Category Archives: The Good Life

In Dielogue: Marilyn

Personal encounters of witnessing death often makes the topic of death much more real and close to heart. We know that death happens to everyone, but we never know when and where. In this series of Dielogue, we share the heartfelt personal experiences of a healthcare practitioner, who meets patients near their end of life.…

In Dielogue: Loretta X Charmaine

Delving into the social sector, requires a set of demanding aptitudes. Social workers are expected to handle different situations – from extending a willing pair of ears, to getting reprimanded by patients and riled into family conflicts. What makes us human is the ability to empathize and give advice – and that’s what our care…

Talking Death X Amutha

‘Choi, touch wood!’ Many times we’ve accidentally say something ‘bad luck’ only to immediately try in negating that quickly, by touching the nearest ‘wood’ next to us. The mere notion of Death itself is a taboo topic, but how far will we let fear define us? Especially with our multi cultural races here, is it…

Talking Death X Dr Tricia

Crossing the boundaries of moral ethics in honouring a dying patient’s last wishes, are decisions that medical practitioners always have to make. This is especially important in terms of balancing patients’ wishes to spend their last days in comfort with their caregivers’ strong desires to keep them alive for as long as possible. Meet Dr…

Marrakesh, Morocco: Arts & Crafts & Food

The Good Travels is a new segment to The Good Catalogue by our American contributor, Lauren Wittig. Lauren is currently on a 6-month globetrotting mission to uncover social good on her far-reaching travels and documents this on her blog, best.world.ever. This article has been republished with permission from Lauren and tells the tale of a…

Cape Town, South Africa: Uber Conversations

The Good Travels is a new segment to The Good Catalogue by our American contributor, Lauren Wittig. Lauren is currently on a 6-month globetrotting mission to uncover social good on her far-reaching travels and documents this on her blog, best.world.ever. This article has been republished with permission from Lauren and tells the tale of a…

Conversations With My School Canteen Cleaners

Written by: Clarissa Choo “Thank you uncle,” glancing up from my notes, I smiled at the cleaning uncle who was wiping the table beside mine. Studying in the canteen after school was something of a strange habit that I had, disliking the unnerving silence of the school library and fearing the wrath of the librarians.…

The Yardstick for Beauty

WRITTEN BY ANDREA LEE Hi, my name is Andrea. And no, I do not know what ‘Colourpop’ is. When I was 16, my mother bought me a rectangular plastic disc with some shiny looking pink stuff in it. On the ingredient list, it read “sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, octyl palmitate, methylparaben.” Methylparaben? What… is that?…