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Music in Our Lives

August 21, 2022

“Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling; Do you feel my heart beating; Do you understand? Do you feel the same; Am I only dreaming; Is this burning an eternal flame?” The year was 1988 and we were recruits going through the basic military training. We had just completed our combat drill and were […]

Nostalgia — The Coconut Story

July 7, 2022

“Tomorrow is May Day — let’s go to the East Coast beach to celebrate the public holiday,” my sister suggested. We agreed it was an excellent idea and began preparing for the picnic. My sister did a checklist of the items to be brought – chicken wings, sardine sandwiches, curry puffs and bee-hoon were a […]

June 6, 2022

The Right Word (Vol 1) The right word used in an impactful manner can transform a mediocre writer into an excellent one. Similarly, a lacklustre essay can be given a whiff of fresh air by words that appeal to the senses. One of the greatest nightmares for a presenter is to use the wrong word […]

The Donkey That Never Gave Up

May 4, 2022

A farmer’s donkey fell into a well. In its state of anguish, it brayed hysterically. The farmer was concerned and came running to its aid. However, he realised that it would be a futile attempt as the well was too deep and treacherous for any rescue operation. He also rationalised, “The donkey is too frail […]

Legal Jargons for All and Sundry

March 27, 2022

Some people are resolute in realising their dream no matter how long it takes. They may get on with their responsibilities and cares of the world, being fully immersed in the humdrum of daily living. But at the end of their mind, their dreams are always alive… awaiting the opportune moment for the flames to […]

Enhance Your Self-Esteem

February 22, 2022

Self-esteem is a topic that is close to our hearts – whole books have been dedicated to expounding the subject. However, we have attempted to explain it in simple terms where the essence of it is succinctly captured. In a nutshell, self-esteem can be termed as how a person feels about himself or herself. It […]

Blast from the Past – “Redhill Days”

January 19, 2022

The python slithered from the carpark towards my block; its scaly skin shimmered in the moonlight as its tongue flicked out to taste the danger lurking. My brothers and I were at a safe distance and yet fully immersed in the encounter. “Let’s whack it with the pole,” cried Johan. “Come on guys; give me […]

A Little Boy’s Ingenuity

December 22, 2021

A little boy walked into a convenience store. With a look of confidence, he carried a wooden carton over to the telephone which was attached to the wall. It was beyond his reach. He excitedly climbed onto the carton. As soon as he could reach the phone, he dialled a number. The store owner was […]

Finding Happiness in a Balloon

November 19, 2021

A group of people enrolled in a self-enrichment course to find happiness in life. Does it sound odd that one has to enrol in a course to achieve happiness? However, they are not the only ones with such pursuance. All of us are searching for happiness in one way or another – undoubtedly, it is […]

Laugh Your Head Off

October 12, 2021

We all can attest to feeling rejuvenated after watching Mr Bean or some light-hearted movies. We may feel defeated by life’s struggle; however, watching a comedy, so effortlessly lifts our sagging spirits. There is some scientific truth in the much oft-used cliche, “Laughter is the best medicine”. Studies show that laughter triggers the release of […]