Biography of the Author Desmond Ng

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  1. The average bread consumption in Singapore is 13.3 kilogrammes per person every year.

    Wholemeal or multigrain? The truth about ‘healthier’ breads

    There is a whole range of breads, from white to fancy varieties. The nutritional facts about these options may be somewhat surprising, as Talking ...
  2. Singaporeans love to fly, but should they be less blase about air safety?

    How you can survive a plane crash (it’s not as rare as you think)

    Passengers can do a lot more to stay safe when flying, and avoid or even survive an accident. The programme Why It Matters finds out eight things ...
  3. President Joko Widodo aims to help make Indonesia the world’s fourth largest economy by 2045.

    The stumbling blocks in Jokowi’s plans to take Indonesia forward

    As the Indonesian President starts a new term, the programme Insight looks at his challenges ahead, such as corruption, a global economic slowdown ...
  4. End of the road for Mr Chan Tien Sang (centre) and his shop at Beauty World, after over 35 years.

    At Beauty World, old-timers and their trades are fading away

    Changing consumer patterns and a lack of successors mean some of the shopkeepers at the strata-titled mall have little choice but to give up their ...
  5. Once the larvae of the fall armyworm moth become big, they eat through chunks of leaves.

    How a ‘worm’ might affect prices of cereal, toothpaste and chicken rice

    An invasive species from the Americas has spread to Asia, ravaging cornfields and threatening the food supply chain. For Food’s Sake! has a closer ...
  6. Pro footballer, full-time singer — two careers that have given Syed Azmir lessons from failure.

    The footballer turned singer who lost both careers, and found his way again

    Motivated by fame, promising football player Syed Azmir chose to be a singer only to have it fall apart. Could he pick himself up and return to ...
  7. Ever wanted to sleep on the job? This how staff at e-commerce platform Shopee do it.

    How one firm is upping productivity — by helping its staff to sleep

    With poor sleep linked to productivity loss, Shopee is encouraging its employees to use the nap pods in its new premises, to get more out of them.
  8. Pork is Singapore’s second favourite meat, with more than 126,000 tonnes imported last year.

    What's making pork more expensive? There's a fatty belly factor

    Pork prices in Singapore have increased steadily owing to trends ranging from changing consumer preferences to rising oil prices, as For Food’s Sake!
  9. WIM killer heat future

    Why Singapore is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world

    Extreme heat, combined with the island’s high humidity, could be life-threatening, the programme Why It Matters discovers.
  10. TP PMD 11

    Why being hit by an e-scooter can be deadly - and a call to ban them from footpaths

    Capable of causing serious injuries even at the current legal speed limit, e-scooters are coming under more regulation – but some are arguing to ...