What No One Tells You About Losing Your Religion

In Singapore, we have a multi-religious society that embraces different religions and co-exists harmoniously. It is easy to find free pamphlets or books about Buddhism, Bibles for Catholics and Christians, Qurans for Muslims, and a plethora of material to study for other religions. It is accepted to talk about your religion with other friends from…

What If Singapore Ran Out of Food?

It’s been a long time since Singapore had major food security issues. I remember growing up watching Channel 8 dramas about World War II. Besides the fear of being tortured and killed, I vividly remember how people struggled terribly with the lack of food. There was one scene of a man complaining to his mother…

Struggles of 2016, Begone!

I set myself a resolution to have a major change in my life every year, and 2016 didn’t disappoint. Change doesn’t happen without some pain, akin to a pupa breaking out of its chrysalis and struggling to squeeze out of its old shell. It was a pretty painful year, characterised by quite a bit of…

Should I Be A Working Mum or Stay-At-Home Mum?

How should mothers decide if they should continue working, or quit their jobs to stay at home and look after their children? Source: salary.com The bottom line is: whatever arrangement gives you the best chance of fulfilling your priorities after taking into account the drawbacks. This is one question many fathers don’t have to struggle…

Mindfulness in a crazy busy world

There is way too much adrenaline in Singapore. Have you ever enjoyed a beautiful vacation overseas, only to have your carefully crafted bubble of peace burst once you leave Changi Airport? The feeling of kancheongness seeps into your life and you start thinking of the 101 things to do once you reach home, do the…

How do I know my child is suicidal? What can I do?

Losing a child to suicide is one of the worst experiences a parent can go through. Is there a way we can protect our children from such thoughts, and get them the help they need? There is quite a bit of information found online on how to spot a suicidal person and what you can…

How do you cope with your weaknesses?

Today, I’d like to briefly explore the subject of weaknesses. I’m not talking about weaknesses in the sense of having a weakness for chocolate or cute animals, but chronic, unresolved issues you and I struggle with. Source: Pinterest I previously wrote about struggling with low emotional intelligence and my son’s struggle with his condition. I don’t know if I’m…

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…

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…

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…