Teachers’ Day; Molding the world

Today is Teachers’ Day in Singapore. As a Social Work undergrad, I constantly reassured my concerned mother that teaching would be my ‘backup’ career plan if being a social worker was not sustainable 🤣 (Ah, those days when the profession was still not as established!) Seeing how I ended up in this PhD partly influencedContinue reading “Teachers’ Day; Molding the world”

Stocktake- PhD Life Updates

Summer 🌞 One thing I really like about university life is chunking the year into seasons. This makes looking at the year and goal-setting more manageable, and creates natural moments to take stock. This post is partially meant for social workers (or those in similar professions) who are considering whether to embark on a PhD.Continue reading “Stocktake- PhD Life Updates”

“How we as a community, provide support?”

This post will be a mini sharing on the development of theoretical thoughts (i.e. emergent theory) from the interviews thus far. Writing this after a morning of manuscript editing (a painful chore for me) and afternoon of axial coding/diagramming the emergent theory, I can truly see why PhD is also known as ‘Permanent Head Damage’Continue reading ““How we as a community, provide support?””

The Art and Science of Talking to Yourself

If you were to write one book in your entire life, what would you write? (Question asked with the assumptions that 1: Most of us never write anything close to a book and 2: A decent book is a crazy task that we might never want to attempt again after the first one). One snugglyContinue reading “The Art and Science of Talking to Yourself”

Unresolved Questions of a Young Social Worker

Every now and then, I would be like doubting Thomas and question the value of the profession I had chosen and hold dear. The social worker identity runs deep in me and so these doubting moments are often uncomfortable. This is compounded by the reality that even as I seek to perceive (noeo) these issues,Continue reading “Unresolved Questions of a Young Social Worker”

COVID- A Silver Lining

If 2020 has felt like a series of punches including big knockout ones, you are not alone. It has become a cliché to say that COVID-19 has transformed the world we live in. At the same time, if you are reading this, you are likely someone with at least the level of privileges that hasContinue reading “COVID- A Silver Lining”

A Favorite Combo: Arts x Community

Having spent some time in Lengkok Bahru as an intern at Beyond Social Services, it was such a heartmelt moment to be re-introduced to the neighborhood by Alfred Goh :”) Inspired to share this beautiful work co-created by 5 children and their mentors, also because it is one of my favorite combos! I really loveContinue reading “A Favorite Combo: Arts x Community”

Is Racism Prevalent in Singapore?

Hello! Can you believe we are reaching the end of 2020? 😦 This is a year that no one expects you to achieve anything, so I’d believe that it’s okay that SWE has been left dormant for longer than expected. (I know I kind of said that I’d be posting more of my reflections fromContinue reading “Is Racism Prevalent in Singapore?”

Questions from 2 Sep Sitting Day

By no means an in-depth political analysis; just some questions that I jotted down while attending the Parliament proceedings on 2 September 2020. It gave me the opportunity to observe our national leaders at a close range, and also learn about how the Westminster model of parliament works. More importantly, sitting through the proceedings allowedContinue reading “Questions from 2 Sep Sitting Day”

How This SWE Blog Came to Be

Slightly more than 3 months into Social Working, Everything (SWE), I realised I haven’t wrote about why this academic-personal blog exists. I kind of alluded to it in the Hello! page, but thought it would be cool to pen this down, even if it is just for myself to remember why I started on thisContinue reading “How This SWE Blog Came to Be”