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Married Life - Getting Along With Your Significant Other

We've all heard of marriage being the grave of love, end of freedom, and other such undesirable things. According to Straits Times journalist Leong Ching, however, there is hope for after the wedding!

This collection of 24 stories from Leong Ching's "Married Life" column are episodes and anecdotes from her days with the Significant Other. How (not) to get along, what to say, what to do, what to buy. At once warm and sensitive, the articles touch on many aspects of being half of a whole in Singapore - from courtship to babies, from romance to family policies. And in between, there's the Singapore Dream....

And then there are the true stories, all from the heart of Singapore: the old, windowed birdcage-maker in his lonely room, the forklift driver who makes a clock out of an old LD...

Married Life is the book to get for your own Significant Other.

Five Singaporean personalities give their opinion on what it means to be married as do readers of the column.


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Simple Jack
Simple Jack is a collection of simple life stories, quotes and anecdotes from Jack Sim, the iconoclastic founder of World Toilet Organisation (WTO).

As Jack puts it, life is full of contradictions, and we are often unsure about ourselves. We all live in our own personal universe. We see the world from our own unique points of view. We have become a nation of reluctant conformists, yet we lack the courage to become innovators.

This book contains simple daily philosophies for us to cope with living in a confusing world. Through this book, Jack attempts to help us free ourselves from the prescriptive nature of society.

Simple Jack will be an interesting read for all and will be immensely useful to anyone struggling to discover their identity in this fast changing world.

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THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: BENJAMIN SHEARES
He was a well-known doctor and professor, and was one of the leading names in obstetrics and gynaecology in Singapore for decades.

And when he was 63 years old, he was asked to be the second President of Singapore, after the first President Yusof Ishak died in 1970.

What was Benjamin Sheares like as a President? Did he continue practising as a doctor after he became President? And who described
him as “a perfect gentleman?”

The answers to these questions and more can be found in this easy-to-read book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower
secondary pupils.

It has many photographs of Benjamin Sheares and readers will enjoy seeing him in his early years, when he was a professor, and also in
more relaxed, unguarded moments.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
• The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
• The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
• The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.
The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.
With pages to scan for additional material To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers,
Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Where’s Grandma, which won the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2013.

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THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: DEVAN NAIR
C.V. Devan Nair, the son of a rubber plantation clerk, rose from humble beginnings to become an outstanding union leader, a Member of Parliament, and eventually President of Singapore.

This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, describes Nair’s childhood and his years growing up in an anti-colonial household.

It also describes in detail how, during the tumultuous post-war years, Nair came to the attention of the British authorities, who were cracking down on anti-colonial activities, and ended up spending a total of about five years in detention.

It gives an excellent overview of the exciting early years of Nair’s life in the 1950s and 60s as a teacher, a unionist and an MP, and highlights his dedication and contributions to the NTUC.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
• The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
• The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
• The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.

The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.
With pages to scan for additional material
To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers, Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Where’s Grandma, which won the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2013.


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THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: YUSOF ISHAK
Every time we use a Singapore bank note, we see his face – the face of Yusof Ishak, the first President of Singapore.

But did you know that he had to overcome challenges in his life and was also a champion in sports such as weightlifting and boxing?

And not many people know that when he got married, in 1949, he and his wife lived in a kampung house with no electricity – the
couple used kerosene lamps for light.

This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, will make this icon of Singapore come alive. It is suitable for
anyone who wants an overview of the life and background of the first President of Singapore.

General readers will come away with a better appreciation of him as a leader, a newspaperman and a family man, and will enjoy the
many photographs of Yusof Ishak, at formal occasions and in less formal moments.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
• The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
• The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
• The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.
The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.

With pages to scan for additional material
To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers, Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered
company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Where’s Grandm, which won the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2013.

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Car, Castello & Quill - Experiencing A Biography

Vetern English writer Raymond Flower's annual sabbatical at the Bayview Beach Resort in Penang resulted in a working arrangement with Winston Lim, who was a Public Relations executive at the hotel. While assisting Raymond with "computer-related stuff", Winston discovers a latent talent for spinning a story.

Ostensibly a biography of his mentor, Car, Castello & Quill is also the tale of how a new writer experiences the events that form the idyllic setting of Raymond's personal history. The action switches from England to Egypt to Italy, but always returns to the idyllic tropical resort.


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Writing Your Autobiography

Everyone has one book that they are qualified to write – their own life story. But not everyone knows how to go about doing it. Now, with this little book, which will have them chuckling as they read it, they can get expert advice and finally get started.

Writing Your Autobiography is a blueprint for the would-be autobiographer. It takes you step by step through all the issues, from literary styles to practical matters such as how to get published.


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Celebrating Family: 101 Real-Life Stories on Love And Inspiration

Celebrating Family: 101 Real-Life Stories on Love And Inspiration is a collection of stories, quotes and pictures of people from all walks of life. The real-life stories featured create a tapestry of the colourful nuances of family life in Singapore.

Among the intimate portraits is gamut of experiences, but also universal themes of love, humour, triumph, challenge and sorrow. From examining your role in the family to finding ways to have fun together, the many life lessons woven together in this book will inspire you, make you think or simply bring a smile to your face.

Whoever you are, a working mum or a five-year-old child, a man on the street or a media personality, everyone has a family story to tell. 

What's yours?


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CLOSE WATCH - A Nation's Resolve to Secure Singapore
CLOSE WATCH documents Singapore's efforts in countering the threat of terrorism since the country was stunned by the arrests of several Jemaah Islamiyah members here following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.
This book details what goes on behind the scenes as the authorities endeavour to keep the country safe from terrorist attacks. The whole-of-government approach to the threat is augmented by contributions from a cross-section of society, from the private sector to religious organisations and members of the public. Together, their collective vigilance is a testimony to the whole-of-nation effort in keeping our home safe.

AUTHOR
Ben Nadarajan has been a journalist with The Straits Times for 10 years and has won several in-house and international awards for his work. He likes writing about crime, security and legal issues, although he has dabbled in science, environmental and foreign affairs stories as well. He grew up wanting to write fiction, but ended up writing non-fiction instead.

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The Quah Kim Song Story
“What made Quah Kim Song such a great football star? I think it was a combination of talent, hard work, discipline, courage and great team spirit. He also had a great coach in Uncle Choo Seng Quee. I like the story told by Kim Song.” – PROF TOMMY KOH, Honorary Chairman, National Heritage Board

“I especially loved Kim Song’s portrait of his carefree youth. I could feel, smell, hear, touch those Quah family Sundays at the Sembawang seaside bungalow! What a family, what a lost way of life! ” – ILSA SHARP, Editor/writer and former long-time Singapore resident

“I witnessed first-hand how good the Quahs were at the ‘beautiful game’. They were football artists as well as artisans, and born with natural talent and impeccable skills that were admired by fans in Singapore and beyond.” –GODFREY ROBERT, Consulting Editor, The New Paper, and former Straits Times Sports Editor

The Quah Kim Song Story is about football in Singapore and the region, told in Kim Song’s colourful football vernacular to Jacintha Stephens. This book, she says, “is of a special time and place in Singapore’s social history. Of a moment in time when a young nation suddenly found a common goal and identity – and roared their allegiance as their football team played their hearts out. This was the birth of the great Kallang Roar.”

For almost three decades, there was a Quah in the national team. A legacy started by Quah Kim Beng in the late 1950s ended with Quah Kim Song in the early 1980s. In between there were Kim Swee, Kim Siak and Kim Lye, and three sisters, Theresa, Doreen and Rosa, who also donned national colours. In his book, Kim Song delves deep into what the Quahs were all about. His anecdotes and experiences, particularly on the football pitch, added to his lively sketches of crucial games, teammates, coaches and competitors, make this a rich memoir of the Kallang Roar era. Prof Tommy Koh, in his Foreword, writes that “When the Singapore national team was playing at its peak, the whole nation was proud of it and followed each match with bated breath. …Every great team must have an inspiring striker. Quah Kim Song was our inspiring striker in the 1970s.”

CONTENTS: Foreword by Prof Tommy Koh • Baptism of Fire • “He’s My Brother!” • Kicking Around in My Backyard • Serving School and Country on the Field • Meeting My Mentor • The Cup Whisperer • Breaking Hearts – and Legs • Gearing Up for Battle • Ending the 12-year Drought • After the World Cup • So Hard To Say Goodbye

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