Stories that Inspire Youths and Young-at-heart

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.

Warnings No One Ever Gave Me About Owning a Drone

Drones are all the rage right now. There is nothing quite like activating your drone and seeing it fly after countless of insurmountable calibration or IMU errors. But flying a ...
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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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How to Deal with Criticism. Literally.

Criticism comes from all fronts; it manifests in many forms. "That is a huge pimple!" "Your work is horrible!" "You haven't been keeping to your diet, huh?" Many advice gurus ...
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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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Safari National Park Africa Sri Lanka Leopard

How to Not Die While on a Game Drive

A safari trip is exhilarating — you never know what to expect. A cheetah may decide to sneak up on you; an elephant may charge at you. You could also ...
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Life after 30: How to Flirt

Life after 30: How to Flirt

After you turn thirty, flirting is tricky, potentially criminal even. You can no longer pull off winking without looking like you are trying to rid the gunk in your eye. “Checking ...
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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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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