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Employees use reservist as an excuse to chao keng. Employers should do more to help them.
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Employees use reservist as an excuse to chao keng. Employers should do more to help them.

For us to continue living the way we do, how much do we need to depend on our international relations? As it turns out, more than you think. A cursory glance through the Department of Statistics Singapore’s surprisingly trendy website reveals that our imports and exports amount to over S$1,000 billion – and that’s just for 2018 alone.  From there, it’s one thing to take notice of Japan, China, and the United States which rank among our top trading partners, but another to truly consider just how intrinsically entrenched they have become in our lives. If you find it hard…
$54 Huawei phone promo demonstrates the power of “Kiasuism”
Humour

$54 Huawei phone promo demonstrates the power of “Kiasuism”

Ever heard of this saying in Singapore? “Hell hath no fury like an elderly scorned”. Clearly, Huawei didn’t, seeing as how they have completely botched their whole promotional event for their phones. Specifically, their whole promotion was based on the upcoming 54th National Day and was targeted at people born during or around the Merdeka generation, aptly discounting their Huawei Y6 Pro smartphone to SG$54 from its original SG$198 price. By now you must have already heard about how it has failed spectacularly, with angry uncles and aunties causing a ruckus at various Huawei stores around Singapore. Obviously, the thought…
ICC 2019 Match Report: Boo boys mar Man Utd win in front of record National Stadium crowd
Life

ICC 2019 Match Report: Boo boys mar Man Utd win in front of record National Stadium crowd

A record-crowd of 52,897, made up of largely Manchester United supporters, witnessed the Red Devils edge Inter Milan 1-0 at the National Stadium in the International Champions Cup last Saturday night. While the sea of red that engulfed the stands and the noise levels that emanated throughout the stadium were worth marvelling at, the boos directed at Man Utd captain Ashley Young were certainly not. Young, 34, was one of 10 substitutes brought on by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 63rd minute, but his introduction was met with an appalling chorus of boos when his name was read out…
Barry’s Singapore Launch: The Creators Of The HIIT Workout Open Their Flagship Studio In Asia
Fitness

Barry’s Singapore Launch: The Creators Of The HIIT Workout Open Their Flagship Studio In Asia

Barry’s, the legendary gym that pioneered the foray into High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts in 1998 is bringing its breathtakingly high-intensity workouts (literally) to the heart of Singapore.   Adored by celebrities around the world, Barry’s first ever studio in Asia will be opening on 11 May 2019, at Level 3, 18 Robinson Road. Barry’s Singapore is owned by Fitness and Lifestyle Group (FLG). Barry’s Singapore studio spans across 4,293ft2, featuring a minimalist industrial space comprising of the brand’s signature Red Room, alongside the Fuel Bar, a retail space, and fully-equipped changing room facilities. Barry’s Brand Background A game changer…
The Chainsmokers to Perform First Stadium Show This August in Singapore
Music

The Chainsmokers to Perform First Stadium Show This August in Singapore

Following their previous gig in Singapore last year, The Chainsmokers will be returning for their first-ever stadium show. Held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 21 August 2019 (Wednesday), the show will be part of the duo’s world tour, World War Joy. Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers’ signature sound deftly reaches across indie, progressive, and pop realms. Their evolution as producers and as songwriters has seen them develop some of the biggest breakthrough songs for the last few years, with some of their original tracks and remixes topping the charts throughout the world. Recently, the Grammy…
Singapore Budget 2019: What’s in it for you?
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Singapore Budget 2019: What’s in it for you?

Here we are again. In the space of two hours and six minutes on 18th February, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the Budget 2019 – a breakdown of how the government plans to use our nation’s funds for the year ahead.   Naturally, this is a hot-button topic, and as with every other year, financial analysts all over Singapore and news sites have been dissecting the budget plan and sharing their insights. As Minister Heng mentioned, this was a very lengthy speech and if you have not been keeping up with the news, delving into two hours’ worth of…
Southeast Asia’s First Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event in Singapore: Catch Unown, Shiny Shuckle, and More!
Gaming

Southeast Asia’s First Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event in Singapore: Catch Unown, Shiny Shuckle, and More!

Ever since its release back in 2016, Pokémon GO is a mobile game based on a legendary Japanese franchise that has caused a frenzy amongst Singaporeans, all ages alike. Starting out with only the first generation of Pokémon, the game has since expanded to include the Johto (Gen 2, 1999-2002), Hoenn (Gen 3, 2003) and Sinnoh (Gen 4, 2005-2006), along with new mechanics to the game such as trading and Player versus Player (PVP). Now, Pokémon GO players have an extra reason to be excited. Niantic, creators of the game, announced an event that will take place in Sentosa –…
The Trick to Taking Insta-Worthy Photos for Ladies – Part 1: How to Choose Your Backgrounds, Strike Your Poses, and Plan Your Angles
Guides

The Trick to Taking Insta-Worthy Photos for Ladies – Part 1: How to Choose Your Backgrounds, Strike Your Poses, and Plan Your Angles

Have you ever wondered how other ‘Instagrammers’ all seem to have amazing, coordinated feeds, while yours turn out plain, messy, and boring? If you aspire to start taking better photos of yourself without having to burn a hole in your pocket on expensive clothes and professional camera equipment, this is the guide you’ve been waiting for. To create an eye-catching photo, there are a few things to look out for: the background, the outfit, the angles, the poses, and the general colour scheme. All of this may sound daunting, but once you get the hang of it, taking good pictures…
Jewel Changi Airport: Shake Shack, Pokémon Center, and the World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall Makes its Debut in Singapore
Life

Jewel Changi Airport: Shake Shack, Pokémon Center, and the World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall Makes its Debut in Singapore

If you have not been kept in the loop, CapitaLand just unveiled the pre-opening of their super mall, Jewel Changi Airport on Thursday, 11 April. The pre-opening gave approximately 60,000 people a sneak preview of what the mega structure has to offer for everyone visiting it. The mall stands at 1,443,000 square feet and it is the second largest one in Singapore, with VivoCity topping the list with 1,500,000 square feet. It will officially be opened to the public on 17 April 2019.   Aside from the sheer scale of the mall, here are some facts of Jewel Changi: There…
Block Live Asia 2019: Blockchain, Explained
Tech

Block Live Asia 2019: Blockchain, Explained

Looking to learn more about the world of Blockchain? Here is your chance: Block Live Asia makes its debut as a never-before-seen part-convention part-festival from 18 to 19 April! If you think that Blockchain is irrelevant… well, you should start paying attention. In Singapore, Blockchain is all around us Today, Blockchain has already extended its services to our nation’s banks, real estate, schools, and across many industries. For example, Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer programme, Krisflyer, has restructured its payments and loyalty programme by implementing the Blockchain structure for its new digital wallet. With Blockchain, the digital wallet allows members to…
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