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…

The Precious Benefits of Travelling You Can’t Buy

Clarity. To start afresh, to see the junk you’ve been hoarding and uncover the gems you’ve missed. Mortality. A chance to plan your future bucket list before you die. Vacuum. When you shove everything aside for your trip, and you choose what to put back on your plate when you get back. Abandonment. Getting rid…

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…

A Brexit analysis in one single Facebook post

Will the UK’s departure from the EU benefit those who voted to leave? No one would vote for a situation that would make him lose out, unless you’re a certain Adam who didn’t think his vote would count. Source Yet in the close, close fight on whether to stay or leave the EU, will those…

What did I learn from my preschool bullies?

My first brush with being bullied came at the age of 2. Why was I bullied? I was pretty big, and am still pretty big. Not particularly pretty, but big enough to attract peer bullying. It was almost a daily affair of being called “fatty bom bom, stupid dum dum” by female pre-school classmates. How…

Why Do Singaporeans Treat Disabled and Special-Needs People Like Animals?

You know what the answer is, but you can’t accept it. I recently saw a video by the National Council of Social Services. It’s meant to be heartwarming I know, but it goes to show how typical our human nature is to stereotype people who have been labelled as different. We feel awkward around disabled…

What’s Living With Low Emotional Intelligence Like?

It’s too easy to be misunderstood. Do you always seem to offend people, or feel awkward at emotional situations? Are you spending a lot of time trying to analyse what people meant, and constantly worry about missing out on some undercurrent? Source Interacting with other people has always been a minefield to me; one careless…

What Should I Do Before Voting In Singapore Elections?

It’s your responsibility to vote wisely. What should residents do before voting? How should they decide which candidate to endorse, or not to endorse any at all? I remember being completely apathetic to politics during the General Elections 2011. Anything vaguely political in the news was irritating to me and I quickly skipped any and…