Five Reasons Why Working Fathers Quit to Become Stay-at-Home Dads

It’s Father’s Day today! What comes to mind when you think of your father? For many of us who grew up in typical Asian families, we think of father as the one who brings home the bacon, father is never around because he is working so hard outside, father is the strict no-nonsense one, father […]

6 Ways You Know It’s Mother’s Day

Don’t bluff, you totally forgot Mother’s Day till you saw these right? This year in Singapore, Mother’s Day falls on 8 May 2016. If you were too busy working one of the longest hours in the world, or obsessed with the Bukit Batok by-election, you may have forgotten to plan for Mother’s Day. Did you […]

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, […]

Knee jerk government reactions

An internet day is worth a hundred real world days. Remember the kid at My First Skool? Yeah, the news feels so old already doesn’t it? But I read recently, the childcare centre has had its licence tenure cut to six months (from 24 months) by the Social and Family Development Ministry. This means the […]

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! […]

Youth in revolt

Youth in revolt?

The recent headline of an NS man who got knifed by a group of teenagers raises the question of youth creating trouble out of boredom. In Singapore, youth unemployment is quite low and youth crime is also relatively low, but that doesn’t mean we should let either get out of hand! At the same place […]

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 […]

The help – Singapore style

Hands up, who remembers this picture? It’s pretty old, but it exploded into a plethora of memes, debates and jokes when it first appeared. “OMG, how safe can we feel if the people in charge of defending us can’t even bother to carry their own bags??” As exaggerated as some reactions may have been, I […]

Five In The Family

(Joshua and Joanne Sng) It’s possible to raise a large, well-balanced family in Singapore – just ask Joshua and Joanne Sng, who make it look all too easy. The Sngs, by many accounts, make a picture perfect family, especially when all five are kitted out in identical Arsenal jerseys, the favourite team of mum Joanne […]

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. […]