This is my town

I am interested in “how things work”. That is, the machinery of an entity. From the human genome during my science undergraduate years to the civil service in my graduate studies of public administration. I am interested in what processes are tethered onto others, what levers to pull to affect changes downstream. I am searching for the ultimate “driver”… so that I can push it.

Grateful for:
People who accommodate my boastful self when I’m riding high but break my inevitable fall

Believe in:
Keeping one’s word.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“Power is like being a lady, if you have to say you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher

A good contradiction

Want a life that is:

A beautiful question mark

The job I wouldn’t mind taking on:
Being prime minister of Canada


  1. James W.J. Bowden · August 31, 2012

    I quite like your new introductory paragraph — very clever. You’ve combined your old and new academic pursuits into one sentence!

  2. Milan · January 27, 2012

    I like the new banner

  3. James W.J. Bowden · January 17, 2012

    Parliamentum was consistently 4,000 views behind Penning an Image, now it’s 3, 800.

  4. James W.J. Bowden · December 13, 2011

    I am now endeavouring to catch you to your number of hits!

    • Rong Rose Liu · December 13, 2011

      Enjoy eating the dust I kick up behind me!

      • James W.J. Bowden · December 15, 2011

        I will attain 7,000 tomorrow, which leaves a gap of 4,000. The gap is narrowing relative to last month, when it was 5,000.

  5. Anon · December 1, 2011

    People in the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program would probably be a bit offended to see it described as an ‘internship’.

    After all, the idea is to take people who already have significant accomplishments in another sector and transplant them into relatively high-level jobs within the civil service.

    • Rong Rose Liu · December 1, 2011

      Good point Anon, thank you for pointing it out. The heading for that section has been revised to something more “encompassing”.

  6. anon@anon.com · July 18, 2011

    With this as your front page, it is hard to know when you put up new posts.

    • Rong Rose Liu · July 18, 2011

      Hiya stranger,

      I know where you’re coming from. My reason for setting my About page as the front page is two-folds. First, to ensure those visiting my site for the first time (especially if they don’t know me) to know who I am so they don’t pass a judgement based on the latest post. Second, to result in people poking around my site (again for those new visiters) so they may encounter older posts (that I think are still fabulous), on their hunt for the latest.

      I have however, been considering getting a “Recent Posts” menu in the sidebar.

  7. James Bowden · July 9, 2011

    You said that you wanted me to comment on the blog itself rather than on Facebook — so you should indeed be careful what you wish for! How does one “pen an image”? That sounds like a paradox.

  8. James Bowden · July 9, 2011

    But Machinery of Government is a good choice!

  9. James Bowden · July 9, 2011

    Why would you want to become PM? You could make more money and maintain a private life doing something else.

  10. Lily · June 27, 2011

    I love you very much and I love it very much too!

  11. EveMarieR · June 1, 2011

    love it so far. Great way to celebrate your b-day.

  12. sunida · May 31, 2011


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