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

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 Suite in Singapore That Kim Jong Un Wanted

Singapore is all abuzz with the Trump-Kim Summit scheduled for this Tuesday. The road closures have begun, and the air space is now restricted for the time being. I am not not looking forward to having two of the most odious people visit my country. I can safely say I am not the only one … Continue reading The Suite in Singapore That Kim Jong Un Wanted

Remembering the Fall of Singapore – 15 February 1942

I am very proud to post this feature written by my mother, Mdm Si-Hoe Sing Sow, who witnessed the Fall of Singapore on 15 February, 1942. She was only 8 years old then and lived through the atrocities of the Japanese Occupation to tell the tale. "The siren will sound punctually at noon. No one … Continue reading Remembering the Fall of Singapore – 15 February 1942