Is Whatsapp invading on your personal life?

  Elizabeth Tan firmly believes in the power to change the world with writing. She enjoys offering different perspectives on what plagues our society​ today. Through various platforms, she hopes to build Singapore into a place sustainable for the future.    Can we truly evade the advancement of technology? As more and more experts step […]

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 […]

Singapore: Are we a ‘jack of all trades and master of none’?

Organized. Safe. Rigid. Those were the first three words that popped up in my mind when I thought about our national identity – that is, *cough cough*, if we actually have one. I like how our airport and roads have clear signs that do not confuse people, unlike Malaysia or Thailand. I take heart in […]

Waste not, want not

I doubt many people gave two blinks about last week’s news on Singaporeans wasting a new record high of more than 700k tons of food – more like giving judgmental sideway looks and thinking “nope, not me. I only left out a spoonful of rice (and perhaps one tiny piece of chicken) during lunch!”. Sure, […]

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 […]

Going the extra mile

In 2005, the Singapore government launched something called the GEMS campaign (Going the Extra Mile for Service), a strategy that received a somewhat lukewarm response. Many saw this not necessarily as a real effort to spruce up service, but as a knee-jerk move to ensure the IMF and World Bank Board of Governors annual meeting […]

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 […]

Love thy neighbour

With Singa’s recent public resignation (turns out it was a “planned hoax” and this magazine has written about it) and the government’s plan of enforcing compulsory neighbour mediation law, one can’t help but question the state of our ‘friendly’ societal tolerance. How would you feel about having the law jump in to get you and […]

Everybody’s a little racist…no?

“Everybody’s a little racist, sometimes. Maybe it’s a fact, we all should face. Everyone makes judgments based on race” – Avenue Q: Over the past years we have seen many incidences of similar nature in Singapore, targeting either those of minority race or nationality. This really begs the question: are Singaporeans xenophobic? Forum discussions are rife – from Yahoo! to […]

Between a rock and a hard place: Bukit Brown

I paid one last visit to the graves at Bukit Brown last weekend, the weekend before the rumble of machinery thunders into this pristine sanctuary. There were several occasions I had visited this grave (even one creepy night when I drove in by accident…which is another story) , but it was only on this weekend […]