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Time is a human construct. It is on that basis that we are in the year 2019.

If you take the lunar calendar into account, the new year only arrives on 5 Feb. The Year of the Dog makes way for the Year of the Pig.

One of the hottest items that people here will queue endlessly for is bak kwa (pork jerky).

Last week I wondered out loud to my wife if there was something wrong with selling, buying, or pigging out on bak kwa in the Year of the Pig. I should have looked online first because I found this image:

Yes, there is bak kwa in the shape of pig silhouettes. While bak kwa can be eaten all year, I have no doubt that some will take advantage of this once-in-twelve year joke.

We live in an Information Age because it (information, not bak kwa) is so readily available. But it might just as well be an Ignorant Age if we do not bother to look, or worse, not know how to. In the worst case, we do not know if what we find is valid and reliable.

Piggy Year or not, it is a timeless mindset to be skeptical and a timeless skill set to problem seek and then problem solve. We could all use some timeless reminding of this timeless message:

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. — Alvin Toffler

Have you ever wondered why some of the meat that we eat is not called what it was when it was alive?

Fish is fish, chicken is chicken, and duck is duck. However, cow is beef, pig is pork, and sheep is lamb or mutton.

I wondered why but it was never important enough to find out. That is, until YouTube suggested I watch this video.

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Now I want to know why everything is named what it is. The makers of this video series and YouTube are there to tell me why the Earth’s continents have their names and why kiwi is a fruit, bird, and nationality.

This approach might be called serendipitous or incidental learning. Better still, accidental learning. A teacher does not have any teaching objectives (old school) or even learning outcomes (newer school). There is no plan or test.

The information about meat names is not particularly useful, but it is not useless either. There are more important lessons for teachers and learners.

For teachers, it is designing lessons that are fun or intriguing. These leverage on emotion and curiosity.

For learners, the lesson is about learning for its own sake. It is not about memorising facts but about enjoying them as well as the process of learning. It is constant, low pressure, and on demand.

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