Why Anwar Ibrahim? Image Source: Reuters - Samsul SAID - Angry Malaysian Protesters outside the court The Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trials have been plagued with controversy ever since they first surfaced in the Malaysian political scene. Why did they even happen? Well here is some background information. Naturally charismatic, Anwar Ibrahim was a fast rising star in the UMNO party. UMNO are the longest continuing ruling party in the world and they have basically run Malaysia unchallenged since 1957. Until now of course. With the internet giving people access to unmoderated news and information, people are now more educated and their views...Last modified on
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Republic Poly Blogger Challenge 2014 I was recently invited down by Republic Poly as a Guest Judge for their Blogging component of the Module "Writing for Digital Media". It is a 2nd year core module for RP students doing their Diploma in Mass Communication. When I first heard about the competition, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly our education system had adapted. The course co-ordinator had realised the value of Blogging in Digital Media today and introduced it as part of the curricular. So students had to create and manage a blog as part of their project work. I thought it was...Last modified on
How will the Budget 2014 affect you? Over the last week, Singaporeans have been consumed by the endless chatter of Budget 2014. We try to make sense of the changes, but due to the magnitude of information to process, it at times becomes just all too overwhelming to digest. What people want to know most about the Budget 2014 is how it will end up affecting them. So we've decided to put together a list of 5 must know Budget 2014 changes for Singaporeans. 1. CPF Change: Everyone is now $30,000 richer. Congrats! As you may have seen...Last modified on
Who says your HDB flat can't be beautiful? On our sunny little island, we have a joke that says the worth of our homes is measured by the distance of the gate from our home. The longer the distance, the higher it's value. This means that HDBs flats are at the bottom of the list, since our gates are literally at our doorsteps. Well I say most of us have a terrible misconception that HDB flats are ugly. HDB flats may be the most affordable option for most of us, but that does not mean our homes can't be gorgeous....Last modified on
First Stop in Thailand - Chiang Mai If you've never been to Chiang Mai, then HI-FIVE! We're on the same page! It's ridiculous because I've been to Thailand at least 20 times but I've never explored anywhere else outside of Bangkok. Which is honestly a shame because if I had known how beautiful Chiang Mai was, I would've travelled here a few more times before travelling again. But first, check out a highlights video of our trip! Bryan and myself have just returned from our blogger trip with AirAsia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Its always fun travelling...
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18 Things your loved from your Singaporean childhood There are things that will always be a part of you. They range from memories close to your heart, to that scar you got when you stupidly yolo'ed and skateboarded down a flight of stairs, to the facebook pictures that randomly pop up of the bad fashion sense you had 10 years ago. But these are things we'll always smile at, no matter how embarrassing the memory. For after all - these were the memories we had growing up that made us who we are today. Here are 20 memories from our...
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Children's Garden at Gardens by the Bay I'm sure we've all heard the latest news that Singapore has taken Tokyo's position in the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) ranking of the World's Most Expensive Cities to live in. So as I pen this photojournal, its with a lump in my throat and a tinge of bewilderment. Singapore the most expensive city in the world, really? But at least our hawker food, public transport and honeydew melons don't cost an arm, leg or liver transplant. Surely our astronomical vehicle and house prices should be taken in context, instead of being used as absolute values...Last modified on
About Dessert Guroo Delivery Dessert Guroo is a Singapore online dessert delivery store that delivers delicious desserts right to your doorstep. Being one of the first in Singapore to provide this service, this dessert brand aims to bring innovative, convenient and tasty desserts to everyone. It makes it easy and convenient for busy Singaporeans to whip up DIY yummy local desserts during house parties and gatherings. An added bonus - they are also HACCP and HALAL certified! Dessert Guroo Local DIY Desserts To get a good feel of the range of desserts, we tried out four different flavours. Here...
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Beauty for both Ladies... and Men Celebrating the first official opening of its first unisex slimming and beauty centre in Southeast Asia. Away with the stereotype that beauty care and treatments apply only to the ladies. With the official opening of the unisex Ms Paris and Dandy House in Singapore, we can toast to beauty and spa treatments for everyone. Males, there's no more need to envy the flawless, radiant skin and hot bodies of the females. Have your own personal beauty therapy too! A Tour of the Beauty Spa If I have to describe my experience in...Last modified on
Types of Singaporeans at the gym Gymming has received a renewal of interest of late, perhaps thanks to the popularity of instagram. I believe the body to be the ultimate canvas and the gym the only place to sculpt your perfect body. So is it a surprise that regular gym people and now seeing a slew of interesting, albeit strange, people in the gym nowadays? No. Dare I write about them despite knowing their muscles are the size of my head? Yes. Am I good with making good decisions? No. Let's begin! 1. The sex on a stick They...Last modified on
Something sugary comes your way. Come 27th June 2014 to 29th June 2014, Fantasia by Escriba will be here to excite your senses and tantalize your taste-buds. So lets find out more about this quirky, first of its kind event! Little tidbits of the event Fantasia by Escriba is here to dazzle, covering almost 800m square of wonderful, sugary goodness. That is two football field's worth of structures so impressive, you'll be torn between taking a photo of it or taking a bite out of it. They are here to bring chocolates and confectionery to the next level. Check...Last modified on
The Largest Chinese Cemetery Outside China For the past few decades, Bukit Brown Cemetery was but a quiet and peaceful place, long forgotten by the public. However, it was recently thrust into the spotlight with news of graves being exhumed in order to make way for a new highway. Bukit Brown Cemetery has had a long history in Singapore, with approximately 200,000 graves dating back to as early as 1831. Previously a 211-acre plot of land that belonged to the Hokkien Ong Clan, the Municipality had acquired a section of it in 1918 to serve the burial needs of the...Last modified on
Creating Awareness for the Blind in Singapore Some of you may have recalled us featuring Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)'s mobile massage team in our "29 Money Saving Life Hacks for Singaporeans" article. By providing massages starting at just $10 for a 20 minute session, you would help give the handicapped workforce more opportunities and be able to get a good massage at a great price at the same time! More info here. This time, to help raise more awareness, Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre in collaboration with Vinci Arts Gallery is jointly organising a charity gala dinner. This is to support...Last modified on
The Pinnacle@Duxton Directions & Guide Singapore is a small but densely populated city with one of the most distinctive skylines in the world. Even though we do not have space for vast patches of natural scenery, our soaring skyline and impressive architecture are feasts for a photographer's eyes. Most tourists go to the Marina Bay Sands Skypark to enjoy Singapore's view, but there is a hidden gem which is less popular but offers an impressive view as well at a much cheaper price. What The Pinnacle is About The Pinnacle@Duxton is one of the most iconic housing projects...Last modified on
New Arrivals from Japan Ah, the Land of the Rising Sun. For a long time Singaporeans have had an obsession with Japanese food. And its not hard to see why. The Japanese people are known for being innovative and knowledgeable and nowhere is this more apparent than in their food! If you, like me, love Japanese food then you're in for a treat. ISETAN Scotts has teamed up with The Japanese Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry to bring to Singapore the New Arrivals from Japan fair. The unique thing about this fair is that all the products are...Last modified on
The Singapore Budget in a nutshell The Singapore budget is prepared yearly before the start of each financial year. It outlines the government's planned revenue and expenditure over the year. It's always a hot issue as most of us are tax payers looking to see what the government's plans are for the upcoming year. Fun fact: More than half of Singapore's revenue comes from Corporate Income Tax (24%), GST (17%) and Personal Income Tax (13%). Betting and motor vehicle taxes just account for 5% and 4% respectively. Some examples of benefits Singaporeans enjoyed in past budgets include U-Save and GST cash...Last modified on
Ernest Zacharevic's Singapore Street Paintings Source: Ernest Zacharevic's Facebook page. The minions were supposed to look like this had they not been removed. Bananas! Not to worry, there are plenty more still around! With countless office buildings and high-rise flats all over the place, Singapore aptly fits the description of a very mundane concrete jungle. One seldom finds interesting pieces of street art in Singapore. Coupled with Singapore's very own strict laws regarding street art and vandalism, it seems that Singapore has zero tolerance for people who paint or draw on her whitewashed walls. However, some of Singapore's plain and dreary walls...Last modified on
15 Ways Singaporeans dress to School School. An institute of learning where you go to broaden your mind and better yourself. Right? Wrong! School is a runway for everyday people. Yup, cancel that plane ticket to New York for Fashion Week, experience it right here in your Polytechnic or University! Trust me, the styles here are far more diverse than anything you'd experience at a fashion show. So pull out that pen and paper and get ready to take some notes. Here are 15 ways Singaporeans students dress to school. 1. The Fashionistas These are the people you...Last modified on
A Glimpse Behind Lightseeker The stage at the RWS Theatre, which the magic begins. Lightseeker is Resorts World Sentosa's 3rd original production. You certainly get psyched up in the plush and cosy theatre, all ready to be enthralled by the famed cast, expensive production and "esoteric" theme. I used the word esoteric to describe my personal feelings after watching the musical. While the underlying universal theme was power - one's ability to make a critical choice at life crossroads, the flow of the story can get confusing. My advise for readers who intend to check out the musical and have an enjoyable...Last modified on
About Lightseeker The Lightseeker tells the tale of The General (Stuart Boother - also check out our interview with Stuart) who goes on a quest in search of The Light in a bid to revive the powers of his dark emperor (Lim Kay Siu). The General struggles to find himself in the midst of confusion, fear and the want for freedom. This time we were looking at an improved version of the Lightseeker, which previously scored 6.5 in our last Lightseeker review. The producers had taken in various audience feedback and responses about the musical from last year and improved on...Last modified on