The Incredible Story Of Newbigging’s Flag

I have just spent the last two weeks buried deep in Singapore WWII history, preparing for my first museum docent tour at the Former Ford Factory (FFF). While I know quite a lot about my country’s war history, I still had to be thorough with details, in order to handle any questions that come my … Continue reading The Incredible Story Of Newbigging’s Flag

One Must Always Have A Five-Year Plan

My sister taught me a very useful life lesson when she was fourteen and I was thirteen. In her teenage wisdom, she told me one night while taking a break from homework, that one must always have a five year plan. Since that day, I have always had a five-year plan. Most of them panned … Continue reading One Must Always Have A Five-Year Plan

The intense, harrowing, precious, serendipitous experience of writing a book with my mother

My third book ‘The House on Silat Road’ was finally released in December last year. Soon after that, I was caught up in an exhilarating but frantic whirlwind of events at literary festivals, workshops and author talks at schools and museums—which also accounts for why I had not had the chance to post for a … Continue reading The intense, harrowing, precious, serendipitous experience of writing a book with my mother

Do Not Step on the Cirrus Clouds

I used to jog along East Coast beach every Sunday morning. I saw this scene on one of those days. An artist had installed this amazing piece along the beach, pointing to the open skies. It is also very near Changi where our airport is, and the planes fly over these skies frequently just after … Continue reading Do Not Step on the Cirrus Clouds

Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

First of all, let me state outright that this post may not go down well for some as it presents some ugly truths. On the anniversary of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many call for an end to nuclear weapons, while the Japanese who suffered the mushroom cloud mark the anniversary with tears … Continue reading Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

The Right Way to Call An Ape

The Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore is over. We've been treated to lots of spectacles on the streets, like the two leaders' great motorcades that caused half-hour jams at rush hour, KJU's running guards, and the dotard gushing over the despot. But it is sheer coincidence, I assure you, that my post immediately following the summit … Continue reading The Right Way to Call An Ape