Category Archives: Random thoughts of a GP tutor

GP lessons from a Zen dancer

I was deeply moved and enlightened by this performance from Japanese Zen dancer Miyoko Shida-Rigolo. And I would advise all GP students in this day and age to watch it, and reflect. What can this amazingly delicate balancing act teach us about GP, … Continue reading

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The greatest challenge to Singapore’s future

This was my response to a REACHSingapore Facebook post on what challenges Singapore faces in the future: To me, the greatest threat to our continued prosperity and well-being as a nation is our ever-deteriorating fertility rate, which currently stands at an abysmal … Continue reading

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Dear students, please get more sleep

This study by the digitized-wristband maker Jawbone found that Singapore is the third most sleep-deprived city in the world, after Tokyo and Seoul. Singaporeans sleep on average only 6 hours 32 minutes. By comparison, residents of Melbourne, the most well-rested … Continue reading

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The problem of definition

I was reminded of how problematic – and critical – definitions are in GP when I was doing a Google search for ‘social capital’. My understanding of the term was shaped by a commentary I read some years ago, that … Continue reading

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10 things that would make me Proud(er) to be Singaporean

Dear fellow Singaporeans, I love my country. But some things about Singapore trouble me. We have achieved so much economically, but socially we leave so much to be desired. If you love your country, you will always desire to make it … Continue reading

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Korean cosmetic surgery addict injected cooking oil into her own face

The Straits Times reported yesterday a growing trend of Singaporeans heading to South Korea for cosmetic surgery, and a rise in the number of botched procedures. One woman went to have her drooping eye bags corrected and double eyelids accentuated, but ended … Continue reading

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Breaking the code

I eavesdrop a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t press my ear to people’s doors or tap cellphones like the Australian spy agencies did to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife. I eavesdrop when I’m moving about in … Continue reading

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