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Shoebox units: A performance review over the past 10 years

Shoebox units or more pleasingly called a “compact unit” these days are often marketed as the ideal choice for “new investors”. They’re also the low-hanging fruit of any sales launch, and they’re often pushed first; this helps to…

Tesla plans to set up own EV charging infrastructure in S’pore as it ramps up hiring here

Tesla’s hiring rounds in Singapore have fuelled rumours on its possible entry here, which got netizens excited at the possible prospect of driving a Tesla on Singapore roads. According to its latest job opening listed on its website,…

Orchard Road will retain its vibrancy even without Robinsons, say experts, retailers

When the lights at Robinsons are switched off for the last time, a whole era will come to an end. But while it is hard to imagine Orchard Road without the iconic six-storey department store at The Heeren,…

Man suspected of starting fires at 5 separate locations in Hougang arrested

A man suspected of starting fires at five separate locations in Hougang Central and Hougang Ave early Sat morning is in police custody. Bicycles, construction materials and discarded items were burnt in the fires, said police. The cost…

COVID-19: Singapore confirms 2 new cases, both imported and asymptomatic

MOH confirmed the detection of two new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Sun, taking the country’s total to 58,056. Both are imported cases, marking the third consecutive day with no reported local transmissions. “Both new cases today are…

Payment platforms, shopping sites eye further growth amid e-commerce boom

Buying chicken rice at a hawker centre without cash was previously unheard of, but now, customers can simply scan QR codes with their phones to pay. The increasingly widespread use of e-payments – from buying hawker food to…

Coronavirus: Nightlife aid measures welcomed, but some Singapore businesses say they are not enough

Several nightlife businesses have welcomed the Government’s latest initiatives announced on Friday, such as allowing some operators to resume business by next month or Jan with strict safe mgmt measures in place. For a start, there is a…

Foreign labour: Singapore’s construction, F&B players struggle to cope with crunch

With tighter border controls amid the coronavirus pandemic limiting the entry of new foreign workers into Singapore, sectors dependent on foreign labour are being squeezed more than before. More than 10 employers in the construction and F&B sectors…

Hotels and tour agencies: With some Singapore hotels shut, agencies tap locals

For nearly eight months now, boutique hotels Ann Siang House, Kesa House and Wanderlust have remained closed. Opening the hotels, which are managed by property investment company 8M Real Estate, would not make financial sense as there are…

Why HDB flats are still the best investment for most families

Here are some facts on why HDB flats are still most families’ best investment. Say what you will, but only in Singapore can you buy a brand-new four-room HDB flat in a mature estate such as Toa Payoh…

Scare tactics to lure property investors come under fire

The Singapore authorities have criticised the “irresponsible” actions of some property investment educators and real estate agents who use scare tactics to attract customers to their investment courses. In particular, these people have been flagged for actively pushing…

Buy properties with little cash? It’s too good to be true

The marketing materials of a property education company claim that it can help its students buy properties with little or no cash down payment. To prove that its “secret” formula – taught only to those in paid courses…

Entrepreneur made $18m profit by selling dream home

Selling a dream home might be an emotional wrench for many of us, but the $18 million profit entrepreneur Mathilda Koh reaped certainly helped dull the pain. Ms Koh, the 46-year-old founder and CEO of home-grown beauty brand…

Drawn to relaxed lifestyle, investment opportunities

Patience is key when it comes to getting a good real estate deal amid the kind of uncertainty we are going through now. FB consultant Sandra Lim, 38, and her husband opted for the slow and steady approach…

Sold on the idea of ‘resort living’ when Sentosa was just bare land

When IT consultant Alec Wing and his wife saw the show unit for The Berth by the Cove in 2004, it was love at first sight. The Berth was the very first condominium development on Sentosa and Mr…

With prices so low, time to buy a home on Sentosa?

While private home prices continue to rise, there is one place in Singapore where you can buy a property for almost the same price as 14 years ago. As improbable as it sounds, the high-end, ultra posh waterfront…

Smartphones, floating balls and monitoring sensors: How Singapore is going high-tech in detecting water leaks

When Ong Guan joined what was then PUB as a technician in 1976, detecting water leaks was a tedious, time-consuming affair. Detecting leaks was often done late into the night as it would be too noisy during the…

To save an old-school ‘zi char’ stall from COVID-19, a family comes together

He did not want his children to know just how badly COVID-19 had hit his business. Whenever they called to ask about his zi char stall, Albert Choy Xiong Fa — or Uncle Albert to his customers —…

The end of the ride? Carnival operators left in limbo as COVID-19 keeps their businesses shut

A layer of dust covers the colourful machines parked inside an anonymous, nondescript yard, where pink and silver-coloured unicorns, boxy helicopters and gold-tinted pirate ships are set next to stacks of containers and trailers. “It’s not usually this…

Cute otters and pangolins get saved but are ugly animals a lost conservation cause?

In 2017, when an otter bit a French girl, many observers attributed the accident to defensive behaviour as humans got too close to a wild animal. If it was a macaque in the scenario, we would expect less…

Singapore could be a model for cooler cities in a world heating up

In Singapore, climate change received due attention during the 2019 NDR, when PM Lee announced national strategies to adapt to climate hazards and mitigate carbon emissions. While PM Lee spoke at length about sea-level rise and how to…

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