Quah simi? What’s it like being a competitive swimmer?

What’s life like swimming competitively? How difficult can it be? It looks so easy, no? Of all the various CCAs and interest groups I’ve participated in during my schooling years, the activity I spent the most time on was swimming. Since primary school all the way to pre-university, I’ve dedicated 10 years of my school […]

Kiasu until you lose

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but despite our best efforts, many Singaporeans out there are still very kiasu in their day-to-day life. From people pushing and shoving to get on MRT trains, rushing for freebies, cutting queues, to acting rudely, aggressively, and unreasonably to get ahead, these are still many unpleasant experiences we Singaporeans […]

I am parent, hear me roar!

A friend of mine, the eldest of five, fondly attributes the person he is today to his mum’s upbringing. She was a strict, no-nonsense woman – perfect behaviour at the dinner table, excellent marks in school, demanding extra-curricular activities, impeccably maintained room, etc. His dad, the breadwinner and typical authoritative figure in the family, expected […]

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Open letter – Time to call off the paper chase?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this magazine. This letter was sent anonymously.  Dear Minister Khaw Boon Wan, I recently chanced upon this meme which then led me to an ST article in which you said university […]