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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Smile for better service

“Boy, if you like it, you can have it,” said the salesgirl with a charming smile. The offer was music to my ears. I was only about six years old and… …had been eyeing the toy train for quite some time. My parents refused to buy it for me and […]

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The President & I

To tweak an old adage, the greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats a boy with disability. Substituting “a boy with disability” for… …”the little people” in the original, I can use this as a yardstick to assess the true quality of a distinguished personage. That […]

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Lend us an ear and we’ll speak our minds

Raad! is the new cool. Launched recently by NMP Eunice Olsen, Raad! is… …a great happening for students in secondary schools and for the National Institute of Education. Raad! – a lifestyle guide which “aims to inform, educate and inspire young people to live healthy and law-abiding lives” and “pursue […]

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The chain in the way of change

I was hospitalised again recently. Although it was nothing out of the ordinary for me – I have been a regular “client” since I was a few months old – I still found the experience stressful. It was not so much the needle or the prognosis… …but the waiting. I […]

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Better late than never

The guest of honour, Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Defence, arrived punctually at the Festival of Dance to mark the closing of the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) at Kallang Theatre on July 29. Looking around, I could not help noticing… …the theatre was half-filled. […]

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