The Blogfather’s National Family Pledge

When I first heard the news that the National Family Council (NFC) came up with a National pledge with the happy endorsement of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), I thought to myself, “Wah, donation drive ah? I thought gahmen usually foots their bills?” And now that the Blogfather has read the Pledge, he’s suggesting a rewrite.

Child Care, Child Abuse – Spot the Contradiction

A three-year-old boy sustains a leg fracture after what the school claimed was a “fall”, only to have the parent’s discover through reviewing CCTV footage that something else entirely happened. My own first reaction, however, can be summed up with 3 simple words: stupid, stupid, brash.

Singa’s Resignation – A Perfect Irony

Update: The Singapore Kindness Movement has responded directly to The Blogfather (as well as some other alt-media outlets) with a letter posted on their blog. You can read it here. I first saw the resignation letter being floated around on Facebook, and I thought it was a spoof… until I saw where it came … Continue reading Singa’s Resignation – A Perfect Irony

PCF Child-Grabbing Incident: The Problem with Misinformed Fear

The very first thing I noticed as I spoke to the PCF staff member was that she felt unsure about addressing the issue, despite the letter having been issued – by them, no less – in no uncertain terms that the incident occurred. Then when she went off the receiver to ask another colleague, that other colleague immediately and very curtly said, “No comment! No comment!”

Top 5 Bad Chinese New Year Conversation Starters (and How To Deal with Them)

Ah, the Lunar New Year. It’s like the Chinese version of Christmas, except you get ang pows instead of presents, pussy willows instead of pine trees, and reunion dinners instead of turkey and ham. But one tradition remains constant despite the East-West contrast: bad conversation starters.

Chinese New Year – An Ancient Conspiracy

The Population White Paper, the whole Marriage and Parenthood package revisions and Chinese New Year (CNY); to the Blogfather, there is no better time to kvetch about what I feel has to be the most well-devised conspiracy theory in the history of Chinese tradition and family values.

The Newspaper Interview That’s Not In the Newspaper

I was asked to be interviewed for last Sunday’s edition of The New Paper on the latest revisions on the Marriage & Parenthood package (my answers weren’t published in the end, though). Nevertheless, I do have the interview Q&A mostly documented in my e-mail and Whatsapp. So I figured, why waste a huge chunk of opinion over a very hot topic of national conversation?