Author Archives: Damien Teo

Grassroots Organizations organize more than 400 CNY celebrations across Singapore

As the community ushers in the new dragon year, Grassroots Organizations (GROs) and have organised more than 400 community Chinese New Year events, themed around “Filial Piety”, “Caring, Sharing and Giving” and “Integration of New Citizens and Public and Private Estate Residents”.

These events would reach out to more than 100,000 residents from various ages, races and estates, bringing them together to interact, celebrate and make new friends. The celebrations take several forms, ranging from record breaking stints to lighting up the lives of the less fortunate through gestures big and small.

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One man, one blog, one crazy love for film, and 422 film reviews

He has always had a crazy love for film and cinema, regularly watching movies since childhood. In 2005, he decided to take this insatiable love to a new level and created his own movie review blog with a focus on Singaporean cinema,, and started writing an unbelievable number of reviews every year.

Stefan Shih, 35, works in the IT industry by day and is a film critic by night. In 2008 alone, he wrote 260 movie reviews on theatrical releases, 121 on festival films, and 41 DVD reviews, which adds to a total of 422 film reviews in one year – more than one article everyday! What is even more frightening is that the numbers have remained constant through the years. In 2011, there were 357 articles written.

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Creative outlet for their passion for creativity

Pixiekrane, an online digest of fashion, arts and culture, has been steadily growing and gaining popularity since its inception in April last year. It has been featured in local newspaper Straits Times, popular magazines such as Seventeen, famous websites like We Found Nothing, and local online TV channel SinemaTV.

Created to celebrate creative minds with a special focus on the local arts scene, the website is the brainchild of two eccentric but funky and stylish ladies, Alexa Michelle Lee, 23, a marketing executive and Sarah Chan, 21, undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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The true value of working in a low-paying service job

Would you work as a cook at a fast food restraurant if I told you it would be a valuable experience? How about a waiter? Or even a dishwasher?

A year ago I made a seemingly crazy decision to work as a cook at a local fast food restaurant, Best Fries Forever, and discovered that there was a lot more to gain from working in a low paying job than I expected.

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Samaritans of Singapore

The term “samaritan” is most commonly used to describe a charitable or helpful person and was coined after a famous parable mentioned in the bible of a man who shows unexpected help and kindness to a traveller robbed and left half alive on the road.

Thus it seems rightfully fitting for a special group of volunteers in Singapore to be referred to as the Samaritans of Singapore. In an age where the government has to constantly remind citizens with campaigns to be kind to each other, this is a truly remarkable group of volunteers whom willingly give their time to a non-profit organization which aims to provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide in Singapore.

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More space or more culture

As Singapore continues to advance and develop as one of the world’s leading countries, change is crucial, important and ultimately inevitable for her. This tiny nation has developed from the unwanted, abandoned country it was just 46 years ago, to a fully independent and successful world leader now, thanks to the rate of change and modernization the country went through.

However this rapid rate of change has finally caught up, with this past year seeing citizens becoming increasingly upset over several redevelopment plans by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Singapore has finally come to a point where the government and citizens are starting to realize, is Singapore losing its culture and heritage in the name of development and modernization?

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Steps to harmonize local and international students taken to new levels

On the auspicious 11th of November 2011, Temasek Polytechnic played host to the Spotlight Youth Exchange Night Race, the climax and ending to Spotlight Youth Exchange, an initiative to equip young Singaporeans with leadership skills and cultural sensitivity to build cross-cultural dialogues with youths of other nationalities in Singapore.

The race was kicked off at TP’s outdoor ampitheatre and saw participants engaging in different sports and educational activies at various cultural sites in Singapore. It ended with a night concert at Scape, spotting different local talents such as celebrities Sheikh Haikel, Anna Belle Francis, percussion band Comic Strip, DJ Rattle, breakdancers, magicians, and even lion dancers.

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