Notoriously Curious

Old Writing



Should You Self-Study Languages?

What are the things that pop in your head when you realize you want to learn a new language?

  • Which language school is the best?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How long is it going to take?

My answers.

  • Self-study the language.
  • Depends but most likely cheaper than enrolling in a language school.
  • Entirely up to you, your schedule, and learning ability.

Of course, that’s the short end of it. As someone who’s self-studying Korean, I’m a little biased. 

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Singing In The Rain: A Review

In the back of my head, I’m picturing a conversation that goes…

“What if we make it rain on stage?”

“YES! That’s brilliant. Let’s make it happen.” 

And so goes my love affair of Singing in the Rain, the theatre production that’s going to take Singapore by storm, if it hasn’t already.

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Is There Life Beyond The Fitness Tracker?

My Jawbone UP24 died on me two weeks ago. That silicone bracelet has been a mainstay since I got it last September 2014. And I was more than happy to have parted ways with it.

For months I have debated whether I should simplify my fitness trackers and apps. I was, and still am, a regular user of RunkeeperFitocracyWithings, and my Polar RCX3. Sometimes I wondered what tracking all of it did for me and whether all this data was for naught.

So when my Jawbone UP24 decided to go kaput, I thought, “Fine. Be that way. Good riddance.”

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What Does Our Instagram Feed Tell Us About Us?

I'm in love with this Instagram account called @ihavethisthingwithfloors. It's one of those instances where I go, "Dammit! Why didn't I think of that?" It is just perfect and I know I could have started it. But hey, someone always beats us to the punch, isn't it?

I noticed though that most of the posts are made by women. How do I know? I can tell by their shoes.

Anyway, that got me thinking...

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You Don't Need Permission

Think about the latest thing you were passionately curious about. You most likely Googled the shit out of it until you had 75+ open browser tabs and then proceeded to read all of it. If you could inhale and/or swallow the information, you probably would.

Maybe you even cracked open a new notebook and started doodling and making notes. Next thing you know, you have a cart full of books and doodads and other thingamabobs because you’re preparing an ocean of information to dive deep into so you can soak it all in.

You’re pulling your whiteboard pens and making mind maps, piecing everything together until it made sense and you’re satisfied. Then you start making plans, drinking incessant amounts of coffee and tea until it’s perfect, and then—

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