Bincho at Hua Bee – Meepok by Day, Yakitori by Night

The Tiong Bahru boy in me feels a little sad when another old kopitiam or provision give way to a hipster café and restaurant. Do we really need another new shop? Yakitori restaurant Bincho, like nearby Two Face, is one which manages to retain the old, while injecting fresh vibes into the same place.

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Use of building fund did not breach CHC’s constitution: Witness

The external auditor of the City Harvest Church testified today (Jan 15) that there was no breach in the church’s constitution when the Building Fund was used in bond subscription.Taking the stand for a third day, Ms Tiang Yii of Baker Tilly agreed with the defence that the church’s subscription to Xtron bonds was authorised. Xtron was the firm managing singer Sun Ho’s music career. It had a bond subscription agreement with the church to raise funds for Ho’s music

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PAP WANTS TO CONTROL THE INTERNET WITH A CYBER ARMY

Upon receiving instructions by the administrators, unquestioning members spring into action to counter unfavourable chatter forming against PAP members or its linked entities. They operate in large numbers with the primary objective of drowning out negative comments and derailing the discussions on the internet. In addition, they also monitor Facebook activities of opposition parties, and call for reinforcements to help counter statements that are critical of the ruling party. On mundane days, typical actions including like-ing the FB pages of the PAP MPs to boast the popularity of MPs. Some of their communications and actions are captured below:

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Thinking out loud – Riot in Singapore?

It may be common in India to riot when there is a fatal accident and it may be a part of their culture. But if they import that culture to Singapore, we have every right to enforce our strictly no-nonsense laws and exact the maximum penalty that the law provides for. Singapore is obviously attractive to many foreigners which is why they are here. But we must ensure that they abide by our laws and when they don't, they must bear the full force of it. Singaporeans should support and uphold our laws and not seize this opportunity to criticize the government. The rioting has nothing to do with the government. Let's not allow our imagination to run wild and if we have a bone to pick with the government for whatever personal reasons we may have, let's not take the side of criminals to achieve our goal.

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Fare hike for transport early next year?

From 2006 to 2013...in the last seven years do you know how much our transport fares have increased? 0.3%. It has almost remained the same. Even though it increased for some years, during the 2008 financial crisis, it was reduced. In the past year, there was no change in the fare." - Minister without Portfolio, Mr S Iswaran in aTamil programme in Vasantham

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I LOVE FOREIGN WORKERS

Patrick Liew Patrick Liew is the CEO of HSR Global Ltd, a publicly-listed company on Singapore Exchange. Patrick is also a founder of Success Resources, arguably the largest seminar organiser in Asia and a major shareholder of a company which is listed on the Australia Stock Exchange. He also established an e-learning company which was rated by Deloitte and Touche as the 11th fastest growing tech company.

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Public transport fare increases, and more fines. Tuck Yew, what the Tuck?

How about this suggestion, from one ex-Navy man to another? Tuck Yew, you can really Tuck up those errant public transport operators by BANNING FARE INCREASES, in lieu of fines. How's a six-month BAN ON FARE INCREASE sound? Not much, to irate commuters. But imagine the ban duration stacking up. Soon, it could be YEARS before they are allowed to increase fares. I'd imagine that to be way more effective than fines, which I assume would get passed on to commuters in the next fare hike.

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Bidadari Memorial Garden

The Christian cemetery of Bidadari originally covered an area of 26 hectares with approximately 58,200 graves. The twelve selected headstones of prominent personalities relocated to this memorial garden serves as a reminder of their contributions to Singapore’s growth and development and include those of Dr. Lim Boon Keng, Sir George Edward Noel Oelers, and Alfred John Bidwell.

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Pongal the Harvest Festival

As the vast majority of India’s population depends on agriculture, many Indian festivals are often linked to agriculture and related activities. The Pongal Festival is one of the most important harvest festivals celebrated in India. Also known as Sankaranthi, it is celebrated mostly in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, where farming is the main livelihood. Pongal falls in mid-January each year, to welcome the beginning of the 10th Tamil Month, called Thai. It is a period of thanksgiving to nature for the bountiful harvest.

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