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Once upon a glorious time at the Istana

Siblings Hajah Maimunah Shaik Madar, 84, and Haji Ansari Shaik Madar, 79, have fond memories of a childhood spent inside the grounds of the Istana. Their father was a Turkish immigrant who had a job as chief orderly…

Not all vagabonds need help

Some people are homeless for reasons best known to themselves. I came across one such person at East Coast Park years ago who was actually a shrewd opportunist. Which is why I agree with this letter (Vagabonds not…

Is Changi Airport ready to handle more flights?

Last Fri evening, I boarded a SilkAir flight from Singapore to Medan. We boarded punctually and were seated. But we ended up waiting a full hour before the plane took off. The pilot apologised profusely, explaining that with…

The future of transport is electric

It is exciting to read that the Government is doing more to promote the use of electric vehicles here (Electric-vehicle sharing to hit the roads in Dec; Sept 28). Electric vehicles can convert about 60 per cent of…

Hear all sides before assigning any blame

Maintenance staff normally do not cut corners unless there are overriding reasons and conflicting demands (Maintenance team signed off on work not done: SMRT; Nov 1). In this case, were they overwhelmed by demands from the management to…

Why are gyms at CCs private?

I visited CCs in Clementi, Bukit Timah and Marine Parade recently and found out that the gyms there are private and the rates they charge are higher than those run by ActiveSG. Signs at these private gyms stop…

Man jailed for illegal possession of seven exotic wildlife species

A 42-year-old man has been jailed for 23 days over the possession and keeping of illegal wildlife, AVA said on Thurs. Lau Kin Wei Clement was found to have kept seven illegal species, including two wagler’s pit vipers,…

Abandoned shared bikes becoming an eyesore in your neighbourhood? Report them with this app

Residents frustrated with shared bicycles indiscriminately parked or abandoned in their neighbourhood will have a new way to report them, via the MSO OneService mobile application. Information sent via the app will be passed on “directly” to the…

Standardise penalty regime, geo-fencing technology for bike-sharing operators

Last month, LTA, NParks and 16 town councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the five bicycle-sharing operators in Singapore, namely oBike, ofo, mobike, Gbikes and SG Bikes. It is a step in the right direction to encourage…

When will wake-up call come for SMRT management?

The latest findings that SMRT employees have been falsifying records is indeed shocking, but on the ground, it just seems like Groundhog Day to the public, with train delays happening regularly. Lives have even been lost, as in…

Train service resumes at Punggol LRT following power fault

Train service on the Punggol LRT line’s East loop has resumed after a disruption on Thurs due to a power fault. SBS Transit had announced the disruption in a Twitter post at 4.27pm, before updating that services had…

To market, to market: How Tiong Bahru stallholders prepared for a royal visit

Weeks before Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, came to visit the Tiong Bahru Market, some stallholders were told, in secret, that they would be hosting the royal couple. For about a month,…

46 turtles hatch after surviving monitor lizard attack at southern islands

Forty-six turtle hatchlings emerged from a nest at one of Singapore’s southern islands on Wed, NParks said in a FB post on Thurs. Without naming the island, the agency said that a volunteer discovered a monitor lizard feeding…

Cathay Cineplexes to be acquired by mm2 Asia for S$230 million

Entertainment company mm2 Asia announced on Thurs it has entered into an option agreement to acquire the Cathay brand, as well as all of Cathay Cineplexes’ Singapore cinema operations. The company will fork out S$230 million for the…

The future for Singapore’s energy burns bright

According to a study by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, solar energy could possibly meet as much as a quarter of Singapore’s energy needs in 2025, said DPM Teo Chee Hean last week. However, to reach this…

Decking HDB halls with the kampung spirit

In various parts of the island, a new type of community space is popping up in HDB estates. Some districts call them “community halls”, others, “covered basketball courts”. Most of the happy residents eager to get to their…

Strict maintenance regimes prevent major lapses

Like in rail transportation, enforcing maintenance regimes plays a critical role in sectors such as aviation, public bus service, and chemical engineering. While staff may cut corners, having experienced quality audit teams, a maintenance structure and a strong…

Does the new Parking.Sg app save you more money than traditional parking coupons?

The Smart Nation initiative has done it again – we now have a mobile app that lets us pay for our parking fees with our phones. Officially launched in Oct, the app provides cashless payment options at carparks…

OCBC OHR mortgage rates – What is OHR?

OCBC launched OHR Home Loan in early Oct 2017. OHR stands for OCBC Home Rate. OHR home loan rates are based on OHR + spread while OHR is based on the long term average, 12-year moving average of…

The hidden cost of en-bloc fever

There’s en-bloc fever in Singapore right now, as foreign developers (Chinese foreign developers, to be precise) muscle in. That’s good news for people living in old estates, but don’t forget there’s a cost to the rest of us.…

OrangeTee Research: Will HDB prices keep falling? We think not

HDB resale prices continue to fall in 3Q17, slipping by 0.7% q-o-q, the largest fall in 10 quarters. HDB resale prices have continued to fall for 4 consecutive quarters, shedding a cumulative total of 1.4%. The continuous fall…

Transcendental spaces by Singapore-based architect, Ling Hao

Twenty years have passed since I last saw Ling Hao, the award-winning architect of the eponymous Linghao Architects, a Singapore-based practice established in 2000 that he currently runs as a one-man show. Going down memory lane, I became…

Ascott to operate two Citadines serviced residences in Singapore

The Ascott is set to operate two new Citadines-branded serviced residences in Singapore: at the Golden Shoe Car Park redevelopment at Raffles Place and the redevelopment of The Verge in Rochor. Comprising more than 600 units in total,…

Still room for OUE Hospitality Trust to rally as market recovers

Analysts believe there is still room for OUE Hospitality Trust (OUE HT) to rally, on the back of an anticipated recovery in the Singapore hospitality market. CIMB Research’s lead analyst Yeo Zhi Bin brushes off the potential effect…

Tan Kay Kiang and Tan Nan Choon steps down as Pollux Properties’ directors

Tan Kay Kiang and Tan Nan Choon steps down as Pollux Properties’ directors. Tan Kay Kiang is retiring. Mr Tan Kay Kiang, 71, was appointed non-executive director on July 31, 2009. On the other hand, Mr Tan Nan…

CCT completes acquisition of Asia Square Tower 2

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) has completed its acquisition of Asia Square Tower 2 from BlackRock Asia Property Fund. In an SGX filing, CCT’s manager revealed that HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore), in its capacity as trustee of CCT,…

One of Singapore’s biggest worker dorm to close

Centurion Corp’s 8,600-bed Westlite Tuas dormitory will cease operations as its lease is set to expire on 30 Jan 2018, revealed an SGX filing on Wed. The land occupied by the property in 90 Tuas South Ave 9…

Tiong Seng subsidiary backs out of Jervois Road site acquisition

Tiong Seng Holdings’s subsidiary, TSky (Jervois), has exercised its right to rescind the option to purchase two freehold sites in Jervois Road. This comes as the necessary redevelopment approval for the sites has not been given by the…

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