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’m also ethnic Chinese, and also a Hainanese.

I lectured at a private education provider for just over 7 years before heading to Perth in 2003 to pursue my Ph.D at Curtin University. I completed the program in 2006, and since October that year 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. This personal web site went online on the 11th January 1996.

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 2,100+ CD/abum collection. I’m also an avid photographer, especially in portrait photography.


Here’s our family picture taken in November 2006 at our wedding. The kids in the picture have all grown up, and there are new additions to our own family unit – 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.

Updated Feb 2017.

33 Comments to Yang

  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 :]]

  25. Ter says:

    Hi Chekyang,

    I have 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?

    Could you also share the contacts of the inspection team that assisted with their defects and their cost too?

    Thank you.

  26. CY says:

    Hey there – sure thing; will email you later.

  27. Andy Mai says:

    This is such a wonderful blog. We just decided to rent a 3 room at the Minton this coming August and were glad to come across this wealth of information. You sir are very thorough and details. Please continue writing

  28. Andy Mai says:

    This is such a wonderful blog. We have decided to rent a 3BR unit at the Minton starting in August and were glad to see that there is a wealth of information. You sir are very thorough and detailed. Please keep on writing!

  29. CY says:

    Hey there; glad you find our notes helpful. Welcome to Minton too.:)

  30. Andy Mai says:

    Hi CY, just realize I have a quick question for you. Which Internet Provider seems to have good/bad reputation in the Minton? Is it Green, Orange, or Red? Thanks!

  31. CY says:

    Well, based on the little I’ve heard, I don’t know of any noticeable trend of residents complaining of one ISP or another as far as connectivity in the condo is concerned. I’m on neither color – I’m on Myrepublic, and at least for myself, my connection works just fine.

  32. Andy Mai says:

    Hi CY,

    We have settled in. So far everything has been super good. Really like the feel so far. If you have some time, would like your advice on 2 things:

    1. Phone line: I decided to go with M1 fibre and they provided me with a VOIP phone, which needs to be connected to the ONT… I originally thought that I could connect the line from ONT to something and the phone into one of the many phone outlet in the house, but I couldnt see anything. Any advice?

    2. Lighting: Our landlord provided us with white LED light, which is great for reading, but sometime when we are eating, we just want those warm yellow light. Been thinking of getting a standing lamp from IKEA, but not too sure. Have you ever considered that?

  33. CY says:

    Hey there; let me email you later.

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