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Leavening touch of neighbourliness

Many would aver instinctively that as people got more packed together in urban spaces, the less close-knit they became. There’s more to it, of course, than just a reflexive lurch towards privacy triggered by cheek-by-jowl living conditions. The…

World housing prices soar as global economy recovers

Housing prices around the world have kept rising, in step with a recovering global economy. But Singapore was among a minority of countries that saw a drop in housing prices, mostly owing to interventionist policies that cooled the…

MND survey: Married couples more inclined to live with parents

When it comes to housing preferences, married couples are more inclined to live with their parents compared to young courting couples, according to an ongoing online survey conducted by MND. The findings, released on Fri, showed a higher…

Start-ups sprout up in Geylang

Geylang is quietly emerging as a haven for technology start-ups, despite being usually associated with Singapore’s red-light district and other vice activities such as illegal gambling. On Lorong 24a off Geylang Road, there are at least six companies…

One more stop for trail

The Balestier Heritage Trail has 13 markers and will soon get one more. The Senior Police Officers’ Mess, built within an enclave of spacious black and white bungalows, was where senior officials hobnobbed from the 1950s to 1970s.…

Two luxury projects compete for buyers

Situated right across each other, two luxury condominiums compete for luxury buyers amidst a tougher environment as the residential market slows. Located along Leedon Heights in District 10, the two projects – Leedon Residences and d’Leedon – are…

This big chunk of private homes are likely to stay unsold

Is the government freaking out by supply scare? It looks like a lot of homes will be displaying “For Sale” signs on their doors instead of the usual “Welcome” rugs as a big bulk of private homes on…

PUB rebates for those affected by discoloured tap water in Punggol

Punggol residents who experienced brownish tap water yesterday may still have residual discoloured water, said PUB on Fri. It apologised for the problem which began nearly 24 hours earlier, at around 2pm on Thurs. The discoloured water was…

Five vertical gardens in Singapore that have hit a high mark

Singapore is often hailed as a Garden City, but have you heard of its vertical gardens? Tree House, a condominium project by City Developments Ltd, now holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest vertical garden. We…

Restore Bukit Timah Nature Reserve without closing it

The news that NParks is going to restore Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is welcome and long overdue. The sorry state of the trail network is the result of a lack of maintenance and effective management over many years.…

Have Singaporean households become overly extended in terms of their exposure to several residential mortgages?

Have Singaporean households become overly extended in terms of their exposure to several residential mortgages? Mortgages as a percentage of household debt is an important economic indicator, and one that is susceptible to external influences such as US…

‘Locking in’ the Quay to our trading history

Robertson Quay today is home to an array of cafes, restaurants and contemporary art galleries. Round the corner in Jiak Kim St is iconic nightclub Zouk, which has been drawing partygoers for the past 23 years. Yet the…

Save more while you enjoy the sunrise

As you sit on your balcony, would you rather enjoy the sunrise or the sunset over the water? When it comes to property prices, it makes a difference. As measured along the East-West MRT line, you pay less…

Forced mediation should be last resort for feuding neighbours, say respondents

More than a year after the Government mooted the idea of mandating mediation for feuding neighbours, a six-week public consultation exercise has found that views are mixed as to whether this would be the best way forward, with…

Stem the drain of CPF monies from home repayments

Public interest in the CPF scheme has been heightened in recent times. Credit should be given to the Government for implementing a scheme that funds our retirement with contribution from employers. But, while Singaporeans have done well in…

Build express rail link between airport and city

I am happy that LTA is considering express services for the Cross Island MRT Line, which will provide convenience for commuters who must make the dreaded cross-island journey frequently. Since a rail link would have to be built…

While more developers have taken to cutting prices to improve sales amid a property slowdown, potential home buyers anticipating a broad-based price war may be disappointed as the private residential market has yet to reach a tipping point…

HUDC estate at Hougang Ave 7 privatised

The HUDC estate at Hougang Ave 7 has been privatised under the Land Titles (Strata) Act, after it obtained the required 75 per cent majority support, HDB said today. This means that the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council is…

Protect mudflats, mangroves for migratory birds, say experts

Parts of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, an important stopover for migratory birds, are sinking and this could be due to the Causeway and the Kranji reservoir limiting the amount of sediments deposited at the reserve. However, some of…

OpenNet proposes changes to improve fibre broadband service delivery

OpenNet has proposed further changes to its Interconnection Offer (ICO) to improve its service provisioning standards and better address the demand for fibre-based services, said IDA on Fri. One of the key changes proposed is revising its Quota…

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