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Laugh and cry with these theatre shows in Singapore happening March to July 2020

Few experiences are more powerful than being swept up in a good drama - the kind that makes you ugly-cry till the snot runs, cackle till your ribs hurt, or both at once. Ready for some live intrigue? We've rounded up the best theatre and stage productions h
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Laugh and cry with these theatre shows in Singapore happening March to July 2020

Few experiences are more powerful than being swept up in a good drama - the kind that makes you ugly-cry till the snot runs, cackle till your ribs hurt, or both at once. Ready for some live intrigue? We've rounded up the best theatre and stage productions happening in Singapore from March through July this year. Coronavirus and some cancellations aside, the show must go on - here're the hottest plays, musicals, and dance performances you need to get booking. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 7 February to 8 March 2020 | Wild Rice @ Funan PHOTO: wildriceWild Rice hits the big 2-0 this 2020, and it's set to celebrate with a wilder, wackier lineup than ever. Kicking off the season is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, spiced up with an all-male cast.

Coronavirus spurs Singapore and Hong Kong Christians to see crisis as test of faith and unity

As the novel coronavirus spreads in Asia, health authorities zeroing in on community infections have found a surprising commonality - many of the cases are springing from Christian churches. In Singapore, a third of the 89 reported coronavirus infections ar
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Coronavirus spurs Singapore and Hong Kong Christians to see crisis as test of faith and unity

As the novel coronavirus spreads in Asia, health authorities zeroing in on community infections have found a surprising commonality - many of the cases are springing from Christian churches. In Singapore, a third of the 89 reported coronavirus infections are linked to two churches; in South Korea, more than 200 of the 556 cases are linked to one church. No infection clusters in Hong Kong churches have been identified. Globally, Covid-19 has now spread to 25 countries, with more than 78,000 infections and 2,300 deaths worldwide. The situation has left church leaders like Ian Toh pondering: What is the narrative of God in everything that has been happening?

3 teenagers investigated for spit on lift buttons at Rumbia LRT

SINGAPORE - Three male teenagers are being investigated by the police for spitting on the lift buttons in a lift at Rumbia LRT station. The incident, which came to light on Thursday (Feb 20) after SBS Transit posted a photo on Facebook of the lift buttons co
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3 teenagers investigated for spit on lift buttons at Rumbia LRT

SINGAPORE - Three male teenagers are being investigated by the police for spitting on the lift buttons in a lift at Rumbia LRT station. The incident, which came to light on Thursday (Feb 20) after SBS Transit posted a photo on Facebook of the lift buttons covered in spittle, had sparked condemnation coming amid the coronavirus outbreak. SBS Transit, the operator of the Sengkang LRT line, said it had lodged a police report over the «abhorrent act». On Saturday, the police said in a statement that it is investigating three 15-year-olds over the incident, for an offence of mischief.

Coronavirus: 3 new cases in Singapore, bringing total to 89; 2 discharged including 6-month-old baby

SINGAPORE - There are three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Singapore, bringing the total number infected to 89, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (Feb 22). Two more patients infected with the coronavirus have been discharged, bringing
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Coronavirus: 3 new cases in Singapore, bringing total to 89; 2 discharged including 6-month-old baby

SINGAPORE - There are three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Singapore, bringing the total number infected to 89, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (Feb 22). Two more patients infected with the coronavirus have been discharged, bringing the number of people discharged to 49. The two discharged are Case 19, a 28-year-old permanent resident who works at Chinese health products shop Yong Thai Hang, and Case 28, her six-month-old son. Of the new cases announced, one is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God, and one was among the group of Singaporeans evacuated from Wuhan on Feb 9. Contact tracing is under way for the remaining case to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to China. Case 87 is a 32-year-old male Singapore citizen who was evacuated from Wuhan on a specially arranged Scoot flight on Feb 9. He was without symptoms when he boarded the flight and was put under quarantine upon landing in Singapore. He was confirmed to have the coronavirus disease, known as Covid-19, on Friday afternoon.

'Certified organic' food in Singapore: What does it mean?

As demand for healthier food products has increased over the years, organic food is becoming more and more common in Singapore's supermarkets, shops and even wet markets. However, is it really true that organic food is healthier than non-organic food? What d
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'Certified organic' food in Singapore: What does it mean?

As demand for healthier food products has increased over the years, organic food is becoming more and more common in Singapore's supermarkets, shops and even wet markets. However, is it really true that organic food is healthier than non-organic food? What does «organic» really mean? WHAT DOES ORGANIC FOOD MEAN? The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) does not have a definition of organic foods. However, organic food and drink generally refers to products that are made in compliance with organic standards in Singapore, meaning that they are: Grown naturally without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and insecticides; and Not modified or processed using synthetic products and additives. LABELLING FOOD AS «ORGANIC» IN SINGAPORE According to section 9B(5) of the Food Regulations, food can only be labelled as «organic» if it has been certified as «organic» under an inspection and certification system that:

Bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles to get MMA training in S'pore following invite from One founder Chatri

Australian Quaden Bayles will be in Singapore to undergo mixed martial arts training after his family accepted an invitation from One Championship founder Chatri Sityodtong on Friday (Feb 21). The martial arts champion, 49, offered an all-expenses-paid trip
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Bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles to get MMA training in S'pore following invite from One founder Chatri

Australian Quaden Bayles will be in Singapore to undergo mixed martial arts training after his family accepted an invitation from One Championship founder Chatri Sityodtong on Friday (Feb 21). The martial arts champion, 49, offered an all-expenses-paid trip and has also promised to “teach (Quaden) personally myself”. Nine-year-old Quaden has been bullied at school for his dwarfism. He received an outpouring of support after a video of him was uploaded to Facebook by his mother, Yarraka Bayles. The clip – watched more than 16 million times by Friday – showed him crying and repeatedly saying he wanted to die after being bullied at school. “I want to help this little boy because I want to use our power to help those who are powerless,” Chatri told The Sunday Times on Saturday. 

4 arrested for e-commerce scams involving face masks, hand sanitisers

Four people have been arrested for their suspected involvement in separate e-commerce scams that left buyers in the lurch after payments were made for face masks, hand sanitisers and other items. The crackdown comes amid a high demand for masks and other ite
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4 arrested for e-commerce scams involving face masks, hand sanitisers

Four people have been arrested for their suspected involvement in separate e-commerce scams that left buyers in the lurch after payments were made for face masks, hand sanitisers and other items. The crackdown comes amid a high demand for masks and other items used in the fight against the coronavirus, with panic buying leaving store shelves empty. The police said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 22) that they had received many reports between Jan 2 and Feb 19 from people who said they had been cheated by online sellers advertising face masks for sale. The sellers became uncontactable after payments were made through bank transfers, the police said.

Coronavirus: 10 more patients in S'pore discharged; 1 new case linked to woman who had dengue

Ten more patients who had the coronavirus disease have been discharged, the highest number since Singapore reported its first case on Jan 23. There is one new confirmed case, bringing the total number infected to 86, the Health Ministry (MOH) said on Friday
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Coronavirus: 10 more patients in S'pore discharged; 1 new case linked to woman who had dengue

Ten more patients who had the coronavirus disease have been discharged, the highest number since Singapore reported its first case on Jan 23. There is one new confirmed case, bringing the total number infected to 86, the Health Ministry (MOH) said on Friday (Feb 21). Of the total cases, 47 - more than half - have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital. Most of the 39 confirmed cases who are still hospitalised are stable or improving. Five are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, one more than the day before. Asked about whether the new high of discharged cases could point to a positive trend, an MOH spokesman said Singapore’s numbers need to be put into the context of global efforts to fight the virus. Even if the country manages to contain the outbreak and others do not, there is always a chance that the coronavirus can be “reseeded” into Singapore again, he said. “So it’s a little bit hard for me to tell you, even if the numbers come down... That we’re actually free of the virus,” he added.

7 things to do on Kusu Island, the secret island 45 minutes away from Singapore

Of legends, superstition and mystery The story behind the island (Read it here!) is a little sketchy, but all accounts involve a giant tortoise transforming itself into an island. Located only 5.6 kilometres off the main island of Singapore, it's popular wi
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7 things to do on Kusu Island, the secret island 45 minutes away from Singapore

Of legends, superstition and mystery The story behind the island (Read it here!) is a little sketchy, but all accounts involve a giant tortoise transforming itself into an island. Located only 5.6 kilometres off the main island of Singapore, it's popular with in-the-know day-trippers, even if you don't believe in its supernatural prowess. GETTING THERE Make your way to Marina South Pier (right next to Marina South Pier MRT Station) and buy your ferry tickets from Singapore Island Cruise around the main entrance of the pier. Book your tickets here. Do note you are not allowed to camp or stay overnight on the island, so remember to keep track of time to catch the last ferry back to the mainland! 1. VISIT HISTORIC SACRED SITES The main highlights of the 85,000 square metre island are the three Malay shrines and the Chinese temple.

A level results: RI graduate teased for his birth defects in primary school scores straight As

SINGAPORE - In primary school, children teased him with names like 'vampire' and 'botak'. Raffles Institution graduate Loh Yih Hang has no sweat glands and minimal salivary glands. The 18-year-old looks older than he is, with no hair and missing teeth. &laq
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A level results: RI graduate teased for his birth defects in primary school scores straight As

SINGAPORE - In primary school, children teased him with names like 'vampire' and 'botak'. Raffles Institution graduate Loh Yih Hang has no sweat glands and minimal salivary glands. The 18-year-old looks older than he is, with no hair and missing teeth. «I look more or less like this since young,» he said. «Back then I was a bit uncomfortable with it and I didn't really know how to deal with it... but my parents told me not to care about what other people say about me,» said Yih Hang. On Friday, he collected his A-level results from the school where he was a student for six years. He scored straight As for all his subjects - H2 physics, chemistry, mathematics and geography, as well as H1 general paper and project work. Yih Hang hopes to pursue computer science in a local or overseas university. Diagnosed at birth with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, he is also susceptible to heat stroke as the condition makes him unable to sweat and expel heat. But he also developed a «thick skin» to block the nasty comments, he said.

Taxi driver allegedly strangled and punched in attempted robbery; police investigating

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating an attempted robbery in Hougang on Thursday morning (Feb 20) in which a taxi driver was allegedly strangled and punched by the robber. The police saidon  Friday they received a call on the attempted robbery at 4.58a
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Taxi driver allegedly strangled and punched in attempted robbery; police investigating

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating an attempted robbery in Hougang on Thursday morning (Feb 20) in which a taxi driver was allegedly strangled and punched by the robber. The police saidon  Friday they received a call on the attempted robbery at 4.58am on Thursday, and that the 54-year-old man was taken to Sengkang General Hospital from Hougang Avenue 6. Facebook user Muhd Taufiq, who claims to be the taxi driver's son, said in a Facebook post on Thursday that his father was allegedly assaulted by a man who looked to be in his mid-30s. His father picked the passenger up at Hougang Central Bus Interchange, but was given «abrupt» instructions to stop at a bus stop. There, the passenger was accused of strangling his father from behind the driver's seat and punching his face several times before fleeing from the scene. Mr Taufiq added that his father pressed on the car horn during the altercation to seek help from passers-by but there was no one around.

Virtual reality is being used to help girls deal with sexual harassment on campus, and Monica Baey approves

Sexual harassment in colleges is a disquieting issue that afflicts campuses around the world, but it’s one that’s finally holding larger scrutiny in Singapore of late.  There were 56 cases of sexual misconduct involving students from six local universit
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Virtual reality is being used to help girls deal with sexual harassment on campus, and Monica Baey approves

Sexual harassment in colleges is a disquieting issue that afflicts campuses around the world, but it’s one that’s finally holding larger scrutiny in Singapore of late.  There were 56 cases of sexual misconduct involving students from six local universities in the last three years, revealed Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in parliament last year. And that’s not counting the cases that have gone unreported by scared or silenced victims.  With that dreadful data in mind, four Nanyang Technological University undergraduates have an idea on how to harvest technology — specifically, virtual reality — to help make university campuses a safer place for their fellow students. 

Coronavirus: 1 new case in S'pore, no known link yet to previous cases; 3 patients discharged

SINGAPORE - One new case of the coronavirus disease was confirmed on Thursday (Feb 20), bringing the total number of infected people here to 85. The new case is a 36-year-old male Chinese national who is a work pass holder with no recent travel history to Ch
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Coronavirus: 1 new case in S'pore, no known link yet to previous cases; 3 patients discharged

SINGAPORE - One new case of the coronavirus disease was confirmed on Thursday (Feb 20), bringing the total number of infected people here to 85. The new case is a 36-year-old male Chinese national who is a work pass holder with no recent travel history to China. He was confirmed on Thursday morning to have the coronavirus disease, known as Covid-19, and is now warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Meanwhile, three more patients were discharged from hospital on Thursday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). To date, a total of 37 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged. Of the 48 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable and improving. Four are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. As of noon on Thursday, MOH has identified 2,616 close contacts, with 1,147 currently quarantined. Another 1,469 have completed their quarantine. MOH also provided more details of the confirmed cases announced on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: S'pore confirms first patient with both Covid-19 and dengue, all warded with her quarantined at Ng Teng Fong

SINGAPORE - Singapore has confirmed the first patient to be infected with both the coronavirus disease and dengue. All other patients who had been warded with the woman when she was admitted as a dengue patient are now quarantined at Ng Teng Fong General Hos
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Coronavirus: S'pore confirms first patient with both Covid-19 and dengue, all warded with her quarantined at Ng Teng Fong

SINGAPORE - Singapore has confirmed the first patient to be infected with both the coronavirus disease and dengue. All other patients who had been warded with the woman when she was admitted as a dengue patient are now quarantined at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (Feb 20). The 57-year-old Singaporean, who is case 82, is the only known person here with both diseases, MOH said. She visited the hospital last Thursday and Saturday, and was admitted as a dengue patient in a general ward on the second visit. MOH said on Thursday (Feb 20) that she was not misdiagnosed and that her symptoms and laboratory results were consistent with dengue. However, when she developed respiratory symptoms, she was tested for the coronavirus disease. The tests confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that she had the coronavirus disease known as Covid-19, and she was immediately transferred to an isolation room. Those with dengue usually have fever and rash but no respiratory symptoms. Respiratory symptoms associated with the coronavirus disease include cough, runny nose and sore throat.

Free activities in Singapore this weekend: Eatbox, Really Really Free Market 66 & more

The weekend is finally here! Here are some fun activities happening around the island to enjoy with your friends and family.  While we know Singapore is currently in Dorscon Orange, as long as you take the necessary precautions (wear a face mask and wh
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Free activities in Singapore this weekend: Eatbox, Really Really Free Market 66 & more

The weekend is finally here! Here are some fun activities happening around the island to enjoy with your friends and family.  While we know Singapore is currently in Dorscon Orange, as long as you take the necessary precautions (wear a face mask and whip out the hand sanitisers), there's no reason not to live our lives as normally as we can.  EATBOX

Woman asked lover to kill husband by sabotaging his car

A woman in a broken marriage plotted with her lover to kill her husband by sabotaging his car. Amanda Yeo Pei Min, 27, told her lover, Leong Wei Guo, 25, to loosen the wheel bolts and tamper with the brakes of her husband's Honda Odyssey, despite knowing he
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Woman asked lover to kill husband by sabotaging his car

A woman in a broken marriage plotted with her lover to kill her husband by sabotaging his car. Amanda Yeo Pei Min, 27, told her lover, Leong Wei Guo, 25, to loosen the wheel bolts and tamper with the brakes of her husband's Honda Odyssey, despite knowing her children could get into harm's way. But their plan to kill Mr Walter Ting Yong Chin, 28, was thwarted when an eyewitness called the police after seeing Leong behaving suspiciously at a multi-storey carpark. Yesterday, Yeo and Leong each pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause grievous hurt to Mr Ting by performing a rash act. PLEA DEAL Yeo, an administrative assistant, was originally charged with abetment of murder and Leong, a delivery assistant, with attempted murder, but they had their charges downgraded on Nov 1 last year as part of a plea deal. Yeo and Mr Ting, who tied the knot in September 2011, have two children. In June 2017, Mr Ting, a Grab driver, found out Yeo was having an affair with Leong, whom she had met on Facebook. Their relationship developed as Yeo's marriage deteriorated, culminating with her husband seeking a divorce.

3 websites that visually track coronavirus cases in Singapore

Singapore’s ranked pretty high up on the list of countries with the most coronavirus cases, but that’s okay because even the World Health Organisation (WHO) is mad impressed with how the country’s dealing with the large number of infections. «We
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3 websites that visually track coronavirus cases in Singapore

Singapore’s ranked pretty high up on the list of countries with the most coronavirus cases, but that’s okay because even the World Health Organisation (WHO) is mad impressed with how the country’s dealing with the large number of infections. «We are very impressed with the efforts they are making to find every case, follow up with contacts and stop transmission,» said director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday (Feb 18).  «Singapore is leaving no stone unturned, testing every case of influenza-like illness and pneumonia.» Nonetheless, one of the best ways to stay safe is to stay informed. And the best way to stay informed is with data — lots of it. 

Xiaxue: I thought Oon Shu An was my friend; Shu An responds

The 'queen of controversy' Wendy Cheng (better known as Xiaxue) is back in the headlines, this time with her stance against glorifying morbid obesity. But things spiralled into a social media spat when local actress (and fellow Clicknetwork host) Oon Sh
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Xiaxue: I thought Oon Shu An was my friend; Shu An responds

The 'queen of controversy' Wendy Cheng (better known as Xiaxue) is back in the headlines, this time with her stance against glorifying morbid obesity. But things spiralled into a social media spat when local actress (and fellow Clicknetwork host) Oon Shu An presented a dissenting opinion. Xiaxue followed up with a comment on Shu An's Instagram post and called her a hypocrite on Instagram Stories. Responding to AsiaOne last night (Feb 19) through an email, 35-year-old Xiaxue said: «I was so disgusted when I saw her post because I thought we were friends. She could have texted me first but I guess virtue signalling was more important to her. »I maintain my stance that nobody should be telling the morbidly obese they are beautiful and okay the way they are, and she chooses to see it as being cruel to them. I think what’s being cruel is to let people die from obesity related diseases if they don’t wake up from their delusion that they are brave, gorgeous and their size 24 bodies should be celebrated."

Spitting at LRT lift buttons 'more than mischief': SBS Transit

Lift buttons — we've been pushing them using our house keys, pens or chopsticks during the coronavirus outbreak. While Singaporeans are taking care of each other by hanging bottles of hand sanitisers in the lifts of HDB estates, a prankster has shown u
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Spitting at LRT lift buttons 'more than mischief': SBS Transit

Lift buttons — we've been pushing them using our house keys, pens or chopsticks during the coronavirus outbreak. While Singaporeans are taking care of each other by hanging bottles of hand sanitisers in the lifts of HDB estates, a prankster has shown up in Sengkang. In a photo that surfaced on Reddit Singapore on Feb 20, it appears that someone has spat all over the lift buttons at Rumbia LRT station. Netizens were disgusted by the act, with some commenting that the culprit should go to jail, and others who live in the area were saying that they would take the stairs instead of the lift.

I've had a 'chou chou' for 21 years and I'm not ashamed to admit it

Be it in the form of a small bolster, a pillow, a blanket or a stuffed toy, having a chou chou (smelly pillow) seemed to be a perfectly normal thing to me — or so I thought. Imagine my shock when I found out (at age 24, no less), that not everyone has a ch
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I've had a 'chou chou' for 21 years and I'm not ashamed to admit it

Be it in the form of a small bolster, a pillow, a blanket or a stuffed toy, having a chou chou (smelly pillow) seemed to be a perfectly normal thing to me — or so I thought. Imagine my shock when I found out (at age 24, no less), that not everyone has a chou chou. Traditionally, the pillows are hand-made by grandmothers and filled with dried bean sprout husks as a gift to their newborn grandchildren so they don't get startled while sleeping. Most may call it chou chou, which translates to «smelly» in Mandarin, and others might know it as bantal busuk (Malay for «smelly pillow»). It is something personal which they would have had since they were young — a comfort object if you will. Those who don't have a chou chou may gasp in horror at the thought of keeping a smelly pillow and not washing it for days or months — sometimes even years, on end. While those who are camp chou chou just can't sleep without it.

Coronavirus: Employers who send healthy workers to hospitals for Covid-19 test may get work pass privileges suspended, warns MOM

SINGAPORE - Do not send employees to hospitals unless there is a medical emergency, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has warned employers, after hospitals reported that employers were dropping off workers to have them tested for the coronavirus. «Emplo
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Coronavirus: Employers who send healthy workers to hospitals for Covid-19 test may get work pass privileges suspended, warns MOM

SINGAPORE - Do not send employees to hospitals unless there is a medical emergency, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has warned employers, after hospitals reported that employers were dropping off workers to have them tested for the coronavirus. «Employers who act irresponsibly by misusing medical facilities may have their work pass privileges suspended,» it added. In a message sent to employers seen by The Straits Times on Wednesday (Feb 19), Mr Kevin Teoh, divisional director of MOM's foreign manpower management division, said the ministry had been getting feedback from hospitals that employers were sending their workers to be tested for Covid-19, as the disease is now known. ST has contacted the Health Ministry for more information on the extent of such behaviour. Mr Teoh reminded employers that hospitals will not test individuals who are well. «This is to ensure that medical facilities and resources are focused on unwell individuals who need medical treatment,» he said. A worker who is unwell should be sent to a general practitioner, who will then assess if the worker needs to be taken to hospital.

BMTC cookhouse's Western Wednesday special sparks delicious Facebook comments

It is Wednesday, my dudes. And as the Singapore Armed Forces’ Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) Facebook page pointed out today (Feb 19), 'tis a day to treat yourself to some military-grade Western cuisine.  No cuts of dry-aged steak or rack of lambs
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BMTC cookhouse's Western Wednesday special sparks delicious Facebook comments

It is Wednesday, my dudes. And as the Singapore Armed Forces’ Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) Facebook page pointed out today (Feb 19), 'tis a day to treat yourself to some military-grade Western cuisine.  No cuts of dry-aged steak or rack of lambs, boys and girls. Western Wednesday at BMTC is all about fried chicken, a whole lot of carbs with plain rice and mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, some ketchup, and what appears to be extremely diluted mushroom soup.  To be fair, the piece of battered chicken thigh looks fairly appetising. But years of eating at military facility canteens might be enough to bring back unsavoury memories. 

Catfight! Claws out as Xiaxue and Oon Shu An fight over obesity

Is being big something beautiful or something to correct? That's the question hanging over an online spat between local influencer Wendy Cheng (better known as Xiaxue) and local actress Oon Shu An. In her latest controversy, 35-year-old Xiaxue faced majo
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Catfight! Claws out as Xiaxue and Oon Shu An fight over obesity

Is being big something beautiful or something to correct? That's the question hanging over an online spat between local influencer Wendy Cheng (better known as Xiaxue) and local actress Oon Shu An. In her latest controversy, 35-year-old Xiaxue faced major backlash over fat-shaming after she spoke out against glamourising people who are morbidly obese. It started with her calling Adele a hypocrite in an Instagram post on Feb 14 — apparently triggered after the singer reportedly lost 45kg despite previously stating that her aim wasn't to be skinny. Xiaxue also didn't hold back on Instagram, reposting a picture of plus-sized model La'Shaunae Steward. She wrote: «The morbidly obese (like this woman) should never be seen as attractive because death and disease isn't attractive full stop... F****** stop glorifying this s*** Instagram. Shame on you.»

Artiste power couple team up for a charmingly viral COVID-19 rendition of Come On Eileen

Forget about Jack Neo/Liang Ximei’s tune, and disregard Ministry of Education’s kiddy trap jingle — there can only be one song to encapsulate the zeitgeist of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.  Right now, that title looks to belong to a whimsical nu
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Artiste power couple team up for a charmingly viral COVID-19 rendition of Come On Eileen

Forget about Jack Neo/Liang Ximei’s tune, and disregard Ministry of Education’s kiddy trap jingle — there can only be one song to encapsulate the zeitgeist of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.  Right now, that title looks to belong to a whimsical number produced by husband-and-wife duo Edward Choy and Jo Tan, both esteemed actors and performers in their own right.  According to Jo, both she and her husband were supposed to be working on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14), but things apparently didn’t go as planned. With “too much time” on their hands, the two artistes filmed themselves performing a rather charming COVID-19-themed duet. 

Why should I care? A working adult's take on Budget 2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat released Singapore's Budget statement for the financial year 2020 (FY20) yesterday, which would see an overall deficit of $10.9 billion. The last time our budget had almost as large a deficit was whe
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Why should I care? A working adult's take on Budget 2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat released Singapore's Budget statement for the financial year 2020 (FY20) yesterday, which would see an overall deficit of $10.9 billion. The last time our budget had almost as large a deficit was when the government earmarked substantial funds for the construction of Changi Airport's Terminal 5 in FY15, where the projected deficit was $6.7 billion.  Then, the government had its eye on the future. This time however, the Budget was aimed at relieving the potential economic and financial pain stemming from the ongoing international health emergency, Covid-19.  One may be immediately lost amidst the numerous packages (stabilisation and support, care and support, and a host of others) as well as enhancements to existing policies. We approached Singaporean finance professional Chiam Sheng Shi, 30, to comment on how the Budget could affect a regular citizen or PR. His comments may be well-placed, given how he holds a CFA and is also the personal finance lead at robo-advisory firm, Endowus.  THE CHALLENGES THAT SINGAPORE FACES

This made my day: Chicken rice shop offers free meals to hospital staff despite suffering losses

It's easy to pay lip service, but the boss of a local chicken rice shop is putting his money where his mouth is. To date, OK Chicken Rice has delivered 1,180 free meals to healthcare workers and volunteers, including those from National Centre for Infectiou
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This made my day: Chicken rice shop offers free meals to hospital staff despite suffering losses

It's easy to pay lip service, but the boss of a local chicken rice shop is putting his money where his mouth is. To date, OK Chicken Rice has delivered 1,180 free meals to healthcare workers and volunteers, including those from National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH). And they've got thousands more packets scheduled to be delivered to SGH in the coming weeks. All this, despite continuing to suffer losses monthly, boss Daniel Tan, 40, told AsiaOne. The Ang Mo Kio chicken rice joint kicked off the initiative, Campaign Cheer Up, on Feb 10, calling for donations from members of the public to defray the costs of free meals provided to those in the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. Their Facebook post read: «We wish to thank our medical team working at the front lines especially in these trying times by organising a 'cheer-up' campaign for them! Join us by sponsoring $3 for each package that we deliver to them!» Each donation of $3 went towards defraying the cost of a packet of chicken rice (usually priced at $5.90).

9 ways to make a HDB flat look and feel bigger

Trying to make your HDB flat feel more spacious? Well here are 9 creative ways to make your room look larger! 1. SMALL SPACES  Turn small nooks in the corners into functional desk spaces, such as this dresser area. This also allows you to make better us
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9 ways to make a HDB flat look and feel bigger

Trying to make your HDB flat feel more spacious? Well here are 9 creative ways to make your room look larger! 1. SMALL SPACES  Turn small nooks in the corners into functional desk spaces, such as this dresser area. This also allows you to make better use of spaces like the bay window. You can also convert the area underneath the desk into storage spaces for maximum utility!  If you have a room that's obstructed by walls, William Cheong, Senior Project Designer at Livspace, suggested: «Removing these vertical barriers will widen and free up your hallway, making your space look bigger.» Once the walls are removed, you'll have a more spacious open floor plan and «you can then arrange your furniture in a way that defines different functional zones», said Cheong.  2. FEATURE WALLS

WHO praises Singapore's response to coronavirus outbreak

GENEVA - World Health Organisation (WHO) officials on Tuesday (Feb 18) praised the efforts of Singapore in tackling cases of coronavirus and said other countries should follow its example. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had spoken on Monday wi
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WHO praises Singapore's response to coronavirus outbreak

GENEVA - World Health Organisation (WHO) officials on Tuesday (Feb 18) praised the efforts of Singapore in tackling cases of coronavirus and said other countries should follow its example. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had spoken on Monday with Singapore Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. «We are very impressed with the efforts they are making to find every case, follow up with contacts, and stop transmission,» said Tedros. «Singapore is leaving no stone unturned, testing every case of influenza-like illness and pneumonia, and so far they have not found evidence of community transmission.» He said he also spoke to Malaysia's health minister to discuss the Westerdam cruise ship case, which saw an 83-year-old American woman test positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Malaysia, after the ship docked in Cambodia and passengers were cleared to travel. He said he had discussed other aspects of Malaysia's virus preparations with the minister.

It's easy to fit a 75-inch TV in your HDB flat

Condominium owners can get a tad rowdy these days. If they are not belligerently shouting at security guards who were hired to protect the compound, some can be found tossing out 50-inch TVs out of their 10th floor unit, to the pool below. But the challenge
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It's easy to fit a 75-inch TV in your HDB flat

Condominium owners can get a tad rowdy these days. If they are not belligerently shouting at security guards who were hired to protect the compound, some can be found tossing out 50-inch TVs out of their 10th floor unit, to the pool below. But the challenge is not in chucking a pristine, full high definition or ultra high definition 4K TV out your apartment, but in getting a large enough display out of the store, into a truck, into your estate, on the lift and into your home. If you live in a house, sliding a TV through the sliding doors is simple, but not so if you live in one of the new ever-shrinking condominiums or HDB flats. But since TV companies are churning out bigger and better TV screens, the question on our minds was, how big is too big? A 65-inch TV will fit for sure, but would a display bigger than a 65-inch actually make sense? What about an 80 or 85-inch? And it's actually harder said than done.

Coronavirus: 5 people arrested for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on Carousell

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested four men and one woman, aged 17 to 26, for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on online marketplace Carousell amid the coronavirus outbreak here. In a statement on Tuesday (Feb 18), the police said that sin
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Coronavirus: 5 people arrested for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on Carousell

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested four men and one woman, aged 17 to 26, for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on online marketplace Carousell amid the coronavirus outbreak here. In a statement on Tuesday (Feb 18), the police said that since late January, they have received several reports from people who said they were cheated by sellers after they paid for face masks on Carousell. The sellers would become evasive and uncontactable after the buyers made payments through bank transfers. The police said they «take a serious view of those who take advantage of the current Covid-19 situation to perpetrate crimes», referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus which originated from China's Wuhan city. «All offenders will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law,» they added. Working with Carousell, the police identified five suspects:

Facebook blocks access in Singapore to States Times Review page for breaching Pofma

SINGAPORE - Facebook has blocked access to a page on its platform that has been publishing falsehoods on various issues in Singapore, including the coronavirus outbreak, but not without registering its protest. The social media giant on Tuesday (Feb 18) disa
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Facebook blocks access in Singapore to States Times Review page for breaching Pofma

SINGAPORE - Facebook has blocked access to a page on its platform that has been publishing falsehoods on various issues in Singapore, including the coronavirus outbreak, but not without registering its protest. The social media giant on Tuesday (Feb 18) disabled access to the States Times Review (STR) Facebook page, making it unavailable to users in Singapore after it was required to do so under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma). Commenting on the move, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said it was especially important to stop the spread of falsehoods as Singapore battles the coronavirus disease, known as Covid-19. «The reason why we need to act swiftly is because if we don't, then these falsehoods can cause anxiety, fear and even panic,» he told reporters yesterday at an event held by the Hindu Endowments Board to discuss precautionary measures against the coronavirus. The STR Facebook page, owned by Singaporean Alex Tan Zhi Xiang, has received three correction directions under the fake news law since last November. Two had to do with the virus outbreak.

SAF regular jailed after using Dark Web to buy credit card details for Fave vouchers

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) captain was sentenced to 20 weeks' jail on Monday after buying credit card details off the Dark Web to purchase vouchers on online application Fave. Yang Jiafeng, 32, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Computer Misuse Ac
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SAF regular jailed after using Dark Web to buy credit card details for Fave vouchers

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) captain was sentenced to 20 weeks' jail on Monday after buying credit card details off the Dark Web to purchase vouchers on online application Fave. Yang Jiafeng, 32, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Computer Misuse Act. Another charge was taken into consideration. Yang, a regular in the SAF and a captain in the SAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Training Centre, got to know someone identified as «Mr Tree» through an online forum on the Dark Web. He corresponded with Mr Tree through the e-mail service provider as he wanted to purchase multiple third-party credit card credentials, and he paid with bitcoins, Deputy Public Prosecutor Cheng Yuxi said. He then created three accounts on Fave and linked the credit card details he bought to these accounts. Between February and March 2018, Yang bought more than 80 e-vouchers worth more than $10,600 and spent more than $4,000 worth of credits at merchants such as Tung Lok Seafood and Famous Amos. DPP Cheng said he then refunded these vouchers in order to obtain online credits from Fave so he could buy more items with these credits.

Singapore Airlines to cut flights as coronavirus epidemic hits demand

SYDNEY  - Singapore Airlines Ltd will temporarily cut flights across its global network in the three months to May, it said on Tuesday, as a coronavirus epidemic hits demand for services to the Asian city state, as well as through the key transit hub. Key a
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Singapore Airlines to cut flights as coronavirus epidemic hits demand

SYDNEY  - Singapore Airlines Ltd will temporarily cut flights across its global network in the three months to May, it said on Tuesday, as a coronavirus epidemic hits demand for services to the Asian city state, as well as through the key transit hub. Key affected destinations include Frankfurt, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo, the airline said on its website. «Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will temporarily reduce services across our network due to weak demand as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak,» the carrier said. «We will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments as necessary.» It declined to say what percentage of capacity it had cut in response to a query from Reuters, citing commercial sensitivity. The cuts follow major reductions already announced in services to mainland China and Hong Kong. In the Dec. quarter, flights to mainland China made up 11 per cent of capacity for the airline, and more than that for budget arm Scoot.

Boy, 3, found dead at foot of Ang Mo Kio block

A 3-year-old child was found bleeding profusely at the foot of Blk 332, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Feb 18).  The boy was believed to have fallen from his home on the seventh storey while looking for his grandparents afte
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Boy, 3, found dead at foot of Ang Mo Kio block

A 3-year-old child was found bleeding profusely at the foot of Blk 332, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Feb 18).  The boy was believed to have fallen from his home on the seventh storey while looking for his grandparents after waking up. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. A hairdresser chanced upon the scene as the body was being taken away at 7am. Speaking to a reporter from Lianhe Wanbao, the 22-year-old recounted an exchange with a woman she met at the market. «She passed by the block earlier and saw a child, about three to four years old, lying on the ground and bleeding profusely from the head.» Another resident told the Chinese daily: «Before the incident occurred, I heard the sound of a child crying from their unit».

Singapore Budget 2020: 10 things to know, from cash payout for S'poreans to GST not going up in 2021

SINGAPORE - A slew of measures to deal with short-term challenges such as the coronavirus outbreak and long-term economic development were introduced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Feb 18). Immediate measures included a $4 billion packag
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Singapore Budget 2020: 10 things to know, from cash payout for S'poreans to GST not going up in 2021

SINGAPORE - A slew of measures to deal with short-term challenges such as the coronavirus outbreak and long-term economic development were introduced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Feb 18). Immediate measures included a $4 billion package to help firms with cash flow and retain workers, and $1.6 billion for household expenses amid the coronavirus outbreak. More long-term help included $6 billion set aside to cushion the impact of a future goods and services tax (GST) increase, and $8.3 billion to be spent on growing and transforming the economy over three years. Here are 10 highlights: 1. GST not going up in 2021