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The magic of misheard lyrics

MY husband and father share a rare talent: the knack for mishearing (and royally mangling) lyrics.
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No power, no point

WHEN I was student in the 1990s, there was one piece of classroom equipment I loved more than anything else: the OHP. Yes, I realise that's a strange thing to cherish - overhead projectors are, after all, utterly banal, extremely low-tech, and highly unsexy machines...
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Stand up for Singapore songs

JUST when everyone thought it was impossible, the folks behind this year's National Day Parade achieved a breakthrough: they managed to create a theme song that Singaporeans didn't hate...
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Cut the crap: a whodungit

LAST Saturday, I woke up to an alert that someone had taken a dump in my apartment complex's swimming pool. There was even a photo sent around as proof - true enough, amid the shimmering blue waters, there sat a sizeable turd...
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Care for some prata and poulet, anyone?

THERE'S a running joke in my family that's only funny because it's true: it doesn't matter where in the world my dad is; he'll still want good ol' Singapore food...
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Mighty morphin' power angbaos

"WHERE got such thing?!" my mum exclaimed at the dinner table, when my brother and I said that newlyweds didn't need to give angbaos...
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#betterlucknexttime

FEW things incense me more than sloppy ads. I don't mean the ones that could've used spellcheck or good ol' margin alignments, although those are certainly bad, too...
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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...