June 2020: To my previous owner, the phrase “put to sleep” suggests a quiet and peaceful death, though in my case, it had a cruel sting. What did I do wrong? I loved you. You were my everything, you were my world for over seven years. Is my sin in my skin? I have atopic dermatitis and I stink like unwashed socks. A problem you no longer see fit to treat – or have I become a burden, being old and blind in one eye? Whatever the excuse, you had decided: I was to die. It was the worst of times, what with the raging Covid-19 pandemic, imposed social distancing and nationwide movement restrictions. How and where to get help? It looked like I was doomed but fortunately my Maker had other plans. A Greek philosopher once quoted that everything happens for a reason but then I was too emotionally confused and frightened to see it. To all my saviours, my undying gratitude and thanks. From the ladies in JB who raised the alarm, negotiated my release and kept me safe. A shout-out to ... » Learn More about My Pet Story: Mei’s narrative of her life, then and now
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg COMMENTARY: "You start to realise that very often, people want you to talk about it. They just don't know how to broach it. " Banyan Tree Holdings co-founder and executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping shares his insights on the art of conversation, especially when it involves difficult and taboo topics like death and suffering. As part of Lessons on Leadership, a series hoping to inspire the next generation of Singaporeans through the stories of Singapore’s many successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, Ho relates his personal life experiences — such as the death of his loved ones — to how it has helped him become a more empathetic leader who is able to connect with others. By Ho Kwon Ping, as told to Jane Zhang I learned about death with my own mother. I saw her every week — the children, my wife, and I saw her once week, and then I saw her alone once a week, just ... » Learn More about S’pore CEO: I learnt about having open & honest conversations from talking to dying loved ones
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?
Chief Justice Roberts, Vice-President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice-President Pence. My distinguished guests, my fellow Americans. This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy. The people – the will of the people – has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed. So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, we come together as one nation under God - indivisible - to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries. As we look ahead in our uniquely ... » Learn More about FULL TEXT AND VIDEO: Inaugural speech of US President Joe Biden
(Reuters) - Support poured in for U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, who dropped out https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/gymnastics-biles-out-team-event-can-still-get-medal-2021-07-27 of the women's team final at the Tokyo Summer Games after one disappointing vault, saying she had to focus on her mental health. The 24-year-old American later said https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/olympics-gymnastics-simone-biles-withdrawal-team-final-2021-07-27 that the pressure of living up to expectations had left her no other choice. She had racked up 30 world and Olympic medals in a spectacular career. Here are some quotes in response to her decision: USA GYMNASTICS, U.S. GOVERNING BODY FOR THE SPORT "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions." ROBERT ANDREWS, MENTAL TRAINING EXPERT WHO HAS WORKED WITH BILES FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS "Gymnastics probably more ... » Learn More about Simone Biles wins wide support after withdrawal
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
1. Listen: The Love Book App Sometimes, all one needs is Tom Hiddleston aka Loki crooning John Keats' La Belle Dame Sans Merci in one's ear. Hiddleston, along with other British acting luminaries such as Helena Bonham Carter, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and Emma Watson, read a marvellously wide-ranging selection of poetry in The Love Book App. The text is included, so this is a perfect newbie's introduction to poetry as well. The celebrity readings are the hook, but the app offers other textual inspirations. These range from quotes by famous people, organised under themes such as "I love you" to "Funny" to love letters from such personalities as Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine de Beauharnais and Edith Wharton to Morton Fullerton. Not all the selections are read out loud. But if you are inspired, the app offers users the option to record their own readings. The creators of this interactive app have made it available for free during the pandemic, a bonus for those in search of ... » Learn More about Stay-home guide for Monday: Listen to stars read poems, make your own book nooks and more
Just the other day, I came across this study from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) entitled Lived Experiences in Singapore: Key Findings From The World Values Survey on our Seedly community Facebook page. The study is the third episode of a three-part series that studies the lived experience of Singapore resident respondents and provides insight on what ‘motivates and sustains our attitudes and values.’ Naturally, as a personal finance writer, I zeroed in on the section about happiness and satisfaction in relation to income. Here is what I learnt about income and happiness from the study that I hope you will find helpful. TL;DR: Does higher income = More happiness for Singaporeans? Methodology Here is how the data for this study was put together: Data for this report is primarily derived from the latest 2020 Singapore instalment of the World Values Survey (WVS). Data collection for this instalment took place from Nov 2019 to ... » Learn More about Does higher income equal more happiness for Singaporeans?