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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 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.

[Satire] Cornell 3-in-1 Magic Fan Gives You Beyoncé Hair

Cornell 3-in-1 Magic Fan (model CFC936C) promises to ‘blanket your home with multiple layers of cool comfort’ but could it also be the industry standard for achieving the elusive Beyoncé-hair ...
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Play Clash of Clans? You’re Gonna Be The Next Steve Jobs

Half-naked, stunted men who sport canary-yellow hair and Winnfield beards. Hoity-toity markswomen who let fly their arrows with precision. Green slimy sack-toting creatures that run amuck at the sight of ...
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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 Parent. Advice from a Fun God Uncle

How to Be a Rock Star Parent: Advice from a Fun God Uncle

“Parenting is so hard, as a single guy you would never understand it,” whined a friend who had a child born out of wedlock. But good parenting is not rocket ...
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Turning 30 is the Worst

When I was a toddler, my excitement would reach a fever pitch whenever I traipsed into a toy store. Shelves upon shelves of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers action figures in ...
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Life After 30: How to Attend a Concert

Life after 30: How to Attend a Concert

Life after 30 does not have to end. Yes, turning 30 is the worst, but you can still do the things you did in your twenties, within reason and with ...
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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

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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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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Making It As A Freelancer Series: The Pros and Cons

I was 23 when I became a freelance writer. This decision I made when I was working at a video production house, and I became privy to how much a freelance cameraman ...
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Ikigai: The Japanese’s Secret to Happiness and Longevity Could Help You Find a Life of Purpose

Watch a Japanese chef in his element and you cannot help but be inspired by his laser focus, meticulousness and finesse. It is likely he has found his ikigai, or ...
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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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8 Times Friends Made Us Cry

Friends is a comedy sitcom that stars six characters with different idiosyncrasies. There are Ross Gellar, Monica Gellar, Chandler Bing, Rachel Green, Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani. The show is replete ...
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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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