Year: 2016

  • Rebuilding Confidence

    Rebuilding Confidence

    This year, I’ve been thinking more about the kind of career I want. It’s becoming less hard for me to think of what my long-term goals are in the next 2, 3, and 5 years but I have a weakness that has been pulling me back: my lack of confidence. I’d describe some of my flaws as a…

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  • Find a work culture and environment that fits

    Find a work culture and environment that fits

    I spend around 40-50 hours a week on a full-time job,  which is 50% or more of my waking hours per day. These days, I’ve grown to truly value the influence that work culture and environment has on my happiness scale. People may have said to separate work and ‘personal’ life, but when half of it is…

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  • Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 2)

    Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 2)

    Personal cultural highlights from our trip:

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  • Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 1)

    Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe (Part 1)

    In between transitioning jobs, I asked C to go with me to Osaka (and tour the nearby prefectures) since it seemed like the perfect time for vacation for both of us. It was the first time I’ve visited Japan in summer (an earlier trip with family happened in May, just as spring was ending, where…

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  • Digging deep to find product problems

    Digging deep to find product problems

    Double hatting a Product Design + Management role these past few weeks have pushed me to look at product design in a different perspective. Previously, I admit I haven’t been trying hard enough to understand why “we’re doing what we’re doing”, and my product thoughts were something I treated as merely suggestions I can offer…

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  • Empathy at Work

    Empathy at Work

    I’ve been reading up a lot on what makes people tick and company culture some few weeks back. This is another valuable insight and you’ll see where things in teams can break apart: “…when companies try to optimize everything, it’s sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on experiences — like emotional interactions…

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  • Idea vs. Vision

    Idea vs. Vision

    Before midnight musings: every person that leaves, leaves with their vision. This is the same as products copying other products. You can copy features, but not the vision of the people who made them. So even in an array of products that do similar things, those that show promise have a strong vision behind them.…

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