Having to repeat a syllabus in Singapore that was almost identical to what I had in Stanford, and choosing to live on my own and support myself, I started to do freelance journalism out of boredom and to earn some money.
I got into journalism by accident. As a teenager in the late 1960s, spending my first summer in Singapore, I worked as an intern at The Straits Times, Singapore's main English-language newspaper, where I befriended Dr Wee Kim Wee, who later served as the President of Singapore from 1985 to 1993, and formed a lifelong friendship.
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