Effortless chic or cheap? Give up shopping and find out

Give up clothes-shopping for a year!!! That’s the challenge my fellow tribe-writers Kathleen Caron and Pamela Hodges are on. Following their progress, it seems to be turning out profitably. Giving up shopping isn’t only about saving money, but also time. It’s about regaining focus on what’s important in life. See Kathleen’s update about it here … Continue reading

Breathable air – A basic need I didn’t appreciate till last week

The worst haze since 1997 is choking us all up in Singapore. At 12 noon on Friday 21st June, the Pollutant Standard’s Index hit 401 in Singapore, the highest in Singapore’s history. The PSI, which measure sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter of 10 microns or less in the atmosphere, exceeded … Continue reading

Where has your muse taken you?

No dear reader … it wasn’t me, it was my muse. When I re-launched Learning to Fly as an e-book, I hadn’t expected so many curious readers and a bunch of positive reviews. I hadn’t expected the positive reader engagement either, with so many people curious about how the story came about.  So, here’s, the … Continue reading

A SINGAPOREAN IDENTITY – WRITER STEPHANIE YE AND THE ‘GLOCAL’ INFLUENCES ON HER WRITING

We’ve moved on to Stage 2 of the Singapore Conversation. We’re talking about specific issues regarding Singapore identity and culture now. Here’s my 2 bits’ worth: A Singapore identity must evolve organically. It’s not about flags and the national anthem. It’s about the lives we live, who we are. It’s about Singaporeans creating a body … Continue reading

Singapore budget 2013 – Be careful what you wish for, you have to live with it

Singapore’s 2013 budget certainly tries to give Singaporeans what they’ve been clamoring for: Stricter limits on foreign labour, carrots and sticks to increase local productivity, a more progressive tax structure, more measures to cool house and car prices. But when we get what we ask for, we also get the consequences: The devil’s in the … Continue reading

Looking forward to the high-speed train to KL and then to Ipoh!

The buzz surrounding the proposed high-speed train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, capital of neighbouring Malaysia has been mostly positive. Cartoonist James Tan in his blog http://seijieiga.blogspot.sg/ illustrates the economic benefits anticipated by the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and Mr. Najib Tun Razak perfectly above. What does it mean though on a personal level? My first … Continue reading

Anticipating Myanmar –The “before” post

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about a trip. The last time I experienced this degree of anticipation was 20 years ago, when my husband brought my two older children and me to Vietnam for our first visit.  I can understand why I was so anxious to see Vietnam. The country … Continue reading

A popiah recipe for a truly Singapore New Year Re-Union Dinner

February 10th – it’s New Year again! This is the New Year my family really celebrates. And for our traditional New Year’s Eve re-union dinner, we make a special popiah. Something everyone always clamors to be invited for. (An aside for those not in the know – Popiah is a mixture of braised julienned vegetables and meat wrapped in … Continue reading

White paper – Its not about 6.9 million, it’s about hearts

The debate about the  Population White Paper has unsettled me It’s the week before the Lunar New Year. Normally, this is my time for trimming our Vietnamese mai trees, baking pineapple tarts and Indonesian layer cake, getting my popiah filling ready for the family re-union dinner on New Year’s eve and arranging the flowers and … Continue reading

Are you essentially Chinese? The 8D7N All Taiwan Test

Apparently not, according to Mrs. L. Not even after an 8D7N All Taiwan All Mandarin immersion into Chinese culture. “You’re such a xing something something…” she said as she shoved me away, aghast. I’d just given her a big heartwarming bear hug. She’d looked out for me the whole trip, making sure I went on … Continue reading