A riot of exotic smells, sights, and sounds. For many travellers, strolling through a colourful market is the best way to get to know a new country. Three authors have succeeded in capturing that excitement in their new cookbooks – and explain how cooking at home can expel wanderlust while we are all grounded during the pandemic. Photographer Maria Schiffer kept things authentic on her travels through Africa. Not for her the schedule of speeding through the desert in an off-road vehicle, snapping supposedly authentic African pictures and then dining in a luxury hotel. Instead, she travelled by bus, slept in humble guesthouses and often knocked on strangers’ doors and asked if they would like to cook with her. Schiffer is convinced hardly anything connects people as much as food does. In her new cookbook Eating With Africa she collects not just recipies, but above all, stories about the people she meets and their everyday lives. ALSO READ: Nasi kunyit helped me 'travel' to ... » Learn More about Cooking at home can help Malaysians to quell wanderlust
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SINGAPORE: How the tides have turned. Only a month ago, Singapore had just relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions, allowing more to return to offices and attend events. Crowds were thronging shopping malls and attractions. Plans were made for staycations and gatherings. Masks were more often worn revealing noses. Call it COVID-19 fatigue, the setting in of complacency in our safety measures of mandatory mask-wearing and venue-capacity controls, we were all happy to have some semblance of normalcy as Singapore reopened. Then on Apr 29, what a shock. The reported locally transmitted cases in Singapore leapt to 16. After being used to zero or low single-digit daily community cases for what seemed like the longest time, we all felt unsettled. We went about our daily lives wondering if this could be a blip and if the cases might just peter out in the next few days. They didn't. READ: Commentary: Worries over rising COVID-19 cases are fuelling racially charged comments ... » Learn More about Commentary: Five pandemic lessons we have learnt that should tide us over any surge in cases
PERSPECTIVE: Living on a high floor and getting to select a HDB unit on a high floor has become an aspiration for many. But what is it about high-rise living that makes it so coveted in Singapore? We find out more from several Singaporeans living above the 30th storey in HDB flats. Living 32 storeys above, Zheng has learnt first-hand that it can get pretty windy. In the year she has been living in the St. Georges' Towers BTO project, she realised that it's generally tough for indoor plants to grow well under windy conditions, given the breeziness in her living room. But that's a small inconvenience for Zheng and her husband to live with, considering that their home faces a glorious city view including the Sports Hub and the sea. From their bedroom, they can even see Marina Bay Sands in the distance. "We were fortunate to be given the opportunity to [select a BTO flat with] a high floor. If there was an even higher floor, we would have been keen." Zheng and her ... » Learn More about The ‘true value’ of high HDB floors, according to S’poreans living above 30 storeys
The writing's been on the wall for the past five years — the Singapore Sports Hub has definitely not been having an easy time. The ongoing pandemic continues to grind large group activities to a halt — this means no concerts, no football matches, no events that involve large crowds of people filling the high-tech aerated seats at the new Grand Old Dame. Sporting activities have resumed for some time now though, so people are slowly returning, but the glittering dome in Kallang remains largely a shadow of the hive of activity it used to be all year through in the years prior to 2020. All this, of course, throws up questions about the sustainability of the Sports Hub, as it navigates the tricky and thorny public-private partnership it as a private limited straddles between its financiers, the public and of course, its biggest customer, the Singapore government. In the middle of this complexity and tension stands Lionel Yeo, the man headhunted for the role of Sports Hub CEO ... » Learn More about Alignment vs approval: What Sports Hub CEO Lionel Yeo learned from the private sector after 22 years in govt
There are many names for what Singapore is going through at the moment. Circuit Breaker in all but name. Phase 2: The Empire Strikes Back. Déjà vu. A lockdown with Singaporean characteristics. Take your pick, but officially, it's known as Phase 2: Heightened Alert (P2HA), which resulted in at least one glorious meme, for those of us who spent endless hours playing "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" back in the day. Here's a handy comparison chart for what you can and cannot do during P2HA: Notice something? PH2A is much more "easy-going" as compared to the Circuit Breaker. Retail shops are open, you can buy 4D and Toto, and perhaps most important of all, bubble tea shops are open for takeaway orders (although some have closed ). Back on May 4, when now-Finance Minister and Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced the latest measures, he said that the government is not ruling out the possibility of another Circuit Breaker. More ... » Learn More about Comment: Should S’pore do another Circuit Breaker? Maybe not.