Should we teach our kids about racial issues?

When you live in Asia, we are already born deep inside racial issues, even in Japan where their population is relatively homogeneous. It’s a really painful issue to talk about because it’s not something you can exit from, like teenage awkwardness, poverty or being fat. Even talking about it can be more taboo than talking…

Who Are My Favourite Authors?

Reading has typically been a private activity to me. Sharing a book with anyone is like sharing my morning habits, because the next person who reads a book I recommend knows what went into my soul when I read the book. But good things should be shared, and I’m sick of writing serious things tonight,…

The Secret Service of Mr S R Nathan for Singapore

Mr S R Nathan, who was Singapore’s President from 1991 to 2011, passed away peacefully yesterday night. May he rest in peace. Mr S R Nathan is well-known and respected for his many contributions to Singapore, such as: his negotiations to rescue hostages during the Laju ferry hijacking maintaining US-Singapore relations during the Michael Fay…

3 Reasons You Should Hire Candidates with SME Work Experience

Don’t waste a chance at hiring good talent just because you’ve never heard of their SMEs before. When I was an unemployed mum and desperately looking for a job, I sent out about a thousand job applications, secured less than 10 interviews, and only received one job offer. I also applied for around 30 jobs via careers@gov but…

The Most Important Schooling In Life Joseph Gave Singapore 

At first, we didn’t really take notice. Olympics again ah? So fast?  Live telecast or not, does it even matter since I get my news off social media anyway? But on Saturday morning, many Singaporeans were tuned in to watch Joseph Schooling beat 7 respected competitors, including the superhuman Phelps, with an Olympic record no…

The curious case of Singapore’s diversity

What makes us special? What makes us strong? Singapore is not a perfect country, but to me, we’ve come quite a long way from the racial riots more than half a century ago, which messed everything up. Today, in an increasingly Islamophobic world, Singapore, its leaders (not just the political ones) and society, continue to…

How do we measure our children’s worth?

​In Singapore, our children attend primary school for six years from the year they turn six. At age twelve, they sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE). From now till 2020, PSLE T-scores are calculated upon a cumulative total of 300, and each of the 4 subjects…

Someday my dreams won’t come

If you ever want a drama series that doesn’t make you feel good, watch Mr Robot. It’s one darn depressing, introverted, sceptical, false hope-kinda show. You can be brilliant, but you’re still a pawn of this world, tossed around by bigger things, stuck in quicksand of debt – money, time, sleep, self-love etc. You never…

Stanchart Robbery and The Importance of Security Assessments

The recent robbery of $30,000 from Stanchart was big news among my friends, while the countless reminders about being vigilant against terrorist attacks are already relegated as background noise (yawn!). Source There wasn’t even a security guard at the Stanchart branch yesterday when the robbery happened – CCTV enough meh??? This is unheard of in…

What Is The Biggest Sin In Singapore?

It’s not just about being poor or stupid. I cried at the doctor’s today. On the way home. While doing work. Lying on the bed. Unable to sleep. In a country where showing any weakness is like a death sentence, I cried because my son has a weakness that makes him unable to function like…