Adrianna Tan

Founder of &

The One About Having It All

On Being Gay and Female in Singapore

If you were to meet me on the streets of Singapore, you probably would not peg me for ‘gay’. Apparently, ‘gay woman’ or ‘lesbian’ has to be one or several of the following: short-haired, oddball, butch-like; a flaming dyke. You would expect me to show up in a flannel shirt and in Birkenstock sandals to…

To the Young Queer Nerds

Dear (your name here),

Imagine for a second that the year is 2000.

Holding hands with your girlfriend in public is either an act of defiance or shame.

The world is years away from The L Word — nobody knows yet that it sucks, that lesbian life does not have to be “like that”. (Bette Porter is bad for you; Jenny…

Don’t Work With Assholes

There’s a wealth of literature out there about this, but it can never be said enough. Too many people work with assholes.

You see them everywhere.

The cafe owner that takes a shortcut by hiring an asshole barista? The barista plays shit music at your cafe and nobody wants to go there.

Stress Balls.

Some time ago, some people (read: entrepreneurs) I follow on Twitter posed a seemingly innocuous question. What drives us, as so-called entrepreneurs, to do what we do? Is it hubris? Ego? Is it an out-sized and unrealistic view of one’s abilities? For most of us, choosing this life also means the opportunity cost we left behind, often reluctantly: decently-paid jobs with career…

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Dispatches from the ongoing national conversation around full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

A collection of musings on Singapore from anyone who cares to write to anyone who cares to read.

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You Level Up

A Singaporean entrepreneur’s journey through the heart of Indonesia

A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a bit of both, really.

I’m not one for the mumbo-jumbo of the Myers-Briggs test, but I…

From Manhattan to Myanmar, 1999

Nearly every story about Myanmar opens or ends with a photo of Shwedagon, mostly for gratuitous reasons, but this one isn’t one of them.

Do You Know About Galau?

I was just telling someone tonight: I force myself to meet a different stranger in Jakarta every single day that I’m here.

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    Then & Now

    Whenever someone speaks of Myanmar “then” and Myanmar “now”, you need to be careful. Ask them: what is the length of time that you speak of?

    Tips, Tools & Resources

    Some of the stuff we use at WoBe and Ideabox, which you might find helpful if you’re startup up something in Southeast Asia too.

    Registering Domains for .sg domains. The incumbents are insanely difficult to use and provide no support whatsoever. Vooju is cheaper, and while their interface isn’t modern or easy to use, it’s…

    A Day in the Life

    Of a bule startup founder in Jakarta

    Perhaps due to the irregular and erratic nature of my previous work, where I was typically found jamming at keys on my laptop out of any coffeeshop, I’m very frequently asked: “What’s a regular day in your life like?” I never used to have an answer. I shirked routine. Or it evaded me. Every day was a new adventure.

    Mansplaining Sex Crimes 101

    Earlier today, I had a run-in with a man whose behaviour I had grounds to believe threatened the physical safety of myself and my family. Turns out, when you have strong opinions about male sex criminals, this happens on Twitter: mans-plaining 101.

    1. Police have better things to do than to bother with a woman’s fears. If she hasn’t been raped…