Feb 15, 2010

If you asked me last year, what’s the purpose of this portfolio, I would surely have replied, to help me find a job. But over the months, this portfolio’s function has morphed into a resource to help others find jobs or at least to have a better idea what they’re in for when they step into this phase called job hunting. It’s my humble attempt to share with you my insights and the experiences I’ve been through over this 7 month journey in search of a job. I hope it helps you.

But as a result of this portfolio, I think my greatest achievement must be increasing the awareness of The Lost Islands of Singapore. As of today, I have 1,119 visitors to that page. So I guess a secondary function of this portfolio is to increase awareness of local heritage. 🙂

Oct 11, 2009

I am currently looking for jobs in the area of research and writing but owing to my inexperience, I am open to exploring other industries.

This blog has two roles. First, to act as a channel for which I give evidence to future employers of my passion and to allow them to gauge my research and writing skills. Second, to educate, infect and inspire anyone who stumbles upon this site that to start to discover their S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Ability, Personality, Experience) early in their life and to provide job hunting insights and ideas based on my experience.

Both are important. We must first be certain of what we can contribute to our workplace before we go for an interview or secure a job. And if we do not know ourselves well – who we are, what are our core values, convictions and beliefs, what we are passionate about, what skills and training do we have, what experiences have we been through – we will not have sufficient self-awareness to do so. It is important for today’s generation to begin this self-exploration early in life. If not, it is easy to be swept away by the rat-race or qualification-chase. We obtain certificate after certificate, degree after degree, relationship after relationship, job after job, yet we never find true fulfillment and meaning in who we are and what we do.

In the process of looking through my written works, you might discover some inconsistencies in my writing and research skills, as I have, while reviewing my old essays. It’s largely a product of the evolution of my skills. I was young and fresh and inexperienced as a freshman and more polished and trained as a final year student. I especially want to thank Prof. Hugh Tan, my supervisor for my Final Year Project, who instilled in me the importance of writing well and patiently edited my work to teach me how to write better.

Through the years, my interest in other areas such as architecture, urban planning, heritage and journalism have grown and I took modules in NUS to boost my knowledge and skills in these areas.

One of my greatest accomplishment I felt was the Popular Science Magazine article I wrote “The Lost Islands of Singapore” for the module “Marine Biology”. For the first time in my life, I arranged and conducted interviews with relevant people, visited the microfilm room to read old newspaper articles, and applied my scientific research skills to attempt a Human Geography/History subject. It was a merger of hard and soft science as I thought of ways to both talk about biodiversity and heritage. It is also the first time I wrote in the popular magazine style, instead of the technical writing style.



  1. HCY said,

    September 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Hello, I just want to leave a message to let you know that I enjoyed reading your blog and shared much of your sentiments. I thought you are very matured and have many insights, especially given your young age. All the best in crafting out the dream career (& path) for yourself!

  2. Mark said,

    June 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Keep it up your good efforts.

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