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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…



Refuse To Behave – Amos Yee

So what’s new? There’s another first for Singapore. Foul-mouthed, arrogant, annoying but incredibly articulate teen rebel Amos Yee has been granted political asylum in the US! As expected, this ground-shaking piece of news (also a…


Behind The Smile

It’s not even a month after reports on Joshua Robinson’s apparent slap on the wrist for “sexual assault” had Singaporeans up in arms. Now, we’ve got another case of a seemingly inadequate punishment for a…



It’s All About Me

This morning, I went for a run on the PCN from Punggol Promenade to Tampines Road, a distance of about 5km. As usual, I had to dodge scores of bikes and scooters. I estimated that…


The Beauty Trap 美人计

Not all victories were decided on the battlefield in ancient China. Seemingly invincible warriors have been defeated not by even stronger warriors but by sweet and dainty women with a plot. The Beauty Trap or…