The Thin Grey Line

On the internet, “cultural appropriation” has become something akin to gunpowder. You can almost never mention it without setting off heated debates on what the term really means or whether something does or doesn’t count as cultural appropriation. It’s not that hard to see why either. The problem, however, is that cultural appropriation isn’t some clear-cut is/isn’t label that can be easily applied to a situation.

Grad Guidance: Mica Tan

Mica Tan graduated from BSM in 2018, as a former Head Girl, with a spot on the varsity basketball team and a position on the honor roll. As a member of Columbia University’s class of 2022, Mica has plenty of insight to share. We caught up with Mica and asked her a few questions about her IB experiences and her daily life in New York.

five last minute DIY halloween costumes

With halloween just around the corner, costumes are a necessity for all ages. Even those with busy schedules should be able to go out and get into the Halloween spirit. Save money and time with these five really simple homemade food-themed costumes. And the best part? All you need are a pair of scissors and five minutes of your time.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: We Can Do Better

Yet while this aspect of the film can be praised, it also raises the question of whether Crazy Rich Asians aims to celebrate Asians, or convince everyone that we are just like white people. And if the success of Asian representation in mainstream culture is predicated on the “we’re just like you” mentality, will there ever be space for unapologetically Asian stories?

Hello to Halo-Halo!

The Filipino culture and society, being a smorgasbord of cultural influences, is a halo-halo in its own sense. A jumble of elements, textures, and flavours, the drink-sundae hybrid is not only a to-go snack for the summertime but also a perfect representation of the Philippines itself.

Habitat For Humanity: What is it?

You’ve probably encountered the word ‘builds’ at one point, or wrote about what you were grateful for on the Habitat for HumaniTREE, or even ordered a rose and a serenade for your beloved sweetheart in school. But have you ever wondered who was behind all this?


Dress fittings. Hair appointments. Hours searching for the appropriate makeup artist. However, the modern interpretation of the prom is significantly distinct from the notion of it 200-or-so years ago.