History of the Old Green Bus

  

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Every country has their own transportation history, from the old version in the past, and then keep developing to the newest version until today, or just perish because it can't satisfy people needs as the new, effective, and faster technology has developed. In Singapore, bus as a public transportation has its own story.

This Bus Company was established in the 1930s by Ong Chin Chuan and the associates. This company's vehicles had 30 seats. The type of Vulcan omnibus, which come from England. This bus painted in green and operated for 5 routes, from the terminals in Queen Street to Lim Chu Kang and Johor Baru. The Bus No. 5 operated from Bukit Timah area, until the Princess Elizabeth estate, was the most profitable route. This bus had a cost started from five cents to the most expensive 50 cents. This most expensive route is headed to Johor Baru, as the longest track. Before the war occurred, this company ran a mosquito buses, it is a motor bus which had seven seats and ran in rural areas. This is the most popular vehicle at that time, besides affordable in price, it also fast
Behind the company's story, there's also a story about the owners who grew in this business. Ong Cheng Siang, the son of Ong Chin Chuan, has inherited the green bus Company as the second generation. This business has boomed at that time but then led to internal strife between the staff and the shareholders. In 1960, Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has been kidnapped. He was 44 years old. He was brought to some place on the east coast. One of his sons has said that they heard their father was buried inside the hole underground. As the newspaper reported, Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has been released a few days later, after paid $500,000. He's been dumped from the car by the kidnappers at Amber road and have him helped by the cab driver who sent him to his motor workshop. He came back with rashes. His misfortune didn't end there. In 1960, he also became a victim of acid attack and left a scar on his particular body parts. And in 1971, he diagnosed to have a throat cancer and then facing his death after this illness at 55 years.
In 1971, this company is being merged with another two companies. The government taking control and merged all of the bus company operated under the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) in 1973.
Mr. Ong Cheng Siang has left three children, Ong LekMeng, Ong Bee Geok, and Patrick Ong Pei Wen. Lately, they've been asked by Alvin Tan from the National Heritage Board, to tell the stories and showed their photos of the bus company. They are happily loaned about 50 photos of the company histories, and said they want to share their family legacies with public, to let them know the history of the transportation and their family contributions, and also help with the research including the Singaporean past transportation. They also tell the stories about their beautiful memories in their past, when they took the bus and the bus driver knew them and they didn't have to pay for the ride. And when they were a child's, they used to spend their evening at the bus terminal and helped to count the takings. Mr. Alvin Tan said that the photos and the memories of the Ong family have filled the gap in the Singapore early transportation history.

 

Changi International, world’s best airport

  

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If you travel from Europe to Down Under or vice versa, and you happen to choose your layover, you might want to pick Singapore Changi International. With an indoor garden, butterflies, rooftop swimming pool, movie theater and top-class quality service, on-time performance and efficiency, Singapore Changi is still considered the world's best airport and is almost a holiday destination in itself.

There's a consensus among travelers that Singapore Changi, which serves almost 59 million passengers a year, is everyone's favorite airport. Every year since 2011, Singapore Changi has won the Skytrax's World Airport Award. Meanwhile, many reviews and bloggers consider it the best airport to sleep.
The airport has also been named the best in the world by travel site Air Help, which factored in the number of delayed and cancelled flights, quality and service ratings as well as social media sentiment. Singapore's Changi Airport scored excellently in all three areas, particularly in on-time performance.
Despite the daily traffic, the airport ranked 8.8 on a scale of 10 for punctuality. Most significantly, it was awarded 10 out of 10 for quality of service. After an analysis of passenger's opinions on Twitter, the overall satisfaction level was 6 out of 10, higher than most airports on the survey.
The airport even boasts an eco-friendly terminal (number 3) dotted with natural skylight and gardens featuring over 200 species of foliage and butterflies. This is the world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport, which offers more than 1,000 insects ranging from 40 different species. Meanwhile, terminal 2 is famous for its entertainment offer, which includes a 24-hour cinema and children's playground. Last but not least, with its rooftop pool and round-the-clock spa service, Terminal 1 is also a favorite.
Singapore's airport is such a great place to be in that it's even marketed as its own destination within Singapore. It's not uncommon to see families visit Changi to shop and dine, and students to stop by for a coffee and study. Indeed, the airport boasts a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. From cosmetics and liquor to luxury watches and fashion accessories, the airport offers some of the best duty-free outlets in town. The dining offer is also exceptional, offering a wide range of local, regional and international cuisines to pick from.
With its video game consoles, large screen televisions and movie theaters, you won't have the chance to get bored while waiting for your flight. There's also free internet access and comfortable seats scattered throughout the airport if you want to watch up on work. However, if you'd rather just chill and relax, there's the choice for you to pamper yourself with an oriental foot reflexology massage.
Singapore's Changi Airport plans to retain its “best airport in the world” title and for that reason it is opening an amusement park-style experience in 2019. Named Jewel, the new building outside Terminal 1 will be home to 300 restaurants and shops, including major attractions such as Singapore's largest indoor garden called Forest Valley - five story garden - and a 40-meter tall waterfall known as the Rain Vortex - the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
“Not only will Jewel capture the hearts and minds of travelers and boost Singapore's appeal as a transit hub, it will enhance the Changi Airport experience for our passengers and visitors,” Jewel Changi Airport Development CEO Jean Hung said.
Other airports that rank high on the list are Munich International Airport (Germany), Hong Kong International Airport, Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (Denmark), Helsinki Vantaa Airport (Finland), Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport (USA), Barcelona El Prat Airport (Spain), Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas (Spain), Auckland International Airport (New Zealand) and Frankfurt International Airport (Germany).
Singapore's Changi Airport is founded on principles that have turned it into the best one in the world. For instance, Singapore relies on customers' feedback to improve itself. From restrooms, customer service agents and even the garden, over 1.8 million customers give feedback each month. The real-time data collected is used to inform business operations. Therefore, depending on a customer ranking the toilet facilities, the monitors will deploy cleaning staff to any location that is not highly rated.
The idea to use carpeting instead of tile - like most airports do - mean that Changi Airport is less noisy and therefore it feels less chaotic; this element of relaxation is crucial when it comes to traveling as the activity is stressful enough.

 

Super tutors who earn over $1m

  

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The tutor Economics Anthony Fok, 32, has almost a total of 200 students and 40 names of potential students on the waiting list where some of them even come from Johor Baru. Many parents call for demanding their children an A-level tuition economy, where the reserves can reach up to three years in advance, and often the parents who have an income better offer a two-year advance a fee of $ 8,000. The tutor economy Anthony Fok is part of a small growing group of "super mentors" that reach a gain of at least $ 1 million a year in fees.

You can find at least 10 of these particular teachers, related by educators in the growth registration industry. Private lessons as Mr. Fok has to be registered in their GST centers from the moment that his annual revenue exceeds the mark of $ 1 million. He and some other tutors are part of a registration industry to reach the value of over one billion dollars annually, and it is about double the $ 650 million homes here that are spent on tuition fees in 2004.
Goods and services tax (GST) is a tax on domestic consumption. The tax is paid when money is spent on goods or services, including imports. It is a multi-stage tax which is collected at every stage of the production and distribution chain. GST was first introduced in Singapore on 1 April 1994 at 3%. The GST rate was increased to 4% in 2003 and to 5% in 2004. As announced in Budget 2007, the GST rate was raised to 7% on 1 July 2007.
The 32-year-old Mr. Fok says students looking for him, for the mere fact that they wish to have your degree ... The independent are already doing well in school or not. The tutor has about 200 students and 40 names on their waiting list. Some even come from Johor Baru. And according to Sr.Fok, most of his students passed ace paper level A. The tutor rates can vary between $ 380 and $ 420, entitled to four 1 ½ hour classes per month. With that, he earns around $ 500,000 a year after the deduction of income from its two centers in Bukit Timah and Tampines and some other expenses. However, the traditional time intervals about his classes are absolutely booked. His class comprises about 30 to 40 students. Unfortunately, Mr. Fok does not intend to provide more classes. He who was a high school teacher for nearly four years delegates its great achievement to very hard work and dedication.
Mr. Fok is a different teacher so that he gives his mobile number so that his students can send you a message whenever they need support. He is always ready to assist their students in the topics "stain" that may arise in testing through the analysis of earlier documents and thus attest them with concise, complete notes with key pointers. According to Mr. Fok, The class industry is experiencing rapid growth, with many tutors sticking to this industry, attracted by an attractive source of income. "Top tutors put in a lot of hard work to help students. It is not easy to be industry, fueled by demanding parents and many competitive tutors." Physics tutor Phang Yu Hon, a 49-year-old earned an income of US $ 1.1 million in fees last year, and according to the tutor, parents do everything and disburse for tutors known for the purpose of win results. He was hitting the million mark dollar since 2011. The amount charged for their O- and A-level classes can range from $ 400 to $ 700 for four classes of two hours. Each class that tutor has on average about 25 students. It works with about 200 students per year are part of the upper-middle income group, and are part of sons and daughters of medical professionals, businesspeople, academics and senior civil servants. The former research engineer who has the first class degree with honors in Electrical Engineering said that parents are more concerned about the teacher's track record than the cost of the lessons.
For example, one of his students, the student's former school Chij St Nicholas Girls' Ivana Ding went through difficult times in physics before joining the Mr. Phang class in March last year. Last year was a student Level O, and now a first-year student of biomedical sciences at Ngee Ann Polytechnic marked A2 to it with your help. According to the student, Mr. Phang transformed the difficult concepts to an easier method to handle and understand through analogies, using methods such as dances and songs he composes and choreographs the. These physical all made not only fun but also easier to study. However, not all tutor who put him in the top of the league. Mr. Phang believes that tutors can have charisma, but not all. And in recent years, a crop of new tutors are slowly making a name for themselves in the business. Former Professor Wynn Khoo, in the past five years, has taught physics and principles of accounts, made a significant change to full-time classes in January. And in turn, the 31-year-old, who charges $ 280 compared to $ 320 for four lessons, has approximately 100 students.
Math tutor Gary Ang, 37, who earns a monthly income of five digits claims that often parents think tutors perform miracles, and that can make a failing student on a student level A. This is so if the student is willing to give their all. Another math tutor, director of the Center Joss Sticks Class, Ms. Celine Loi, states that students need to take responsibility for their education, attend classes on time and to work with tutors. The 40-year-old center, which employs 20 tutors, runs about 55 classes per week, for about 400 students. The National University of Singapore There are many education experts as the speaker Kelvin Seah, for example, who believes that sending students to star tutors can become something counterproductive. According to him, the act of making the use of such star tutors services is no guarantee of better academic grades. He believes that from the time that students are forced to have more lessons in class, they can generate a greater aversion rather than creating more significant interest in it.

Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation

  

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Due to Singapore's history as a trading port British ships on their way to India, the city-state is a unique mixture various ethnic influences, both from Britain and from other Asian countries. Most relevantly, Chinese and Indian workers moved to Singapore to work at the harbor. Today, a mix of various languages, traditions and religious is prevalent all over the state. Thanks to this foreign influence, Singapore is now one the most diverse cultures in the world, and a mix of traditions and local customs, including Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western influences.

Singapore stands out for policies around multiculturalism, which are both a recognition of the city's demographic realities and something that shapes them. This includes the management of race, culture and religion.
Although there is freedom of religion, there are some exceptions. Singapore is home to many religious with an important relevance on the country: Islam (Malay), Hinduism (Indians), Buddhism, Taoism, and folk religion (Chinese), along with a substantial number of Christians of various denominations.
Whether Singapore follows the premises of multiculturalism or is actually a melting pot, the city-state is the combination of Asian and European cultures. Shaped by Malay, South Asian, East Asian and Eurasian cultures, Singapore has been described as a country where “East meets West.”
Multiracial and multi-religious harmony is the foundation of Singapore's progress and success, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who highlighted it is vital for Singaporeans to protect this multiculturalism.
“We cannot take multiracial peace for granted,” he said. “There is a big challenge for us in order to maintain our multiracial, multi-religious harmony, and we have to continue to work at it in order to promote understanding.”
Tan also mentioned his visit to the recently opened mosque Masjid Yusof Ishak at Woodlands, where he joined about 400 congregants for an iftar (breaking of fast) session.
He highlighted that the iftar event was “special” for him, since it was held in the mosque named after one of Singapore's presidents. “He is a strong promoter of multiculturalism and multiracial understanding. I think all of us can be inspired by his example. He embodied it and did a lot during his term of office to bring all the different races and faiths together,” said Tan.
He emphasized the mosque's key role in reaching out to other communities as well. He met with members of the Mosque Management Board and toured a heritage gallery highlighting the late president Softy Ishak's legacy. One of the galleries in the mosque chronicles the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation and its projects.

 

Yummy Pancakes In Singapore

  

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Yeah! Are you searching for the yummy pancakes outlets, just have a look at us, then we will take you to the right place to have a delicious Pancake. The latest news for the Singapore Pancake lovers is that there is an opening of the Pancake outlet in Singapore. Here are the ten places to visit, and to enjoy the delicious Pancakes. A pancake is a thin and round shaped cake, which is prepared with eggs, milk and batter ( a liquid form of mixture with one or more flours,) This Pancake will be served in all timings and in all climates. These cakes are served with a variety of toppings like chocolate flavor, fruits, meat and fruits also. Here are the ten places where you can get luscious cakes.

Kyushu Pancake (in photo)
The Kyushu Pancake outlet was recently opened in Singapore in the month of May. This Japanese chain has outlets in Tokyo, Taipei and now in Singapore. The first outlet for Pancakes in Southeast Asia is Thomson Road. The Pancake is unique in its taste, and it is with the ingredients mixed in it. Kyushu Pancakes are prepared with all fresh raw material and without using emulsifier. This is good for health and even young children can also consume this. This Pancake uses buttermilk flavor where children like this very much. The Kyushu Pancake received national award and also Agricultural & Aquacultural division award. It is always better to have a cake which is rich in its ingredients and safe because of exclusion of pesticides free ingredients.
Specialized Pancakes:
The Pancakes outlet which is situated in the Prinsep street is well known for its delicious cakes with meat stuffings. This outlet provides the cakes with beef, garlic prawns and chicken chunks. Those who like to have a delicious cake with meat stuffings, start to Prinsep street and enjoy the cake.
Kitchener Road Pancakes Outlet
This bakery is originated from Malaysia. This bakery has different varieties nearly 100 crepes and cakes which are famous throughout the world are available at this outlet. The prices range from $11 to $20. The toppings and ingredients used in these cakes are blue berries and cheese.
Paddy Hills
This bakery is located in South Buona, this outlet is famous to prepare the cakes with soft and crispy and ingredients in this are ricotta and cheese. These cakes are available from $19 onwards.
Slappy Cakes
People who live on the Grandstand club road and Sentosa Gateway can enjoy the delicious slappy cakes. These cakes are prepared with different types of batter, buttermilk, peanut butter and so on. The toppings are in sweet and juicy, one can order according to their taste.
Atlas Coffeehouse
People who like to have a pancake with cheese and ricotta. Then visit Atlas cake to have a delicious pancake. This café is well known for its banana and butterscotch with honeycomb topping cakes.
Clinton Street Banking Co.
New York based, bakery which had opened its branch in Singapore, last year is famous for pancakes. The cakes prepared to have three varieties of toppings like banana walnut, chocolate flavor and blueberries. Those who prefer to have these toppings can visit this bakery and enjoy the Pancakes.
Dean & Deluca
American Pancakes, in Singapore? Wow! Fantastic, those who are fond of pancakes with maple syrup and cream can visit this bakery and enjoy the American Style in Singapore. How great to hear?
Dutch Baby Café
This café is located on Paragon Orchard Road, The pancakes available in this cafe are to be taken quickly before they cool. These are available from 16$ to 17$, which are featured along with a drink.
Food for Thought
The cakes available in this café are priced from $14 per piece. The customers have a chance to choose the toppings which are of different tastes.
Hoshino Coffee Singapore
Hoshino Coffee has many outlets in Singapore . Those who prefer the pancake with ice cream toppings can visit this coffee outlet and can enjoy the pancake. The prices of the cakes range from 10$ to $12.
Enjoy the different Pancakes of different countries in Singapore with reasonable prices. Start to have a delicious Pancake. 

Online alert to help autistic boy

  

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Neighborhood Police (NPC) Centre for Sengkang is utilizing social media for community reach out. The team at Sengkang created memes as well as videos that garnered over 16,000 likes for the Facebook page, highest of all 35 NPCs in whole of Singapore. The online effort for outreach enabled NPC to solve unheard cases. An example is a neighborhood “bully” roaming Sengkang. NPC officers for Sengkang first received one private message on its page on Facebook detailing one teenage boy cycling around recklessly and harassing pedestrians. The truth was beyond expectation as the boy had been autistic and the family is in dire financial status. NPC officers assisted by linking the family with Social Development Ministry and Mental Health Institute as well as Family Centre located in Sengkang.

The boy's condition improved thereafter, and complaints were nonexistent. Inspector Kevin, deputy person in charge for the Policing Unit (CPU) had been actively monitoring social media information and conducting roadshows and talks at school assembly. NPC is constantly on alert to contain situation from spiraling out of control, referring specifically on the incident involving the autistic boy. The team reached out for the residents for more details and managed to find out the boy's special needs. The team worked tirelessly to seek information from the father by explaining the whole situation and feedback on the son, and managed to convince the father to open up about the son's autism conditions which may cause the son to act violently. It is then that they found out the family also needed financial assistance. The team coordinated efforts to raise fund from financial aids and medical subsidies. They helped the mother secure a job as well. 6 officers from CPU received PS21 Star Award for Team Service during the Public Service Excellence Awards Ceremony. Officers were happy to see improvement on the boy and the family. CPU always looks out for solutions for long term.
Facebook page posting feed for suspect's images has contributed the nailing of offenders. Some surrendered voluntarily while many came to offer vital information on the suspect's whereabouts. NPC attributed the victories as being active around social media platforms. A total of six strong members are responsible for monitoring Facebook page posting every day. Memes as well as creative videos are created to attract higher amount of viewers. The Facebook profile page has come a long way since being set up on December 2012, with only 2,000 likes. The five times increase in likes can be attributed to the CPU team's effort to create entertaining yet insightful materials. The contents are all modern and resonate with current pop-culture. The page is constantly updated once in few days. Unique materials are posted for every updates.
More people, especially Sengkang residents have been approaching CPU to divulge information due to the page on Facebook. There was a particular case where a man insulted a women, and a civic minded resident provided information to NPC when the rude man's photos was published on Facebook. The suspect knew his picture was exposed online, hence decided to give in voluntarily after two days. Stern warning was provided to the man. Another case involved illegal usage of stranger's ATM card to withdraw money. The illegal act was committed by a woman. CCTV footage revealed an accomplice, which is also another woman during the taking place of the crime. The culprits surrendered almost immediately after catching wind that their photos were published on NPC's Facebook profile page. Another case was a theft occurring at a grocery shop where a thief stole groceries from the store. Similar to the previous cases, the suspect's photos were uploaded to the Facebook profile page, with the source being taken from CCTV footage. The neighbours of the thief reported on the thief's whereabouts and the culprit was arrested after only 2 days.
Online media is the new information center and the Police Force for Singapore (SPF) adapted to the modern approach. Social media has been utilized since 2009 to engage with the public. Alll 35 NPCs have maintained their own page on Facebook. It has been a richly rewarding solution from the public outreach via social platform media. The top 3 NPC page on Facebook with highest likes are Sengkang at top spot, Punggol claiming 2nd spot and Ang Mo Kio at 3rd spot.

 

Working while Studying

  

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This day, finding a work, especially the matches one with someone's skill might be a tough challenge. An Education Minister of Singapore has found this program, which now is being tested at the university degree. He implemented this program after research from the Swiss and German system. This system found a match to be inserted into the curriculum of the universities, as it will boost their knowledge and start up the early training for the work ground after they graduate. This program also makes an active and positive involvement from the company and make advantages between the related side.

The university has given the opportunity to the company by letting them teach the student while they still try to reach their degree. The company will actively do the research in order to create a knowledge to be fit in perfectly with the curriculum for the students. It looks like they give the apprenticeship training system for the new apprentice, but the different is from where they started to learn. This way, a company will have a chance to produce more competent student to have an ethical culture of work later. The company can also recruit the potential and match skilled student to work for their company after they graduate. All they need to do is make an interesting job offer for the student to place them on.
When the company gets their advantages, students also have their advantages by following this program. They have been prepared early to get into the work world so they will run easily to enhance their skill for the company when the time comes. The necessary skills are being taught to them to add their potential. This way, they will not mismatch their ability versus the work field in which they will work in.
The students will learn the theory in the classroom, and implemented their knowledge in practice in the company. They will be paid too for what they worked for. This is happening to be a reality simulation of the world of work. They will peek the inside of the company to which they will be worked in, and they will adapt to it. Hopefully, they can work and get along with the company after graduate.
The university will have advantages too, to teach the students while they're still teaming up with the university will help them to have more courage and set their goal from the future graduation. They will be set properly in the work field which matches their talent and skill.
The government taking a place too for this program, as to choose which company to be selected for this program, along with the university. The Education Minister also said that this program will be matched goodly with this century where business didn't just offer the internship but taking more chance to shape it into the curriculum, together with the university.
One of the students also said that he is interested in such a program and looking forward to attending the class. He also said that it will be worth to have his education skill and the work field skill to be tailored together.

 

Old locations to visit

  

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Yeah! It's time for you to explore the actual life of people in Singapore, there are many unknown places for local people to visit in Singapore. As Singapore is developing quickly, you may not be able to visit these important places in the future, only you can see the skyscrapers. So plan your journey to Singapore, Here is the guide to visit the important places.

Bukit Brown Cemetery
The Bukit Brown Cemetery is a place where nearly 1,00,000 tombs can be graved as it has 0.86 square kilometers. This cemetery was opened in the year 1922, by Singapore Municipal Council. Many Singapore's colonists were buried here. The cemetery was named after a British trader who had arrived in Singapore in 1840 and developed his business here. Along with the Singapore pioneers, many Chinese pioneers were also buried in this cemetery. Local people have made many efforts to save this cemetery from redevelopment. As the tombs belong to the pioneers of China and Singapore, one can see the China's style tombs in this cemetery. The first body in this cemetery was of She Ong Cemetery, followed by three businessmen in the year 1872. Currently , there are two shelters in the cemetery. In the developmental scheme the Land Transport Authority, planned to construct a road, with that nearly 5000 tombs will be affected. So all the locals are trying to save Bukit Brown Cemetery. Visit this site before it is disturbed. The cemetery is of 2km West to the entrance. It is the time for the local people to pay their homage to the ancestors, and let their soul rest in peace.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok
The Kampong (village) was established in the year 1956. The last surviving village on the mainland in Singapore is Kampong Lorong Buangkok. This Kampong was near Gerald Drive, this village have less than 30 families, with mixed Malaysians and Chinese. There is no proper road connectivity to this Kampong. The roads are made of dirt and wood with zinc roofs. There is a big canal in this Kampong, where the children play and fish most of the time. The residents of this Kampong have to pay a small amount, which is not more than $30 to the owner of the land. The Kampong Lorong Buangkok received water and electricity facility before Singapore independence, in the year 1963. Now a part of urbanization in Singapore, that the little Kampong is going to remodel its original shape. This is not a confirmed news, but we all hope it must a roamer. Pray to save that small Kampong from remodeling. Just spare some time to visit that village and enjoy the natural beauties.
Watch Singapore's Green, Seenery
To Watch the green scenery, just board a railway line which is of 23 km long, runs from Tanjong Pagar to Woodland. The route is surrounded by green carpets and beautiful natural sceneries. The grassroots movement is now planning to develop this grassy train line into a public place. Is it correct? Will you agree to that? Changing a green corridor is nothing but changing our lifestyle.
TreeTop Walk
TreeTop Walk has free-standing 250-metre suspension bridge known for its scenic nature views of the surrounding forest and is accessed by hiking trails. It's both beautiful and a refreshing change from the city modern life but take note, it's quite big and can be tricky to find your way around. Be prepared to get a little lost as there are a few routes to choose from. It is located in the central area of Singapore, just off Thomson Road, and is super popular among nature lovers.
Sembawang Hot Springs
A pioneer, Chinese merchant, discovered the hot springs in the year 1909. These hot springs were in the pioneer's pineapple estate in Sembawang. Here, all the three springs were combined and, thinking that all the water will be in one area. There is a well near the springs, where the locals popularly used for the healing powers. The village became popular and considered as the “ Village of Hot Water”. Many firms came forward and started mineral water plants near this site. One more obstacle this site faced is that the Japanese military acquired the site and started a thermal baths recreational center. Yeah, the gamblers have a belief that before starting the horse races if they take a bath in these springs, the luck favors them. Many plans towards the redevelopment of hot springs, but remained unmaterialized. Locals have to realize and approach the necessary authorities to save the hot springs.

Home Share in Singapore

  

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Singapore, as the tourism and business destination, has a lot of visitors come by and spent a short-term living on it. The impact is, there are a very lot of options to choose from where somebody wants to stay and spend a night(s). This includes hotels, flat, apartments, condos, etc. But lately, one type of the lodging has been issued as a potential problem to Singapore people and the stakeholder. This lodging we talk about is Home Share, which is Singaporean private and public homeowners rented their properties to the visitors. Sites like Airbnb and PandaBed offer home share on their list of options. Airbnb is one of the biggest that providing this home share on their list. They admit that they have about 6,000 properties listed on home share menu. The examples are Kallang Shophouse ($249/night), Tiong Bahru Flat ($114), and a small room at East Coast with a balcony ($48). PandaBed is an online community for like-minded homeowners and travelers to list, discover and book trustworthy homes, apartments, villa, b&b and homestay across Asia. They aim to provide an authentic and trustworthy hosting or traveling experience for the community. Their PeerMatch feature enables host and guest to be connected in areas like culture, language and religion.
 

One thing should be considered is a home share is not a legal activity in Singapore. It has ruled under the law which stated that it is illegal for private and public homeowners to lease their properties for less than six months. For breaking this rule, the homeowner can be fined up to $200 and jailed for up to a year.
There are a lot of pros and cons about the rules regulate this home share business. At the cons side, Housing of the Development Board stated that this business will make an effect on the environment because of the high turnover between the occupants of the property. They have worried about the safety of the environment. This issue has been reinforced by the cons opinions from the people experiencing this problem. They stated that tourists who rent the property is more reckless and not as careful as the residents, like throwing the cigarettes butt, how they treat the facilities (Airbnb often offers the facility, such as gym, to the transient tourist), and also afraid of a very easy access of people to get in and get out of the residents near them without knowing who they are, and make them prone to criminalities. Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has noted that in 2013, there were 231 reports of this complaints, and keep increasing in 2014 as much as 375 reports, and in 2015, 377 reports. Singapore Hotels Association also in the cons side since the home share will make a serious competition with hotels and serviced apartment. Besides, the service they provided and the cleanliness won't be standardized as the hotel does. It will affect the tourist opinion of Singapore as a travel destination. 2017 is on track to hit over 700 cases of short-term rentals reported to the government.
Nevertheless, some people might think different and have no problem with this business. They stated that one should have a freedom to decide what to do with their own properties. And it will be saved if there's a rule for their guests to be screened up before accepted. Some also said this home share can make an immersive cultural hub. And it's an organic way to learn the city and the inhabitants, better than a hotel.
The government has a long thought process and a debate about to legalize or not legalize this business activity. On one hand, it makes advantages for the tourists and the homeowner, and on the other hand, they will come up with risks. They are not yet decided whether to legalize it or not, but they still watched closely to this activity with all the consideration, since it is a disruptive technology. Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for National Development has stated that if this activity legalized, then there must be rules to ensure the equity of all the stakeholders.

 

Handmade crafts by the expert vendors

  

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Handcrafting artisans are some of the most creative minds in the design industry. In this current world and age, heavy emphasis is provided for efficiency and speed, and much effort is needed to be applied in order to cool down and concentrate on quality. There are four 100% homegrown brands that are worth checking out. Their crafts are one of a kind which reflects the designer's creative output and reflecting every inch of their creative mind juice. The products are not only aesthetics to the viewers, but packs with full functionalities that are useful to the lay person. The founders of the respective brands had come out to share their insights on the appeal of artisan crafts in this modern age.

The first would be Bynd Artisan. It was located in Holland Village. It has a wonderful smell of paper as well as leather, due to the myriad crafts made from the 2 main materials. Its vision for the stationery marketplace is reigniting the spark and passion for pen as well as paper, since we have glued to our smartphones and PCs all the time. Their in-house designed stationery are stylish yet functional. Their main field of expertise is bookbinding as well as leather crafting. You can engrave your name on the shop itself instantly when you purchase any stationery and is popular among buyers. Brand Manager for Bynd Artisan, Mr Lin Dan Hong has a strong held belief that handcrafted goods are timeless, and reflects maker's sweat and blood. There are much collaboration done with personnel on the creative industry namely Larry Peh, Erwin Lian, John Clang and Priscilla Ong. Its next collaboration is with local talent Gentle Bones.
The 2nd mention is Leather Mallet. Brian Ho is one of a kind creative in this current digital age. His daily routine consists of photographing timeless shots on his trusty analog camera. At the same time, he develops his own black white film, with handcrafting process at night. Leather Mallet's main objective when starting out was to transform discarded goods into a brand new item. Film canisters are aplenty, and he changes them into adorable nostalgic looking flash drives. These can be tailored by inserting photo of your choice, where the printing will be on high grade long lasting Monet art canvas produced by German manufacturer for fine art papers, Hanemuhle. Handmade products are lively and very “human”. Each handmade crafts are different, even though the items are similar. The individuality of every products made by hand is the charming aspect for these products.
The 3rd local brand worth noting is Obbi Good. Obbi Good may sound cheeky for a handcraft product label, but the leather goods company takes their product designs seriously. Their leather crafts are produced from specialized tools such as awl, stitching pony and prong, with the occasional use of vintage sewing tool. It is a combination of exquisite skills, materials and fine workmanship. James Dung, Obbi Good anchorman commented that the handcrafting sector have been able to return the fundamental of everlasting products in this high technology era. Its flagship Avaitor Bags are especially captivating, which features natural tan leather and solid hardware coupled in sturdy canvas.
The final local brand that warrants special mention is Palinoia (image by palinoia). A quick glance on the outer designs for Palinoi's accessories may pass by as any other common labels. However, detailed look will reveal stunning well-crafted designs, with colourful scales latering over each gradient. The founders' vision for the brand was to attain perfection in design, by repeating unique patterns. Tracy Mah, the founder remarked that handmade crafts can connect makers as well as buyers, with buyer having his appreciation for fine art perfection within an imperfection. Many would marvel at the complex and intricate designs. Each clay puzzle piece is remolded by steady hands, hence creating a vibrant collection of earrings and necklaces.

 

  
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