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.

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[Infographics]: How to Burn Calories without Actually Exercising

Let's face it: Exercising is not for everyone. Yet other than eating right, it is the precursor to effective weight loss. So to help you break a sweat without actually ...
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How to Bungy Jump. Literally.

In 1988, New Zealander Alan John Hackett became the first entrepreneur to set up a commercialised bungy site. Over the years, bungy jumping has become a bucket-list activity, beckoning all to test ...
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Facebook Dislike Buttons

Facebook Launches Reaction Buttons; War is Coming

When Facebook announced it was launching a 'Dislike' button, speculation ran rife. In this social-media age, giving the thumbs down is as good as giving someone a tight slap, a kick ...
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How to Channel Your Inner Adele. Literally.

Adele is back and the world is turned upside down. Unlike a certain female singer who's off the deep end, Adele came in like a tidal wave. Her single, "Hello", is ...
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Supercharged Motivational Quotes

It's New Year, a time when all things are pristine, hurts are assuaged and life is just great. So instead of the usual demotivational posters, here are supercharged motivational quotes to inspire you! 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 ...
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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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TRAVEL | See The World’s Marvels

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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Lake Bachalpsee | Switzerland

One for the Postcard: Switzerland’s Picturesque Lake Bachalpsee

I stood rooted at the tip of the forked road; First Cliff Walk by Tissot on my left was wrapped in a thick fog. The easterly wind kept blowing, and ...
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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall | Iceland

The Picturesque Icelandic Waterfall Seljalandsfoss Makes a Splash

I ambled towards Seljalandsfoss, my collar upturned and hood shielding my hair from the icy-cold shower. Even with my jacket zipped all the way up and a shawl wrapped around ...
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The Rhine Falls | Switzerland

The Rhine Falls: The Spellbinding Music of Europe’s Largest Plain Waterfall

There is a bird sipping on the water of the Rhine Falls, carefreely, unmoved by its unrelentingly-ferocious torrent. Of all the rushed cadence — eddying waves, endless human traffic and ...
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LIFE | Somehow, Somewhere, We Grew Up

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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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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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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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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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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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Freelance-Success

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

Hawkerman Singapore Singpost Centre Paya Lebar

Hawkerman: A Confluence of Tenderfresh, Warong Kim’s and Ah Boy Popiah

In the past, a trip to the post office for me was always dreadful. My neighbours deciding to throng the small space the same time as I; the uncertainty of ...
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East Bistro Stewed Crab Soup Crispy Rice

East Bistro: Stewed Crab Soup with Crispy Rice and Handmade Dim Sum Warrant a Visit

East Bistro is part of the Jalan-Tampang jumble, sharing the space with the flagship White Restaurant doling out wet white bee hoon; café Common Chefs; eatery Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice; ...
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Little Bastard Singapore

Hungry for Unapologetic Rebellion? Get Acquainted with Little Bastard

As a Caucasian with a preference for fiery fare and the brilliant inter-mingling of flavours made famous by Peranakan sensibilities, I was drawn to Little Bastard's uniqueness and fresh personality ...
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The Cheese Ark PasarBella Singapore

The Cheese Ark Is a Turophile’s Disneyland

I spotted a yellow neon sign that read “this way to rare cheese”, and my dogged hunt to find The Cheese Ark in PasarBella’s maze of food concepts was ended ...
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GRUB Singapore | Crispy Fish Burger

My Last Meal on Earth Could Have Been at GRUB, and I Would Have Been Okay with That

Right before their executions, prisoners on death row get to request for a special meal. I have always wondered what I would put in my order — that one last ...
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Keith Crackling Roast | PasarBella Singapore

Keith Crackling Roast: Pork Crackling So Beautiful (and Sublime) It Should Be in a Museum, or My Mouth

Few times in my life the words “oh my God”, wrought of unbridled bliss, escaped my lips when I ate a dish: The first time I sank my ivories into ...
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