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Big Read Unwrapped: The deal about ageing in place. Are we already there?

What is the deal with ageing in Singapore? With one in four Singaporeans aged 65 or older by 2030, there is the need to chart the way forward to grow old more confidently and gracefully. Yet, Singapore still talks about the growing longer life expectancy, without realising that health expectancy has a 10-year debt behind…
27 Oct 2022 3 mins read

Halloween: Why we love to scare ourselves half to death

As it turns out, many of us love to scare ourselves half to death, especially during Halloween.  We love to be in a state of panic – with our hearts beating a little faster, our lungs breathing a little harder, sweating profusely and butterflies in the pit of our stomachs – whenever we hear the…
25 Oct 2022 4 mins read

Jurong Bird Park: 52 years of sights and flights to remember

A bird park, a conservation centre, a tourist attraction, and a field trip, in many ways Jurong Bird Park is all these things and so much more to different people. First opened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park will be pulling down its shutters on 3 Jan 2023 after 52 years in operation. It will be…
23 Oct 2022 7 mins read

Top civil servant Sim Kee Boon sacrificed family for country, book says

Former top civil servant Sim Kee Boon was not immortal, says his granddaughter Leanne Sim. In fact, he was as human as could be with all the flaws that came with being a man. And writing his biography took two geneses and eight years before it was completed. Ms Sim, who co-wrote her grandfather’s book,…
21 Oct 2022 5 mins read

A law to “cancel” the cancel culture

A law to deal with cancel culture is in the pipeline, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam announced on 22 Aug. “In the feedback we have received, many are worried about being cancelled, and I take that very seriously. My Ministry, the Ministry of Law, has been looking at measures to deal with the…
19 Oct 2022 5 mins read

Unwrapped: New work pass strengthens S’pore as a global hub, what about S’poreans?

Singapore’s new work pass is among several initiatives to strengthen its position as a global talent hub. Known as the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass,  it is the nation’s card up its sleeve to attract the world’s best and brightest across all sectors to its shores. Applicants will need to earn a fixed monthly salary of…
19 Oct 2022 1 min read

9 in 10 say lifestyle impact environment, only 2 in 5 cut food waste, survey shows

More than 9 in 10 in Singapore believe that lifestyle choices have “some” or “a huge” impact on the environment, a joint survey found.  And though the top actions that respondents think have the biggest impact on helping the environment are reusing and upcycling, reducing food waste and cutting down one-time use disposables, only half…
18 Oct 2022 2 mins read

Sexist ads: Who even approves them?

A sexist ad, posted by dating website was recently banned by the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) earlier this month – four months after it was posted on popular video-sharing app TikTok in June.  ASA is an independent regulator that enforces the country’s ad rules. The clip showed a subservient woman giving a man…
15 Oct 2022 3 mins read

People are reading fewer paperbacks, digital books growing in popularity, NLB says

Reading only during their spare time – that was what many adult and teenaged Singaporeans did last year, according to a 2021 study by the National Library Board (NLB). While this is encouraging, paper books are losing their standing with this group of readers who prefer whetting their literary appetite digitally. The NLB’s 2021 National…
10 Oct 2022 2 mins read

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