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September 21, 2018

Emotional Intelligence – my musings around goal setting

Emotional intelligence is shown to be more useful than IQ. I think both are closely related. Your academics can and will affect your thinking process and logical reasoning which will then affect how you interact with others. If you can analyze people better and know how to interact with them, you would get through life better.

Emotional intelligence is something you can learn. Practice of talking with others and interacting socially will increase your EQ. Here, experience is the best teacher. No one is born with EQ. Changing habits and world views will change your EQ.

September 17, 2018

Apex Harmony Lodge Service 2

Unfortunately we did not get to go to the actual lodge due to planning reasons. What we did was to find songs that may have been popular in the 40s-60s. Research has found that the music people remember the most is from their teens. Many of our residents are 60-80 years old, so the music they remember would be popular songs from the 40s to 60s. It is quite a challenge to find these songs as they are old and the audio quality is quite bad. It is also hard to know what was popular here in Singapore since the culture is so diverse here.

September 11, 2018
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What does your language say about you and your culture?

Points I gathered:

Even though we use the same language, culture changes the language. Culture can be considered a speech community. Something that stands out is how race applies in this. The white kid who spoke Singlish may consider himself to be part of the Singaporean culture, but his race makes his appearance very weird. Weird enough to be filmed on a video. The language we speak in defines our culture and who we are. Specific language or dialect will give a sense of identity and belonging to a speech group and gain covert prestige.

Code switching tells a lot about how comfortable someone is within the speech group. If the members of the group speaks similarly, it may be a representation that they have been together for long, thereby giving a sense of unity. When code switching, Obama is saying, “I’m a part of your culture because I understand and speak your speech.” As I said before, ethnicity and race plays a big part too. If someone like Mitt Romney tries code switching to another speech group, it appears out of place.

For smaller culture or social groups, the speech will divert more from the normal standard language. This is because it gives a stronger sense of unity. Speaking in jargon that confuses outsiders is similar to an inside joke. It shows the close bond and the time the group has spent together. It is also a good way to identify members of the group quickly as all you have to do is listen to them speak.

My culture speaks in a completely different language. It is hard to compare two different languages, but the attitude I have when speaking Chinese in my ethnic culture group is different than when I speak in English. In Chinese, my speech is more relaxed and free (probably because I speak Chinese at home) while when speaking English my attitude is more direct. Therefore, my language tells my attitude and identity as well as what culture I am a part of.

September 7, 2018

Apex Harmony Lodge Service Day 1

Today we didn’t actually go to the lodge, we investigated on the what the service is. I learned about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I also watched videos of they ways people use music to treat these diseases. I also learned about the history of the Apex Harmony Lodge and the work they have done. I’m looking forward to the service.

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