Singapore’s fourth-quarter home price posts 1st drop in 2 years

Singapore’s fourth-quarter home prices slid for the first time in almost two years, trimming annual gains to the smallest since 2008 as mortgage curbs cooled prices in the Southeast Asian city. The private residential property price index fell 0.9% in the three months ended December, more than the 0.8% drop based on preliminary data announced on Jan. 2. The decline in suburban housing values was 1%, more than the 0.6% slide in the earlier report, according to a government statement today.

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iPhone 6 design said to be finalized, including bigger 4.8-inch display

There has been plenty of back and forth regarding display size and other design elements that we can expect to see in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. While nothing is set in stone until Apple makes its highly anticipated announcements, obviously, several sources that have been reliable in the past have each painted a fairly similar picture. From the looks of things, we can expect two new iPhone models in 2014, an iPhone 6 and a new larger iPhone with a display that climbs into phablet territory. The exact size of each display had been debated by plugged-in industry watchers as Apple toyed with different designs, but a new report claims that the iPhone 6 design has now been finalized.

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FILIPINOS EDGED OUT SINGAPOREANS ON MRT TRAIN

"I was heading home with my team mates and teacher on the MRT from Tampines after a competition there last Saturday (Jan 19). "After my teacher alighted at Raffles Place MRT station, two women, who I think are Filipino, proceeded to squeeze on the seat my teacher was on earlier. "My friend and I had to shift our bodies a bit and even then, we were still quite cramped.

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Anton Casey's company will take appropriate action once probe is completed

The employers of British senior wealth manager Anton Casey are currently investigating his comments that got Singaporeans up in arms, and will take the appropriate action when their review is done. In a statement carried in the British press, Christophe Audergon, managing director of Crossinvest Asia, said:"Crossinvest does not condone the comments. We believe they were made in poor taste. "We are currently investigating the comments made by our employee and will take appropriate action once we are in possession of all the facts."

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Justin Bieber Arrested For DUI, Drag Racing On Miami Beach

International pop star Justin Bieber has found himself on the wrong side of the law after he was was arrested on Miami Beach for DUI and drag-racing early Thursday morning, according to Miami Beach Police.
Bieber has been in town the past few days, and was reportedly visiting a club on Lincoln Road Wednesday night.

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TODDLER NEARLY KIDNAPPED IN CHINATOWN

A short while later, the police was called to the scene. The wife of the Chinese man explained that she thought the baby in the stroller was hers, but turned out she was wrong. The Chinese man then backed up his wife by telling the police that his missus was mentally unsound, and had mistaken the baby in the stroller as theirs. The police then questioned Mum about the details of the incident, but out of fear and frustration, she shouted that the toddler was hers. The wife of the Chinese man then demanded that Mum showed proof to everyone that the toddler in the stroller was indeed hers. The whole ordeal went on for an hour while the police did some checks to verify the identity of the baby in the stroller, and that our reader was indeed the mother.

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Streams apart: Why has the N-word become a dirty word?

Only after five unforgettable years in Normal classes did I realise the reason why we were afraid to be in the stream. It was not about our actual intellect, but rather how (un)intelligent we were perceived to be. It was about the perception, reinforced by sneering students, kiasu parents, and now even some parts of the media machine, that to my mind hinders the whole purpose and effectiveness of the streaming system. When I was in the Normal stream, I was allowed to take Express-level English, meaning I had to join Express students for my English classes in Sec 4.

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An Introduction to Singaporean Kopi Culture

For the most part, Singapore is a city that has been rushing fearlessly into the future, with several islands and 700,000 new housing developments set to be constructed by 2030. As a result, it holds a significantly higher standard and cost of living than many of its Southeast Asian neighbors. However, one aspect of the nation that has held onto old-time tradition despite this rush forward is its kopitiam culture (where “kopi” translates as the Malay word for “coffee” and “tiam” translates as the Hokkein word for “shop”). Even just the word “kopitiam” and its multilingual translation reflect Singapore’s diverse cultural history.

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar.

Old, run-down, hardware shop facade, with an air-conditioned, limited seating interior, and the coffee counter parked at the center of the space, this slightly more than a year old cafe receives full marks for being a hipster brunch place. It really isn’t all that hard to get to from Lavender MRT, just straight down Horne Road till you hit Tyrwhitt Road; you’ll be there in 10 minutes.

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