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Landed property ownership looking more like a reality

Landed property. To many Singaporeans, this particular property class is the most aspirational of them all, a sign that one has “made it”, so to speak, on our land-scarce island. The luxury of having a plot of land…

Colourful memories

When one thinks of Rochor Centre, images of brightly coloured flats immediately come to mind. These HDB flats, which are painted red, green, blue and yellow, have over the past few decades become an iconic landmark in the…

Singapore’s urban revolution

Across Singapore, urban farms growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables such as bitter gourd, cucumber, papaya and tomato are sprouting up in HDB towns, landed housing estates and even new condominium developments. It isn’t just retirees…

Impact of GE result on property market likely limited

Tomorrow’s election result will likely have limited impact on the property market given the cooling measures in place, although the Government may tweak some of these especially if the economy weakens further, property consultancy JLL said yesterday. Any…

Marina Bay floating platform the best place for NDP

So far, I have attended NDP at the old National Stadium, the Marina Bay floating platform and the Padang. The old National Stadium was a good venue. It was more contained and, logistically and traffic-wise, it seemed easier…

Pick up in investor preference for hotels in 1H2015, says CBRE

Outlook for hotel investments remains positive with investor preferences strengthening from 1% in 2014 to 12% in 2015. This is evidenced by new capital outside of Asia Pacific searching for hotel opportunities, and investors scouting for higher yield…

Shunfu Ville up for collective sale, what’s in its vicinity?

Shunfu Ville is a 358-unit residential development in the Bishan/Thomson area. The site comprises three 16-storey apartment blocks and three six-storey maisonettes. Developed in the late 1980s as a HUDC project, Shunfu Ville was privatised in 2013. It…

Investment of Land sales surpluses benefit today’s generation, not just the next: Tharman

With various questions and proposals about Government surpluses having cropped up during the election rallies, DPM Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam clarified the issues last night. “Why do we not spend in Singapore monies we get from selling land instead…

Singapore’s industrialisation over 50 years

Skyscrapers and distinctive buildings dot Singapore’s downtown financial hub. But 50 years ago, it was a different story. Singapore’s independence in 1965 signalled the end of the dream of a Malayan common market and the beginning of a…

Pavilion looks to S’pore as LNG hub

As natural-gas producing companies globally tough it out amid a surge in supply, slowing demand and falling prices, home-grown Pavilion Energy is identifying new growth opportunities to cement its position in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market in…

The coast is clear, but residents inland want more done

Perched within walking distance of the sea and served by a wide array of shops and good transport connections, the Marine Crescent area draws sentiments of contentment from its residents, who can point to recent upgrades to the…

Play music and cook at carpark spots

It might be a little harder to find a parking spot on Sept 18 but it will be easier to find a “pop-up” space to learn a new skill, including trying your hand at playing the ukulele or…

S’pore remains top Asian city for meetings

Singapore has again been named as the best city in Asia to hold meetings and conventions. Findings released by the Union of Intl Associations show that Singapore came in as the top intl meeting city for the eighth…

A common language for elderly care

Which nursing home provides better care? It is an easy question to answer in US, where such homes are graded. Families there can refer to Nursing Home Compare, a five-star quality rating system that compares the quality of…

Expensive city because of strong Sing dollar

Some election candidates have cited the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey that ranks Singapore as the most expensive city in the world, to show Singaporeans that the cost of living is very high. Surveys such as this one…

Take steps to protect whales in our waters

I read with interest the reports of a dead whale found in Singapore waters. It was reported that there was a huge gash on its back, possibly due to a slash from a ship’s propeller. Whales are endangered,…

Telcos’ concerns over subsidy for newcomer valid

The questions and concerns raised by Singtel, StarHub and M1, in response to IDA of Singapore’s proposal to incentivise a new entrant to the industry are relevant and merit serious consideration (“Telcos object to subsidy for newcomer”; Tues).…

Install family washrooms for those with certain needs

Family washrooms may be more appropriate for people with invisible disabilities, who do not require the support features of disability toilets, but have difficulty using communal washrooms. It is difficult for a lone parent with a baby in…

More inclusive to spend money building more disability toilets

My son is slightly autistic. He has the maturity of a five-year-old, although he is eight. I cannot take him to the female toilet with me now, as he is too old. But I would be irresponsible if…

Will extremely undervalued property stocks survive a severe stress test?

Property stocks have been among the hardest-hit by the sharp selldown in Aug. With property counters currently trading near crisis valuations, UOB Kay Hian analysts believe that deep value has emerged among developer stocks. “Our stress test shows…

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