What You Never Hear About Studying in a Girls’ School

Well I’m gonna open a can of worms here, because I think it’s time people knew that studying in a girls’ school isn’t as dandy as everyone thinks it is. Many have the impression that girls who get to study in a girls’ school grow up to be fine young educated women, have BFF friendships…

Brutal Truths About Having PRCs in Singapore

PRCs: they have a reputation for being obscenely loud, unbearably pushy, kiasu to the max, shit in public, cheat Singaporeans, display uncouth behaviour (that I must point out, some Singaporeans also show), unbafflingly self-entitled and amazingly unaware of social norms (or just have a damn thick skin). Tell an average Singaporean Chinese that our forefathers…

How Many Times Will Singapore Become a Syonan-To?

On 15 February 1942, the Japanese renamed Singapore Syonan-to after the British did their first Brexit from Singapore. Syonan-to means “Light of the South”. Three years and more than an estimated 50,000 deaths later, Singapore finally shook off its slave name when the Japanese finally surrendered. Source The Singapore Government, always as pragmatic and straightforward,…

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…