Stories that Inspire Youths and Young-at-heart

INSPIRE | Amazing People, Amazing Stories

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 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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HUMOUR | Laughter is the best medicine. So let me be your doctor. No, even better. Your pharmacist.

Why You Should Never Travel

"Take a gap year!" "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page!" "Have the courage to quit your job and see the world!" ...
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Small Eyes

The Woes of Being Born with a Set of Small Eyes

“Where are your eyes?” my friends would chuckle whenever they saw photos of me smiling. What should have been two oval shapes on a face were just two flattened lines, ...
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Christmas Gifts and Their Underlying Meanings

It's Boxing Day, the designated day for unwrapping presents and delivering a coup de grâce in the form of a uppercut to whoever got your presents wrong. It's the thought ...
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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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An Open Letter to Mr Icelandic President: Banning Pineapples on Pizzas is Unconstitutional

Dear Mr Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, I read with utter dismay today that you would unapologetically and very surely issue a ban on pineapples as a pizza topping. I’m writing this ...
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How to Be Very Passive Aggressive

Who likes conflicts? Donald Trump. But for the rest of us who have to worry about keeping our jobs and friends, yelling is not always an option. How can we ...
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TRAVEL | See The World’s Marvels

Trümmelbach Falls Switzerland

The Trümmelbach Falls in Switzerland Are a Muse

I emerged from my safari tent, and before me were campervans and tents that disturbed swards of green. Yonder was the enchanting Murrenbach Falls, Switzerland’s highest waterfall with a height ...
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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

Switzerland, a country synonymous with peace, natural beauty and cheese. For many, she is a bucket-list country. Here are some tips for you before you head to the spellbinding country!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The ...
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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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LIFE | Somehow, Somewhere, We Grew Up

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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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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Eugene Seah Founder of Trainium Academy Abundance Mindset

Want Success, Joy and Health? Start Living with an Abundance Mindset Then, Says Eugene Seah, Founder of Trainium Academy

When Eugene Seah was unceremoniously retrenched circa late 2013, he flew into a state of panic, which eventually devolved into self-pity. “I had so many questions: Did I offend my ...
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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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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: 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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FOOD | Only Yummy Food Allowed

The Butcher's Kitchen Suntec City Flaming Bowl Wagyu

The Butcher’s Kitchen, Suntec City: Flaming Beef Bowls Gimmicky but Good

Incepted in 2003, The Butcher at Holland Village is your one-stop shop for gourmet products such as steaks, chops and sausages as well as sauces and delicatessen. The butchery prides ...
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The Boneless Kitchen Korean Vegetarian Dining Singapore Tai Seng

The Boneless Kitchen: Meatless Korean Dishes That Are an Utter Delight

Meatless Korean dining at first sounded to me like an asinine idea, one that panders to the whims of snobby organic-food eaters. But one trip to The Boneless Kitchen, Tai ...
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Run by Special-needs Trainees, APSN Mystical Café for All Doles Out Affordable, Tasty Grub

Step into APSN Mystical Café for All and immediately your spirit gets lifted by the congenial interior, characterised by white vortex side chairs and distressed laminate. A social enterprise, the ...
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Nadai Fujisoba Ni-hachi 100AM

Deep-fried Soba the Highlight at Soba Specialist Nadai FujiSoba Ni-hachi

Mention “soba” and one immediately thinks of Japan, bustling streets lined with traditional restaurants and stalls purveying sushi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki and the like, a sleepless cadence of clanging utensils, billowing ...
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Chu Tang Cuban Sandwich DUO Galleria

Chu Tang, DUO Galleria, Offers Hearty Cuban Sandwiches

Some five hundred years ago, the Taíno tribe created the first Cuban sandwich. The primordial version featured casabe, a kind of crispy flatbread made from the yucca root. The filling ...
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Tono Cevicheria Duo Galleria Peruvian Cuisine

Want a Taste of Peruvian Cuisine in Singapore? Head to Tono Cevicheria.

“Training for Machu Picchu,” I chuckled as I wrote the photo caption on Instagram Story, impressed by my own wit. Only I, gluttonous with an inclination to sloth, would make ...
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