Your Letters: Flexible Work Arrangement: Not possible?

  You are a woman. You have just given birth. Your in-laws want you to spend more time with your child. Your husband wants you to spend more time with your child. YOU want to spend more time with your child. But the bills need paying, diapers need buying, milk powder is very expensive. How? […]

An ode to Nelson Mandela

While most of Singapore was busy battling the haze in June 2013, Nelson Mandela was struggling for his life. Mandela, 94, hasn’t made a public appearance since South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010. President Barack Obama was hoping to see him during his recent visit to South Africa, but the plans were dropped as […]

Singapore’s unique architecture

Do you ever stop to look up at some of the architectural wonders we have in Singapore? If you do, you’ll notice it’s clearer and clearer that Singapore is fast becoming a global capital of incredibly edgy architecture. From the historical allure of our traditional shophouses to the luxurious modernity of the latest projects, we […]

Housing woes are us

I’m 25 and still live with my parents. That’s considered to be a big boo-boo by Western standards, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of in Singapore. In fact, it’s the norm. When I meet people during my overseas travels, they often ask me if I wouldn’t rather have a place to call my own, […]

Not so diverse?

A recent WSJ article brought my attention to the old gripe of foreigners being kept at all the top positions in MNCs in Asia. The article discusses the fact that most MNCs still rely on expatriates to fill their top jobs despite being in the region for many years and despite having an abundance of […]

The sky is the limit

“We are not at the limits. The sky is the limit…” Borrowing from Cervantes’s Don Quixote, the Prime Minister very optimistically presented the government’s plans for Singapore’s urban development in his recent National Day Rally 2013 speech. “We are creating possibilities for the future. We are opening up opportunities for our children, for their children […]

Singapore education reform on the horizon

This year’s NDR goodies should give parents, teachers, and students a reason to rejoice! But is this really the case? Let’s unpack and see what we have here: 1. Including home-schoolers, madrasah and overseas students in Edusave coverage (previously only for those studying in MOE-recognised local institutions).  It’s great that the government is starting to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]