Category Archives: Random thoughts of a GP tutor

Pakatan Harapan must not rest on its laurels

In May 2018, the ASEAN region was riveted by the election results in Malaysia, where the Barisan Nasional coalition which had ruled Malaysia for over six decades was toppled in a stunning upset by Pakatan Harapan. If you are a … Continue reading

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Hopes from Hong Lim: Disappointment could give way to delight

This article is a bit old (from late 2017), but I only just discovered it and think it is still very much worth sharing. One of the points that writer Jason Tan makes would probably be met with a firm … Continue reading

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A difficult topic, but a moral responsibility for parents

Dear parents, Many of us don’t talk to our kids about sex because we’re afraid that it will encourage them to experiment. Actually studies show the opposite – adolescents who are the best informed about sexuality are the most likely … Continue reading

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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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