Tuesday, 30 June 2015

10 Unusual Airbnb rentals to check out


Slogging away at the office and dreaming of your next getaway? It’s already May and it just might be time to plan that much needed summer vacation. Great! You think as you plan your destination and your hands hover over the book it link on the TripAdvisor hotel booking page. But hold it right there! Is another holiday at a run-of-the-mill hotel with cream walls, uniform beige carpets and standard buffet fare really what you want?

Might we tempt you with the prospect of staying at your own treehouse or ancient British castle? Perhaps having full reign over your own Aegan island villa should do the trick? Believe it or not, these interesting abodes are open to holidaymakers on Airbnb, the  vacation-rental community driven website which allows you to rent homes from locals all over the world.

We know planning a vacation is tough enough so we’ve done your homework and picked some out-of-this-world straight up unusual places you can rent on Airbnb. No cookie-cutter hotels guaranteed!

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Monday, 29 June 2015

5 Signs You’re Stressed

For weeks you’ve been juggling work deadlines with decorating your new apartment and planning your best friend’s bachelorette party. So expectedly, you barely have a minute to spare for yourself and like a robot, you go on with your daily routine until something alerts you that your stress levels are definitely maxed out.

Stress signs seem harmless enough but in reality, your body is trying to warn you of the potential harm you’re doing by not responding to it.

To help you battle stress, here are five red flags you should pay attention to.
  • You Regularly Have Back and Neck Aches
  • Your Periods are Irregular
  • Your Hair is Falling Out
  • You are Sick All the Time
  • You Can’t Sleep
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Sunday, 28 June 2015

10 Singaporean islands to explore


Craving a vacation to the pristine beaches of Boracay or the rushing waters of Bali? We’ve found a travel cheat to attain our relaxing goals for the weekend without having to even take our passport. Where are we going, you ask?

Simple. We’re going island hopping. Yes, Singapore has many islands just a stone’s throw away from the mainland with sandy beaches, untouched greenery and sea creatures. From the well known Sentosa to the hidden gem of Lazarus Island, these offshore beaches are quiet as there’s practically no one else around.

One thing we learnt while researching this article is that most of our islands have creepy names and origin stories. But don’t let that deter you, Singapore is much more than just Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. 

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

5 Foods that can make you happy

Boost Your Mood
It’s no secret we’re all looking for ways to be happy. From  makeovers to that budding new romance to dropping big bucks on your dream car. But did you know that there’s a less expensive, not so complicated way to happiness? And it’s just sitting in our kitchens?

Believe it or not, the food we eat has an impact on our overall well-being. It seems ridiculous to think that our diets can bring us up or pull us down but how many times have you gone on that fast food binge only to feel incredibly bloated and irritable later on? Just like we monitor our diets to loose weight, the same can be done to beat the blues.

Research suggests that tweaking your diet and adding in certain dopamine boosting foods can make a big difference on the happiness front. Click through the gallery for scientifically proven foods that can boost your mood one bite at a time! Now you know what to put in your shopping cart on your next grocery trip.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

25 Looks to boost your confidence at work

As if getting ready for work at 7 in the morning isn’t bad enough, you also have to deal with the hassle of having to choose an outfit that’s office-friendly. There was once a time not too long ago when most professionals donned a black suit every morning but these days, with the laxed dress codes and diverse professional fields, most people are more confused than ever about what to wear to work.

What you wear is pivotal because it reflects on you as an individual. Do you want to be seen as professional? Confident? Approachable? Driven? A carefully chosen outfit can make the difference between sloppy or professional.

You don’t need to have Victoria Beckham’s budget or any special knowledge of fashion to pull of a sartorial chic look that still abides by the office dress code. A few well-chosen pieces, suitable colour combinations and patterns will give you the confidence you need in your professional field.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Food scandals in Singapore

Rojak Geylang Serai 2009

Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2010

Singapore Sports Council 2010

The Children's Place 2011

Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' Primary School 2011

Man Fu Yuan 2011

Old Chang Kee 2012

East View Secondary School 2014

A Taste of Nanyang foodcourt 2014

Clementi Camp Medical Centre 2015

Hotpot Culture 2015
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Woman slurps curry she bought at Toast Box -- then sees disgusting creature wriggling inside

Stomper Sabao was shocked after discovering a wriggling cockroach in a bowl of curry his girlfriend bought at a Toast Box outlet in Bishan.

He has been waiting for an explanation from Toast Box after the incident took place on Jul 2 but eatery has yet to get back to him.

The Stomper then alerted Stomp to the incident via an email today (Jul 13).

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

From Teabags to Soiled Diaper & Sanitary Pad to Killer Litter

Update 8 Sep 2019: Parliament - There’s no stopping Yishun’s sanitary pad litterbug, period

The issue of high-rise littering stirred up a lively exchange in Parliament on Tuesday (Sept 3), with Ms Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC) throwing light on a peculiar form of high-rise litter that has been a persistent issue in the past few years: soiled sanitary pads.

Ms Lee, who does monthly litter-picking with residents in her constituency, was among a handful of MPs who expressed concern about enforcement actions taken by the National Environment Agency against high-rise litterbugs. She pointed out that deploying surveillance cameras for a short period of time hardly addresses the problem.
  • "There were several high-rise littering of sanitary pads for many years and, until today, it is still not solved. And why? Because NEA deploys CCTV (cameras) only for a few days. And the problem persists," she said.
  • "Actually, if you have...an ambition to catch the culprit, I'm sure we'll be able to catch (him or her)."
  • "Otherwise, (it) looks like this problem will disappear only when the litterbug (enters) menopause."

As MPs burst into laughter, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor assured the House that "resources are never unlimited", and that "surveillance cameras are deployed where it is possible and where it needs to be done".


Jackfruit falls from HDB block, damaging car

A jackfruit fell on a parked car in Ghim Moh on Wednesday (Jan 17), damaging its roof and windscreen.


Photos of the incident – uploaded onto Facebook by user Sam Tan – show the car and a huge jackfruit on the road.


Mr Tan told Channel NewsAsia that he arrived at the car park of Block 19 Ghim Moh Road to buy dinner for his mother when he saw a crowd gathering near the damaged car.


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Police arrest 14-year-old boy who threw ofo bike down HDB block


A 14-year-old youth has been arrested by the police. He is believed to have thrown an ofo bike from a HDB block of flats.

The video of the incident was widely circulated on social media. In it, another voice in the background could be heard saying, “This is not my motherf*cking fault, I swear to God.”

On June 15, on the day the video started circulating online, the police received several reports that a bicycle was thrown from Blk 116B Jalan Tenteram. An arrest was made on the same day after extensive ground enquiries.

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INDRANEE: MY RESIDENT KEEPS THROWING TEABAGS ONTO PALM TREE

The Tea Bag Tree of Bukit Merah View

After the Cleaner Appreciation event yesterday afternoon (see post below), I took a walk around the common space at blks 128, 129 and 130 Bukit Merah View and checked out the environment.


Was dismayed to see this palm tree adorned with tea bags, obviously thrown from a higher floor and which had snagged on the leaves and branches. It was like a Christmas tree except that instead of pretty ornaments, this poor tree was festooned with used Dilmah tea bags!


Was it really so difficult, one wonders, to lift the tea bag out of the mug or cup, and carry it a few feet to the rubbish container that must surely be in the home?


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BEWARE OF HUMAN FAECES "BOMBS" AT BLOCK 5, TOA PAYOH LORONG 7!


A block of Housing Development Board (HDB) flats at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 has become "infamous" for being the "smelliest HDB block" throughout the island - or so netizens say. Passersby often complain about a pungent and nauseating smell of what seems to be faeces coming from around the lower levels of Block 5, Toa Payoh Lorong 7.


According to the Chinese evening daily, one inconsiderate neighbor appears to be the cause of the persistent stench at the area.


It seems that the neighbor has been throwing packets of human faeces out from their window every day, causing the packets of filth to smash into the walking pavement below or onto the roof shelter above a senior citizens' activity corner under the block.


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Killer litter at Jurong West
It was a mess at the foot of a Housing Board flat on Tuesday morning after an elderly man living on the 11th floor allegedly started dumping things out of his window. There were unzipped bags and pieces of clothing strewn across the floor, together with plastic bags and broken plastic containers

She heard a series of heavy thuds while preparing breakfast for her children on Tuesday morning.

The housewife, who wanted to be known as Madam Lai, was alarmed. But she ignored the noises as she was busy tending to the stove.

What she didn't realise was that someone was throwing killer litter from the 11th storey.

related: Sewerage litter causes flooding in Jurong, AMK flats


Resident tosses junk out her flat with no regard for cleanliness or safety


A resident of a housing block at Strathmore Avenue has upset her neighbours by throwing items out of her flat window, endangering the lives of her fellow residents.

Stomp contributor Chan wrote in to the citizen journalism website to express her frustration on how her upstairs neighbour at Block 48 of Strathmore Avenue constantly throws rubbish out of her flat.

The discarded items include unfinished food, empty bottles, styrofoam boxes, batteries, used tissues and more.


Woman hit by bike wheel flung from flat now in coma

The 67-year-old woman who was hit last month by a bicycle wheel thrown from a block of flats stopped breathing on Tuesday and had to be resuscitated.


Madam Mahani Abdullah has been comatose since then, her niece, Ms Nadia Abdullah Sani, told The Straits Times yesterday.


Doctors said Madam Mahani suffered brain damage when her heart stopped, and told the family to prepare for the worst, added Ms Nadia, 36, a client services manager.


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Elderly woman hit by bicycle wheel at Eunos Crescent: Alleged culprit is same teen arrested in Dec over killer litter


The photo on the left (WANBAO) shows Madam Mahani lying at the foot of the block after she was hit by the wheel while the photo on the right (SHIN MIN) shows her in hospital.

A 16-year-old teenager was charged in court on Saturday after an elderly woman was hit by a bicycle wheel which had apparently been thrown from a block of flats.


On Friday, Stomper Nurdina saw paramedics attending to a woman who had been hit by the wheel that was thrown down Block 1 at Eunos Crescent.


67-year-old Madam Mahani Abdullah was conveyed conscious to Singapore General Hospital.


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5kg potted plant smashes through parked car's windscreen at Yishun Street 81

Ms Wang, 42, was informed by a neighbour about the damage to her car at around 3pm on Sunday. Photo: Shin Min

A potted plant weighing about 5kg plunged nine storeys and smashed through the windscreen of a car parked at Yishun Street 81 on Sunday (June 1).


According to a report in MyPaper, the car belongs to Ms Wang, 42, whose Toyota was parked at the carpark of Block 871 in Yishun Street 81 when the plant fell on it.


Ms Wang told Shin Min that a neighbour informed her about the damage to her car at around 3pm on Sunday.


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Flowerpot smashes through walkway roof: This could have hit someone's head


STOMPer Phua was stunned by this flowerpot that fell onto the roof of a covered walkway in Ang Mo Kio, cracking roof tiles and sending a shower of debris to the ground below.

According to the STOMPer the incident had occurred at Block 319 at about 7pm in the evening. The STOMPer wrote:

"A pot dropped from HDB and cracked a hole in the shelter. This was seen at Block 319 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.


Killer litter hazard: Potted plants left out on Tampines flat's air-conditioner compressor pose danger to residents

The sight of potted plants left out on an air-conditioing compressor unit of a Tampines flat left STOMPer Kelvin concerned over the safety of residents walking at the foot of the block. In his report, STOMPer Kelvin wrote:

"Dear neighbour living in Block 301 Tampines Street 32, I understand you may be a plant lover.

"However, you are endangering your neighbours by putting your plant on the air-con compressor unit outside your home!"


MP Baey Yam Keng on an interesting yet unfortunate occurrence in Tampines town


Story of the soiled diaper continues. With GM of Tampines Town Council, we brought the diaper to visit all 11 units of the column where the diaper was found.


Three units have babies. I think we managed to identify which unit was the culprit. Without concrete evidence, I could only warn the maid not to do so. Hope that will born home the message.


Will monitor the situation.


related: Baey Yam Keng picks up soiled diaper, goes door to door in search of litterbug


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Tin Pei Ling goes after resident who threw sanitary pad
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A case of high-rise littering raised the ire of the ward’s MP – so much so that she decided to hunt the errant resident down

When the MP for Marine Parade GRC Ms Tin Pei-Ling discovered that a resident had been disposing tampons out of the window, she spared no effort to look for the culprit – even though it meant combing through 7 floors worth of households.


Last week, the Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that residents had complained of ‘diapers’ being frequently found at the foot of Blk 444 at Tampines Street 42. The final straw came when their MP, Mr Baey Yam Keng recovered a diaper that was still ‘warm’, prompting him to search over 12 floors to catch the diaper-throwing culprit.


It therefore came as a surprise when Ms Tin Pei-Ling was caught in the same sticky situation – but with tampons this time.


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NEA will be notified if the situation worsens

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Man arrested for throwing bicycle from flat

Police have arrested a 58-year-old man who is believed to have thrown a bicycle and household items from the common corridor and kitchen window of his flat.


In a statement, police said they were informed at about 12.54pm that the items had been thrown from an unidentified floor of a block of flats at Bukit Merah View.


Through enquiries and information from a member of the public, police established the suspect's identity, located his flat, and arrested him.


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Sofa thrown from 4th floor - 2 arrested


A woman in her 40s was walking past Block 492 Jurong West Street 41 on New Year's Eve when the two-seater sofa landed in front of her, Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily reported.

A spokesperson for the police said they received a call on Dec 31, 2013, at 1.20pm. The caller required police assistance to Block 492 Jurong West Street 41. Upon arrival, the officers saw that a sofa had been thrown from height and was found on the ground at the said location.


Two men have been arrested in relation to the case


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Man throws 10kg air cooler from 7th floor, almost hits pregnant woman


A pregnant woman had a narrow escape on Thursday night when an air cooler came crashing down and almost hit her.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on Thursday night for throwing various killer litter objects, including an air cooler weighing at least 10kg, from the seventh floor of Block 8 St. George's Lane.


Shin Min Daily News reported that the incident occurred at about 8.42pm, and that police and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers took two hours to nab the suspect, who was topless at the time. A witness known only as Desmond, who lives opposite Block 8, told Shin Min that he went to look out of his kitchen window after hearing a loud thump and sounds of shattering glass.


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MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOUTING AND THROWING LARGE ITEMS FROM A 7TH FLOOR HDB FLAT

Last night, there was a disturbance at St George's Lane in Boon Keng when household items were thrown from a 7th floor HDB flat at around 8:30 in the evening.

Passers-by were put in danger when large items including a microwave, an aircon compressor, a glass tank and several other items were thrown out the window.


The commotion drew a crowd of over 70 people and several police officers and SCDF staff were activated.


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Killer litter that hit man in Eunos Crescent: 15-year old suspected of throwing bricks from flat arrested


A 15-year-old teenager has been arrested in relation to a series of rash acts of throwing items down a housing block in Eunos Crescent.

Earlier, a STOMPer reported that a brick thrown down from a unit above hers had hit a man on the hand, which resulted in the police being called in.


According to the STOMPer, items such as bricks, flower ports and even a bicycle have been flung off the block before.


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Boy's skull cracked by rock thrown from HDB flat

A Primary 6 pupil of Woodlands Ring Primary School was hit on the head by a rock thrown from a high floor of Block 611 Woodlands Ring Road on Tuesday (Oct 8).

The rock, the size of a man’s fist, cracked the skull of Khairul Azhar, 12, and he needed an operation to have titanium surgical screws inserted in his skull to prevent brain damage.


The incident happened at about 3pm just when Khairul and his friends were running for shelter after a brick landed near them while they chatting at a badminton court near their school.


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MPs get hands dirty nabbing litterbugs

Two Members of Parliament have been pounding the ground at their wards for a different kind of grassroots work, as part of a push to stop high-rise littering.


Ms Tin Pei Ling (Marine Parade GRC) and Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) picked up a used sanitary pad and soiled diapers in their respective wards recently, and have been trying to hunt down the culprits.


Mr Baey, meanwhile, was spurred to act after he saw a bunched-up diaper lying on a grass patch between the block where he conducts his weekly Meet-the-People sessions, and the adjacent multistorey carpark.


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Tin Pei Ling goes after resident who threw sanitary pad

When the MP for Marine Parade GRC Ms Tin Pei-Ling discovered that a resident had been disposing tampons out of the window, she spared no effort to look for the culprit – even though it meant combing through 7 floors worth of households.

Last week, the Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that residents had complained of ‘diapers’ being frequently found at the foot of Blk 444 at Tampines Street 42. The final straw came when their MP, Mr Baey Yam Keng recovered a diaper that was still ‘warm’, prompting him to search over 12 floors to catch the diaper-throwing culprit.


It therefore came as a surprise when Ms Tin Pei-Ling was caught in the same sticky situation – but with tampons this time.


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NEA will be notified if the situation worsens

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MP Baey Yam Keng on an interesting yet unfortunate occurrence in Tampines town

Story of the soiled diaper continues. With GM of Tampines Town Council, we brought the diaper to visit all 11 units of the column where the diaper was found.

Three units have babies. I think we managed to identify which unit was the culprit. Without concrete evidence, I could only warn the maid not to do so. Hope that will born home the message.


Will monitor the situation.


related: Baey Yam Keng picks up soiled diaper, goes door to door in search of litterbug

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Keep Killer Litter Away

Penalty for Placing Objects in a Hazardous Manner

  • If residents fail to remove objects that are placed in a hazardous manner even after receiving a written notice from HDB, HDB can take summons action against them.
  • If convicted, residents are liable to a maximum fine of $2,000. If they do not remove the object after the conviction, they are liable to a further fine of $100 per day for as long as the offence continues.
Penalty for Throwing Objects
  • Residents who are convicted under the Penal Code for an offence relating to throwing of killer litter are liable to a maximum jail term of 5 years or a fine, or both.
  • HDB may also compulsorily acquire ownership of the flat or terminate the tenancy, if it is a rental flat
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Fined for shooting rubber bands in public
Under the Environmental Public Health Act, the maximum fine for a littering offence is $2,000 for the 1st court conviction, $4,000 for the 2nd, and $10,000 for the 3rd and subsequent convictions. First-time offenders are usually fined $300. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A man was fined $300 for littering after he was caught shooting two rubber bands onto a public road, drawing debate from netizens.

A photo of the ticket issued by the National Environment Agency (NEA) has gone viral on Facebook.

Several netizens expressed surprise that a littering ticket was issued for rubber bands.

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KILLER LITTER - Man, 74, dies after allegedly being hit by killer litter
Mr Nasiari Sunee was at the barbecue pit at Spottiswoode 18 (above) in Spottiswoode Park during a relative's housewarming party on Sunday night when he collapsed after being hit by a bottle thrown from above, said his children. He died of his injuries on Monday morning.PHOTOS: MARK CHEONG, COURTESY OF MADAM NAS SURIATI NASIARI

A 74-year-old delivery driver attending a housewarming party of a relative on Sunday night died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a bottle that his family believes was thrown from a 35-storey condominium.

Mr Nasiari Sunee had just sat down to eat at the barbecue pit at Spottiswoode 18 in Spottiswoode Park, according to his two older children.

Speaking to The Straits Times after their father's burial yesterday, Madam Nas Suriati Nasiari and Mr Nas Muhammad Nasta'in Nasiari said that their mother and other relatives were sitting with him when it happened.


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Guy becomes 'famous' after throwing soiled diaper Onto car at Tampines Mall carpark

A man has become 'famous' for the wrong reasons after he was caught on video throwing a soiled diaper onto another car at Tampines Mall's carpark on Aug 24.

Facebook user Jonathan Lee posted a video of the incident after finding the dirty nappy on his vehicle.

In the video, a woman is seen passing the man a plastic bag containing the diaper as he is about to close his car's boot.

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