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Travel during the pandemic: Self-entitlement or a much-needed mental health therapy?

Since Covid-19 brought international travel to a screeching halt in 2020, there has been a new social phenomenon going on; “travel shaming”. People who decide to go on a trip in the midst of a global pandemic that has infected and caused the death of millions are often beset with this latest plague. With the…
21 Jan 2022 5 mins read

“I Started a Business for my Special Needs Child”

The SOS Kitchen  When Shilpa Sharma noticed that her eighteen-month-old son Saahil was not hitting the same milestones as her first-born daughter, she suspected something was amiss. Saahil was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.  “I was in complete denial for the first six months,” she says. “It’s a hard pill to swallow,…
23 Sep 2021 4 mins read

In Conversation With: Dr Shirlynn Ho, the voice for the dying

According to palliative care physician Shirlynn Ho, the specialty is often an overlooked area in the medical industry.  “I suppose palliative care occurs as an afterthought to other medical practices. It doesn’t have the same historical timeline as, say, cardiology,” says the current deputy head and senior consultant at the division of supportive and palliative…
21 Sep 2021 4 mins read

Exploring unconventional careers in Singapore

Kuah Siew Choo’s career as a flavourist began with her love for food.  “I’ve always had a passion for food and enjoy food in general,” she reveals. This prompted her to apply for a role as a laboratory technician at a flavour house, after graduating with a diploma in food science in the mid-80s. After…
29 Jul 2021 8 mins read

Discover the evolution of Singapore’s passports with Gil Schneider

Gil Schneider is an avid collector of passports and has amassed hundreds of them internationally in his trusty vintage suitcases. We get a sneak peek into his collection of Singapore passports, from the end of World War Two in 1945 until today. From flimsy slips of handwritten papers to state-of-the-art biometric passports, watch how our…
15 Jun 2021 1 min read

Single fathers need a listening ear, too

As Father’s Day draws closer, TheHomeGround Asia speaks to three single fathers to shed light on their unique experiences, and what it is like to be a part of a community in Singapore that often goes unseen and unheard, as they handle the demands of parenthood. Single fatherhood fell on 44-year-old Terence Low’s shoulders without…
12 Jun 2021 7 mins read

It’s soy good! Interview with Ken Koh, third-generation soy sauce maker

A third-generation soy sauce maker, Ken Koh shares the origin story of the business, which his grandfather Tan Tiong How started in 1959. The late Mr Tan first arrived in Singapore in 1942, from Fujian province in China. Mr Koh describes Nanyang Sauce Brewery’s preference for the traditional method of slow fermentation, rather than the…
9 Jun 2021 1 min read

Better, safer conditions for Singapore’s essential delivery riders, that is all

From long waiting times to prank orders, food delivery riders face a myriad of challenges on the job – especially when it comes to safety on the roads. TheHomeGround Asia spoke to riders and food delivery platforms to find out more about the obstacles they encounter, what delivery platforms in Singapore are doing to help…
8 Jun 2021 7 mins read

Inside the life and dreams of female gamers

A Google-Niko Partners report commissioned in 2020 found that as of 2019, female gamers make up 38 per cent of Asia’s total gaming population of 1.33bn, and the numbers are growing exponentially. Yet, the number of women in the upper echelons of the gaming world remain a minority, and female gamers worldwide have reported facing…
22 May 2021 6 mins read

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