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Daily Archives: 2015-06-10

An elderly man, a tissue-selling lady and a story of paying it forward

We have all seen them around the island – the elderly folks who toil away at the food courts, hawker centres, coffeeshops, and at mrt stations selling tissue paper. Sometimes these senior citizens would approach others for assistance, to ask for a few dollars ot loose change. The Humans of Singapore Facebook page posted such an incident on 7 June. …

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SINGSOC: No to gender test for masculine-looking women’s volleyball player

She has apparently been cleared by a world governing body for volleyball to play in the women’s volleyball match between Indonesia and the Philippines, but the opposing team has requested for Singapore’s SEA Games organising committee to conduct a gender test on Indonesia’s Aprilia Santini Manganang. SINGSOC has since rejected the appeal, with a spokesperson saying that “SINGSOC has been informed by …

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The Bargain

By Richard Seah These past few days, several friends have shared a video about a rich man bargaining with a poor coconut seller by the roadside. I finally watched it and it reminded me of this little story that I wrote many years when I was running a HiFi business. The Bargain This was in Bali, nearly 20 years ago. …

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Mt Kinabalu quake – a time to grieve, and a time to judge

By Howard Lee An old friend of mine once told me that he climbs mountains to find love. I did not ask him specifically what he meant, but it was clearly not what we would normally have in mind. There is certainly something magical about reaching new grounds, defeating your fears, destroying your own limits, and find that through the …

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Same-sex parents address critics from their “favourite hate group”

It is safe to say that there are few same-sex couples with children here in Singapore. Or they are at least not as visible perhaps as the ubiquitous heterosexual couples with children. Those who are in a gay partnership and have children, unlike their heterosexual counterparts, are sometimes frowned on by others. And for the most part, these same-sex couples …

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Snack bar aunty shows support for TKPS, declines payment for drinks

The support for those affected by the Sabah earthquake, where 10 Singaporeans have now been confirmed dead, continues. In a Facebook note on 9 June, one of the administrators of the page, TKPS Omega Challenge, posted a touching encounter he had had that afternoon. The page is apparently created for former TKPS (Tanjong Katong Primary School) climbers to share their …

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Call for Discourse on IP and Artistic Practices

By members of the art community We refer to the incident in which a horse shoe-shaped ping-pong table installed at the Sports Hub for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games carnival resembled the art work “Ping-Pong Go Round” by Cultural Medallion winner Lee Wen. Lee has stated he was not informed or given credit for the idea. The SEA Games Organising …

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Women’s armpits in China – a battleground for equality

“Girls are often anxious about their armpit hair as if it’s a sign of being dirty or uncivilized,. But we should have the freedom to choose whether to accept what grows naturally on our bodies.” Those were the words of Xiao Meili, one of China’s most prominent women’s rights activists. Ms Xiao’s latest campaign, through a competition titled “Armpit Hair …

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