Monthly Archives: January 2012

Modernisation – but at what cost?

Mutter the words “Tiong Bahru” to anyone a year or two ago, and their minds would link the quiet little neighbourhood to things synonymous with it – the unassuming pre-wartime flats, the scrumptious offerings of the age-old Tiong Bahru market, or its ageing but close-knit community.

Speak of the neighbourhood now, however, and chances are that the reply you get will have something to do with a newly opened café.

It started a little over a year ago, and ever since, small, cosy and chic eateries, cafes and merchandise stores have been sprouting all over Tiong Bahru. With only four or five running early this year, the number has more than tripled to a grand total of 20 as of now.

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Perfect control – anytime, anywhere

Everyone prefers a control set-up unique to the individual when it comes to gaming on the PC. How many times have you had to go through the chore of getting your gear set up the way you like when at a LAN party?

Enter Razer Synapse 2.0, the one-stop solution to all that hassle.

With this ingenious application, your favoured peripheral settings will be held in cloud storage, ready to be pulled down and applied onto any PC – be it at home, in the LAN shop, or even in school.

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Young Singaporeans volunteering to help those in need

For Singaporean Egan Jeremiah Hwan, 22, waking up in the middle of the night to the aftershocks of Japan’s March 11 earthquake became such a regular occurrence, he would often ignore the shaking and go back to sleep.

“There were earthquakes practically every day that had magnitudes of between 6.9 and 7.1, as Ofunato is right next to the epicentre of the quakes.

“The shaking could be quite bad and things would fall off the shelves,” he added.

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Power of a console in your pocket

The hype surrounding it has been frenzied for months, and it is finally here – well, the Japanese version at least. Say hello to the Playstation Vita (PS Vita), the newest handheld gaming system in the market, and the spiritual successor to Sony’s Playstation Portable (PSP).

To the untrained eye, this sleek new device looks almost identical to its predecessor, but trifle with it for a while, and it soon becomes apparent that this is a completely different machine altogether.

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The Fall of ‘Becaman’

It used to be Singapore’s main form of public transport. But this age-old vehicle has long ceased to be used among locals, and is now struggling to maintain its presence here, even among tourists.

Yes, I am talking about the trishaw – the ingenious three-wheeled invention which used to be our parents’ mode of transport back when they were in primary school, and what our grandparents took for their daily trips to the market, many kilometers away from their kampungs.

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