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Past articles by Ariel:

Diabetic patient who cycled 18,000km from Italy to Singapore survives to enjoy her slice of cake

How far would you go for a slice of cake? Maybe you'd go to a hipster cafe, or for lazy ones like me, to the bakery down the street. For Chiara Ricciardi and her boyfriend Riccardo Rocchi, they went to great lengths - cycling 17,550km from Italy to Singapore - to savour one of the best cakes here. → Read More

Universal Studios Singapore ranked top theme park in Asia, but some can't believe it

Universal Studios Singapore is the top amusement park in Asia, beating Hong Kong's Disneyland and Ocean Park as well as its Japanese counterpart Universal Studios Japan, in a ranking by travel site TripAdvisor. This is the fourth year running that Universal Studios Singapore has placed first in Asia. It was also ranked 17th globally in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards. → Read More

Eating satay in Bali? It could be made with dog meat

The next time you go to Bali, you might want to think twice before approaching satay stalls with the letters RW on them - despite what the seller might have you think, they are selling dog meat. Unsuspecting tourists are sold the satay believing that it is made of chicken meat, reported ABC News following an investigation led by Australia's leading animal protection organisation, Animals… → Read More

Jay Chou concert tickets open for sale on July 7

SINGAPORE - Save the date, Jay Chou fans. Tickets to the Mandopop star's much-anticipated concert here will be going on sale come July 7. Singapore is the first stop of Chou's "The Invincible 2" concert world tour, which will take place here on Jan 6 next year at the National Stadium. Last September, Chou was in town for "The Invincible" Jay Chou World Tour, which saw over 40,000 fans turn out… → Read More

Chinese YouTuber gives herself a beauty makeover with food, China News

Food plays a multifaceted role in our lives: We need it to survive, we socialise with others over it, and we turn to it to cheer ourselves up. The ubiquitousness of food is nothing to sniff at. Adding on to the wide range of roles food plays in our lives, YouTuber Ms Yeah has discovered how to use food as makeup. Yes, makeup, as in cosmetic products used to enhance or alter the appearance of the… → Read More

Wedding goes wrong when bridesmaid falls four floors to death in Guangdong

A bridesmaid fell four floors to her death after being chased during a traditional wedding game at a house in Guangdong on Tuesday (Jun 13). The 22-year-old, believed to be a bank employee, had been chased by the groomsmen, and was hiding from them on the fourth-floor balcony when the railing of the balcony gave way, according to Chinese media reports. It is believed that she had been taking… → Read More

Things looking up for Yishun with new hawker centre and kind neighbours, Singapore News

Yishun, the town of cat killers, cow sightings, giant caterpillars, fatal stabbings → Read More

Poor puppy! Police dog in Australia loses job for being too friendly

Many puppies aspire to become a police dog when they grow up. But boot camp is tough and rigorous, and not all of them make the cut. When ten-week-old Gavel first arrived at Queensland's Government House last year for a 12-month training programme, it was with high hopes of becoming a Queensland Police Service Dog upon graduation. However, the German shepherd enjoyed socialising and having fun a… → Read More

Watsons Malaysia's 'blackface' ad is awful in so many ways, we don't know where to start

In this day and age of globalisation, one would think that advertisers and marketers know better than to use blackface in their media content, which is the use of makeup to impersonate a dark-skinned character. It has long been frowned upon as offensive due to its historical usage in caricatures and negative portrayals of black people. → Read More

5 attractions to explore at Jewel Changi Airport

In case you haven't heard, Changi Airport's going to get even swankier come 2019, when the upcoming lifestyle and retail hub Jewel Changi Airport opens its doors to the public. Other than F&B outlets and retail shops, the 10-storey building will also be home to a 40m indoor waterfall and a five-storey garden, as well as a 14,000sqm Canopy Park with play attractions and walking trails. Here are 5… → Read More

Man who criticised dead TP officer allegedly threatened girlfriend's ex-husband, Singapore News

Singapore's most hated person at the moment - Thomas Chua Poh Heng - has a slew of dirty secrets, including allegedly threatening to hire people to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband, according to a Chinese media report. → Read More

"Not on my watch": Martial arts expert stabbed in the neck while tackling London attackers, World News

In the face of terror and chaos like that which shrouded London Bridge on Saturday night (Jun 3), not many would dare put themselves in danger to protect a stranger. Yet that was exactly what journalist and martial arts expert Geoff Ho did when he saw two assailants attacking a bouncer in front of a tavern. At the time, he thought he was only breaking up a fight, and was unaware that it was a… → Read More

Best thing I ate this week: Irvins salted egg potato chips

'Best thing I ate' is a series where we share the best things we have eaten around Singapore. Read more here. What: Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips ($8 for a small bag; $16 for a big bag)Where: Irvins Salted Egg, VivoCity #B2-K25, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 098585 → Read More

Traffic police officer dies after accident along Serangoon Road, driver arrested, Singapore News

A 29-year-old traffic police officer died on Thursday morning (Jun 1) following an accident along Serangoon Road. Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin was performing traffic patrol duties when he was involved in an accident, police said in a media release. He was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he subsequently died from his injuries. → Read More

SCDF hotline number '995' will display on phones' caller ID from June 1

From Thursday (June 1), users of SingTel, M1 and StarHub lines will see the number '995' displayed on their phones' caller ID should they be called by the SCDF. Currently, when SCDF staff try to contact callers after emergency personnel have been dispatched to an incident, the number '995' is not reflected on mobile phones and landlines with caller ID. → Read More

Say cheese! Cheese teas have landed in Singapore

In case you haven't heard, the latest cheese fad is in town. No, we're not talking about Osaka's Pablo cheese tarts, which will be setting up shop here in early July. As cheesy as it sounds, cheese tea is the next big thing here, and leading the pack is homegrown tea brand LiHO. → Read More

It's 'goodbye' Gong Cha, 'hello' LiHO

Taiwanese bubble tea franchise Gong Cha opened its first outlet here in November 2009, just as the second wave of the bubble tea craze was beginning to sweep over Singapore. Today, Gong Cha is as much a synonym for bubble tea as rival brand Koi is. Come June 5, however, Gong Cha will be no more, as all its 84 outlets will be replaced by homegrown tea brand LiHO. Already, more than 30 outlets… → Read More

Plastic-looking and 'spongy' chin chow is real: AVA

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has confirmed that the plastic-looking grass jelly seen in videos circulated online is real. AVA said in a Facebook post on Thursday night (May 25) that laboratory tests had been conducted on samples of the grass jelly from feedback providers, and they were confirmed to be "real chin chow". → Read More

Navigate through Geylang Serai Bazaar by indulging in these 7 treats

Dragon breath, poke bowls, crepes and fairyfloss are part of the array of treats that will be sold at the Geylang Serai Bazaar, which opens today (May 25) in conjunction with the Hari Raya Light Up 2017. The bazaar, which will run until June 24, will house over a thousand stalls selling snacks, goodies and decorations. Here's some help navigating around the Bazaar by indulging in seven treats… → Read More

Petitions started after American teen microwaves turtle out of boredom

The Internet is up in arms after a teenager microwaved her pet turtle and posted the images on social media. Last Wednesday (May 17), American teen Jonasia Simpson posted two images on Facebook, the first of which showed her pet turtle in a small bowl, with a caption that read: "Putting my turtle in the microwave…". The next one showed an image of the turtle after it was removed from the… → Read More