Progression Or Regression

It’s better late than never, but it’s still with regret that I only managed to visit Indonesia for the first time in 1993. I was already 29 with not that many years remaining to go…

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Excuse Me, Are You A Mercenary?

Last night, I had a dream. I was climbing Gunung Sindoro in Central Java and I was on the pre-dawn summit assault, scrambling in the dark up a precipitous slope of loose rock and gravel…


Random Thoughts On National Day 2018

There would usually be about 5 or 6 flags displayed on these neighbouring blocks a week or two before National Day, but if displaying the flag has anything to do with patriotism, then my neighbours…


Why It Won’t Happen In Singapore

28th July 2018. At a working lunch hosted by the SDP on this day, several opposition parties (sans WP) came together to explore the possibility of working closer together to present a unified front at…


Is There A Name For This Condition?

It’s pretty normal for humans to experiment – especially children. As I kid, I used to catch tadpoles, bring them home in plastic bags, transfer them to glass jars and pretty much made a mess…


Foolish Followers Of Instagram Cheats

And the influential brands just love them. On second thought, that should not be too surprising since it’s far easier to get fools than thinkers to buy your things. Just when you think that virtually…


Walking Together, Drifting Apart

Thailand is often called mai pen rai (never mind) land for some pretty good reasons. You can often see people riding their motorbikes without helmets, driving when drunk, parking at emergency exits etc without facing…


A Shield For The Uncaring

Much as it disgusts me, let me try to make a note of this historic moment as calmly as I can. First of all, a new scheme called CareShield Life. This scheme will feature higher…


Deemed To Have Paid, Deemed To Cover

The debate on teachers’ “clean wages” and “self discipline” opened a can of worms on double standards and elite privileges. The usual indomitable Straits Times: Charging parking fees at schools is about upholding the value…


Bigshot Photographers & Their Bullshit

Plagiarism is not new. It has existed since time immemorial (an episode of Justice Bao had one scholar stealing another scholar’s work) and in the digital age some 20 years ago, I met an interesting…