Buddha

Happy Vesak Day

Borobudur – Buddhism rediscovered 1993 Though Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Islam is relatively new to Java. While Muslim territories had existed on the north coast since the…

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Santarina

Marrying Santa Claus

A pre-election survey conducted between 30 April to 3 May 2016 by Blackbox Research showed that Bukit Batok voters found SDP candidate Dr Chee Soon Juan to be the better candidate than his PAP rival…


Slave

We All Go “Bankrupt” In The End

The ability to defer gratification has been taught to us by our parents since we were young. Living in Singapore, it needs no mention that our leaders further this concept by being very selective in…


Chan Joon Yee

Singpolitics Is Santapolitics

It must have been a disappointing moment for Dr Chee Soon Juan. I’ve repeatedly posted the comment: “Only votes will count” after TOC’s photos of the impressive turnout at SDP’s rally. Indeed, the crowd didn’t…


iswaran

Excuse Me, How Much Are You Worth?

While having lunch in town with a couple of friends one day, my friend C was lamenting his singlehood. He is in his early 40s and a professional earning a very comfortable income. He is…


Thai woman

When You Don’t Know What Hit You

A British couple and their son, who were beaten up in ­Thailand, were attacked because one of them accidentally spilled a drink. According to The Mirror: The couple travel to The Land of Smiles every…


step on money

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…


reading

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…


brainwash

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…


Amazon

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…