A Look Upstream

The Republic of Singapore turns 53 this year and as usual, the National Day fireworks will take place where the Singapore River empties into the bay. Much like the country itself, the river reflecting these lights has shapeshifted throughout the past century. In the final scene of the film Saint Jack (1979), the protagonist throws […]

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Unusual Finds in Libraries

Generally, when you visit a library, you know what to expect: books for borrowing. Some people may have been shocked when shelves of CDs and DVDs for rent began cropping up, but here are a few libraries with even stranger finds amongst the stacks. A Fatal Read The University of Michigan’s gorgeous library is the […]

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The Bitter History of Sugar

Between the endless articles on how sugar shapes our bodies and the endless advice on how to consume less of it, it’s rarely mentioned that sugar has also heavily shaped the modern world. And much like the cavities and diseases our bodies are wracked with, this deceptively harmless sweetener’s impact on the world is markedly […]

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The Multicultural Mosque

The end of Ramadan is fast approaching and there’s excitement in Singapore’s humid air. Hari Raya Puasa (also called Eid al-Fitr) is a holiday about generosity, charity and reflecting on one’s past actions. Since practicing Muslims conclude a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, it’s no surprise that food is also a huge component. Every year, a […]

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Zoom into Angkor Wat

As the largest religious monument in the world, the architecture of Angkor Wat is unquestionably impressive from a distance. The central temple stands at 213 meters tall. The entire complex spans 162.6 hectares. The city is comprised of more stone than all of Egypt’s pyramids combined. But equally impressive are the details, both the physical […]

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Rome was not built in a day

Building a city is important work that takes time. Even with the latest technology to assemble buildings at Lego speed can’t change this. Cities, at least the best ones, need time to grow organically. Just like a pair of new sneakers, we need time to break into them, grow as we fit, and fit as we grow.

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