Stories that Inspire Youths and Young-at-heart

INSPIRE | Amazing People, Amazing Stories

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 onto his “helmet”, like ...
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Lisa Teng | Inspire Christianity

Lisa Teng: How Caring for the Elderly Allows Her to Answer Her Calling as a Christian

Lisa Teng is lying on a bed fitted with white cotton-polyester bedsheet. Only laboured staccato breaths she draws, her life whittling away as a dandelion bracing the onset of a ...
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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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Saving Street Dogs Dr Siew Tuck Wah

Dr Siew Tuck Wah on Breaking the Poverty Cycle, Saving Singapore’s Street Dogs and Finding Buddhism

When he was studying in medical school, Dr Siew Tuck Wah would, come mealtime, ostensibly say he had a prior appointment and steal away from his peers. Embarrassed that he ...
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Nathan Russell Carves Out His Own Niche as a Glacier Guide

Raindrops are pounding on skin like bullets on armour. The vagaries of Franz Josef’s weather are at work again, and the onset of rain sours hopeful glacier hikers yearning to ...
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Karlee “Willow” Davies on Finding Her Calling as a Tour Guide

The sun’s golden shafts pierce the mackerel clouds. New Zealand is one of the first countries to welcome a new morning. An eclectic posse of guests throngs the cosy lounge ...
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HUMOUR | Laughter is the best medicine. So let me be your doctor. No, even better. Your pharmacist.

Wearing a Fitness Band Ruined My Life

Wearing a Fitness Smartband Has Ruined My Life

A fitness smartband is supposed to motivate you to adopt an active lifestyle — that is what they say. Who “they” are I do not know, but it is an ...
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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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How to Live Life to the Fullest. Literally.

Live today as if it was your last. You only live once. Live life and go crazy. Kind of ironic that supposedly-uplifting words can be so morbid and depressing. Exactly how should ...
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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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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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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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TRAVEL | See The World’s Marvels

Murrenbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen

[Photo Essay] Imbibing Switzerland’s Natural Beauty

At every turn, Switzerland is a dream. It is a muse for authors such as JRR Tolkien, a majestic backdrop to film blockbusters such as James Bond. No one is left unmoved ...
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland Tolkien Rivendell

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, Is JRR Tolkien’s Rivendell

Soaring higher than charming alpine cottages, bakeries, and churches as well as a tapestry of steep-sided cliffs, jagged rock faces, wildflowers and verdant trees whose measure are beyond my reckoning ...
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5 Things You Should Know Before Going to Switzerland

6 Things You Should Know before Going to Switzerland

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Oeschinen Lake Kandersteg Switzerland

Oeschinen Lake, Switzerland, Is an Oasis of Calm

I ambled along the coastline, slowly approaching two suspicious males stealing furtive glances. In what seemed to him as an opportune moment, the half-dressed male, of a lean and cut ...
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Qingjing 487 499 Step Trail | Taiwan

[Photo Essay] The 499-Step Trail in Cingjing, Taiwan, That Only Has 487 Steps

After roaming about the sprawling Qingjing Farm, advancing and retreating numerous times and getting lost in the woods, I finally, by good fortune, came to the start of the 499-step ...
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Qingjing Farm | Nantou County

[Photo Essay] Qingjing Farm Teems with Adorable Sheep and Blossoming Trees

A thick fog lent an ethereal quality to the two-thousand-metre-high Qingjing Farm, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan, and I felt as if I were lost in mysterious reverie. Lush, majestic ...
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LIFE | Somehow, Somewhere, We Grew Up

Lupins | Lake Tekapo

They Only Came to See the Lupins | Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Making it as a Freelancer Series: 50 Actionable Tips to Take

Made the decision to be a freelancer? Well there're many things for you to cross off! Here are 50 actionable tips for you to carve out a successful freelance career! General Open the ...
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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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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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Friends

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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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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FOOD | Only Yummy Food Allowed

Yakiniku Heijoen 100AM Wagyu Buffet

Yakiniku Heijoen, Itadakimasu by PARCO, 100 AM: 90 Minutes to Grill and Eat All the A5-grade Wagyu Beef You Can

Is there, visually, a more visceral culinary spectacle than the art of grilling? Watching with rapt attention as a grey colour suffuses raw meats, a bright orange bleeding all about ...
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Tsuyoshi Yakiniku Johor Bahru Japanese BBQ

Tsuyoshi Yakiniku, Johor Bahru: Tasty Japanese BBQ Set Meal at Just S$20++ Per Person

The open flame roared and leapt higher and higher, licking the raw meats perched on the mesh grill rack. The embers burnt red-hot; sparks flew sporadically. The intense fire melted ...
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Kam Long Curry Fish Head Johor Bahru

Kam Long Curry Fish Head, Johor Bahru, Serves Only One Dish, and It’s a Sublime One

Jack of all trades, or master of one? Sometimes in life all you need is to do one thing well. Such is the story of Kam Long Curry Fish Head ...
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5 Hotel Buffets You Should Try Singapore

5 Worthwhile Hotel Buffets That Will Leave You Pot-bellied and Happy

My earliest memory of buffet indulgence was heading to Pizza Hut with my band mates, gorging on slices after slices of Hawaiian pizza. I like to think that my taste ...
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Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Johor Bahru

Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory, Johor Bahru: A Newfound Love for Banana Cakes

When I was a young strapping Military Policeman deployed in MINDEF, there came one day when a female civilian contractor traipsed in with a box of freshly-baked banana cake. For ...
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Akimitsu Signature Tendon Yishun Plaza Singapura VivoCity

There Is Now a Tendon Specialist in Northpoint, Yishun: Akimitsu. Think Huge Tempura, and Unagi Tendon.

I had an insatiable hankering for tendon after visiting Tendon Kohaku, SORA, T2, Changi Airport. While I am aware of all the other household names such as Tendon Ginza Itsuki, ...
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