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Define 'detachable': Customer and furniture store clash over sofa bed's cover

How do you define «detachable»? A furniture store said that the cover of its sofa bed is detachable, but a customer discovered that removing the cover required the sofa bed to be unscrewed. Stomp contributor Fran said the salesman did not mentio
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Define 'detachable': Customer and furniture store clash over sofa bed's cover

How do you define «detachable»? A furniture store said that the cover of its sofa bed is detachable, but a customer discovered that removing the cover required the sofa bed to be unscrewed. Stomp contributor Fran said the salesman did not mention the unscrewing when she and her husband bought the sofa bed on Dec 6, 2020. PHOTO: StompShe recounted: «I bought a Lottie Sofa Bed from Star Living and was advised by the salesperson that we can top up $299 to get another set of fabric cover so that we could wash the sofa covers and get a refreshed look yearly. »Just when we wanted to change the covers, we realised it was impossible to remove two of the four pieces of fabric without unscrewing the sofa bed.

Man pees in public in front of woman

Public urination is illegal. But if your bladder is about to burst and there is no toilet nearby, you may have no choice. Knowing that you are committing an offence — or if not, just for the sake of decency — you would at least attempt to do it such th
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Man pees in public in front of woman

Public urination is illegal. But if your bladder is about to burst and there is no toilet nearby, you may have no choice. Knowing that you are committing an offence — or if not, just for the sake of decency — you would at least attempt to do it such that no one can see you. Well, one man did not, according to Stomp contributor Jessica. She said it happened at Block 183C Boon Lay Avenue on Jan 16 at 8.45pm. She was in a lorry at the time. In the photos she shared, no one else appeared to be around. The man got out of a car and went to a corner at the foot of the HDB block to relieve himself. PHOTO: StompThe Stomp contributor said: «He obviously knew I was in my lorry and he still purposely peed in front of me and turned around to zip up his pants.»

Self-collection? Dogged woman tracks lost Taobao parcel to Clementi warehouse, goes there to 'dig' it out herself

How far would you go to retrieve a lost Taobao parcel?  All the way to the warehouse it seems, for one woman who was eager to get the clothes she ordered for Chinese New Year.  TikTok user Bby.Kairi uploaded a video on Wednesday (Jan 25) showing herself a
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Self-collection? Dogged woman tracks lost Taobao parcel to Clementi warehouse, goes there to 'dig' it out herself

How far would you go to retrieve a lost Taobao parcel?  All the way to the warehouse it seems, for one woman who was eager to get the clothes she ordered for Chinese New Year.  TikTok user Bby.Kairi uploaded a video on Wednesday (Jan 25) showing herself at the logistics company's warehouse attempting to look for her parcel. «If your Taobao clothes are with 'Best Express' and you live in the west, chances are your stuff is sitting in a pile here bc of manpower shortage,» she captioned her video.  A check by AsiaOne shows that Best Express' warehouse is located in Clementi.   In the 18-second video, the woman follows a female staff into the warehouse, which is piled with packages and starts rifling through the piles in search of her parcel.  https://www.tiktok.com/@bby.kairi/video/7192500446123117825 Replying to some netizens' comments, Bby.Kairi explained that she had been «spamming» the company's customer service hotline, but was only told that her parcel was «not located».  According to her, the parcel had already been in Singapore for a week. 

$4.90 'cai fan' too ex? Diner complains about meal at Marine Parade food court, says it's not in 'fancy' MBS or Sentosa

This man was looking for a meal that's cheap and healthy. But he was shocked by the «ridiculous» price of his order of 'cai fan' at a food court in Parkway Parade, Stomp reported on Thursday (Jan 26). Speaking to the media outlet, the man, name
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$4.90 'cai fan' too ex? Diner complains about meal at Marine Parade food court, says it's not in 'fancy' MBS or Sentosa

This man was looking for a meal that's cheap and healthy. But he was shocked by the «ridiculous» price of his order of 'cai fan' at a food court in Parkway Parade, Stomp reported on Thursday (Jan 26). Speaking to the media outlet, the man, named David, shared that he had ordered rice with long beans, leafy greens and tofu from Chang Cheng Mixed Rice at Food Republic. While there was nothing special about his lunch in the Marine Parade area, David expressed his shock after being quoted $4.90 for it. «I clarified the price with the server, and was told that the price is correct. I did not press too much as the staff were just following instructions,» David said, adding that he was expecting the cost for his meal to be below $4. «The stall was at Parkway Parade's food court, so it is not some super fancy Marina Bay Sands or Sentosa area. I can't believe the meal cost that much.» Other diners have complained about the prices of economy rice in recent times.

Honest mistake or 'blatant cheating'? Man pays for 1kg of pork ribs from Prime Supermarket, receives only 600g

Sometimes, what you see isn't what you get.  One man thought he had scored a deal by paying $13.90 for a kilo of BBQ pork ribs, but found that he had been shortchanged after weighing the package.  Sunil told AsiaOne that he purchased the item from Prime
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Honest mistake or 'blatant cheating'? Man pays for 1kg of pork ribs from Prime Supermarket, receives only 600g

Sometimes, what you see isn't what you get.  One man thought he had scored a deal by paying $13.90 for a kilo of BBQ pork ribs, but found that he had been shortchanged after weighing the package.  Sunil told AsiaOne that he purchased the item from Prime Supermarket at Century Square on Jan 19, after seeing the supermarket's promotion on Facebook.  According to a screenshot of the advertisement sent to AsiaOne, Prime Supermarket was selling the pork ribs at a discounted price of $13.90 per kilo, instead of $19.90.  The advertisement states that the approximate weight of the pork ribs is about 1kg.  PHOTO: SunilSunil said that his friend had also purchased 2kg of pork ribs from the same supermarket a day before, and felt that the package weighed lighter than what was stated on the label. He said that his friend had been shortchanged by about 800g. 

Man and daughter fall through bridge at Sungei Buloh: SCDF 'expresses regret' over how call was handled

One moment they were running for cover from the heavy rain, and the next, Bucky Hussain and his two-year-old daughter found themselves in the deep murky waters at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, in danger of being pulled underwater. In an Instagram post on
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Man and daughter fall through bridge at Sungei Buloh: SCDF 'expresses regret' over how call was handled

One moment they were running for cover from the heavy rain, and the next, Bucky Hussain and his two-year-old daughter found themselves in the deep murky waters at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, in danger of being pulled underwater. In an Instagram post on Tuesday (Jan 24) Hussain shared about the ordeal that his family of four went through on the afternoon of Monday, the second day of Chinese New Year. The 33-year-old described carrying his daughter Ashley as they made their way across a bridge over a storm drain «connecting the tidal ponds to Sungei Buloh Besar», in a bid to get away from the torrential downpour. His wife, carrying their son, followed behind them. Suddenly, Hussain felt his whole body sink — «I was inhaling water», he shared. He and his daughter had fallen through a gaping hole in the bridge, which was obscured by the «3 to 5cm» of muddy water that covered the floorboards. The next few seconds proved harrowing as Hussain held on tightly to his daughter and tried to prevent the currents from pulling them both underwater.

'Scolded, yelled and screamed at': Old Chang Kee customer abused by staff over 20 cents, dismisses $10 compensation

This customer at Old Chang Kee wanted to pay for his food with expiring NS55 credits, and the remaining few cents by cash. But he was met with verbal abuse from a staff there instead. In a Facebook post shared on Jan 1, Shanudin Doi shared that he opted t
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'Scolded, yelled and screamed at': Old Chang Kee customer abused by staff over 20 cents, dismisses $10 compensation

This customer at Old Chang Kee wanted to pay for his food with expiring NS55 credits, and the remaining few cents by cash. But he was met with verbal abuse from a staff there instead. In a Facebook post shared on Jan 1, Shanudin Doi shared that he opted to pay for his food at the Paya Lebar Square outlet with $7 worth of NS55 credits.  His total bill for the items was $7.20. Adding that he wanted to pay the remaining balance with 20 cents in coins, the customer said: «I was scolded, yelled and screamed at by a worker at Old Chang Kee. »I was so shocked and stunned by her attitude.« 'Is $10 voucher enough compensation?' After his experience at Old Chang Kee, Shanudin emailed the company to complain.  In a screenshot of the complaint that was shared on social media, Old Chang Kee said they »really regretted« that Shanudin had experienced these »bad experiences and disappointments".

Group beat up teen in Serangoon in viral video, police investigating 8

SINGAPORE - A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being beaten up at a fitness corner in Serangoon. The police said the incident happened near Block 201 Serangoon Central on Jan 15, and they received a call for assistance at about 4.15pm. The case h
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Group beat up teen in Serangoon in viral video, police investigating 8

SINGAPORE - A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being beaten up at a fitness corner in Serangoon. The police said the incident happened near Block 201 Serangoon Central on Jan 15, and they received a call for assistance at about 4.15pm. The case has been classified as rioting, and eight people aged 11 to 14 are assisting in investigations. The incident was captured in a 52-second video and circulated online. The victim is seen seated on one of the exercise machines at the fitness corner and is kicked in the face by another male teen. Two other male teenagers join in the assault by kicking him, and the trio then pummel the boy while he is on the ground. They punch and kick him in the head and on his body. Someone can be heard saying off-camera to run if the police show up, and another person also off-camera later utters some words about the attackers taking the victim’s shirt off. The victim can be heard crying out in the video as he uses his hands to try and protect his head. The 15-year-old boy was later taken conscious to the hospital, and police investigations are ongoing.

'Sometimes I only make $12 a day': Hawker closes Telok Blangah rojak stall due to rising costs

After two years of trying to cope with rising operating costs, one rojak seller in a Telok Blangah coffee shop has finally thrown in the towel.  The hawker, who goes by Andrew shared that he made the painful decision to shutter his stall for good on
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'Sometimes I only make $12 a day': Hawker closes Telok Blangah rojak stall due to rising costs

After two years of trying to cope with rising operating costs, one rojak seller in a Telok Blangah coffee shop has finally thrown in the towel.  The hawker, who goes by Andrew shared that he made the painful decision to shutter his stall for good on Chinese New Year's eve, reported Shin Min Daily News on Tuesday (Jan 24).  This 50-year-old took over the rojak stall from its previous elderly owner in 2021 after the former got into an accident while working as a food delivery rider. The latter had offered to show him the ropes as he wanted to retire.  Although the stall helped him to start anew, the last six months have been particularly tough on him due to inflation, he told the Chinese daily.  Andrew revealed that his monthly takings from his rojak stall only amounted to $400 in the last two months, after deducting the stall's rental and other costs.  «Sometimes I only earn $12 a day, on a good day I get about $65,» he said, adding that his operating costs have increased by about 20 per cent over the months.

Primary school students buying from secondary school students: Despite ban, vaping still on the rise

SINGAPORE — Last Friday (Jan 20) night was just like any other weekend night, with young people packing walkways to get into nightclubs and bars in Clarke Quay. A persistent sweet aroma in the air, however, was the first whiff that the illegal act of vapi
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Primary school students buying from secondary school students: Despite ban, vaping still on the rise

SINGAPORE — Last Friday (Jan 20) night was just like any other weekend night, with young people packing walkways to get into nightclubs and bars in Clarke Quay. A persistent sweet aroma in the air, however, was the first whiff that the illegal act of vaping may have caught on with the revellers. Sure enough, at designated smoking corners, as well as inside clubs, dozens of partygoers could be seen openly inhaling the mist from vaporisers despite it being disallowed on club premises. The latest figures from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) indicate a rise in the vaping trend with almost four times the number of people caught in 2022 than in 2020 for using and possessing e-cigarettes. In 2022, 4,916 people were caught for the offence, which comes with a fine not exceeding $2,000, compared with 1,266 in 2020, and 4,697 in 2021. A smoking and vaping survey by Milieu in September 2022 also showed illicit vaping to be on the rise in Singapore, with 4.3 per cent of adults using alternative products like vapes.

Petrol prices fall to lowest in 12 months, weeks after GST hike

SINGAPORE — Petrol and diesel pump prices have slipped back down to levels seen before the latest goods and services tax (GST) increase on Jan 1 despite rising global oil prices. The benchmark Brent crude last traded at US$86.56 (S$113.80) a barrel, its h
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Petrol prices fall to lowest in 12 months, weeks after GST hike

SINGAPORE — Petrol and diesel pump prices have slipped back down to levels seen before the latest goods and services tax (GST) increase on Jan 1 despite rising global oil prices. The benchmark Brent crude last traded at US$86.56 (S$113.80) a barrel, its highest since mid-November 2022. Oil prices are expected to be on an uptrend in 2023 because of higher demand from China, which has all but lifted its Covid-19 restrictions. Ironically, China is also seen to be exporting more refined products, which could depress the wholesale prices of diesel and petrol in Singapore. According to market research firm S&P Global, the Chinese government has raised the export quota for its first batch of refined oil products for 2023 by 46 per cent. According to Fuel Kaki — a pump price tracker set up by the Consumers Association of Singapore — Caltex, Shell and SPC lowered posted pump rates just before the Chinese New Year weekend, with cuts of between three cents and five cents a litre. The adjustments have brought the prices of these brands more in line with pre-discount rates posted by the two other pump operators here — Esso and Sinopec.

'Food prepared but not delivered': Man orders pizza from Domino's at 6pm, finds it outside flat only at midnight

How long are you willing to wait for a pizza delivery?  A man, who goes by the username Muhammad Raihan, shared in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 24) that he had to wait for six hours for his pizza from Domino's Kovan outlet to be delivered. According
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'Food prepared but not delivered': Man orders pizza from Domino's at 6pm, finds it outside flat only at midnight

How long are you willing to wait for a pizza delivery?  A man, who goes by the username Muhammad Raihan, shared in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 24) that he had to wait for six hours for his pizza from Domino's Kovan outlet to be delivered. According to the man, he had ordered the food via Foodpanda at 5.53pm and opted for non-contactless delivery, «hoping for someone to knock on my door». The food was then scheduled to be delivered by 6.35pm, but the man claimed he did not see the food at all even when he left his house to visit the shop at 8pm. There was «no sight» of his pizzas there too, he said.  He also said that he tried calling the store numerous times from 7pm to 10pm but no one answered the call. «[I] opened [the door of my house] a few times after that, still nothing,» he added in the comments. The man then posted a screenshot of the order page on Foodpanda at 11.59pm, which stated that his order was «still being prepared».

Daily roundup: Petrol prices fall to lowest in 12 months, weeks after GST hike - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Petrol prices fall to lowest in 12 months, weeks after GST hike Petrol and diesel pump prices have slipped back down to levels seen before the latest goods and services tax (GST) increase on Jan 1
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Daily roundup: Petrol prices fall to lowest in 12 months, weeks after GST hike - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Petrol prices fall to lowest in 12 months, weeks after GST hike Petrol and diesel pump prices have slipped back down to levels seen before the latest goods and services tax (GST) increase on Jan 1 despite rising global oil prices. The benchmark Brent crude last traded at US$86.56 (S$113.80) a barrel, its highest since mid-November 2022. Oil prices are expected to be on an uptrend in 2023 because of higher demand from China, which has all but lifted its Covid-19 restrictions... » READ MORE

Car on fire in PIE accident involving 6 vehicles

A car caught fire in an early morning accident involving six vehicles at the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on the eve of Chinese New Year. A number of videos online show the aftermath of the accident with the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SC
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Car on fire in PIE accident involving 6 vehicles

A car caught fire in an early morning accident involving six vehicles at the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on the eve of Chinese New Year. A number of videos online show the aftermath of the accident with the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at the scene. A yellow car not on fire looked like a Porsche Cayman. In response to a Stomp query, SCDF said that it was alerted to a vehicle fire and road traffic accident on PIE towards Tuas after the Central Expressway (Seletar Expressway) exit on Jan 21 about 5.10am. «SCDF extinguished the fire using a water jet. The cause of the fire is under investigation,» said SCDF, adding that five people were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

5-hour jam? Causeway traffic on CNY eve stretches back to BKE

Another holiday, another massive jam. A TikToker on a motorcycle took a video of the tailback of cars from the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) to Woodlands Checkpoint to the Johor Bahru Checkpoint on the eve of Chinese New Year. The TikToker, who calls hersel
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5-hour jam? Causeway traffic on CNY eve stretches back to BKE

Another holiday, another massive jam. A TikToker on a motorcycle took a video of the tailback of cars from the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) to Woodlands Checkpoint to the Johor Bahru Checkpoint on the eve of Chinese New Year. The TikToker, who calls herself Anda The Sea, uploaded the 75-second video on Jan 21. She captioned the video: «If you don't have to go, stay home. Let them go back for CNY» https://www.tiktok.com/@andathesea/video/7190988255863606530?embed_source=121331973%2C120811592%2C120810756%3Bnull%3Bembed_name& The video starts on the BKE where the tailback was first encountered. In the subtitle, she said that the traffic jam was estimated to be five hours. Two cars can be seen trying to cut queue on the Woodlands Checkpoint Viaduct. PHOTO: StompWhen the video cuts to a long line of cars on the Causeway, the subtitle says: «The problem is JB ain't moving.»

'Don't shout at us please': Chicken rice boss responds to customer demanding staff be sacked over missing chilli sauce

What is chicken rice without chilli sauce? Enough to send one customer spiralling into a rage, after discovering that his delivery order was missing the all-important chilli sauce packets. According to the aggrieved chicken rice stall boss, the customer all
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'Don't shout at us please': Chicken rice boss responds to customer demanding staff be sacked over missing chilli sauce

What is chicken rice without chilli sauce? Enough to send one customer spiralling into a rage, after discovering that his delivery order was missing the all-important chilli sauce packets. According to the aggrieved chicken rice stall boss, the customer allegedly raised his voice and demanded for the offending staff to be sacked. Daniel Tan, owner of Halal chicken rice chain OK Chicken Rice with several outlets across Singapore, shared about the heated exchange with a customer in Yishun which took place on Friday (Jan 20). Tan, 43, wrote in the post: «Sorry guys, we make mistakes from time to time and we know how important chilli is to a chicken rice customer. »Please however don't raise your voice, make unreasonable demands, let us make it up to you properly and don't shout at us please." Based on the screenshot of his response to the customer, Tan, who was not at the outlet at the time, apologised and offered several options to compensate the customer for the oversight. Tan added that he could not, however, deliver the packets of chilli sauce as the business does not employ delivery personnel.

'Why would she show me her boobs': Woman stunned at masseuse's behaviour after massage at 'TCM shop under my ah ma's house'

Going to a massage parlour typically involves the person getting the massage disrobing. But in this situation, it was the masseuse who undressed. On Jan 21, TikTok user @chonkycattt_ took to social media to share this strange experience of the masseuse showi
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'Why would she show me her boobs': Woman stunned at masseuse's behaviour after massage at 'TCM shop under my ah ma's house'

Going to a massage parlour typically involves the person getting the massage disrobing. But in this situation, it was the masseuse who undressed. On Jan 21, TikTok user @chonkycattt_ took to social media to share this strange experience of the masseuse showing off her boobs after the massage ended. The two-and-a-half-minute video has since garnered more than 180,000 views and over 9,000 likes. https://www.tiktok.com/@chonkycattt_/video/7191089067516316929 The user said that because she had arrived an hour earlier than expected for her scheduled visit to her ah ma, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to get a massage at 'some TCM healing shop' located below her grandmother's house. Everything seemed peachy at first. When the masseuse asked the user how she was, she did not think anything was amiss. Instead, she felt comfortable enough to share her «life struggles» while receiving the massage.

She paid company more than she was getting paid: Masseuse at Tampines massage parlour pays $50k to 'buy extra vacation days'

When it comes to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all crave a little bit of time off to relax and recharge.  But for one masseuse at a Tampines massage parlour, the cost of a few extra holidays came at a steep price - a whopping $52,000 to be prec
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She paid company more than she was getting paid: Masseuse at Tampines massage parlour pays $50k to 'buy extra vacation days'

When it comes to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all crave a little bit of time off to relax and recharge.  But for one masseuse at a Tampines massage parlour, the cost of a few extra holidays came at a steep price - a whopping $52,000 to be precise. The 26-year-old woman surnamed Li first joined the massage parlour located on the ground floor of Block 822, Tampines Street 81, as a masseuse in July 2021.  According to Shin Min Daily News on Monday (Jan 23), she told the publication that although her contract stated her monthly basic salary would be $800, she later found out that her income was actually calculated as $13 per hour of massage instead. Li said: «I spend about five or six hours a day massaging clients, and up to nine hours if more. If the work is not up to standard, the company will deduct $800 a month, so my monthly income is about $2,200.» She added that except for the two days given per month for one to rest, should one take leave for any reason, the employee would have to pay the company. 

Paid company more than she was getting paid: Masseuse at Tampines massage parlour pays $50k to 'buy extra vacation days'

When it comes to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all crave a little bit of time off to relax and recharge.  But for one masseuse at a Tampines massage parlour, the cost of a few extra holidays came at a steep price - a whopping $52,000 to be prec
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Paid company more than she was getting paid: Masseuse at Tampines massage parlour pays $50k to 'buy extra vacation days'

When it comes to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all crave a little bit of time off to relax and recharge.  But for one masseuse at a Tampines massage parlour, the cost of a few extra holidays came at a steep price - a whopping $52,000 to be precise. The 26-year-old woman surnamed Li first joined the massage parlour located on the ground floor of Block 822, Tampines Street 81, as a masseuse in July 2021.  According to Shin Min Daily News on Monday (Jan 23), she told the publication that although her contract stated her monthly basic salary would be $800, she later found out that her income was actually calculated as $13 per hour of massage instead. Li said: «I spend about five or six hours a day massaging clients, and up to nine hours if more. If the work is not up to standard, the company will deduct $800 a month, so my monthly income is about $2,200.» She added that except for the two days given per month for one to rest, should one take leave for any reason, the employee would have to pay the company. 

Rain dampens Chinese New Year celebrations, with prices soaring on ride-hailing apps and long waiting times on food delivery apps

SINGAPORE - She was looking forward to celebrating the first day of the Chinese New Year with her siblings, but the torrential rain washed out a family meal that was supposed to be at her home in Bedok Reservoir. Two of Ms Daphne Lim’s four siblings and th
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Rain dampens Chinese New Year celebrations, with prices soaring on ride-hailing apps and long waiting times on food delivery apps

SINGAPORE - She was looking forward to celebrating the first day of the Chinese New Year with her siblings, but the torrential rain washed out a family meal that was supposed to be at her home in Bedok Reservoir. Two of Ms Daphne Lim’s four siblings and their families decided to skip lunch at her place after prices on ride-hailing apps soared in the afternoon on Sunday. Speaking to The Straits Times at around 5pm on Monday, the 32-year-old housewife said she was hopeful that her siblings, who live in the western part of Singapore, would show up to her place on the second day, but was not optimistic given the prolonged rain. She said: “Hopefully, they decide to make the trip here, as I have not seen them in a while and would love to spend time with them playing mahjong.” Ms Lim was not the only one who had to scrap or change her plans for Chinese New Year because of the heavy downpour. A warning of heavy rain was posted at about 4.30pm on Sunday, with the Public Utilities Board notifying of the potential of flooding over the two days.

'Why would she show me her boobs': Woman stunned at masseuse's behaviour after massage at 'TCM shop under my Ah ma's house'

Going to a massage parlour typically involves the person getting the massage disrobing. But in this situation, it was the masseuse who undressed. On Jan 21, TikTok user @chonkycattt_ took to social media to share this strange experience of the masseuse showi
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'Why would she show me her boobs': Woman stunned at masseuse's behaviour after massage at 'TCM shop under my Ah ma's house'

Going to a massage parlour typically involves the person getting the massage disrobing. But in this situation, it was the masseuse who undressed. On Jan 21, TikTok user @chonkycattt_ took to social media to share this strange experience of the masseuse showing off her boobs after the massage ended. The two-and-a-half-minute video has since garnered more than 180,000 views and over 9,000 likes. https://www.tiktok.com/@chonkycattt_/video/7191089067516316929 The user said that because she had arrived an hour earlier than expected for her scheduled visit to her Ah ma, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to get a massage at 'some TCM healing shop' located below her grandmother's house. Everything seemed peachy at first. When the masseuse asked the user how she was, she did not think anything was amiss. Instead, she felt comfortable enough to share her 'life struggles' while receiving the massage.

This made my day: Chef Bob passes gifts to elderly neighbour for CNY

This Chinese New Year, local TV personality Chef Bob is checking in on his favourite neighbour and exemplifying the spirit of racial harmony. They are of different ethnic backgrounds (Chef Bob is Malay while his neighbour is Chinese) but this hasn't stopp
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This made my day: Chef Bob passes gifts to elderly neighbour for CNY

This Chinese New Year, local TV personality Chef Bob is checking in on his favourite neighbour and exemplifying the spirit of racial harmony. They are of different ethnic backgrounds (Chef Bob is Malay while his neighbour is Chinese) but this hasn't stopped them from enjoying each other's festive celebrations. Just like in previous years, Chef Bob prepared an assortment of goodies this Chinese New Year for his neighbour. Or as he refers to her, «nenek Cina» which means Chinese grandma in Malay. Last Saturday (Jan 21), the bubbly chef shared a 58-second TikTok clip of him passing these gifts to her. https://www.tiktok.com/@chefbob.sg/video/7191146960726904066 One would typically associate Chinese New Year with food items like oranges or abalone. But this year, Chef Bob packed unexpected food items like sambal, chicken rice chilli and canned jackfruit curry. «Something red because red symbolise good luck,» he said. Chef Bob was aware of nenek Cina's dietary restrictions and made sure to avoid having any beef in the food items he was giving her.

'You cannot see right?' Paralympic swimmer Sophie Soon and guide dog stopped by concert security with 'irrelevant' question

Everyone remembers their first time.  Unfortunately for Paralympic swimmer Sophie Soon, her first Candlelight concert was marred by issues faced before the event even started. Soon brought her guide dog, Orinda, with her but security personnel stoppe
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'You cannot see right?' Paralympic swimmer Sophie Soon and guide dog stopped by concert security with 'irrelevant' question

Everyone remembers their first time.  Unfortunately for Paralympic swimmer Sophie Soon, her first Candlelight concert was marred by issues faced before the event even started. Soon brought her guide dog, Orinda, with her but security personnel stopped them from entering the premises. The 25-year-old is visually impaired and Orinda helps her to manoeuver obstacles when she's out and about. Security staff at the Candlelight concert did not quite understand the concept of a guide dog and mistook her golden retriever lab mix for a pet. Last Saturday (Jan 21), Soon took to TikTok to share the experience in a 72-second long clip.    https://www.tiktok.com/@sophsoon/video/7190963431665618178?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7191417687737763330 The security personnel sounded confused, asking her if she was watching a show — to which Soon responded with a resounding «yes». «Unfortunately, this happens more often than it should,» the in-video caption read. Soon explained to him that she is visually impaired and Orinda is her guide dog, not her pet. This was met with a stunned silence.

2 SCDF NSFs charged with theft and offences under Computer Misuse Act

Two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) allegedly committed crimes such as theft and offences under the Computer Misuse Act at the organisation's 3rd Division in Yishun. Nizar Syafiq Ismadi, 21, a lance corpora
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2 SCDF NSFs charged with theft and offences under Computer Misuse Act

Two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) allegedly committed crimes such as theft and offences under the Computer Misuse Act at the organisation's 3rd Division in Yishun. Nizar Syafiq Ismadi, 21, a lance corporal who was enlisted on Feb 16, 2021, was handed seven charges on Friday (Jan 20). His alleged accomplice, corporal Mohamed Iskandar Mohamed Ansari, 23, who was enlisted about two months later, was slapped with four charges. In a statement over the weekend, an SCDF spokesman said: «Both NSFs are attached to the 3rd SCDF Division, performing non-frontline duties such as assisting division officers to prepare for operational exercises, parades, in-camp training and mobilisation exercises. »Both NSFs will continue with their non-frontline duties pending the outcome of their court case. We are unable to comment further as court proceedings are ongoing." The two NSFs are accused of stealing a pair of Apple AirPods Pro worth $379 from one Leon Tay at the guard room of SCDF 3rd Division some time between July 9 and Aug 1, 2022. Details about Mr Tay were not disclosed in court documents.

From twins to triplets, celebrating CNY with their triple bundles of joy

A Singaporean couple are celebrating Chinese New Year with a miracle of life they did not anticipate when they embarked on assisted reproduction in 2019 - triplets born from one frozen embryo, giving them the big family they had dreamt of having. Mr Edwin Ch
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From twins to triplets, celebrating CNY with their triple bundles of joy

A Singaporean couple are celebrating Chinese New Year with a miracle of life they did not anticipate when they embarked on assisted reproduction in 2019 - triplets born from one frozen embryo, giving them the big family they had dreamt of having. Mr Edwin Chua, 35, and his wife, Dr Claire Low, 33, welcomed Gareth, Kenneth and Seth on Jan 3. They also have a two-year-old son, Keith. The triplets were born one minute apart at 34 weeks through caesarean delivery at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), weighing between 2.1kg and 2.3kg. Dr Low, a physiotherapist, told The Straits Times: «We have always wanted a big family and we are very glad the triplets are here with us safely.» While triplets are already very rare, what is more astonishing is that only one embryo had been implanted in Dr Low's womb through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). The chances of an embryo splitting into triplets are «extremely rare», said her doctor, Dr Sim Wen Shan, a consultant at KKH's Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine. A landmark Japanese study found that only 0.04 per cent of pregnancies from a single embryo transfer produced triplets.

Woman suffers broken ankle after going down slide at indoor inflatable playground in Jurong East

A woman broke her ankle in several places after going down a slide at an indoor inflatable playground in Singapore. The Stomp contributor, who wished to remain anonymous, told Stomp that she visited Bouncy Paradise at 200 Pandan Gardens in Jurong East on De
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Woman suffers broken ankle after going down slide at indoor inflatable playground in Jurong East

A woman broke her ankle in several places after going down a slide at an indoor inflatable playground in Singapore. The Stomp contributor, who wished to remain anonymous, told Stomp that she visited Bouncy Paradise at 200 Pandan Gardens in Jurong East on Dec 21, 2022. «I went down one of their slides and my right ankle immediately broke upon landing,» she said. «According to the doctor, my ankle injury was really, really bad and all three ankle bones were badly broken.» The Stomp contributor had to undergo surgery following the injury. She shared X-ray images showing several screws implanted in her ankle. She is currently in a cast and is not allowed to bear any weight on her ankle. «I'm coping with the pain and swelling with painkillers,» she said. «The staff at Bouncy Paradise took my details for their incident reporting but no one contacted me to ask if I was OK. »I was the one who contacted Bouncy Paradise and spoke to a person in charge of operations.

Slay: These 'Miss Singapore' spoof videos are making people howl with laughter

You've heard of Miss Universe, but what about Miss Yishun? With the crowning of Miss Universe last Sunday (Jan 15), it seems that some Singaporeans were so inspired by the beauty pageant candidates' spirited introductions, they put a local twist on them.
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Slay: These 'Miss Singapore' spoof videos are making people howl with laughter

You've heard of Miss Universe, but what about Miss Yishun? With the crowning of Miss Universe last Sunday (Jan 15), it seems that some Singaporeans were so inspired by the beauty pageant candidates' spirited introductions, they put a local twist on them. TikTok user Samantha Tanyifen uploaded a 'Singapore edition' of the video on Tuesday, followed by another clip posted by Hidayah Sajuna two days later. In the videos, the young women showed up in glamorous dresses for each heartland town, complete with the iconic white sashes that contestants wear during the pageant. Samantha stepped onto the podium and got the fashion show started with sparkly gowns in a myriad of colours. We've got to give her an A for effort, for she switched up the wigs to spice up each outfit — from blonde for King Albert Park and red highlights for Yishun, to a short grey bob for Bedok, we can safely say Samantha slayed. https://www.tiktok.com/@samanthatyf/video/7189205901570559233 What left netizens in stitches, however, was how her voice cracked while saying Tengah.

'Don't disgrace CNY event': Risque routine at Tuas South dorm draws brickbats

Mention Chinese New Year celebrations and lion dance often comes to mind. But the audience got quite an eyeful at this recent show. In a TikTok video posted on Saturday (Jan 21), a pole dancer was seen doing body rolls and spreading her legs in the air
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'Don't disgrace CNY event': Risque routine at Tuas South dorm draws brickbats

Mention Chinese New Year celebrations and lion dance often comes to mind. But the audience got quite an eyeful at this recent show. In a TikTok video posted on Saturday (Jan 21), a pole dancer was seen doing body rolls and spreading her legs in the air during her performance at the Chinese New Year event held at Tuas South Dormitory on Friday. Clad in a bikini and heels, the dancer swirled around the pole to the sultry tune of Feeling Good by Michael Buble as the audience let out whoops of delight. One man in the clip, however, covered his eyes out of apparent embarrassment. This was certainly not what one would expect to see at a festive celebration. Netizens took to the comment section to express their distaste towards the performance, with one even calling it «messed up». «Don't disgrace CNY event please,» another wrote. 

Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year? Display in NTU gets vandalised

«Chinese New Year» or «Lunar New Year»? Both? A display about Chinese New Year at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was vandalised with the word «Lunar» crossed out and replaced by «Chinese.» The inci
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Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year? Display in NTU gets vandalised

«Chinese New Year» or «Lunar New Year»? Both? A display about Chinese New Year at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was vandalised with the word «Lunar» crossed out and replaced by «Chinese.» The incident has sparked a debate on Reddit and the Chinese social media platform Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu) about «Chinese New Year» being supplanted by «Lunar New Year». One Little Red Book user, who apparently supported the vandal, was upset that the words «Chinese New Year» are not allowed by NTU. «Our spring festival, culture and history, if not stolen, will be snatched away by NTU,» said the post. The post was shared on Reddit, which added fuel to the controversy.

Agent fined $5,000 after admitting to creating fake house listing as marketing tactic

SINGAPORE — As a marketing tactic, an ERA property agent created a fake listing for a semi-detached house and lied to the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) when questioned. On Friday (Jan 20), Terrence Lin, 37, became the first person prosecuted for provi
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Agent fined $5,000 after admitting to creating fake house listing as marketing tactic

SINGAPORE — As a marketing tactic, an ERA property agent created a fake listing for a semi-detached house and lied to the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) when questioned. On Friday (Jan 20), Terrence Lin, 37, became the first person prosecuted for providing false information under the Estate Agents Act. He was fined $5,000 for his offences.  Between September and October 2020, Lin was engaged by the owners of a house at Whitley Residences, a development in Whitley Road which comprises 61 semi-detached units, to sell their property. The owners also engaged another property agent, known only as Gideon, to market their property for sale.  In October 2020, Lin placed an advertisement on real estate portal PropertyGuru for the property at an asking price of $4.8 million. This was subsequently lowered to $4.6 million in November 2020 due to a lack of response.  Later that month, Lin placed a fake advertisement on PropertyGuru, purportedly for another unit at Whitley Residences. The unit was listed at a lower, more attractive asking price of $4.38 million. 

'Dangerous' car owner? Driver called out for using danger sign to chope Pasir Ris HDB parking lot

If you've ever wanted a private parking lot to yourself, this driver has a solution — but we wouldn't recommend it unless you wish to earn the ire of fellow motorists. In a post to the SGRV Admin Facebook group today (Jan 21), one disgruntled Facebook u
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'Dangerous' car owner? Driver called out for using danger sign to chope Pasir Ris HDB parking lot

If you've ever wanted a private parking lot to yourself, this driver has a solution — but we wouldn't recommend it unless you wish to earn the ire of fellow motorists. In a post to the SGRV Admin Facebook group today (Jan 21), one disgruntled Facebook user shared images of a driver using a 'danger, keep out' sign to chope a parking lot within an HDB estate in Pasir Ris. «Driver used 'danger' sign from nearby construction works to chope his own private parking lot,» the contributor wrote. «Very self-entitled, I saw him putting the sign when he left. In the morning when I left, I saw his car back in the lot.»

Dropping all my money: Scalpers here reselling limited-edition Blackpink Oreos for 4 times more

Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's ....Oreo prices?  Originally planned for a February launch in Singapore, K-pop sensation Blackpink's new limited-edition collaboration with Oreo has already been spotted on the shelves of FairPrice supermarket outlets
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Dropping all my money: Scalpers here reselling limited-edition Blackpink Oreos for 4 times more

Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's ....Oreo prices?  Originally planned for a February launch in Singapore, K-pop sensation Blackpink's new limited-edition collaboration with Oreo has already been spotted on the shelves of FairPrice supermarket outlets. The Blackpink Oreos – which have been available in Indonesia and the Philippines – come in two versions, one featuring the original black cookie with a pink cream, and the other with a pink cookie and black cream. On FairPrice's website, one box of Blackpink Oreo – which includes nine packets of the snack – is selling at $2.95 for the black cookie version and $3.99 for the pink cookie version.

Singaporean man breaks down after getting 'touched inappropriately' at JB massage parlour

It was supposed to be a relaxing trip to a JB massage parlour for two Singaporean men.  But instead, they left the place traumatised after their masseuse allegedly sexually assaulted them.  A TikTok video uploaded on Thursday (Jan 19) by an account calle
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Singaporean man breaks down after getting 'touched inappropriately' at JB massage parlour

It was supposed to be a relaxing trip to a JB massage parlour for two Singaporean men.  But instead, they left the place traumatised after their masseuse allegedly sexually assaulted them.  A TikTok video uploaded on Thursday (Jan 19) by an account called Massagefromhell detailed what unfolded that day.  The men had visited the King Spa 2 & Massage at Taman Pelangi and during their massage, a female masseuse allegedly «touched their privates».  One of the men said he asked her to stop, but she did it again twice. In fact, she even went as far as to ask him if he was gay as he was not getting aroused, according to that video.  Additionally, she allegedly pulled open his underwear to «peek» at his genitals.  Completely unapologetic  The masseuse then continued to question the man inappropriately and made him so uncomfortable that he asked for the massage to end earlier.  «He was so traumatised that he broke down afterwards,» revealed the TikTok user.  But when confronted, the masseuse allegedly «denied everything» and only said she had asked the man if he liked men or women. 

Daily roundup: Now scared to turn on electricity, Yishun resident says after 5 extension cords powering fish tanks catch fire - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Now scared to turn on electricity, Yishun resident says after 5 extension cords powering fish tanks catch fire To power his six tanks, fish hobbyist Liang had resorted to using five extension cord
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Daily roundup: Now scared to turn on electricity, Yishun resident says after 5 extension cords powering fish tanks catch fire - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Now scared to turn on electricity, Yishun resident says after 5 extension cords powering fish tanks catch fire To power his six tanks, fish hobbyist Liang had resorted to using five extension cords, linking them all the way from the entrance of his Yishun flat to the end of his living room...» READ MORE 2. Tourists take 2-hour taxi ride around Singapore — here's how much they paid

MP Murali Pillai clarifies 'misleading' article about locked-up formula milk at FairPrice outlet - here's what he said

Is the NTUC Fairprice outlet at Bukit Batok locking up shelves of its infant milk powder to prevent possibly financially-strapped parents from stealing them for their hungry babies at home? No such thing, stated Minister for Parliament (MP) Murali Pillai.
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MP Murali Pillai clarifies 'misleading' article about locked-up formula milk at FairPrice outlet - here's what he said

Is the NTUC Fairprice outlet at Bukit Batok locking up shelves of its infant milk powder to prevent possibly financially-strapped parents from stealing them for their hungry babies at home? No such thing, stated Minister for Parliament (MP) Murali Pillai. On Thursday (Jan 19), the MP for the Bukit Batok single-member constituency came out to clarify that the supermarket chain's new trial scheme at its Bukit Batok outlet is targeted at shoplifters who resell these products, and not those who might really need them. Appearing alongside a FairPrice staff member in his Facebook livestream, Pillai, 55, indicated that news on the initiative published by The Straits Times that same day had given people a «misleading impression».

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