Help us understand what we are singing

Are you familiar with these lyrics? Mari kita rakyat Singapura Sama-sama menuju bahagia Cita-cita kita yang mulia Berjaya Singapura I am sure most, if not all, local students recognise this as the first verse of Singapore’s National Anthem. But I wonder… …how many of them can sing it, let alone […]

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How to be happy

In the “Happy Issue” (Jan 28-29), I said: “Life’s greatest happiness is to be loved.” Let me share more of my thoughts with you. I am a picture of happiness to many who know me because… …I have the good fortune of being loved by them. They show me their […]

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Don’t hide behind disability

“I am a disabled person through no fault of mine. Therefore, I deserve all the help I can get from society. If I don’t get it, it means I have been treated unfairly. “It is my right to demand for assistance and it is the community’s obligation to give it.” […]

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Stop moaning, start learning

Why are some of my friends not impressed with the recent Exercise Northstar V, a full-scale civil emergency exercise to test the Singaporeans’ readiness in event of a terrorist attack? To them, it was merely an exciting… …drama performed by actors and actresses. Some played the roles of rescuers, others […]

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Get out of that comfort zone

Coffee with: Stefen Chow, 25, mountaineer You cannot tell, by looking at Stefen Chow, that this small, unassuming guy is an accomplished mountaineer, photographer and motivational speaker. He has conquered treacherous Everest. His photographic works have been featured in numerous publications and closed exhibitions. As a motivational speaker, he has […]

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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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