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Playing a solo tune

Modern life and low-calibre men drive Thai women to go it alone, reports CHAWADEE NUALKHAIR.

An open window

The physically- and mentally-challenged are hopeful that they will be given time to fine-tune the proposed Persons with Disabilities Act before it is tabled in Parliament to ensure a fair representation of their diverse needs, writes PANG HIN YUE.

Nose for trends

A nose by any other name is just as prominent. As fickle fashion goes, even the honker will see good times and bad in the beauty stakes, writes DEA BIRKETT.

Dangerous liaison

From Sinful Woman

A triumphant return

There are thousands of Indonesian women working in Malaysia, the majority of them as maids. They come in search of decent paying jobs to support the families they left behind. That much Malaysians know. Yet, few employers really know what the salaries they pay their maids mean to these women and their families and how their lives are actually transformed. I>StarMag/Idecided to find out by following one maid home when she returned for her granddaughter#8217;s wedding. B>PHILIP GOLINGAI/Breports from Banyuwangi, Indonesia.

Wrapping children in cotton wool

Some parents say they want their children to grow up to be independent, even courageous. But their behaviour actually tells kids the reverse.

Money talks

How often have we heard individuals say they abhor plastic surgery? Very often, I#8217;m sure. But if there#8217;s so much contempt in the air, why does the crowd continue to stream into these clinics?

Leadership by example

IT'S 2003! A new year which spells new beginnings, and which calls for new resolutions, ideas and changes in our lives.

Ban on free plastic bags

TAIWAN authorities slapped a ban on the free distribution of disposable polystyrene tableware and plastic bags last Wednesday despite an outcry from the industry.

Hope on the line

EXCUSE me for being adamant about not hanging up my party hat and all the seasonal and nostalgic frills just yet even though we#8217;ve advanced nine days into a squeaky clean new year.