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Public transport use in Singapore has fallen by 86% since the start of the year, Apple data shows

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It seems Singapore’s commuters have been travelling a lot less within the island since reports of the coronavirus outbreak first came out earlier this year. According to data published by Apple, anonymised data from Apple Maps users in…

Grab and Volocopter are mulling flight tests for air taxis in Singapore – here’s what we know

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, it might just be a Grab. The ride-sharing company has partnered with German startup Volocopter to study the feasibility of running an air taxi service in the Republic and…

Singapore’s emerging rich put their savings in bank accounts, but the ultra-rich put it in Reits: Report

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What sets the aspiring rich in Singapore apart from the actually wealthy? The answer could be where they put their savings, a new report by StanChart has found. The bank’s Wealth Expectancy Report 2019, published on Thurs surveyed…

A US burger chain with ‘the best fries in fast food’ opens on Dec 16 – Here’s what Five Guys’ first Singapore store is like

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Singapore is looking a lot like a burger paradise these days, with the legendary Five Guys opening at PS on Dec 16. BI visited the store on Fri for an invite-only preview, where we were allowed to order…

Dyson’s new global HQ is in one of Singapore’s most historic sites – see how St James Power Station evolved over the last 92 years

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Dyson has announced plans to move into St James Power Station, one of the nation’s most historic sites. According to NLB, St James Power Station was Singapore’s first power station and was built by the British between 1924…

Black Friday is here – take a look inside Amazon Singapore’s giant warehouse, which will handle hundreds of orders

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Got your eye on some Black Fri deals? BI visited Amazon Singapore’s fulfillment centre ahead of the shopping festival on Wed to see how the brand plans to cope on one of its busiest days of the year.…

StarHub’s peak 4G speed in the first half of 2019 beat Singtel and M1 by a mile, IMDA report shows

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A new report released by IMDA has placed StarHub ahead of the telco pack in terms of peak mobile data speeds. The IMconnected report, which studies consumer mobile broadband experience through a voluntary crowdsourcing method. According to data…

Bugis will overtake Orchard as Singapore’s new prime residential district, PropertyGuru predicts

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Move over, Orchard Road – Singapore’s most expensive district may soon be unassuming Bugis, a new report by PG claims. The firm based its prediction on the asking prices of 200,000 private homes listed on its site by…

Malaysia’s Natural Resources Minister says Singapore is buying water at an ‘unreasonable’ rate that is ‘too cheap’

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Singapore should be more open towards Malaysia’s plan to revise the current “unreasonable” and “cheap” rate for raw water supply to the city-state, Malaysia’s Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar has said. “We…

Singapore-JB RTS link agreement signing delayed again as Malaysia now wants an LRT system instead

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Malaysia may have finally given its word to go ahead with the Singapore-JB RTS, but it seems commuters will still have to wait for an indefinite amount of time before it becomes reality. The signing of the agreement…

The temporary KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at T3 is run by Emirates’ marhaba – and it’s open to members of various programmes including NUSS and Diners Club

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Layovers can be some of the worst experiences in air travel, especially when the airport you’re stuck in was not designed for comfort. Thanks to what Emirates-owned airport services firm dnata calls a “democatisation” of airport lounges, premium…

I visited Singapore’s first robot hawker restaurant – and it’s perfect for introverts

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Tech start-up Epic F&B has launched Singapore’s first robotic concept restaurant “Hawkee”, where robots will cook your favourite hawker dishes starting from S$6. There are 12 menu items and the restaurant claims that each dish will be ready…

Free massages, 12 pantries, and bunk beds – Here’s what its like inside Shopee’s spanking new millennial office

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Popular e-commerce app Shopee has grown so fast in the past four years, it’s upgraded offices thrice. This time round, the brand occupies its own building in Kent Ridge with an interior practically designed for its millennial workforce…

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa inspire families to journey beyond imagination

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From exciting outdoor activities to immersive indoor play elements, there are multitudes of offerings to suit every family’s needs. Each are specially curated for young visitors and parents to embark on a creative journey of exploration and discovery…

Did you know the Merlion was recently closed for 11 weeks? Here are 5 little-known facts about Singapore’s national icon

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The Merlion is finally open again for Instagram shots, after recently going through a 11-week restoration project. These five facts about Singapore’s national icon may come as an even bigger surprise to you. 1) It was built in…

Then vs Now: 10 iconic Singapore landmarks that didn’t exist before 2009

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Singapore’s changed a lot in the past decade. So much so, it’s easy to forget that many of our now-iconic landmarks didn’t exist just a decade ago. BI rounded up 10 beloved spots for a before and after…

MPH Bookstores is closing its last two Singapore shops – here’s a look back at the store in its heyday at Stamford Road

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Bookstore lovers were hit with some more bad news on Fri morning when it was reported that the retail shops of MPH Bookstores could soon be no more, due to high rental costs for both existing outlets were…

A Swiss firm is building electric bus chargers in Singapore that can recharge public buses in under 10mins

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When public electric buses finally arrive on Singapore’s streets early next year, it won’t take long to get them all charged up and ready to run. Swiss engg and automation company ABB announced on Tues that it has…

I visited Funan on its first day of reopening – and it’s completely unlike any other mall in Singapore right now

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There are a lot of high hopes for Funan. Formerly known as the Funan DigitaLife Mall, the 34-year-old Funan brand is known by Singaporeans as the go-to place for tech and IT products. So it’s no surprise that…

I visited Singtel’s 24-hour unmanned store – here’s what it’s like inside UNBOXED, where a robot uses facial recognition to identify you

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Singtel launched UNBOXED, a 24-hour unmanned pop-up store touted as one that brings a “next-generation retail experience”. While unmanned stores are not new, UNBOXED is undoubtedly one of Singtel’s most intriguing offerings so far. BI paid the store…

The inventor of a super-intense, 1,000-calorie workout loved by Kim Kardashian just opened its first studio in Singapore – here’s a peek inside

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Fitness buffs, brace yourselves – the “Best Workout In The World” is now in Singapore. That is the claim of American fitness chain Barry’s Bootcamp, famous for inventing HIIT. It will open its first outlet in 18 Robinson…

There’s a new ‘flexible living’ space among Keong Saik’s shophouses – and it offers a room where you can sleep under the stars

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The face of housing and accommodation is changing. From co-living spaces to tiny homes, what counts as a home is no longer a living room, kitchen and three bedrooms. Now, a new “flexible living” concept has come to…

At US$4,200, Singapore rents are among top 10 most expensive for expats in Asia – but still peanuts compared to Hong Kong’s US$11,000

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Despite a fall of US$500 in average monthly rental prices, rents paid by expatriates in Singapore are still among the top 10 highest in Asia, a study by ECA Intl has shown. According to the consultancy, the average…

Eco Lake at Botanic Gardens disappeared? Blame the hot spell for low water levels, says director

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) is planned meticulously and nothing is moved or changed at random, its director Nigel Taylor told ST yesterday. When something is altered, it is done so for a legitimate reason in a planned…

HSBC will unveil its revamped Singapore flagship soon – and it will be the first in region to have the bank’s exclusive Jade service that’s open only to the rich

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British bank HSBC’s flagship at Claymore Road in Orchard will soon be reopened with a luxury facelift, and it will come with a new centre dedicated to serving the bank’s high-net-worth clients here. The new Jade Centre is…

Study finds younger Singaporeans are less worried about saving water – this is why they need to be more concerned

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According to a small-scale study, households with non-adult children are not as concerned about running out of water when compared to older generation Singaporeans. In a qualitative study by PUB and government feedback unit Reach, younger Singaporeans and…

A new cashless ‘mama shop’ is offering companies enough snacks to satisfy workers – but it’s hoping staff won’t steal them

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Would you steal food if no one was looking? Well, one company’s entire business model depends on people saying no to that question. A “smart micro mart” created by Singaporean company Easy M Smart Technologies is offering offices…

Word of Teck Kee Pau shuttering after 71 years leaves Singapore foodies shocked and devastated

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Rumours of Teck Kee Tanglin Pau (or Teck Kee Pau) closing down all of its outlets are true, staff at all three outlets – Bukit Timah Road, Killiney Road and Serangoon Road – told BI on Wed. According…

A spa-like yoga studio that C-suite execs love just opened a massive outlet at Raffles Place – here’s what it’s like inside

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What does a banker do after a stressful morning at work? According to the clientele of one yoga studio, the answer is a good stretching session instead of lunch. Pure Yoga just opened its second-largest Singapore outlet in…

Din Tai Fung just spent S$70,000 on an Orchard Road apartment for staff to nap, get massages, and watch K-dramas

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Din Tai Fung – the Chinese restaurant known for its soup dumplings – is trying new ways to attract and retain staff in Singapore amid a tight labour market for the service industry. Its newest move is investing…

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