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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…


Cut Them Some Slack When They Stumble

I have a flight to Australia to catch soon, but this issue has kept me awake. Autistic spectrum disorder ASD affects 1 in 150 children in Singapore. You are quite likely to know someone with…


Liang Po Po & The Future of Stereotypes

Someone who has only been following the Ah Boys to Men audition controversy lately and not watched any of Jack Neo’s decades-old TV comedies may be shocked by the following episode of Liang Po Po….


Training To Be Soldiers To Fight For Our Land

An ang moh couple was travelling to Singapore on their honeymoon (don’t ask me why they chose Singapore). They checked into a hotel provided by the travel agency and immediately complained to their guide. “We…