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This is the story of AAQUA who promised its employees the world. Salaries that can’t be beat, generous employment benefits, and a chance to ‘do good’. But a tech startup built on a foundation of distrust and overpromises, and a CEO that is less than forthcoming, is bound to fail. And fail it did.
Bad Manager or Bad Employee? A Contentious Dive Into Quiet Firing in Singapore
Quiet firing might be more efficient for managers to handle difficult employees, but with less agency, employees bear the brunt of this insidious workplace tactic. Still, it’s not that clear-cut. Sometimes, as one interviewee for this story explains, some employees deserve to be quiet fired.
Here are some stories from the past few weeks that’ve made it to your dinner table discussions.
Increasingly, traditional payment processors have banned sex workers from their platforms. Cryptocurrencies may hold the key to their financial independence.
Phoenix is a typical Singaporean young man. Except for the fact that he once identified as an incel—someone with radical, negative beliefs about women. He believes it's firmly in his past. We’re not quite sure that’s true.
What does one do when one gets their heart broken? Move to Japan and become a tea farmer, of course.
For a long time, Kuda Kepang was a mainstay at numerous functions within the Malay community. And then it all went away. We dug deep to investigate its disappearance—and how a group of practitioners are petitioning for it to be brought back to life.
When it comes to the forces of gentrification, these store owners show us that perhaps, the key is not to fight but to flow with it.
It's an open secret. Overwhelmed employees are Quiet Quitting. And, people are none the wiser. Local Quiet Quitters dish on why they do it.
Though more widely discussed, the topic proves to be stubbornly divisive—many people we interviewed did not want to be filmed for fear of reprisal.
Out with the old, in with the inclusive.
The Furry subculture is gaining ground in Singapore. But "popular culture likes to [wrongly] paint us as sex maniacs," one Furry tells us.
Yes, it may be hard to believe, but offline, non-digital hobbies exist.
Children of parents with dementia speak about filial piety, avoiding burnout, and guiding their loved ones through the fog.
The battered fish and fries of Long John Silver's needs no introduction. She’s an icon, a legend, and deserves the #maincharacter moniker.
Underneath their polished personas, high-flying insurance agents struggle to have it all too.
Adulting is hard. Having sex while kids run down the hallway is harder.
Kelvin's father quit smoking, thanks to a pharmacist. But do others see the profession as he does and give pharmacists the same admiration and respect?
Perhaps what Singapore employees need today is an emotional distance that can put work into perspective. At the very least, we can discover whether work-related activities are something we’d genuinely feel is the best use of our time.
Going on overseas student exchange trips—is this actually accessible to all? For one SMU student, her family’s financial circumstances are a daily reminder of the practical sacrifices she has to make while her peers enjoy the luxury of choice.3:31
Music producer. Bass guitar sessionist. Father. Colin Yong juggles all his roles with aplomb, but not without some thorny thoughts about the local music industry. Despite never making practical use of his Economics university degree, Colin’s perspective offers a pragmatic view of the socioeconomics at play in the music scene.4:28