secret-blog Apr 14, 2010
“You shouldn’t be embarrassed to (identify yourself as being from a top school). Why should you be embarrassed?” - Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean Whenever I meet somebody new, I dread the expected question that is silently waiting about the bend, just waiting for the right moment, or excuse, to surface… “Which school are
secret-blog Apr 13, 2010
Perhaps the more radical fraction of the online xenophobic community is schizophrenic. One can hardly miss the irony when People’s Republic of China (PRC) Chinese were blasted for being unable to speak English, whilst the PAP was bashed for providing the solution in the form of government-paid English courses. This points us towards a disturbing
secret-blog Feb 24, 2010
This is a continuation of Part I and Part II ========================= 30th January. Saturday. Evening. Tiong Bahru FSC After being injured, Mike became frustrated. Angry at life and happenstance. I wanted to get him to the FSC to plot out the next course of action. We took a taxi to the FSC due to
secret-blog Feb 22, 2010
This is a continuation of Part I ================================ January 30. Saturday. Morning. Tiong Bahru. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarship tea session was on that day, and I was invited. Dressed in my best shirt and leather shoes, I left home. On the MRT to Raffles, I realized that Mike had not yet called me.
secret-blog Feb 21, 2010
When I met Mike, a homeless, suicidal, alcoholic, I approached his problem with a certain sense of naiveté. A naiveté which makes me cringe as I write this now. For the next few days, I went about Singapore attempting to help what I thought was a simple problem, but unearthed instead individual and systemic failings.
secret-blog Feb 01, 2010
Being deprived of a house does not just mean that one lacks a shelter from the storm, an abode of peace and a place to return to every night. A house does not just afford protection of items, of the self, of the physical. Rather, a house can be the very bedrock, upon which our