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[Health] Caring For Your Eyes

[Health] Caring For Your Eyes

When Peter Gabriel sang about “the resolution of all the fruitless searches” being the only thing you can find in one’s eyes, he clearly forgot something else—contact lenses! They have become a common fixture, with millions of people wearing contact lenses for practical or aesthetic purposes these days. Consequently, issues of lens hygiene have become a...

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[Pageant] Of Beauty, Brawn and Brains

The Ridge managed to catch hold of a few NUS pageant contestants from Clozette.co’s Inter-Campus King and Queen 2012, so we posed them a few quirky questions to suss out their personalities. You might find yourself chuckling alongside some of their responses, or raising your eyebrows in surprise at others. After all, these contestants sure...

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[Social] NUS orientation camps: On private and open conversations

[Social] NUS orientation camps: On private and open conversations

The artfully planned activities involved in university orientation camps can be nauseating. I should know – I had to string a raw squid through my shirt. And then there was the pseudo-optional “heart-to-heart talk”. If you have read “The Birthday Party” by Harold Pinter, the “H-T-H-T” session really felt a lot like the interrogation scene...

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Singapore on a Shoestring

Singapore on a Shoestring

On a recent trip to Hong Kong, a fellow backpacker from Germany described Singapore as a “nice city, but expensive”. The natural reaction was to agree. After all, there are few fun things one can do in our sunny island that won’t burn a hole in the pocket. However, as in all good deals, one...

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Things About Singapore We Hate to Love

Things About Singapore We Hate to Love

We celebrate our nation’s birthday this month and even though we have so much to be proud of, like Singapore’s consistently high rankings in economic development and various innovations, clearly this is not enough for the “little red dot”. There are people who still think our country is part of China and a certain “Mrs...

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It’s Not Easy To Be Me

“Hi, um… I’d like to say, I don’t agree with you.” The tension was palpable. Knowing glances were exchanged, looks of tacit understanding that things were just about to get interesting. He turned, and held her gaze, his face a picture of curiously and disbelief. “I’m sorry?” “I’ll have to disagree with you on that.”...

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A Love Affair With Cupcakes

A Love Affair With Cupcakes

Cupcakes are one of the few foods with a universal appeal.  They might often be thought of as feminine, but alas, they taste too good to be forsaken by the male species. In fact, so irresistible are they that they were banned in New York schools to reduce obesity rates! Cupcakes were first made in...

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Celebrating the new with the odd

Celebrating the new with the odd

The merry year is born like the bright berry from the naked thorn. ~ Hartley Coleridge Wishing all of you a merry new year ahead and a successful semester! Don’t think too much about the fact that it is 2012 already (I am referring to the so-called doomsday when John Cusack will save some of...

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Bag it! Perfect bags for him and her

Bag it! Perfect bags for him and her

It makes good sense to get a new bag to start off the new semester and a new year. Just like those of us who throw away, or go to the extreme of burning our notes from the previous semester, you would not want a bag that reminds you of that lecture where you sat,...

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[Fashion] Sweating it out in a cool way

[Fashion] Sweating it out in a cool way

Singapore is generally a hot and humid country and we do not have the luxury of donning sweaters like our counterparts from the temperate countries. However we do have our very own “temperate” zones within NUS and we can work it to our advantage by choosing the right type of outerwear to throw on in...

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