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Pimps, Petai & Politicians

Thailand – an exotic land of extremes and paradoxes. It is also a land with some of the most colourful personalities in the world. Dull, sterile and strait-laced Singapore simply cannot compare with the boisterous…

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Sexless, Senseless & Cashless

It’s the Straits Times again: Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say was queueing up to buy chestnuts at a roadside hawker stall in Shanghai a few years ago. When he saw customers ahead of him waving…




Random Thoughts On National Day

Many years ago when I signed my first book distribution contract for my first novel, Worlds Apart, I found an interesting clause in the contract. As author and publisher, I must indemnify the distributor against…


Intimate Services In A Virtual World

I’m mostly a Facebook guy, but one fine day a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly decided to flirt with my dormant Instagram account. I started posting pictures with messages and hashtags. This greatly improved…


Brain Drain, Beauty Drain

This is a good time to revisit a post I made some time ago. An “unofficial” photo of the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 which has been circulating online drew a chorus of jeers from…


The Best, Worst & Most Disruptive of Times

In the fastest growing and most competitive economies in the world, parents are often made to feel guilty for not giving their kids a head start. Those who benefit from such tactics are tuition centres…


Gravy & Aunties

It was Sunday and I brought my kids down to Bedok for a TCM session and some roti prata for breakfast. I also ordered some Indian rojak. While I was waiting for my rojak to…


Enshrining Values, Legitimizing Control

On 2 September 1945, a man by the name of Ho Chi Minh did a very courageous thing. He declared his country the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. That move would trigger violence in the city…