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Past articles by Simran:

Migrant workers aren't poor, you need money to come work in Singapore: Editor

There is a misconception that migrant workers from Bangladesh are poor and come from low class families. This is far from the truth, says Mr AKM Mohsin, chief editor of monthly Bengali publication Banglar Kanthar that is distributed in Singapore and Malaysia. "There are a lot of educated people who are unemployed in Bangladesh. Due to political instability and bad economic conditions, there's… → Read More

The severity of your PMS could be related to the length of your fingers

Everyone knows about what seems like every woman's battle with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). The pain and agony women go through every month is not one to be made fun of. But every woman's experience is unique and different - just like the fingers on her hands. → Read More

Goalkeeper dies after colliding with teammate during Indonesian Super League match

An Indonesian goalkeeper has died after a collision with his teammate during the nation's Super League match on Sunday (Oct 15). Choirul Huda, 38, had come out of his line to stop the ball and collided with defender Ramon Rodrigues and an opponent, reported The Guardian. → Read More

Don't fall for online scams showcasing Peter Lim, they're false, Singapore News

Online scammers are getting savvier by the day by using well-known personalities to entice users and one such scam involved Singaporean billionaire investor Peter Lim. Lim, who is the 11th richest man in Singapore according to Forbes' real-time ranking, lodged two police reports in Sept and Oct against online scams involving false and misleading accounts using his name and images. → Read More

Can the words you casually use trigger extreme reactions like suicides? SOS says yes

Can words trigger extreme reactions? In some cases, yes. A video on the Samaritans of Singapore's (SOS) Suicide is Serious Facebook page points this out - that phrases such as "I want to die" and "Kill me now" when expressed nonchalantly may be a trigger for someone suffering from suicidal thoughts. As part of National Suicide Prevention Month that happens worldwide in September, the video… → Read More

F1 driver Fernando Alonso punched a wall in Singapore after taken out of race, Malaysia News

Formula One McLaren driver Fernando Alonso let his anger get the better of him when he punched a wall after being taken out from the Singapore F1 race. He had jumped to third position around the outside of Turn 1 when the race started on Sept 17 but was taken out due to the collision between Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen that also damaged his car. → Read More

Some are shaming Kate Middleton for her 3rd pregnancy, and we're not standing for it

Generally, the news of a birth of a child is greeted with congratulations and blessings. Even more so when the baby is royalty. However, internet etiquette (if there ever was one) evidently decided to stay on holiday after the long weekend, with a barrage of insulting comments surrounding the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's pregnancy announcement. → Read More

Think a smiley makes you look friendlier in a work email? Think again

Smileys generally seem like a good idea to express your approval or happiness. But when it comes to a business context, apparently, the humble emoji is a no-no. In a new study, smileys and similar positive-looking emojis could decrease information sharing due to perceptions of low competence. → Read More

This honesty app lets you leave secret messages and everyone's talking about it

If you're too shy to praise someone or perhaps too embarrassed to tell them off in person, you might want to use this app that'll allow you to give feedback without revealing your identity. Called Sarahah, this anonymous messaging app was created by Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq from Saudi Arabia to allow users to leave and receive honest feedback "from your employees and your friends in a private… → Read More

Singapore's only social enterprise Festival For Good returns this Saturday

It may only be Monday but we've got one weekend plan already in store for you. If you're into celebrating the spirit of innovation and charity, Singapore's only social enterprise festival, FestivalForGood, returns for its second season this Saturday, Aug 19. Held at the recently-launched lyf@SMU (the former MPH building) from 12pm to 10pm, FestivalForGood will feature socially-conscious… → Read More

Model kidnapped by Black Death Group: Who are they and do they exist?, World News

The abduction of a British model in Italy has opened up questions on the group supposedly behind her kidnapping. Her alleged kidnapper told police that he was going to auction her off as a sex slave on the dark web. He claimed to be part of a criminal web-based group called "Black Death Group". Who are they? → Read More

All Asian cast for The Bachelorette? Sign me up!

Sometimes, all we need is a little representation. The internet has been going crazy over a spoof video of US reality series 'The Bachelorette'. Wong Fu Productions, a YouTube vlog, created a hilarious spoof of the TV show with a cast of Asian men - hunky Asian men - I might add. Currently trending on YouTube at number 10, the video has garnered over 1.6 million views. → Read More

AsiaOne explains: What do the different types of beers mean?

You may have heard the term 'craft beer' before, but what is it exactly? Craft beers are more commonly found in smaller shops (not coffeeshops) dedicated to selling different types and brands of beer. The main idea behind craft beer is that it is made in smaller quantities with better ingredients. Also, the beers are brewed by craft brewers in smaller, independent breweries sometimes called… → Read More

Before I Was Boss: Don't just let life happen to you, says Gig Life Asia founder

Here's a great piece of life advice: "Be aggressive and be proactive. Always be prepared to contribute to an environment." Sounds simple, but then, there are many of us nowadays who are passive. The giver of these wise words is Priya Dewan, founder of Gig Life Asia - a website that offers travel packages and information to the best music festivals in Asia. Priya's 35 years of living has included… → Read More

Teenager gets raped at UK train station, seeks help, rescuer rapes her too

A 15-year-old girl has been raped twice in two separate incidents on the same day in Birmingham, UK. BBC reported that she was with a friend when a man lured her to a secluded part of Witton railway station and raped her. Daily Mail reported that the incident happened between 7pm on Tuesday (July 25) and 2am Wednesday morning. → Read More

Lush99.5FM to end transmission on August 31

The sad day has finally come - local radio station Lush99.5FM is closing down. In a Facebook post, the Mediacorp station said it "will be stopping transmission on 31st August at 1159pm after 13 years." They said they have not managed to grow their base of listeners enough to sustain operating costs of the station, despite having a loyal core of followers. → Read More

Siblings charged with corruption-related offences of $2 million committed in China

SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean siblings have been charged with corruption-related offences committed in China. Judy Teo Suya Bik, 65, and Teo Chu Ha alias Henry Teo, 68, were each charged with 50 counts of corruptly obtaining gratification amounting to 11 million yuan (S$2 million) from Shanghai Long-Distance Transportation Co. (SLT) and Feili International Transport Co., Ltd (Feili) as a reward… → Read More

1.57 million Singaporeans to receive $1.2 billion in GST vouchers and Medisave top-ups

Singaporeans, look out for your upcoming 2017 GST Vouchers (GSTV) and Medisave top-ups. A total of 1.57 million eligible citizens will receive notifications on their 2017 GSTV - Cash and Medisave top-ups where they can view their benefits online by logging in with SingPass at, said a statement by the Ministry of Finance today (Jun 27). Younger recipients with mobile numbers… → Read More

Beerfest Asia 2017 debuts new beers, workshops, well-known local DJs and beer yoga

Beer and fun-time lovers, get your energy levels up! Beerfest Asia is back from Aug 17 to 20, 2017 at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Asia's largest beer festival returns for its ninth edition with over 100 new beer labels debuting at the festival as well as the inaugural debut of hands-on beer workshops, a line-up of more than 30 live acts across different music genres, and the introduction of… → Read More

NSmen wearing uniforms to get free unlimited travel on public transport on June 30

National servicemen! Start looking forward to next Friday, June 30. All past and present national servicemen from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will enjoy free travel on public buses and trains operated by public transport operators Go-Ahead Singapore, SBS Transit, SMRT Corporation and Tower Transit Singapore on… → Read More