Striving to Be Better
April 27, 2022
The challenges of Hong Kong’s education system has always been a topic of conversation between my friends and I. It makes for good conversation fodder on if any of us would ever want to “settle down” in Hong Kong. Personally, I’ve always been averse to the idea; primarily due to Hong Kong’s ruthless emphasis on rote memorization, test-based assessments, and high-pressure education culture.
Preparing a Prepared Speech
November 30, 2021
The contents of this article was originally presented as a workshop in a regular meeting of the Chung Chi College Toastmasters Club on November 27, 2021. Project speeches are the bread and butter of any Toastmasters club. They provide members with the opportunity to flex their writing muscles, discover public speaking skills that they already have, and learn about what skills they need to improve upon. However, writing a project speech, aka a “prepared speech”, can seem like a very daunting task to newer members.
October 12, 2020
When I had first conceived of the idea for the Random Writing Rodeo my initial though process behind its use was as motivation to learn something new. And this certainly became my immediate reality when the random draw produced puppets as the first topic for me to write about. Admittedly, I had no prior knowledge about puppets. I knew of stop-motion movies like “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, as well as ventriloquists such as Jeff Dunham.
Picking up Something New
September 11, 2020
A friend of mine recently shared this article . Google has started offering multiple online “Career Certificate” programs on Coursera, and has stated that they will “consider [the] new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree." This wasn’t all too surprising. Having done several technical online courses myself (learning AWS, Machine Learning, ElasticSearch), I personally saw that online courses can be very effective in helping people acquire additional technical and software skills.