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Ang Mo Kio SERS 2022: Testing the waters for shorter leases?

It has been a question on everyone’s mind: Will my HDB flat be worth nothing one day? It was in April 2022 that residents living in Blocks 562 to 565 at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, comprising 606 units of mainly 3-room and 4-room flats, will have their properties sold back to the government at…
5 Jul 2022 4 mins read

Former Olympian and maker of track stars M Harichandra dies

He represented Malaysia as a 800m runner at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne before coming to Singapore to work as a Prisons officer. But M Harichandra never left his love to run. He took a group of young athletes under his wing and turned them into track stars including Serjit Singh, whose 46-year-old long…
30 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Booming busking scene: Growing industry or just a one-off success?

It seemed like a concert last Saturday as busker Jeff Ng captivated the masses outside the Cathay. Fans numbered in the hundreds waved their light sticks and smart phones to the beat of his music and sang in unison to the Mandarin melodies that Mr Ng was belting.  The 32 year-old musician has been performing…
30 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Defying age barriers at world track and field championship

They just came off the two-day Singapore Masters Track & Field Association (SMTFA) International Masters Track & Field Championships early June and there is no letting up. These 13 Singapore athletes, the youngest at 35 and the oldest 75, flew off on 27 June to take part in the World Masters Athletics in Tampere, Finland.…
29 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Faecal attraction: First Southeast Asia poo bank set up in Singapore

Mention faecal matter and many people would run the other way.  But Cordlife, Singapore’s and one of Asia’s pioneers in cryopreservation of umbilical cord blood obtained from babies, is running towards it and Singaporeans suffering from bloating will to happy to hear this. Cordlife is working with the Asian Microbiome Library (AMILI), Southeast Asia’s first…
22 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Looking at a new lease of life for Cathay Building: Will it come full circle?

Cathay Building, the art-deco building by architect Frank W Brewer, has been sitting on the slopes of Mt Sophia along Handy Road since 1939. It had witnessed many events, used by both the British and Japanese during World War II and the place of first dates at the cinema for many.  For many generations of…
21 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Sorry kids, no watching Lightyear because of a same-sex kiss

Animated movies are usually the solid choice for family movie night out, especially during the June school holidays. But when it comes to the new Pixar movie Lightyear, the decision to include a kissing scene from a lesbian couple seems to be doing the movie in – well, in the more conservative markets, that is.…
17 Jun 2022 4 mins read

One endemic Singapore, two separate rules

Migrant workers no longer need exit passes from 24 June to visit community areas but there is no cause for celebration just yet. In a recent report, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has eased restrictions on movement restrictions for migrant workers living in dormitories, but these migrant workers still need to apply for visit passes…
14 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Thai Cabinet becomes first in Southeast Asia to approve same-sex union Bill

Thailand’s Cabinet has approved the draft of Civil Partnership Bill on Tuesday, 7 June, which when passed, will legalise same-sex couples unions. But this Bill will not go as far as endorsing same-sex marriage. It will enable gay couples to adopt children, jointly manage assets and liabilities and have inheritance and heritage rights between partners…
9 Jun 2022 2 mins read

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