SINGAPORE: It had been a tough year for Singapore. Then, as 2020 came to its close, it looked like the country could see a flicker of light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel with its transition on Dec 28 to Phase 3 of its reopening. And in the months that followed, the path to a post-pandemic normality looked to be fairly smooth, with community cases generally running to no more than a few a day. Plans for events which hadn't been possible for months started to gather pace. This was in spite of the pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, with a number of countries forced to introduce and then reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the raging virus. Singapore hadn't needed to. Then, very quickly, things changed. Clusters began to spring up, with one emerging at Tan Tock Seng Hospital - the first in a local hospital since the pandemic began. Community cases began to steadily increase. To tackle the spike, Singapore announced some tighter, targeted measures on May ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: Tackling COVID-19 with targeted measures – the new normal for Singapore?
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If you're looking for some Hainanese-style Western fare, then you might want to give British Hainan a try. It is known for its Braised Oxtail Stew (S$29.90) , basically, the tail of a cow — chopped up and stewed in a hearty gravy with carrots, potatoes, and celery — until it becomes tender and falls off the bone easily. The dish also comes with toasted bread so you can mop up every last bit of gravy. Not many places serve oxtail stew today, so you might want to visit British Hainan if you want to try this dish. We also had the Fish & Chips (S$14.90) . Its batter was crispy and light (so you don't jelak after the meal) while the inside was soft, flaky, and very well-seasoned. It comes with a side of fries and a simple yet refreshing salad. Lastly, we also had the Hainanese Curry Rice (S$15.80) . You can't choose the sides for the curry rice here; it comes with a Hainanese pork chop, Chinese stewed pork, chap chye (mixed vegetables), and Peranakan ... » Learn More about Joo Chiat restaurant sells Hainanese-style Western fare like oxtail stew & braised lamb shank
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Most of us living in Singapore probably wouldn't blink twice at being able to drink water straight from the tap. However, for 26-year-old Ivy Zhang, this was an almost revolutionary change to her life when she first arrived here with her family in 2009, given how they'd had to drill into the ground to obtain clean water back in Myanmar. Zhang initially felt overwhelmed by the change in lifestyle in Singapore and an unfamiliar education system — all while struggling to understand Singlish. But she quickly overcame her difficulties, and forged a new life in Singapore. Today, having lived here for over 10 years, she hopes to be able to settle down permanently in Singapore, and one day be recognised as a "true blue Singaporean". She hung out with the "Crazy Rich Asians" of Myanmar Zhang, who is also known as May Mann Oo in Myanmar, was born in Mandalay to Chinese parents. She described her ... » Learn More about Myanmar girl shares experience of moving to a ‘whole new world’ in S’pore with 24-hour electricity & drinkable tap water
Minister for Education and co-chair of the Covid-19 Multi Ministry Taskforce (MTF) Lawrence Wong has said that the pandemic may last for another four to five years. Wong was speaking at the 2021 edition of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) annual Singapore Perspectives forum on Monday (Jan. 25). "It may take four to five years" In his 30-minute opening speech, Wong emphasised the uncertainties that Singapore will have to face in the next few years. He said: "There are still tremendous uncertainties ahead of us. And the bottom line is that we live in a shared world and no one is safe until everyone is safe. Of course, no pandemic goes on forever. At some point in time that pandemic will pass, but it may take four to five years before we finally see the end of the pandemic, and the start of a post-Covid normal. What will this new post-Covid world look like? No one can tell." Three resets Wong subsequently shared his hopes about how Singapore can "reset" ... » Learn More about Lawrence Wong: It may take 4 to 5 years before Covid-19 pandemic ends
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The marathon hearings of the Senate blue ribbon committee led to the discussion of something close to the heart of the Duterte administration: the war on drugs. After 7 hearings , the issues have evolved from a wide range of topics – from the loopholes in the "good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, prison reform , the drug kingpins of the New Bilibid Prison, and now the involvement of "ninja cops" in illegal drugs. But what raised eyebrows on Tuesday, October 1, was the alleged intervention of Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde in what seemed to be a "grand cover-up" – as the senators believed – to protect his underlings from dismissal from service over a 2013 case. Roughly a month before Albayalde's retirement on November 8 , the 2013 incident seemed to haunt the country's top cop. What happened? November 29, 2013 10 am – Twelve Pampanga cops conduct a buy-bust operation in ... » Learn More about ‘Spectacle of a grand cover-up’: Senate hearing bares how ‘ninja cops’ remain in service
We are republishing Part 1 of the award-winning "Murder in Manila" series first posted in October 2018. The links to the rest of the series are found at the end of the story. an estimated 23,518 deaths under investigation , Rappler tells the story of President Rodrigo Duterte ’ s drug war from the eyes of the killers. In early 2017, the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested members of a vigilante gang suspected of preying on drug suspects and criminals in Tondo, Manila. The group was a local chapter of the Confederate Sentinels Group (CSG). More than a year after the arrests, most of the men implicated remain free. Rappler’s 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the same vigilante gang they accused of murder. According to individuals with knowledge of CSG Tondo Chapter 2’s activities, officials of the PNP coordinated with vigilantes, selected targets, took credit for ... » Learn More about ‘Some People Need Killing’ | Part 1
The Original Botak Jones opened on Monday, June 14, at Yue Hua Eating House at 118 Depot Lane in Bukit Merah. And business was very good. Sold out in 4 hours The Muslim-owned business officially opened at 11am, but there was already a short queue that had formed before that. This was despite the dine-in option being unavailable during this Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) period, as it will only be allowed from June 21 onwards. 1.5-hour waiting time Just after 12pm, a line formed and extended beyond the confines of the coffee shop. The waiting time to place an order and collect the food had increased to 90 minutes. By 3pm the food was sold out, according to a Facebook post put up by Botak Jones. Pre-orders the way to go Pre-orders made up the bulk of the stall's orders on the first day. These advanced orders poured in since the night before the start of business. Those who want to place orders in advance from now on can do so via e-mail ( ... » Learn More about Botak Jones opens for first day of business at Depot Lane at 11am, sells out by 3pm
A number of foreign companies have signified interest to invest in the country’s offshore mining sector, encouraged by the recent issuance of Executive Order No. 130 that lifted the moratorium on the approval of new mining permits. The Offshore Mining Chamber of the Philippines (OMCP) over the weekend said several investors from at least 12 countries were looking at the possibility of tapping offshore mining opportunities here, and had gotten in touch with their member-companies. Among these companies are Primetals Technologies of Austria; Duro Felguera of Spain; Nakanishi Shipbuilding, Kurimoto Iron Works, Kansai Design Co. and JTrade Co. in Japan. Also interested to look at prospects here are funders from Switzerland as well as offshore mining-related companies from Malta, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Japan. The OMCP is an organization founded in 2019, comprising of seven offshore mining companies that include Agbiag Mining and Development Corp., Cagayan Blue ... » Learn More about Foreign investors explore PH offshore mining prospects