From the Mosque to the Moon

Have you ever wondered why the crescent moon and star are a widely accepted symbol of the Islamic religion?


“You’re Too Quiet”: Rethinking the Extrovert Ideal

For years, I struggled to figure out what was wrong. It was just not in my nature to confidently volunteer my thoughts in front of a crowd, or cheerfully banter with groups of people I was unfamiliar with.

Why are extroverts more preferred, and how can introverts find their place in a world that largely favours those who talk more?


Why Do We Love to Gamble During Chinese New Year?

With Lunar New Year approaching, we start to hear the familiar sounds again: house-visits are often backgrounded by the clicks and clacks of mahjong tiles, and peals of laughter that follow the ripples of “Double! Double!” in a game of In-Between.

But why do we gamble during this season? And is there a line to festive social gambling?


Not Everyone’s a Podium Finisher — And We Shouldn’t Need to Be

2021 was a grand year for the Singapore sports scene, with Paralympian Yip Pin Xiu defending her gold medal and badminton player Loh Kean Yew clinching the BWF World Championships title. But what are sports like for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Ignite follows a team of graduating Republic Polytechnic SHL students to find out more about how we can make sports more inclusive for youth with special needs.