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Walk Down Memory Lane

January 25, 2024

The year was 1979; I was in primary 4, enrolled in a school in Bukit Merah estate in Singapore. It was an era where the adage, “spare the rod and spoil the child”, was steadfastly advocated in most homes and schools. Our favourite English lesson was over and soon, the dreaded Mathematics class was about […]

Impressive Words to Use in Everyday Conversation

January 2, 2024

There is a correlation between increasing your vocabulary and the ability to communicate more effectively with the world around you, subtly opening up your perspectives and ways of interaction. In our daily lives, we may have come across terms which are good to know but would have overlooked as we are bombarded with “infobesity” or […]

The Frog with an Indomitable Spirit

November 27, 2023

A group of frogs were travelling to another region for greener pastures. It was a long and arduous trek. All of a sudden, the leader realised that two frogs were missing. When the group retraced their steps, they noticed two frogs had fallen into a pit. Meanwhile, the “tumbled” frogs were relentless in their efforts […]

Lessons from the Elephant and the Rope

October 17, 2023

A man was passing by an elephant camp. He was enchanted by the majesty of the gigantic animal. Suddenly something caught his eye. He noticed that each of the elephants was tied to a rope. This confounded him as they were neither caged nor held back by thick chains — but a mere rope! He […]

Chasing Happiness

September 7, 2023

There once lived a grumpy old man in a village. He was the epitome of a quintessential complainer. Anything under the sun did not escape his scathing remark. The villagers kept away from him as being in his midst was physically and mentally draining. As the years went by, he became grumpier and he was […]

Public Speaking Tips

July 24, 2023

You are supposed to do a presentation for your organisation’s Silver Jubilee anniversary. You walked on stage confidently but felt jittery upon seeing the anticipative crowd. A sinking feeling that your speech will end up horrendously, sets in. You are not alone in feeling this way. In a survey conducted years ago, it was established […]

Focus on the Good Things in Life

June 13, 2023

Tom and James were best of friends and were trudging through a desert. They both were employed as trekking guides. After completing their studies, their love for the outdoors landed them their dream job. They were on a mission to recce the terrain for a forthcoming expedition their adventure club was organising. Their task was […]

Walk Down Memory Lane… The Once Ubiquitous Video Cassette

May 13, 2023

The video cassette recorder may have died a natural death, but the memory is very much alive. I vividly remember my maiden movie watched via the VCR. The year was 1979 — my brothers and I were over the moon as we gathered in my home to watch Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky”. In the spirit of […]

The Person Holding You Back

April 13, 2023

Richard was the CEO of an established company; he had the moniker of a hard taskmaster. His subordinates hated him for his discipline and high expectation of them. He always corrected his employees’ mistakes and reiterated their lackadaisical attitude toward work.  The staff on the other hand, labelled him as a difficult boss. They perceived […]

Foreign Words in the English Language

March 13, 2023

In our day-to-day living, we may have used foreign words in our English usage while speaking and writing; sometimes not knowing that it is borrowed from another language. For example, the word ‘bungalow’ whose origin is in India, means a one-storey house — usually surrounded by a ‘veranda’, another foreign word. We may have overlooked […]