A NUMBER of speculations has surfaced from the continuing controversy on the Julian Felipe Reef in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana appears the most persistent in hammering on the issue in the media so that one sector believes the incident has given him the opportunity to craft his political designs, i.e., running for president in 2022. A popular radio commentator, who pretends to authority on diplomatic matters, confided to me recently that it is all about the procurement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines of allegedly five patrol boats from the United States. Considering that driving away the Chinese from the South China Sea has been America’s magnificent obsession, hyping the incident in the media becomes an effective bargaining leverage in the deal. In other words, make it appear that China is intruding into Philippine territory, which the US does not want to happen, and with the Philippines combating such intrusion, it can get those needed patrol ... » Learn More about How Julian Felipe Reef brouhaha impacts on CPP-NPA-NDF insurgency
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Unless you’re living it up in a mega-mansion, homes in Singapore are hardly ever considered sprawling. Both economical and spacious, jumbo HDB flats could be the answer to your space woes. Let’s face it, spaciousness is not a term you would commonly use to describe HDB flats. Nowadays, we’d be lucky if our five-room BTO flat crossed the 110 square-metre threshold. With space in such short supply, our homes might start feeling too cramped for comfort, especially when the family starts to grow. Plus, once we’ve reached a certain age, sharing our bedrooms and that one communal bathroom just doesn’t quite cut it anymore. If you’re on the lookout for HDB flats that come with more than three bedrooms and two bathrooms, look no further than jumbo flats, particularly if you have a multi-generational family moving in. What is a jumbo flat? It is essentially a supersized version of your typical HDB flat. Think of it as two three-room or even four-room HDB flats combined to ... » Learn More about Jumbo HDB flats: Are they worth the price you’re paying?
We’ve written about dining deals in Singapore, from afternoon high tea, dim sum buffets and all-you-can-eat meals. Now, we present to you the best steamboat buffets and promotions you can find on our sunny island Despite Singapore’s humid weather, hotpot and steamboat still remain a, um, hot favourite among Singaporeans, because it gives friends and families the opportunity to bond over good food. Besides, no self-respecting Asian would turn down a buffet filled with a wide variety of meat, fresh seafood, delicious broths and sauces! So if you’re looking for your next hotpot buffet sesh, we’ve got you covered with this list of steamboat restaurants in Singapore. How to save money when eating at buffets Save more money by not only using the best dining credit cards, but also taking advantage of Eatigo discounts, lunch pricing and birthday promotions. Pro tip: remember not to take more than you can eat as restaurants will charge you food wastage fees! Restaurant ... » Learn More about Best steamboat buffets: Cost and promotions
The National Housing Authority (NHA) has been ordered to speed up the rental housing scheme for low-income earners under the "Baan Kheha Sukpracha" project. The State Enterprise Policy Commission chaired by the prime minister, which met virtually yesterday, agreed to order the NHA to hurry the development of 100,000 housing units nationwide under the five-year Baan Kheha Sukpracha project. Pantip Sripimol, director-general of the State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo), said the meeting also allowed the NHA to apply for a public-private partnership agreement in order to speed up the project, while assigning the authority to partner to the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to propose details of the development plan at the next meeting of the State Enterprise Policy Commission, which has not been decided. The cheap rental housing scheme aims to reduce expenses and create opportunities for people with low incomes to access housing units. The project is also meant to ... » Learn More about Housing rental plan sped up
SINGAPORE: In a full-day hearing on Friday (Apr 16), Ms Parti Liyani’s lawyer crossed swords with a deputy chief prosecutor in an unprecedented bid to seek a compensation order of S$73,100 for a “frivolous and vexatious” prosecution of Ms Parti. Ms Parti, who returned to Indonesia in January , was convicted in March 2019 by a lower court of stealing items worth S$34,000 from then-Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong and his family. The High Court overturned her conviction in September 2020 and acquitted her of all theft charges. In the aftermath, two prosecutors in charge of Ms Parti's trial at the lower courts are facing a disciplinary tribunal after Ms Parti sought an investigation into their alleged misconduct. READ: Chief Justice grants investigation into Parti Liyani's complaint of misconduct against prosecutors The sum of S$73,100 that Ms Parti is seeking includes salary losses of S$37,500 over 50 months, "ang paos" or red packets, pay increments and ... » Learn More about Parti Liyani’s lawyer crosses swords with deputy chief prosecutor in unprecedented compensation bid