Despite Covid-19 – or some would say because of it – home prices are soaring. The Singapore private property market is up another 3.3 per cent as of Q1 2021, while resale flat prices have been rising for nine straight months . Price aside, there’s also intense competition for desirable units, and it isn’t uncommon to hear of resale homes being sold despite only being on the market for a couple of days. This isn’t just hearsay – we’ve even had sources on the ground reflecting on the current situation . For sellers, there’s seemingly never been a better time to be one. A word of advice for sellers though, don’t be caught up in the exuberance too easily. While it can be nice to dream of the profits that you might make, unless you have another property to stay at – selling high does mean you’ll be buying high as well. For buyers, however, it’s a different story. You’ll have your work cut out for you right now in this market. While that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able ... » Learn More about 10 essential home hunting tips that will help in a hot property market
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PETALING JAYA: Vaccinating the Tok Batin (village chief) will spur confidence among those in the Orang Asli community to get their Covid-19 shots, says the Rural Development Ministry. Its Deputy Minister I Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad said that 26,469 Orang Asli in the whole country have agreed to get vaccinated so far. He said that since initiatives targeting vaccination for their village chiefs began in earnest, he noted that there was an 11,000 increase among the Orang Asli community who have agreed to get the jab, compared to 10 days ago. “The Tok Batin can be considered as frontliners for the Orang Asli community. “We have also had our agencies go down to the ground to give explanations to the community and in the end, there is a very noticeable increase in the numbers of those who agreed to take the vaccine,” he said in a press conference at the Hospital Orang Asli Gombak on Saturday (June 19). He was there to oversee 60 Orang Asli who received the Pfizer vaccine, 27 ... » Learn More about Covid-19: Over 25,000 Orang Asli want to get vaccinated, says Deputy Minister
Budjette Tan was raised in a haunted house. Though too young to remember the events first-hand, as a child, he grew up to stories of his family’s own haunting. And just like any good ghost story, it started with the little things. “At first, it was the normal disappearing stuff, slippers began moving on their own. Then, a light bulb would suddenly unscrew itself and fall on the ground,” Budjette tells me this as if he’s recalling a happy family picnic and not their case of The Amityville Horror . The apparitions soon came after. Their family driver reported an instance where upon looking up at their car’s rear view mirror, he saw a young woman in the back seat. The ghostly visage then stared right back and whispered “ Ingat ka [take care].” At first, his parents were dismissive. “ Kulang lang kayo sa paligo (you just need to bathe more)!,” his mother would tell those who experienced the hauntings. (“Apparently this was a saying back then,” ... » Learn More about In Budjette Tan’s world, the supernatural is natural
One of the most annoying finds that can happen during your trip is to lose your credit card, or worst, have someone steal it and your money. This type of situation can be avoided if you take some measures to protect your cards and avoid unauthorised charges. We guide you step by step in how to protect your card, what to do if you are a fraud victim and how to dispute charges so you can get your money back. 1. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR CREDIT CARD BEFORE YOUR TRIP GET AN RFID BLOCKED WALLET To avoid having your credit card details falling into the hands of thieves, get an RFID blocked wallet. This will prevent you from having your cards scanned or read unintentionally. CHOOSE ONLY ONE CREDIT CARD TO TAKE WITH YOU You don't need a multitude of cards, especially if you are travelling for a short period. Take just one credit card with you and pick the one that rewards you with miles or points for overseas transactions. RECORD YOUR CREDIT CARD DETAILS In case ... » Learn More about What to do if you experience credit card fraud while travelling?
Whether you’re thinking about issuing a supplementary card or applying for a student credit card, letting your teenager have their first credit card is certainly safer than carrying cash. On the other hand, leaving a credit card in the hands of a teenager could pose risks such as overspending or sharing card details. To help you decide whether your teenager is ready for a credit card, keep reading for key points to consider. Pro: Your teenager can access funds in case of emergency or when travelling abroad Giving your teenager a credit card can be helpful in case of emergencies when there are last-minute needs such as purchasing medicine or a phone charger. Also, having a credit card can be especially useful if your child plans to study overseas or travel abroad after the pandemic. Carrying foreign currency can also be cumbersome and unsafe, especially in countries where pickpocketing or theft is common. Pro: Earn rebates and perks for more savings Many student credit cards ... » Learn More about Does your teenager really need a credit card?
THE P84 team of hikers on Penang Hill hopes the state can help set up an emergency response team to go to the aid of hikers who suffer from sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) while exercising on the hill. P84 committee chairman Datuk Jimmy Ong said the hikers themselves were trying to come up with an aid team for fellow hikers and cyclists. “It will be good for everyone on this team to learn cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “When people collapse due to SCA, CPR is the most immediate thing to do. “If everyone knows CPR and can perform it, they can at least keep the victim alive while waiting for an AED (automated external defibrillator) or rescue team to arrive.” Ong was speaking at the hand-over of AED devices to P84 and P39 Penang Hill committee teams on the hill. The event was held before the full movement control order 3.0 and lockdown came into force. He urged the public to be mindful of the intensity of exercises they do. Jagdeep says the state will look into the ... » Learn More about Lifesavers on Penang Hill
Rizal Monument./Niño Jesus Orbeta/Philippine Daily Inquirer MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo called on the public to heed the words of national hero Jose Rizal as the country marked his 160th birthday Saturday. Robredo, in a statement, said Filipinos should be sources of hope for their fellow countrymen especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Sinabi niya sa La Solidaridad noong 1890: Let the Filipino people, without losing trust in men, place their confidence on something higher, on one with better memory, on one who knows better the value of justice and a sacred promise,” said Robredo as she cited one of Rizal’s works in the revolutionary newspaper. “Buhay pa rinang diwa ng pahayag na ito hanggang sa ngayon. Tinatawag tayong maging bukal ng pag-asa, at tumugon sa mga hamon ng panahon— ang paglutas ng pandemya, ang pag-ahon sa kahirapan, ang pagtaguyod ng ating dignidad at karapatan. Tinatawag tayong maging malakas at magiting sa ating pananalig.” ... » Learn More about Robredo to Filipinos: Heed Rizal’s words, be beacons of hope in times of crisis
PHOTO COURTESY OF PECO MANILA, Philippines — The Iloilo City government is demanding that the Panay Electric Company (Peco) pay the P51 million in franchise taxes it allegedly owes the city. In a letter dated June 16, Atty. Edgardo Gil, chief of the City Legal Office, called out Peco for its “continued refusal” to remit or pay to the city government the franchise taxes it collected as part of billed monthly electricity charges in 2019. “In particular, despite having already paid the 1st quarter payments for the said tax, you refused to remit/pay to the city the 2nd, 3rd, 4th quarter payments amounting to P51,425,406.37, excluding legal interest and other charges,” Gil said. “The said collected 2019 franchise tax payments are still in your control and possession without any legal authority for you to do so, and failure to pay/remit the same to the City constitutes the crime of syndicated estafa,” he warned. Gil also urged Peco to remit the amount within five days from the ... » Learn More about Iloilo City gov’t to Peco: Pay P51M in franchise taxes
Once notorious for gambling and opium dens in the early 20th century, Duxton may have cleaned up its act, but it's offbeat creative energy remains. Today dotted with charming bars, fantastic restaurants and unique activities, one continues to find fascinating characters on its streets. Watch the neighbourhood go from day to night, and you will be in the company of yogis up for a morning workout, entrepreneurs hustling at one of the many cafes and revellers knocking down well-deserved drinks. Easily accessible from Tanjong Pagar and Outram MRTs, Duxton Hill is an oasis conveniently located in the CBD. If you're looking to soak in Duxton's cool, this is the neighbourhood guide for you. Things to do in Duxton 1. Discover heritage at Tea Chapter Discover the art of Chinese tea appreciation at Tea Chapter. On the fringes of Duxton Hill, Tea Chapter is the largest and oldest tea house in Singapore. Enjoy relaxing hand-picked teas with a friend, or take part in an ... » Learn More about Duxton: Things to do and where to eat, drink and shop
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 21 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore as of 12pm on Saturday (June 19). This brings the total number of cases to 62,403. There are 14 cases in the community today, of whom 10 are linked to previous cases and 4 are currently unlinked. Four unlinked cases Case 64326 is a 46-year-old female Singaporean who is a homemaker. She developed a fever and runny nose on June 16 and sought medical treatment at a polyclinic on June 18, where she was administered both an antigen rapid test (ART) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. She was immediately isolated when her ART result came back positive. Her PCR test result also came back positive for Covid-19 infection on June 18. Her serology test result is pending. Case 64326 received her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Apr. 3, and the second dose on May 1. Case 64330 is an 86-year-old female Singaporean who is a retiree. She is asymptomatic, and was detected when ... » Learn More about 4 unlinked Covid-19 community cases on June 19 include Bakery Point pastry maker at Tiong Bahru