We have an IT literacy problem

On 8th June, I woke up to the news that the Singapore government would be cutting off internet access to 100,000 civil servants’ computers in May 2017 as a major security measure.

It is not a total ban though – there will still be internet access or terminals for those who need them.

My first thought was : “Wow, that’s a pretty ballsy move, and it makes sense.”

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What are we doing to our children?

I recently attended a talk by a top secondary school about the Direct School Admission (DSA) program, as well as its Integrated Program.

I was bored to death, because the speaker was just intent on telling parents how much they intended to fill every waking second of a student’s time with endless enrichment programs, team-building exercises and more homework.

We want every child to be a leader! Said the speaker. Such enthusiasm and hope, yet I had such cynicism simmering inside of me.

Erm, where is their time to play, hang out and meet people of the opposite sex? I thought, and later whispered to my wife.

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Biker Bites : Those new speed cameras are a necessary pain

This past week, two speeding-related things happened in Singapore – a 19-year-old P-plate driver killed himself while riding at high speed through Bedok and the Traffic Police announced their next-generation speed cameras.

The timing could not have been more coincidental, and while I hate speed cameras like anyone else, I cannot help but agree they are a necessary pain.

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The truth concerning white rice and diabetes

My readers will know that I usually only write on this blog on days when I get annoyed with some growing untruth or virulent stupidity.

Today is one of those days.

Last week on 6 May, the Straits Times published a sensational headline Diabetes: The rice you eat is worse than sugary drinksfor a story by senior health correspondent Salma Khalik.

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Wiping Away The Material Life II – One Year Later

It has been over a year since I embarked on a cleaning up of my material life, and I would like to share some learnings if you are interested to do the same and reject the materialistic lifestyle of many people in developed countries. Last year I compiled a bunch of lifehacks to save money in Singapore, and I’ve continued to learn more ways to live like a modern minimalist.

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