The Valentine’s Day Gifts that Really Matter

While Valentine’s Day is traditionally touted as a time to celebrate love and happiness with a partner, for me, it’s also a reminder that unhealthy relationships exists and are actually quite common. No matter what age, gender, race, religion, education, or income level a person is, toxic relationships know no boundaries. Before I met my husband, I was in a relationship (during my uni years) which ended when a friend of mine intervened and drove me to the police station in the middle of the night.

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TFOOPFest: a New Festival that Explores the Lesser-Known Stories of Singapore’s History

This year marks 200 years since Raffles’ arrival in Singapore. To commemorate this milestone, a new month-long festival will take you on a journey to explore lesser-known micro-narratives of our past. Through films, performances, graphic novels, zines, and exhibitions, you might come to view people, communities, and places in a whole new light. This festival is called The Future of our Pasts Festival.   (more…)

Advertisement or Article? Marketers Don’t Want You to Know

Most people will tell you they hate advertisements. When watching television, these people will skip through commercials or subscribe to commercial-free streaming services like Netflix. On the internet, they will use ad-blockers. But, advertisers and marketers today are very sneaky. With the rise of native advertising, many ads blend in seamlessly with content. This makes it difficult to tell whether internet content — news, product/service reviews, how-to guides, etc. — is authentic or was developed/written purely for commercial purposes. Sadly, a recent study showed that >80% of today’s students were unable to tell an advertisement from a news article.

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