We’re related, yet disconnected.

The flooding in Pluit Timur, Jakarta has severely caused massive destruction to people’s homes and disrupted their lives. It pains me when I see photos whatsapped to me of my cousins’ home being fully submerged. And here I am, fully warm and dry. 

Times have been tough for my dearest cousins and I honestly want them to lead better lives, without worrying too much about their financial positions. At least the oldest cousin has a job in Singapore. While it may not pay much, it’s a definitive step towards a more stable future for their family.

Now, the youngest son wants to study in Singapore because getting an education there would substantially increase his chances of employment in the future. While I fully support this aspiration, I just can’t help but think of the education scene in Singapore and in Jakarta. I am definitely not well-versed in how schools are run in Jakarta, but I do know for a fact that many international schools have sprouted recently, boasting that their academic curriculums are modeled after Singapore’s. And usually, a majority, if not all, of their students hail from well-to-do families. 

Asides from that, I wonder about the process of accepting international students into Singaporean schools and of scholarships that support this process. I’ve done a bit of research and yes, there are, but they are very few and highly competitive (I’m not surprised), often favoring those with exceptional academic potential.

This brings me to the next point. What happens to the group of students who are caught in between? They have deep desires to help their families sleep a little better every night, but may not be as academically gifted as their peers.. Will they be given attention too? Of course, it is highly improbable and perhaps, if I may boldly reason, economically unsound for scholarships specifically created for this purpose because after all, nations would want to focus on investing in high-quality human capital to ensure higher productive returns. Though it would be good if schools could offer more grants that could financial-based or merit-based for which international students could be eligible for, or even crowdfunding sites such as funding4learning or educationgeneration but they are really small and have not gained traction. I would like to explore why. 

At the end of the day, even if he doesn’t get accepted, I would like him to continue having faith and the same determination that he has now. I’ll pray for him and his family, and if you’re reading up to this point, I hope you can pray for them too. Thank you.

Week 4: Of midterms, games, and food. oh, and The Script!

It’s thursday.

Volunteered to help out in the huge Halloween sale at UCLA store folding clothes. I did so conscientiously, before realizing my previous precious pile of neatly folded (in my opinion anyway) was already in a jumble of mess. ah.

We’re showing 50/50 tonight, and preparations for Day of Service are underway. My camera’s with my friend, so once I get it back tomorrow, I’ll treat this blog to a few of my privileged pictures. (:

Off to write about Electronic Gaming and its future.

Didn’t cook much food this week. but I had awesome kimchi stew.

Loved The Script’s concert.

YoungEntrepreneur: 3 Tips for Taking Your College Startup Global

Taking your college startup global taken from youngentrepreneur

credit: Shutterstock

This is a good post about advice for college startups wanting to gain traction.

Here are the 3 tips it offered:

1. Join an Entrepreneurial community. If not, create one. Being surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts provides motivation and facilitates more dynamic engagement.

2. Be flexible and creative with your schedule. Going global means having to work around time differences.

3. Don’t be afraid to network and connect with international students, which is something I personally feel is such an understated resource!

Jason Mraz at the Hollywood Bowl. Mesmerized.

Hectic week.

It’s been a really busy week, and it’s only week 2! Gasp.

Updates: I found a job working as an account analyst reconciling card and cash payments, and it’s been pretty busy since I’m closing off the accounts at monthend. Trying to remember everything that I’ve been taught. I have to try and get used to it asap.

BGreen and CSC have been awesome. Went on a CSC retreat to Malibu (can’t wait to see the pictures!)

Trying to get time to read books. I’ve got one in my hands now: Information Rules by Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian. It’s actually for my Econ elective class, Technology and E-commerce. If I’m not wrong, 90% of the class comprises graduating seniors, and I’m only a soph, hope that doesn’t put me in a disadvantage or anything. 

Still working with SGE, I miss seeing my colleagues! It’s fun, forces me to remain in touch with the happenings in Asia. Really want to do my startup but trying to get people, and it’s hard.

I realize my updates are all over the place, but I believe that’s pretty much a reflection of the tasks I have at hand. Got to start organizing myself!

I’m a blood donor!



iPoly | Andrew Kim

Meet Australia’s Lachy Groom, serial startup founder at a mere 17.

Lachy is not to be messed with, even if he doesn’t have a college degree.

Just look at his achievements!

At 11 years old, he learned how to code.

At 13: Founded PSDtoWP, a company that converted Photoshop files into Wordpress pages. Subsequently, he started PAGGStack.com, selling health supplements worldwide

At 15: Established his third business, iPadCaseFinder.

All these businesses have been successfully acquired. Now, he owns two companies: CardNap, and TheWP.co

This amazing young talent is now based in Silicon Valley, although he is facing the difficulty of obtaining a work permit given the lack of a formal university certification. 

Here are some interviews on what he has to say about what he’s doing and advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs, in particular the younger generations.

SGE: Australia’s startup wunderkind Lachy Groom on the next big thing, tips for success, and building credibility Read more

SMH: Can’t drink, can’t vote - but this teenager is hot property in Silicon Valley Read more