Meeting Jackie Chan the Great

My mother told me that she got tickets to the Gala Premiere of “The New Police Story” for that very evening! That might not sound like much. However, I was delirious with joy when she revealed that Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu – the stars of the show – were […]

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Hold It! Don’t Reach for the Cane

Corporal punishment does more harm than good – public caning, especially, should be banned. To cane or not to cane – that is the question… …As a child born with brittle bones, I thought I would be safe from being whacked. I was wrong. My father is a strong believer […]

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Not ‘Cool’ to be Seen Helping Disabled

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at his swearing-in-ceremony: “We must also have a place in our hearts and our lives for the disabled, who are our brothers and sisters, too.” Last Saturday, he showed what he meant in concrete terms… …He announced that his Government would set aside $220 […]

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How To Handle Bullies

“If you don’t want to do anything, don’t blame me if I do something nasty”… …that was what I said to my parents after telling them about my problems with bullies in my class. I was at my wits’ end when I was at risk of physical harm. I gave […]

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Aiyah! It’s gold-painted, not gold-plated..

Are we so materialistic that we have to get something in return for everything we do? Perhaps. I was asked by many well-meaning people if I was paid as the Young Ambassador of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Children’s Medical Fund (CMF). When I told them that I was just […]

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Give Less Homework and Teach More Effectively

My father was furious with me every time he found that I had done my homework in a slipshod manner… …he would yell: “Jeremy, I have told you a zillion times. Do you homework conscientiously!” “All you want to do is to complete your homework. It does not matter how […]

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Do You Have Time for Them?

I feel guilty every time I read about the need to have more babies in Singapore. It’s not that I am ready to procreate but refuse to do so because of various constraints. I am just 14 years old and have a long way to go in contributing to Singapore’s […]

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A Place in PM’s Heart

On Thursday, I was almost moved to tears when I heard Mr Lee Hsien Loong say in his first speech as Prime Minister: “We must also have a place in our hearts and our lives for the disabled, who are our brothers and sisters too.” Thank you very much, Mr […]

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Tribute to the People at NKF

As the Young Ambassador of the NKF Children’s Medical Fund, I am privileged to interact with officials of the organisation in numerous occasions and see them working tirelessly for the less fortunate in our society. I, on behalf of all CMF beneficiaries, salute them for their hard work and sacrifices […]

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A Special Kind

I had a wonderful experience recently and could not wait to tell my Dad.When he returned home on that day, I could not contain my excitement… “Dad! Dad!” I exploded. “I had the most amazing encounter just now!” “What was it?” he responded without much enthusiasm. “When I was at […]

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