The Story in 30 seconds At 9.23pm on the 8th of December, it was reported that a foreign worker was involved in a fatal bus accident in Little India along Race Course Road. This accident sparked a riot which saw over 400 foreign nationals join in, first attacking the bus and then the emergency vehicles that responded to the situation. An ambulance was set on fire and exploded and police cars were turned over. 3 bus loads of riot police were called in and after about two hours the situation was effectively contained with 27 arrests and limited casualties reported. How the Riot in Little India began I'm not going to selectively post news like mainstream media. Instead, I've decided to consolidate all the credible bits of information I could find floating around social media and news channels to put together a balanced recap of the incident from both sides. Ultimately,...Last modified on
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Why do Riots happen? As we all have heard about it, a riot broke out yesterday at 9.23pm at Little India, after a fatal accident happened between a bus driver and a person at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road. It resulted in the damage of several private vehicles, 1 ambulance and 5 police cars. Read more here: http://www.thesmartlocal.com/read/riot-breaks-out-in-little-inda Riots can occur because of several reasons which could include pent up anger and dissent or reaction to a perceived grievance. They typically result in the destruction and damage towards public property whereby cops have to be sent down to curb and settle the social unrest created by the violent mob. Unlike our neighboring countries, Singapore has not been inflicted with as many riots as our Asian counterparts. The Little India incident has indeed shocked many after the long 44 years since a riot had occurred on our little island. And...Last modified on
About Bose Bose is very well known for the endless lineup of quality audio equipments they have been producing for over the last 7 decades, often praised for their high-end product line. Bose has been manufacturing a multitude of different audio systems, catering to automobiles, commercial industry systems and multimedia home speakers. Today we'll take a look at the Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker. Sassy A Little Comparison Before we go into the details of the Bose Companion 2 Series III, let me give you a little background information of my current setup. I've been using the Razer Mako for awhile now, probably since mid 2010 and it cost $600+ back when I first bought it. Technological mushrooms I really like the design and sound quality of the Mako, it produces a very deep, bass-like sound effect because of it's design. The Mako is a channel sound system, which...Last modified on
Why you need make the trip to USA Just about half a year after returning home from the United States, I realised that despite having the time of my life I never actually talked much about it, or even written something about it. So to everyone who thinks that Europe is your dream exchange or holiday destination, here are 7 reasons, in 7 states, why USA won my heart. ** Disclaimer: Many pictures ahead. ** 1. Arizona Arizona is the land of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery. Definitely one of the most unforgettable states that I went to. Home to some of the most mind blowing places on the planet, I'll let pictures do the talking. Grand Canyon, North Rim Tourists usually go to the Southern Rim, but we are cool people, so my friends and I drove up to the Northern Rim instead. At at elevation of 8827ft...Last modified on
Top 5 Ho Chi Minh Attractions City: Ho Chi Minh / Saigon State: Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan Area Country: Vietnam Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, or HCMC, is the economic centre of Vietnam. The rapid pace of modernisation in Ho Chi Minh is in stark contrast to the rest of Vietnam, which is still very much an agricultural place. As a fomer colony of France, and with a history of war, Ho Chi Minh has many wide boulevards, historic colonial buildings, and a number of museums commerating military action. The majority of attractions in Ho Chi Minh are located relatively close to each other near the city centre, along with shopping, dining, and entertainment options.Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Ho Chi Minh, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed...Last modified on
The history of Ho Chi Minh Street Food Ho Chi Minh Street Food is part of the larger tapestry of cuisine in Vietnam. Bordered by Thailand, Vietnamese cuisine is, unsurprisingly, very similar in profile to Thai cuisine, with an emphasis on dishes that have a combination of the 5 tastes; spicy, salty, bitter, sour and sweet. Furthermore, chefs in Vietnam try to have 5 different colours represented in each dish; white, green, yellow, red and black. Dishes in Ho Chi Minh city, located in the south of Vietnam, also tend to be slightly sweeter tend dishes from the north of Vietnam. Because Ho Chi Minh city is also more affluent, dishes tend to be bigger portioned, and slightly more expensive. Food in Ho Chi Minh can be found along the streets in pushcarts, kiosks or small cafes, on street corners, in mid-range restaurants and fine-dining establishments. A typical local in Ho...Last modified on
Getting your Singapore Meatball Fix When Singaporeans think meatballs, IKEA probably comes to mind. Can you name any other restaurant that specalises in meatballs? I can't. And neither can google. If you do a search for "Singapore meatballs" the first ten results are all IKEA pages. Unbelievable! Let's see if I can change that. I used to love IKEA meatballs up to a few years ago. Maybe I just got tired of them or maybe the standard had dropped to such a point that I've just stopped going there. When I need to get IKEA stuff I now have my dinner either at the Claypot Laksa at Alexandra Village across the road or the specialty hawker at 119 Bukit Merah. So I was quite happy to discover this gourmet meatball place called Sauce Bar at the Esplanade. Its the one with colorful umbrellas on the right when you step outside...Last modified on
About iFly Singapore Photo courtesy of iFly Singapore You may have seen the iFly building plenty of times while alighting from Beach Station, Sentosa. You probably wondered what actually went on in there. Because Sky Diving is not allowed in Singapore, iFly offers you the closet experience you can get to actual Skydiving with its simulated skydiving. It's the only one of its kind in Asia. Coincidently, we had also recently featured them under our "52 Things to do in Singapore before you die" list. And Averlynn and myself just went down to check iFly out for ourselves the other day! The Training I snapped a picture of our really dashing instructor during the training. Don't know if that's allowed. Whoops! For those new to skydiving, fret not. Before your actual flight begins, you will be taken through a quick crash course on all you need to know. After a few...Last modified on
About the Firestorm World Premiere I was just at the RWS's Festive Grand theatre with Rachel last week to catch the musical LightSeeker. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn the RWS theatre could transform itself into a cinema just like that. Firestorm is Andy Lau's latest cop show and lucky for us, they decided to have the world premiere right here in Singapore! This also served as the opening film of this year's ScreenSingapore film festival. ScreenSingapore has actually been bringing international stars to Singapore for awhile now. Thank you guys. Andy Lau and co-star Gordon Lam were in town to promote the movie, sending local media into a frenzy. I don't recall seeing this many people when an ang mo star flew in. That's just testament to how popular Andy Lau is in Singapore, especially with the Chinese speaking folks. It was cool to sit just a few feet...
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There are things I always look forward to. Take away pretty clothes, dancing A&F models and Ian S. Thomas' books and I'll be left with Chinese New Year. Now I know the petty reasons people like Chinese New Year - angbaos, food and the fun festivities. But I enjoy Chinese New Year because it gives me the perfect, blissful-for-a-moment setting to see family whom I've missed but have been too proud to admit or do anything about. And how better to bond than over food? AFC's "Happy Foodie New Year" Asian Food Channel is about to premiere "Happy Foodie New Year", their first Chinese language original production entirely filmed in Singapore. It stars celebrity host Cavin Soh and his guest chefs. In this series they discover the rich history behind your favourite dishes from the chefs who created and brought these delicacies to our shores. It is a dedication to the...
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