Pam, Wex & Rachel: Planning Picnics For Complete Strangers

First published on 19 November 2015 on YMI.

Imagine sitting cross-legged at a picnic beside a tranquil lake. The setting sun casts a warm hue of orange and pink in the sky. In front of you is a smorgasbord of home-cooked food: freshly baked bread with home-churned butter, garden salad that literally came from a garden, and melt-in-your-mouth beef braised in red wine. Deep conversations and laughter flow easily, and as the sky darkens, flickering candles illuminate the faces and smiles around you.

Oh, and you’re in the company of complete strangers.

Welcome to a typical Hygge picnic.

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Society & Politics

An Open Letter to My Member of Parliament

Dear Mr Lim Biow Chuan, congratulations.

You must be elated about clinching the single seat for Mountbatten constituency with 71.8 percent of the vote share.

You beat your opponent Mrs Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss hands down–which was in contrast to four and a half years ago, when you garnered just 58.6 percent of the votes.

The “results were beyond my expectation,” you said. Continue reading

Hong Kong, Society & Politics

5 Questions Hong Kongers Have About Singapore

When I was in Hong Kong for an exchange programme, I assumed the role of a de facto ambassador for Singapore.

For four months, I was surrounded by Hong Kongers and other students of different nationalities who had little idea of what Singapore was (really) like. Continue reading