The Age Of Anger And Easy Heroes

The Age Of Anger And Easy Heroes

My friend Dr Dominic Leung was making an unusually long and serious comment on Facebook about disadvantaged people having a sense of entitlement. I was somewhat amused when this morning, an example of that phenomenon he was commenting on virtually slapped me in the face. I was cooking a pot of sayur lodeh when I suddenly realised that I had… Read more →

The Forms Of NATO

The Forms Of NATO

The Cantonese have a neat phrase 得把口 which translates literally as “got mouth only”. It refers to people who talk more than they do and make light of tasks which are easier said than done. They may talk like experts on the subject, patronising those being talked to, but in reality, they have absolutely no hands-on experience. There are many… Read more →

Pride, Prejudice, Pragmatism, Prostitution

Pride, Prejudice, Pragmatism, Prostitution

I came across this video on Facebook and as far as socio-political commentaries go, it’s real gem coming from veteran HK actor/director Anthony Wong Chau Sang. His real name is Anthony Perry and yes, he is of mixed British/Chinese parentage. An opinionated, outspoken man who doesn’t mince his words, Anthony’s recent speeches and online posts often drew flak from the… Read more →

Thank You For The Movie

A couple of years ago when I first made my comeback into the withering world of publishing, a Facebook friend messaged me and asked me how I did the layout for my book. I have not met this guy in person, but his profile photo showed a very decent bespectacled guy in a suit. He was some independent “financial consultant”… Read more →

What Else To Become Compulsory?

What Else To Become Compulsory?

So what’s new? Singlehood and rising divorce rates are trendy stuff in the developed world. Our Ministry of Social and Family Development has just released a new set of figures showing that we are happily still behind the Kiwis and the Britons. Some praise our Asian values, conveniently forgetting the strong deterrent in the form of a jointly-owned HDB flat…. Read more →

A Legacy Of Zero Tolerance

A Legacy Of Zero Tolerance

I have deep admiration for the French. Religion aside, we do share some values like compassion and the ability to not take life too seriously. The above cartoon provoked French society in almost the same way that Anton Casey’s videos and photos provoked Singapore society. The reaction from the French and Singaporean public couldn’t have been more different. Of course,… Read more →

A Hero Of Turbulent Times - Cao Cao

A Hero Of Turbulent Times – Cao Cao

Even for people who are not familiar with the stories from the Three Kingdoms (final days of the Han Dynasty), the name Cao Cao would certainly ring a bell. For those who are familiar with Three Kingdoms, the better known stories Cao Cao often leave the reader with the impression of a blood-thirsty, ruthless despot. In the book Romance of… Read more →

Singapore Public Holidays 2015

Singapore Public Holidays 2015

One extra day for celebrating SG50 added to Singapore Public Holidays 2015. I heard people cheering and rushing to book a holiday over the long weekend (what do you expect?). For the longest time, it has not bothered us that it’s National Day. I was in Taiwan during National Day 2014. Stay at home and watch the NDP? Yao mo… Read more →

Turning The Tables Of Sexism On Men

Turning The Tables Of Sexism On Men

Well known feminist Naomi Wolf once said at the annual Singapore Writers Festival held just last year that if women are so passive that they can allow men to take over the leadership of their organisation, then women should work on themselves and not just try to exclude men. Former president of AWARE Dana Lam had this to say: But… Read more →

Nominated Supporter

Nominated Supporter

Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong’s gave us a stunning and eyebrow-raising performance in Parliament last week. Her speech on “personal responsibility” won her praises from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The most startling part of her speech was perhaps the part where she questioned whether CPF money is our own money. Here is a summary of one portion of her… Read more →