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INSPIRE | Amazing People, Amazing Stories

Bankruptcy, Divorce and Loss of His Son: How Jimmy Ong Restarted His Life after Hitting Rock Bottom

Jimmy sits on the bed, his arms wrapped tightly around Shaun. Like snow at the coming of spring, his son’s life force dwindles with every ticking second. Staring at the ...
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JOhnny Chin Singapore drug addict counsellor addiction help Christianity

Johnny Chin on Reigniting His Faith, Beating Drug Addiction, and the Need to Remove Labels

For twenty years, Johnny Chin lived his life strung out on drugs — heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, he has tried them all. It was only when he reconnected with God that ...
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June Chua The T Project Pink Dot Singapore Transgenders

Co-founder of The T Project June Chua: Beyond Our Transgender Identity, See Us as People, as Individuals

When June Chua was twelve, she was called “bapok”, a Malay word meaning “transvestite”, by a schoolmate. This label, said in jest, became a eureka moment for her. A moment ...
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Stervey Lim Life After Prison

Life after Prison: Stervey Lim on Finding Purpose, Letting His Past Go and Creating a New Life

Stervey Lim stares out of the window wrought of despair. Hemmed in by four walls of cement, he is sequestered in a cramped cell with eight other inmates. There is ...
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Jennifer Heng Abortion Women Activist Pastor

By 19, Jennifer Heng Already Had Two Abortions. This Is Her Story of Secret Shame, Self-forgiveness and Triumph.

Jennifer Heng is in a cold, sterile room. Lying on the surgical bed and staring into nothingness, she waits. The silence, interrupted only by the murmur of the air-conditioning unit, ...
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Edmund Khong Professional Clowning Singapore

Edmund Khong on the Business of Clowning, Making Children Laugh, and Overcoming Gaming Addiction

Clad in loud overalls of eye-popping colours, Edmund Khong is hurling multiple balls into mid-air with ease and dexterity. Free falling, each ball lands and sticks on to his “helmet”, ...
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HUMOUR | Laughter is the best medicine. So let me be your doctor. No, even better. Your pharmacist.

3 Revelations I Had After Not Being Able to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

The head-scratching Rubik’s Cube is my bête noire. It goes mirror, weighing machine, and now Rubik’s Cube way up there. Now, I have never thought that I possessed high IQ, ...
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How to Play Super Mario Bros. Literally.

Mario Bros is a classic game. Launched in 1983, the game was a hit and still this day galvanises players who have a hero complex. It is a test of finesse, ...
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How to Vote. Literally.

2015 will forever go down as a bewitching year for politics. Wait, did I say ‘bewitching’? I meant ‘bewildering’. All around the world the political landscape is changing. Somehow, Donald ...
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How to be an Olympian. Literally.

Joseph Isaac Schooling. What a triumphant feat that marks a watershed moment in Singapore’s sports annals. His indelible accomplishment comes hot on the heels of my personal milestones of getting ...
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What’s so Happy about a Birthday Anyway?

This past week alone I celebrated two of my besties’ birthdays, both of which fall on the third week of October. In the common tongue we brand such celebrations as ...
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Safari National Park Africa Sri Lanka Leopard

How to Not Die While on a Game Drive

A safari trip is exhilarating — you never know what to expect. A cheetah may decide to sneak up on you; an elephant may charge at you. You could also ...
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TRAVEL | See The World’s Marvels

Coney Island Pulau Serangoon Macro Photography Singapore

[Macro Photography] Stopping and Smelling the Roses at Coney Island, Singapore

“There’s nothing to see over there!” the holler of a shirttail boy rending the silence, reverberating like a clap of thunder in the otherwise tranquil Coney Island. His exclamation derailed ...
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum Chinatown Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore: Of Gilded Statues and Earnest Prayers

It is said that Gautama Buddha took ill after what would be his last meal, either pork or truffles, given to him by a smith by the name of Cunda ...
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Bird Photography at Lower Seletar Reservoir, Singapore: Breakfast Is Served for the Grey Heron

I stand at the end of the boardwalk that juts out into the lake, preoccupied with photographing the rising sun. I wait for it to pierce the many lumpy clouds ...
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Plane spotting Changi Beach Singapore Airplanes

Plane Spotting at Changi Beach, Singapore

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Colombo Sri Lanka Sea Turtle Conservatory

Inside One of Sri Lanka’s Many Sea Turtle Conservation Centres

In Sri Lanka, there are many identikit conservation centres for sea turtles, which were handed over to the operators by fishermen. At some point, the sea turtles had been injured ...
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The Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

Unveiled in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, also nicknamed the Coathanger, measures one hundred and thirty-four metres in height and over five hundred metres in length. It was the brainchild ...
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LIFE | Somehow, Somewhere, We Grew Up

Thaipusam, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Singapore

Thaipusam: The Kavadi Attam, or Burden Dance, Is a Test of Tenacity and Faith

Warning: This story features graphic photos of body parts being pierced. A devotee lies prostrate on the ground, his modesty protected only by a red sarong. A man smears his ...
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Down but not defeated: Swindled of her million-dollar fortune, Ginny Low gains second wind by working as a cleaner, and for the first time in her life

Swindled of Her Fortune, Ginny Low Gains Second Wind by Working for the First Time in Her Life

Singapore five decades ago is markedly different from what she is today. Rustic kampong houses dotted the streets of Bukit Merah. Gangsters with thick gold chains slung around their necks ...
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Making It As A Freelancer Series: Success Strategies

My journey as a freelance writer wasn't always smooth-sailing. I reached the nadir circa June 2011, when I lost two projects — one recurring; and one ad-hoc — in one day. Yes, it was ...
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My Mother Has Dementia

Soft whimpers emanate from behind a closed door. Those are my cue. I sigh. I steel myself. I pound on the door, like a collector about to barge in. The door ...
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Why I Will Continue to be a P!nk Fan Even When I’m 90.

I still remember the moment I became a P!nk fan. It happened circa the I’m Not Dead era. I was of course familiar with songs from M!ssundaztood, her magnum opus, ...
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Making it as a Freelancer Series: Brass Tacks on Fees and Your Value

Yes, we freelancers are passionate and yes we love what we do. But ultimately we still need sustenance in order for us to continue doing what we do.  Money is motivation, money is key ...
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FOOD | Only Yummy Food Allowed

Aileng Food Industries Woodlands Curry Puff

Aileng Food Industries: Humongous Curry Puffs for the Win

Size matters, especially when it comes to food. When I first laid eyes on Aileng Food’s Jumbo Curry Puffs, my jaws dropped. It made me question, for the first time ...
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Tsukada Nojo Singapore Bijin Nabe Chicken Collagen Soup Restaurant

Tsukada Nojo, Chinatown Point, Singapore: Luscious Chicken Collagen Soup for the Soul

A pot housing off-white puddings — silky and wobbly like soya beancurd — was laid on the induction cooker. Slowly, the heat transmuted the solid blocks, the culmination of simmering ...
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Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road

Concorde Hotel: Spices Cafe’s Harvest of the Sea Buffet Is Highly Underrated

When it comes to hotel buffets, Spices Cafe at Concorde Hotel largely flies under the radar. On a Friday night, the restaurant was barely half full. The table adjacent to mine ...
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Scissors Paper Stove Teck Chye Terrace Fusion Cuisine Singapore Tapas

Scissors Paper Stove’s Strategy for a Winning Meal Lies in Its Sea Bass, Beef Cheek and Pork Ribs

“What a name for an F&B establishment,” said the taxi driver as we both craned our necks, peering out of the car window to scan the entire stretch of Teck ...
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Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Mandarin Gallery Brunch Singapore

Arteastiq Bistro & Bar: I Have Just Found My Go-to Brunch Spot

Because of my innate impatience and inclination towards restlessness, I have never quite understood the allure of a laidback brunch session. There are also many identikit brunch spots in Singapore ...
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King Coconut Thembili Sri Lanka

Quenching Thirst with the Sri Lankan King Coconut (Thembili)

Along Sri Lanka’s roadsides, there stand erect many rustic stalls where locals hawk snacks, drinks and sweets. Drawing the attention of drivers are bunches of coconuts, hanging freely, a bold ...
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