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Custom-Made: Then and Now

Envision shopping in Singapore and it’s usually Orchard Road that pops into your head, a beacon of modernity, overflowing with brand name designers from all over the world. But just a few decades ago, a shopping spree here was a much different affair.


Found Your Ikigai Yet?

What is my purpose? Why am I doing this job? Why am I unfulfilled? Why am I not content? Sound familiar? Life’s well-meaning ‘roadmap’ is imprinted on us. Get an education, work hard, get a job, get married, have kids, buy a house, retire.


Thaipusam through Expat Eyes

There are some things in life that you simply have to do.  Witnessing Thaipusam first-hand is one of those must-dos. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, in January or February.  The word is a combination of the name of the month and the name of a star known as Pusam which is at its highest during the festival.  It commemorates when the Hindu goddess of love, Parvati, gave Murugan, the Hindu god of war, a spear so he could vanish an evil demon. Last year, I really wanted to go take a look for myself. I researched where to go, charged my camera and went to bed early. Then I got up, got dressed – and just plain chickened out. I was uncharacteristically nervous and …


Interview with Aimee Barnes

By Laura Coulter 15 December, 2014 Congratulations on your big wins!  Is bodybuilding something that you've always been interested in? Thank you, it was a good first year of flexing! Bodybuilding has been on my radar since I was a kid. My Dad was really into weightlifting and bodybuilding aesthetics for many years and that was a big part of our lifestyle at home—the baggy muscle pants, the raw egg yolk protein shakes he used to have me drink, the muscle magazines, Tiger’s Milk bars, all of that. When I started getting into trouble as a teen, he’d bring me to Gold’s Gym with him and make me work out. I guess the interest was seeded around then, but I never had the discipline to go with it at the time.   I made a halfhearted attempt to become a …


Singapore American School Student Awarded Congressional Bronze Medal

By Maureen Murray 10 December, 2014 Claudia Krogmeier, a senior at Singapore American School, recently received the Congressional Bronze Medal Award. She was commended for “her willingness to give of herself to voluntarily help others in the community and her achievements in personal development, physical fitness and expedition.” I had the opportunity to sit down with Claudia in Thyme Café at the American Club so that I could ask her about her four-year commitment to completing the goals set out by the Congressional Medal Committee. She is a bright, exceptionally focused young woman who shares a story about channeling her energy to maximize her high school experience. Like many truly exceptional students, she helps others along the way. MM: With high school students often juggling busy schedules, what makes pursuing the Congressional Medal worthwhile? CK: The great thing about pursuing …