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Social Activism in Singapore: The Death Penalty and LGBTQ Rights

The efforts of social activists are always seen in different lights by their supporters and opponents. While they are universally lauded for improving humanity by challenging social ills like slavery and racism, there exists legitimate dissent against activism as their zealotry directly clashes with traditional values and beliefs. The uphill battle to abolish the death

An Engineer’s Story: Working in the U.S. Versus Working in Singapore

An Engineer’s Story: Working in the U.S. Versus Working in Singapore

Why do you work so hard?” “Because I am in Singapore.” Azman Said, a young technology engineer, replied with a smile. I smiled back in response: surrounding us were the bustling crowds and tall, glass fronted skyscrapers of Raffles Place, which glinted in the afternoon sun. Do people in Singapore really work much harder than

Traditionally, family reunion dinners take place on the first day of the Chinese New Year with the husband’s parents, and on the second day with the wife’s family. Source:123RF

The 15 Days of the Chinese New Year: What Do They Represent?

It’s going to be the Chinese Year of Pig! This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year is celebrated over 15 days. The festivities begin on the eve of Chinese New Year, when families gather together for the annual reunion dinner. The next

Possible Impact of GST Hike in Singapore

By G. Kalyan Kumar Singapore’s proposed hike of the goods and services tax (GST) from 7 to 9 percent after a surplus budget has baffled many. For the 2017 financial year, Singapore posted a net surplus of S$9.6 billion that was above the estimated S$1.9 billion. It was the biggest surplus in recent times. In

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Inspiring Stories: How a Father Turned Despair into Hope

“We lost our dear son over seven years ago at the age of 26 after suffering for many years with manic depression,” Mr Chow Yen Lu shared at his TEDx Talk at St Joseph’s Institution in August 2017. “It was a very dark and difficult time for us, my wife and I. His passing on

Survey: Are Singaporeans Working Too Hard?

The Epoch Times interviewed 31 office workers around Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) to find answers to this question: “Are Singaporeans working too hard?” 80 percent of the 31 respondents work more than eight hours a day, while half of them work more than 10 hours a day. 73 percent of them are passionate about

The 6 Types of Colleagues You Loathe Working With

I’m not an expert, but if there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s this – the weekday blues involve myriad things: heavy traffic, early mornings, and difficult co-workers. I don’t have a solution to frustrating road congestion or becoming an early riser, but I do have a couple of pointers on working with

Work-Life Balance in the Singapore Workplace

Work-Life Balance in the Singapore Workplace

A workplace with work-life harmony is beneficial not only for employees but also for employers. According to reports by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the implementation of work-life balance measures at companies helps employees sustain their peak performance and increases the productivity of the companies. A study by the Singapore National Employers Federation in

Fancy a Fika? What Singapore Can Learn from Other Countries

Fatigue, migraine, and depression are words commonly used by many frazzled working adults in Singapore. Are the majority of Singaporeans really achieving adequate work-life balance? To set the record straight, let’s start by seeing what we can learn from other countries. United Kingdom According to regulations given by the Ministry of Manpower, Singaporean workers are

Are Singaporeans Working Too Hard

Are Singaporeans Working Too Hard?

Asian countries have long been known for putting in long hours at work as compared to their Western counterparts like the United States and Europe. Hence, it is not surprising to hear reports of people in Singapore working long hours each day, be it in the office or remotely. This is supported by surveys and

Dignity Kitchen: Giving Seniors a Slice of Happiness

Voices of Singapore’s Elderly

Tell Us About Your Retirement Life? Mr Onn, 71 I usually hang around here playing chess or chatting with my friends, watching television, reading the newspapers and eating. The worst is if I have no money in my pockets. I have grandchildren. I live with my son and grandchildren. I don’t have much savings but

Dignity Kitchen: Giving Seniors a Slice of Happiness

Dignity Kitchen: Giving Seniors a Slice of Happiness

On March 31 2016, a group of senior citizens from THK CREST @ Bedok Radiance arrived at Dignity Kitchen at 267 Serangoon Ave 3 for a special lunch treat – a complete meal of nasi lemak, hot beverages, and desserts. This is part of the vision of Mr Koh Seng Choon, the Executive Director of

Apps and Technology for Seniors

Nowadays, many countries are facing the impact of an ageing population. In Singapore, a quarter of the population will be 65 years and older by 2030. With more people ageing, providing good health and elderly care is a challenge. Thankfully, both designers and technologists are prompted to develop new products that target our greying population.

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Elderly Care Services for an Ageing Population in Singapore

Do you know the types of senior care services available in Singapore? With the ‘Silver Tsunami’ coming in 2030, it is good for Singaporeans to keep abreast of the eldercare services available here. These services include a variety of day care centres, nursing homes, activity centres and even support on caregiving for the elderly. Eldercare

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Are Our Elderly Getting the Care They Needed?

In Singapore, it is common to hear phrases such as “ageing population”, “eldercare” or even “narrowing tax base”, but what do these actually mean to you and me? Most of us are aware that Singapore is facing an ageing population, where the proportion of elderly people is increasing. In fact, the statistics can be quite

Building a Culture of Innovation in Singapore

How do you cut a cake into eight slices with three cuts?” This seemingly impossible question was posed by Dr Günter Pfeiffer at the Switzerland – Slovakia Growing Through Innovations symposium, a forum about the value of innovation in society’s development. As trivial as Dr Pfeiffer’s mathematical problem sounds, he uses it in his innovative

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