Proud to be Singaporean!

I dare say we are leading up to one of the most EXCITING weekends here in Singapore. Having missed the chance to vote twice before, no thanks to a hectic travel-work schedule, I’m super stoked to participate in my first experience come Friday! And I think I’m not the only one who’s excited too… everyone’s all buzzing about the upcoming general elections, it’s slipped their mind to complain about the awfully bad haze (PSI 117)!

Having been around the world (figuratively and literally), nothing beats being home… So to a certain extent, I really believe that you should care about what happens in Singapore, in this context, because your decision will affect your future and that of your next generation. Don’t you think? …Let the Game of Thrones begin!

Meanwhile, a quick update about my ongoing passion project #SG50books50days 🙂 Some media have picked it up and that’s just super duper awesome. I really do hope more people start picking up books again… especially Sing Lit!

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Thanks Amanda for snapping this picture and sending it over to me! That’s a half-page feature on this week’s issue of 8DAYS magazine. Last week, TODAY wrote a feature on it too. If you missed the newspaper edition, you can read it online here.

The positive feedback for #sg50books50days from both Singaporeans, as well as, foreigners is truly very encouraging! Later this afternoon (9/9/15) I’ll be placing Ram Tiwary’s gripping autobiography 99 Months: The Case of the Sydney Double Murders somewhere in Singapore… that makes it book #21 of the on-going local book hunt! Personally, I felt that it’s a really good read and I actually cried when I finished Tiwary’s heartfelt story.

You may remember the high-profile case of the double homicide in Sydney where 2 Singaporean men were violently murdered; fatally stabbed with their skulls gruesomely bashed in by a baseball bat… attacked allegedly by their fellow Singaporean flatmate, who had just purchased his baseball bat a week before. Tiwary, who said that he was asleep in his room when the massacre happened in their rented house, was deeply implicated and spent 99 months in an Australian maximum security prison; only tasting freedom after his third appeal to the courts was successful and he was found to be not guilty at the retrial.

There is no closure for the families of Tay Chow Lyang and Tony Tan Poh Chuan, with Tiwary’s release because the Australian police have no one else to peg the crime on. Whether or not Ram Tiwary is innocent, that’s between him and God. We can however, read his autobiography to know his version of the highly publicized story, which has been sensationalised by media here and overseas.

On a lighter and happier note, please check out our new book and magic reviews just out today – Folks out there who are serious about Mentalism would be happy to know that we’ve also included a review of Epique by local magician Nique Tan! Nique’s latest offering is very clever, and in a big to keep this delightful secret “underground”, you’ll have to contact Nique directly on his website for a copy of his manuscript.

Lastly, do check out my interview with Singaporean entrepreneur and all-round super mom Ann Lim! She has also very generously extended a 25% discount off to all NingThing readers, so check out the discount code at the end of her interview. Enjoy!

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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