7 Trendy Outfits for Laidback Days

Smart Beauty 2 April 2017 | 0 Comments

 

During laidback days, we sometimes just grab on to clothes that we think are comfortable not minding if it’s fashionable or not. Fashion enthusiasts from Singapore shared these relaxed and casual outfit ideas that you could wear even if you’re lazy to put together a trendy look.

  1. Long slip dress + Pumps + Chic glasses

With this outfit, you can always show a sexy and chic vibe. Even on a laidback day, you can still try to look as stylish and dashing. In the fashion world, you should wear your own style but following this outfit idea can never let you down especially if you have run out of ideas on what to wear on such days.

  1. Sundress + Gladiator sandals + Shoulder Bag

On a breezy yet lazy day, it’s perfect to just wear something that’s just goes with the flow yet trendy at the same time. This outfit idea is more of a relaxed and casual type of style. You can also choose to wear it in bright or pastel colors to make it more light and comfy to look at.

  1. White Shirt + Blazer + Shorts + Sneaker

This must be the most comfortable outfit you could put together especially if you’re not really in the mood to exert extra effort in raiding your closet. Combining all the basics can result into something really fashionable and attractive.

  1. Tank Top + High waist skirt + Tote bag

You can probably see many women wearing this style during weekends or when they have daytime dates and parties to go to. This is just right because even if you feel drab at the moment, you can still showcase a modish look while showing just the right amount of skin.

  1. Shirtdress + Summer hat + Mules

One of the trendiest outfits nowadays is a shirtdress. If you pair it with the right shoes like mules and a summer hat with the same color as your dress, then you can certainly go on a great stylish day ahead.

  1. White button-down shirt + Tattered denim jeans + Red Stilettos

Style yourself with some of the basic street yet chic outfits. Tattered denim jeans and a white button down shirt with red stilettos can make you look well put together without looking too shabby. You can wear a red lippie to make your pretty face pop more plus it matches your shoes.

  1. Little black dress + Spectacles + White sneakers

Like every fashion enthusiast would say, every woman should own a little black dress. It’s not only iconic, simple and stylish but it’s also comfortable. Especially if you wear it with white sneakers and cool spectacles.

7 Traits of People Who Win in Life

Face Yourself 29 March 2017 | 0 Comments

 

There are many desirable traits that we already have or can still acquire. Listed here are really important ones that can help us further improve our lives and make us a better person. So if you want to win in life, get the job you’ve always wanted or enjoy the best relationships, then you should check if you have these following traits.

  1. Respectful. Basically we should respect other people as we want to be respected. Apart from that, we need to respect ourselves fully so that we could give the same standard of treatment to others. Which is why, a highly respectful person attract more positive vibes to their lives.

 

  1. Have Burning Desire to Make a Difference. People who are passionate and strive more are most likely to succeed in life. They have the urge to make a difference and to create an impact in their jobs, organizations or with other people’s lives. They do not settle for anything less because they know they could get so much more.

 

  1. Good and Lovable. Those who are able to see the good in people and love them despite their imperfections are highly valued and treated well by other people in return. Being good and lovable can be really helpful in times of need especially if you have established great support groups. This trait will make our lives more prosperous since it could attract healthier and better connections or relationships.

  1. Resilient. One of the best traits to become more successful in life is to be resilient. You need to be up for the challenge and accept that things don’t always go as planned. Failures and stress can eat you up but resiliency is the key to help yourself be back on track and keep on fighting.

 

  1. Risk-taker. Risks are part of our lives. We can never achieve something if we haven’t sailed through the sea of challenges, doubts and failures. We should see things as opportunities even if how difficult as they may seem, take the leap forward and become the master ruler of our lives.

 

  1. Visionary. Those who create their own life plan and do not live life arbitrarily will really win in life. We need to create clear visions of our future may it be five to ten years from now. Having clear plans and knowing what journey awaits us will help guide us in making decisions that will help shape our future.

 

  1. Leader. To win in life, we must become the leader of our own lives. We must conquer our fears and lead ourselves to the right direction. If we are confident enough to do that, then we can have the ability to lead other people as well to greatness.

Let’s Talk About Eyebrow Liners

Smart Beauty 10 March 2017 | 0 Comments

 

Like fashion, makeup trends have also changed over time. Remember those paintings where women don’t have eyebrows? Compare that to thick, dark eyebrows you sometimes see on women today. Let’s take a closer look at eyebrow trends and the different types of eyebrow liners.

History

Eyebrows used to indicate social status. In Europe, shaved eyebrows symbolized purity. The geisha in Japan used to paint their eyebrows with crushed safflower. In India, kohl was applied to eyebrows and around the eyes to enhance looks.

 

In the US in the early 1900s, a newspaper wrote about make-up, including the eyebrow darkener made from Indian ink, gum Arabic and rosewater. Eyebrow tattooing was also introduced at this time. Then Max Factor started selling make-up for film actors. But besides the film industry, ordinary people started purchasing make-up including eyebrow pencils.

 

In the 1920s, the manufacture of eyebrow pencils saw an improvement when the ingredient hydrogenated cottonseed oil was used.

Trends

By looking at sculptures and paintings from ancient civilizations, you can tell that the women used to have arched brows enhanced by powdered minerals. The men and women in ancient Egypt had heavily-lined eyes and eyebrows. Ancient Greeks shaved their eyebrows when a pet died. For women in ancient Rome, it was ideal to leave the eyebrows unaltered as a symbol of purity. The unibrow was even considered beautiful. In the Middle Ages, women shaved their eyebrows because domed foreheads were in fashion. While in the Victorian era, women with makeup were considered prostitutes.

 

The movies helped popularize contoured eyebrows. In the 1920s, thin eyebrows were in fashion. In the 1940s, high-arched eyebrows were prized. In the 1960s, arched eyebrows were still preferred but they opted for lines that were stronger and more defined. The 1980s favored thick, natural eyebrows for a fresh, youthful look. In the 90s, thin, arched eyebrows were popular among movie actresses. In recent years, the thick well-defined eyebrows are favored by most entertainers.

 

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So why should you mess with your eyebrows? Eyebrows give your face character. If you’re going to wear makeup, a lot of detail should be placed on your eyebrows and eyes to reflect your mood and overall theme. But in the end, the style of the eyebrows is a personal choice. Some beauticians however would argue that some shapes will enhance your look, so experiment until you find what works for you. But first, let’s look at the types of eyebrow liners.

 

Eyebrow make-up come in different colors. The most basic are black and brown. There are also four types of eyebrow make-up to choose from. These are pencil, powder, pen and gel.

 

Pencils are good for contouring, but they need to blend well. You also have to sharpen them. When using powder, use an eyeliner brush to fill in your eyebrows. Eyebrow pens work like pencils but they usually last longer. Gels, also called eyebrow mascaras, are trickier to use if you’re a beginner. They make your eyebrows look thicker.

Itchy Scalp? That Could be Dandruff

Smart Beauty 6 March 2017 | 0 Comments

 

Dandruff is not an uncommon condition and most people choose to overlook the problem. Some studies can’t pinpoint its exact cause, but it can be treated and avoided.

Symptoms

When you look closely at an affected scalp, those white flakes you see are dandruff. They’re itchy, oil, scaly and are sometimes visible on your shoulders and hair.

 

There is also a type of dandruff that can affect babies. Although dandruff is not a cause for alarm, you still have to check if the symptoms are not caused by psoriasis or other skin diseases. Dandruff can also appear on the eyebrows, near your nose and even around your ears.

 

Causes

As already mentioned, the specific cause cannot be determined but there are several factors that cause them to appear. One factor is primarily the lack of hygiene. While some beauty experts advice not to shampoo everyday, it’s one sure formula for oil, dirt and dead skin cells to accumulate. There are dandruff conditioners you can use if you’re still worried about damaging your hair.

Those who don’t brush or comb their hair regularly, those with oily skin or are yeast-sensitive tend to be more prone to dandruff. There are also skin conditions that make people more susceptible to the development of dandruff. There are skin types more likely to have dandruff and can be a lifelong problem. Dandruff can also be caused by reaction to hair products. Some chemicals in the products you use can irritate the scalp.

 

Another possible cause is Malassezia, a genus of fungi that lives on our skin surfaces. It’s not harmful unless it causes irritation (if you’re allergic) or grow out of control.

 

Treatment

The most common treatment for dandruff is an anti-dandruff shampoo. There are shampoos that can be used everyday or once a week. Make sure to read the instructions on the label. Shampoo with coal tar can discolor your hair or make your scalp sensitive.

 

Rub a small amount gently on your scalp. Leave it on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing. This process can be a trial and error though. Some shampoos may work for you, some will not. Look for shampoos with any of the following active ingredients: salicylic acid, pyrithione zinc, ketoconazole, coal tar, and selenium sulfide.

 

If you keep experiencing the same symptoms even after a month of using medicated shampoos, go see a doctor.

 

Prevention

Practice good hygiene by regularly shampooing and combing your hair. Shampoo will help remove the dirt and oil that have accumulated on your scalp. Combing or brushing will help in removing dead skin cells.

 

When you’re prone to dandruff, use medicated shampoo and conditioner at least twice a week depending on the instructions of the product you’re using.

 

There are also home remedies like massaging your scalp with warm coconut oil or apple cider vinegar, applying tea tree oil or aloe vera before shampooing, and exfoliating with baking soda mixed in water.

Rules on Shopping for Engagement Ring

Lovely Weddings 28 February 2017 | 0 Comments

If things would turn out right, you’ll be investing for an engagement ring only once in your entire life. However, a proposal ring could cost you a fortune. With no background about gemstones, ring setting, and precious metals, it would be difficult to make sure that your sweetheart would love your purchase. Here are the rules to follow when shopping for the perfect ring.

1. Set a budget

Of course, this should be the first rule. Figure out how much you can afford to spend for a ring. A general rule is that an engagement ring should be equivalent to two-month salary. Though it’s not applied by everybody, it’s still a good way to start planning your budget.

2. Start shopping early

Once you get an idea of the valuable wedding ring from Singapore that you want, visit a couple of jewelry stores. Give yourself a few months to research, browse, and revisit rings that caught your attention. You can even ask your soon-to-be-fiancé of about style of ring she would love to wear everyday in a discreet manner. For custom-made piece, allow even more time to search.

3. Narrow down the choices

Since you will be presented with a lot of options, which can get you lost and confused, narrow your choices by determining some important points. Do you want the ring in silver, gold, or platinum? Flashy or understated? Traditional or modern? Do you want the same ring to be used as wedding ring or not? Your answers to these questions will help shrink your list of options and determine which proposal ring to buy.

4. Be practical

Keep your sweetheart’s lifestyle in mind. What’s the point of purchasing an exquisitely designed proposal ring if it makes her uncomfortable or she has to remove it often? Keep in mind that your beloved other will wear the ring every day. If she works with her hands very often, look for something with less frills and bulges so it would go along with her everyday routine seamlessly.

5. Bring someone along

Jewelry stores can be scary to some people. They offer too many options and the prices can discourage you. It’s always nice to have someone to share ideas with when looking through several pieces. Bring along your beloved’s best friend, mom, or sister to help you choose. Also, assuming that your parents already gave you their blessings, make this a special moment to bond with them and get their advices.

6. Check for quality

This applies to all jewelries. Make sure that the ring you’re buying has quality or manufacturer’s mark (PLAT or 24K, for example, proves that the ring is of the said quality) inside the band. If the ring is made of two kinds of metals, check for quality marks in each material.

7. Go to a trusted jeweler

Ask your family and friends for recommendations. If possible, try to avoid national chains as they often sacrifice quality checks for massive marketing. However, make sure that the Singapore jewelry store where you choose to buy your ring is accredited by national or worldwide jewelry associations. Also, before buying, find out the store’s return policy so it would be possible for you to exchange it if in case you did not do your homework properly.

Symptoms of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

General Health 29 January 2017 | 0 Comments

 

When you hear an instance when someone suffers from a decline in his/her mental ability, it is called dementia. Dementia is a general term and it includes many types. The most common type is the Alzheimer’s disease that affects adults ages 65 and older. Here in Singapore, many old people suffer from Alzheimer’s.

However, there are cases where people suffer early onset. Early onset affects people ages 40 t0 50 years old. The diagnosis can be difficult because of the many symptoms related to typical stress. The decline varies but in most cases, it can cause decline in reasoning, memory and thinking abilities. The decline is slow but it can still impact a person’s life.

You have to know the symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s disease for you to be aware. Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Memory loss – As you go along your life, you notice that there are times you tend to be forgetful. At first it is normal however if you appear more forgetful as time passes then it comes repetitive, you have to consider the help of the professionals. It is critical that you consider their help as soon as possible.

 

  • Trouble completing tasks – It is normal at times that you lose focus or concentration but if the problem ensues for a long time, you have to seriously consider early onset. Normally, things that you do on a daily basis is as easy as breathing but when time comes that you find yourself in trouble completing such tasks, then it is time that you consider help.

  • Vision loss – Vision loss can happen. It will be gradual and it can happen from time to time. It may start with increased troubles reading to problems judging depth or distance even color contrast when doing something like driving.

 

  • Troubles making decisions – When it comes to making decisions, early onset patients find it hard to make decisions even the simplest one like taking a bath or even changing the clothing.

 

  • Personality and mood changes – You may also encounter personality and mood changes. Note that it can be extreme. Noticeable changes in personality or moods include fearfulness, confusion, depression and even anxiety. It does not end there because there is an irritability noted.

 

  • Withdrawing from social events and work – As your symptoms progress, you will feel withdrawn from social events and even work. You do not even care about your hobbies and you tend to avoid many people or events as much as possible.

As much as possible you do not want this but if it cannot be helped, you have to make sure that you do not destroy the relationships around you.

How to Protect Your Phone from Hackers

The Digital World 26 January 2017 | 0 Comments

 

Your phone is your virtual vault. It holds everything from your social security number to your bank account numbers and eventually your passwords or PINs. It is important that you tread with caution whenever you log something through your phone because it can be subject to hacking.

You have heard about hacking but most cases involve celebrities and politicians but it does not mean you are safe from it. Anyone can become a victim. As long as the hacker thinks that you have something more valuable there, they will not stop until they get information and invade your privacy in the long run. It is time that you think about protecting yourself from being the next victim of scandals. Here are some tips on protecting your phone from hackers:

  • Use passwords: You might feel confident that no one will dare to hack your smartphone because after all you are not famous but you have to be sure. Do not just assume that no one is interested in you. You have to use strong passwords. More importantly, do not share your passwords or PINs to anyone unless you trust the person deeply.

 

  • Back up: For your email accounts, make sure that important emails or other private data are safely kept from hackers. They will compromise your email account and worse, you won’t be able to log in again. The best way is to consider backing it up. When you back it up, do not just let the data stay long inside the phone. You have to transfer it somewhere else say your laptop or PC.

  • Other security: One way a hacker can compromise your system is through Bluetooth. As much as possible, do not use Bluetooth. If it cannot be helped, you have to at least disable the ‘Discoverable’ mode. If you want additional security more than what your phone offers, you can easily install security software. You have to pay but that is good enough way to protect yourself from hacking.

Hacking also happens here in Singapore. It is crucial that you execute the things mentioned above if you are really serious about fighting hackers. Do not give them the opportunity to sneak inside your life through your smart phones.

They say the easiest way to tackle hackers is to abandon smartphones but who can? The benefits of smartphone far outweigh its risks so with that, you just need to fortify its security – that is the least that you can do to keep yourself safe from hackers and their evil intentions.

Questions to Ask Your Cardiologist About Your Heart Health

General Health 13 January 2017 | 0 Comments

Whether you were referred by your primary care physician or consulting about the results of a screening test, bringing a list of questions with you during a consultation with a cardiologist will give you a better understanding of the state of your heart. Doing so also allows you to better understand your diagnosis and treatment options that may be recommended to you. The following is a list the most important heart health questions you should ask during a meeting with a cardiologist in Singapore.

1. Is it okay to take “natural remedies” instead of prescription drugs?
It’s important to ask this question to your Singapore cardiologist in order to know more about the benefits and risks of taking prescribed medicines. Inquiring about this with your heart doctor also allows them to inform you about the potential side effects of using natural products.

2. What does having a coronary heart disease really mean?
Asking this question will help you understand how the condition may affect your overall health. For instance, you might be concerned about the type of tests you may need to go through, such as the angiogram – a test that shows where your arteries are narrowed and how constricted they have become. So ensure that you add this question to your list, especially if you have been diagnosed with the said heart condition.

3. Do I need to monitor my cholesterol level more closely?
Although most people don’t fully understand what high cholesterol does to their body, a good number of men and women in Singapore actually have higher cholesterol levels than they should. This is the very reason why it’s crucial to include this question in your list. Apart from getting a better understanding of cholesterol levels from a respected cardiologist from Singapore, you will also be informed about how it affects your heart health, and why taking statins can be beneficial to you. Your cardiologist will probably even give you some tips on what lifestyle changes you can do to lower your cholesterol level and improve your overall health.

4. How will I be able to lower by blood pressure level?
This is a health issue that worries most people. It may be because they received medication for high blood condition and want to change their lifestyle, but are not quite sure how to start with it. So inquire about this with your Singapore based cardiologist to know if being physically active or cutting back on salt are already enough changes to lower your blood pressure level.

5. Should I be concerned about my heart health as early as now?
Although there is no need to be anxious about your heart health at an early age, you should still get checked in your twenties. Heart disease may begin early, especially if you’ve been on a “college-style diet” (i.e. junk foods and beer/coffee) for too long. Health experts in Singapore even recommend having your first heart check-up at age 20 with a follow-up every five years. Almost any doctor is capable of performing the heart screening, which often consists of a blood sugar, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol check-up.

6. Am I consuming the right food?
Like most people, you are probably confused about what you should be eating to improve your heart health or lose some weight, and it will definitely help to talk it over with your cardiologist. Your doctor will be able to suggest small dietary changes that will have a huge impact on your heart health. It’d also be a good idea to ask your doctor to give you tips on how you can cut down on saturated fat and choose healthy foods instead. Doing this will help you make healthier and smarter shopping choices.

7. Can switching to a vegan diet prevent heart disease?
While you may see it as a healthy diet, going on a vegan diet won’t always prevent heart disease. Some vegans still eat snacks, such as cookies, chips and dips that can spike their blood sugar and pile up on unhealthy pounds. Health experts explain that people who are on a restricted diet also suffer from nutrition gaps; most vegans, for instance, lack vitamin B12 – a key vitamin for the blood and nerve cells that are found in animal foods.

8. Are heart conditions hereditary?
Heart disease can be inherited, but experiencing cardiac illness is 80 percent preventable for everyone. By learning how to manage your behavioural risk factors, you will be able to keep yourself safe from heart diseases even if you have a family history of the disease. Exercising regularly, consuming healthy foods and cutting down on stress are the best and first steps to preventing hereditary hazards.

9. Is it normal for my heart to skip a beat every now and then?
If you have been experiencing this for quite some time now, then it would be best to include this question on your list. Although it’s normal to experience premature atrial complex (PAC) every day, do visit your cardiologist as soon as possible if it’s accompanied with dizziness or light-headedness.

10. How will I be able to cope with stress?
While there is no evidence that stress causes coronary heart disease, some cardiologist in Singapore believe that the two are associated. But what really matters is how you cope with it. So make sure that you ask this question to your doctor so he will be able to give you some tips and tricks on how you can healthily deal with the day-to-day stress that you’re experiencing.

Asking the right questions to your cardiologist will help you make the most of your clinical visit. So make sure that you prepare your own list of questions beforehand so you won’t miss any of your concerns with regards your heart health.

Heavy Metal Music in Singapore

Hobbies in Music 6 December 2016 | 0 Comments

 

What Is Heavy Metal?

 

Metal began in the late 1960’s to early 1970s. Also known as heavy metal, it began as a combination of psychedelic and blues rock. It is distinguished from pop music for its heavy use of guitar and drums, particularly for its heavy distortion of picking the guitars and bass. Metal also uses double bass pedal for the drums. It’s different from rock music which traces its influence from various music genres such as blues, jazz, funk, soul and Latino. Metal is therefore a sub-genre of rock music.

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The vocals can be theatrical or gruff, with some bands developing their unique style that distinguishes them from the others.

Most of the themes are poetic in nature. Lyrics are inspired by fiction, mythology, politics, and social issues, making metal more diverse than pop music in general. The dark themes are in response to pop culture’s happy, who-cares attitude. Metal reminds the listeners that not all endings are happy and that darkness and misery sometimes have to be dealt with head-on.

It wasn’t until Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath arrived in the music scene that metal became a distinguished art form.

Today there are different sub-genres of metal. They are usually identified by themes. One example is progressive metal which has longer songs, and more complex composition and use of instruments. There are portions of the song where instrumental solos are highlighted, much like classical composition.

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Metal Is Like Classical

It has been said that the metal genre resembles classical music and that fans of both genres were proven scientifically to have the same psychological profiles.

Metal is also full of theatrics and incorporates visual themes as part of the overall package. Some bands claim influence from classical composers and were musically trained in the classics. There are also similarities in the scale, melody and the range of instruments used by the metal bands and the orchestra.

Today there are bands classified under symphonic metal, a type of progressive metal music, who employ extended musical parts and fewer lyrics to tell a story. Besides the guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano, others have also employed other stringed and wind instruments to create variety.

 

Singapore’s Metal Underground

Yet metalheads, as what metal fans are called, have a bad reputation among people who love mainstream music. It’s not surprising therefore that metal, as well as alternative music artists and bands, perform underground. International metal bands have performed in the country however.

In Singapore, metal is not as popular as pop and indie, two primary music genres often heard on the radio. In the 1960s, the underground music scene began. Underground bands were able to survive for decades and are still going strong. In fact, there is a documentary about Singapore’s underground music called (re)Surfacing: 50 Years of Alternative Music in Singapore which talks about its success. Metalundergound.com currently has a list of 26 Singapore metal bands, but there could more performing underground.

Some of the most popular are Draconis Infernum, Itnos, and Wormrot.

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10 Novels from Southeast Asian Authors You Should Read

Great Books 2 December 2016 | 0 Comments

 

Why stick to Western classics when Asia, in particular Southeast Asia, has a lot of excellent books to offer as well? Here is a list of the best novels the region has to offer.

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  1. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Yun Ling Teoh was a survivor of a Japanese wartime camp. She sought solace in a Japanese garden in Northern Malaya owned by Aritomo. Despite their differences, both tried to work together to create a garden worthy of Yun Ling’s deceased sister.

 

  1. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

As civil war in Cambodia destroys young Raami’s beloved home, she tries to survive the violence and loss by clinging to the tales and poems told by her father. It tells of a child’s endurance and strength of spirit.

 

  1. Novel Without A Name by Duong Thu Huong

Quan is a soldier of the people who chose to join the Communist party in Vietnam. He was a passionate soldier until he discovered the horrors and loss of war.

 

  1. Irrawaddy Tango by Wendy Law-Yone

Talented Irrawaddy Tango marries her country’s dictator then later led an uprising against him. She had to endure a hard life as his wife and was later exiled to America.

 

  1. The Sea is Ours (anthology); Jaymee Goh, Joyce Chng (editors)

The Sea is Ours is an anthology of stories that derives influences from Southeast Asian culture and examines technology’s influence on life.

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  1. Moonrise, Sunset by Gopal Baratham

A tale of murder and mystery, Moonrise, Sunset tells of How Kum Menon’s search for his wife’s killers. His search led him to further discoveries.

 

  1. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

Johnny Lim is a successful textile merchant admired by the inhabitants who fought against the invaders, but he was despised by his son who called him a betrayer.

 

  1. Evening Is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan

Young Aasha had to cope with losing family members despite the family’s stories of success. It examines the relationship of family members and how it relates to Malaysia’s political and social woes.

 

  1. Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal

Juan Crisostomo Ibarra comes home after studying in Europe for seven years. He carries on his father’s plan by building schools, but everything goes awry when he tried to kill a friar who insulted his father’s memory.

 

  1. Breaking the Tongue by Vyvyane Loh

Claude was raised as a British and was ashamed of his heritage until Singapore fell to the Japanese forces in World War II. His perception of his heritages changed because of the war.

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