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In one year and out the other

WHILE "new year, new me" declarations may seem kind of hokey, the making of new year's resolutions is actually a time-honoured, sacred practice. The ancient Babylonians - the first people to record celebrations in honour of the new year - are believed to have started the tradition...
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A bird's eye view of royals and their swans

LIKE every other plebeian, I was engrossed last week in the coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement. Amid devouring news about how he proposed, where the diamonds came from, and when they plan to marry - don't judge; us commoners need to get our excitement from somewhere...
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A disruptive break-up

I DIDN'T even call to break it off. I just upped and left, leaving my new beau to explain why I was leaving my ex...
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A saucy tale

FOR more than a decade now, my husband has been harping on about how "ketchup in Singapore tastes different from ketchup in Canada" (his birthplace). Each time, I've rolled my eyes and said something to the effect of: "Dude, you're nuts. Ketchup is ketchup."...
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Cake it till you make it

I'VE NEVER been a fan of angmoh-style cakes; I much prefer local, soupy desserts such as ice kacang, cheng tng, orh nee, tau suan, pulut hitam... I could truly go on forever...
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Seow-Leow, lah

"ARE you double-barrelling your surname? Please tell me you're not double-barrelling your surname," a friend recently pleaded over lunch...
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Straphangers, unite

HAVE you ever wondered why MRT grab handles are swingy, instead of fixed?
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When fuzzy logic meets crispy bacon

ONE of my favourite moments from university was in a dank NUS seminar room: I was listening to a philosophy professor list - seemingly endlessly - all the ways an argument could appear logical, but actually be utterly fallacious.
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Need to 'test' your boyfriend? Taobao shows you how

"YOU can get anything from Taobao, Kelly," a friend declared last week, aghast at my China e-commerce virginity...
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Crappily crafted cisterns

DO the buttons on dual-flush toilets annoy you as much as they do me? You know, where one round button is split into two half-moons - one to denote a less water-intensive flush (for a, well, less-intensive bodily excretion), and the other to denote a heavier cleanse?
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Addicted to YouTube? Watch this, not that

ADMIT it. It's not something you're proud of, but each night, you stay up way later than you should - lying in bed in your darkened room, face eerily lit by the glow of your iPhone, powerless against the pull of yet another random YouTube video (which really is the last one for the night...

Talking cock in the Year of the Rooster

SOMETHING I've been thinking about, amid the pineapple tarts and bak kwa: Is it just me, or have roosters gotten the short end of the stick, at least in the English language? I mean, how many other birds -- or animals, for that matter - have such a smutty double entendre for a secondary name?...