Culture / Environment / People

On why Singaporeans and other urban dwellers need to preserve Bukit Brown

Nearly a year of awareness-building for Bukit Brown, it is still an issue ignored by the larger, mainstream Singapore community. Maybe, it is mainly because Bukit Brown a.k.a “Coffee Hill” is a Chinese burial ground, and death is always a taboo topic. No human being, except probably the Mexicans with their ‘memento mori’ culture, like … Continue reading

Culture / Current Issues / People

Singapore, least emotional country – Part 2

Having talked to my Singaporean employer this morning gave me fresh insights about this issue. And, I did more background research on the global poll. The survey, conducted by Gallup, asked six simple questions to about 1,000 adults in each country each year between 2009 to 2011. Did you feel well-rested yesterday? Were you treated … Continue reading

Culture / Current Issues / People

Poll says, Singapore, least emotional country in the world.

A recent global poll said Singapore is the least emotional country while Philippines, the most emotional country. When asked by BBC’s Dan Damon yesterday on the reasons, Christine Lim, distinguished Singaporean author, without any reserve at all, said the poll measures public emotions where Singaporeans do badly in because they are reserve.She claims that it … Continue reading

Books / Culture / Current Issues / Inspiration / People / Psychology

Early book review: Clayton Christensen – How Will You Measure Your Life?

A funny coincidence! I posted an article earlier today concerning the lack of loyalty and satisfaction in workplaces in Singapore. The article ended with a note on the attitudes exhibited by those around me of their work, “just a job” as they called it. My 40-minute bus ride home from work gives me plenty of … Continue reading

Culture / Current Issues / Ethics/Rights / People

The lack of loyalty among Singaporean employees

On August 24, 2012, Angela Teng in the Business Times wrote an article with an attention-grabbing headline: “S’porean employees show less loyalty to employers: survey” The article is based on a 2012 study conducted by Towers Watson, a firm that helps organisations improve their performance through effective people, risk and financial management. After interviewing 1,000 … Continue reading

Culture / Food & Drinks

My take on the Malaysia vs Singapore food fight

Spent the better part of this morning’s 40-min commute to my office reading about Malaysia vs Singapore’s food fight. A recent international survey said that Singapore’s hawker food is better than Malaysia’s Penang food. Well, maybe it’s true. Or maybe it’s not because I do agree with the Penang minister that Singapore can market itself … Continue reading

‘Ethos’, a film on why we need to be conscious consumers
Culture / Environment / Movies / People

‘Ethos’, a film on why we need to be conscious consumers

Have you watched Ethos yet? If you haven’t, please do. It’s a short documentary film that shows how unregulated corporate power affect politics. It shows how media is designed to control our buying habits to drive the economy. It shows how consumerism drives the push for more resources, exhausting our local resources, which later provides … Continue reading

The 4000-year-old China and us, the 20-year-old society
Culture / History / Technology

The 4000-year-old China and us, the 20-year-old society

Reading the history of China makes me think of time. China, the civilisation, spanned nearly four thousand years. The more successful dynasties like the Han and Tang dynasties lasted around 300-400 years. Let’s compare this to us in the modern age. It’s only 250 years since the Industrial Revolution. We, the human civilisation who rely … Continue reading