Of filters, walks and song

A natural filter comes over us, and disregarding the smell, it brings a surreal quality to the quieter parts of Singapore. Hello Indonesian haze. In between two appointments, I took a 30-minute walk between City Square mall and Shaw Towers, and came across a nice stretch of boardwalk just behind Victoria Street. Extended decks and…

At Cafe 6 (Film Review)

It’s strange to leave the cinema with a heavy heart and not know why. Baffled, I went for another screening the next day. I sniffed at the potential cliches but came out choking on my tears. I certainly wasn’t expecting this from At Cafe 6 (六弄咖啡馆). When You Are the Apple of My Eye became a…

Lessons in Foresight & Grace: The Schoolings

It’s not easy being an athlete in Singapore. If you’re lucky, you get some form of public funding. But most will have to fight it out on their own. Such was the case for Joseph Schooling – now Olympic gold medalist in the 100m butterfly event. And already the credit-claimers are circling en masse. Look…

Singapore Is Heading To Space

But it’s not what you think. It happened when I was watching this year’s new National Day music video. As the 6-piece 53A strummed away, singing about “Tomorrow’s here today”, icons of nostalgia like a plastic stool, formica tables, trishaws and now-celebrated dragon playground were paraded with pride across the screen. But remembering how that…