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A weekend of reflection and transformation

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MERRY CHRISTMAS. Even as you tuck into your turkey and trimmings, set aside some time to ponder what the holiday really means to you.

BTWeekend offers food for thought with a personal essay by lawyer-author Philip Jeyaretnam, who writes about how Christmas should be a stimulus for genuine reflection and transformation in all of us.

Meanwhile, get into the holiday spirit with our guide in the magazine to the best movies and music to enjoy over the weekend.

And if you're stuck for last minute gift ideas, check out our list and skip the gift wrap queue by learning how to wrap them yourself with our detailed DIY instructions. But however you celebrate the season, remember to make it a memorable part of the year.

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Market voices on:

Goodbye secrets and shame, hello bright and breezy. Pawnbrokers in Singapore are making bold changes that bring the age-old trade bang up to date, turning the quick cash business into fast-growing profits. In Brunch, in the main paper.

Disrupted explores Finland - otherwise known as Silicon Sauna - and what makes it a hotbed for inventions, as the northern European nation celebrates its 100th year of independence this year.

Gearhead, meanwhile, wonders if living wirelessly is all that it's cut out to be.

The Finish Line previews Saturday night's big match between Real Madrid and Barcelona, billed as the richest game in world football.

And what a wonderful whirl - this year has been a great one for cars, but which six should you be hoping for Santa to put under the tree for you? The Business Times' motoring writers choose their favourite cars of 2017.

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