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Movie Review: The Red Turtle

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ― Ralph H. Blum Have you ever seen those videos where a camera pulls out from a person, expanding to view the whole house, town, city, country, then earth, solar system, galaxy, universe - creating a sense of human smallness and powerlessness? The …

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My Lending Library

Hello friends, A while back, my brother and I realised we had way too many physical books than our shelves had space for. So we cleared a lot of our unwanted books by selling them for $1 a pop and giving away those that didn't manage to get sold. We were left with a much …

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‘Your Name’ is the best movie of 2016

Your Name ( 君の名は。) is the best movie I've watched all year. And I don't have to watch Moana or Fantastic Beasts to know that this is the best one I'll watch before the end of 2016. I didn't think it would be popular, but the theatre I watched it at (a small one at …

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Podcast Feature: Outside/In

Podcasts have been around for ages, but so far, I’ve only zoned out on music while on commutes. My new job has a pretty lengthy commute though, and there have been some subconscious promptings to try listening to podcasts instead. I haven’t figured out the best universal podcast app, but I recently found out that …

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Buxfer is a feature-rich, easy-to-use personal finance management app

I felt like giving personal finance management (PFM) another go recently since I had started working and felt that I should be prudent about how I spent my salary. Personal finance apps I tried a few years back were all quite unsatisfactory and Mint was not yet in Singapore (and still isn't). I needed something that …

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An introduction to Airtable: data management for your FYP

My Final Year Project was a valuable learning experience for me. One of the things I learnt was how to use various tools and software to facilitate the research and writing process better so that I could focus on the project and not get bogged down by time-wasting procedures, e.g. data management, cleaning up citations, …

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Food Review for Pizza-Making Party at Jamie’s Italian

Jamie's Italian invited me to experience their pizza-making party where we got to learn how to make pizzas - and eat them! Since my mother is an avid baker and has tried her hand at making pizzas of her own, I decided to bring her along as my plus one. When we arrived, the bar …

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My search for the best Pomodoro timers

For many productivity-obsessed people, the Pomodoro Technique is an essential way to maximise time spent working while taking healthy intermittent short breaks. At its most basic, you do one 'pomodoro': a 25-minute work period, and a 5-min break. Repeat this four times, then take an extended 25-min break.. All one needs to practise the Pomodoro …

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