Money Matters

Scammed of almost $150,000 and weighed down by 8 bank debts, I started life anew

More than three years ago, I was involved in a scam case when a person made use of my kindness. After establishing an online friendship with me, he tried to sweet-talk me over the next few weeks....

Relationships

When family relationships hurt, take heart

When family relationships are estranged and acrimonious, the festive season may not be worth looking forward to. To top it off, if all of these are coming from a Christian household, it can be...

Family

“Don’t take family for granted”: How prayer and persistence got this Malaysian home for CNY

For the first time in two years, Malaysian Xie Ming Feng (30) was able to head back to Johor Bahru (JB) to be reunited with his family — just in time for Chinese New Year. Ming Feng is glad to able...

Devotionals

5 people in the Bible who inspire us to be brave

It’s the Year of the Tiger this Chinese New Year. Did you know the tiger represents bravery in Chinese culture? While we don’t believe in superstitions, it’s a good reminder to have...

Relationships

This CNY, here’s how to express your appreciation through the 5 love languages

I must confess that I’m not a big fan of Chinese New Year (CNY). It generally feels a bit too superficial for my liking (too many big parties with some people I’m not particularly close to and...

Relationships

5 clever comebacks to the most popular questions you’ll get at CNY

For some 29 years now – of which I was responsive for about 20 (there are gaps) – I have been going to Chinese New Year gatherings. That alone makes me highly qualified to write an article on how...

Singlehood

How God met me where I was — single and feeling left behind

I have been longing for a partner for as long as I can remember, to have a family where we all worship God together. However, my plans of getting married young did not happen. Instead, my 20s were...

Marriage

Why do I want a significant other?

I was four years old when I told my mum that I’d like to get married when I’m older. “Because,” I told my mum excitedly, “I’d like to wear a white dress — just like Cinderella!” I’m...

Christmas

No, I don’t want to write yet another Christmas card for the wrong reason

Ever since secondary school, I would write cards every Christmas. It began as a personal initiative where I would dedicate time and resources to decorate and write cards for friends and those who...