10 things that annoy Singaporeans

In the spirit of the National Day month, I thought it’d be fun to list some of the things that tend to get on Singaporeans’ nerves. Got one to share? Comment below! 1. NDP songs (and also: why must have a different song each year?!) Source: screen cap from NDP 2013 Theme Song (I dare […]

Quantitative easing made easy

Quantitative Easing: two fairly big words that say very little about what the concept actually means, I think. Simply put, QE happens when a government prints and pumps new money into the money supply through its central bank in an economic downturn. Similar to—and usually an extension of—expansionary monetary policy (where the central bank buys […]

Singapore’s nightlife: then and now

Remember the good old days of hand-signing to Bananarama’s “Love in the First Degree” at Zouk during Mambo nights on Wednesdays? Those were practically the highlights of my university days, and it was deemed the cool place to hang out on these three essential days – Wednesday (ladies night!), Friday (TGIF!) and Saturday (a drink […]

Elitism in Singapore

Elitism in Singapore

Speaking recently at the Raffles Institution’s (RI) Homecoming dinner for alumni where he was the second recipient of the prestigious Gryphon Award, ESM Goh Chok Tong described the need to guard against elitism in Singapore. Because elitism “threatens to divide the inclusive society that we seek to build”, he urged top schools to play a […]

We are all superheroes

Superheroes certainly don’t exist, but let’s not forget there are many everyday heroes who live among us. Take Rozaimi Zainal for example – his courageous attempt to break an Indonesian maid’s fall two weeks ago has ignited an overwhelming number of encouraging feedback from netizens! (Source: http://www.tnp.sg/content/man-breaks-leg-trying-catch-maid-who-fell-14-storeys) (Source: http://forum.channelnewsasia.com/showthread.php?1273550-NEWS-Maid-plunges-14-storeys-from-Tanah-Merah-condo-block) Although Mr Rozaimi was unable to […]

Hear me roar

I’m not a mother. Not yet at least, but I’ve always known that I do want children at some point in time. From the smell of babies after they shower, their soft sighs when they sleep, to dealing with teenage angst and rebellion –  I can’t wait to experience the joys (and pains) of parenting! […]

Making Singapore more accessible to the elderly

I recently brought a colleague visiting Singapore for the first time to Tiong Bahru, one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. The “must-see” neighbourhood is one of my first stops when showing overseas friends around. The estate does embody Singapore’s essence of mixing the old with the new: up and coming hipsters cafes and […]

Teachers don’t have it easy

It wasn’t too long ago that the intern abuse surfaced and became a hot topic concerning protection and welfare for interns. Now, it’s the recent abuse of a three-year-old by a childcare teacher that takes the spotlight; goes to show that no misdeed is too small to go unnoticed – especially when it’s caught on […]

Waste not, want not

I doubt many people gave two blinks about last week’s news on Singaporeans wasting a new record high of more than 700k tons of food – more like giving judgmental sideway looks and thinking “nope, not me. I only left out a spoonful of rice (and perhaps one tiny piece of chicken) during lunch!”. Sure, […]

To MC or not to MC?

The haze crisis has certainly dug up several issues and discussions, among which the blaming game and the government’s hesitance to issue a stop-work order. The last topic to get netizens riled up seems to be how MCs take a toll on companies. During the haze period, clinics reported giving out 5 to 10% more […]