blog-him.JPGI was born in Singapore in 1971, and am a 2nd generation Singaporean. My generation’s pretty small by Singapore’s extended family standards- I’ve got nine uncles and aunts (only) right now, and ten cousins (only). I’m also ethnic Chinese, and also a Hainanese- the ethnic dialect group famous only for Hainanese Chicken Rice, and for being a generally pleasant people.

Funnily, though I’m the bloke in the family who actually got round to following this “Great Tradition of Teaching” in the family- there was at one point in time nine language teachers amongst the entire generation of aunts and uncles- I’ll probably also be the one who’s gonna make less money than either of my two brothers. And to top it off, I’m married to a teacher!

I lectured at a private education provider for just over 7 years, eventually attaining the position of Principal Lecturer, and was in academic management. In Feb 2003, I headed to Perth to pursue my Ph.D at Curtin University. I completed the program in 2006, and since October have been working at a tertiary institution in Singapore.

I’ve also been around the net for quite a long while now. I first started with Email in 1992, moved on to local news conference and the newsgroups in 1993, and have been on the World Wide Web since 1994. The web, as we know it, has come a long way since the days of text-based Lynx browsers. This personal web site went online on the 11th January 1996, and has gone through five major revisions since then.

I listen to music from a pretty varied range, though the traditional classics (i.e. Mozart, Tchaikovsky etc.) make up something like 90% of my 1,600+ CD/abum collection. Outside these folks, David Lanz, David Foster, John Williams and James Horner would top my list of musicians I listen to the most often. Check out my Music page for some stuff on my own compositions. I’m also an avid photographer, especially in portrait photography.


Here’s one family picture, taken in November 2006 at our wedding. Both of my parents are retired Mandarin language teachers. From the left, my elder brother who works at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Jasmine who works at the Corporate and investment arm of an international bank. On the rightmost is my younger brother, Siang, an MD who now has his own practice, and Sharon, who did her Post-Doctoral at the National Neuroscience Institute and today assists my younger brother at his clinic. Ling and I are the uncle and aunt of three nephews (Danyel, Issac, Jonathan) and one niece (Natasha) too who’s not in the picture. The little lass at the front of the picture is Gwen, Danyel and Issac’s cousin. Our own family unit includes Hannah and Peter, both of whom came into our family in 2009 and 2013.

We worship at Wesley Methodist Church, and usually attend the early morning traditional hymn-singing services at 7:30 a.m. with Ling. It’s not hard to spot the two of us – we usually sit near the podium, and is often the only semi-young couple in a crowd of mostly older worshippers. Ling likes contemporary worship, but I have this thing about singing hymns accompanied with a rich sounding church organ.:)

Updated: 2013


  1. Michelle Goh says:

    Nice journal/blog you have … shared with your wife. :)

  2. CY says:

    Thanks Michelle.:)

  3. Edwin Goh says:


    I shall pop up at Wesley, soon.

  4. CY says:

    Wow Edwin; it’s been quite a few years – at least 6 isn’t it?

    The both of us normally worship at the 7:30 a.m. Sanctuary services, if we can wake up in time.:)

  5. Christine says:

    I’m 17 years old and I play piano from time to time at church during the offertory. I’ve been looking around for beautiful Christian piano solo sheets online and so happened to see and hear some of your piano playing on your website. I love your music compositions..they’re beautiful and inspirational! I wonder if you sell your Christian piano music sheets online?


  6. CY says:

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for the visitation to our blog. I’ve just replied to you on email – do check.:)

  7. ZA says:

    Hi. I am a regular follower of your blog postings. We also purchased an apt in Minton for our own living. I would like to get some practical tips from you. Would you kindly drop me an email? Best regards

  8. VT says:

    Hi CY,
    I am a follower of your blog postings and also have a unit in Minton.
    Can you please drop me an email as I would like consult you for some advice on the condo? Appreciate your kind assistance on this.
    God bless you abundantly!

  9. CY says:

    Of course – will write you in a minute.:)

  10. siew kee says:

    Hi CY. I have got the keys to my unit in minton in blk 6.
    But am still selecting an ID firm.
    Do u mind sharing with me your ID firm?
    And did u join the minton Facebook?
    Can u send me the link?

  11. CY says:

    Sure thing, Siew Kee. Will email you in a bit!

  12. Ben says:

    Hi CY

    Please share with me the ID firm that was selected for the renovation.

    Thank you.

  13. CY says:

    Hi Ben; sure – do check your email later.

  14. ivy says:

    please share the ID firm and the designer u work with for the renovation. Thank you!

  15. hermes says:

    Hi Chekyang,

    I stumbled upon your blog, thanks to your Minton posts, and have been following it ever since. Recently collected my keys to my own apartment and would like to tap your ID for help with the reno. Could you please email me his contact details? Would appreciate it very much if you could. Thank you.


  16. CY says:

    Sure thing; will email you later.

  17. arjun singh says:

    Dear Chek Yang,

    I hope this comment finds you well. I’m not sure if you would remember me, I was one of your students at a private education provider at tanjong pagar, lecturing software engineering. I remember fondly of how you would advise us to scribble notes on an overhead projector. It was very simple to understand/ readable which made learning really fun and easy. In fact some of the methodologies are still imprinted in my mind (Kuddos! ).

    I chanced upon your blog as I was clearing up my bookmarks in one of my oldest laptops ( Yes very nostalgic moment) and decided to check out your blog. Glad to know you’re doing great and wonderful job with your thesis on the effects / addictiveness of MMOG when it was still in its infancy stage.

    Just dropping by and would like to sincerely thank you for instilling my fundamental groundwork for my academic learning curve. Your teaching technique and style has indeed left an effective, lasting impression. Thank you for your time. Cheers! :)

    (PS: Great photos of you and your family! I was briefly with the micro four thirds format and miss it for it’s portrait shots before moving onto a mirrorless street photography setup.)

    Warmest Regards,
    Arjun Singh.

  18. CY says:

    Hi Arjun; it’s indeed been a while. More than 10 years now. Truth to tell, I had my most memorable teaching moments at that institution, perhaps by virtue of the newness of the experience for me then. Do link up on Facebook if you like too and we can catch up there too.:)

  19. Lynn says:


    I was searching for renovation ideas and chanced upon your blog. Thanks for the insightful posts on what to take note during renovation. Can I get the contacts of your ID? Thanks!

  20. CY says:

    Hey there; sure thing – will email you later.

  21. kf says:

    Nice blog with your 2014 home renovation. Could you share how you/your ID smoothen the craftstone edge as you mentioned in the blog? Thanks!

  22. CY says:

    Hey there. We’re not absolutely sure how the craftstone edges were smoothened, or if they were to begin with. The gaps between each brick were filled with material (plaster?) and we haven’t had to worry at this point about sharp edges hurting the kids when they run in and out of the room corridor.

  23. Ling says:

    Hi kf,

    The craftstone we selected doesn’t really have sharp edges. It may look rough but the feel is quite smooth.

  24. kf says:

    thanks CY & Ling :]]

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