Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

Salute the sun

Some of the events at the Singapore Sun Festival (October 18-30) promise to broaden the horizons of epicureans. Rather than the ubiquitous wine dinners, the events integrate wine and cuisine with art, literature and wellness.

Sunday, 9 September, 2007, 12:00am

Well done

It's billed as the Oscar ceremony for Singaporean gastronomy: the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence on Saturday had some of the surprises of the Hollywood original. It even had a few fashion faux pas.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Dissatisfied customers

Singapore is once again waging war against poor service, particularly in its retail stores. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong led the call for better service in his National Day Rally speech in August, and since then Singaporeans have been inundated with newspaper articles about best and worst practices.

11 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

School quandary

The number of private schools in Singapore has mushroomed in recent years, cashing in on the government's aim to propel the city state as an education hub for the Asian region.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Sex for all

Singaporeans have been getting hot in their bedrooms recently. No, there's nothing wrong with the nation's air conditioning; that's as frigid as ever. But it seems that couples have been persuaded to do their national duty - and the result is a 3 per cent increase in the number of babies born between May and July, compared with last year.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The X factor

Singapore is rightly proud of its achievements. It is the second most competitive country, globally, after the US; the second most globalised nation; has the best business environment in the Asia-Pacific region; is the least corrupt in Asia; second in personal safety among the world's top 50 cities - and the list goes on. (In fact, there is a whole webpage dedicated to it).

12 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

It all adds up

Most of the expatriates I meet in Singapore look at me with horror and incredulity when I tell them that I am planning to send my children to local schools. 'But aren't you worried about the strict education system?' they ask. 'Don't you worry they'll all come out of the same mould?'.

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Wolves at the door

It is all too easy to fall into a false sense of security when living in Singapore. With a low crime rate, locals and expats alike think nothing of leaving a bag unattended or hanging loosely on the back of their chair. Bag snatches are almost unheard of, house break-ins are few and far between, and in the first half of the year, police reported only 12 murders.

9 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

No naked lunch

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed in public, that is the question. In relatively prudish Singapore, the issue is sparking renewed interest. It began when a breastfeeding mother was recently asked to leave the Esplanade Arts Centre by a security guard, because the other patrons might be put off by it.

22 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Dating game

Forget the baby debate that has been covering the pages of the local newspapers on an almost daily basis and threatening to turn you off procreating for the rest of your life (especially the articles about how much it costs to raise a child).

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Fear and loathing

Call it new discrimination for the 21st century. The Sars virus, which looks likely to stay with us for a while yet, has brought out the best and the worst in society. Whether in Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand or Singapore, discrimination - predominantly against Chinese - but also against anyone from countries affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome, is in full flow.

15 Apr 2003 - 12:00am