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MSF launches romance killing “marriage preparation course” for “transnational couples” MSF launches romance killing “marriage preparation course” for “transnational couples”
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What Happened to Goal 2010? What Happened to Goal 2010?

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Singapore Today

Big Hit for our Tiny Island

As Singapore prepares to hit the big 5-0, Lonely Planet has contributed to all party preparations by naming our island home the best country destination to visit for 2015.   It looks like all the constant development and upgrading to our city which includes the likes of the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Resorts World Sentosa, W hotel in Sentosa Cove and such has had a big impact on how the world views our little country. Aside from stunning architecture, Singapore has also been taking other aspects cultural […]

MSF launches romance killing “marriage preparation course” for “transnational couples”
Singapore Today

MSF launches romance killing “marriage preparation course” for “transnational couples”

  Yes, those of you with a foreign spouse… you are now known as a “transnational couple”. 3 in 10 marriages in Singapore today involve a foreign spouse. 10 years ago, marriages between Singaporean and a foreigner accounted only for one in five marriages. Concerned that these transnational marriages would face more challenges, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) introduces programmes for pre- and post-marital programmes that will cover immigration, job, housing and money issues for such couples. “In terms of upstream measures, we will see how we […]

Brazilian Man Claimed to Have Predicted Both Malaysian Airline Disasters
Singapore Today

Brazilian Man Claimed to Have Predicted Both Malaysian Airline Disasters

Would you have listened if he had told you the same thing? I’m not someone who would take everything a fortune teller says to heart, in other words I don’t really buy what they’re trying to sell me. I’ve always like to believe that my future isn’t written in the lines of my palm or at the bottom of my tea cup, and although I’ve always found Nostradamus and his prophecies fascinating I’ve never really bought into it. So when I heard about a man in Brazil claiming that he […]

What Happened to Goal 2010?
Singapore Today

What Happened to Goal 2010?

Let’s not kid ourselves, Goal 2010 was a disaster. Former National Footballer Sasi Kumar was right when he compared being the best in the ASEAN region the same as being the best in the “Kampung”. Beyond South East Asia, Singapore has yet to produce on the Asian stage much less the World stage. It seems that despite our reign in regional competitions like the Suzuki Cup or the Sea Games, we don’t seem to be able to make much of an impact anywhere else. Being a football fan and weekend […]

Hear the Kallang Roar!
Singapore Today

Hear the Kallang Roar!

In what can be described as knee-jerk reaction to the outcry over the Sports Hub sandy pitch, the Sport Hub will push back some of its events to allow the grass at the pitch to grow right in preparation of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup on 23 Nov. While this has angered some fans waiting to see Jay Chou, I could see why this has to be done. In many Singaporeans’ hearts, the Kallang Roar is still etched deep in our memories and hearts, and symbolic of the […]

SQ424: What you need to know about turbulence
Observations / Singapore Today

SQ424: What you need to know about turbulence

Flight SQ424 from Singapore to Mumbai experienced sudden turbulence during descent on Saturday (Oct 18). It is rare, but it does happen. Here are a few things you should know about bumpy flights. 1. Injuries do happen. But rarely. The Federal Aviation Administration reveals between 30 and 60 cases of turbulence-related injuries each year. This is out of the millions of flights that take place. 2. Most bouts of turbulence are nothing more than bumpy rides caused either by wind, thunderstorms, the jet stream, proximity to mountains or other factors. 3. […]

Here’s why NEA is already a loser even if it wins
Observations

Here’s why NEA is already a loser even if it wins

  It was a fairly straight forward case that could be summed up like this: Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) did not get a permit by the NEA to run their trade show (ST: Worker’s Party town council never granted permit to run CNY fair, court told) AHPETC goes ahead and organises the trade fair anyway (CNA: Hougang fair went ahead as AHPETC did not agree with NEA’s actions: Sylvia Lim) AHPETC gets charged by NEA for running a trade fair without a permit under Section 35 of the […]

Malaysian homes are affordable, but not for Malaysians: Report
Chatter / Observations

Malaysian homes are affordable, but not for Malaysians: Report

Cheap cars, cheap houses, cheap cost of living – but does it work out? US-based urban development researcher Demographia releases reports that Malaysia has a “severely unaffordable” residential homes market. According to the report, a country rates housing as “severely unaffordable if it is 5.1x the median monthly income. Malaysia’s housing has been rated at 5.5x above the median annual income. The median annual income of Malaysia is RM$4258 (S$1650) and their median housing price is RM$280,886 (S$108901) Singapore is rated at 5.1x, not too far off. The Singaporean household median monthly income […]

New CEO of AMD is a lean mean lady machine
Observations

New CEO of AMD is a lean mean lady machine

You’ve heard of Intel, but have you heard of AMD? Once upon a time, this chipmaker was highly profitable with a name that rolls of the tongue of tech geeks everywhere. However, poor pricing strategy affected their profits adversely. A company could not survive merely by being cheaper than the competitor.     AMD has racked up losses amounting to $7b since 2000. Lisa Su, 44, most recent portfolio was with Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. She turned the company around by focusing on products for new mobile phone systems and her […]

NEA proves old wives tale on food wastage has failed, Fairprice to the rescue
Singapore Today

NEA proves old wives tale on food wastage has failed, Fairprice to the rescue

  We’ve heard it before: “You don’t finish your rice, your wife will have pimple all over her face!” Gen Y however, doesn’t give a rat’s ass. The National Environment Agency reveals Singaporeans wasted 796,000 tonnes of food last year, a 13.2% increase from the year before. To address this high level of food waste, NTUC FairPrice has launched a new framework in commemoration of World Food Day today. NTUC FairPrice explained that they plan to reduce food waste be engaging with customers to teach them about food waste and […]