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Create more spaces for kids to play football

My husband recently saw a group of children playing football at the amphitheatre near an HDB blk. One boy kicked the ball and accidentally hit a man passing by. The man was angry and went over to the…

Rebuild HDB blocks unsuitable for lift upgrading

MND recently reported that it was testing new unconventional lift systems for about 200 blks of HDB flats that are not suited to have lifts on every floor (“Solutions on trial for HDB blocks unsuited for lift upgrading”;…

Find different way to create lift access

The report on July 15 (“Solutions on trial for HDB blks unsuited for lift upgrading”) raised many questions. I live with my family in Towner Road, where three 11-storey blks of maisonette flats are still awaiting lifts on…

Site burning bins farther away from HDB blk

As a parent of four young children, three of whom are currently enrolled in infant-care or childcare centres, I am uncomfortable with incense burning bins being located too close to HDB flats and childcare centres at these void…

Be considerate when burning incense

During the Hungry Ghost Festival, it is common to see candles and joss sticks inserted in the turfed areas lining the concrete sidewalks or footpaths. It would be a good practice if family members could exercise their initiative…

Jalan Besar’s $20 million ‘carrot’

Are the carrots out again? For Jalan Besar GRC residents, it possibly comes in the form of a $20 million estate upgrading scheme, slated to happen over the next five years. This includes about 200 improvements to covered…

Frasers Hospitality names new chief investment officer

Frasers Hospitality has appointed Mak Hoe Kit as its new chief investment officer (CIO). Mr Mak will oversee the investment and acquisition strategy of hospitality assets. His responsibility will also include enhancing the group’s non-Reit assets to maximise…

Trunk bus services to be ramped up during train service disruptions

The contingency plans to manage the fallout from last month’s massive train disruption were “not adequate”, and the authorities have worked with the public transport operators to improve their response in future emergencies. From now on, the capacity…

‘Robust measures’ in place to help preserve Botanic Gardens

The Government is committed to protecting the Singapore Botanic Gardens, recently accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and has measures in place to do so, MCCY Minister Lawrence Wong said on Mon. For example, URA’s planning framework ensures…

National Museum of Singapore to re-open permanent galleries on Sept 19

After almost one year, the 128-year-old National Museum of Singapore will re-open its permanent galleries to the public. Set to reopen on Sept 19, the revamped galleries will present Singapore’s history in more “immersive and innovative ways” and…

AHPETC: We can fulfil sinking fund obligations with grants

AHPETC run by WP on Mon said it would be able to fulfil its sinking fund obligations for FY14/15 if S&CC operating grants withheld by MND are given to the town council. In a statement posted on its…

Restaurant in Little India catches fire

A restaurant in Little India caught fire on Mon morning, but no one was hurt, said SCDF. The fire at 102 Serangoon Road involved the contents of a restaurant, the kitchen area and the second floor rooftop, it…

Singapore retail — relevant or Jurassic?

In the last few years, the chorus of grouses by retailers in this case, both fashion and F&B operators has grown louder. But it appears that for every negative report, some quarter would claim otherwise, saying that brands…

Eye on Dakota: A slice of history

For the benefit of those who may not know what Singapore’s housing landscape used to look like during the 1950s, be sure to make a trip down to Dakota Crescent, located right opposite the famous Old Airport Road…

Heartland rentals

As we cross Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, we look around at our HDB flats, often thought of as a world class public housing programme that has contributed to the dizzy heights of our nation’s success. In 50…

Luxury homes: Languishing or luxuriating?

Singapore is known worldwide for many things, one of which is its abundance of luxury residences. From condominiums and semi-detached homes to bungalows and even mansions and villas, there is certainly no shortage of upscale housing on this…

Are ECs still an attractive investment? (part 1)

The EC concept was an innovative public housing initiative launched by the Government in 1997 for Singaporeans and PRs to enjoy “private property” without the huge price tag that comes with it. With rising property prices in recent…

Do HDB owners actually know what the home protection scheme even does and is it good enough

We Singaporeans love our cars and our tech. We take out all kinds of warranties on them, make sure they’re in the best condition and buy all kinds of protective devices to ensure they look exactly the same…

5 common mistakes made by Singaporeans in search of their dream home

So you fell in love with the penthouse’s infinity pool or were bowled over by the sea view from the living room. But before you eagerly hand over the booking fee or deposit, stop right there. There’s nothing…

Welcome to poshtels

At Adler Hostel in South Bridge Road, guests can sip tea and enjoy gourmet desserts in a colonial chic lounge. Their beds, which are designed to have the privacy of train cabin beds, feature hotel-quality linen and a…

New HDB scheme: Call to let studio flat owners extend lease

Let existing studio apartment owners extend their leases and allow third-timers to buy flats under the HDB’s upcoming Two-Room Flexi scheme. These were some of the recommendations made by property analysts and residents, as public consultation on the…

Renaming of think-tank a fitting tribute

It was an inspired decision to rename a think-tank to pay tribute to Singapore’s first President as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee (“Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute is born”; last Thurs). Mr Yusof Ishak stuck with Singapore through thick…

Allow hawkers to run stalls their way

Allowing existing hawkers to bid for vacant stalls without penalty is the right thing to do (“Falling rents? Existing hawkers can bid for vacant stalls”; Aug 8). NEA needs to appreciate that the hawker industry is an essential…

Schools competitions will benefit from Sports Hub as venue

I agree that the magnificent stadium and other sports facilities at the Sports Hub should be put to better use to inspire our student athletes (“Inspire our kids, let them compete at the Sports Hub”; July 28). It…

Set aside proper rest areas for workers at construction sites

There is no denying that much of modern Singapore’s buildings of steel and concrete are built by foreign workers. Yet, taking my son to school over the past few weeks, I saw workers from an adjacent construction site…

Sales of new private homes surge to 2-year high

Sales of new private homes in the Republic surged to a two-year high last month, with newly launched High Park Residences accounting for the majority of the transactions. Latest data by URA showed that developers sold 1,594 private…

Housing situation ‘much happier’ but more needs to be done: Khaw

While the Government has done much to address the public dissatisfaction with housing that came to the fore in the 2011 GE, MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan told there remains more to be done, such as addressing the…

Not the right time yet to adjust property curbs, says minister

Property-cooling measures will stay for now and the right time to adjust or even lift some of the temporary initiatives is when the market equilibrium is a lot more certain and sustainable, said MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan.…

Changes to Town Councils Act could be delayed if polls are called

The review of the Town Councils Act which has taken more than two years, and counting will be put on the back-burner should PM Lee Hsien Loong, as widely expected, dissolve Parliament and call for election soon. Asked…

Public transport a safer option than motorcycles

I refer to the letter “Transport minister should push for more motorcycle use” (Aug 15). While a motorcycle offers better accessibility to various locations and the cost of owning one is the lowest among the various vehicles, riding…

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