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The Many Parts Of Many Parcels

Last night, I had a dream. I was working for this SME that distributed contraceptives to clinics and pharmacies. Our former CEO was a playboy. A bachelor in his 40s, his many affairs weren’t too…

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When Books Come To You

My reading habit was cultivated early in life. The Queenstown branch of the National Library was just next to Block 39A where I lived. During the school holidays, I would visit the library almost every…


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The Power Of A Mourning Army

The Chinese classic 孙子兵法 is a compendium of military strategies with contributions from Sun Wu 孙武 and other generals from the period of the Warring States. One of the most quoted maxims, is the statement…


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Women In Charge – Behind The Scenes

It was a historic moment for Myanmar as the country ushered in a new civilian government. The long banned National League for Democracy and its tenacious leader Aung San Suu Kyi formed a new civilian…


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A Hakka Woman’s Irony

i will no longer write for SPH as the editors there do not allow me freedom of speech. in fact, that was the reason why i posted the article on LKY would not want to…


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Funny Friday

This will only encourage more people to put their kids on prams – even those who can walk on their own. Wait till people who place shopping bags into their prams assume that they also…


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My Ah Kong Says…

It’s that time of the year again. Chinese people who still embrace ancestral worship head off to the cemeteries and columbariums to visit the departed. Like during the Lunar 7th month, they burn offerings to…


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今天谁是英雄?

中国的民族英雄当中,最受人崇拜,甚至膜拜的一位,我看,非关云长莫属了。徐州失守,关将军为了不让两位嫂夫人受害,向曹操投降。后来得知刘备的消息,他挂印封金,拒绝了曹操的重赏,只要了一匹赤兔马,就骑着它千里寻找刘备。不料曹将处处阻拦。关羽过五关斩六将的传说可说是家喻户晓的。最近,西方学者也开始对关云长这人物感兴趣。难道西方国家就没有这样的英雄人物吗?有的。只不过老外比较浪漫。西方英雄赴汤蹈火的目的通常只有一个 – 女人。 其实汉末时代,也有一位为女人而战的浪漫英雄人物。他就是吕布,外号飞将军,高大威猛,气质非凡,武功盖世。关羽,张飞联手才和他打个平手。最怕死,爱哭的刘备加入,三雄战吕布,才有办法把他击退。可见飞将军是有多么的厉害。不过三国演义却把他描绘成一个贪财好色的卑鄙小人。有不少现代编剧甚至在舞台上把这位大帅哥给丑化了。理由何在?吕布本来是并州刺史丁原的义子。后来吕布被董卓收买,便杀了丁原。然后又为了争貂蝉,再杀了董卓。最后被困小沛,他竟然听从他身边的女人的话而把军师陈宫的话当耳边风。结果被曹操打败,处死。经刘备的提醒,曹操做出了英明的决定。即使吕布武功再好,留一个不忠不义的人在身边一定不会有好结果。 我想,要是吕布这家伙活在现今社会,下场肯定完全不同。首先,以他的帅气和武艺,一定可当上天王巨星,迷死不少粉丝。吕布贪图荣华富贵,见异思迁可被视为他的上进心。最要命的一点还是他为了心爱的女人可以“大义灭亲”,把董卓这王八蛋给杀了。一来让有情人终成眷属,二来为民除害,他的粉丝把他封情圣还来不及,怎么还会把他当卑鄙小人呢? 至于关羽就不行了。关将军言出必行,对最潦倒的兄弟忠心耿耿,不求荣华富贵,不顾个人安危,一心一意只为理想而奋斗。在现今社会,不搞到妻离子散才怪。 © Chan Joon Yee Dewdrop Books


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The Battle For Bukit Batok

So what’s new? Last summer, she was hailed as a leader of the EU by managing the Euro crisis and stood head-on against Russia in Ukraine. Then, in September, she opened Germany’s doors to Syrian…


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For A Bun In The Oven

Lek is generally regarded as a dek dee or a “good child” in her village in Thailand. She just graduated from university (for which her parents threw a big party inviting the entire village) and…