Published Sunday, 9 April, 2017
culture , gastronomy , sociopolitics
Identity is a funny thing, which is why this article struck a chord in me…… And it also made me crave muah chee, which I haven’t had for eons.
A flavour of Singapore identity is lost without muah chee
By Han Fook Kwang
The simple snack may not make big bucks but its value is built on factors like craftsmanship and tradition
Muah Chee is an unlikely subject when talking about the Singapore identity. But there is a connection which I will come to later.
It is a simple snack made of glutinous rice covered with ground peanut which doesn’t stir up the same passionate debate among local foodies as char kway teow or chilli crab.
Continue reading ‘a flavour of Singapore identity is lost without muah chee’
Published Thursday, 2 March, 2017
amusings , globetrotting
Just got home from Hong Kong with SEVEN kilograms of snacks in my hand luggage!
Published Monday, 23 January, 2017
quoteworthy , sociopolitics
Re-employment a zero-sum game?
While it is laudable that we extend the re-employment age of older workers, we need to consider its impact on those entering the job market and those who have a young family to support or who have recently been retrenched (“The new age of re-employment”; Jan 13).
The Singapore labour market is finite in size. Every place an elderly worker continues to occupy in a company is one place less for younger folk seeking a job.
At the middle and higher hierarchy of the management, there is a need for fresh leaders to move up. Mandatory retention of older folk limits the mobility of fresh talents and, eventually, harms everybody in the company and, by extension, the economy as a whole.
While the Government has a social responsibility to provide meaningful occupation for those above 60, it has an equally heavy responsibility, if not heavier, to ensure that our young are not left out in the cold.
Our talent pool is small; we need to secure the brightest and provide upward mobility for the deserving.
The young, when gainfully employed, can look after the old (an Asian value), but the reverse is not socially acceptable or practical.
Lim Soon Heng
Straits Times Forum page, 14 January 2017
Published Saturday, 21 January, 2017
c'est la vie
Just took a three-hour nap this evening. Knocked out at 6 pm and climbed out of bed groggily at 9. It’s been a super long week. Mutu kansadu, mutu kansadu (Kristang for ‘very tired, very tired’)……
Published Friday, 6 January, 2017
Off to Malacca via bus early tomorrow morning! The last time I went overseas was to Phuket in November 2013, so I’ll be travelling abroad for the first time in more than three years! Quite excited!
Published Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Bong anu nobu! Happy new year! 新年快乐！
Can’t believe I’ll be hitting the big THREE-OH soon!!!
Published Saturday, 31 December, 2016
adventures , fashion , finance , goals , leisure , nine-to-five
What I did in the past 365 days! Overall 2016 was a relatively good year, though of course I hope next year will be much better! (Text in italics were the goals I had set for this year at the end of the last.)
Continue reading ‘last of the 20s’
Published Sunday, 25 December, 2016
Merry Christmas, world! It’s been pouring on and off on my end of this island. Truly a Christmas in the tropics!
Published Saturday, 17 December, 2016
linguistics , music , sociopolitics
And that’s an Oriental riff!
Published Monday, 5 December, 2016
c'est la vie , culture , quoteworthy
As a person who likes to pick perfect presents, this article struck a chord with me……
How much for the festive spirit?
By Akshita Nanda
Let’s be honest: We’re all judging one another by how much we give and what we receive
‘Tis the season to be judged on your giving. Colour drains from wallet and brain in the face of yet another annual round of Secret Santa parties and gift exchanges with loved ones.
Walk into a mall and be further pierced by the eyes of fund-raisers in reindeer antlers. Their gazes narrow on my shopping bags, their teeth set in fixed grins. My steps falter.
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Published Sunday, 4 December, 2016
c'est la vie , musings , quoteworthy
I love to think about chance – about how one little overheard word, one pebble in a shoe, can change the universe.
Anne Tyler, American writer
Published Thursday, 1 December, 2016
announcements , c'est la vie , musings
And snow is falling on my WordPress blog……
Published Tuesday, 22 November, 2016
c'est la vie , les amis , quoteworthy
The true friend is the one that’s coming in the door while everyone else is going out.
Dr Phil McGraw, American TV personality