Stories that Inspire Youths and Young-at-heart

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.

Christmas Presents

How to Buy Presents for People You’re Only Pretending to Like

Christmas is upon us, and that means it is time to make nice with people that have royally pissed us off. Or at least we should pretend to do so, ...
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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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[Satire] Samsung Note 3 (White) is the New Black

I have just laid my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and already I cannot wait for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Because my old iPhone of ...
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Demotivational Posters to Get You Through Nothing

Two four six eight! Who do we... Urgh, those cheerleaders can be so cloying. In the face of adversity or extreme humdrum, their saccharine optimism mocks you. Sometimes you just need demotivational ...
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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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Gay Singer Adam Lambert Should NOT Be Allowed to Play in Singapore

Pop star Adam Lambert has found himself embroiled in a controversy. The American Idol alum was invited to headline a New Year's eve concert in Singapore. The concert will count down and usher ...
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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

The Day P!nk Called Me Awesome

The clock struck 9pm. The Truth About Love Tour experience was about to begin. Ringmaster Rubix Von Fuchenhurtz hopped onstage, greeting fans and psyching everyone up. His speeches were laced ...
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Wesley Wee Finding Happiness Against the Odds Cerebral Palsy Singapore Abuse Disability

Abused Because of Cerebral Palsy, but Still Wesley Wee Rises Above, Finding Happiness and Love in the Face of Adversity

Wesley is lying in his own excrement and urine. Only twenty steps separate the toilet from his room, but he did not make the distance in time. Wesley is all ...
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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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5 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Dementia Patients

Dementia is an ugly, terrible disease, but the minds it claims are not. Living with a dementia patient can take a toll on a caregiver. But there are lessons that we can ...
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4 Things I Learnt Growing Up in a Broken Home

"Because of you I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty." This line, plucked from Kelly Clarkson's 2004 Because of You, lacerates my heart like a knife every time I ...
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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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FOOD | Only Yummy Food Allowed

Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Char Siew BBQ Pork

Mitzo’s Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet: The BBQ Pork (Char Siew) Is One for the Books

‘You have got to try Mitzo’s BBQ pork,’ urged Joie, my insurance agent. The recommendation came after I bantered how I had been yearning for dim sum since my sojourn ...
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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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