It’s the second day of the Lunar New Year. I decided to tag along with my sister-in-law, Terry who does regular visitations to the homes of elderly people who live alone.
I brought along some oranges, a red packet, and some biscuits and crackers. It was my first time meeting Mdm Tan and I wanted to find out more about her story.
Mdm Bio is 93 years of age and lives in a rented flat, heavily subsidized by the government in the eastern part of Singapore.
(The Singapore Govt has devised a very supportive plan for those who have no…
I will always remember where I was when people talked about the day Elvis Presley died.
It was August 16, 1997. I was a flight crew with SQ then. It was early morning when I heard wailing outside my room of The Old Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne, Australia.
I opened the door to find the chambermaids gathered outside my room sobbing hysterically. It was unbelievable that Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll had died.
At 19, I had seen Elvis briefly on TV and glimpses of the screaming audiences. The voice and the songs of the handsome singer were…
When you are unhappy about events caused by the pandemic, don't panic and don’t gripe. Do something positive with your life every day. Things will pan out accordingly and may be out of our control but at least we could alleviate them.
We need to be more productive and proactive when dealing with events in our lives. The pandemic has resulted in much distress and despair as we go about our lives overcoming unexpected obstacles at work and at home.
It is all a matter of perspective. When something is halted, we go around it. We attempt solutions we never…
The “Hakka Abacus Seeds” Dish is a delicious and healthy yam (taro) dish. It is a traditional dish of the Hakka tribe in Dapu County, Guangdong province, celebrated and cheered by those who have sampled it.
It can be traced back to the Song Dynasty in ancient China made by rubbing taro and flour into the shape of abacus seeds. The abacus is smooth with a chewy texture and is fried with minced meat, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and other favorite vegetables. The abacus can be used as a staple food or a delicious snack.
Why is it called the…
The world has changed. Maybe it is because people have gotten smarter, too smart for their own good. They know their rights, they want their rights and they assert their rights.
It is a common scenario these days; People do what they want to do even when they know it is wrong. Young people rebel and the age is getting earlier. A young child is given choices as to what food to eat even before he could read and refused the food he deemed not tasty enough.
Back in the sixties, the school, the police, parents, and the institutions are…
It’s a kind of dry season for me. After hitting over one hundred articles with not much readership, it seems to get harder.
Writing is a craft that takes years to develop and I am glad to discover this passion. Improvement is gradual but encouraging to the self-esteem.
After a hiatus of two weeks, I am back to the following ways to harvest ideas.
1 From my past experiences, ideas sprang from reading other authors’ works which triggered my thoughts and personal events.
Even if the title is similar, our life experiences are different so I could write from my…
A noble and learned elderly teacher was due to retire in the coming days. His students wanted to learn more from him. One day, the class leader asked him if he could share with them the essence of living.
The old man paused and pondered. Then he said, “I am always struggling with this issue too.” After a few moments, he continued, “ There is an ongoing battle in my spirit. This war in me is waged between two creatures, one good and one bad.”
Puzzled, the class listened intently. The old man said, “We all have this war in…
What enthralls me about the English Language? It is the way the article is written or the way the speech is spoken. Sitting down and dissecting an essay or speech for its effectiveness uncovers many useful devices cleverly employed by the writer or the speaker.
I refer to the use of rhetorical or literary devices.
A rhetorical device is a technique where words are used in a certain way to evoke emotions, persuade or convey meaning. It comes across as stylish, memorable, and impactful. …
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