Low crime vs. no crime

Following the recent double murders in Kovan and the shocking arrest of a policeman, the anxiety level of Singaporeans about the homicide rate may have just gone up a notch, and to some extent there may also be concern about the quality of our police force. After all, Singapore is renowned for being one of […]

Town council drama: where do workers fit?

If you haven’t been following the recent spat between NEA and the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council, you really need to catch up. The National Environment Agency (NEA) set off a chain of public retorts when it sent a formal notice to Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) late last month. This letter essentially stated that the […]

MDA ruling: discussing the discussions

As you’re probably aware by now, the MDA’s recent ruling to implement a license for websites has sparked many discussions. From the conspiracy theorists who see the ruling as a sign of future mind control to the government loyalists who don’t see where the issue is with online media being more tightly regulated, debates have […]

A little rebellion now and then is a good thing

This recent article really caught my eye and heart. It was a beautifully succinct piece written by Alvan Yap, an advocacy executive with the DPA (Disabled People’s Association). In his blog post, Alvan referenced the written exchanges between Professor Tommy Koh and the LTA in the Straits Times a few years back. What initially started […]

Seeing is believing

Have you ever scrolled through your Facebook feed and felt slightly jealous at the wonderful life all your friends are living? “Oh look, so and so just got back from their amazing trip to Tibet!” “Wow, so and so are expecting their second baby, how exciting!” If so, you’re not alone! In fact, researchers have […]


Sex, “likes” and how-not-to-be-raped

Friday night, and I was having drinks at the cafe. Across the table from me were four youngish blokes. Halfway through drinks, delicious perfume hit the air and through the doors strode the slender figure of a lady. One of them recognised her and let out a swift shout “Oi Amanda! What you doing here?!” […]