Potty over Potter

It is about witchcraft. It has to do with black magic. Therefore, Harry Potter is not appropriate for impressionable young minds. But I am a die-hard fan of Harry. I have read not only all the six books written by J K Rowling but… …also watched all the movies based […]

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Are you game enough?

“Yu-Gi-Oh!” is a word my Dad has problems pronouncing correctly. I am sure many adults have not heard of it, let alone know what it is. It is a trading card game based on the Japanese comic mega-hit. It is quite a mentally stimulating game that requires the players to […]

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The Chinese Puzzle

Last year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced key changes to the GCE O-level Chinese Language Examination. Among the changes were… …the reduction of character list, the reduced burden of character memorisation and the increased weightage given to the speaking and listening component. The MOE took the steps primarily to […]

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Don’t let q-jumpers off easily

Judging by what I saw at Bishan MRT Station, queue-jumping is alive and well. I accompanied my father there recently. He goes there every morning to pick up his copy of the Today newspaper. After strategically placing me where he could keep an eye on me, he joined the long […]

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Never too young to be a leader

When I was asked to speak at the first National Primary Young Leaders’ Day 2005, I wondered… …if the participants – students from Primary 4 to 6 – were too young to learn about leadership. The seminar held last week at Kallang Theatre was organised by the Young Leaders Foundation […]

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Don’t give in to the tears of the moment

If you think that some parents of children with disabilities are making life difficult for them… …think again. By pushing them hard and forcing them to do things which they do not like but are good for them, their parents are helping them to achieve their optimal potential. My mother […]

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Gold Medal Mum

She is one of Singapore’s gutsiest, gold-medal-winning sportswomen and the national taekwondo coach. Wong Liang Ming is also mum to 15-year-old Today columnist Jeremy Lim – and as readers of his columns will know, her fighting spirit has been an inspiration to him. Who better to face off in an […]

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One step for LTA, 54 steps for mum

I cannot help noticing the proliferation of Government-formed committees to look into important areas for the development and improvement of Singapore. These include the high-powered committee headed by Second Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs Raymond Lim to promote good service; the 15-member committee led by Mr Lim Hock San […]

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If cooks could kill

My father told me the other day that the latest medical study recommended a greater fat intake for those who did not wish to grow old. He said that because I was shaking my head while watching him eat an oyster omelette. And he must have felt guilty. He had […]

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Seeing stars in our own sky

I met Jackie Chan twice – the first time, at Orchard Cine-leisure and the second, at the National Library. Both times, I found him to be simply charming. The mega movie star was in Singapore last year for the premiere of the Police Story sequel. The cinema lobby, which was […]

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