Cut Them Some Slack When They Stumble

I have a flight to Australia to catch soon, but this issue has kept me awake. Autistic spectrum disorder ASD affects 1 in 150 children in Singapore. You are quite likely to know someone with…


Liang Po Po & The Future of Stereotypes

Someone who has only been following the Ah Boys to Men audition controversy lately and not watched any of Jack Neo’s decades-old TV comedies may be shocked by the following episode of Liang Po Po….


Training To Be Soldiers To Fight For Our Land

An ang moh couple was travelling to Singapore on their honeymoon (don’t ask me why they chose Singapore). They checked into a hotel provided by the travel agency and immediately complained to their guide. “We…


Milking The Issues

So what’s new? Tension on the Korean peninsula appears to be easing and US President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey in a move Democrats have condemned as politically motivated. Meanwhile, there has…


Only Pockets Of Kindness

The year was 2003 and I was carrying my first-born, barely 5 months old on the streets. We came to a traffic junction. We were standing in the sun, waiting for the green man. A…


Excuse Me, Are You Chinese?

Amid growing competition, and workers hungry to learn in places like Chengdu and even further away such as Russia, Singapore must not only protect its lunch but steal other people’s lunches, Prime Minister Lee Hsien…


Top Heavy

It was a torrid afternoon in a village in Northern Thailand in 1994. Loud look toong music was blasting away from giant speakers across the padi field. The man who rented the speakers was busy…



Carpets, Markets And Rackets

Recent events brought back memories of a chapter I once read (or rather heard in an audio book) from A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. First published in 1973, Random Walk has…