Category Archives: Lifestyle

Samaritans of Singapore

The term “samaritan” is most commonly used to describe a charitable or helpful person and was coined after a famous parable mentioned in the bible of a man who shows unexpected help and kindness to a traveller robbed and left half alive on the road.

Thus it seems rightfully fitting for a special group of volunteers in Singapore to be referred to as the Samaritans of Singapore. In an age where the government has to constantly remind citizens with campaigns to be kind to each other, this is a truly remarkable group of volunteers whom willingly give their time to a non-profit organization which aims to provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide in Singapore.

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Are ice cream shops here melting in the heat of added competition?

Remember the days when ice cream was a rare treat meant for special occasions or good behaviour? Well it looks like those days are long gone, what with the number of ice cream stores popping up across the island.

However, though customers now have the chance to get a great variety of sweet, cool treats all over Singapore, ice cream business owners are starting to feel the heat. Though no aggregated tally of all the ice cream stores and businesses in Singapore exists,  business owners and store workers Communiqué interviewed confirmed as much. Read the rest of this entry

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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More space or more culture

As Singapore continues to advance and develop as one of the world’s leading countries, change is crucial, important and ultimately inevitable for her. This tiny nation has developed from the unwanted, abandoned country it was just 46 years ago, to a fully independent and successful world leader now, thanks to the rate of change and modernization the country went through.

However this rapid rate of change has finally caught up, with this past year seeing citizens becoming increasingly upset over several redevelopment plans by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Singapore has finally come to a point where the government and citizens are starting to realize, is Singapore losing its culture and heritage in the name of development and modernization?

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Do You “1 – 2” Katong?

I12 Katong, a new large-scale heartland mall located in the East, opened its doors to the public on Nov 19, 2011. It has since become the most talked about mall within the Eastern region of Singapore.

The name – I12 Katong, is a deliberate placement of the letter I and number one together to create the idea that people are saying ‘I want to (go to) Katong’ each time they mention the mall – was a wise marketing technique by the developer, Pua Seck Guan’s Perennial Real Estate and their team.

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