Why I want to join Sandbox

I came to know about Sandbox through Facebook. It was one of those days where curiosity got the better of me, and I clicked on the link that invited the group to a dinner event. Looking back now, I remember pausing for awhile at the landing page. We were asked to provide a brief write up about ourselves. Honestly, I hadn’t done this in awhile. But I decided to go forth and try it out, and boy, it did feel good doing something I enjoyed doing a lot but had not done in awhile - write.

I attended the dinner, and felt very heartened to see a diverse community of people in Singapore. There was this person from I2R, who did deep analytics, something I was always awed by but never knew enough. There was also this other entrepreneur, pursing the path that he believed deeply in.

That night, on my way back, I felt a feeling I hadn’t experienced in long time. I knew that I felt comfortable with the group. Most importantly, it struck a familiar chord in my heart. Sandbox to me, seemed like a community of believers and adventurers. It reminded me to pursue my dreams.

This is why I want to be part of the Sandbox community in Singapore.

How I may fit in as a Sandboxer

I’m Adventurous. The feeling of living on the edge excites me. I’ve lived in Shanghai and US before, and I’ve scaled the mountains of Bulgaria. Every week I try to do something I’ve never done before. This could be the P90X exercise, trying out a new cycling route, or just tossing new ideas with someone. (This is also why I want to join Sandbox! It wows me that everyone takes their application so seriously) See 1.14-1.20.

I enjoy the process more than the destination. I’m supportive of the idea of experience as a way of life. I want to help others believe in this more, to be more willing and daring to try to deviate from societal norms. (The same also applies to me, and I constantly remind myself that the journey is more important than the destination) See 0.12-0.37

I put my 100% into everything I do. I chose this video because it reflects full concentration. See 1.38-1.41.

I believe in the impossible path. I work with the Economic Development Board of Singapore, and I’m constantly reminded of how Singapore used to be a fishing village, and the most improbable and unlikely candidate to be where we are today - a business hub and global city in Asia. I’m passionate to continue doing more to architect a stronger and better Singapore economy. I want to speak to more people to understand what are their thoughts and aspirations. See 0.28-0.39

How I may contribute as a Sandboxer

I believe in giving and the virtuous circle of flow and reciprocity. If I could use a Chinese idiom to describe this philosophy, it would be 礼尚往来.

Here are some photos I’ve taken, and I hope it communicates sincerity in hoping to contribute. I enjoy taking photos - and I see this as a contribution to the aesthetic quotient in our world today.

“Thank you”

My sandbox application ends here

Cheers, Dawn

As typical travellers, we were running late. The Taksim Square metro station was closed and we decided to take a cab. Major roads were either occupied or blocked by the police. We went by rioters burning car tyres and saw public buses withcracked windscreens. Most of them are decked in masks and goggles as ammunition against the tear gas firings by the police. 

While there were many rioters, there were also vehicles holding up Turkey’s National Flag and also waving flags in support of PM Erdogan’s AK Parti. 

The protesters are noticeably youths. Our driver was an older guy in his late fifties, and referred to the protesters as “crazy”. 

Got to admit it was an exciting escape from the city!

“So far, the best idea I’ve heard about building grit in kids is something called “growth mindset.” This is an idea developed at Stanford University by Carol Dweck, and it is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort. Dr. Dweck has shown that when kids read and learn about the brain and how it changes and grows in response to challenge, they’re much more likely to persevere when they fail, because they don’t believe that failure is a permanent condition.”


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. 

Defeats are reminders

to be humble and to strive and to know that things don’t come easy.

"Luckier people tend to try more frequently, and by trying more often they also succeed more. Think about a basketball player who attempts to shoot three times in a game, compared with one who tries 30 times. Even if the first one has a better shooting percentage, in absolute numbers, you can’t compare the two.

First, life is a numbers game—so try more frequently. Second, it’s good to look at the number of things that other people attempt—not just their successes”

Via Dan Ariely. 

This I believe. Know what you want and nothing’s gonna stand in your way. …You know, wasn’t that what they said about knowledge being power when we were in primary school ;)

Closer to Full Employment

This makes interesting food for thought.

This Rowan guy basically is saying that financial markets have developed to great sophistication and automation. Cue those graphs that tick and show you how demand and supply is working out internationally. In contrast, the markets of industries lower down the pyramid haven’t had the automated breakthrough of the financial markets.

Think of how amazing it would be If there was a way to enter and exit these markets smoothly, and also to get these units of labor smoothly. 

Rowan thinks the government should be the ones enabling this modern market infrastructure through the passing of a bill as a guidance. The ultimate aim is for people to buy and sell their time knowledgeable of when’s the highest value, where’s the shortage. 

Just that I don’t know how it’s going to work.