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 →

Fish Deaths Officially Explained

Fish Deaths Officially Explained

The experts have spoken. TODAY commissioned the laboratory test yesterday (March 3) using a water sample provided by a fish farmer operating off Pasir Ris. The sample was taken last Saturday when most affected fish farmers reported the sudden deaths of their stocks. The test showed concentrations of the algae at 88,529 cells per mm – a “very, very high”… Read more →

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 →