Monday, 31 October 2016

Halloween 2016


HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

ANCIENT ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN - Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

The 10 Best Foods for Healthy Hair


Some of the best foods you can add to your diet to keep your hair healthy and beautiful include citrus fruits, brown rice, oysters, green leafy vegetables, certain kinds of nuts, salmon, lentils, yogurt, eggs, and many more.

Along with our skin, hair is the most exposed and visible parts of our body, which also means that it is almost constantly susceptible to damage and external forces. People pride themselves on their hair, going to salons for special styles and spending hours making sure each piece is set just right. However, the health of your hair is just as important to its appearance. It is essential to protect your hair from both the outside and the inside to make sure it stays looking full, silky, and beautiful. Some of the most common problems when it comes to our hair are hair loss, drying out, split ends, slow growth, and changing colors. While some of these issues are inevitable with age, the majority of them are preventable if you structure your diet to specifically include what your hair needs.

To counter the effects of those hair conditions, and protect your follicles and hair from weather conditions, stress, low circulation, free radicals, nutrient deficiency, dehydration, and other underlying causes, you need to be proactive! Some of the most effective nutrients and minerals that can positively affect the health of your hair include zinc, selenium, iron biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids. While there are hundreds of foods that contain some combination or percentage of these nutritional elements, if you want the most effective and efficient improvement in the health of your hair, the following 10 foods will deliver the best results! The 10 Best Foods for Healthy Hair:
  1. Eggs
  2. Oysters
  3. Blueberries
  4. Lentils
  5. Salmon
  6. Walnuts
  7. Green Leafy vegetables
  8. Iodine-rich food
  9. Yogurt
  10. Citrus fruits
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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Happy Deepavali 2016

Festival of Lights

Why Do We Celebrate Deepavali?

Deepavali, otherwise known as the “festival of lights”, marks the triumph of good over evil for Hindus as it commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna, the ruler of Madura over the demon Narakasura, whose evil rule in the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram was much feared by the villagers. Upon Lord Krishna’s return, the city of Madura was in complete darkness as it was the night of a new moon.


Therefore, to celebrate the victory and welcome Lord Krishna, the people lit lamps to pave the way for Lord Krishna, hence Deepavali is also known as the “”festival of lights”. Another legend associated with Deepavali would be the return of Lord Rama from unjust exile by his stepmother after fourteen years and his defeat of the demon king, Ravana. Therefore, Deepavali is also celebrated to honour Lord Rama and to mark his triumph of good over evil. During Deepavali, Hindu homes are decorated with fresh mango leaves and kolams (Indian floor art).

It is also celebrated with the feasting on traditional sweets and snacks, visiting relatives and friends and lighting of oil lamps around the home. The oil lamps placed in the homes are believed to usher in good fortune.

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Shedding Light On Deepavali…Diwali
In the triumph of good over evil, Deepavali and Diwali are on the same path. But there are differences between the two

Deepavali, also known as the festival of lights is a Hindu celebration that will be celebrated on Tuesday.

‘Deepavali’ is associated with South India, while the North Indians call it ‘Diwali’. For South Indians, Deepavali falls on Ashvina Krishna Chaturdasi, the lunar day before the new moon. For the North Indians, it falls on Ashvina Amavasya the lunar day of the new moon.

In Singapore, both the North and the South Indians celebrate the festival of light on the same day.

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Will Deepavali date be subject to change?

From 2016, Deepavali date won’t be subjected to change.

The Hindu Endowments Board and Hindu Advisory Board have reviewed this process and a clear set of parameters has been defined to establish the date for Deepavali.

In the past, the date for Deepavali was estimated in March or April of the previous year based on the lunisolar calendar, and confirmed against the Hindu Almanac when it was available in the early part of the year.

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Friday, 28 October 2016

Singaporeans Got Caught Dirty-Handed

Think your hands are clean? Think again! Watch to find out more.

Observing good hygiene helps maintain your health and well being. More importantly, it prevents the spread of infectious diseases to your loved ones.

Good hygiene should not just be observed at home, but in schools and public areas too.

It is 5 simple practices to help prevent the spread of diseases.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Top 10 livable Chinese cities

The Chinese Academy of Sciences, the top academic institution of natural science in China, has recently released a report revealing the top 10 livable cities in the country.

Qingdao of Shandong Province took the crown while Kunming of Yunnan Province and Sanya of Hainan Province ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Measuring 40 municipalities and cities, the report was based on 29 indicators in six categories including urban security, public service infrastructure, natural environment, social environment, transportation convenience and environmental health.

The respondents gave high scores for public service infrastructure whereas air pollution, noise pollution, parking problems and traffic jam were the main factors restraining the livability of Chinese cities.

The following are the top 10 livable Chinese cities:
10 Chongqing

9 Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

8 Xiamen, Fujian Province

7 Zhuhai, Guangdong Province

6 Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

5 Weihai, Shandong Province

4 Dalian, Liaoning Province

3 Sanya, Hainan Province

2 Kunming, Yunnan Province

1 Qingdao, Shandong Province

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wistful eating

How nostalgia is keeping some of our favourite things to eat and places to dine in our future
Old Seng Choong Carrot Cake is based on Daniel Tay's mum's recipe

Opening of Seng Choong Confectionery in 1965

Shashlik back in 1986

Shashlik reopens with brand new interiors and a refreshed menu

Still on the menu is Shashlik's namesake speciality

Country's Manna house specialty country-style chicken soup with puff pastry. Foto: Country Manna FaceBook

Aggie Au Yeung, Director of Mini Melts at the outlet in VivoCity. Foto: Robin Choo

The salad bar at Country Manna features over a variety of 40 items. Photo: Country Manna FaceBook

Mini Melts items (from left): Mini Melts combo cap cup in turquoise, Mini Melts combo cap cup (Double Chocolate and Rainbow Ice), Mini Melts Big (Pineapple Orange) and Mini Melts Big (Grape Soda). Foto: Robin Choo

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Do Not Mix These Household Products

Warning: They Can Kill You!


It is  quite dangerous sometimes when mixing different household ingredients . Not many know some combinations release toxic gases. That makes a real health threat, especially  regarding lungs and brain.

The tips we provide below  protect your and your family’s health:
  • Chlorine bleach and vinegar
  • Bleach and ammonia
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol and bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar
  • Two different cleaners

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Tent Village: Singapore’s nomad families

More than 10 families live in East Coast Park’s ‘Tent Village’

Chinese newspaper Zaobao reported that East Coast Park is now a “tent village” where not only more than a dozen people have set up camp, but is also headed by a 29-year-old “village headman”. Most campers were forced into this “temporary shelter” while they wait for their rental HDB flat.

Newspaper received readers informed that the area along the east coast there are many large tents, as a self-sufficiency of the “village.”

According to the newspaper, the  “Tent Village” is in a location which is hidden from most members of the public, not far from a construction site, but near public toilets, which is convenient for the campers.

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Residents come and go in ECP 'kampung'
More than 50 homeless people live in tents that line the beach at East Coast Park

Some tents were dismantled and the occupants moved out.

But new ones would move in, pitch their own tents and "squat" in them for as long as they need to.

And so the unlicensed tented community at a secluded part in Area D of East Coast Park, which popped up years ago and has shaped up to look like a "kampung" now, continues to exist.

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Camping at East Coast Park

East Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways, offering an invigorating and exciting diversity of sporting, dining and recreational activities. With the theme “Recreation for All”, the park has an activity for everyone.

Camping is only allowed in Areas D and G at East Coast Park. Campers need to apply for a camping permit via the online portal or any physical AXS machine. All terms and conditions apply.

There are designated areas (Areas D and G) within East Coast Park where you can set up a tent temporarily or overnight. To do so, you need to apply for a camping permit first. (You need to have a valid residential address and ID number in Singapore to apply for a camping permit.)

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Homeless families who camp by the beach

MSF regularly patrols beaches and public areas to identify and provide assistance to persons who may be homeless.  MSF also responds to calls to the ComCare hotline from members of the public who come into contact with Singaporeans who may be homeless.

Between 2011 to 2013, MSF provided support and shelter to 565 individuals and 404 families. About 80% are of low income and have weak social support. Three out of four were previous flat owners who had sold their flats for a variety of reasons, such as settling financial or debt problems, divorces, cashing out to make a profit, etc.  After the sale of their flats, they find themselves not being able to afford to buy or rent another flat.  Another one-quarter had fallen out their families and friends whom they were living with, due to reasons such as strained relationships, anti-social behaviour or addiction-related problems.

Government agencies do their best to help these individuals and families explore sustainable housing options depending on their circumstances. They may purchase a flat within their means. In other instances, social workers help them to reunite and stay with their family members. For those with no options, HDB will assist them with rental flats under the Public Rental Scheme. For those who need temporary rental accommodation while they wait for or work out their longer-term housing option, HDB may refer them to interim rental housing.

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People of the tents
Home to the homeless

The campsite had a holiday feel to it. Clothes hung on makeshift clothes-line. Small stoves and barbeque pits occupy the floor around the park shelter. There were fishing rods, crab traps, guitars, styrofoam boxes, unwashed plates and utensils as well.

At one of the shelter, there was even a table on which were two containers of syrup. People - mostly Malays - sat in the shelter, chatting, laughing. A couple arrived with their kid pushing a small shopping cart of groceries. I counted 23 tents pitched on a grass patch about 50 meters long. The kampung spirit certainly lived on in these people, one would assume.

Except that most of them would rather not be here at Sembawang Park. They were here because they had nowhere else to go. You could say they are homeless, but you would be wrong. The homeless do not exist in Singapore. They are merely 'temporarily displaced'.

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A van called home

After divorcing his first wife 2 years ago, an operations executive has been living out of a van at East Coast Park.

The van belongs to the cleaning company that the man, who wanted to be known as Mr Ahmad, 50, works for.

Mr Ahmad's current wife, who wanted to be known as Madam Rose, 30, joined him in February, with his daughter and son, to live out of the van at Carpark F2.

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Raiding the homeless – in the middle of the night
How the homeless park-dry their clothes

They have been camped out there for months, but no one from the government agencies seem to have known about them – perhaps until The Online Citizen’s report on 13 January. TOC had reported that some 15 homeless families were camped out in tents at Sembawang Park.

Three days after TOC’s revelation, on 16 January, Saturday, at around 10pm, officers from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), and NParks, together with some 10 policemen, swooped down on the park.

When TOC arrived at the scene at about 10.50pm, there were two police cars and a pick-up van. Some of the homeless were seen dismantling their tents. When queried about why they were being asked to do so, the NParks officers said the campers had broken “rules and regulations”, even though most of them still had valid camping permits.

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Hope for resettled homeless through Project 4650

A project to get the East Coast Park homeless resettled has garnered positive results. Project 4650, started in 2010, has helped about 230 families so far.

The multi-agency effort arose from the emergence of a large number of people living in tents, along the East Coast Park beach, a few years ago. The problem of families found living in public parks and beaches peaked in 2009, at the height of the Asian financial crisis.

Dr Maliki Osman, Minister of State for National Development, said: "On a daily basis we usually identify about 5 to 10 at that time and what we saw were families with very young children and it was a concern to us.

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More Singapore families living out of their vehicles at East Coast Park - report

After divorcing his first wife two years ago, an operations executive has been living out of a van at East Coast Park.

The van belongs to the cleaning company he works for and he lives with his wife and daughter.

They are one of several families that spend the night in vehicles at that carpark while waiting for their flats.

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Meet Singapore’s nomad families

For four years,  the newly-weds lived on the beach. From 2003 to 2007, they lived off their catch from the sea, did odd jobs, and washed in public toilets.

At 16, Madam Siti (not her real name), a Primary 4 dropout, married Mr Osman (not his real name), 25, despite parental objections. They were ostracised by both their families.

They lived in a series of pitched tents at Changi, East Coast, then Sembawang beach. When Madam Siti gave birth, her sister and in-laws took them in for a few months before conflicts drove them out to the beach. This went on till last year.

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Homeless in Singapore’s Island Paradise

You may recall that I wrote about the sad case of Rebecca Loh and the tragic consequences of our government’s callous policy of self- reliance at all costs. Recently I was saddened again by the plight of another victim of similar callousness though as yet still mercifully without the same tragic consequences.

I know of Madam L’s case because she had called our office to ask for help.  Yesterday I met up with her along with the assistance of one of our Hokkien speaking members. Before this our means of communication had been restricted to Malay. (My generation of Singaporeans were taught in English but non-Chinese learnt Malay as a second language.)

I will tell her story as she told it although we are still working on her case and no doubt more details will emerge.   I believe it is not atypical.

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Homeless in Singapore?

Where do the homeless go?

There seems to be a perception that people in homeless shelters normally don’t get evicted, I have come across many cases of eviction and notice of eviction from homeless shelters.

Perpetual queue of homeless?

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Out In The Cold: A documentary bringing light to the homeless

A group of ex-temasek polytechnic (TP) students did a film about the less known, less talked about, sometimes seen, and always leaving people wondering: The Homeless People.

Titled "Out In The Cold", it is a documentary bringing light to people and circumstances that sometimes can’t be help.

The ex-students from TP who had to do a final year project for their Diploma in Moving Images formed the team of four for the documentary. They are Tan Yi Wilfred, the director, Nur Shahirah A. Latif, the producer, Sing Valerie, the director of photography and Anisa Bte Abdul Latiff, the editor.

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10多户人扎营 东海岸出现‘帐篷村’

(新明日报新闻) 东海岸公园现“帐篷村”,十几户人沿海扎营当家,29岁“村长”称大多扎营者为夫妇,或在等迁入租赁组屋,或是被生活所逼而将此当暂时栖身处。

本报接获读者通报,指东海岸一带出现不少大帐篷,如同一个自足自给的“村落”。


记者日前实地采访,发现读者所谓的“帐篷村”,帐篷内里除了备有床垫、被单、厨房用具、衣柜与晒衣架。几户人家甚至用帆布把空间隔开,在帐篷内分出客厅和睡房。“帐篷村”的地点隐蔽,不远处就是沿海施工地;村子后方就是公共厕所,方便洗澡。

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Singapore slums ghetto

Some of you might have criticised the govt for building the extravagant Esplanade spending hundreds of millions tax payers money on a building that hosts operas, musicals and symphonies that only the richer citizens can afford. But you are wrong, while the rich get to watch “Les Misérables“, the poor get to sleep in the underpass between Esplanade and the Citilink Mall at night. The Esplanade is indeed a very useful building both rich and poor people get to use it.

It seems not all the ‘sleepers’ are jobless. Why do people with jobs need to sleep in those places? The answer is very simple and logical. The real wages of some workers are now so low that after the numerous bouts of utilities increase, transport fare increase, and rental increases, there is hardly any choice but to sleep on streets. I would do it too if I make $900 a month because I can save $100 on transport because I sleep close to where I work, another $200 on rental and $50-$100 of utilities bill….in other words I can save half my income, by sleeping in public places.

As Singapore heads for top 1st world status, the cost of living can only rise relative to the wages of low income workers. We can see greater utilisation of our public buildings, MRT stations, bus interchanges and 24hr MacDonald’s outlets as they double up as sleeping areas for these sleepers. It is great that our beloved govt had such great foresight to invest so much money on these beautiful buildings such as the Esplanade we now know how much vision it took…..I really couldn’t imagine that the Esplanade could be actually be that useful to everyone.

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A fresh look at homelessness

Homelessness is a complex issue without a quick or one-size-fits-all solution. Some displaced people reject intervention by the authorities because they do not want to be compelled to continue living with families or co-tenants. These strained relationships cannot just be blamed on personal traits as they may be born out of deeper conflicts.

Volunteers have also found that a number of displaced people exhibit some form of mental or physical disability, & these people face challenges adapting to life in shelters.

Even the concept of a home for a displaced person may be different. For some, it is not about "owning" a place or having a roof over their heads for the night. It is about having a place where they feel safe, in control & surrounded by people they get along with.

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The Poor & Homeless in Singapore
Homeless – the ‘invisible’ people in Singapore

“I have lived in several different countries in my life. However, living in Singapore is the closest thing to paradise that I have ever experienced”, exclaims an expatriate in a blog post and adds “I thought it was interesting that I did not see a single homeless person during my entire stay in the country. I am sure there are homeless people in Singapore”.

The expatriate is surely not alone in ‘not seeing a single homeless person here’. The homeless among us are ‘invisible’ to many Singaporeans as well. So where do they live?

The Ministry of Social & Family Development said in Parliament last year that they “regularly patrols beaches and public areas to identify and provide assistance to persons who may be homeless”. Yes, some homeless individuals and families live along our coastal shores.

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Why do people hate Singapore?
Singapore: Best Place to Live and Work
Plight Of The Tissue Peddlers
Have you ever Spoken to a Cardboard Uncle or Aunty?
Singapore’s Story: What comes next
Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers
Singapore Good Old Times
The Poor & Homeless in Singapore
Support for the Needy and Elderly
The Singapore Story
Other Side of The Singapore Story

ChasingThe Singapore Dream
To Be Or Not To Be Singaporeans
Longing for the good old days
Singapore: A Sampan or a Cruise ship?
Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers
Singapore is ‘World’s Costliest City To Live In’
Coping with Inflation & Cost Of Living
COL goes Up, Up, Up!
Singapore “Swiss” Standard of Living
Tackling poverty the 'kuih lapis' way
Callings for a Poverty Line
Setting a poverty line may not be helpful
A minimum wage for Singapore?

No homeless,destitute starving people in S'pore: Poverty eradicated
Growing Up With Less

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Thimithi தீமிதி Fire Walking Festival 2016

Singapore Fire Walking Festival 2016 at Sri Mariamman Temple

The annual Fire Walking festival at the Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore attracts thousands of Hindu devotees, especially Tamilians from Singapore, India and Malaysia. Singapore Fire Walking Festival 2016 date is October 23, Sunday. The Theemidhi Ritual is dedicated to queen Draupadi of Mahabharata who is worshipped as Draupadi Amman in Tamil Culture.

Devotees perform the Theemidhi ritual for their wishes and prayers fulfilled by the Mother Goddess. Thousands of devotees have had their wishes fulfilled after praying at the Sri Mariamman Temple.

The main ritual during the fire walking ceremony involves walking over a four meter pit of burning coal specially prepared at the Mariamman Temple. The chief priest of Sri Mariamman Temple after special prayers and pujas walks over the burning coal and he is followed by those devotees who wish to take part in the ritual. Devotees young and old participate in the ritual.

The main ceremony begins at midnight (0100hrs) devotees take ritual bath at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and walk up to Mariamman Temple. All the important rituals associated with Tamil festivals are part of the fire walking ceremony.

One of the most striking aspects during the Theemidhi – Fire Walking Festival – is that all devotees come out of the coal bed without any burns.


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The Thimithi Festival

The Thimithi Festival is most commonly known by locals as the fire-walking festival. Catch this breath-taking event at Sri Mariamman Temple at 4pm, the end point of the walking procession from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

The festival originated from South India in honour of Draupadi Amman, the main character in the epic tale of Mahabharata, the wife of five Pandava brothers, who ultimately lose their home, country and their wife after a gambling session with their cousin Duryodhana. This cousin wanted to further disgrace the five brothers and got his younger brother to strip Draupadi in court. However, she was saved by Krishna and took a vow to comb her hair only after smearing Duryodhana's blood on it and using a comb made out of his thigh bone.

This vow was made possible after the great Mahabharata war, and she proved her purity by walking through a bed of fire and emerging as fresh as a flower. Drama troupes and devotees still enact this epic till today. In preparation for the festival, the devotees pray to Periyachi, who is one of the most important deities of Mariamman's entourage. A grand prayer session is held to ask for her blessings upon the devotees and for protection during the festival.

Another event that takes place is a grand marriage ceremony, symbolic of the one carried out by Arjuna and Draupadi. A simulated ritual is also conducted to remember the sacrifice of Hijra to ensure success for the Pandavas. This simulated ritual however does not require a human sacrifice. Devotees then offer their prayers and carry milk pots, prostrate after every step and roll around the temple grounds.

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Why is everything breaking down in Singapore?


WHAT in the world is happening to my country? Not a week passes without something that busts, bursts, cracks or crashes. And that’s just using the first few words I could find in the Thesaurus to go with “break”. I have the not-altogether-incorrect impression that Singapore is breaking down, breaking up and breaking apart at the seams. The litany of woes is not about to take a break any time soon. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

Again, I ask: What in the world is happening to my country? I have a theory. You may not agree with me but, if you indulge an old man his thoughts, hear me out. It has to do with a fishball stick. Not just any ordinary fishball stick but one with an extraordinary historical significance because it was mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally in 2014.

It was a fishball stick carelessly thrown on the pavement near Bukit Gombak MRT which a resident had complained about. It was a fishball stick that wasn’t cleared by anyone for a couple of days. It was a fishball stick that had set off meetings between several government agencies as to whose responsibility it was. If you want a metaphor of what’s wrong with this country, that’s it.

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Case of a Fishball Stick
PM Lee Hsien Loong explaining how the Government still has some way to go in getting different agencies to work more closely together, especially when responsibilities are split. Foto: OOI BOON KEONG

When 1 resident observed that a fishball stick along the walkway at Bukit Gombak MRT Station had not been cleared after 2 days, it took Member of Parliament (MP) Low Yen Ling “multiple calls to several agencies & a few meetings” to find out why the area appeared not to be regularly cleaned.

The reason? “On the left of the walkway is a slope, (which is overseen by) the NEA (National Environment Agency); in the middle is a park connector, under NParks (National Parks Board); on the right is a pavement next to the road, under the LTA (Land Transport Authority),” said PM Lee Hsien Loong. As the cleaners engaged by each of these agencies have different cleaning schedules, “the fishball stick was on the roadside, and the roadside is only cleared every two days”, he said.

The incident was an example of how the Government still has some way to go in getting different agencies to work more closely together, especially when responsibilities are split, despite previous efforts to address this, said Mr Lee at the National Day Rally last night. For example, the question of what to do with a snake spotted on the street used to depend on the direction in which it was moving, but all animal-related issues are now handled by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).


More cases of fallen windows this year

There were more cases of fallen windows this year according to statistics released yesterday by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) & the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

There were 41 cases in the first 11 months of this year, compared to 30 cases in the same period last year. Most of these were casement windows that became dislodged and had fallen due to corroded aluminium rivets, said the BCA & the HDB

Since 2005, homeowners have been required to change the aluminium rivets of casement windows to stainless steel ones. This applies to windows in all residential units, except those in landed properties and the ground floor of buildings.

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Town councils to take action after parts fall off Circuit Rd, Hougang blocks

Investigations into 2 recent instances in which parts of the facades of public housing blocks fell off have been completed, said the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Sunday (Dec 11).

The town councils in charge of the blocks are taking measures to prevent the incidents from recurring, said a BCA spokesperson in a media statement

In the 1st incident, a cladding panel made of calcium silicate fell off Block 51, Circuit Road on Oct 19. The panel was a design element of the facade and was non-structural, said the Housing & Development Board in a Facebook post the day after the incident, adding that it was liaising with Marine Parade Town Council to repair the facade and check neighbouring blocks with similar finishes on their facades

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Plaster falls 12 storeys from HDB block in Hougang

In the latest case of building parts falling from Housing Board buildings, a slab of plaster fell 12 storeys from the top of a block in Hougang on Sunday (Nov 27) morning.

No one was injured, but plaster fragments were seen atop some vehicles parked nearby.

Resident Andy Loh, 39, heard a loud noise on Sunday. "I went down to check and saw all the (plaster) scattered on the floor," he told The Straits Times.


Boon Lay resident hurt when HDB lift falls and rises unexpectedly
A woman injured her ankles after the lift at her block dropped three floors suddenly. She said this was the second time it's happened to her. This is at Blk 207 Boon Lay Place, lift C

A 65-YR-OLD Boon Lay resident hurt her leg on Nov 15 when the lift in her Boon Lay Housing Board block plunged unexpectedly from the 3d floor to the ground floor, then rose again to the 2nd floor, Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported.

The lift - at Block 207, Boon Lay Place - is currently closed. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said, on Friday, it was alerted to an incident.

BCA engineers, representatives from the West Coast Town Council and the lift contractor visited the site to investigate.

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Woman suffers spine fracture in 5th lift accident in 8 months
Mdm Yeo suffered a compression fracture to her lumbar vertebrae and was warded at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital overnight for observations. Photos: Raymond Tham/TODAY

For the 5th time in 8 months, a lift of a Housing and Development Board block had malfunctioned, causing a woman to suffer a spine fracture after the lift she was in shot up and down erratically twice.

Madam Yeo Choon Tee, 59, said she was heading to pick up her granddaughter at about noon on Tue (Jun 7) when the lift’s doors at Block 150, Petir Road did not open at the ground floor. Instead, it shot up “faster than normal” to the 11th floor.

It then sped to the 3d floor and zoomed up again before coming to an abrupt stop between the 12th and 13th floors, throwing her to the floor.

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3-year-old boy traumatised after huge metal piece falls on him in lift of Block 480, Pasir Ris Drive 4

How would you feel if part of the lift's ceiling fell on you while you were in it? And imagine this happening to you when you're a little three-year-old kid.

On Thursday (Nov 10) at around 10pm, the interior of a lift ceiling at Block 480, Pasir Ris Drive 4, fell on Stomper Yuzkoz's three-year-old nephew while he was in the lift with the Stomper's father and brother.

Said the Stomper: "My family had taken the lift at first but this didn't happen. But during the next ride when my nephew boarded it, the incident took place.

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Roof of lift at Pasir Ris collapses on 3-year-old boy injuring him

STOMP reported that a 3-year-old boy was injured when the roof of a lift at Block 480 Pasir Ris Drive 4 collapsed while he was taking the lift with his parents. The incident happened on Nov 10 at around 10pm.

According to the uncle of the boy who reported the incident, the metal panel of the roof fell on one side first, before fully collapsing. This was when it hit the boy on the head, traumatising him. The boy was treated for a minor injury at a clinic. Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) has not commented on this incident.

This incident is one of several lift mishaps which happened in Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council in recent months. In January, Facebook user Ben Tng reported that the lift in his block was operating while the its door was only half closed.

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NOT ONLY ARE THE MRTS BREAKING DOWN, EVEN BUS INTERCHANGES BLACKOUT!

While everyone is busy getting angry over SMRT's MRT disruption, the blackout at the various bus interchanges (Toa Payoh, Jurong East and Bedok) throughout the year have received little attention.

Can you imagine how chaotic it would be if one day, the train disruption and blackout happen at the same station?

What is happening to our world class transportation system?

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A pretty huge sinkhole opened up on the road along Yishun Avenue 7

Motorists travelling along Yishun Avenue 7, be more wary than usual while driving in the 'Murderer and Siao Lang' neighbourhood 'cause there's a pretty big sinkhole that opened up.

Don't worry, it's not a big enough abyss to swallow your hopes and dreams. But still, it could damage vehicles and seriously hurt unaware motorcyclists.

Keep off that third lane when you're driving towards Gambas along Yishun Avenue 7.

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Sinkhole to swallow motorcyclists opens up along Yishun Ave 7: Yishun Thug Life

Just another day in Yishun.

A sinkhole or pothole that looked like it could easily swallow a motorcycle front wheel, opened up on the road along Yishun Ave 7 towards Gambas Ave on Oct. 26, once again highlighting Yishun town’s prominence.

It is not known if this hole qualifies as a sinkhole or pothole, but it looks like there is very little functional difference in definition.

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False ceiling at Tampines void deck collapses
Imagine if someone had been entering or exiting lift

Stomper KaliDass was shocked when he saw that the false ceiling at the void deck of Block 807 Tampines Avenue 4 had collapsed, at around 1pm today afternoon (Oct 17).

Photos he sent Stomp via WhatsApp show a light dangling from the exposed ceiling and chunks of cement plaster on the ground.

KaliDass, who said he heard a loud bang when the incident happened, added in a phone interview: "The false ceiling in front of Lift A at the ground level of Block 807 Tampines Avenue 4 collapsed.


Customers at Bukit Merah coffeeshop startled by falling ceiling boards

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FALSE CEILING OF LIFT LANDING COLLAPSED IN TAMPINES

The false ceiling at the void deck of Block 807 Tampines Avenue 4 collapsed at around 1pm today afternoon (Oct 17). Fortunately, the ceiling did not land on anyone.

What remains of the fake ceiling is a light dangling from the now exposed ceiling. Chunks of cement plaster are on the ground.

First sun breaker, now fake ceiling. Tampines is turning into a slum!

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Section of Westgate mall ceiling collapses due to heavy rain

Heavy rain yesterday proved too much for the false ceiling at Westgate mall and caused a small section to shatter.

Shin Min Daily News reported that the incident happened around 3.30pm at the fourth floor of the shopping mall and left a 1m hole in the ceiling.

A 26-year-old shopkeeper told Shin Min Daily News that three or four men were almost hit by the ceiling fragments.

related: Shoppers report flooding in Tampines Mall after heavy downpour

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HDB FACADE IN CIRCUIT ROAD FALLS OFF

She heard the loud crash, peered out her window and saw, to her horror, that a piece of her neighbouring block's building facade had fallen and crashed to the ground below.

"I was shocked to see a missing slab of wall on the block opposite. Luckily, it happened quite early in the morning and no one was hit.

"How can a slab of wall fall off just like that?" the resident, who wanted to be known as Madam Ng, 65, told The New Paper yesterday.

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Non-structural wall feature falls off roof of HDB block in MacPherson

A wall segment from a Housing Board block in MacPherson fell 11 storeys with a loud crash in the early hours of Wednesday.

The incident occurred at about 6am at Block 51, Circuit Road, Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.

No one was hurt by the slab, which the newspaper understands measured roughly 4m long and 2m wide.

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Elderly woman hurt in HillV2 shopping mall restaurant after cladding falls on her

An elderly woman suffered head injuries on Monday (Oct 31) evening after cladding fell on her in Wine Connection Bistro restaurant in HillV2 shopping mall.

The woman was believed to have been having dinner at the restaurant located in Upper Bukit Timah when the incident occurred.

The incident was reported in Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao after retiree Han Chin Kwang, 62, called it in.

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CEILING COLLAPSED ON DINER AT WINE CONNECTION AT HILLV2

It was reported that a diner was having her meal at Wine Connection Bistro at HillV2 when the ceiling gave way and collapsed on her.

This happened yesterday (Oct 31) at 6+ in the evening. The lady was dining with her children when the ceiling hit her on her head. She was bleeding profusely. Paramedics bandaged her wound and she was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital.

Customers were shocked. HillV2 is a relatively new shopping mall. How could the ceiling collapse?

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Downtown Line disrupted on Tuesday morning due to platform screen door fault
The broken platform screen door at Sixth Avenue station on the Downtown Line.ST FOTO: JOYCE FANG

Service on the Downtown Line was disrupted on Tue (Oct 4) morning due to a platform screen door fault which occurred at the Sixth Avenue station.

A picture tweeted by a commuter showed a dislodged platform door with cracked glass.

Train service was halted between the Sixth Avenue & King Albert Park stations & free bus service was provided by SBS between the Botanic Gardens & Beauty World stations.

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Stompers share photos of dislodged platform screen door that caused large crowds and delays on Downtown Line

A faulty platform screen door at Sixth Avenue MRT Station caused service disruption on the Downtown Line during today's morning rush hour (Oct 4).

The incident caused train service between the Sixth Avenue & King Albert Park stations to be halted.


Stompers Eric, Alex, Gabriel, Mei Chi, Jeffrey, Paul, Gavin, Marianne, Rashi and Kelly had shared with Stomp photos showing the dislodged door - with its glass cracked - as well as large crowds that were caught in the delay.

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LRT sped past 3 stations non-stop with passengers at Bukit Panjang LRT line

A passenger recalls the harrowing experience of how a Light-Rail Train at the Bukit Panjang LRT line sped past three stations on Thu (28 July) and could not be stopped by the emergency stop button found in the cabin.

Ms Jacqueline Bong was with her friend when they took the train at Segar Station at about 11.45 pm -12 pm  and supposed to alight at Jelapang station to pick up their kids from kindergarten.

However, the train did not stop at the next station but instead, sped up and went past Jelapang station.

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Woman recounts harrowing experience aboard ‘really fast’ LRT which did not stop for three stations

A lady by the name of Jacqueline Bong posted a complaint to SMRT’s Facebook page on Jul 28 recounting her experience aboard a Bukit Panjang LRT train.

She said that she boarded at Segar station and was supposed to alight at Jelapang station which was one stop away, but the train did not stop and no one responded after a passenger used emergency phone onboard. The train only stopped three stations away at Phoenix station.

SMRT has since responded on Facebook to her posting, here’s what they said on the same day of the posting:

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Recent major breakdowns on Bukit Panjang LRT
A Light Rapid Transit (LRT) train travelling along the Bukit Panjang LRT line. FOTO: ST FILE

The Bukit Panjang LRT has been problematic from the time it started running in 1999. And it still remains so.

Last year, it had 10 major breakdowns (those that last more than half an hour). In comparison, the Sengkang-Punggol LRT had 5 such breakdowns in the same period.

The North-South & East-West MRT lines, which are much longer and operate at a much higher frequency & load, had 7 in total.

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Yet another train delay due to track fault on Circle Line, the 3rd time in 3 days

Commuters travelling on the Circle Line were held up today due to a track fault this morning (Aug 31), in what is the 3rd related incident this week.

Stomper Eric was at Bishan MRT Station at 8.30am and recounted what he saw to Stomp:


"Staff closed off the escalators and stairs to direct passengers on a longer route to the platform.

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'Wayward' buses end up at 'Odd' places
Second incident of wayward bus in 2 days

A public bus has ended up in an unlikely place - the 2nd time this has happened in 2 days.


An SBS Transit bus was found in a tennis court next to Yio Chu Kang MRT station on Friday (Sep 30) evening. The bus, believed to be service 13, appeared to have crashed through a fence.


It hit a lamp post, and there were shards of glass all over the tennis court. No one was playing at the court when the incident happened.


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Fallen tree at Holland Close caused damage to gas pipes, affecting more than 100 households

A tree around 30 meters high, fell at Block 1, Holland Close due to heavy rain and strong winds early Monday (3 October) morning causing damage to gas pipes which affected more than 100 households.


A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said it was alerted to the incident at 5.41am and soon deployed a fire engine, a red rhino and an ambulance to the scene. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. He also said that SCDF shut off the mains to the gas pipes for safety reason.


According to Shin Min Daily News, the fallen tree damaged gas pipes and affected the supply to more than 100 households living in a block of flats and the windows' of five flats in the block were shattered by the tree's falling branches.


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Heritage tree falls on 40-year-old Pearl Bank Apartments, branches smash windows
The heritage Purple Millettia tree crashed into Pearl Bank Apartments in Outram in the early hours of Sep 11. At least five units were damaged. FOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

A heritage tree more than 8 storeys tall fell on Pearl Bank Apartments in Chinatown on Sunday (Sep 11) morning.


At least 6 apartments from the 4th to 8th floors were affected, Lianhe Wanbao reported.


Residents said that the loud crash as the tree's branches smashed their windows woke them up early on Sunday morning.


related: Tree that fell into apartments flagged as risk


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CUSTOMERS AT BUKIT MERAH COFFEE SHOP STARTLED BY FALLING CEILING BOARDS
CRASH: Ceiling boards fell at lunch time at a Bukit Merah coffee shop yesterday, leaving debris (above) that was later cleared.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

He was collecting money from a customer at his drinks stall when he heard a loud crash.

When Mr Zhang realised what had caused the sudden sound, he was shocked. Several ceiling boards in the coffee shop had fallen onto the floor and smashed into pieces.

"It was a very loud bang. There was a lady walking past and it nearly hit her," the drinks stall operator told The New Paper yesterday.

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Concrete feature collapses at HDB block in Tampines; building structurally safe, says HDB

A concrete feature on the exterior of a Housing & Development Board (HDB) block collapsed on Sunday (Sep 25) morning, but the authorities say no injuries were reported.

The incident occurred on the 4th floor of Block 201E, Tampines Street 23, around 10:05am.

No Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicles were dispatched, The Straits Times understands. Police arrived on the scene to cordon off the area.

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HDB & TOWN COUNCIL TO INSPECT ALL SUN BREAKERS AFTER ONE BROKE IN TAMPINES

Received a call this morning and rushed over.

One side of the sun breaker broke and landed on 3rd storey breaker. We have secured the breaker with tension cords to anchor points on the rooftop, activated the crane and the engineer is doing a thorough inspection now.

We will be removing this and HDB and TC will be working together to inspect the rest of the sun breakers after this, to ensure their integrity and safety.

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Concrete facade nearly toppled on four storey Tampine HDB block, no one hurt

A concrete facade at a four-storey HDB block along Tampines Street 23 was unseated and fortunately did not drop down from the top floor. No one was hurt in the incident that happened on Sunday morning, 25 September.

The collapsed structure functions as a sun shield for a unit on the fourth floor of Block 201E.

CNA reported the owner of the HDB building block, the Tampines Town Council, has been directed by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to engage a professional engineer to advise on the necessary procedure to remove the relocated sun breaker, and to conduct an investigation and recommendation of permanently rebuilt works.

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Tampines residents worry about more sunshades collapsing

RESIDENTS of the Tampines flat where a concrete sunshade partially dislodged late last week are worried that the other sunshades might give way too, given that the area is a neighbourhood centre with a thronging thoroughfare on the ground floor.

On Sunday morning (Sept 25), a 5m-long concrete sunshade outside a fourth-floor flat at Block 201E, Tampines Street 23 dislodged partially and landed on the corner of the sunshade of the floor below.

Although no one was hurt, it gave residents quite the scare, and now residents are afraid that other sunshades – at least seven on the same facade – might follow suit.

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Plaster slab falls from 18th storey of HDB block
The broken bits from the slab of plaster that fell off the facade of Block 464, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (above), early on Sun morning were found on the ground.FOTOS: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A slab of plaster fell off the facade of an HDB block on Sunday, from a height of 18 storeys.


Residents of Block 464, Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, said it was fortunate no one was hurt, as the walkway below is a popular one.


The piece of plaster, which broke on impact, was about 1.5m by 0.6m, or the size of a large bath towel. The area has been cordoned off by the Chua Chu Kang Town Council.

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Debris Danger! 16th Storey HDB Flat Wall Breaks Apart, Residents Alarmed and Worried


“What the hell” and “KNN” probably rolled off the tongues of some Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 residents yesterday morning, as they found broken-off concrete blocks littering the pathways near block 464.


Looking up, they discovered that the blocks were part of the building wall which broke off from the 16th floor! The big break likely took place in the wee hours of morning.


According to one resident, he had sent his daughter home at around 2am and didn’t find any debris on the ground, but to his horror, the concrete blocks were there at 7am when he went downstairs.


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Second concrete chunk falls off ceiling of HDB block this week-- this time at Hougang


STOMPer David was shocked to see a large chunk of plaster that fell from the 9th floor ceiling of a HDB block at Hougang Avenue. He hopes the relevant authorities can look into maintaining the building and the ones in the older estates.


This is the second of such incidents reported this week, with the first taking place at Choa Chu Kang on Sunday (Nov 11). Said STOMPer David:

"A concrete slab fell off the 9th floor ceiling of block 601, Hougang Avenue at around 10 am today (Nov 15). I did not witness the exact moment when the slab fell off. I must have missed it by 10 to 15 minutes. Thank God no one was hurt! Can the authorities look into not only our building but the ones in the older estates? It must have happened due to the rain and perhaps stagnant water accumulating on the rooftop of our flats."
Picture 1 to 6 of the gallery show the chunk of plaster that fell off the HDB ceiling at Hougang, while the other two pictures are of the incident at Choa Chu Kang.

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Blocked drain caused condo glass panels to shatter
Glass panels in front of a 5-storey infinity pool at the Cradels condominium in Balestier came crashing down last month, sending water raining to the ground. The BCA investigation found that water pressure had built up as a result of overflowing water from the pool, causing the glass panels to give way.ST FTO: RACHEL OH

A blocked drain caused glass panels around a condominium's 5-floor swimming pool to shatter, sending broken glass and water cascading onto a carpark below, an investigation has found.

The Building & Construction Authority (BCA) found that overflowing water from the outdoor infinity pool at the Cradels condo in Balestier was caught in the narrow drain between the pool wall and the glass wall, causing water pressure to build up and the glass panels to eventually give way.

No one was hurt during the Jul 8 incident.

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Lorry crashes into walkway shelter at Bukit Batok, causing it to collapse on car
A parked car was crushed underneath the collapsed shelter at Block 118, Bukit Batok West Ave 6 FOTO: YEO KAI WEN

A walkway shelter at an open-air carpark in Bukit Batok collapsed on Fri (Jun 17) morning, crushing a car & drawing curious onlookers.

The Straits Times understands that a lorry with an attached crane had crashed into the shelter, which linked Blocks 116 and 118 at Bukit Batok West Ave 6.

The lorry driver, a man in his 60s, was arrested, a police spokesman said in response to media queries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and there were no injuries.

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Crane crashes into pedestrian shelter at Bt Batok, causing it to tumble

In a statement on Friday (Jun 17), the Jurong-Clementi Town Council confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

"Our initial findings revealed that the lorry driver failed to lower the crane before driving through the linkway," the town council said.

It added that it would assist the affected car's owner in his compensation claims.

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Another crane crashes into sheltered walkway in Bukit Batok

Facebook user Lawrence Chong shared the pictures of a crane boom of a lorry crashing into a shelter linkway located between Block 504 and 506 of Bukit Batok East Street 52. The pictures shared by the user showed that there was significant damage to the structure. The incident happened today at about 2.50pm.

The incident is strangely similar to another accident which also happened in Bukit Batok a month ago, on 17 Jun. A sheltered walkway at Block 116 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 collapsed after the crane boom of a lorry crashed into it.

The user’s pictures showed that the officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Police were at the site of the accident.

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Woman escapes injury after escalator step suddenly breaks apart at The Arcade at Raffles Place
A woman narrowly escaped injury after an escalator in The Arcade at Raffles Place broke on Tues, Jan 5, 2016 FOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A woman escaped injury after a step on the escalator she was riding on at The Arcade in Raffles Place broke.

An eyewitness, named only as Mrs Liu, told Chinese evening newspapers that she heard a loud bang coming from the escalator, which runs from the 1st to the 2nd floor, at about 3.30pm on Tue (Jan 5).

2 people were riding on it - a man who had just reached the landing on the 2nd floor, and a woman who was about 3 steps behind, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

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Escalator at The Arcade Breaks Apart, Aunties Get the Scare of Their Lives!

With the recent gory news of how freak escalator accidents in China have killed or injured people, you’d forgive two aunties for screaming their lungs out at The Arcade when the escalator they were riding on “exploded”.

With a loud “bang”, one of the steps of the escalator step suddenly splintered and broke off from the rest of the tiles.

That caused a gap to form in which a person could possibly fall through and get crushed to death by the escalator mechanism.

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Sinkholes in Singapore: Five other cases in the past and what caused them
Tipper truck in sink hole near Jalan Demak on April 24, 2014. - ST FOTO: JOYCE FANG

A section of Upper Changi Road East caved in on Thursday morning causing a tipper truck to collapse into the road. The accident happened about 50m away from a construction site for the upcoming Downtown Line 3. We look at some recent cases of sinkholes which had appeared in different parts of Singapore, and what could have caused the cave-ins.


Keppel Road, Jan 30, 2013

Clementi Road, March 5, 2013

Clementi, March 8, 2013

Woodlands Road, March 16, 2013

Commonwealth Avenue West, Dec 23, 2013

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A 'Sign of Distress' in Singapore?
Another whole row of flags are upside down in run up to National Day

Another photo of upside down Singapore flags has been circulating online in the run-up to National Day 2017. This time, an entire row of flags are hoisted upside down outside Aqua-Nautics Pte Ltd in Sembawang.

The blunder comes two weeks after a photo showing foreign workers planting an upside down flag went viral. The workers were likely employed by the Executive Committee organising the National Day Parade this year.


The display of the Singapore Flag is subject to about 40 rules, according to Singapore Statutes. Rules state that the Singapore flag must only be displayed upside down only as a sign of distress. Since it is a reflection of the nation’s ideals, beliefs and values, it is to be be treated with dignity and honour at all times.

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Rise in major breakdowns but MRT gets more reliable - LTA

There were 14 major breakdowns on the MRT network last year - an increase of 40% from the previous year, the Land Transport Authority announced on its website yesterday.

Meanwhile, the number of such breakdowns, each lasting more than 30 minutes, on the LRT system nearly quadrupled to 15.

For the MRT, only the newest line - the Downtown Line - posted a drop in the number of major disruptions. All others saw an increase, with the oldest --- North-South and East-West lines --- accounting for half the total of 14.

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Recent lift mishaps

A day after MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, Mr Zainal Sapari saying no fault was found in a lift that had malfunctioned at Block 299A Compassvale Street, the problem at the same lift happened again.

Twitter user Sara Victoria Grosse shared a picture of the malfunctioning lift on her social media platform.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has asked the Ministry of National Development to provide Singaporeans a full account of its lift maintenance records. The following is a press release by SDP:
  • 14 October 2015, Jurong: A lift door jammed, causing the hand of an 85-year-old woman to be severed.
  • 23 January 2016, Punggol: The doors of the lift remained open as the elevator moved.
  • 6 March 2016, Ang Mo Kio: A lift shot up 17 floors when the lift-brakes malfunctioned, trapping a passenger inside for one-and-a-half hours.
  • 15 May 2016, Pasir Ris: A lift jammed when the doors opened, leaving a gap that caused a wheelchair-bound elderly passenger to fall and die.
  • 7 June 2016, Bukit Panjang: A lift bounced up and down like a yo-yo, going down from the 9th to the 1st floor, shooting up to the 11th, plunging back down to the 3rd and finally going back up to the 12th. It left a 59-year old woman’s spine fractured.
  • 10 June 2016, Sengkang: A lift jerked to a sudden halt and then plunged a couple of floors before coming to a complete stop.
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EM Services responsible for maintaining lift involved in spine-injury incident
Even PRCs complain against Shenyang Brilliant Elevators
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SG Buildings Crumbling Down Parody

A witty video featuring an elderly man pointing out Singapore's building defects has emerged on YouTube.


In the clip, the man adapts the lyrics of popular children's nursery rhyme "London Bridge Is Falling Down" to emphasise the point of Singapore's "crumbling buildings".


At the start of the video, the man is seen standing outside Jem, which made headlines in 2013 when a leaking water pipe caused the mall's ceiling to collapse, injuring 3.


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Roof collapses at Hilton Hotel driveway proves Orchard Road is breaking down

On Thursday, Dec. 10, decorations tied to a street lamp outside Peranakan Place spontaneously caught fire at about 9.10pm. A week earlier, on Dec. 2, a Christmas tree outside the Abercrombie & Fitch outlet at Knightsbridge mall at Orchard Road caught fire and burst into flames also at about 9pm.

On Friday, Dec. 11, a tree came crashing down on the road in front of Orchard Central mall after being battered by heavy rain, as parts of Orchard Road became flooded.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, a power outage — believed to have been caused by the flood the previous day — hit Orchard Central at 2pm, forcing some shops to close early for the day. Power was restored at some parts of the shopping mall later in the day, but some retailers were forced to close early.


On Sunday, Dec. 13, part of the roof over the driveway of Hilton Singapore hotel collapsed, proving Volvo manufactures sturdy vehicles, in what has become a positive piece of news for the automobile maker and a more negative one for insurers.


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Jinx @ JEM
28 Dec 2014

Stomper alamat was concerned to see the state of this ceiling at Jem shopping mall at around 10pm yesterday (Dec 27)

Water has accumulated in one section of the ceiling and the weight of it seems to be pulling the ceiling down.

Said the Stomper: "Jem ceiling is collapsing. "Water has somehow gathered in one section of the ceiling.