Thien Nhan, an update

Thien Nhan, now 12 years old, is a grade 6 student.

On weekends during his free time, he plays basketball,
soccer and swims. He is a member of his secondary school’s
basketball team.

His Facebook account is not longer active because Mai Anh,
his adoptive mother, doesn't want him to be famous or have
any differential treatment compared with his friends.

Both Thien Nhan and Mai Anh still visit children with
genital traumas, either by birth or caused by an accident
(like Thien Nhan), so as to inspire and encourage them.

Here are some photos of Thien Nhan in daily life:

From left: Thien Nhan, Little Minh, Mai Anh and Big Minh

Barking up the wrong tree

I did this (published on Jan 31, 2018)...

...and then someone sent a not-so-pleasant letter to the national paper:

After the accident involving a 61-year-old woman
who was frightened by the sight of a cockroach,
I have seen a few comics in The Straits Times
and Lianhe Zaobao about the incident.

I found the comics hilarious initially,
but on closer look, I discovered that the people
shown to be scared by the cockroach were always women.

I was appalled by that because, by showing a woman,
the comics send the warped message that women
are socialised to show fear, while it is
not socially acceptable for men to have fears.

I believe that comics should be funny,
but cartoonists must be careful of the impression
the comics might leave on people,
such as gender stereotypes.

For example, these comics on the cockroach incident
may strengthen the notion that women are afraid
of insects and cannot handle such minor adversities.

We need to allow the younger generation to realise
that both genders can have fears.

Wee Ai Lee Ginnie, 14
Secondary 3 student


My comics "send the warped message that women are socialised to show fear,
while it is not socially acceptable for men to have fears" ??

But it can't be, 'cos I also did this:

Maybe it was published way before that writer was born?

Let me check...

Hmm, 2015.

So, nope.

Simplified CPR could save more lives: Study

Published on Dec 18, 2017

Squeamish about giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?
The good news is you can help revive someone without doing so,
in a way that may even be more effective.

A local study has found that those who learn a
simplified form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
can better remember what they have learnt and
are arguably more effective in saving lives.

This simplified CPR omits mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Instead, the focus is on carrying out continuous chest compressions.

I drew this by switching the genders around:

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work.

But at least I won't get accused of stereotyping
(see the previous post).

Two-wheeled eyesores

Published on Oct 27, 2017

It is good that the authorities are finally doing something to make
Singapore landscapes more pleasing to look at.

On Feb 6, 2018, a new licensing framework for bike-sharing operators
was announced, in a move to curb illegal bicycle parking.

It will require operators to remove improperly parked bicycles on public land
within a stipulated period, and penalise users who park indiscriminately.

Operators will also have to introduce schemes to discourage users from
parking the bicycles indiscriminately, which could involve high-accuracy

Geofencing technology creates a virtual boundary that sends out an alert
when a bike enters or leaves an area, and is aimed at curbing
indiscriminate parking.

But what if...

Misalignment mystery

Published on Jan 15, 2018



A photo of the linkway that was not directly above the
traffic light crossing had gotten some people perplexed.



It turned out that the plan was for the shelter to be built first,
then the pedestrian crossing to be shifted under it.