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Not just grey concrete: 7 HDB blocks with unusual designs

“Diamond blocks” refer to flats built in the 1970s by JTC in the western part of Singapore. They are connected to form a diamond with a courtyard in the middle. A few remain in Yung Kuang Road and…

St Joseph’s Church stands tall with a dome

Imposing in its neo-Gothic grandeur, St Joseph’s Church has watched over Victoria St since 1912. But plans for the church were initiated some 70 years earlier by the first Catholic priest to permanently reside in Singapore. In July…

NTU unveils new 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building in Novena

NTU has unveiled a new building for its Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Novena. The new 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building in Mandalay Road, near TTSH, has been in use since Jan 2017. It is equipped with…

Fire at Serangoon Ave 4, no injuries reported

A fire broke out at Blk 220, Serangoon Ave 4 on Thurs morning, but no one was injured. SCDF was alerted to the fire at about 11.15am. Firefighters forced entry into the 12th-floor flat and extinguished the fire…

Orchard Road mall death: Teen’s fall sparks safety discussion

An incident involving a teenager who died after a fall at an Orchard Road mall last week has sparked discussion about safety measures in buildings. Last Fri, 17-year-old Jonathan Chow Hua Guang fell four floors to his death…

Securing Singapore’s water future

In Singapore, water is unlike any other ordinary commodity. We subsidise housing, healthcare, education, but not water consumption. Water is a strategic issue. It is a national security issue. We must price water fully. The consumer must feel…

PUB working on latest technology on monitoring water usage

PUB, thanks Mr Joe Ng Boon Leng for his letter (Can water authority create an app for easy tracking of usage?; Jan 24). PUB is conducting trials to provide real-time feedback on household water usage through mobile and…

More public parking spaces needed near National Library

Yesterday, I took two big bags of books to the National Library in Victoria St to donate, as they were all fairly new and I thought it would be good to share them rather than discard them. As…

Singapore property still a top draw for Asia’s ultra-rich

Singapore’s property market remains high on the agenda of Asia’s ultra-rich, notwithstanding the cooling measures still in place. Its commercial properties are a top consideration for Asian UHNWIs keen on this asset class, moderately ahead of the UK…

Diamond HDB blocks in Jurong a rare gem

When Mr Philip Chew, 82, visited his old workplace in Taman Jurong three years back, he was struck by how much the place had changed. The retired civil servant, who worked for JTC in the 1970s, could find…

Water price hike necessary, but why now?

If the aim of the recent water price hike was to raise public awareness about Singapore’s water demand and supply, the move can now be considered a splashing success. Water talk flooded the Budget debate in Parliament for…

More co-working spaces sprouting up in CBD as demand rises

Property developers are leasing more space to co-working space operators, even as demand rises from businesses in the new economy looking for flexible work areas. Currently, there are 53 co-working space locations in Singapore, almost one-third of which…

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to be solar powered

From June, the 20-year-old Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT) will be solar powered, ready to offset some 327 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually — equivalent to 158,757kg of coal burned, or the emission of 69 vehicles driven for…

Water has to be priced right to maintain new investments: PM Lee, Min Heng

Addressing a growing public debate about the Government’s move to raise water prices by 30 per cent, PM Lee Hsien Loong and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the Republic has to price water properly in order to…

Singapore confident Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge does not satisfy ICJ criteria

Singapore strongly believes the documents filed by Malaysia to challenge the 2008 decision by the Intl Court of Justice (ICJ) that ruled Pedra Branca to be Singaporean territory does not satisfy a legal clause under the court’s statute.…

For safe workplaces, select the right WSH people first

Workplace safety is an integral part of corporate social responsibility, though the effect is not immediate when safety initiatives are implemented (“More non-fatal injuries at workplaces in 2016”; Feb 15). Unlike investing in stocks, property or other passive…

Make property cooling measures more potent

Since the last round of property cooling measures, in 2013, the market has remained benign at best. Although there is an increase in caveats lodged, the market may be in a standoff. This is why developers are waiting…

Should you buy or rent your next home in Singapore?

There is a reason the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans continue to live with their parents until they’re married—the right to walk around naked at home isn’t worth dying of starvation for. While married couples and over-35s can take…

Neighbourhood guides: Discover Toa Payoh, Singapore’s second oldest satellite town

Toa Payoh might be Singapore’s second oldest satellite town, but it’s precisely the rich heritage and history of this district that makes it so charming. Of course, the good food that you can find at every turn doesn’t…

Are Smart Homes right for you and your family?

Gone soon are the days where you’ll be hunting for one missing remote controller or the other. Smart home systems centralise the control and management of these appliances through a smartphone application. Now, more luxury residential properties are…

Gorgeous homes beyond the city you will want to live in

While Singapore is synonymous with densely-packed high rise living, it need not always be the case. Homes outside of the island’s main centres have been denigrated for a lack of amenities and transport links for years. But that…

Condominiums under $1 million

It may be 50% more expensive to buy a condo in Singapore than it was 10 years ago, but the more recent economic downturn has had one helpful impact for the first time buyer. Condos that were clearly…

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