SINGAPORE: For anyone who has made that wholesale leap into work-from-home (WFH), it feels like forever since our last 9-to-5 office routine. From scrambling to convert whatever spaces we could find into an office a year ago - whether a dining table, a sofa, or even the floor - most of us today have settled into a comfortable pattern. Sure, there were myriad teething issues when the boundaries separating our personal and professional lives melted, turning some homes into a sideshow of horrors for parents with screaming kids. Cabin fever and the lack of human interaction worsened disconnectedness. Self-discipline and motivation waxed and waned, making self-doubt seem like the only emotion in abundant supply on some days. READ: Commentary: I’ve been career oriented my whole life, until the COVID-19 pandemic took my ambition But fast forward to today, that nightmare has largely receded into the rearview mirror. By and large, as children returned to schools, as ... » Learn More about Commentary: What if people don’t want to return to the office?
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SINGAPORE: There are nine types of vadai (deep-fried lentil fritters) on sale at Gina Rajan’s stall at Dunman Food Centre, such as dhal, prawn, vegetable and ikan bilis vadai . They all have one thing in common, according to her. “My vadai is very crispy on the outside, soft on the inside — when you have one bite, you feel like eating more,” the 63-year-old said about the Indian snack made to her late husband’s secret recipe. She has been selling vadai since 1985. Her stall, Gina’s Vadai, has moved multiple times, from its original premises in Geylang Bahru to Simpang Bedok and other locations before it settled in Dunman Food Centre in 2017. It has not been easy to survive this long, she tells the programme On The Red Dot . The couple had even contemplated suicide once, then a phone call changed everything. But with the COVID-19 pandemic now, business is only getting worse for one of Singapore’s oldest vadai brands. IT STARTED AT HOME Gina got ... » Learn More about A ‘miracle’ once saved these hawkers’ lives. Their stall is now battling to survive again
“I figured out like a mindset to have,” the freak said days ago. “When you focus on the past, that’s your ego… and when I focus on the future, it’s my pride… I kind of try to focus in the moment, in the present. “And that’s humility, that’s being humble.” That. It hits right on the mark, doesn’t it? That is the line that we should remember from one of the most magical runs of a superstar’s path to glory and vindication, and the line we should remember from the remarkable coronation of a team whose values give the National Basketball Association the perfect model to display center stage. It’s clear with the way he speaks that Giannis Antetokounmpo has hit a mental landmark, the kind that only few of the greats can ever master, while others may never discover. And the reason why it resonates so much is because his new-found belief is applicable for any human on his or her way to discovering self-actualization. It sounds ... » Learn More about The triumph of Giannis, Milwaukee highlights key life lessons
At my age, I feel like I have already lost the years, the unimaginable stories that will no longer be written, the experiences that can no longer be experienced, and the words that can no longer be said—the moments I was looking forward to reminiscing on decades from now. I am bracing myself for a goodbye. An uncertain one. It’s the kind of farewell that may come although you’re not sure, so you still do your best to prepare for the blow. Realizing that I only spent two and a half semesters on campus twists my gut and turns it into knots that I cannot untangle. A quick trip back to memory lane or a video call with friends cannot cure it. At first, there was still a glint of hope of returning to school, seeing my friends again without the risk of catching the virus, and living my college life to the fullest. This was my mindset half a year ago. Now, little by little, I’m already expecting the worst—graduating in front of my laptop screen. I can already imagine it: After hearing ... » Learn More about I don’t want this to end
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg In Parliament on Tuesday (Jul. 27), Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing addressed the River Valley High School incident , in which a 13-year-old student died. In his ministerial statement, Chan recognised the courage of the students and teachers at River Valley High School for seeking help in the aftermath of the incident, and encouraged them to continue to do so. "To those who are struggling still, I want you to know that we are here for you," he said. "Reach out. Let us know if you need help, and we will do what we can to support you." He also appealed to the public to not stigmatise the students, staff, and families who are seeking help: "Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and not weakness. Let this incident motivate all of us to take down our barriers and treat struggling individuals who step forward with care and compassion." Chan also further addressed the issue of ... » Learn More about ‘There is always more we can, we must, & we want to do’: Chan Chun Sing on more mental health support for students
As a popular obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Ann Tan is always busy. The last few months of the year, however, are especially hectic. Asked why, she grins and replies: "New Year resolutions? Many people say: 'I must get pregnant this year' so they start from Christmas and January." Covid-19 and the circuit breaker in Singapore will probably also mean more expectant mothers in the months to come, she reckons. "More people are trying, and what we are going through makes people think of life more and they want to have more kids," she says. Dr Tan, 58, has delivered thousands of babies over the last three decades. "I deliver about 15 a month," she says. Also a well-known fertility doctor, she has helped many couples conceive too. In fact, she is an advocate of social freezing - of both eggs and sperm - which she believes is especially crucial in Singapore, which has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The total fertility rate (TFR) here is 1.14 children ... » Learn More about It Changed My Life: ‘I want eggs, good ones,’ says top fertility expert
It's a balmy Sunday afternoon and the Jalan Besar Sport Centre, usually filled with the sounds of swimming pool-goers, is unnaturally still. The stadium is also devoid of life, save for a small executive suite in the stands. The space, filled with a veritable supply of used laptops and their accompanying parts, is quite aptly named the Salvage Garden. Here, a group of men and women work furiously on a pile of laptops (called The Pile, of course), sorting them and evaluating their tech specs. Is it fast enough? Does it have enough capacity? Is it missing a part? And most importantly, can it be fixed? If can't, the laptop is sent to a corner where its organs — its RAM, hard drive, WiFi cards, and batteries — are harvested for other laptops that need them. Requests for laptops started pouring in because of Home-Based Learning "Tons of people have spare laptops at home. They don't know what to do with it or they have small issues like it hangs, or it's just slow ... » Learn More about S’poreans refurbish over 1,300 laptops for kids to do Home-Based Learning during Circuit Breaker
Nearly 23 million children missed out on routine vaccinations last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest number in more than a decade, fueling outbreaks of measles, polio, and other preventable diseases, UN agencies said on Thursday, July 15. Measles, one of the world's most contagious diseases, can be fatal to children under the age of five, especially in African and Asian countries with weak health systems, according to the World Health Organization. Polio can cripple a child for life. The gap in global vaccination coverage has set up a "perfect storm," leaving more children vulnerable to infectious pathogens just as many countries ease COVID-19 restrictions, the WHO and UN Children's Fund said in an annual report. Ten countries, led by India and Nigeria, account for the bulk of the 22.7 million children left unvaccinated or under-vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) in 2020 – 3.7 million more than in 2019 and the most since ... » Learn More about Child diseases on rise as COVID-19 slows routine vaccinations – UN
AsiaOne has launched EarthOne , a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find articles like this there . The calls to take immediate action against climate change have grown in volume as the coronavirus pandemic has dragged on. A 2020 survey, by management consultancy firm Accenture, found 60 per cent of global consumers have made more “environmentally friendly, sustainable or ethical purchases” since the discovery of Covid-19. However, plenty of us are still not consuming in an environmentally conscious way – think about the polystyrene boxes and plastic takeaway meal bags we have used during the seemingly endless cycle of quarantining, self-isolating and social distancing. So how do we become smarter, more climate-conscious consumers? Here are some tips on making responsible, sustainable choices in your day-to-day life, from the food you eat and the clothes you wear to the ways you keep fit and travel. ... » Learn More about What you can do to limit climate change: Practical ways to adjust what you eat and wear, and how you exercise and travel
MANILA, Philippines — After competing in 2017 and winning the 1st princess award (1st runner-up), Glyssa Perez, who represents Bohol, finally won a crown as the first Miss Philippines Tourism under the Miss World Philippines organization. Although fans wished she had a higher crown, Glyssa, who was once based in Australia, was happy with her crown. "What a journey. Three years ago, I was the first princess and today, I am your first ever Miss Philippines Tourism and I am excited on this new chapter, new journey. I'll do my best," she said as she thanked the Miss World Philippines organization after the coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Glyssa also made history during the coronation night when she was awarded the Beauty with a Purpose special award. Prior the pageant, she has been working with the Kasuso Foundation, an organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer has been her biggest advocacy after her mother was ... » Learn More about Who is Glyssa Perez, Miss Philippines Tourism 2019?