Are Street Buskers Marginalized in Singapore?


Orchard Road Busking Singapore

IG captionBuskers exist on the margins right in the center of crowds. Unless we stop to listen – not just to their voices, but also their attitudes and aspirations.

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Kranji Countryside: The “Rural” Face of Singapore


Three dollars and you get a seat on the hourly shuttle bus from the Kranji train station to Kranji Countryside. I chose to drop off at Bollywood Veggies, a 10-acre farm featuring huge varieties of plants. This was only matched by the handwritten signs educating visitors on the crops they were looking at.

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Everyday Life Sociology Quotes: "To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing."
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Quote: Albert Camus on the Risk of Publication


Everyday Life Sociology Quotes: "To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing."

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Rereading the Best Articles on the 38 Oxley Road Saga


As the allegations among the Lee siblings abate (for now), let us take a step back and relook at articles which may help us make better sense of the escalating saga. Despite all the noise, no one can be certain of the facts. Rather than add to the speculation, perhaps it is best to stretch our lines of inquiry with a spectrum of readings.

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Annette Lareau Parenting Styles

How Parenting Styles Pattern Your Future


Struck by a wave of random joyfulness, I returned home from tuition one day galloping with my front hoofs up. My mother, seeing my excitement, interrupted: “Finish your homework first!” I was momentarily puzzled. I can’t be happy until I finish my homework? Then I realized she misinterpreted my hand gestures. She thought I was asking for permission to play games on the computer. I was amused.

That happened when I was still in Primary School. At that formative stage, my parents were my biggest influences. It goes without saying that the way they parent me will have effects on my subsequent life. And so it was interesting to read Annette Lareau’s basic but influential classification of two types of parenting styles: Natural Growth vs Concerted Cultivation. The theory is based on 137 interviews and intensive observations of 12 families in the US, comprising 4 each of middle-class, working-class, and poor families with kids aged 8 to 10.

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