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The Island is You By wanphing in Competitions, Island of Dreams

Sham received a text from Junnie to take down his instagram photo, an instax polaroid of the both of them that he had styled on the dashboard of his 1966 Volkswagen Beetle. She had sounded stern and firm, angry perhaps, but it didn’t matter. Sham loved making her angry –    …

October 23, 2015


Voice By iggykoh in Competitions, Island of Dreams This is a little piece on unrequited love and I think that it's always a fear of everyone's that eats at us.
November 7, 2015


My Island Of Dreams By alhafizsanusi in Competitions, Genre, Island of Dreams, Poetry As Singaporeans, we have aspirations that we want to achieve living here in Singapore. But what about those emigrating here for work, in our Singapore, often dubbed as the Island Of Dreams?
December 23, 2015


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The Pinks & The Whites By Audrey JL Tan in Others

Of late in the Little Red Dot, The Pinks & The Whites have been squabbling, again. For those who are absent from Singapore or are in social media hibernation, there is an on-going debate on social media about the rights of LGBT. Currently, Section 377A of the Penal Code (    …

June 23, 2016


The Greenhorn By EnormousWaffle in Competitions, Fiction, Genre, Savour this This short story traces the thoughts and experience of an ambitious rookie in a classy restaurant when he cooks his maiden dish.
June 20, 2016


Everest In A Bowl By Low Min Yi in Competitions, Savour this This poem is about the ice kachang, a popular dessert in Singapore. I decided to write about ice kachang because it is colourful just like how we are a mix of cultures and races. The ice kachang is cold at first but it tastes very sweet in the end, thus showing how the different cultures possibly merge afterwards and how we achieve harmony. The ice kachang is shaped like a mountain, and going up a mountain is always the more challenging part, therefore I could easily relate this to how Singapore strived and worked hard to achieve success. And through achieving success, we spread the influence of our unique cultures.
June 20, 2016


What Goes Up Must Come Down By Ike Shizuka in Others Thank you for reading.
June 16, 2016


Chicken Rice By Voltaire in Competitions, Fiction, Savour this The expatriate never forgets their home, that home will always be there, waiting for their return.
June 16, 2016


That Plate of Fried Carrot Cake By Melvin Chew in Savour this

Two tables away, I see Uncle: In his soaked shirt: now hunched back, his stern hair: combed and unchanged all these years, rekindling moments of childhood; panfry my fried carrot cake. The chopped garlics and beaten eggs, drenched in oil, splattering like children at the playground, whipped and tamed by    …

June 15, 2016


Untitled By Melvin Chew in Savour this

Two tables away, I see Uncle: In his soaked shirt: now hunched back, his stern hair: combed and unchanged all these years, rekindling moments of childhood; panfry my fried carrot cake. The chopped garlics and beaten eggs, drenched in oil, splattering like children at the playground, whipped and tamed by    …

June 15, 2016


Eat What? By hao82 in Competitions, Others, Savour this Even with plenty of new cafes and restaurants around, hawker centres have always been the place where I could find food which brings a smile to my face and keep my belly satisfied. This poem says what I see and think about when I am at the hawker centre.
June 14, 2016


Yup. You’re in Singapore! By Audrey JL Tan in Others

1). If the MRT breaks down, it’s the government’s fault. 2). No 18 year old male should escape military service unless he is missing a head. 3) We are interested to know how much you earn. If you are not telling, it’s fine. Confidential information, definitely! But where do you    …

June 11, 2016


Dear Stranger, By Audrey JL Tan in Others

Did you not see me open my windows this morning? The soft yellow of the sun melting on my face. How about the pink muffin I left on the dining table last week? Fake, pink, frigid, sweet… Does not taste good. Did you like me coming down the street on    …

June 5, 2016