Breathable air – A basic need I didn’t appreciate till last week

The worst haze since 1997 is choking us all up in Singapore. At 12 noon on Friday 21st June, the Pollutant Standard’s Index hit 401 in Singapore, the highest in Singapore’s history. The PSI, which measure sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter of 10 microns or less in the atmosphere, exceeded … Continue reading

Memoirs of a kampung girl – a follow up

Dear Readers, I love that you’re commenting But please! Don’t use the comments section as a soap box for your anger. I was so moved by Sharon’s prayer for her country, Malaysia, in A Leaf in Springtime that I reblogged it here a few days ago. I’ve received a comment which consisted only of a link to another URL. … Continue reading

Singapore budget 2013 – Be careful what you wish for, you have to live with it

Singapore’s 2013 budget certainly tries to give Singaporeans what they’ve been clamoring for: Stricter limits on foreign labour, carrots and sticks to increase local productivity, a more progressive tax structure, more measures to cool house and car prices. But when we get what we ask for, we also get the consequences: The devil’s in the … Continue reading

Looking forward to the high-speed train to KL and then to Ipoh!

The buzz surrounding the proposed high-speed train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, capital of neighbouring Malaysia has been mostly positive. Cartoonist James Tan in his blog http://seijieiga.blogspot.sg/ illustrates the economic benefits anticipated by the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and Mr. Najib Tun Razak perfectly above. What does it mean though on a personal level? My first … Continue reading

A popiah recipe for a truly Singapore New Year Re-Union Dinner

February 10th – it’s New Year again! This is the New Year my family really celebrates. And for our traditional New Year’s Eve re-union dinner, we make a special popiah. Something everyone always clamors to be invited for. (An aside for those not in the know – Popiah is a mixture of braised julienned vegetables and meat wrapped in … Continue reading