Lions, peacocks, and lessons in listening

As Singapore becomes increasingly cosmopolitan by all outward measures, Singaporeans seem torn between their old-world, gritty, down-to-earth cultural narrative and an urbanity that reflects their economic status in the world. We both covet and abhor anything that seems foreign. Singaporeans are always at the threshold of the traditional and the modern, the familiar and the […]

“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief;”

Anecdotes about teaching are a dime a dozen. From stories about grading papers, to inspiring kids, to huge, dramatic blow-outs in class, to rants about the amount of administration that needs to be done, to accounts of awful parents… you would think that teachers have given you the whole picture. I thought so. I was […]

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”

I came back from a work trip a week ago and have finally had some time to myself. I find that not having a regular schedule that’s packed with activity does not work well for me, even though having said schedule exhausts me so. That which exhausts me sustain me. How strange. But that isn’t […]