Appreciating our unsung heroes

By Wee Rae A few years ago, my grandfather worked as a cleaner in a secondary school. He carried a “wet floor” sign, a mop and a pail, up and down eight flights of stairs every morning. He was 85 years old then. One day, when I went to visit my grandparents, I saw stacks of paper on the dining table that read in both E

Nothing but the breast intentions

Photos and writing by Dayna Yin I never thought that breastfeeding would become such a big part of my life. Before you think congratulations are in order, no, I’m not a new mother. I have barely explored the world of dating, let alone motherhood. But somehow, breastfeeding has taken over the bulk of my interests and sc

The survival of words in our online jungle

By Alicia Teng “Can you cut down on the text by half? People won’t read it.” That was the first comment I received from my editor on a travel piece I wrote for a lifestyle publication. Having just returned from my first sponsored overseas assignment to Taipei, I was enthusiastically packing the listicle with detailed d

No need to speed into adulthood

By Ginnette Ng How do people around the world celebrate their children’s passage into adulthood? For the Jewish, boys celebrate Bar Mitzvah when they turn 13, a common birthday ritual to signify that they are now recognised as adults and are responsible for themselves. In many Latin American families, girls celebrate t

Sorry to burst your bubble

By Ginnette Ng People were screaming and running in all directions, ducking behind cars as the sound of gunfire reverberated halfway through a night concert in Las Vegas. On the other side of the world, I was on a bus home from Orchard Road, watching the footage on my Facebook news feed. Not surprisingly, this is the w

Leaving the age of phone calls

By Natalie Choy A few weeks ago, I caught up with a close friend over the phone — a communication medium that I have not been using since my early teens. While I relished in the spontaneity of our hour-long conversation and the warmth of the human voice that no amount of emojis could replicate, it also made me realise

The haunting effects of ghosting

By Syed Muhammad Faris You pick up your phone and open Tinder. You are greeted by a stranger’s profile. She barely piques your interest. You swipe left, and another profile appears. You open your inbox to check if the person you swiped right from a week ago has finally responded to your messages. Just a week ago, the t

Funerals: finding meaning beyond rituals

By Darren Ching A month ago, my beloved grandmother, Ah Ma, died. She was 85. Ah Ma was never particularly religious apart from the basic Taoist chants she did every morning by the side of her bed. Nevertheless, like how people of her generation are, she was extremely pantang (Hokkien for superstitious). To her, death

Hey millennials, you’re doing fine

By Ginnette Ng Facebook is usually a space for sharing new memes or discovering easy dinner recipes. But of late, it has been inundated with articles beginning with “millennials are too” or “millennials need to”.  It feels like we can never stop disappointing the generations that have come before us. Millennials — a te