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The many hats of the Singapore womanEvery morning at 8, Mrs Nahesh K, 33, and her husband, would drop their two daughters, aged 3 and 4, at the childcare centre on…
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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 Covid19 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

The caning debate: To smack or not to smack

It may range from a quick smack on the fingers, to a full-fledged caning on the buttocks. For a long time, the debate has raged on — does such physical punishment have a place in parenting?  While the Pope says it is ok “as long as it is done with dignity”, many experts say the…
24 Jan 2022 6 mins read

The many hats of the Singapore woman

Every morning at 8, Mrs Nahesh K, 33, and her husband, would drop their two daughters, aged 3 and 4, at the childcare centre on their way to work.  Their youngest, an eight-month-old boy, stays at home, under the care of her mother-in-law. He will join his sisters at he the childcare centre once he…
21 Jan 2022 4 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

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

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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