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The value in studying SinglishYou hear lahs and lors across coffee shops and offices, and mehs and lehs in public transport and over loud telephone conversations. Singlish is part…
10 Aug 2022
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The value in studying Singlish

You hear lahs and lors across coffee shops and offices, and mehs and lehs in public transport and over loud telephone conversations. Singlish is part and parcel of everyday life…

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The value in studying Singlish

You hear lahs and lors across coffee shops and offices, and mehs and lehs in public transport and over loud telephone conversations. Singlish is part and parcel of everyday life in this Island Republic. To the ordinary Singaporean, Singlish may sound a lot like English, but when two Singaporeans start speaking to each other, tourists…
10 Aug 2022 6 mins read

Padang named the 75th national monument on Singapore’s 57th National Day

The Padang, a 4.3-hectare patch of green in front of the former City Hall building, has been named Singapore’s 75th national monument on the country’s 57th birthday. It is the first green, open space to join the country’s list of National Monuments, which include Fort Siloso, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sultan Mosque and The Raffles Hotel.…
9 Aug 2022 4 mins read

A National Day song about Katong, a place that everyone knows and loves

While the rest of Singapore is singing national songs in celebration of the 57th National Day, acapella group Vocaluptuous decided to go totally local. “We wanted to do a song that had a connection to a place that everyone knew and was completely familiar with, and My Old Hometown Katong fit the bill as it…
9 Aug 2022 5 mins read

Body found in canal, Geylang East Park cordoned off, Gurkhas and dogs deployed

(UPDATED at 3pm, 5 Aug 2022) A body, believed to be that of a man, was found in the canal near Geylang East Park this morning (5 Aug). Police were at the scene around 9 am and have cordoned off the whole park. There were multiple police cars, an SCDF fire engine and several plain-clothed…
5 Aug 2022 2 mins read

Loss of structure, sudden freedom drive some to break the law again and again

Many re-offenders in Singapore who repeatedly break the law and return to prison “time and time again”, are said to come from specialised schools catering to the “PSLE no-hopers”, while some are said to be on the spectrum. Counsellors and even ex-offenders believe this stems from the sudden loss of structure provided by these schools…
4 Aug 2022 6 mins read

Vaping: An upward trend among young Singaporeans despite a danger to health

Young people in Singapore, who no longer see smoking as glamorous or who are aware of its harm, are attracted to yet another form of smoking: vaping using e-cigarettes.  Just walk into any place with a teeming nightlife and you will find groups of young Singaporeans with an e-cigarette stuck to pursed lips. Despite the…
2 Aug 2022 4 mins read

Big Read Unwrapped: The challenges of the LGBTQ in conservative Singapore

Singapore remains largely conservative despite increasingly liberal views of youths around LGBTQ+ rights and countless queer Singaporeans feel the need to conceal their identity to avoid rejection by their families, friends, colleagues, and the wider community. And it was only on Sunday, 31 July, that the Catholic Church in Singapore reiterated its position that marriage…
1 Aug 2022 7 mins read

Ground-up activism: Civil society and advocacy that make a difference in Singapore

At the 2019 “Building Our Future Singapore Together” dialogue, Deputy Prime Minister and then Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat brought up the importance of civil society when he said, “We need to shift from a government that focuses primarily on working for you, to a government that works with you. Working with you, for…
29 Jul 2022 5 mins read

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