Academia vs Industry: the Singapore case

Out of frustration, I started to compile some facts and opinions on academia vs industry.  I believe I’m not alone in this frustration, I believe that many of my fellow PhD graduates have experienced similar path: “yay I’m a PhD” – “I’m not yet competitive enough to be a faculty member in a decent university”... Continue Reading →


I could have danced all night!

Or more appropriately: I could have talked all day, I could have presented (my work) all day, and still have begged for more, I feel like I did spread my wings, and did a marvelous thing I've never done before, Of course I know what made it so exciting, why all at once my heart... Continue Reading →

Thesis submission

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, submitted his 95 theses to his bishop. This eventually led to the Protestant Reformation. The word 'thesis' comes from a Greek word which means 'position'.  For someone to say that he has a thesis means that he has a clear and firm position regarding a certain... Continue Reading →

O child of mine!

These days I began to think and feel that in some ways, a thesis to a PhD student is not totally different from a child to a mother. Both are begotten through hard labour, and both make those who begot them keep thinking about them days and nights. When you submit your thesis for examination,... Continue Reading →

On dealing with PhD

It seems that my post about PhD program has interested some people. I would like to add some tips here, either for those considering PhD or for those whose spouse / children / friends are journeying on the PhD path. 1. I guess this advice is much heard of: PhD students should consider themselves working... Continue Reading →

Apakah PhD itu?

Dari percakapan dengan beberapa orang, jadi terinspirasi untuk menulis artikel ini. 1. Apakah PhD itu? PhD atau panjangnya Doctor of Philosophy merupakan gelar yang diberikan pada seseorang yang telah menyelesaikan studi tingkat doktoral (strata 3). Dari gelarnya dapat dilihat bahwa orang dengan gelar ini -seharusnya- berkemampuan dan berkemauan untuk menjadi seorang doktor (dalam bahasa aslinya... Continue Reading →

confidence in me?

Sejak pertama kali mendengar lagu "Confidence in me" di Sound of Music, aku langsung suka. Dulu tentunya hanya 1-2 kalimat saja yg tertangkap, tapi itupun bagiku sudah begitu inspiring: "I have confidence that spring will come again, I have confidence in me! I'll do better than my best.." hmm, saat itu aku sungguh terkesan dgn... Continue Reading →

how come we are here?

It is 10.39 pm and I have just come home, after spending whole day (whole 2 weeks, actually) preparing for the super-important (or, is it?) QE. I used to enjoy studying and I think I am still enjoying it. I still love to read all those textbooks, re-read those old structural analysis things, smile to... Continue Reading →

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