“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN FROM THE ORANGE TANGERINE”

That is probably one of the many iconic catchphrases one might have spotted in the latest “Dump Trump” resistance against Trump’s UK visit. On Friday (Jul 13), around 250,000 anti-Trump campaigners took to the streets of central London to show opposition to Trump’s four-day trip to Britain, according to Stop Trump, the group organising the […]

OBIKE’S SAGA: COMPANY GOING INTO LIQUIDATION, USERS LEFT IN A LURCH, AND OWNERS FAILED TO GET A GRIP.

Mounting complaints have been flooding the Consumers Association of Singapore, immediately after oBike announced that it was ceasing operations in Singapore. The company had gone into liquidation in Singapore and attributed this to its difficulties to meet new rules under a licensing regime to tackle indiscriminate parking. With a fleet of about 14,000 bicycles and […]

DON’T BE SALTY, JUST BE HAPPY…

…because Singapore just officially opened its first government-owned and operated desalination plant (hoorayy), the Tuas Desalination plant, on Tuesday June 28 (or should I say Tuas-day). Having a capacity of 30 million gallons per day and costing S$217 million, the new plant is a strategic infrastructural asset that would be able to meet the water […]

THE UN-UNITED STORY OF THE US AND THE UN

Last Tuesday, the US decided to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), mainly in protest of its frequent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The country also accused the institution of being “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias”, pointing fingers at ‘abusers’ like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Russia, […]

FAREWELL TO CHEAP AND NICE LODGING IN JAPAN

Nearly 80 per-cent of Airbnb listings were removed after a new law for minpaku (private lodging services) goes into effect in Japan. As part of a national effort to crack down on illegal or semi-illegal private lodgings, the new law requires anyone participating in home-sharing to register their property and include a license number in […]

WHEN ESPLANADE HAS SOME ESPLANA-TION TO DO

Recently, The Esplanade removed an artwork by Vincent Leow due to public complaints about obscenity. The work features what looks like a naked human figure riding a rooster, and was part of an exhibition featuring Mr Leow’s artworks since April 13. The call was made after an anti-LGBT Facebook group called Singaporeans Defending Marriage and […]

LOOK! WE CAME FIRST AGAIN!

Apart from having the best airport, Singapore has just been crowned the best country for kids to live in! According to the second annual End Of Childhood report by Save the Children, the Lion city scored 987/1000 for its performance across eight indicators: under-five mortality rate, child stunting, out-of-school children and youth, child labour, child […]

WHEN BEING TOO GOOD IS ALSO NOT GOOD.

This is the case with Raffles Institution (RI), currently the centre of criticism during a recent debate about its elitism and elite culture. The school was frowned at for its latest agenda “Don’t call us an elite school”, and an outreach programme to heartland primary schools. The programme was an attempt at tackling the lack […]

LONG RANGE BOMBERS DON’T MAKE GOOD NEIGHBOURS

This is what the Chinese government should have taken heed of before doing anything that could provoke tensions between countries bordering its strategically vital maritime region. Yet, on May 18, The People’s Liberation Army Air Force announced that it had successfully organized the takeoff and landing of several bombers, including the nuclear-capable H-6K, on an […]