Tag: singapore

  • On the Beating of Children

    On the Beating of Children

    […] The story illustrates the level of violence we accept amongst children in otherwise non-violent societies, but it gets even worse: differing speeds of development lead to huge differences in size and strength, meaning bullying is often like getting picked on by a Shaq-like giant. […] Yes, in the developed world “corporal punishment” (literally “bodily…

  • Bakfiets

    Wish this was an option in Singapore — sadly, driving a bike here is needlessly dangerous. But likely a viable mode of transportation when we move back to Europe.

  • Gecko

    Using Van Der Waals force, geckoes are able to stick to pretty much any surface, including slippery windows. Their feet have millions of tiny hairs. Pretty damn cool — never thought about it (*) until Nerdland talked about it. (*) Singapore has a lot of geckoes. They are considered to be pests here… But I…

  • Singapore’s safety law

    Singapore’s safety law

    It doesn’t serve Singaporeans to have the government acting as our nanny, covering our eyes while clutching her pearls. When it seizes the power to decide whether the people are “reading the right thing,” it is depriving Singaporeans of opportunities to develop media literacy, exercise critical thinking, and become savvier navigators of online spaces. This benefits the…

  • Changing from a car-centric Paris to a cycling city

    I’ve not been in Paris since 2015, I believe. Feel like I should probably pop-by again and see if it really changed that much. I remember it to be mostly one big traffic jam with all the 2 and 3 wheeled motorcyclists racing in between. It would be interesting to see if other major cities…

  • Car-centric cities

    Car-centric cities

    Having been fortunate enough to have seen quite a few parts of the world, and having been in Singapore for 6 years now — I’ve been able to start comparing places and looking at the “where next” question. With Ila on the way, both as a parent and if I were a kid still —…

  • A Wes Anderson-ish Singapore

  • Singapore’s tech-utopia dream is turning into a surveillance state nightmare

    Singapore’s tech-utopia dream is turning into a surveillance state nightmare

    […] [migrant workers] labor and their identities are clearly commodified, something which is, at times, heartbreakingly visible. In a country that’s notoriously obsessed with safety, where jaywalking and failing to wear a seatbelt can be punished with jail time, migrant workers can be transported on the expressways in the back of goods vehicles. Calls for…

  • #PGHomeStories | Yeri Tiete & Shan Wong’s Home Refinancing Journey

    Shan and I recorded this a few months ago for PropertyGuru. Didn’t know it was also on YouTube (they were mostly using it in ads and on facebook/Instagram). Keeping it here as archive. 🙂