Malacca, June 2013

   (After I wrote this article, it was reported that the Malaysian Government has plans to shut down Jonker Street.)   In Chinese mythology, when a statue has been standing in the open for too long, the dew, rain and other natural elements may give the statue a soul and bring it to life.   […]

Does Singapore have a level playing field for both citizens and foreigners?

  Before we begin, let me share a true story of a union in modern Singapore: “There was once a union so influential, it managed to convince 90% of a company to join them. Once the company was unionised, the unionists wasted no time in negotiating wages and benefits, to which the management was strong-armed […]

Social Responsibility cannot be outsourced

  Here are some quick facts about cleaners: They are outsourced workers – they don’t normally work for the company they clean Some work (or chose to work) 10 hours a day Some earn average wages of about $750 Yesterday I had the opportunity of joining in a “Cleaner’s Appreciation week” celebration at the Foodfare […]

Don’t feed the trolls. Just. Just don’t.

      Internet has caused mankind to evolve considerably. Today, we see a new kind of human species: the electronic troll. Lacking the ability to hunt food, the electronic troll survives on a diet of pizza and antibiotics. Because of extended time on the computer, the electronic troll has evolved to have huge oversized […]

Speak up for our wages!

  If you don’t have a degree today, read this: don’t let your employer keep your salary low. If you are already employed and have been performing well, you should not be letting your employer get away with depressing your salary just because you lack the paper qualifications. We don’t usually talk about it, but […]

We talk differently, men and women…yes…

  It has always bewildered me what the differences are in conversations when women and men talk. The starkest difference is that: men, we talk without emotion. Please ladies, please help us: We’re just not able to process emotions so well. It’s a deficiency. Like scurvy. So you bought a new dress?….Wow that’s nice!  Someone […]