A reflection on the S Rajaratnam Lecture 2016

I had the privilege of attending the S Rajaratnam lecture on 11 November last year. Organised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, the lecture bolsters the equipping of public servants with critical insights and knowledge to react wisely to dynamic landscapes beyond Singaporean waters. The event was graced by speaker, Mr George Yeo. As Chairman…

Levure Naturelle: A gem of a find

Such a variety of goodness housed under the same roof of Levure Naturelle, sitting on rows and rows of shelves, each in different shades of colour, screaming “pick me, eat me!” Levure Naturelle’s breads are a treasure chest of gems — slice any in half and watch as the filling oozes out. Though common-looking in the…

Are you normal?

No one wants to be normal in Singapore. A ‘normal’ person takes 5 years to complete secondary education. That’s too slow. Not when ‘express’ only takes 4 years. If a person has to take an extra year to be schooled, they must be stupid and are an embarrassment to their parents who will never be…

Hashtag funds planeload of supplies to Somalia

It’s no secret that there are people facing starvation today, many of whom are in Africa. For the majority of us, we were once deeply concerned about their well-being and strongly desired to contribute to help relieve their plight when we first came to know of their situation. But over time, reality hit, making us realise…

Bun on a budget

If you’re cash-strapped and hungry, here’s where to get delicious, low cost foods, because being on a budget does not mean you have to deprive yourself of good food. When hunger pangs get frequent and cash gets limited, there’s Baker Talent. This week, satisfy your stomach and and maximize your pocket-change with Baker Talent’s cranberries cheese bun. At less than…

Chinese tradition lives on at Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa is a Chinese-themed park well-known for housing many tableau depicting scenes from Chinese history and culture, such as the ‘Legend of the White Snake’. I have visited Haw Par Villa more than 5 times in my life and I have never felt tired of going there. What makes it so attractive? For me,…