Passionate about mental health and wellness, queer issues in the Southeast Asia region, education, books, and the intersections of all the above. (she/they)

Building a wall around the country might cause the flooding problem to worsen if water gets trapped within

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Building a wall around Singapore will not make the flooding problem better. It will, in fact, make it worse, counterintuitive as it may seem.

When water inland is trapped within, we will essentially become a fishbowl, especially when the pumps fail or pump too slowly (recall Bishan MRT’s pump failure

The speech emphasized, at various points, that we are different, but that we must continually come together as one

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I just finished watching this year’s National Day Rally on YouTube.

While it was good to hear the various measures the government is taking to improve the lives of the people in this country, toward the end, the cognitive dissonance that whispered its presence near the beginning of his speech…

How learning walking meditation has helped me overcome fear

A park in Singapore


Now that Singapore has increased it’s social distancing measures to include wearing masks while walking in parks, I have found that to prevent inadvertent asphyxiation, there is no other way to walk around except very, very slowly.

Walking meditation has come in very useful in this regard.

It’s been very…

Why I’m not terrified even though fear’s pretty infectious

Same scene in Singapore, just change the white people to Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Others.

So fear caught on to me today even as Singapore prepares to go on lockdown mode tomorrow as a “circuit breaker” measure to prevent the virus from spreading, even as the number of cases here has spiked to 1,000.

I bought so much food and other miscellaneous stuff, it was…

Part 2 of why Frozen 2 is the queerest film I ever did see


“I have always been so different, normal rules did not apply...”

So, I promised to reveal what that song I talked about in Part 1 of this series was.

You’ve probably guessed it — “Show Yourself” must be my all time favourite song, and the current soundtrack to my life…

Letting go of the preconceived notion that pastors “know-it-all” cos that is not only untrue, but can be downright dangerous to those with mental health conditions

Content warning: Mention of suicide, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar, and borderline personality disorders.


It’s half an hour to 10am on 10 October 2019, World Mental Health Day, as I sit here and type out this article, one I have been procrastinating on for the past couple months, for reasons I…

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