A group of women in their twenties and thirties prowl a coffeeshop in Lorong 23 Geylang daily, in search of middle-aged men who will buy lottery tickets from them with a bit of persuasion. According to Shin Min Daily News, the young women, who are reportedly from Vietnam, bat their eyelid, sit on the uncles' laps and give them free kisses to make them buy. These uncles, however, do not need much persuasion.
Malaysian Fong Kong Meng and his wife Teoh Ching Yen, have been sentenced to death for the murder of their 24 yr old Indonesian maid. Their maid, Isti Komariyah, had starved to death after the couple failed to provide enough food and medical attention to their domestic helper. She had been working for the couple for 2 and a half years during which time she lost over 20kgs until she was only 26kg when she died in June 2011.
The Facebook post by Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, which included statements disparaging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, was misinformed and hurtful ("Protests over NUS don's Facebook post"; last Saturday). His rhetoric referring to young people who are gay or lesbian as "misled", and likening LGBT people or those who support them to "cancers", seems calculated to invoke a sense of self-righteousness or even disgust towards LGBT people.
A Singapore citizen was able to send his children to an international school, after getting permission from the ministry. He visited his children in the school and found the children very lively, playing like children during recess time. It was like the environment when he was in school 40 years ago.
Ang Moh Chick herself is a Scandinavian expat - an ‘ang moh’ (meaning a westerner) - who took a huge leap of faith and moved to Singapore. She blogs about the discovery of a new and very different country, cultural clashes, travelling and finding those small but important flavors of life – whether it’s a new café, hobby, recipe, experience, or just something very pretty. Ang Moh Chick's expat blog is called Ang Moh Chick Diary (see listing here)
I sometimes get amused looks from North Americans when I tell them that I moved to Singapore.They tend to reflexively respond that I must be crazy to move to a country where "consuming even chewing gum is a crime." The interaction that happens between us leaves me thinking that they want to rationalize not having to do the hard work of understanding what other places are like.
Everyone knows that PA volunteers are lackeys and running dogs. That part, we have all known for years. Don’t the PA volunteers know that behind their backs, we call them “zou gou”? (Mandarin for running dogs). It is clear to everyone that PA is lying about itself being non-partisan. Almost everyone who helps out in PA is doing so for the following reasons: primary school balloting, hoping to break into the PAP business network, secure business deals with PA or other stat boards.
This is really getting out of hand. And you are sitting down and keeping quiet? Seriously? Let’s just collectively shrug our shoulders and move on. Really? This is your life, and your money we are talking about. Are we just going to sit down and do nothing about it, while they rampage and bulldoze us with what they want – making us pay more and cutting us down?