Death

Life is a gift with strings attached.

Life gives you the beauty of love, friendship and mere joy of existence. But it requires you to go through the pain, anxiety and despair to know that nothing is permanent – not even your existence.

I will die one day. (So will you, by the way.)

Death scares me. I still get panic attacks thinking about it.

But there is also some poetic beauty to death.

Death is the greatest equalizer. Whether you are rich or poor, smart or stupid, mature or immature, fearless or fearful of death, death is our common fate. That gives me hope. Because I stopped believe there’s a superior human sub-spices that can do what I cannot. I have the ability to succeed as much as successful people do.

Death is the boundary of life. Just like any other resources, it’s easy to take life for granted if there’s unlimited supply for it. Death as a boundary helps me think clearer about what I want to do with my life. That actually started a spark in me to dive into startups – I simply cannot afford to live my life going through the average routine of study-work-marry-work-die. There’s more to life than that.

If Death is the master, Time is its cruel and faithful worker – slowly pulling me towards Death. It doesn’t wait, it doesn’t show any mercy no matter how hard I begged, how hard I cried, how much I’ve despaired.

There’s no time-out, time is still running out.

So how should I live?

I choose to live proud with no regrets. So when I finally meet Death at his throne, I’ll tilt my head to a cocky smirk, pat Death on his head and say,

“You’ve worked hard to earn me, bitch”.

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

Non-exhaustive list of tech communities in Singapore

Here are the places to find tech communities in Singapore. Join them to get help while you’re learning how to code, or if you’re looking for developers to hire. Just remember that spam goes on top of rice (spam musubi is the best thing ever) then into tummies, not inboxes or mailing lists. :)

Tweet me at @elishatan to let me know what I’ve left out!

 

Ruby

https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporerubybrigade/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/railsgirlssingapore/ -> Only for Rails Girls’ participants
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/singapore-rb

Singapore Ruby Group

Singapore, SG
862 Rubyists

A group of programmers and engineers with a love for Ruby and or Rails. Building & shipping is how we roll.

Next Meetup

Rails Girls Meetup (October)

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014, 10:00 AM
10 Attending

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Go

https://www.facebook.com/groups/golang.sg/

GoSG

Singapore, SG
204 Gophers

A meetup group to discuss the Go Programming Language.(from golang.org)The Go programming language is an open source project to make programmers more productive. Go is expre…

Next Meetup

October Meetup

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014, 7:00 PM
27 Attending

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PHP

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sghypertextpreprocessors/

The Singapore PHP User Group Meetup

Singapore, SG
569 PHP Community Member

Welcome to the Singapore PHP User Group. The current group was founded on Dec 28, 2006. Our inaugural meetup was held on January 11, 2007 at Brewerkz. A grand total of 7 peopl…

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Python

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pythonsg/
https://www.facebook.com/PyLadiesSG
http://pugs.org.sg/
http://twitter.com/pythonsg
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pythonsg

 

iOS

https://twitter.com/iosdevscout
https://www.facebook.com/groups/iosdevscout/

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

I’m not a woman in tech

Some weeks ago my picture was included in a FB photo album on women in tech. I was very, very uncomfortable with that idea and had it’s owner to take my picture down.

Recently the topic of women in tech came up again, so I wanted to address this – I’m not a woman in tech.

I’ve played that “women in tech” card before, getting into press and taking advantage of the affirmative action made available to me simply because my biological sex makes me a minority in the community. I mean, the benefits are out there and I didn’t want to shortchange myself by not grabbing it.

But I’ve since grown to hate it – I know I’m more than the makeup of my chromosome.
I want to be recognised, to be respected for my work, for the results I bring, and for the impact I’ve made in people’s lives… not for my boobs (ok, figurative, not literal boobs).

So don’t call me a woman in tech.

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

Why I’m not afraid of being a young entrepreneur

Have you met an older person who’s a total dick – no manners, inconsiderate, rude?

That person has more years of experience in being an adult but that doesn’t mean anything.

This is why I’m not afraid of being young (both in terms of age and startup experience) and I’ve stopped respecting people more just because they have done something for a longer period of time. And sometimes, I snigger when people go “you should listen to me because I’ve done it for X years….”

No. I’ll listen to you if you have skills.

Number of years doesn’t mean shit. Skills and results will show themselves, there’s no need for any verbalization.

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.