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Small Towns, Big Charm

A typical Singaporean wedding banquet goes like this. You receive the invitation – often dubbed the “red bomb” and reluctantly accept it. You arrive at the hotel half an hour late. You exchange pleasantries with…

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Criteria, Criteria, Criteria

Imagine that you work on an island with only one canteen. In spite of the remoteness of the place, the hawkers there manage to whip up many tasty meals over the years. Then, the cost…


Getting Their Priorities Right

So what’s new? President Nathan has finally been laid to rest. The media keeps playing annoying trailers about why we need changes to the elected presidency, the MRT train on the Circle Line is experiencing…


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Swallowing Our Ping Pong Balls

You may have heard this story before: After 5 years of continual rejection, the writer finally lands a publishing deal. Her book sales are now in excess of $2 billion. Only William Shakespeare has sold…


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Singapore Sex Scams

I just bought myself a Samsung J7 – the smartest phone that a dinosaur like me had ever bought. But as usual, I pick up these things quite quickly. After installing Wechat (微信), I started…


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How Do I Lose Money? Let Me Count The Ways

So what’s new? Former President Nathan is in hospital in a critical condition, the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) revealed some eye-opening lapses in our statutory boards, student-organised orientation programmes at NUS are cancelled and the Rio…


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Illusions Of Power And Weakness

I remember when I was in JC, there was this Chinese teacher who once touched on the topic of Chinese women in ancient times. She waxed lyrical and even got emotional over the plight of…


Unbelievably Stupid by Kee Thuan Chye

$30,000 Please, I Forgot My Gun

We haven’t had a bank robbery in decades. This may be something to be happy about, but smooth seas don’t make good sailors and on Thursday, 7th July 2016, one unfortunate bank at Holland V…


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Punggol’s Flooded Sand Pit

When I was in primary school, there was a field where tracks had to be painted every sports day. A teacher would supervise the gardener who would paint the tracks with some roller turning in…