Singapore population sees biggest percentage drop since 1950

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s population size this year saw its sharpest percentage drop since 1950, a report said on Tuesday, as coronavirus-induced travel restriction kept foreigners away from the Asian financial hub. It was the second consecutive year the city-state saw its population shrink and only the third time it...
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New high of 2,236 COVID cases in Singapore, 5 more deaths

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (28 September) confirmed 2,236 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – taking the country's total case count to 91,775 – and five more deaths due to the disease. Tuesday marks the first time over 2,000 daily cases were reported in Singapore, followed...
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Old Chang Kee makes steamed version of Curry'O at Tanjong Pagar cafe

Most Singaporeans will know Old Chang Kee for its fried goods, like the Curry'O and Sotong Head OnStik. Many won't associate it with steamed offerings like say, steamed buns or siew mai (Chinese dumpling)—until perhaps. Only outlet with steamed snacks. Apart from kiosks all over Singapore, Old Chang Kee also...
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Parliament: MCCY to 'honour and celebrate' Team Singapore athletes

SINGAPORE – Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong will move a motion at the upcoming Parliament sitting in October to celebrate the achievements of Singapore’s athletes at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a media statement on Tuesday (Sept 28), his ministry said that the Republic’s athletes...

HDB Resident Shows Ingenious Way Of Collecting Rainwater Using Umbrella

HDB Resident Collects Rainwater Along HDB Corridor Using Umbrella & Plastic Bottle. Some Singaporeans have resorted to collecting rainwater for their household uses to reduce their carbon footprint and save on utility bills. While this is commonly done by placing pails out in the open, one netizen has recently come...

Singapore mourns pioneering artist and radio host Chris Ho

Chris Ho, a veteran and pioneer of Singapore's alternative music scene, died on Monday, September 27th, following a two-month battle with cancer. Ho, whose aliases include X'Ho and DJ Mentor, was admitted into hospital on July 7th, 2021, and diagnosed with stomach cancer. Though he was famously secretive about his age, he was estimated to be in his 60s. In his 1998 book Skew Me, You Rebel Meh?, he wrote that he wanted his obituary to read: "X'Ho. Age: Forever 27 (the real age is none of anyone's business)." A DJ, author, filmmaker, radio presenter and more, Ho was beloved for his unconventional style, dedication to local talent and outspoken personality. Singaporean artists routinely cite him as a major influence on their musical education and his contribution to building a local underground music community is considered immense. "A radio legend, music trailblazer and a gentle soul, Chris Ho is pretty much like the John Peel of Singapore, always championing the alternative and educating music lovers through the leftfield music he played during his shows," Robin Chua, who DJs as KiDG, told Resident Advisor. For many Singaporeans, Ho was their introduction to experimental electronic music and harder strains of rock. In 1979, he was the frontman for garage hard rock band Transformer and went on to sing for Zircon Lounge, widely considered to be Singapore's first new wave band, in 1982. Ho's years on the airwaves made him a household name in Singapore. In the 1970s, he joined Rediffusion, a private cable-radio station where he promoted homegrown alternative music. In the ‘90s, he joined the state-owned broadcasting company Mediacorp and helped program Gold 905's weekday Homestretch show that he ran until his death. Ho was also a presence at Radio Singapore International, Lush 99.5FM and 98.7FM, among other platforms. "Chris Ho was the essence of Singapore’s music subcultures," Vanessa Fernandez (AKA Vandetta), a singer who worked with Ho at the now-defunct Lush 99.5FM, told RA. "Progressive, tasteful and eloquent as an artist, selector and presenter, he was deeply loved and respected for being fiercely original and always insightful. We mourn the loss of a champion but we will always cherish and remember the legend that is X'Ho." As a DJ, Ho started several club nights in the '90s and '00s, such as Future Soul and Cyber-Tech. He was a resident at The Liquid Room and regularly played at established clubs such as Zouk, Ministry Of Sound and Café del Mar. Ho was also openly gay and paved the way for other members of Singapore's queer community to express themselves despite strict anti-homosexuality laws. His unfaltering commitment to challenging the status-quo, whether through his work or personality, earned him descriptors like "Singapore's original bad boy." Read some tributes from Ho's close associates and fans, collated for RA by Singaporean DJ and Midnight Shift cofounder Kavan Spruyt.

Jetstar Asia to Restart Singapore–Darwin Flights

The low-cost carrier plans to return to Australia on December 20, with initial departures scheduled three times a week. Travel-starved Singaporeans planning a nature-filled getaway in Australia’s Top End can look forward to the relaunch of nonstop flights just in time for the year-end holidays. Jetstar Asia says it will resume its Singapore to Darwin services as early as mid-December, when an Australia–Singapore travel corridor is expected to open. More than 1.2 million travelers have flown on the route since it was first launched in 2008, but flights have been suspended since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thrice-weekly services between Singapore and the Northern Territory’s small but cosmopolitan capital are now due to begin on December 20, 2021, pending government and regulatory approval.

McDonald’s Samurai Burgers (Beef, Chicken) And Seaweed McShaker Fries Rejoins Menu For A Limited Time

At this point, McDonald’s seasonal Samurai Burgers and Seaweed Shaker Fries are a fixture of many Singaporeans’ year. Like mooncakes, bak kwa (Chinese sweet dried meat), and whole turkeys, the year isn’t complete until we get a taste of those juicy patties and all that seaweed umami powder. The difference is that instead of celebrating some other festival or special occasion of abstract cultural significance, the only thing McDonald’s seasonal offerings celebrate is their own tastebud-enrapturing, drool-inducing, appetite-slaying flavour.

COVID-19 Breakthrough Infections Aren’t As Simple As You Think

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. All photography by Isaiah Chua for RICE Media. As the former boxing heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they...