Terrarium: A garden in a jar

Tarrium? Terranium? It’s terrarium. Sometimes misspelt and confused with an aquarium, this garden in a jar has much to offer. Terrariums create therapeutic space for your office desk – for those moments where meetings or deadlines have had you face down on your desk. With their stylish looks, they can be fantastic greenery additions to…

Our Local Heroes: Interview with Nurse Clinician Tan Soo Hui

Six months ago, an invisible, deadly enemy hit our shores and those of our neighbours. As the scourge of the Coronavirus proliferated globally, many countries imposed lock downs for citizen safety. As we were confined to our homes, we witnessed human acts on both ends of the spectrum ; the good and the ugly. As…

A Singaporean’s Guide to 8 Common Street Trees

Singaporeans are slowly resuming life as per normal. As shops start to reopen, those brave enough to venture outside swiftly flock with their SafeEntry apps in hand. But for the more cautious, they might not have seen any other form of life except through their TV, computer, or phone screens for 3 months and counting…

The Moon: Boring ball of rock, or not?

In a modern country like Singapore, people still rely on cultural traditions to determine the dates to celebrate different festivals. The Chinese use the Chinese calendar to determine the dates for Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival, a new moon to mark the beginning of a new year and full moon for mid-autumn. The Muslims…

Game Review: Crossing into Science

Spending most of my free time at home during this challenging pandemic period meant that I needed to find things to do in order not to get bored to death. One of the few things that I did was playing new video games, like many others. I chanced upon the Nintendo game, Animal Crossing: New…

Mala: When Ma meets La

Mala has taken the world by storm – a strong spicy sanguine storm that has picked up countless chilli-craving consumers in its path. In return, it threw out products such as Mala Xiang Guo, Mala hotpot, Mala fish skin, Mala potato chips, leaving Mala fans craving for more. But in the eye of the storm,…

Cutting Edge

Anyone with a fair bit of cooking experience knows the joy of working with sharp knives. With the proper technique, a sharp blade makes slicing, dicing, deboning a chicken or gutting a fish more efficient compared to a dull one. At its most rudimentary level, a knife’s edge is an inclined plane with a small…

Liquid Gold

One and a half years ago, I embarked on a journey that is fulfilling yet lonely at times. However, I am glad that I am still going strong with no qualms of slowing down. My body has been working hard to produce ‘liquid gold’, to provide for my little bundle of joy. For the first…

The Hoarding Mentality

Hoarding has been in the news recently because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Shelves in supermarkets across the world have been wiped clean as people have been buying more than they need. But what is it and why are we hoarding? The Cambridge online dictionary defines hoarding as:“the act of collecting large amounts of something and…

Bee Our Friend! 12 Fun Facts About Bees

Bees live in a colony.A colony of bees consists of 20 000 to 60 000 worker bees. Honey could be considered as bees’ vomit.Bees draw nectar from flowers using their long proboscis and stores it in its ‘honey stomach’ which is different from its stomach that digests food. When the bees return to the nest,…