Inspiration & Thoughts


Many times, people fail to comprehend my statement when I mention, “I dislike spicy food that tastes like chili,” and instead, they label me as peculiar.

Deep within, I comprehend entirely why I developed an aversion to consuming red chili or anything with the flavor of fresh red chili.

I used to cry easily when I was a kid, which my mother despised. She always try to push fresh red chili into my mouth in attempt to halt my tears.

As I matured, I came to understand that her actions were driven by her lack of education, and I have forgiven her. However, my aversion to chili remained steadfast.

Interestingly, my mother isn’t the sole parent to have employed this tactic. A temporary colleague from a previous job once revealed a similar experience (although I remain uncertain about her mother’s motives). Unlike me, she not only shies away from chili but also displays extreme reactions toward those who consume it in her presence. She would move her seat to distance herself from colleagues with chili-laden plates and sometimes even ask them to move their dishes away from her.

Observing her behavior, I recognized echoes of my past. Yet, I contemplated the stark contrast between my gradual acceptance of spicy foods and her vocal outbursts against chili consumption. It struck me that often, even when individuals share similar experiences, their reactions can diverge due to their inherent nature and interactions with others.

This realization reinforced my belief that there is no universal one-size-fits-all model in this world. Though I acknowledge that applying this concept in reality could lead to complexity, it serves as a constant reminder for me to stand by the 80-20 rule.

In my professional life, I strive to design solutions that cater to 80% of the optimal user experience.

I find myself yearning for the application of a similar principle within the Singaporean education system. I occasionally feel sorry for Kpo Kia. I ponder whether the education system primarily benefits the top 20%—the intellectually gifted or financially privileged students—who possess a head start over the rest.

Your thoughts and experiences might resonate differently, but for me, these reflections underscore the need for a more inclusive approach in various aspects of life.

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