Top books by Singaporean authors

Our pick of must-read local novels.   1. Breaking the Tongue, Vyvane Loh There are plenty of books set in wartime Singapore, but this one, about a young boy from a family of “King’s Chinese” (aka jiak kantang, westernised Chinese) navigating Syo-Nan-To is a powerful one. 2. Following the Wrong God Home by Catherine Lim […]

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 […]

Merlion goes hmmmmm

Since my award winning performance on the 9th of August, the NDP organisers have requested that I pen a short note on my thoughts on the parade. After all, I’ve been silently sitting here in the same spot for so long, observing like a creepy stalker. But I have so many thoughts on so many […]

Making tertiary education work

A fellow university student from China once told me during our orientation at NTU that Chinese students perceived NTU to be a ‘dumping ground’ of sorts because Chinese nationals aspire to attend top varsities such as Zhejiang University and Peking University and only apply to NUS when they haven’t been accepted elsewhere. And if they […]

What’s in a birthday

The manner in which a person celebrates his or her birthday or how others celebrate his or her birthday perhaps reflect the kind of person he or she is. Are you the party-lover, who likes to be surrounded by people to give you hugs and presents, or are you the type who likes a quiet […]

Ramsay vs. hawkers: challenge accepted!

The local foodie community has united and reacted in fits of frenzy following the announcement that the renowned (or infamous, depending on your appreciation for the guy :)) British celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, has officially accepted the “Hawker Heroes” challenge. In case you’ve been too caught up with the haze and hail in Singapore and […]

All about home…

The article below has been contributed by Xin Hui. If “the world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page”, I’m now waist-deep in Chapter ‘WEDDINGS’ – (read: other people’s destination weddings). Oh yes, wedding visits have taken me from Singapore to Bangkok, Bali, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, New York, […]

Cycling in Singapore

Cycling in Singapore: why all the hate?

It’s funny how in Singapore we’re constantly complaining about the price of COE, the MRT breakdowns, and the overcrowded buses, but we also can’t stand those that use alternative modes of transport. Don’t believe me? Just go on Stomp or Youtube and you’ll see hundreds of articles, photos, and videos of people insulting cyclists who […]

Can discrimination be positive?

Discrimination is usually seen as a negative concept. Whether it’s refusing access to a job, denying entry to a location, or reinforcing inequalities, discrimination can take many forms and can be found in all areas of life. It can be explicit or implicit: “No Indians” in property ads or “must speak Mandarin” in job descriptions. […]

Singaporeans give their two cents on WorkPro

The recent S$170m WorkPro scheme represents a generous sum of money dedicated to encouraging non-active people (those not holding a job and not actively looking for one) to re-enter the workforce. A retention bonus will also be given if the employee stays with the company for at least a year. For those that have never […]