Multiculturalism: Singapore’s foundation   

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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.


Creating A Fulfilling Life For Deaf  

The Changi Airport store FairPrice's Finest is well known for a man that carries a notepad along wherever he goes. He scribbles down various items on the notepad, while he moves between different aisles, checking the products and looing through them. However, he is not at the supermarket to shop for himself. Mr. Louis Chua is an employee of the supermarket – their first deaf and mute one.

With the aid of the notepad, Mr. Chua is better able to interact with the customers that come to supermarket and help them in their shopping. He finds various ways to communicate with the people he works with, including basic hand gestures and simple sign language. This has been his way of life for close to thirty years, rising up the ladder the FairPrice shop.
Louis Chua began his journey at the age of 22, and has been working with the supermarket ever since. He is a store assistant and is beloved by the customers that come in to shop. Most of the regulars are familiar with him and often gravitate towards him when they need help. This reflects in his attitude with colleagues as well, who learn from his positive attitude and work ethics.
The store manager, Mr. Philip Ang, praises Mr. Chua, noting that he often walks with the customers and delivers their bags till the departure areas. He was even featured in a video on the FairPrice Facebook page, which was rapidly shared and viewed by people around the world. Taking note of his work, Mr. Chua was interviewed about his life at the supermarket and he opened up about it in a candid manner.
He notes that the start of work life was marked with hesitation, as communication was not easy with co-workers and customers both. He worried that they would not understand the interaction and cause problems in working. However, he now feels that the work he has been doing is an experience of a lifetime and there are no regrets. Mr. Chua is fond of meeting the locals and the tourists that come to the Changi Airport.
One of his well-known local customers is Ms. Priscilla Chew. She has been shopping at the FairPrice market for close to a year now and has become friends with Mr. Chua. She notes that he approaches each customer with a big smile and a friendly attitude, determined to help them out in any way possible. She makes it a point to meet him whenever she goes for shopping, in part to experience his service.
Louis Chua handles housekeeping, stocking of goods and customer service at the supermarket. He has worked hard to reach his position in life. Part of the journey has been the happiness of the customers and their compliments regarding his work. Moments when customers appreciate his out-of-the-way help in their shopping are of great importance to Mr. Chua.
While he was born with hearing, a subsequent bout of fever at the age of one left him deaf. He enrolled in the Singapore School for the Deaf to and become proficient at sign language after nine years of study. Currently, he resides with his brother and sister at their home in Little India. His siblings are more than supportive of his career, and are proud of his efforts.
His sister admits that there were reasons to be apprehensive when Mr. Chua was first offered the job. She was unsure about his communication skills when it came to customer interaction. These days, she feels a sense of relief and happiness when his work is highlighted and praised by others.
The director of the Singapore Association for the Deaf has noticed Mr. Chua. Ms. Sylvia Teng notes that his long lasting employment and loyal work ethic is laudable, as are the relationships he builds with others. The loyalty and commitment he has shown is what sets him apart from the others.
Louis Chua notes that it takes patience to work alongside deaf people, but it is not impossible. He fees that the support of coworkers and customers has had a lot to do with his success in life as well. Either way, Mr. Chua is a constant fixture at the FairPrice supermarket and continues to make the people around him smile.
Employment Support For Deaf Individuals
Ms. Teng notes that deaf individuals are easily employable in varied careers, but find it hard to gain initial employment. There are far too many employers that do not provide basic facilities for the deaf employees, such as communicating via notes and sign language. This hampers their career growth, making it difficult for them to reach better positions. She says that employers must be sensitized on the issue and learn how to work alongside differently-abled people.
Furthermore, she offers methods of interaction in a professional setup with deaf people. The best way to move forward is to reiterate instructions by noting them down and showing it to them. Ask them if there is any issue or if they need anything at all. For employers, having a sign language facilitation workshop is a must. Engaging with deaf people requires patience, but more importantly, respect.
NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd was founded by the labour movement in 1973, with a social mission to moderate the cost of living in Singapore. From one supermarket, it has grown to become Singapore's largest retailer serving over half a million shoppers daily, with a network of over 130 outlets, comprising FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Finest and FairPrice Xtra. Its convenience arm comprises a network of over 160 FairPrice Xpress and Cheers convenience stores, which serves over 100,000 customers daily. FairPrice Online caters to over 115,000 subscribers offering a hassle-free online shopping experience. NTUC FairPrice also owns a Fresh Food Distribution Centre and a centralised warehousing and distribution company.
Singlish words in the Oxford dictionary   

Singlish words have been accepted and adopted into the oxford dictionary. The publishing bureau gives credit to the language as being part of the community and thus the need to be incorporated in such a huge publication project.

Some of the terms being used in Singlish have been adopted from the Chinese speaking inhabitants and another linguistic group called the Malay. The words are as a result of language dynamics that have brought about the sense and validity for use as a language. These singlish terms are more so the most commonly used words by the people of Singapore.
It takes a long period of time for some words in any dialect to gain the respect and credibility of being recognized as words of good quality. Academicians in the field of literature and languages from Singapore acknowledge that Singlish being incorporate into an international word reference book is a major breakthrough.
There should be a rise in the way Singaporeans value and gauge their pride and value as it patterns to their take on others. This will help in gaining confidence in the future endeavors when it comes to innovation and bringing of new dialects. The current status of the way the people of Singapore value themselves is not as expected and should now.
For those people speaking Singlish , it has been their believe for a fact that they would one day in the future have their mode of communication being an integral part of their way of life. There has been numerous times when terms used in English by the Singaporeans has been added into the dictionary. Lah as well as Sinseh makes some of the words that have ever been added into oxford dictionary, some years back.
Adding Singlish words into the dictionary of Oxford is major breakthrough when it comes to raising the identity status of Singapore. This has been received well and positively by the iconic celebrities as it would open various opportunities and niches for them to explore and exploit. It has been good news to musicians and song writers as they now have to bring in a new twist to sprinkle their rhyme and rhythm with the Singlish words. This comes as a wakeup call to many other artistes to spread out and give their audiences with a new taste of music with the new Singlish terms, now formerly accepted.
Singlish does not necessarily mean that the formal English will be squirted, rather it is a language that has found a people in their inhabitants and at a time that was defined to bring out the language. New words will be there, today, tomorrow and in the new future, the English previously known and understood will not turn to being obsolete. Simply, the language is an added advantage to their mode of communication and will serve to their unity. Other communities and interested people willing to know and understand the language are also at liberty to do so.
Grammar is the major constituent in English, whereas there are Singlish words that can substitute those means that all will be fine, with the mode of communication and the understanding of other people. The naivety will come to an end when people understand that this is not a non-familiar scenario as there are also some words that are French and also used in English.
For many people in Singapore, Singlish has been their favorite and continues to being one. It is a huge disillusion for them that there are a certain people that still perceive Singlish as being incorrect and uncivilized. The people that put down the Singlish words might have felt the need, urgency and logic of being incorporated into the dictionary.
There are still those that are finding it confusing for the inclusion of those words into English dictionary. They are of the opinion that, since the language might have been brought or borrowed from the Malay dialect. It is a surprise for them that an English words regulator as Oxford can allow such a move. It is bad English to them, bad English trying to find its spot and maybe stand out to the rest of the world. FYI. Latest feed is on Twitter.
1st Quarter 2017 and Woodlands  

HDB Resale Market

  • The Resale Price Index (RPI) fell by 0.5%, from 134.6 in 4th Quarter 2016 to 133.9 in 1st Quarter 2017
  • Resale transactions fell by 9.6%, from 5,012 cases in 4th Quarter 2016 to 4,530 cases in 1st Quarter 2017
  • In May 2017, HDB will offer about 4,600 Build-To-Order (BTO) flats and about 3,000 balance flats for sale.


Woodlands Set for Makeover as Star Destination of the North:

In April 2017 Minister for National Development Mr Lawrence Wong announced the renewal plans for Woodlands, at the launch of the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) exhibition for Woodlands.

Woodlands, Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris are the latest batch of towns to be renewed under the ROH programme. The renewal plans will focus on strengthening the character, community, and connectivity of each town.

In drawing up the rejuvenation plans, HDB had actively engaged residents and stakeholders to seek their views and suggestions on the plans. For the first time, residents from the three towns were invited in the early stages of the planning, to participate in Focus Group Discussions (FGDs). A total of 11 discussion sessions was conducted, involving some 400 residents and community stakeholders from the three towns. With the views gathered from residents, HDB has refined the plans for each town to ensure that the improvements will benefit residents of all ages.

The plans for Woodlands comprise several major improvements to transform the town into the “Star Destination of the North”, in keeping with its status as the northern regional centre and gateway to Singapore.

Six "Star Attractions", in the form of new recreational and residential developments, will be introduced to revitalise Woodlands. The existing neighbourhood centres in Woodlands will also be enhanced to bring more greenery and better connectivity to the town.

The Woodlands Regional Centre, comprising Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast, is set to become an even more vibrant hub of activity, with better connectivity and new commercial and residential developments.

As part of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), three new MRT stations will be introduced in Woodlands by 2019 to serve residents in the town. This will be joined to the future Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link. Together with the future North-South Corridor, travel from the north to the rest of Singapore will be seamless and convenient.

In Woodlands Central, a new Town Plaza will be built next to the Woodlands MRT station, in response to residents' suggestion for a bigger community space. This will offer a convenient and vibrant community node for Woodlands residents to come together to participate in community events.

Residents can also look forward to new housing developments in Woodlands. Within Woodlands Central, there will be a landmark residential development located near the MRT station, integrated with a vibrant Pedestrian Mall with commercial and community facilities.  

In Woodlands North Coast, a new residential development will offer a “Housing-in-the-Woods” experience. Drawing from its natural setting and proximity to Admiralty Park, lush landscaping will be introduced as green extensions from Admiralty Park. The project will leverage on the hilly terrain, so residents will be able to enjoy good views of the park and the Straits of Johor.

Beyond new housing developments, the Woodlands Waterfront – a popular recreation spot in the northern tip – will be transformed. A new rustic park, with trails and a nature promenade, will enable residents to enjoy abundant greenery even as they unwind by the waterfront.

In response to residents' suggestions for a direct connection from Woodlands Central to the Woodlands waterfront, a new scenic WoodsVista Gallery will be developed to connect the two areas. Set amidst lush greenery, the WoodsVista Gallery will be a 1.9-kilometre-long community link with dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths. Residents will be able to walk, jog or cycle seamlessly from the Woodlands MRT station to the waterfront; or simply relax and take in scenic views of the town at strategically located rest points and activity nodes.

The Woodlands Town Garden located at Marsiling will be upgraded and expanded into a new “Discovery Playground”, where residents can enjoy the garden anew and learn about the history of the town. It will feature a new boardwalk, children's playground, a heritage corner and a learning lane with storyboards to showcase the heritage of the town. When completed, the revamped Woodlands Town Garden will be renamed Marsiling Park, and will offer yet another recreational spot for Woodlands residents.

Next to the upcoming Woodlands South MRT station on the TEL, a new integrated healthcare complex will be developed. To be called the Woodlands Health Campus, it will comprise a new acute care hospital, community hospital and a long-term care facility. Designed to integrate with a new park, the healthcare complex will open in phases from 2022, bringing healthcare facilities closer to home, and providing better support for elderly residents to age in place.

On the eastern side of Woodlands, residents can look forward to a new Community Nexus right next to the Admiralty MRT station. Located in this Community Nexus is the integrated development, Kampung Admiralty, which is expected to be completed in 3rd quarter this year. It will house a range of facilities such as a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and retail outlets, as well as housing for the elderly. Together with existing facilities such as Admiralty Place Neighbourhood Centre and Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, the Community Nexus will serve as a one-stop hub of facilities for all ages.  

The existing park connector that runs from the east to the west of Woodlands will be transformed into a ‘Social Corridor', with lush greenery, community gardens and 3-Generation facilities along the park connector and MRT viaduct. Residents are invited to give their suggestions on how the community spaces can be used, during the exhibition.

Beyond the six star attractions, the existing neighbourhoods in Woodlands will also be enhanced. These improvements include rejuvenating the neighbourhoods, enhancing the greenery, and improving connectivity within the town.

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