "graduated"!

Accepting Human Condition

September 17th, 2018

3:49

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

September 16th, 2018

4:10

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?

September 15th, 2018

5:47

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

September 14th, 2018

8:11

What surprised me about YC and some personal epiphany!

The Joy of Teamwork

September 13th, 2018

8:34

Fundamentally, human beings are social animals. My own journey of realizing what's important :)

Thoughts on Privacy and Fame

September 11th, 2018

4:12

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 …

Molly’s Game

September 10th, 2018

4:44

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 …

Deadpool 2 & On the Value Of Art

September 9th, 2018

7:51

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 …

Speaker Training for MOE Foundation's Conference

September 7th, 2018

3:53

MOE Foundation trains coaches and speakers at its conference share such level of authenticity and vulnerability that are inspiring! I feel very …

My Longest Short Distance Travel to Date

September 6th, 2018

7:51

Been on the road since 6:30am London time and only got home now at 1:15am...

National Cleaning Day and Thoughts On Writing

September 5th, 2018

7:21

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 …

Forest, Lake, Stars and Friends

September 3rd, 2018

4:32

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 …

Difficulties of Being a Vegan When Traveling

September 2nd, 2018

5:32

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 …

An Epic Bulgarian Wedding

September 1st, 2018

4:36

Reporting from my friend's epic Bulgarian wedding!

Greetings from Sofia

August 31st, 2018

2:22

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

August 31st, 2018

4:39

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

August 30th, 2018

5:57

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

August 29th, 2018

8:51

Do your best and live life with no regret! Work hard now~

Visit to the Cartoon Museum - Learning from the Masters

August 28th, 2018

6:51

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 …

Learning in loud spaces?

August 27th, 2018

4:19

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

August 26th, 2018

6:11

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”

August 25th, 2018

6:11

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, …

Natural eyesight improvement + Hamilton

August 24th, 2018

9:01

Getting weaker prescription to allow room for eyesight improvement! It was awesome watching Hamilton up close front and centre!

Some Reflections

August 23rd, 2018

6:57

On overworking, time allocation and more~

Smartly MBA

August 22nd, 2018

7:43

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

August 22nd, 2018

5:33

Life as an entrepreneur is not easy, even Elon Musk had a small breakdown.

Miyamoto Musashi - Way of Strategy

August 20th, 2018

5:11

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 …

Kimura Takuya - 日本一の男

August 19th, 2018

14:32

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

August 18th, 2018

12:15

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 …

10-Day Silent Meditation

August 17th, 2018

21:02

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

August 1st, 2018

12:24

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 …

Frank Gehry -Enjoying a Career You Love in Your 90s

July 31st, 2018

7:25

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

July 30th, 2018

6:39

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!!!

July 29th, 2018

8:39

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

July 28th, 2018

7:51

Outlines + research + up to 10 rewrites = James Patterson’s Writing Secrets

Master Classes So Far

July 27th, 2018

7:53

Different masterclasses by passionate artists have more in common than you think. All art forms ultimately are about storytelling, so emotional …

Impact Founders Summer BBQ

July 26th, 2018

5:46

Startup life - reflecting on my conversation with an entrepreneur who’s worked on his impact business for 16 years...

My Personal Story with Music

July 25th, 2018

9:11

My childhood story and how Christina Aguilera’s masterclass on singing ended up being very inspirational.

Kumail Nanjiani’s Comedic Career

July 24th, 2018

6:18

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

July 23rd, 2018

8:26

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

July 22nd, 2018

8:15

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 …

Ron Howard on Directing Part 2

July 21st, 2018

4:14

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 …

Helen Mirren’s Master Class on Acting

July 20th, 2018

9:51

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

July 19th, 2018

9:27

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

July 18th, 2018

8:00

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

July 17th, 2018

7:16

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 …

World Cup + British Pakistani Youth & Arranged Marriages

July 15th, 2018

8:09

World Cup + Putin~ British Pakistani youth & their sufferings from arranged Marriages...

Malta Day 2

July 15th, 2018

8:40

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

July 13th, 2018

6:40

When google map isn’t reliable... Here for a good friend’s hen party, so looking forward to the weekend!!!

Polyandry in India

July 13th, 2018

6:03

A future dystopia “Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (Hindi: मातृभूमि, translation: Motherland)” is a 2003 Indian film. It reminds us of the UN …

Meeting “Pakistani Jesus”

July 12th, 2018

7:28

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

July 11th, 2018

11:16

Alexandra Stein’s book “Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachments in Cults and Totalitarian Systems” provides an in-depth look into social …

Reflecting on Coaching and Facilitation

July 10th, 2018

5:14

Taught MOE’s coaching course today, and it was fun. Some reflections from the experience~

Reflections on cult, political correctness and immigration

July 8th, 2018

10:58

Humans all have strong desires to belong and it can be easily taken advantages of... power corrupts... Every coin has two sides, including political …

London Pride Parade 🏳️‍🌈

July 8th, 2018

7:48

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?

July 7th, 2018

6:48

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

July 6th, 2018

6:51

Timing is one of those things in life - just gotta accept and move past~

Close Encounter With A Cult

July 4th, 2018

12:05

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 …

Blablabla

July 3rd, 2018

3:27

Posting drawings on insta again from tomr!

Sunny Day Off

July 2nd, 2018

14:52

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!

July 1st, 2018

9:08

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

June 29th, 2018

6:18

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 …

Skillshare - loving it!

June 29th, 2018

5:07

Skillshare’s short courses are proving to be great, because they are so concise! New idea for mocumentaey!

London’s Startup Eco System

June 28th, 2018

6:46

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

June 27th, 2018

8:12

Reflections on what’s happened and how I’m progressing~ Stronger sense of direction!

The Westworld Season 2 Finale

June 26th, 2018

5:10

*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

June 25th, 2018

8:31

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

June 24th, 2018

4:42

Could Brexit still be stopped? In theory yes and I’m still hopeful...

Lifetime of Pleasure

June 23rd, 2018

4:10

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

June 22nd, 2018

5:22

History can sometimes be more twisted than our wildest imagination!

Jacqueline Kennedy

June 21st, 2018

3:29

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 …

Interview Tips

June 19th, 2018

2:46

Know your stories and be enthusiastic! Practice and practice some more :)

Nothing Much

June 19th, 2018

2:44

Nothing much, slowly getting back into swing of things!

Reflection for the past 30 days

June 18th, 2018

4:44

A lot of unexpected happenings, and finding my own path again!

Be Here Now

June 17th, 2018

7:18

A touching documentary on Andy Whitfield’s fight against life-threatening cancer. Reminding us all of the true nature of life...

Suffragette

June 16th, 2018

6:56

Reflecting on the movie “Suffragette”, the movement, and how blessed we are to be living in the new era.

Diversity in Tech Panel Discussion

June 15th, 2018

6:58

Cart before the horse - some thoughts on how to fundamentally change the challenge of not having enough tech talent

Strongest Man Alive

June 14th, 2018

5:30

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”

June 12th, 2018

8:27

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 …

English Literary Giants in the 18th Century

June 12th, 2018

5:17

Research for a portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft, a founding feminist philosopher, reveals how small the English literary circle once was and how …

Carnage: Swallowing the Past

June 11th, 2018

5:54

Great mokumentary that will help us reflect on our dietary habits.

On Mental Toughness

June 10th, 2018

4:45

Very much admire what David Goggins achieved for himself, but perhaps there is a more compassionate alternative!

“Many Lives Many Masters”

June 9th, 2018

5:14

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

June 8th, 2018

5:40

Had an extensive discussion with a friend of mine on spirituality, death and much much more

Card Mechanic Richard Turner

June 7th, 2018

2:43

Such a fascinating guy with a “secret” that would shock you! Check out documentary “Dealt” to learn more!

Buddhism Q&A

June 6th, 2018

3:57

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Q&A recordings from Plum Village. The idea of “Deep Buddhism”.

An Honest Liar

June 5th, 2018

3:18

Highly recommend the documentary “An Honest Liar” about The Amazing Randi, a fabulous magician and myth buster!

The Handmaid’s Tale

June 4th, 2018

2:30

A great work of art for us fo reflect on political dangers and appreciate the freedom some of us enjoy!

Random

June 3rd, 2018

4:20

My parents came around!

Too Much Too Soon

May 31st, 2018

3:13

Going to bed super early to reset!

Buddhist Ideas

May 30th, 2018

7:11

Learning from the Wise

JDrama “Long Vacation”

May 29th, 2018

2:11

My favourite JDrama and its life lessons

Appreciating Patience

May 28th, 2018

2:25

Learning to take it slowly

Obsessing Over Magic Tricks

May 27th, 2018

0:57

Well, “ruined” some magic tricks for myself :P

Magician Dave Blaine

May 25th, 2018

4:45

Some thoughts on the unbelievable Dave Blaine! + Clerkenwell Design Week

Embracing Vegan Diet

May 24th, 2018

4:38

Fell sick yesterday, but determined to give my body time to adjust!

Discovering the Elephant

May 22nd, 2018

4:53

Expanding our creative identity!

Next time - just do it the next day!

May 21st, 2018

4:03

Drawing requires decision making and you can’t make good art when tired!

Trevor Noah in London!

May 20th, 2018

2:21

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 19th, 2018

4:54

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 17th, 2018

4:40

Interesting first time experience! And a special exhibition recommendation, if you are based in London.

Small Update

May 16th, 2018

3:01

Excited to shadow a documentary maker at work tomr!

Life of Katherine Hepburn

May 16th, 2018

7:31

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 14th, 2018

7:16

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 13th, 2018

7:08

Love doing human portraits and particularly females! #redlipquotes :) How I slipped back into an old addiction (hopefully just today!) p.s. you can …

Reflecting on the Day

May 12th, 2018

3:41

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 11th, 2018

5:45

Members-only event at The School of Life London, and some thoughts on making art

“One Green Bottle” Review

May 10th, 2018

5:58

Perspective from a non-regular theatre goer on a small production at Soho Theatre.

After Watching “Red Sparrow”

May 9th, 2018

5:34

Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie, contains some spoiler alert, so proceed with caution :P

Reflections on Google I/O

May 8th, 2018

4:33

Google’s annual conference with their “exciting” announcements.

Time to Set Daily Objectives

May 7th, 2018

1:28

Read fictions, taught my parents some English, did some art, ended up being another day off :)

Church for the Atheists

May 6th, 2018

5:15

Sunday Assembly - Church for the Atheists founded by comedians! Meeting documentary filmmaker and getting inspired!

A Ramble

May 5th, 2018

2:31

Appreciating new routine!

The Artist’s Way

May 4th, 2018

2:57

Morning pages & Social Impact Focuses VC

“A decision is either made based on love or fear.”

May 3rd, 2018

6:16

Gained some clarity and ready to refocus myself! Be aware of distractions!

Be Proud of the Effort

May 2nd, 2018

4:21

Cultivate growth mindset and make trying cool! Also reflecting on parent child relationship.

Hedy Lamarr, The Inventor

May 1st, 2018

4:48

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

April 30th, 2018

4:53

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

April 29th, 2018

1:57

A great example of how learning of boring facts can be fun!

2 Insights + Dr. Milton Erickson

April 28th, 2018

4:50

Had an emotional breakthrough with videomaking! Also made progress with caricature quote practice~

As Luck Would Have It

April 28th, 2018

5:14

From being perceived as a bad friend to a great friend in a matter of hours :P

Feeling of Overwhelm

April 27th, 2018

6:53

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 …

Some reflections on a slow day

April 25th, 2018

4:04

One of those days, slow but needed!

Daliso Chaponda - an international comedian

April 25th, 2018

4:16

Seeing Daliso catching his big break on Britain’s got talent is very inspiring! Love his acts too!

Rewatched Django Unchained

April 23rd, 2018

3:56

So beautifully shot and awesome script! A lot to learn. Will have to rewatch again to take notes! :D

Happy Day Off

April 22nd, 2018

3:39

Enjoyed the sun and took it easy. Appreciating the importance of simplifying icons in sketchnote!

On Filming Outdoors

April 21st, 2018

2:22

Interesting learning experience filming outdoors for the first time. Overcoming psychological barriers! It ended up being fun :)

US Immigration Policy vs Japan

April 20th, 2018

4:59

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

April 20th, 2018

3:12

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

April 18th, 2018

3:36

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

April 18th, 2018

6:44

Many people appeared in Sir Ken Robinson’s book “The Element” disliked schools and rightfully so. But public education was a step forward comparing …

Find Your Element

April 17th, 2018

6:14

Sir Ken Robinson's humourous work and the greatest gift we could give ourselves.

Sketchnote and Biomimicry

April 15th, 2018

5:21

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

April 14th, 2018

4:57

Finally a sunny ☀️ day in London! Took the day off and had an interesting encounter with a retired professor from Japan 😄

Rethinking Daily Caricature

April 13th, 2018

6:49

Still figuring things out. Just some thoughts.

The Most Important Step in Making Good Caricatures

April 13th, 2018

2:01

Find a good reference photo! Not just clarity, but the right facial expression.

Musings on Movies

April 12th, 2018

2:45

Musings on scriptwriting to be more precise. And how amazing Quentin Tarantino is 😆

Submitted for the Competition!

April 10th, 2018

2:53

After many iterations! Here is the video: https://youtu.be/v2uv04kZ1aA. It’s a lesson on motivation and touches on the social psychology concept - …

VideoMaking

April 9th, 2018

0:56

Finally filmed the video, now onto editing! Will submit for competition just in time :D

Do It Because It’s Fun

April 9th, 2018

3:03

Always remember that - don’t let competitiveness ruin the fun!

Caricature Drawing - live recording tomorrow morning!

April 7th, 2018

6:26

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 …

Investigating the Art of Caricatures

April 7th, 2018

3:34

Discovered proko’s course on caricatures, so now I can properly address the pain points :D

Thoughts on Public Commitment

April 5th, 2018

9:37

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 …

Audio is the most authentic form of media

April 4th, 2018

2:47

Day 3 of Sketchnote Challenge. Attempted to live sketchnote Alex Blumberg’s talk on the power of audio storytelling.

Sketchnote Resources

April 4th, 2018

2:02

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

April 2nd, 2018

3:57

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

April 1st, 2018

5:37

New 7-day challenge on sketchnote starts tomorrow. Loved Jay’s videos, also his story.

EQ and Embracing Failure

March 31st, 2018

6:28

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 …

Reset & the Future

March 30th, 2018

7:50

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 …

Nothing much

March 30th, 2018

1:39

Uneventful day. But we shall appreciate these kind of days too :)

What’s it like to meet someone who literally thinks like you

March 29th, 2018

3:47

Meeting super like-minded people + some reflections on caricature drawing

Iterative Approach to Content

March 28th, 2018

2:20

Workaholic mode today. joinafa.org is now out!

Learnings on Drawing

March 26th, 2018

3:19

Potential tip on choosing facial shape and some other finer things in drawing faces, caricature or not.

Dreams & the Greatest Showman

March 25th, 2018

3:13

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

March 25th, 2018

6:08

Learnings from other people’s demo and thoughts on education

Blablabla

March 24th, 2018

3:12

Random musings and next week’s rough plan!

Thoughts on effort and marriage

March 22nd, 2018

6:08

Anything goes if you really put in the effort and rethinking marriage.

Grit

March 21st, 2018

3:22

Some musings on grit.

Call for Action

March 20th, 2018

4:17

If you know anyone who’s self-taught in a skill, please email me at brainfoodinator@gmail.com. I’d love to speak to them! Also, if you’ve got ideas around how to grow and engage brainfoodinator a community, please let …

Natural Vision Improvement Experiment

March 20th, 2018

7:23

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

March 18th, 2018

5:37

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

March 18th, 2018

2:34

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

March 16th, 2018

3:02

After building a foundation, it's time to get creative with the shapes and sizes to make cartoon characters more humorous! Drawing requires …

What's the connection between drawing and coding?

March 15th, 2018

4:16

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 …

Reflections, time investment and more on the Alexander Technique

March 13th, 2018

8:27

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 …

Action Poses and the Alexander Technique

March 13th, 2018

3:49

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 …

Cartoon Accessories and Visual Vocabulary

March 11th, 2018

2:59

Today's practice is mainly around cartoon accessories. Still learning all the key visual vocabulary, but hoping to start practicing caricature …

Important elements in good cartoons

March 10th, 2018

3:06

Key learnings from day 1 of cartoon drawing challenge. Also, a surprising fact of the day!

Intro

March 10th, 2018

1:15

A safe space for adult learners to find inspirations and be empowered to teach themselves new skills. Let's challenge traditional schooling together. …

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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens