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A maestro’s retrospective

Singapore artist Goh Beng Kwan may be 82 years old, but he says he feels more in tune with colours and pigments than ever. The Cultural Medallion recipient, who is known for his abstract painting-collages, shows little sign of slowing down and has released a book which catalogues his work and charts the highlights of […]

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Play with ducks and mini-pigs at Chinese cafe

CHENGDU • Crowds in a Chinese eatery ignore their drinks to gather adoringly around four fluffy white ducks, phones poised ready for pictures, at the latest addition to China’s growing list of popular animal cafes. Hey! We Go, a cafe in the centre of the south-western city of Chengdu, is proving perfect fodder for the […]

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Virtuosic playing lacks some drama

Japanese conductor-composer-harpsichordist-organist Masato Suzuki was last heard with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, conducted by his father, Masaaki Suzuki. Last Friday, the younger Suzuki led the SSO in a programme with music linked to Leipzig, the early capital of Western classical music. Singapore-based pianist Albert Tiu joined them in two showpieces […]

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More women get to throw tomatoes as movie-review website diversifies

LOS ANGELES • Ms Shannon McGrew admits she has had it a little easier than other women establishing her chops as an online film critic. Unlike some of her contemporaries, she said, “I have not received death threats.” But during her nearly five years as a critic of horror movies on her own website, Nightmarish […]

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He started his career as a crab

Former Mediacorp actor Jeff Wang may have left the local entertainment scene close to 10 years ago, but the 42-year-old is still popular. On a recent trip back to Singapore from Taiwan, Wang, who is Taiwanese, told The Straits Times with a laugh: “A lot of people tell me they watched me growing up. I […]

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Doc Talk: What sparks joy in your life?

I may be at risk of revealing my age, but it did not seem too long ago that Singaporeans aspired to have the five Cs. For the benefit of the slightly younger generation, the five Cs refer to having ready cash, a condominium, a credit card, a car and a country club membership. These were […]

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When wisdom tooth removal goes wrong

A botched wisdom tooth removal is not commonly heard of, but it can kill taste, sensation in the mouth and even affect speech, say experts. Last week, a former head chef whose taste buds were compromised following a botched wisdom tooth extraction was awarded $105,000 for job loss, pain and suffering. Please subscribe or log […]

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Don’t brush your teeth too hard

If you think brushing your teeth hard helps keep them clean, think again. Brushing teeth too aggressively over a prolonged period can cause gums to recede. It is one of the changes in the mouth that can accompany ageing. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. […]

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Geriatric dentists are here to help

In the seven years since Singapore welcomed its first geriatric and special needs dentist, more has been done to cater to the oral care needs of the frail elderly, though there is a clear need for even more dentists with such training as the population ages. Today, there are five dentists who are trained in […]