Biography of the Author Ruth Smalley

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Ruth Smalley

Journalist at CNA, Asia's leading English-language news platform.

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  1. Syazwan Rahmad, 30, is a self-employed dancer, choreographer and instructor.

    Surviving recession: My dance career, mental health suffered. I’m still finding my way back

    It’s been an intense period for 30-year-old dancer Syazwan Rahmad — from the impact on his livelihood and new norms for performers, to a big ...
  2. Meeting people when she volunteers in the neighbourhood helps Sara to de-stress.

    ‘If I say I’m poor, there’s someone poorer’: Struggling mum of 4 finds time to help others in pandemic

    ComCare recipient Sara has had to stretch her budget to feed her children, while managing to do volunteer work in her neighbourhood. She tells her ...
  3. Newlywed at 78 - lessons in love, in the time of COVID-19
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    Newlywed at 78 - lessons in love, in the time of COVID-19

    Is there love after 70? What about life after a stroke? Tom, 81, a Swedish national, and May Swan, 78, a Singaporean writer, married at Alexandra ...
  4. Looking for love
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    Looking for love

    Can a person with disability have sex? How do they find someone who'll love them as they are, and not see them as a burden? These are questions ...
  5. At the age of 51, Malcolm Vincent Rosario is considered a mature worker.

    Surviving recession: I was laid off twice within months. Now I help others like me find jobs

    As a jobless PMET, 51-year-old Malcolm Vincent Rosario tried to reskill — but things didn’t quite go as planned. He’s one of 12 Singaporeans who ...
  6. Burning out, but wildlife rescuer isn't giving up
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    Burning out, but wildlife rescuer isn't giving up

    “For the first time in 10 years, I felt too tired to go out and rescue animals."  In 2020, Kalai and his team at Animal Concerns Research and ...
  7. He lost his income, then sank into depression. Now this exotic dancer is fighting to get back on track
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    He lost his income, then sank into depression. Now this exotic dancer is fighting to get back on track

    Syazwan had a stable income as a freelance exotic dancer. But when the pandemic shut down bars and nightclubs, it also took away the biggest ...
  8. Bruised fruits? Beauty standards are a factor in food waste, but change is coming.

    When over 7 tonnes of chicken is discarded daily — the alarming scale of food waste in Asia

    Cities in Asia are losing all kinds of food. And most of this wastage happens even before consumers can make their purchases. In a three-part ...
  9. Food wastage occurring outside a wholesale market in Indonesia.

    Why our food supply chain is flawed, and these champions’ efforts to stop the waste

    It is a battle for produce in countries like India and Indonesia to reach consumers. Up to 40 per cent of food in Asia is lost post-harvest during ...
  10. An urban farm in Singapore, on the rooftop of Raffles City shopping centre.

    From Singapore to Hong Kong, how urban farming can help tackle food waste — but is it enough?

    A disconnect between consumers and their food supply chain has led to wasteful ways in cities like Singapore and Hong Kong. Bringing farming to ...