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. Tom Iljas and Liong May Swan were not going to wait for Covid-19 to pass before tying the knot.

    A stroke and COVID-19 didn’t stop them marrying at 80. Here’s a lesson in love

    Tom Iljas and Liong May Swan had to cancel their original wedding ceremony owing to COVID-19. So they held the solemnisation in a hospital where ...
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    This farmer gave 600 homes cheap electricity that the power company couldn't

    At first, he was mocked for being “crazy”. But now, even the national electric company wants to buy his DIY hydro-power operation - and it all ...
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    Friends from other lands: The unique challenges of international students at one primary school

    One is grappling with English; another with local food; a third takes tuition in her native Russian and Mandarin. At neighbourhood schools like ...
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    Battling stigma and distrust, male pre-school teachers find joy in shaping young minds

    With men making up fewer than 1 per cent of pre-school educators in Singapore, those in the sector may need to work extra hard to prove themselves ...
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    Vegetarian rendang? In Padang, an iconic dish gets a healthier update

    Reputed in her village as a 'masterchef', Neni Rahdipa cooks traditional Minang recipes the old-school way her grandma taught her - using wood ...
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    ‘Just like us’: Singaporeans open hearts and homes to migrant workers

    Eight families inspired to invite migrant workers over for a meal, after a CNA Insider series, discover a new level of appreciation for their guests.
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    ‘Without him, I’d be in Boys’ Home’: The Normal Stream student who just needed someone to believe in him

    After barely scraping through to secondary school, Yap Zi Yang’s self-esteem was shattered - until a youth worker with The Scaffold Programme ...
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    Girl Guides forever: A sisterhood that's lasted over 50 years

    They are former Girl Guides and now part of the Trefoil Guild. Their friendship has gone from strength to strength since they were as young as ...
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    Defying frailty: How a 67-year-old is training to walk again

    He'd dreamed of travelling. Retiree Jack Liew never thought that instead, he'd be confined to a mobility scooter for two years, fighting pain and ...
  10. Can he consummate a marriage? Will any children he has “be like him”? Alex has faced such questions.

    I want a wife, not a maid: When a man with cerebral palsy looks for love, intimacy

    Like many of his peers, Alex, 33, craves companionship and a family of his own in future. But his disability is not the only challenge. He must ...