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Inside Peninsula Shopping Centre’s TikTok reincarnation

Let me be clear from the start: this isn’t a sad story about Peninsula Shopping Centre. I won’t wax on about the bygone good times or the Old Singapore that decays in the strata malls. Too often these…

When Singapore’s nightlife goes dark, where can its workforce go?

On any typical night, Singapore’s premier nightlife destination, Clarke Quay, and its surrounding areas would be buzzing with life. Revellers fill up the streets for one last rendezvous​​, bouncers stand arms akimbo outside the clubs, bartenders shake up…

Is Singapore a dementia nation? The fight to save our surliest buildings says yes

The demolition of Pearl Bank Apartments was the straw that broke the camel’s back for modern heritage advocates in Singapore. Finished in 1976 and demolished in 2020, was a fixture of post-independence Singapore. The modernist period of urban…

The price of going green: Are sustainable products affordable in Singapore?

Singapore has started taking bold steps towards sustainable living in recent years. The Green Plan 2030 showcases a city-wide initiative to transform how we live, work, and play. And for many years, students and adults alike have been…

What does the Singapore Green Plan have to do with us? According to these youths, everything

We know the script by now. Climate change is very much real; the ice caps have melted; sea levels are rising; food is going scarce. While Singapore seems like it’s safely sheltered away from the bigger effects of…

I rate mansions on tiktok, and this is what i’ve learned about the ultra-rich

I stand on a curb, looking at a mansion seemingly made only of windows. I can see through its entire living room, which looks onto a canal of water with direct access to a parked yacht. “Gosh, such…

What if we just let go of ‘every school a good school’?

This month, education made the headlines in two separate, but related, incidents. The first, as everyone knows by now, was Minister Vivian Balakrishnan being caught muttering about how NCMP Leong Mun Wai made it into RI. The other,…

Making the case for a wealth tax in Singapore

For most of history, the ultra-wealthy elites around the world have managed to have their cake and eat it too. For little to no effort, the world’s wealthiest—celebrities, tech billionaires, hedge fund managers—have been known to avoid paying…

When will we start ferrying migrant workers like human beings?

It’s 5.30 am on a foggy Tuesday morning. Siva and 12 other migrant workers sit huddled at the back of a lorry, squeezed between several pieces of heavy-duty machinery and long metal pipes. With 45 minutes to go,…

No matter when, right now is what a Covid endemic Singapore looks like

With two Phase 2 iterations and one brief, blissful Phase 3 firmly under our belt, one would expect the Singapore government to better grasp what endemicity looks like. We, in fact, have an alternative name for it—COVID-19 resilient—an…

“if you want to help, help properly”: What’s missing from F&B’s recovery plan

Since dining out resumed three weeks ago, the F&B scene hasn’t been celebrating. Rather, it’s been bracing for impact. Three lockdowns in, each reopening has gotten progressively more muted. Not only are diners not flocking back; businesses have…

These migrant worker-shot photographs were inspired by movement and freedom

Being a migrant is its own language—it’s difficult to put into words the experiences that come with moving to, and working in, a foreign country. This year’s Migrant Workers Photography Festival, Moving, gives migrant workers a public canvas…

From void deck to livestream: The changing face of funerals in Singapore

Death is a strange topic. It awaits us all, yet we rarely speak of it. It’s a taboo topic, and it’s also emotional. And when it comes to funerals, most of us don’t know much about them until…

A photographer’s ode to heritage Mom-and-Pop shops (before they’re gone)

There are no statistics to back this, but all photographers know that it can be incredibly difficult to convince your local aunties and uncles to pose for photographs. So seeing almost – almost, except for too-cool-to-smile barbershop uncle…

Sengkang in pictures: The secret life of the North East

Ask most Singaporeans what they think of Sengkang, and you’ll meet with 1 of 2 responses. It’s either “Everything looks the same and confusing,” or, “Omg, so far and there’s nothing there.” They wouldn’t be entirely wrong. The…

Where the wild things are: On the road with ACRES’ wildlife rescue team (part 2)

We start with dinnertime for the animals, who need to be seen to before we get on the road. ACRES’ rehabilitation centre houses a variety of native species (mostly birds, as well as a few iguanas, squirrels, and…

Where the wild things are: on the road with ACRES’ wildlife rescue team (part 1)

In a van somewhere on the KJE, chaos reigns. To my right, Kalai, ACRES’ co-CEO, is driving with the grim expression of a man in need of caffeine. To my left, Laurie, his partner for today’s shift, is…

Much ado about the EIP: Beyond money and policy

You would be sorely mistaken if you think the EIP debate is over. The kerfuffle over this public housing policy kicked off earlier this month when Leader of the Opposition, Pritam Singh, sparred with ministers on whether the…

“The only certainty here is change”: Finbarr Fallon’s dreamlike architectural portraits of Singapore

You may not find the name Finbarr familiar, but chances are you’ve seen his work before. From this photograph that made it to the front page of ST, where tsunami-like storm clouds are seemingly crashing into high-rise buildings…

Singapore’s Geylang red-light district—going gentle into that good night

I remember the first time I wandered the back alleys of Geylang close to 10 years ago. As a teenager, I knew I had to experience the vice central everyone would chatter about at least once in my…

Put politics aside and bond over food: Can Chee Soon Juan make this a reality for his cafe?

When I learnt that SDP’s Chee Soon Juan had opened a new cafe on June 25, I was in disbelief. Local celebrities, sure. Many have opened restaurants and cafes. But political figures? That’s something new. I had to…

Before NTU, There was Nantah. Have we forgotten how students struggled to save it from demise?

My Chinese teacher once warned me not to equate NTU with Nantah. Making that connection would anger many from the Chinese community who lived through the 1960s and 1970s, he said. But aren’t both the same? Whenever I…

A journey through the only HDB estate in Siglap, the lesser-known Dakota Crescent

Golden shafts of light line the pale pink walls, casting quivering shadows of trees jingling their sleeves of green. As the mynas trill, a sense of peace settles snugly over a cluster of five-storey HDB blocks in Siglap.…

With dining out restricted during Phase 2 HA, how have Singaporeans been coping?

With the introduction of measures in this heightened version of Phase 2, diners all across Singapore have found themselves stranded and uncertain on where to head for their weekly date fix. In light of this, public spaces such…

These stalls used to fuel workers at industrial parks. Now, they are barely surviving

Three words: They are screwed. With most of us forced to work from home, the de facto circuit breaker we are experiencing now has been a nightmare for stallholders at industrial parks. This is pretty much a death…

What goes into a $5 Hor Fun?: The economics of running an F&B business in a pandemic

If COVID-19 has rallied us around anything, it’s local F&B businesses. The pandemic has already claimed countless eateries, many of them beloved (RIP, Thaipan and your glorious butter squid). Since the start of the current ban on indoor…

After Dover, will Clementi Forest be next on the chopping board?

Trudging through the maze of vegetation, we brush off waist-high foliage lazily trawling our sides, gingerly setting shoe to soil until we finally emerge into a landscape reminiscent of Jurassic Park. With the ethereal morning mist draped across…

We went languishing around Singapore and it was terrible, but perfect

In Apr, the New York Times termed the latest stage of the pandemic fatigue as languishing. The thinking goes: We’re not burnt out, depressed, or anxious. We’re joyless, aimless, stagnated and empty. “[Languishing] feels as if you’re muddling…

Antique warehouses along Turf Club Road is what we need to stave off historical amnesia

Unless you know the specific warehouses that operate there, few would have even heard about Antique Row. Even this name is a moniker Singaporeans attach to the antique warehouses along Turf Club Road, rather than an official title.…

We took a 12 km walk to the industrial heartlands of Tuas, because Phase 2(HA)

A month ago, before Singapore went into ‘heightened alert’, I hit upon the idea of walking to Tuas on foot, following the 2009 heritage trail from Pioneer MRT to Tuas Link station. The journey is 12-kilometres long and…

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