The power of humbleness and togetherness in this New Year

Chinese New Year is soon upon us and as early as a month before, commercials and films celebrating Chinese culture have made their way into our homes and lives through the TV, the computer and the mobile phone. We see how people are moved by these contents, and in just 60 to 90seconds, there are…
27 Jan 2022 3 mins read

Clamping down on conversion therapy

France is the latest country to join the list of countries that have legislation in place to ban conversion therapies. It passed a new law on 27 January criminalising the use of ‘conversion therapy’, which aims to change or reprimand the sexual orientation or gender identity of an individual.  The new law has been approved…
27 Jan 2022 3 mins read

Unwrapped: The challenges of being a parent

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Today’s children are expected to be perfect in every way so having kids and bringing them up in Singapore can be daunting. This is especially so when, as parents, you need to ensure they develop a sense…
27 Jan 2022 1 min read

What’s up with Tesla cars in Singapore?

The Tesla Model 3 may cost far more in Singapore than in the United States, but its take-up rate seems faster here than in the US. Tesla’s most basic model costs nearly S$200,000 in Singapore, largely due to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE), compared to the less than US$40,000 (S$53,750) in the US. Yet there…
27 Jan 2022 4 mins read

In Conversation With: Cassandra Yip, Founder of Earth School Singapore

For a long time, environmentalists worldwide have been pushing for environmental education to be integrated into the mainstream public school education system.  While there has been no shortage of outreach programmes conducted by organisations like the Jane Goodall Institute or Conservation International, there remains a pressing need to have mainstream environmental education in a highly…
27 Jan 2022 4 mins read

To vax or not to vax … is that still a question?

Since the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines rolled out in Singapore in December 2020, a rift between people on both sides of the decision to be inoculated began and is set to widen over time. From the initial narrative to the public in December 2020 by then Health Minister Gan Kim Yong that vaccination is…
26 Jan 2022 5 mins read

What goes on in Singapore’s underbelly: Human Trafficking

She had to find work to support her family so her friends told her to work in Singapore as a babysitter or in a cafe. Instead, she was brought to Geylang as a sex worker.  An Indonesian, Lilis, not her real name, was only 14. Her story on Hagar Singapore’s website echoes many others, telling…
26 Jan 2022 5 mins read

Has Covid killed cinemas in Singapore as we know them?

When was the last time you managed to catch a blockbuster at the cinema after the Covid-19 circuit breaker ended in May 2020? If your answer is “never”, then you are not alone. The pandemic has had a substantial impact on the film industry in 2020 and 2021 and across the world to varying degrees,…
25 Jan 2022 3 mins read
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