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Property market slowdown forces home renovation companies to close

The slowdown in the property market, under the weight of policy measures and loan curbs, has impacted the home renovation industry in Singapore. The Renovation and Decoration Advisory Centre said, in the past two weeks, three to four of such companies have told them that they are thinking of calling it quits.

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CHINA VILLAGE WOMEN SEXUALLY-DEPRIVED, DEVELOPED MENTAL ILLNESS

The longstanding absence of sex and affection from their spouses has seriously jeopardized the women's physical and mental health, political advisor Xiong Tong said at the annual session of the Jiangxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which ended on Thursday. The distance between either side of the couples also commonly threatens their marriages, as the men who have "broadened their horizons in cities" are prone to extramarital affairs

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0.8% CHEAPER GAS FOR HALF OF SINGAPORE HOUSEHOLD FROM FEBRUAY

Households using City Gas will pay less for their town gas from Feb 1 until Apr 30. City Gas, which pipes town gas to half the homes in Singapore, said on Sunday that gas prices will be lowered by 0.8 per cent over the period. Gas tariffs for households will be 21.01 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to 21.18 cents previously, excluding 7 per cent GST.

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DEAR SINGAPORE KINDNESS MOVEMENT, GO F**K YOURSELF

I am really not sure where on earth this William Wan is from. Maybe he is from Never Never Land perhaps. Maybe he has a daily diet made up entirely of milk and honey. Maybe he survives in Singapore on nothing but fresh air and sunshine. Maybe he travels on a Yellow Brick Road to work and lives in a Gingerbread house. Or maybe he is just your typical pacifist brown nosed bootlicker who’s BFF is chief government propagandist and Straits times editor Warren Fernandez.

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Temple Talk at Mun San Fook Tuck Chee, Singapore

Mun San Fook Tuck Chee 萬山福德祠 is one of the few Cantonese temples left and could well be one of the oldest in Singapore. Bro Yik Han, our tour leader had been researching into this temple and written a book on this temple together with his friend. Many thanks to Takako-san who brought along the book, members of the group today were able to view the pictures, especially of the statues that were a little too difficult to view inside the temple under the dim lighting condition.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: THE POSITION ON TUDUNG IS NOT FROZEN

I told the group that I fully appreciate their desire to allow Muslim women in uniform to wear the tudung. But a larger issue is at stake: the sort of society we aspire to be. Singapore is a multi-racial, multi-religious and harmonious society. Minorities are fully integrated into the mainstream, but have full opportunities to maintain their identities and practise their faiths. So I am also mindful how crucial it is for us to strengthen our cohesion, and maintain the relaxed confidence and trust that benefits us all, especially the minorities.

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19th-CENTURY CHINESE TEMPLE TO BE DEMOLISHED?

Temple chairman Chin Fook Siang, 71, said he is "gravely concerned". "The place has a history of man than 140 years and many of us grew up patronising the temple," he said in Mandarin. Mr Chin, who grew up in bygone Sar Kong villiage in the vicinity, said the temple had previously served more than a thousand villagers. "Mothers, too poor to afford medical services, would prayto the gods for their children's health, students would pray for good grades and men would pray for prosperity," he added.

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I Am The Queen Of Assessment Books

Let me share how I learnt this secret! It started in 2011, when Nicole was in P1. I was very determined and anxious that I will not WASTE my money buying excessive numbers of assessment books and they will be incomplete at the end of the year. I remembered my growing up years and how I hated books that were badly printed, small fonts, lousy quality paper. And what’s worse, if the exercises were too easy, or too repetitive. (Imagine 100 pages of Vocabulary MCQs!!!)

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