December 17, 2020




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Travel during the pandemic: self-entitlement or a much-needed mental health therapy?

Since COVID-19 brought international travel to a screeching halt in 2020, there has been a new social phenomenon going on; “travel shaming”. People who decide to go on a trip in the midst of a global pandemic that has infected and caused the death of millions are often beset with this latest plague. With the…
21 Jan 2022 5 mins read

When public housing falls short of the Singapore Dream

Build-To-Order (BTOs) flats are the Singaporean equivalent of the American Dream. These days, young Singaporeans are “dangling” BTOs before proposing marriage, and some sit on these million-dollar nest eggs that currently take a decade to incubate, following the changes made in the Minimum Order Period (MOP) requirements.  But just like the American dream, the nation’s…
20 Jan 2022 4 mins read

Unwrapped: Why many abuse those merely carrying out their duties

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. The number of cases of people abusing those in the service industry for merely doing their jobs have spiked. In this week’s episode, we examine why so many are abusive towards front liners such as nurses,…
20 Jan 2022 1 min read

MIDNIGHT MAKAN – Good Bites at Bishan Stadium

Here at Midnight Makan, we travel around Singapore after midnight in search for food and finding simple foods with great taste. Located in a small corner at Level 3 of Bishan Sports Centre is the heartland’s very own hidden gem Good Bites Café. It aims to serve delicious fusion western dishes at affordable prices and…
20 Jan 2022 1 min read

Churning out award-winning plays in just 24 hours

Twenty-four hours … or if you want to count it to the last second, 86,400 seconds. As the hours turned to minutes and seconds, the participants put their thoughts on paper, hoping they would not suffer writer’s block. And after battling time, fatigue and sleepiness, Ms Amanda Chong and Ms Sarah Zafirah emerged victorious in…
20 Jan 2022 2 mins read

‘Retroskating’: The return of the bygone craze of roller skating

Out of the way, inline skaters! The roller skaters are back with a vengeance. Youths can be seen making reels of themselves shuffling backwards down the streets, overlayed with new-age R&B on social media. And with many indoor rinks shut during the pandemic, more roller skaters have been gliding into parking lots and parks. Roller…
18 Jan 2022 2 mins read

Surviving being ‘non-essential’ in the time of Covid-19

It was in June 2020 that The Sunday Times published a bold survey listing artists as the single most non-essential job in “keeping Singapore going” amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.  The Internet community took to social media to denounce the framing of the survey. It also expressed concerns over how the findings could degrade several…
18 Jan 2022 5 mins read

British papers paired joss paper with Chinese New Year recipe – a taboo for Chinese

British Sunday paper The Observer’s lifestyle feature on Chinese New Year foods on 16 January has many Asian readers and netizens asking “Who died?” Headlined “Char siu pork and General Tso’s golden hake – recipes for the lunar new year”, its prop stylist Pene Parker has juxtaposed festive Sichuanese, Cantonese and Taiwanese dishes with joss…
17 Jan 2022 2 mins read

Beyond generations: The enduring and nostalgic appeal of heartland shophouses

It can be difficult to discern where work ends and family time begins for the Lim family at Cheong Ann Watch Maker. After all, 60-year-old David Lim, his 58-year-old wife Sally Neo, and their 29-year-old son Shawn can be seen often hunched over, meddling with clockwork mechanisms at their workstations in the corner of their…
17 Jan 2022 6 mins read

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