Stories that Inspire Youths and Young-at-heart

INSPIRE | Amazing People, Amazing Stories

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

A Junk Food Addict’s Guide to Clean Eating

For neophytes, the concept of clean eating can be daunting. There are many schools of thought: Atkins, paleo, liquid and whatnot. It’s all mumbo jumbo, so here’s the brass tack ...
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[Satire] Help! A First-world Problem: I Switched from Samsung Note 3 to iPhone 6s and Now My World is Off-kilter

Like MTV, my Samsung Note 3 is refusing to play videos. And hence the biennial tradition of spending back-breaking hours standing in a snaking queue waiting for a material thing is ...
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I began waking up at 4am and now I have a lot of anger

In recent times, many media outlets have become relentless in spreading rather radical and idealistic advice. "Quit your job today, travel the world or your life is unfulfilling!" reads one headline, leaving ...
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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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How to be Sexy. Literally.

With societal pressures weighing heavy on us, many of us yearn to be sexy, to be head turners or to look like a million bucks. We want to be perfect ...
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How to be an Olympian. Literally.

Joseph Isaac Schooling. What a triumphant feat that marks a watershed moment in Singapore’s sports annals. His indelible accomplishment comes hot on the heels of my personal milestones of getting ...
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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

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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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

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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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: 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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Lupins | Lake Tekapo

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

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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

Umar Kitchen Junction Nine Indian Food Coin Prata

[Closed] Umar’s Kitchen, Yishun: Your New Haunt for Very Awesome Prata

Update: Umar's Kitchen at Junction Nine is now closed. Aah, prata… This high-calorie composite of ghee, flour and water is so sinful, but so irresistibly good. The deft cadence of ...
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Nasi Coco Nasi Lemak Tempura Singapore West Coast Drive

Nasi Coco: Nasi Lemak Paired with Tempura Is a Clever Combination

On this particular Monday, NeWest, the newest mixed development along West Coast Drive, was a ghost town. Nary a visitor was in sight: Rows upon rows of stores were vacant; ...
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I Wager the Carnivore in You Will Love High Steaks, Sembawang

Occupying a spot along the Jalan Legundi food belt (home to Common Chefs; The Original Sembawang White Beehoon; East Bistro; and more), High Steaks (the pun geek in me is ...
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One Bowl Restaurant and Bar Sultan Hotel

One Bowl Restaurant and Bar: Be Bowled Over by the Homespun Dishes

“Home is when I’m alone with you,” so Alex Ebert sings in the lilting, whistle-percolating song. For this singleton and glutton, home is wherever food is. And here is my ...
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Brew & Bar Is Mightily Proud of Its Peranakan Dishes, and Rightfully so

When Peranakans speak of their heritage dishes, they always do so with pensive pride. Recipes are inherited and time honoured; every dish has a story attached to it. Babas and ...
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Uya Live Unagi Restaurant Wheelock Place

Achieve a Total State of Awareness at Grilled Unagi Specialist Uya, Wheelock Place

“Unagi is a state of total awareness,” Ross Geller once egregiously hollered. We laugh, but he might be on to something — to truly savour freshwater eel, one has to ...
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