Letters written to the Forum

I still remember the first few times I wrote into the Straits Times Forum. I was quite excited about it and even though I didn’t know the procedure, whether they would inform me or not my letter was chosen, I spent the next few days searching the newspaper for my letters.

After a few failed attempts, I audaciously emailed the editor to question why my letters were not selected. I remember his assistant emailed me and explained how many letters they receive a day, and they can only publish those that are new (often, many people write in about the same issue) or immediately relevant to current issues.

With this in mind, I tried a few more times to let Singapore know my views and turned up with some successes. They were achievements to me because I consider them my first “publications”. This page shows my desire to reach out to the public and also but ability to communicate my thoughts in words.

Renaming Road Names without Disrespect
Renaming road names without disrespect
This letter was published online. I do not remember the exact date but I emailed it to the editor on 17/12/06. This is the unedited copy. I like street names as they make me wonder about their significance to the streets they label.

Put a postive spin to the Kallang Roar
6/2/07 Put a positive spin to the kallang roar
The editor called me up one evening to let me know this letter was selected and I told him to change some parts to sound more sensitive, in fear of criticism when published. And indeed, although no one replied to this letter, I do not think it’s well received as some people feel that the stadium is the place to let go of it all and do as they pleased. Without this element, a football match is not a football match. But being an encourager, I stand for what I have written.

Amazing Singaporeans
23/2/08 Amazing Singaporeans
The following week, there was a letter that disagreed with me. I welcome such conflicting response. This letter like my other letters were written while riding on an emotional wave generated by some event (whether having read an article, watched a TV show or witnessed a scene). Hence, it was lacking in objectivity. I often respond to events that make me feel proud of Singapore.

Article gave macaques a human face
1/4/08 Article gave macaques a human face
This letter was written from the heart and in praise of an article that enriched my mind and understanding.

It's about service and good dining
19/7/09 It’s about service and good dining
I’m back after more than a yearlong hiatus! πŸ™‚ Truly moved by a waitress who served me with no strings attached. We really should have more of such people in F & B since we Singaporeans like to eat so much. Nothing less than service from the heart!


4/4/11 The X Factor
A spur of the moment entry in response to a review article. It’s been so long since I wrote to the Forum. I’m amazed at the sub-editor! He/she edited my letter well to be concised and also to fit into the theme of the preceeding Bouquets! If you noticed they’re all talking about acts of kindness. πŸ™‚

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4/5/17

After a long hiatus, I am back. This time I wrote an article close to the theme of this job-hunting blog. It is published by Voices in Today and available here. It was inspired by the sad passing of Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute, my favourite author. 😦 His message lives on!

1 Comment

  1. Sharon Sim said,

    February 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    waah, didn’t know you also write in newspapers! that’s very interesting.


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