19 Years of Strength

20 Years of Strength

Twenty years ago, on July 20, nearly 1 in 10 Chinese citizens became enemies of the state solely because they wished to live their lives according to the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. Today, Falun Gong is peacefully practised by over 100 million people in more than 80 countries. In addition, the spiritual practice

Mindfulness and Meditation Could Help You Thrive Despite Adversity

How Meditation Can Help You Overcome Adversity

Imagine being trapped in a cave, unsure if any help will arrive. Fear and despair have begun to well up. “Is there still hope of survival?” you think to yourself. That was the situation twelve Thai boys and their football coach found themselves in, in 2018. Trapped in a flooded cave complex for over two

#MeToo movement

The Other Side of the #MeToo Movement

Its appears that there is no lack of sexual harassment scandals reported worldwide. These scandals have ensnared public figures from disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein to famous director Doze Niu. While the verdicts against them are not out yet, such cases have galvanised public support for victims of sexual harassment. As outrage against sexual harassment gained

Sharifah Fazzeleen

Being a Single Mother and Entrepreneur

By Vibrant Dot Staff “Raising a child is challenging. Raising a child alone is even more so.” —Slogan of AWARE Singapore for the launch of  # asinglelove. Motherhood is not an easy journey. Taking care after bundles of joy also brings pain and sorrow. The hardest part of motherhood for a woman is dealing with

Loving a Child with Autism

By Vibrant Dot Staff Liza Foong and her daughter Vanessa Wang were rushing to meet us on the day of the interview when 18-year-old Vanessa fell down along the way. After apologising for being late, Liza sat down and regaled us with her colourful and gleeful account of raising a child with autism. Throughout the

The Courage to Dream: Conquering Mount Everest

By Vibrant Dot Staff Do you dare to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,850m above sea level? Taming Mount Everest has long been an endeavour sought after by many intrepid travellers, but the treacherous terrain, situated in the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet, is also a deadly zone that has

Learning Science Through Experiments and Drone Flying

Learning Science Through Experiments And Drone Flying

When we visited 1 Academy on a Saturday afternoon, the students were busy doing experiments with the latest science kits that Mr. Howard Yu had brought from China. “The children like the equipment, which is in line with the syllabus. The aeroplane experiment is very comprehensive and detailed,” said Mr Yu, the 43-year-old founder of

Embrace Dyslexia

Embrace Dyslexia

Around 20,000 primary and secondary school students in Singapore are diagnosed with dyslexia. An average of one to two students could be dyslexic in a class of 40, according to Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). Dyslexia is commonly known as a reading disorder. People who have dyslexia have trouble reading, spelling and writing words, sounding

Art Speaks

Art Speaks: An Artist’s Journey in Painting

Monica Chua Ah-Huwa’s face lights up when she starts sharing with us her forty-five-year art journey. “Painting is a happy thing. I will forget my problems when I paint,” says Monica. As she talks, one can easily sense her deep interest in painting and travelling as she introduces us her art pieces, painted while travelling

Ordinary Singaporeans, Extraordinary Stories

When Life Hurts, Let Us Help!

Michael Ong – a Singaporean with a down-to-earth demeanor has devoted his life helping the youth and the underprivileged in Vietnam for the past 14 years.   An alumni of the National University of Singapore, he first came to Hanoi in 2001 to help build a Social Work curriculum at the University of Labor and

Singaporean Boy on a Mission To Save Orphans In China

Singaporean Boy On A Mission To Save Orphans In China

A  mission to save orphans? You can call it  remarkable, or even heroic, perhaps? On June 1, Singapore representative for this incredible mission – Borong Tsai – chose to forgo his summer holidays for a larger purpose. Normally, Borong likes to play music and draw, but this summer, he and 29 other teens from over

Choo Keng Kwang is a renowned first-generation artist in Singapore

Choo Keng Kwang

On the walls of artist Choo Keng Kwang’s studio hang a plethora of his oil paintings ranging from Chinatown scenes and doves to a beautiful Balinese dancer. An unfinished painting of a scenic paddy field sits on the floor. “His eyesight is not very good now. He can finish this painting in 1-2 weeks when

Saved a Boy With ADHD

Love & Patience Saved a Boy With ADHD

There are many problems in life that you will never have immediate solutions to; but so long as we sincerely and whole-heartedly put our efforts into them, the results will surely show one day. This was a lesson I learnt from a story of a boy named Lin, his mother, and his teacher. When Lin

Gallerist Continues His Parents’ Legacy

Howard Yu, a professional teacher turned gallerist, is visibly delighted to talk about art appreciation. In 2013, Yu founded Da Tang Fine Arts Enterprise Pte Ltd to honour his parents, who have been in the art gallery business since 1990. Yu’s parents, who admire art and collect art pieces, used to operate ‘Dynasties Antique &

Blazing A Trail With T’ang Quartet

Blazing A Trail With T’ang Quartet

Since 1992, T’ang Quartet has been embarking on critically acclaimed adventures with a purpose – to bring music appreciation to a larger audience. Also known as Singapore’s first professional string quartet, the name ‘T’ang’ is formed by incorporating the last names of each quartet’s members – Ang Chek Meng (2nd violin), Ng Yu-Ying (1st violin),


Reinventing Chinese Opera in Singapore:   Chinese Theatre Circle

Many traditions and cultural remnants are dying out fast in Singapore, and one may say that Chinese Opera is easily one of them, despite being listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage. Apart from the annual Hungry Ghost Festival, a traditional Opera performance is certainly a rare sight to behold. The Chinese Theatre Circle (CTC), established

Singapore’s Coolest Workspace

SINGAPORE— Located on the 34th floor of One Raffles Place, Spencer Ogden, the region’s leading energy recruiter, launched one of Singapore’s coolest workspaces on 22 January 2015. The space was designed by Bonita Spencer-Percival, the company’s Design Director, with the vision of incorporating home and garden in its office. To keep executives energised while they

Is It Tough to be Virtuous When You are Rich?

Is It Tough to be Virtuous When You are Rich?

TAIWAN—My first teaching experience at an aristocratic private school was fraught with difficulties. I had a student who hurtfully declared, “My mom said we who pay the tuition fees are the boss. Teachers must listen to us.” Once, when I bought pearl milk tea for my students to reward them for their good performance, they

singapore security at a crossroads-2

People and Society at A Crossroads – Part 2

In the previous article, we highlighted the massive changes sweeping through the world since the 1960s. Under the subtle influence of the mass media, traditional values are blithely eroded and replaced by modern liberal values that no longer champion the sanctity of marriage and family. As healthy family units are key building blocks of any

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