Opinion / Alexis Hooi

Reconnecting with the real world

[2010-10-25 07:25]

When I returned home to Singapore during the recent holidays, one of the first things I did was to re-access my Facebook account. I had been looking forward to reconnecting with people at home and abroad. I wanted to see what everyone was up to, as well as to let everyone know what was going on in my life.

Snapping out of a comfortable gridlock

[2010-08-28 07:00]

On the outskirts of Beijing last weekend, I joined a group of travelers who got out of their cars to chat, munch on snacks and play card games. Children ran happily ahead of their parents taking a stroll, while a few other people decided to relieve themselves in the open.

Taming the building beast within

[2010-06-26 07:42]

Two weeks ago, I visited one of the most beautiful areas in the country's western region. Deep in a lush green valley, Kazak herdsmen grazed their sheep and cattle. A glacier-fed river roared next to the road as snow-capped mountains towered before a deep-blue sky.

Giving talent room to grow ... and win

[2010-06-05 08:34]

Last Sunday in Moscow, three Singaporean women did the unthinkable in the international table tennis arena - they beat the Chinese team to take home their country's first World Team Table Tennis Championships title.

Getting the lowdown on development

[2010-05-07 07:51]

I was lucky enough to visit Liu Yi's farm over the weekend. Tilling about 900 sq m of land in northern China, Liu grows corn to feed his family of four.

How climate change stole springtime

[2010-04-23 07:44]

Budding magnolias in public parks, flowing willows along thawed canals and verdant sidewalks with fresh hedges - these are just some of the familiar signs of spring in Beijing.

Ensuring food safety

[2010-03-09 08:00]

Picking the right souvenir to bring back from China is always a tough decision when I head home for work or vacation. Especially when Chinese foodstuff has become one of the least popular gifts among my family and friends.

A capital move to showcase Chinese culture

[2010-02-12 07:21]

When I visited Jiayuguan city of Gansu province last summer, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Great Wall Museum outside the historical fort that marked the western frontier of the empire in ancient times.

Reading into the future of an online age

[2010-02-05 07:14]

For the past two months, I have been doing the unthinkable for many in this day and age - living without television.

When there is more to it than dog meat

[2010-01-29 07:16]

In the minds of the Chinese, Fan Kuai is one of the most famous generals under Liu Bang, the peasant-turned-first emperor of China's Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 220).

Calculated gambles may be worth the risk

[2010-01-22 06:42]

On Wednesday, four hotels opened on the islet of Sentosa in Singapore. It marked the first step in the rollout of one of two casinos in the city-state, as part of an "integrated resorts" plan that promises top-class attractions of theme parks, shopping malls and restaurants.

Riding on China's grand festival together

[2010-01-15 06:43]

Spring Festival, the biggest celebration in the Chinese calendar, is less than a month away.

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