Fishery Goes Belly Up

Fishery Goes Belly Up

It’s a less than perfect sunrise at Punggol Beach. It’s still a beautiful scene if not for the stench of rotting fish. Hundreds of decomposing sea creatures In ancient times, this may be interpreted as bad omen – and not without good reason. It could be a sign of some environmental disaster. Meanwhile, thousands of fish have died in out… Read more →

If It Weren't For The Numbers

If It Weren’t For The Numbers

We are and have always been a society obsessed with numbers, all of which have something to do with money. From KPIs, GDP, GST, COE to CPF minimum sum, the rules are rigid and the guardians of good governance may sink their teeth and won’t even let go of your little toe if you happen to be guilty of “accounting… Read more →

Overwhelming Support For CPF Flexibility

Overwhelming Support For CPF Flexibility

Blogger Roy Ngerng accused the folks at Drew and Napier for refusing to accept his cash payment of $29,000 when he showed up at their office. His lawyer M Ravi insisted that he was about to mail the cheque to Drew and Napier but Roy asked for a refund so he could send the money personally. In his blog, Roy… Read more →

Beautiful Impersonators & Garbage City

Beautiful Impersonators & Garbage City

It has been a great week as far as material for yao mo gao chor ah is concerned. There was some talk about Chinese opera Liang Zhu in Parliament and there’s also some discussion about But first, a little story about my good friend’s first trip to Thailand. My Malaysian friend Mr Koh Wan Boon was really excited about his… Read more →

Punggol's Withering Waterway

Punggol’s Withering Waterway

When I first moved into Punggol 13 years ago, we were like pioneers colonising some newly discovered territory. There were only some flats on one side of Punggol Field and Edgefield Plains. The LRT was still under construction, Punggol Plaza was still a skeleton and Sengkang East Drive was not even open yet. No one had even heard about the… Read more →

Addiction To Good Life

Addiction To Good Life

In his recent speech in Parliament, NMP Dr Ben Tan highlighted 10 worrying trends in Singapore’s sports culture. He pointed out our declining fitness levels. He highlighted our obsession with medals, results and KPIs, but apart from shopping (my own addition), nobody seems to be enjoying or taking any sport seriously. You can check out his speech over here. Yes,… Read more →

Maturing Children Of Immature Parents

Maturing Children Of Immature Parents

My elder son just turned 12. Our trip to China last November was my last chance for him to fly on a child’s ticket. Of course, in many ways, my son is not independent yet, but I’m proud to say that my efforts to help him overcome autism through adventure and independent travel have borne fruit. But as kids turn… Read more →