Tiny box of tricks

Cool! A little puzzle box a friend got me as a souvenir from Japan! Apparently, it takes an easy 5 step sequence to get the box open. Going by this sample, the key has to be where the patterns misalign slightly. Ah! The first piece slides out a notch. Now the second piece unlocks and…

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,…

School in Taiwan vs school in Singapore

Have you ever studied in another country, where all the subjects are being taught in Mandarin and written in traditional Chinese characters? I have, and I can say that it was definitely an unforgettable experience, having been used to our lessons conducted in English here in Singapore. In Taiwan, all lessons are conducted in Mandarin —…

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Bus Services Enhancement Programme: Has it worked?

The Bus Services Enhancement Programme is a partnership launched in 2012 between the Singapore Government and the local public bus operators (SBS Transit and SMRT) to significantly increase bus capacity and enhance bus service levels to benefit commuters (1). The scheme was first started in February 2012 with the Government’s somewhat controversial move of promising…

A guide to travelling overseas with your school

As the June school holiday season approaches, many students will be embarking on the various overseas immersion trips organized by their schools. KF-US, a three-time veteran of school trips to the United States, China and Hong Kong, shares his tips on how to enjoy as well as maximize your experience, especially if you’re going overseas…