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Let The People Sing(lish)

Let The People Sing(lish)

The debate over Singlish vs. English can never seem to rest: even before the furore over Singlish between local poet Gwee Li Sui and the Prime Minister’s press secretary Li Lin Chang last year, many have thrown their hats into the arena. Recently, a few The Straits Times’ Forum articles generated more attention than usual:...

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Productivity 101: The To-Do List

Productivity 101: The To-Do List

Anywhere from the back of your hand to your Evernote, the to-do list could be the be-all, end-all of productivity hacks. Every single thing in your life can be written onto a list and scratched out with a brutal dash. This simple yet deadly tool for every single university student is a tool to reckon with,...

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Tracing the Footsteps of History: National Gallery Singapore

Tracing the Footsteps of History: National Gallery Singapore

For some, a national monument. For others, a new Instagram-worthy spot. Beyond the glitz and glamour of the National Gallery Singapore, its marble steps carries the weight of Singapore’s history to where she is today. When it opened last December, I took it upon myself to step into the largess of history and explore this once unknown space....

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The Worst Present You Can Receive

The Worst Present You Can Receive

What matters in gift-giving is the giver’s heart; and when a present lacks that, it can easily become the worst present ever. When a present lacks memory or becomes a whisper of the past, that is when a present begin to feel lighter in meaning and heavier in remembrance. It is not the present itself that is causing...

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To: Being In Your Twenties. From: Your Friend, Falling

To: Being In Your Twenties. From: Your Friend, Falling

For some, a long journey. For others, a fresh start. We may seem unbreakable, unstoppable, and unbeatable at this point of life, with our late-night suppers, term papers at 3am or chugging coffee all day to stay alive. At least that is what we look like in the eyes of many. Hidden behind the glowing...

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A Ballot Box’s Soliloquy

A Ballot Box’s Soliloquy

They say your vote is secret. That, according to my knowledge, is true. Not even I can see your votes churning away inside me, much like how you can’t see how your heart beats physically. Occasionally a glimpse of light shines inside the otherwise dark interior of mine, but no eye can peer into the...