Toh Ee Ming

Toh Ee Ming

Toh Ee Ming is a Singaporean journalist with a fascination with people and places, covering everything from society, culture and the environment for the South China Morning Post, Associated Press, Southeast Asia Globe and more.

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Composting to cut food waste in Singapore and how the community, restaurants, even hotels are working together to fix the problem

Zero-waste activists in food-obsessed Singapore are promoting composting as a way to tackle the city state’s food-waste problem – but making good compost is harder than it looks.

Zero-waste activists in food-obsessed Singapore are promoting composting as a way to tackle the city state’s food-waste problem – but making good compost is harder than it looks.

22 Oct 2020 - 3:12PM
Adventure travel in Singapore: how to explore the city state’s wild side and connect with nature

Stuck at home amid Covid-19 travel restrictions, some Singaporeans have taken to exploring the wilder side of the city state, with small tour operators giving people a chance to connect with nature.

Stuck at home amid Covid-19 travel restrictions, some Singaporeans have taken to exploring the wilder side of the city state, with small tour operators giving people a chance to connect with nature.

28 Apr 2021 - 2:54PM
Why Singapore isn’t boring: its gritty underbelly explored by online series ‘Living in SIN’

Two young television rebels from online channel Not Safe For TV talk about their series that deep dives into Singapore’s juicier parts such as underground hip-hop, convicted street artists and the city state’s most notorious gangster.

Two young television rebels from online channel Not Safe For TV talk about their series that deep dives into Singapore’s juicier parts such as underground hip-hop, convicted street artists and the city state’s most notorious gangster.

19 Jun 2020 - 12:14PM
‘Death is everywhere’: in Malaysia, a toxic river haunts sick children

In March 2019, some 5,000 Malaysians in the town of Pasir Gudang fell ill after a company illegally dumped chemical waste into the nearby river. A year on, not much has changed.

In March 2019, some 5,000 Malaysians in the town of Pasir Gudang fell ill after a company illegally dumped chemical waste into the nearby river. A year on, not much has changed.

23 Mar 2020 - 9:22AM
We’re not weak, we’re Wonder Women: real Chinese femininity celebrated by group fighting traditional stereotypes through ancient dress and customs

In Singapore a group of women seek to subvert stereotypes of Chinese femininity and celebrate their heritage by promoting traditional dress and customs to prove that women in ancient times had their own power.

In Singapore a group of women seek to subvert stereotypes of Chinese femininity and celebrate their heritage by promoting traditional dress and customs to prove that women in ancient times had their own power.

14 Feb 2020 - 12:28PM
Singapore’s rarest monkeys need love and space to live, says local scientist devoted to saving primates

Singaporean is home to a number of monkey species, but the Raffles’ banded langur is the rarest, with only 60 surviving monkeys. Scientist Andie Ang has dedicated her life to trying to save these and other rare Asian monkeys.

Singaporean is home to a number of monkey species, but the Raffles’ banded langur is the rarest, with only 60 surviving monkeys. Scientist Andie Ang has dedicated her life to trying to save these and other rare Asian monkeys.

17 Jan 2020 - 3:45PM
Biohacking in Singapore: keto diets, fasting, flotation therapy, DNA kits – how people are looking to optimise health and longevity

From keto diets and fasting to flotation therapy and DNA kits, biohackers in Singapore are experimenting with all manner of ways to engineer their health and longevity in pursuit of an optimised life.

From keto diets and fasting to flotation therapy and DNA kits, biohackers in Singapore are experimenting with all manner of ways to engineer their health and longevity in pursuit of an optimised life.

14 Dec 2020 - 1:50PM
Africans in Singapore find ‘a place like home’ in student society, church fellowship as their numbers slowly grow

When Nabiila Nanfuka, from Uganda, sees a fellow African in Singapore she smiles, even if she doesn’t know the person, so rare are such encounters. Yet their numbers are growing and, through church and social groups, and a cafe, they are connecting.

When Nabiila Nanfuka, from Uganda, sees a fellow African in Singapore she smiles, even if she doesn’t know the person, so rare are such encounters. Yet their numbers are growing and, through church and social groups, and a cafe, they are connecting.

19 Nov 2019 - 1:06PM
Singapore opposition politician Chee Soon Juan launches party manifesto as election chatter grows

The 39-year-old opposition party is aiming for a comeback after spending the last two decades out of Parliament, which is dominated by the ruling People’s Action Party.

The 39-year-old opposition party is aiming for a comeback after spending the last two decades out of Parliament, which is dominated by the ruling People’s Action Party.

24 Jun 2020 - 3:18PM
China can either benefit from Japan-South Korea tensions or try to ease them, says Kishore Mahbubani

China can play the role of stabiliser in the ongoing dispute between Japan and South Korea, which could significantly change the chemistry of the region says former Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani.

China can play the role of stabiliser in the ongoing dispute between Japan and South Korea, which could significantly change the chemistry of the region says former Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani.

21 Sep 2019 - 11:54PM
Singapore must guard against division and distrust, warns leader-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat

Inequality, populism and polarisation pose threat to the city state’s economic success story, Heng tells summit of global corporate circles.

Inequality, populism and polarisation pose threat to the city state’s economic success story, Heng tells summit of global corporate circles.

21 Sep 2019 - 10:36PM
Economic discontent a primary force behind Hong Kong unrest, researchers in Singapore say

With many workers struggling to make ends meet and the young lacking a meaningful stake in the economy, hopes for a better future have been dashed, Singapore academics argue.

With many workers struggling to make ends meet and the young lacking a meaningful stake in the economy, hopes for a better future have been dashed, Singapore academics argue.

30 Aug 2019 - 3:29PM
Explainer | Explained: what’s behind Indonesia’s move to reclaim control of Riau Islands airspace from Singapore?

Widodo has pledged to take over control of the flight information region above Riau Islands, which has been managed by the city state since 1946.

Widodo has pledged to take over control of the flight information region above Riau Islands, which has been managed by the city state since 1946.

27 Aug 2019 - 4:36PM
Chinese toys boom being fuelled by adult male consumers of collectibles

Grown men are fuelling a boom in China’s toy collectibles market, spending thousands of dollars on figurines to express their identity, boost their street cred, and indulge their inner kid

Grown men are fuelling a boom in China’s toy collectibles market, spending thousands of dollars on figurines to express their identity, boost their street cred, and indulge their inner kid

18 Aug 2019 - 1:22PM
Forget bitcoin, this Singapore firm is using blockchain tech to build a smart city

Limestone Network’s first project is a 100-hectare development in Phnom Penh, involving homes, offices, malls and schools. It is looking to help cities in Southeast Asia overcome challenges such as pollution and traffic congestion.

Limestone Network’s first project is a 100-hectare development in Phnom Penh, involving homes, offices, malls and schools. It is looking to help cities in Southeast Asia overcome challenges such as pollution and traffic congestion.

14 Aug 2019 - 8:59AM
These insects are helping Singapore save the planet

The black soldier fly larvae bred at Insectta, the Lion City’s first urban insect farm, are a new line of defence in the war on food waste. Not only do they convert waste into fertiliser, sometimes, they become food themselves

The black soldier fly larvae bred at Insectta, the Lion City’s first urban insect farm, are a new line of defence in the war on food waste. Not only do they convert waste into fertiliser, sometimes, they become food themselves

5 Aug 2019 - 9:03AM
School of WeChat: the China study tours teaching tech to Singapore

From immersion learning about China’s most popular messaging app WeChat to guided tours around state-of-the-art Hema supermarkets, Singaporean firms are seeking to learn from the Middle Kingdom’s e-commerce success.

From immersion learning about China’s most popular messaging app WeChat to guided tours around state-of-the-art Hema supermarkets, Singaporean firms are seeking to learn from the Middle Kingdom’s e-commerce success.

19 May 2019 - 8:40AM