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Andrew Purchase

Andrew Purchase is a South African who is passionate about Singapore as well as serving society. He loves reading and writing, and self-admittedly has a notoriously poor sense of humour.

Light is always brighter than darkness

If it were not for the bad event, the happy ending would not be as happy.

Light is always brighter than darkness

If it were not for the bad event, the happy ending would not be as happy.

The age of innocence

A lesson to learn from a 5-year-old.

The age of innocence

A lesson to learn from a 5-year-old.

Love at first sight of a different kind

A chance meeting, and then another, and they knew they were meant to be awesome together.

Love at first sight of a different kind

A chance meeting, and then another, and they knew they were meant to be awesome together.

Dreams, dignity and a muddy Jakarta slum

Under a highway bridge in Indonesia's capital, you can offer children dignity, so they can dream.

Dreams, dignity and a muddy Jakarta slum

Under a highway bridge in Indonesia's capital, you can offer children dignity, so they can dream.

Smiling Sindi's dream

'I accept myself the way I am. My family makes me happy. I choose friends well who have the same dream as me.' Find out what Sindi's dream is.

Smiling Sindi's dream

'I accept myself the way I am. My family makes me happy. I choose friends well who have the same dream as me.' Find out what Sindi's dream is.

Here's your knife back

The sting of betrayal comes from inside me. It is the message that I am not worthy. 

Here's your knife back

The sting of betrayal comes from inside me. It is the message that I am not worthy. 

Keeping it simple

A broken phone leads to thoughts of lust, contentment and the myth of new.

Keeping it simple

A broken phone leads to thoughts of lust, contentment and the myth of new.

Eating my own poison apple

"I felt so wronged, so injured. I started cultivating a seed of a grudge, which started bearing fruit."

Eating my own poison apple

"I felt so wronged, so injured. I started cultivating a seed of a grudge, which started bearing fruit."

What if you were the weakest?

If you had to design a society from scratch, would you choose to give the most disadvantaged the greatest benefit?

What if you were the weakest?

If you had to design a society from scratch, would you choose to give the most disadvantaged the greatest benefit?

Sometimes it's better to be second

Farmers, fast food and a family in reverse gear.

Sometimes it's better to be second

Farmers, fast food and a family in reverse gear.

What kind of world do we want?

One where everyone waits his turn or where there’s grace for those who jump the queue?

What kind of world do we want?

One where everyone waits his turn or where there’s grace for those who jump the queue?

After death comes life

The art of life is accepting change and making the most of what is to follow.

After death comes life

The art of life is accepting change and making the most of what is to follow.

Your snobbery stinks like my cheese

When race and class get in the way, things start to smell bad.

Your snobbery stinks like my cheese

When race and class get in the way, things start to smell bad.

Can $20 buy happiness?

How far will $20 go in Singapore? A social experiment with a sprinkle of creativity and a touch of kindness.

Can $20 buy happiness?

How far will $20 go in Singapore? A social experiment with a sprinkle of creativity and a touch of kindness.

He was facing death for drugs

Interpreting language takes on a whole different dimension when it involves the death penalty.

He was facing death for drugs

Interpreting language takes on a whole different dimension when it involves the death penalty.

Dirty water on my face

When the universe tests your moral pronouncements it often uses you as the lab rat. Sometimes a soaking wet lab rat.

Dirty water on my face

When the universe tests your moral pronouncements it often uses you as the lab rat. Sometimes a soaking wet lab rat.

Beauty and heroism

We all have difficulties to overcome. It means we can all be heroic.

Beauty and heroism

We all have difficulties to overcome. It means we can all be heroic.

Confronted by class

Finding common ground to perforate the superficial and enjoy other people.

Confronted by class

Finding common ground to perforate the superficial and enjoy other people.

Go ahead, laugh out loud

He laughed at himself and went from the village idiot to the loveable hero in one split second.

Go ahead, laugh out loud

He laughed at himself and went from the village idiot to the loveable hero in one split second.

The bus driver on the 13

Making someone else feel like a million bucks.

The bus driver on the 13

Making someone else feel like a million bucks.

Voyage across the hallway

The longest journey to the neighbour's front door can be the most rewarding. 

Voyage across the hallway

The longest journey to the neighbour's front door can be the most rewarding. 

Mandela can't do it all

"Sometimes I think people deify a hero in exchange for not having to act like the hero."

Mandela can't do it all

"Sometimes I think people deify a hero in exchange for not having to act like the hero."

The ripple

 A grandmother's love inspires a doctor. Find out how she responds.

The ripple

 A grandmother's love inspires a doctor. Find out how she responds.

What colour are you?

On issues of race and identity, it matters where you look.

What colour are you?

On issues of race and identity, it matters where you look.

Bedtime stories

Everyone has a story, but not everyone feels safe telling it. If you want to give people dignity, listen to them.

Bedtime stories

Everyone has a story, but not everyone feels safe telling it. If you want to give people dignity, listen to them.