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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 onto his “helmet”, like ...
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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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Solo Travel

Solo Travel Tips for You to YOLO and Not Look Like a Loser

The week of my twenty-third birthday, I was left at the aisle. The airport aisle, that is. My friend had to pull out of our travel plans, so I jetted ...
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Given Up on Life

Signs You Have Let Yourself Go and Given up on This Thing Called Life

Everybody grows old, but not everyone lets himself or herself go. You may have given up on this thing called life if any of these signs speaks to you.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 You ...
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Achieve Resolutions

How to Finally Achieve One Miserable New Year’s Resolution

The month of December is a time when you are most hopeful and ambitious (I blame the Christmas lights). You make lots of promises to yourself, like eating an apple ...
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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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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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TRAVEL | See The World’s Marvels

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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Hikkaduwa Beach Sea Turtle Sri Lanka

Luring a Giant Sea Turtle to Shore at Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka

Chaminda peeled off his shirt, revealing a lean physique sculpted not in the gym but through arduous activities. Gripping a smattering of seaweed, he marched out to meet the roiling ...
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Dansel Sri Lanka Giving Good Karma

Dansel: The Beautiful Sri Lankan Tradition of Giving

A young boy stood by the road, brandishing and waving a flag, beckoning us to pull up to the driveway. “They’re giving away free food and water,” explained Dulshan my ...
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Symbio Wildlife Park Koala Kangaroos Sydney Australia

Symbio Wildlife Park, Sydney: Pet Plush-toy-cute Koalas and Feed Inquisitive Wallabies

Two koalas sat perched on tree branches, their silver coats juxtaposing their ochre homes: Willow and Imogen are their names. Although it was already nine in the morning, both were ...
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Sydney’s Chinatown at 9pm

Unlike many of Australia’s streets, Sydney’s Chinatown continues to pulse with a sleepless energy even as day segues into night. Here is a confluence of Chinese, Thai, Korean restaurants and ...
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LIFE | Somehow, Somewhere, We Grew Up

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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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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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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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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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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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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FOOD | Only Yummy Food Allowed

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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Pizza Arc Yishun Ring Road

Pizza Arc: Hidden Gem in Yishun Doles Out Pretty Decent Halal Pizzas

This is a PSA: In the quiet backwater of Yishun, there is a Halal-certified pizza joint that offers decent pizzas, many of which amalgamate Asian flavours with the Italian classic: ...
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Yue Long Men Hotpot Pagoda Street Mala Steamboat

Yue Long Men Hotpot, Pagoda Street, Heats up Singapore’s F&B Scene

The next time you enjoy a hot pot session with your friends or loved ones, you may want to offer up a thank you to Genghis Khan. More known are ...
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