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A Malaysian and a Singaporean Discuss Rosmah Mansor, Tiaras, and the Caramel Macchiato Movement

By Zat Astha

Two news editors speak candidly on the fall of Rosmah and Najib, the husband-and-wife criminal duo whose crimes sound too heinous and absurd to be true.

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The Confusing Anatomy of a Singaporean Former Incel

By Hykel Quek

Phoenix is a typical Singaporean young man. Except for the fact that he once identified as an incel—someone with radical, negative beliefs about women.

He believes it’s firmly in his past. We’re not quite sure that’s true.

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Singapore Through The Lens of Queen Elizabeth II’s Speeches and Visits

By Hykel Quek

Queen Elizabeth II passed on yesterday in Scotland. We reminisce the ocassions of her visits to Singapore, gleaning her impression of the city state through the speeches she gave.

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This Is Where I Survived My Suicide Attempt

By Yulianna Frederika

TW: Mentions of suicide.

We speak to four Singaporean survivors of suicide attempts and walk through their journey of healing, coping, and recovery.

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Why Sex Workers in Asia Are Turning to Crypto

By Edoardo Liotta

Increasingly, traditional payment processors have banned sex workers from their platforms. Cryptocurrencies may hold the key to their financial independence.

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Singapore Employees Have The Poorest Mental Health Across SEA. This Study Proves It.

By Nicole Lam

We might recognise hustle culture, call it out, but do we know how to soften and combat hustle culture’s long shadow? This survey says not quite.

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PR Event Review: Making Friends With TikTokers, Getting Free Tinder Platinum

By Samantha Chan

A study of anthropology and transactional relationships at a Tinder PR event, where we rubbed shoulders with ‘influencers’ and obtained a free Tinder Platinum subscription.

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The Forgotten History of the AIDS Epidemic in Singapore

By Paul Jerusalem

When HIV/AIDS first arrived in Singapore, so did anti-homosexual bigotry. This is the story of the heroes who fought back.

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Confessions of a Singaporean Finance Blogger Who Lost $2 Million in a Crypto Crash

By Hazel Tang

How the hunt for better cashback rewards turned into a disastrous search for wealth in the high-risk world of crypto.

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Sometimes Breast is Not Best, and That’s Okay

By Amanda Tan

Militant breastfeeding traditionalists need to give new mums a break. Two Singaporean mothers tell us why.

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Choice is a Luxury I Cannot Afford: Being Strapped for Cash in University

Going on overseas student exchange trips—is this actually accessible to all? For one SMU student, her family’s financial circumstances are a daily reminder of the practical sacrifices she has to make while her peers enjoy the luxury of choice.

SMU students Janel, Elvis, Xin Ni and Vienna tell one student’s story about the weight of duty on her shoulders and her hopes for a better future.

Watch the full video on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3qJhIuo

This story is part of RICE Media’s Storytellers initiative, a mentorship programme for budding content creators to learn about the art of creative non-fiction. In collaboration with Quantedge Foundation, scholarship recipients take on the lived experiences of disadvantaged youth in the hope that we, as a society, reflect on how we can enable every child or youth to access equal opportunities and thrive.
Still Golden, Still Thriving: 80 and Living With ADHD

By Kristen Danker

Though they never had their ADHD diagnosed earlier, Mae and Terrie have lived rich and fulfilling lives. They seem well-adjusted, so what would a diagnosis today do for elderly folks like them? Still plenty, it seems.

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To Tackle Workplace Discrimination, Change the Way We Think About Work Complaints

By Hykel Quek

55 percent of workers in Singapore faced discrimination in the last five years.

Legislation aside, what actually needs to change to nip the problem in the bud?

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‘Being Trans and Muslim Is My Version of Perfection’

By Zamiya Noor

Jun and Ilyas are trans Muslim men on different paths of identity. Yet, one thing ties them together—a surprising devotion to their faith.

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As Eviction Nears, Lim Chu Kang Animal Shelters Don’t Know Where To Go

By Varun Karthik

Animal welfare groups at Lim Chu Kang are being evicted to make way for land redevelopment.

Amidst confusing updates and shifting deadlines, they are running out of time to find new homes. What fate befalls the hundreds of animals under their care?

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Cult or Not? A Peek Inside the Singapore Chapter of Sukyo Mahikari

By Nicole Lam

Where is the line between New Age Religion and cult?

Our writer dips her toes in the controversial religious movement of Sukyo Mahikari, right here in Singapore.

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Fostering Independence: Growing Up in Singapore’s Foster Care System

As a victim of domestic abuse with a childhood in multiple foster care homes, Elmira had no choice but to grow up quickly. Especially after spending some time roughing it out on the streets and a brief stay at Singapore Girls’ Home.

As told by SUTD students Syarifuddin, Sree Devi and Shivani, Elmira’s journey is one of a fiercely independent woman who found her own path to a better life despite being part of a vulnerable yet largely invisible community of youth in Singapore.

Watch the full video on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3ULEhwz

This story is part of RICE Media’s Storytellers initiative, a mentorship programme for budding content creators to learn about the art of creative non-fiction. In collaboration with Quantedge Foundation, scholarship recipients take on the lived experiences of disadvantaged youth in the hope that we, as a society, reflect on how we can enable every child or youth to access equal opportunities and thrive.
A BDSM Cinderella Story, or One Man’s Search for the Perfect Chastity Cage

By Hykel Quek

Chastity cages are a lesser known kink. Men lock their penises in cages, preventing full erections for weeks on end.

This is what one man’s quest to find the perfect chastity cage taught me about unlocking the restraints of self-intimacy.

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Bad Manager or Bad Employee? A Deep and Contentious Dive Into Quiet Firing in Singapore

By Zawani Abdul Ghani

Quiet firing might be a more efficient way for managers to handle difficult employees, but with less agency, employees bear the brunt of this insidious workplace tactic.

Still, it’s not that clear-cut. Sometimes, as one interviewee for this story explains, some employees deserve to be quiet fired.

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