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Casa Clementi review: A large, self-sustaining development with lots of facilities

Casa Clementi may not be one of the newest HDB developments in the Clementi area, but there are many reasons why it can be seen quite favourably even as we compare it to the newer Clementi HDBs that’s…

From multi-functional spaces to biophilic design: How the pandemic has reshaped the way we use the living space

It’s been nearly two years since the pandemic started, but it seems like there’s still no end in sight, especially as another variant comes our way. But if we were to list out the good things that have…

Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR) and Mortgage Servicing Ratio (MSR): How much you can borrow when buying an HDB flat

1) How TDSR affects how much you can borrow for housing – It is the ratio that determines how much we can borrow from the bank. It refers to the portion of a borrower’s gross monthly income that…

805 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 440 Omicron infections confirmed

Singapore reported 805 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wed, including 439 imported infections. There were two fatalities, and the death toll from coronavirus complications rose by two, taking the country’s death toll from coronavirus complications to…

Second attempt to free cinereous vulture fails after bird not able to sustain flight

The rare cinereous vulture tested its wings for the first time on Wed afternoon since hospitalisation. The clear sunny skies and winds made it optimal for the raptor to rise, with NParks and MWG jointly deciding to free…

Pongal festivities with cattle farm, pot painting to kick off in Little India on Jan 7

Unlike the subdued celebrations last year, Pongal this year will see a whole raft of hands-on activities including pot painting. A cattle farm will also be set up. The festival is traditionally celebrated by farmers in India to…

BHG Singapore to charge 20 cents per transaction for use of plastic bags

BHG Singapore will be charging 20 cents per transaction for the use of plastic bags across its five department stores islandwide from Fri. It said on Wed that the move is meant to reduce the need for such…

Road in Lentor remains closed months after completion, no opening date set

A 300m stretch of road that was meant to give residents of a private estate easier access to Lentor MRT station remains closed, nearly a year after its completion. The extension of Munshi Abdullah Ave, which runs through…

Up to 400 ComfortDelGro e-taxis to be put on roads this year, in first for operator

The country’s largest taxi operator, ComfortDelGro Taxi, on Wed said it will put up to 400 fully electric taxis on the roads this year, in the first large-scale electric taxi roll-out the company has embarked on in Singapore.…

Singapore’s November retail sales up 1.9% y-o-y to $3.7 bil

Singapore’s total retail sales value increased 1.9% y-o-y to $3.7 billion in Nov 2021, according to data released by SingStat on Jan 5. The figures mark the second consecutive month of increase for retail sales on a y-o-y…

Pan-United to explore decarbonisation of over 1,000 trucks in partnership with Surbana Jurong

Pan-United Concrete has entered into a project development partnership agreement with Surbana Jurong to study the feasibility of using electric and hydrogen fuel cells to power a fleet of more than 1,000 trucks used to move concrete. On…

What you need to know about the ALog Trust-ESR-Reit merger

1) What the merger means for ESR-Reit unitholders – The pricing of the deal has been said to be more favourable for ESR-Reit unitholders. The S$0.51 issue price is close to the counter’s 52-week high of S$0.52 recorded…

More project details, simpler payment schedule for homebuyers among URA’s proposed changes

URA is seeking public feedback on key proposed amendments to the Housing Developers Rules (HDR) in Singapore. Among the suggested changes are a simplified schedule for homebuyers to pay the final 15 per cent of the purchase price,…

Sharpened focus on sustainability brings opportunities for future growth

Keppel Corp’s focus on sustainability is nothing new, as the group had been in the business of green buildings, water treatment and waste-to-energy plants several years before the topic of climate change began garnering global attention. Over the…

Peter Kwee’s new Nassim project aims at super wealthy, with an eye on S$6,000 psf

An ultra-luxurious 4-unit complex in the Nassim enclave, originally developed for motoring tycoon Peter Kwee’s family use, has been put on the market with target asking prices of around S$6,000 psf on average. The developer, De Nassim, and…

‘You’re not supposed to ride here’: Delivery rider caught using motorcycle on accessibility ramp in Dover

Accessibility ramps are installed at housing estates to make life easier for the elderly and those who are wheelchair-bound. But in a FB video shared last Sat, one Foodpanda rider was caught using her motorcycle on a ramp…

Red-amber-green turning arrows installed at nearly 700 traffic junctions in Singapore

Almost 700 traffic junctions in Singapore now have red-amber-green (RAG) turning signals, with the latest one installed on New Year’s Eve at a cross junction in Pasir Ris. These turning arrows have been several years in the making,…

Deaf Covid-19 patients can now communicate with MOH through SMS and e-mail instead of phone call

Covid-19 patients who are deaf or hard of hearing can now communicate with MOH through a SMS or e-mail. MOH calls Covid-19 patients over the phone about their recovery plans, but the deaf community has given feedback that…

Tightened border measures helped buy time to prepare healthcare system for Omicron: Lawrence Wong

Singapore could have seen a surge in Omicron cases last month, but the tightened testing protocols put in place helped buy time to prepare for the Covid-19 variant, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Wed. Responding to a…

Hospitals well able to deal with increase in Covid-19 cases, ICU occupancy at 7 per cent

The bed occupancy for severely ill Covid-19 patients in ICU is at about 7 per cent, allowing hospitals here to be well able to deal with the Covid-19 cases that have been detected over the last few weeks.…

Enhanced protection, more information for home buyers among proposed changes to rules for housing developers

Enhanced protection and more information for home buyers are among the proposed amendments to rules for housing developers, URA announced on Wed. The key proposed amendments require developers to provide more information to home buyers to “help them…

Resorts World Sentosa and NUS set up laboratory for biodiversity conservation and decarbonisation research

RWS and NUS have announced the setting up of a laboratory for biodiversity conservation and decarbonisation research. RWS and NUS launched a 5-year applied research partnership on Wed to set up a collaborative RWS-NUS Living Laboratory. RWS has…

With Omicron threat, will returning to offices and schools bring new anxieties?

Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started, a friend of my part-time cleaner – Madam Lee – stopped work completely. The 56-year-old had been working as a cleaning lady for homes but decided it was not safe to continue.…

Singapore must brace for ‘much bigger’ COVID-19 infection wave from Omicron compared to Delta variant: Ong Ye Kung

Singapore must brace for a “much bigger” COVID-19 infection wave from Omicron compared to that from the Delta variant, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Wed. At its peak, the number of Omicron cases could be “a…

Agencies combing CCTV footage of NYE gathering at Clarke Quay: Lawrence Wong

Enforcement agencies are combing through CCTV footage of the spontaneous New Year’s Eve gathering at Clarke Quay, and different individuals will be called in for “interviews”, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Wed. Enforcement actions will be taken…

Group of 5 rule, other COVID SMM, to remain through CNY: Lawrence Wong

Social groups of five, and other current COVID-19 safe mgmt measures (SMM), will continue to be in place through the upcoming CNY. Referring to the Omicron wave of the virus, Finance Minister and co-chair of the MTF Lawrence…

COVID care protocols revised from Thursday depending on severity, health status: MOH

From Thurs, MOH will manage COVID-19 cases based on their severity of symptoms and health status under revised and enhanced protocols. The revision comes amid a rise in the number of COVID cases of the Omicron variant in…

Public weariness sets in against Covid-19 curbs, despite anger and disappointment with New Year countdown crowds

Although the world is only just entering the third year of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, news media have been reporting about people in various countries being tired of the social restrictions. So it came as no real surprise…

Explore ways to reach out to seniors living alone and save lives

It saddens me to read about the death of another senior living alone. When a person does not leave his home for some time, it could be due to sickness or a fall. In such cases, proactive action…

Tanglin Halt HDB blocks still standing tall after 60 years

I went to Tanglin Halt recently with a friend and spent about three hours in the estate walking around and taking many photographs. Though I have not lived there, I had always wanted to capture the beauty of…

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