COVID-19 Updates: Sinovac vaccine arrives, J&J’s one-shot vaccine is safe

Sinovac vaccine is in Singapore, but not yet approved Singapore has received its first shipment of China’s Sinovac vaccine, but has yet to authorise it for use.  Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is waiting for Sinovac’s complete submission of all necessary information to conduct an assessment of the manufacturing process, safety and efficacy of the vaccine…
26 Feb 2021 2 mins read

What Happens When Your Self-Identity is Tied to Your Partner

Partners inevitably become referred to as an item. Whether you are dating, engaged or married, there will be times in which friends, loved ones or strangers refer to the both of you as an individual entity. When you are constantly being introduced to or recognised by others as your partner’s boyfriend, fiancée or wife instead…
8 Feb 2021 4 mins read

What Crazy Passenger Disputes on the MRT Say About Singaporeans

Recently, a woman on an MRT hurled vulgarities at a fellow commuter for standing too close to her. This case of verbal aggression is not the first and will not be the last. In a densely overcrowded country like Singapore, what does personal space look like for the average Singaporean, and what do Singaporeans’ need…
6 Feb 2021 2 mins read

Local Festive Treats for This Chinese New Year

What is the Chinese New Year without some shopping? This 2021, usher in the Year of the Ox by grabbing some festive accessories, homewares and food products for you and your loved ones, all while supporting local brands. EDEN + ELIE The Modern Peranakan Collection Edition III is made by Singapore-based jewellery brand, EDEN +…
2 Feb 2021 3 mins read

How and Why Singlish Excludes Outsiders, Explained

Language is often used as a badge of identity to include or exclude others. While abroad, it is easy to distinguish fellow Singaporeans by picking up on the distinctive Singlish accent as well as the additional lahs and lehs at the end of their sentences. It also helps if the Singaporean is flip-flopping around with…
1 Feb 2021 4 mins read

Revamped Mahjong Designs Offend Many Chinese, Here’s Why

A trio of ladies in Texas formed a company, The Mahjong Line, to sell revamp mahjong tiles because the “venerable game needed a respectful refresh“. These exorbitant tiles, ranging from USD325 to USD425, received flak from the Chinese community for being culturally insensitive. How were the mahjong tiles revamped, exactly? The company released five sets…
19 Jan 2021 3 mins read
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