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Past articles by Alvin:

After instant mala hotpot, here comes instant bak kwa

You may not have tried it, but you must have heard of the instant mala hotpot that has taken the internet by storm. Not to be outdone, local bak kwa (dried barbequed pork) purveyor Bee Cheng Hiang Singapore has come out with their own self-heating product, called EZ Heat. They are marketing it as "Singapore's first self-heating bakkwa". → Read More

Terror at the beach: Teen's legs attacked by small marine creatures

If there aren't enough reasons already to be afraid of the vast open sea, here's another. Picture this. As you stare at the luscious glistening sea, you decide to put your footwear aside and go in for a quick refreshing dip. However, as you step out, you realise both your feet have started bleeding profusely. Sounds like a scene from a low-budget horror movie, but this is what happened to Sam… → Read More

Much of South Asia could be too hot to live in by 2100, study says

Most of us would have noticed how unbearably hot the weather is in Singapore is these days. Unfortunately, it is not just in our imagination. A study based on computer simulations by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), concludes that if nothing is done about climate change, many parts of South Asia will be too hot to live in by the end of this century. → Read More

iPhone glitter cases recalled over reports of chemical burns

You might have seen your friends touting these fancy glitter iPhone cases, or you might own one yourself. Be careful though as the liquid inside these plastic cases that hold the glitter afloat might cause skin irritation and chemical burns. A range of liquid-filled iPhone cases by MixBin is being recalled after complaints surfaced that these cases can leak when broken and harm their users. → Read More

Courier in China slapped and beaten for being 5 minutes late

What will you do if your courier delivered your goods a few minutes later than the stipulated time? Lodge a complaint? Or slap him or her across the face with your umbrella? Guess which action this woman took when a courier working for Chinese delivery giant ZTO Express arrived just five minutes later than he said he would. → Read More

Here's why Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 will be the next Insta-worthy hotspot, Singapore News

SINGAPORE - A theatre of experience. That is what Changi Airport Group (CAG) claims about the new Terminal 4. Looking at the art installation that the airport has decided to include in the upcoming terminal, it looks T4 will very well be the next Instagram hotspot for Singaporeans. According to CAG, the art pieces at T4 were specially curated for a visually immersive experience and passengers… → Read More

Transport minister Khaw Boon Wan claims MRT more reliable, commentors say otherwise

Speaking at the fourth joint forum on infrastructure maintenance organised by SMRT on Wednesday (July 26), the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan said that Singapore's MRT is three times as dependable as in 2015. The reason? In 2015, MRT trains travelled an average of 133,000km between delays of more than five minutes. Now? It's 393,000km. → Read More

5 cool things you can look forward to at the new Changi Airport Terminal 4, Singapore News

SINGAPORE - Announced all the way back in 2013, Changi Airport's newest Terminal 4 will soon be open to public later this year. Although it's half the size of T3, the new terminal promises "a new travel experience with its boutique design and innovative use of technology". But how so? → Read More

Primary school questions so difficult you will question your own intelligence

If you have been on any form of social media lately, you would have heard about the (in)famous unscramble-the-letters question from Maris Stella High School (Primary). While at first glance the most obvious and logical solution would be "excited", the letter choices that are given to students are not able to form that word. Oh, did I mention that the question is for Primary 1 students? So what… → Read More

Starhub's latest video conveys a powerful message of racial harmony

What makes Singapore our home? This is the question that Starhub posed when it released its video for the 2017 Racial Harmony Day, titled #RegardlessofColour, today (July 21). → Read More

Mother deliberates on which car window is cheaper to replace before letting rescuers save son

As the maximum temperature in China is on a constant increase due to an engulfing heatwave, it is probably not a good idea to leave your child inside a locked car. However, this mother did just that, and had a rather questionable response to her baby's rescue. → Read More

Caught on camera: Crocodile drags man's body down river in Indonesia

We have heard of many cases involving shark attacks on humans. In reality, however, crocodile attacks occur more frequently, with most attacks being fatal. Take this incident in Indonesia for example, where a crocodile dragged the corpse of a man down a river - all caught on camera. Viewer discretion is advised as the footage below may be too much for some to handle. → Read More

See this iPhone 'toy'? Beware, it may be a lighter

Now, what if that toy that you bought for your child could actually start a fire or seriously hurt your kid? Thanks to mankind's creativity, we now have lighters disguised as as many things - one of them being an Apple 'iPhone'. Singaporean Aifah Karsani shared a video on her Facebook page showing a toy smartphone belonging to her niece that had a dangerous trick up its sleeve. → Read More

Now you can rent any ride you want with this Airbnb for cars

Owning a car is not exactly the most affordable endeavour even if you're not living in Singapore, and public transport can be a hassle. So that is why for some of us, renting a car may be a more viable option, especially for the short-term. Fortunately for residents in the US and UK, Turo may have a solution to simplify the car rental process. → Read More

You can soon measure things with your smartphone

If you've ever wanted to measure something but did not have a ruler or measuring tape on hand (I mean, who carries those things around besides contractors?), developrs have come up with the perfect solution - a virtual ruler. → Read More

Trump and Macron's 30-second handshake is awkward and painful to watch

Trump is famous, or infamous, for many things, but his handshakes with other politicians often make headlines. Why? Take his forceful 19-second handshake with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 10 this year, for example, and the latter's epic eye-roll that followed. → Read More

Little girl gets cuddly with 4m-long python

Have you been thinking about getting a pet you can cuddle with while watching Netflix? Perhaps a dog or a cat might be a top pick. But what about a 4m-long snake? A YouTuber by the name of Edness Taoka has released a video of his daughter chilling out on the couch with his pet python Cher while watching a show. It seems the programme on television was so boring the snake was yawning too! Check… → Read More

Too many pageants? Here's a list of top beauty contests in Singapore, Singapore, Women News

The recent Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant has drawn various responses from the social media community. There have been unsavory comments. → Read More

Man in Uttar Pradesh shoots wife for not preparing dinner

A man in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, shot his wife dead because she refused to serve him dinner last Saturday night, reported the Times of India. The 55-year-old victim, Sunaina, was rushed to the Sarvodaya Hospital in Kavi Nagar with a gunshot wound to her head. However, doctors at the hospital declared her dead on arrival. → Read More

Bangladeshi man chops off wife's fingers to stop her from studying

What ends will you go to ensure your spouse is not smarter than you? For this Bangladeshi man, it meant chopping off his wife's fingers. According to Daily Mail, 30-year-old Rafiqul Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife Hawa Akther, 21, that there would be 'severe consequences' if she did not give up her studies. → Read More