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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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?
Malaysia's former two-time prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, celebrated his 96th birthday on July 10. He has outlived many other world leaders and contemporaries, periodically passing headline-making comments and still lucid enough to generate quotable quotes. In 2018, at the age of 92, he was named as the oldest prime minister in the world . At 96, he is still active in the political scene, having just founded a new political party, Pejuang, which was finally registered on July 8, as reported by Malaysiakini. The nonagenarian has a lot of energy to boot, and appears not to be slowing down anytime soon. So, why hasn't Mahathir slowed down? Over the years, there have been many ideas put forth. Here are some of them. Falsified birth certificate Is Mahathir really 96 years old? Was his birth certificate falsified? Well, yes and no. Mahathir's birth certificate showed that he was born on Dec. 20, 1925. However, in his biography Malaysian Maverick: ... » Learn More about Blood transfusion? Special diet? What’s the secret to Mahathir’s longevity?
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
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
KUALA LUMPUR: Police will investigate a strike staged by contract doctors at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) on Monday (Jul 26), Malaysian media reported. Dang Wangi police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah was quoted as saying that an investigation paper has been opened against the doctors for violating the restrictions against gathering amid COVID-19. “Yes, we will open an investigation paper since no person is allowed to gather or be involved in any gathering at any premises within any infected local area whether for religious, wedding, sports, recreational, social or cultural purposes without obtaining prior permission from the director-general of health as stipulated under the regulation,” he was quoted as saying by Malay Mail. A walkout dubbed Hartal Doktor Kontrak (Contract Doctors' Strike) took place on Monday morning at various hospitals across the country. The contract government medical officers had earlier issued an ultimatum to the government to address their concerns ... » Learn More about Malaysian police to investigate contract doctors’ protest at Kuala Lumpur hospital
(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
MANILA (Reuters) - Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, a day after making history as the Philippines' first ever Olympic gold medallist, took top billing in an ecstatic nation's newspapers on Tuesday above reports on a major speech by her president. But for the 30-year-old being showered with accolades, the story was very different in 2019, when her name was included on a dozens-long list of people accused of plotting against the same man. Inclusion on the list along with journalists and opposition lawmakers by Salvador Panelo, then spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, made Diaz fear for her life, she was quoted by domestic media as saying at the time. But that did not deter her from her Olympic ambitions. "Don't link the name of a person who is busy making sacrifices for the Philippines and who is doing everything to represent the Philippines in weightlifting," she said in a May 2019 Facebook post that dismissed Panelo's claims. "I am focused at my Tokyo 2020 goal." Fast ... » Learn More about Olympics-weighlifting-From “plot” to pride for Philippines’ first Olympic champion
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
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Keith Ho is someone who refuses to let his life be dictated by his circumstances. At the young age of 12, he broke out of a court-sanctioned arrangement in which he had to live with his father, opting to stay with his mother instead. Years later, he found that formal education wasn't the right path for him, and followed his passion to become an artist and business owner. Today, Ho is a self-taught tattoo artist of two years. Early this year, he started Tempest Tattoo Studio, his own tattoo shop in Bras Basah. Moving out at 12 Ho's parents divorced when he was seven and both of them were granted joint custody of Ho. He spent his time shuttling between the two, spending one week at his mother's and the next week with his father. However, Ho's father was physically and mentally abusive and by time Ho was 12, he decided that he had enough of his father's explosive temper . “I was ... » Learn More about Overcoming abuse & family debt, S’porean, 19, now inks beautiful anime tattoos