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Eden Hall vacant land could go on market

Some prime Good Class Bungalow (GCB) land along Nassim Road could come on the market in the next several months. Expectations are running high that the British government could offer for sale part of the vacant freehold land…

Retailers need to move with shoppers

Singapore’s annual two-month GSS, intended to boost the retail and hotel industries by attracting locals to shop more and give yet another reason for tourists to visit the country, has recently ended. After last year’s less-than-stellar performance, retailers…

Boutique hotels sprouting up to meet growing demand

Boutique hotels in the Republic are gearing up for a growing group of travellers that are seeking unconventional experiences. Such hotels tend to be more exclusive, intimate, and unique than major chain hotels, and they are seeing demand…

Coffee shops with high price tags reap the profits — while keeping prices low

When it was sold for a whopping S$23.8 million in 2013, it sparked fears that such a high transaction price could drive up rents for tenants and lead to higher food prices for consumers. Two years on, some…

Shoddy DBSS projects puzzling

I refer to the report, “HDB urged to do more following defects in DBSS, BTO projects” (July 14). As an owner of one of the first DBSS flats, I am puzzled to hear time and again of the…

Imminent peril if damaged insulators caused rail disruptions

The silver lining of the recent MRT disruption is that the system’s protective relays were able to detect a power surge and register a positive fault. If a relay involved was faulty, we would classify this as a…

Train breakdowns: Do not neglect coordination efforts

I was glad to hear on this week’s Talking Point, “The day the trains stood still”, SMRT and LTA vowing to work harder to identify the root cause of last week’s disruption, find solutions and enhance reliability. A…

Cascading effect of Highline Residences

Keppel Land held the preview of its 500-unit Highline Residences on Kim Tian Road in Tiong Bahru last Sept. The preview saw 149 (93%) of 160 units released sold, according to URA data, with transaction prices ranging from…

RiverParc Residence penthouse owners face rusty stairs, leaks

First, it was the unmistakable stench of sewage that plagued one unit in the EC in Punggol. Now several penthouse owners at the 504-unit RiverParc Residence are complaining about rusty staircases and water seepage. One resident, Mr Ang…

Amber Park’s third en bloc attempt fails

It was third time unlucky for the Amber Park condominium, after yet another collective sale tender closed with no bids. All is not lost, however, as several local listed developers have submitted EOI to the collective sale committee.…

St Regis carpark dispute finally resolved at EGM

A lengthy dispute over the common carpark at St Regis Hotel and Residences has finally been straightened out following an EGM of the management council yesterday. The mixed development in Tanglin Road comprises the hotel and three residential…

CMT exploring how to unlock Funan’s space value

CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT) may finally be closer to unlocking the value of its additional GFA at Funan DigitaLife Mall after years of speculation on the space. In a SGX filing on Wed evening, the trust’s manager said…

Shashlik restaurant at Far East Shopping Centre to close at year end

Thirty-year-old Shashlik, a restaurant known for its borsch, steak and meat on skewers, will close at the end of the year, when the lease for its Far East Shopping Centre premises runs out. One of the partners of…

Commuters still complain of less reliable bus info

Commuters have found phone-based bus arrival information to be unreliable in recent months, despite claims by LTA that the system is now more accurate than before. Bus spotter Tan Pang Soon, 26, said the problem started when LTA…

Paid parking discourages use of parks

In the past, visitors to Pasir Ris Park did not have to pay for parking. Recently, an electronic parking system (EPS) was installed and the parking rate is $1 an hour every day. On the one hand, the…

Biodiversity importance of Bt Brown

We disagree with Mr Heng Cho Choon’s view on the insignificance of Bukit Brown’s biodiversity (“Bukit Brown not worthy of World Heritage status”; last Sat). We have been monitoring its wildlife for many years. The presence of many…

Does Singapore need a fourth telco? Yes

Prices for fixed broadband access have more than halved over the past five years, but mobile broadband prices have gone in the opposite direction. The anomaly is due to one factor: competition, or the lack thereof. Since Sept…

Does Singapore need a fourth telco? No

I have not changed my cellphone provider since I became a subscriber nearly 20 years ago. The three mobile phone operators, M1, StarHub and Singtel, had almost the same products. There was no incentive to switch. Recently, IDA…

NParks looking to increase Botanic Gardens heritage tours

NParks wants to increase the number of heritage tours of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, especially after it was recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the Gardens being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, NParks…

Uphill slog for residents in blocks that can’t have lift upgrading

When retiree Mr Kok Chun Tong moved into his five-room flat at Choa Chu Kang with his wife more than 20 years ago, he had chosen it for its peace and privacy. It was a pleasant stay for…

Keeping the kampung spirit alive in modern Singapore

Every day at 7.30pm, cabby Kelvin Lim hits the basketball court on Woodlands St 51. For three hours, he shoots hoops with about 40 other residents in the neighbourhood, many of whom are in their early 20s. Players…

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