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Shared memories and community stories are focus of National Museum’s new exhibition on Home

What makes Singapore home, truly? An exhibition that opens on Sat at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) seeks to provide some answers by showcasing over 200 photographs from national archives and contributed by the public, as well…

A hard sell? Property agent seeks brothel operator for Geylang shophouse

This probably wouldn’t be news in, say, Amsterdam or Sydney, but a Singapore property agent has put up a rental listing for a shophouse in Lorong 20 Geylang targeting “licensed brothel operators”. Available for rent from mid-2021 onwards,…

16 new COVID cases in Singapore, including dorm resident and 1-year-old boy

MOH confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore including one locally-transmitted case as of Tues, taking the country’s total to 58,341. The remaining fifteen cases are imported, who were either placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon…

8 diners at a table: Some eateries see influx of bookings, requests to amend group sizes ahead of Covid-19 rule change

Since the long-awaited news came on Mon that groups of up to eight people will be allowed to sit together when dining out from Dec 28, Keng Eng Kee Seafood restaurant on Bukit Merah Lane has been getting…

Singapore to open travel bubble as it prepares to stand in for Davos

Singapore is to allow a limited number of business, official and other “high economic value” travellers from around the world under a “bubble” arrangement that offers a glimpse into what visitors for this year’s relocated Davos summit might…

K.Star Karaoke applies for nightlife pilot without Covid-19 test requirement, has reopened at Suntec for no-singing gatherings

Karaoke fans who miss singing their hearts out can now find some reprieve. K.Star has reopened its Suntec outlet for music lovers who can book the themed rooms and enjoy their favourite tunes, just that live singing is…

Authorities ease entry restrictions for new foreign workers to address labour crunch

The Government is easing restrictions to allow new work permit and S Pass applications across all sectors into Singapore in order to alleviate the manpower shortage faced by businesses. “MOM, in consultation with MOH, MND and MTI, will…

Perennial Real Estate, Kuok Khoon Hong joint entity pay S$280.9m for Mediacorp’s Caldecott Hill site

A sprawling 752,015 sqft hilltop site where the former Caldecott Broadcast Centre formerly stood, was sold to PRE 10. PRE 10 is an entity jointly owned by Perennial Real Estate Holdings and Mr Kuok Khoon Hong, chairman of…

How much would you save by buying an assisted living HDB flat?

If you’re like most Singaporeans, you have at some point tried to plan out your “final home”, the property where you’ll live out your twilight years. And like most of us, you’ve probably found it quite tricky: is…

S’pore is 14th most expensive city in the world for expats, down 2 ranks but stays at 6th in Asia

Singapore is the 14th most expensive city in the world for expatriates, moving down two spots from last year’s ranking because of the weakening Singapore dollar. The Republic has been overtaken by Copenhagen in Denmark and Bern in…

A*Star launches two new joint labs with local engineering SMEs, with total investment of $11.5 million

A*Star has set up two joint laboratories with local engg SMEs, to the tune of $11.5 million. Engg companies Tru-Marine and Abrasive Engg – which became members of A*Star’s ARTC consortium in 2013 – will further their collaboration…

TraceTogether tokens not compulsory for students when schools reopen in January

Children will not need to have their TraceTogether tokens when they return to school next year, said Minister of State for Education Sun Xueling on Tues. Ms Sun reassured parents that the tokens will be required in schools…

Much lower Covid-19 prevalence rate in wider community in Singapore than among migrant workers, sampling study shows

Unlike the migrant worker population – where almost 50 per cent of those living in dormitories have tested positive for Covid-19 – the prevalence rate of the virus in the larger community is much smaller, said Health Ministry’s…

47 per cent of migrant workers in S’pore dorms have had a Covid-19 infection, say Manpower and Health Ministries

Almost half of migrant workers living in dormitories have had a Covid-19 infection, the authorities said on Mon. As of Sun, 54,505 such workers have tested positive for the virus via a PCR test. Another 98,289 had a…

Singaporeans welcome move to phase 3, some remain wary of further easing of safety measures

Singaporeans welcomed the move towards the next phase of reopening, while remaining realistic that measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 such as the wearing of masks and travel restrictions would not be lifted any time soon. Senior…

November new home sales up by 18.9% m-o-m

Developers sold 767 private new homes in Nov, according to the latest statistics by URA. The figure excludes ECs and is 18.9% higher m-o-m, but 34.2% lower y-o-y. The m-o-m increase could be the result of a higher…

Condo resale prices rise for 4th straight month in November: SRX

The private property resale market continued to recover not just from the Covid-19 fallout but also from the 2018 cooling measures, with prices and sales volume picking up again in Nov. Overall resale prices climbed for the fourth…

Organisations to pay more for workspace upgrade: report

Organisations should expect to pay more to redesign or upgrade their workspaces in 2021, despite many trying to decrease capital expenditure due to the financial impact of the pandemic, according to the latest JLL report. The report noted…

New short-stay facility Connect@Changi set to open to business travellers in February

Come Feb, a pilot short-stay facility at Singapore EXPO will open its doors to business travellers as part of the new segregated travel lane initiative. Named Connect@Changi, the facility will have more than 670 guest rooms and about…

Relax rules on taking bikes on trains

Singapore continues to develop and expand its PCN from coast to coast, and there are now more than 300km of park connectors. This is good news for people who love to explore the island by walking and cycling.…

Assisted living flats not suited for those who need permanent help with daily activities

I am happy to see that assisted living is finally coming to Singapore. MND’s press release mentioned community activities organised by an on-site community manager, which I hope will be meaningful and include trips to restaurants as well…

Assisted living flats for seniors would plug gap in housing market, fulfil various needs: Experts

A new type of public housing with elderly-friendly features and subscription to care services would be an effective way to fulfil the different needs of seniors under one roof, experts told CNA on Mon. It was announced last…

Co-working spaces look pretty attractive right about now

The global co-working sector is said to have declined 13 per cent in 2020, according to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com. This is unsurprising, since many are still working from home as COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions remain in…

Singapore’s housing market through the various crises

1) 2003: Sars – Beset with global uncertainties coupled with oversupply and weak demand, Singapore’s private housing markets entered a prolonged period of stagnation in the early 2000s. From Jan 2003 to the end of the Sars outbreak…

Soilbuild Reit units surge 5% on ‘fair’ privatisation offer

Analysts largely showed support for the privatisation offer of Soilbuild Business Space Reit by Soilbuild Group’s executive chairman Lim Chap Huat and Blackstone Real Estate via a trust scheme of arrangement, announced on Mon. Units in the Reit…

Seating, alcohol curbs still challenging for F&B sector

F&B businesses have welcomed the move to allow gatherings of as many as eight people from Dec 28, up from five now, as Singapore enters Phase 3 of its three-stage economic reopening. Although the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions…

Some hotels cancel year-end staycations to take in SHN guests

Even as hotels in Singapore see a robust demand for staycations as borders largely remain shut, some hoteliers have had to give up leisure bookings to make way for guests required to serve their stay-home notice (SHN). BT…

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