Balikbayan boxes are how millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the world send their love to their families back home.
Stored within these nondescript cardboard boxes are a curated assortment of items that range from garments to snacks — but more importantly, they also contain essential supplies that cannot be found back home. While explaining what goes into a typical Balikbayan box, Singapore-based OFW Suntara Venteres unpacks the conflicting thoughts she has about her obligations to her family, as someone who has found opportunities abroad.
It’s hard being a single mother. On top of raising a child (or a few) alone, they have to wrangle with social stigma, financial instability, and handle their own mental well-being – not to mention having to put on a brave face through it all. As part of International Women’s Day, we explo
When Kalaivaanan first joined the cleaning industry as a cleaner, his mother was not too pleased, dismissing her son’s job and labelling him as a literal “Sai Kang Warrior”. Like most Singaporeans, Kalaivaanan’s mother believed that being a cleaner was a shameful, unskilled occupation with
On 1st February 2020, Myanmar’s military seized control and captured State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then, protests have erupted across the country in hopes of restoring democracy.The Burmese community in Singapore worries every day that their friends and families could be next to be kille
Content warning: This video describes acts of violence that might be disturbing to some viewers. “Either he die, or I will die in his hands.” These are the chilling words from a survivor of domestic abuse, whose memory of the traumatic affair remains fresh—years after the
Cross-cultural cuisine sounds like a fancy concept from upscale restaurants, but it exists in humble hawker settings too — take Chop Chop Biryani’s winning combo of spiced Indian basmati rice and Chinese roasted pork belly, for instance. In a multi-racial city where the love of food unite
Often unappreciated, security guards have seen their roles changed during this Covid-19 pandemic, as they were enlisted to implement safe-distancing and contact tracing measures. As frontliners, they have had to juggle with the teething issues from new technologies such as SafeEntry and TraceTogethe
Kids from low-income backgrounds don’t compete on an equal footing with those who come from privilege – this is an uncomfortable truth that is not discussed enough. Stephanie believes that one step to correcting social inequality starts with literacy, and she has made it her personal mission
Singapore, Unfiltered With rising COVID-19 infections in September, the sentiment on the ground is divided: some Singaporeans have been confused by the government’s mixed signals, while others think we should cut them some slack. But the question remains: are we ready to embrace Covid-19 as endemic? Can Singaporeans r
Warm meals and warmer greetings are what individuals receive at Krsna’s Free Meals, a soup kitchen in the heart of Little India. For over 1 and a half years, Dutch volunteer Sabine has been spending her Friday mornings at Krsna’s, where she takes pride in serving food from the heart to our
What if we were to tell you that the local landmarks etched in our hearts such as Gardens By the Bay, Sembawang hot springs, and even Haji Lane are at risk of being completely submerged by seawater forever? It might sound impossible, but as things stand, this could very well be our reality in 50 yea
Singapore, Unfiltered When sex work gets driven out of Geylang, where will it go? With an impending rezoning and the rise of online platforms for dating and sex work, the demand for brothels on the ground have dropped to an all-time low. Amidst their disrupted livelihoods and loss of their second home, the sex workers
Singapore, Unfiltered 2021 has been riddled with incidents of racism, from the Ngee Ann Poly lecturer to the 55-year-old lady who was assaulted while brisk walking. This Racial Harmony Day, we ask: While conversations about racism are advancing in the public sphere, how are we approaching them with our kids? And who i