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Toa Payoh: Cafe hub

Entrepreneurs looking for spaces to open new f&b concepts have hunted everywhere from the West Coast to Bedok. However, a new crop of them has opened in Toa Payoh, one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates. There are no…

Kovan: Foodie central

When cafe owner Chara Lum was scouting for a location to start Ciel Patisserie two years ago, a void deck shop unit in Hougang Ave 1 ticked all the right boxes. The 25-year-old, who sells French-style cakes and…

Yishun mixed-use GLS plot draws S$185.1 million top bid

A mixed commercial and residential plot of land in Yishun attracted lukewarm interest from developers, with a joint bid by Northern Resi and Northern Retail of S$185.1 million beating four other bids at the close of tender today.…

ISCA: Rental costs, manpower rules among top concerns of firms

Manpower issues and rental costs remain among the top concerns for businesses in Singapore, the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) revealed at a pre-Budget Roundtable today, amid more pessimistic views of the local economy this year. The…

NParks: Rise in cases of illegal fishing in parks and nature reserves

The number of cases of illegal fishing in parks and nature reserves has tripled from 96 in 2012 to 271 last year, figures provided by NParks showed. The increase was attributed to stepped-up enforcement efforts, the statutory board…

Sports Hub dome to undergo works to ensure no repeat of leaks which hit Jay Chou concert

The iconic domed roof at the new National Stadium will be repaired to avoid a repeat of the leaks during a rain-hit Jay Chou concert last month. Additional flashing, or rain deviators, will be installed to channel water…

The New York Times lists Singapore as top destination in Asia for 2015

The New York Times (NYT) has listed Singapore as the top place to visit in Asia, and no. 6 in a global list of 52 places to visit in 2015. NYT published this list on Jan 9. In…

Wanted: Ideas from educators for children’s theme park KidZania

Educators can get a sneak peek of Singapore’s newest theme park before its official opening date in the second half of the year. KidZania Singapore a city scaled down to a child’s size where children can role-play life…

Flat owners must ensure subletting rules are followed

We thank Mr Francis Cheng (“Step up checks on flat subletting”; Jan 1), Ms Ada Chan Siew Foen (“Social impact of subletting flats”; Jan 3) and Ms Linda Tan (“Flats shouldn’t become dorms”; last Tues) for their feedback.…

Review HDB policy on dogs in flats

With many abandoned dogs on the streets and shelters becoming overcrowded, it is time the HDB reviewed its policy on dogs in flats. Currently, only one dog of an approved breed is allowed in each flat. Many HDB…

Lightning alerts at public pools

Singapore is situated in a region with a high rate of lightning strikes. During the current rainy season, public swimming pools are often closed as a result of lightning alerts. I wonder if we are being a little…

Provide proof of road offences

I applaud LTA’s move to introduce CCTV to enforce parking rules (“CCTVs help enforce parking rules” by LTA; last Sat). LTA should review its practice of issuing notices of traffic offence without accompanying photographic evidence of the wrongdoing,…

Curb illegal parking in private estates

I agree with Mr Benjamin Tan Lay Hong that no individual or group should be given preferential treatment under our traffic laws (“Making allowances for parents will worsen traffic congestion”; last Wed). I have noticed that residents of…

Ease congestion near single-session schools

More schools have made the necessary preparations before going single-session, to cope with the greater number of pupils. However, the road infrastructure near these schools seems to be buckling under the pressure of hundreds more pupils and their…

Engine idling: Tweak traffic light sequence

I agree with Mr Sohindar Mohan Singh’s suggestion (“Bring in cars that prevent engine idling”; last Sat). Most vehicles are not equipped with the auto engine switch-off feature. Drivers are unlikely to switch off their engines at red…

UOB lawsuit unlikely to impact developers

The lawsuit filed by UOB against a Lippo Group subsidiary and seven other individuals has intrigued industry players over how the transacted prices of some residential units could be so substantially inflated. But many have deemed this a…

What to do about home loan as interest rates rise

Home owners were caught by surprise last week when a key interest rate benchmark suddenly shot up after years of slumber. It was a reality check for many and a sign of things to come as the era…

Geylang Lorongs 4-22 may be re-zoned for commercial use

Plans to re-zone Lorongs 4-22 Geylang from a “residential/institution” to a “commercial/institution” zone are in the works, URA said this afternoon. The area being proposed for re-zoning is bounded by Geylang Road, Lorong 22 Geylang, Guillemard Road and…

SRX: Private home resale prices, volume end year flat

Resale prices of non-landed private homes inched up 0.1 per cent in Dec last year from the previous month, while resale volume remained flat, according to flash estimates from SRX Property today. Year-on-year, resale prices dropped 4.2 per…

Driverless vehicles may be tested on one-north area roads from Mar

On-road trials for driverless vehicles could start in Mar this year at the one-north area, said LTA and developer JTC in a joint statement today. Applications are now open for interested parties to test out their autonomous vehicle…

Property investment sales dived to five-year low in Q4

The country’s property investment sales market failed to end the year on a good note, after total sales plunged to its lowest level since the second quarter of 2009. Data released today by Colliers showed that total property…

Big-name investors snap up loss-making luxury homes from weary sellers

Policy-battered property sellers are choosing to relinquish more of their loss-making luxury developments to big-name investors. A report by Colliers revealed that sales stemming from strata-titled residential units worth upwards of $5.00 million amounted to $546.55m in Q4,…

30-year leasehold industrial properties register steepest decline at 12.7%

Properties sitting on land with longer tenure are holding up better, as the persistent weakness in strata-titled industrial property transactions continued to exert downward pressure on industrial property prices in the final quarter of 2014. This is due…

When is the right time to enter the property market?

This the key question on everyone’s mind today: “When is it a good time to re-enter the property market as prices continue on their downward spiral?” This aims to provide an overview of the Singapore Private Residential Property…

Nomura: Developers to slash prices further

Home prices in Singapore are expected to fall further due to the looming deadline for developers to sell unsold inventory, according to news reports citing Nomura. The Japanese financial institution explained time is running out for many residential…

Sim Lim cleans up act but mall still quiet

The errant retailers at Sim Lim Square seem to have cleaned up their act, some two months after now-defunct shop Mobile Air made local and global headlines for its unsavoury sales tactics. Shoppers, however, are still staying away,…

Lock+Store warehouses offering service to pack and post packages

With online spending here tipped to pass the $4 billion mark this year, Singapore Post is making a bigger play to help individual traders and small businesses which sell goods online. Its Lock+Store warehouse in Serangoon North allows…

Eastpoint Mall layout not shopper-friendly

I hope NTUC FairPrice can work with the Eastpoint Mall management to improve accessibility to its store on the fifth floor of the mall, especially for the elderly who live around the area (“FairPrice unable to get better…

Need for designated smoking areas

Smokers are free to indulge in their habit so long as they do not expose non-smokers to the toxic smoke (“Smokers must have their space” by Mr Lee Tow Kiat; last Wed). The law does not say smokers…

Law must come down hard on speedsters

I have read of many cases of road accidents which have caused loss of limbs or lives, as well as pain and grief to families. For every accident, there are many more near misses, and many such accidents…

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