THE AMOEBA REPUBLIC will periodically conduct interviews with people from various walks of life, to be featured in this segment. Hopefully, it will raise awareness and be an inspiration to interested readers who wish to gain clearer insights of the varying thoughts among a diverse range of people. 


Interview #1: Members of the Local Blogging Circle

Our debut interview features prominent members of the local blogging circle, and takes the form of an e-mail interview. We’re currently trying to secure interviews with more bloggers, by sending the list of questions out to them.
Interview responses will be featured here upon receipt so do keep a lookout for them!

First up, we have Alvin, owner of local blog “Alvinology“!
Alvin is an active participant on other local groups such as Omy, and is a self-professed 100% geek who spends a lot of time surfing the web.

A L V I N O L O G Y

Describe, in five words or less, what you perceive to be your online persona. How different is this with respect to your day job?
Alvin IS Alvinology.
Not much difference, and I don’t hide my real identity. 🙂

What was your original intent in creating the blog, and did you expect it to take the direction it has today?
I like to design, draw, take photo and write – a blog was the ideal place to store all these.

Given your blog’s steady readership & popularity, do you exercise any degree of self-censorship on what you publish on your blog according to external factors (for instance, what you think your readers would want to read, anti-government sentiments etc), and for what reasons?
I don’t like to go too in-depth into personal affairs eg.love life, whine about my jobs/friends – is that self-censorship?

Do you view your blog as speaking for the otherwise-unheard Singaporeans on domestic issues?
No lah, there are a lot of greater bloggers out there like Yawning Bread, Mr Wang and Mr Brown whom I respect. Alvinology is just a collection of random muses.

We have now come to the end of our interview. I would appreciate any tips on how I can improve The Amoeba Republic!
More pictures? haha… that’s what I adopt for my blog, at least one picture/video per entry.

Thank you so much, Alvin for your time! 🙂
Visit his blog at http://alvinology.wordpress.com/

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Secondly, we have Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan, author of blog “nofearSingapore“! Dr Huang is a doctor who believes that everyone should have a say in how Singapore is run.

nofearSingapore Header


Describe, in five words or less, what you perceive to be your online persona. How different is this with respect to your day job?
Honesty; Idealism; Dare to change – My personality online or offline is the same.

What was your original intent in creating the blog, and did you expect it to take the direction it has today?
To convince Singaporeans that there is no need to fear. If we speak of our honest opinions from our heart, the establishment should listen. Everyone everywhere should have the guts to stand up for his beliefs. I do not believe in being anonymous and hiding behind smoke and mirrors. I am not a “Cold War” spy (ala Tom Clancy) and I believe the PAP is not like the Hitler or Stalin. They behaved badly in a previous era but the reality is Now.  Even if one feels that the route to change is the active route espoused by Chee Soon Juan and company, there is also no need for fear. I may not agree with all he does, but I respect his courage and willingness to stand up. He also has no fear. For those who prefer the passive route there is even less need for fear.

I state categorically, that no want from the establishment has ever hinted to me to tone down or keep quiet.
We have more freedom than we think- there is much more that we can do to encourage change.
If I did not expect my blog to be significant, I would not have done it. We must do things with the hope of achieving something.

Given your blog’s steady readership & popularity, do you exercise any degree of self-censorship on what you publish on your blog according to external factors (for instance, what you think your readers would want to read, anti-government sentiments etc), and for what reasons?
Self censorship only as far as libel and slander laws (I do the same thing in coffeeshop conversations). If I only write what I feel readers will like to read, I will be tantamount to the bimbo in the blog or like Sammyboy with rantings.

Do you view your blog as speaking for the otherwise-unheard Singaporeans on domestic issues?
I speak for myself. I do not know how many share my views.

Best of luck for your blog. I will try to read it.

We have now come to the end of the interview. Thank you so much, Dr Huang for your time! 🙂
Visit Dr Huang’s blog at
http://nofearsingapore.blogspot.com/

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Next, we have Benjamin Cheah of “The Lionheart“!
Benjamin is an 18-year-old National Serviceman who likes politics and philosophy, and is currently running an enterprise with a friend.

The Lionheart @ http://leounheort.blogspot.com/
Describe, in 5 words or less, what you perceive to be your online personality on your blog. How different is this personality with respect to your day job in reality?
Confident, analytical, introspective and experimental.
The main difference is that I tend to be more proactive online than offline when expressing my views. I’m currently trying to change that.

What was your original intention in creating your blog, and did you expect it to take the direction it has today?
My original intention was to improve my non-fiction writing. I was never impressed by the efforts of my primary and secondary school English teachers to teach essay-writing, so I figured that I should write essays and post them online in order to gain actual feedback. Around that time, I also had a vague interest in politics and philosophy. Later, as my works (fiction and non-fiction) started to take on political and/or philosophical themes, I noted that my blog had followed suit. So, I suppose I did expect it to take on the direction it has today.

Given your blog’s steady readership and popularity, do you exercise any degree of self-censorship on what you intend to publish on your blog according to external factors (eg what you feel your readers want to read, the government, etc.), and for what reasons?
I never liked the phrase ‘self-censorship’: ‘censorship’ is something imposed on you by an external controlling body, so the phrase is rather contradictory. But generally, I refuse to publish anything that is secret, concerns my personal life, and unfounded speculation. For the first case, it’s because the release of secret information would inevitably lead to someone using that information to harm you, your family, your community, or your government is some way or another. For the second case, I make it a rule never to share my personal life with anyone — what little I have of it. In the third case, it’s poor form, and a cardinal sin when you’re a writer, especially when you’re touching on events in the public sphere.

Do you view your blog as speaking for the otherwise-unheard Singaporeans on domestic issues?
I don’t. That’s the job of full-time politicians and activists, and I’m neither.

We have now come to the end of the interview. Lastly, I would appreciate any tips on how I will be able to improve The Amoeba Republic!
The best piece of advice I can give you is to cultivate a strong work ethic. The secret to writing anything, be it a novel, thesis or blog, is to keep working at it. You need to be prepared to edit your works over and over if you have to, to do as much research as necessary, to constantly improve your writing and analytical skills, to listen to constructive criticism, and to keep writing no matter what comes your way.

We have now come to the end of the interview. Thank you so much, Benjamin for your time! 🙂
Visit his blog at
http://leounheort.blogspot.com/
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3 Responses to “INTERVIEWS”

  1. Dr.Huang Says:

    Hi Walter,
    Well done.
    Congrats.
    Best wishes
    Dr.Huang

  2. Irenezf Says:

    well done, man


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