Why do we suffer?

Why do we suffer? Many pseudo-sages have claimed to know the answer, and demanded money and other gifts for their knowledge. They are deluding others… and even themselves, for this is a question that cannot be answered. This is because the question itself is irrelevant and unanswerable. It’s the equivalent of asking “Why is the […]

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Updated views on the Singapore comics industry (2014)

Last month I gave an interview to a researcher examining the Singapore comic industry today. He interviewed almost all major creators in the city and I was glad to express my updated observations through this exercise. I will showcase his thesis once it’s done, but meanwhile here are my (edited) thoughts: ‘Uniqueness’ of Singapore comics […]

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Taoism: A digestible intro

I am writing this because I notice there exists almost no writing in English that succinctly explains Taoism. The vacuum exists because on one hand we have the very traditional Chinese masters who are knowledgeable but teach in very abstruse ways; as a consequence the philosophy becomes misinterpreted. On the other hand, we have English-language […]

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Interview with Business & Technology Tidbits

This week I had a short interview with a leading Amazon reviewer, Andre Lawrence (Business & Technology Tidbits). The interview was focused on Seven Years in Dog-Land, and contains some other updates on my creative work. Voila: 1. How long have you had this story idea? I’d say three years before I started making it. […]

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Earth pulse

“I think we’re part of a greater wisdom than we will ever understand. A higher order. Call it what you want. Know what I call it? The Big Electron. The Big Electron…whoooa. Whoooa. Whoooa. It doesn’t punish, it doesn’t reward, it doesn’t judge at all. It just is. And so are we. For a little […]

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The real hidden masters

Two weeks ago I heard the story of someone from the United Kingdom who went to India looking for a ‘genuine’ Yogi. After visiting 10 of them he returned to the UK sorely disappointed. I was not surprised. The fantasy of ‘masters’ in primitive robes living ascetic lives, be them yogis, shifus, shamans, or high priests, remain that… a […]

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Chi and the Shaolin lineage

Siddharta (the Buddha) was very much a mortal man. He attained Nirvana at age 35, and spent the rest of his life teaching his philosophy of peace and self-cultivation. When he was approaching old age, he was plagued by some of the usual troubles of mortality: chronic pains in the bone and gut. Eventually he passed away as any […]

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We might be alien and eternal

Here’s a crazy thought. It is fact that the Universe is populated by billions of galaxies, each consisting on hundreds of millions of stars. Based on how common it is to find planets orbiting stars, it is possible that some of the planets would have harboured intelligent life. Since the Universe is billions of years […]

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Goals mislead

The media and much of mainstream literature do us a great disservice. In most stories, the heroes seem to take very little time to become highly proficient in their skills and emerge champions. This has led generations of people to grow up thinking that such is the rule of life: if you’re destined to be […]

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Behind the madness

Days ago a momentous event happened in Singapore. There was a riot, with burning cars, wreckage, and all you’d expect from a classic riot anywhere else. But here it was unthinkable. It was shocking. There has never been one in all my 33 years growing up in the country. However, the way I see it, I’m surprised […]

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