That was all my tired mind could think of as I watched that astonishing clip of wrestling on the road. None of that ‘ang moh’ or xenophobic rubbish, really. There isn’t too much in the clip to conclude who it was who caused the accident, but if it’s only the clip we’re going to go […]

Life cycle of a western male expat in singapore

Class, the tables you see below illustrates the typical experience of a western, male expat in Singapore. How accurate do you think this is? (And no, it is not drawn to scale – so don’t go OCD on the graph please)   [1 month, happiness factor 40] FOB and excited about life. New city, new […]

Finding the balance

City or State? Finding the balance

Most places in the world no longer see men with the most land wielding the most power. In fact, power lies in the hands if those who live the most tightly packed together. Today, only three independent, sovereign city-states exist: Monaco, Vatican City and Singapore. Singapore, being a city-state facing a scarcity of land, our […]

Heritage and home – Why so sentimental?

Below is an interview with Mr. Tan (not his real name). We asked Mr. Tan how he felt about the demolishing of heritage buildings and open spaces giving way to malls and condos. I came from a country in which my 100 year old high school was demolished to make way for a shopping mall. […]


What is “heritage”?

I recently caught up with a friend who’s been living in South Korea for the past couple of years and who has practically cut all contact with what’s happening here. She had a lot of catching up to do, so naturally I told her about the many social transformations the country is going through, how […]

Home away from home: overseas Singaporeans

Let’s face it: at some point or another in our lives we’ve all dreamt of living abroad, away from the dreadful humidity, enjoying large, wide open spaces, ponds, woods, greenery and ancient towns. We all want to savour the history, the art, the freedom of being unknown, unseen and hidden from attention. Travel and living […]

Childcare and education in Singapore – Time to simplify things!

This morning I woke up to all the mothers on my Facebook newsfeed posting this recent article on the costs of raising a child in Singapore.   The cost estimate described by the author kind of took me by surprise, as I had no idea it could get so expensive!   I mean, I know […]

Get me a job!

Summary: Is Singapore’s current job market able to support the growing number of potential young PMEs? What are some of the pressing issues and concerns expressed by young PMEs? How and where can young PMEs seek support to address their career concerns? So I attended a wedding last weekend. Amidst getting the groom drunk and […]