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We’re different, and it’s ok

I wished more people can understand that we can be different, and still live in peace with one another without trying to change one another.

I’m christian, you’re atheist. That’s fine. I don’t have to shove the bible down your throat in order for me to co-exist with you on earth.

The only line to cross if you are your views are severely twisted; like if you think Jews are not human and set a plan to kill them all. Otherwise, let’s co-exist peacefully.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Too short to blog, too long to tweet.

Blood ties are only valid if you need replacements for parts of your body, like a bone marrow, kidney or liver. Family is not defined by blood ties but by effort, contribution and commitment. You are not my family even though you are technically, and you can be my family without being biologically related.

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The only day that homosexuals are justifiably denied of their rights is the day that we, as a human race, end violence completely. I mean, how can you sanction war, hate, discrimination yet deny someone’s right to have their love recognized by the state?

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Person A: I have terminal cancer.

Person B: Oh no, how are you feeling?

VS

Person A: I have schizophrenia.

Person B: (This guy is crazy, I better get out as fast as I can.)

Isn’t it weird that you get different responses if your cells are attacking other cells versus if you having some imbalance of neurotransmitters in your head? I understand the fear of being hurt, but if I have cancer and a couple of months left, don’t you think I’ll want to live large and do whatever I want?

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“Don’t eat shark’s fin! Those people cut the fins off and sharks can’t live without their fins, they die!!!” is the stupidest anti-finning reason I’ve heard. Go ahead and tell me the chicken on your dinner plate is still alive. Meat is murder and most animals die painfully. So respect the animal that gave up its life for you – always finish the meat.

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To spread our wings and fly, we first need to get out of the Skinner box.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Superhero

Do you remember, when you were young, how you thought you were a superhero and gonna save the world from mass destruction?

To tell you a secret, I’ve not outgrown it.

I still think I’m the one to save the world from all evilness. And I think it’ll be awesome if everyone thought like that.

Can you imagine if everyone thinks they’re superheroes and feel a personal responsibility to fix this world and take actions to do that?

How amazing our world will be.

 

 

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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Expression

Sometimes I think a lot about something, so much that I want to blog it down. But when I open wordpress and stare at this blank screen, my thoughts disappear like they never exists.

That’s partially why I have huge admiration for expressive people.

I think I might need to get one of those machines Stephen Hawking is using.

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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I’m writing a book

I started blogging because I had (and still have) this problem of expressing how I feel. So by blogging my thoughts and sharing it, it’s much easier for me to do so face-to-face because I would assume that the people involved already know what I was going to say.

When I got into starting up, I wanted this blog to be an avenue where people can learn from my experiences in real-time and not just having one article that cramps all my experiences when Learnemy go big or go home. And I do feel happy when people asked me about my experiences in getting the YES! grant or the Founder Institute. It seems like before the start of every FI semester, I get a couple of people asking me about it.

I’m glad to be of help.

But I realized that this is not feasible for me to share my startup experiences the way I intended for a couple of reasons:

  1. It has sensitive information
  2. It may be offensive to some people

It may sound a little paranoid on my part but I don’t see why I shouldn’t err on the side of paranoia because ultimately, this is business. Plus, I don’t want to work with a partner or invest in a founder who can’t keeps her mouth shut (or fingers tied, in this case). I wouldn’t mind to share my experiences privately, just not an open platform like this.

So I’m compiling these posts into an ebook. Probably will sell it or give it away when Learnemy shuts it’s doors or get really ahead of the game.

 

 

Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.

 
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