The appearance of a majestic Mandarin duck at an Hougang canal has captured the hearts of numerous people, with photographers flocking to capture its ornate beauty. Katherine Lu was one of these photographers. Having seen numerous images of the shiny bird on social media, she initially hesitated about going down as she believed it to likely be an escaped or released pet, she told Mothership . However, curiosity overcame her and on June 13, she travelled down to have a look. When she showed up at the location at around 9:30am, there were already about 15 photographers lined up with large cameras. Lu added that everyone was wearing a mask and maintained a safe distance away from each other. Duck vs. pigeon Lu observed that a large bag of rice had been dumped into the canal, possibly to feed the duck. While Lu was there, the duck ate a bit of rice, waddled around in the water looking stately, preened its feathers, then took a nap. An hour later, the ... » Learn More about Flashy Hougang Mandarin duck posing next to pigeon is prime meme material
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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
The Ritual, a local cafe offering fresh bakes, acai bowls and more, recently launched their own version of the Nasi Padang . "Nasi Padang without the nasties" The cafe had shared a post on Instagram to announce their creation: "The Ritual 'Nasi' Padang without the nasties". It added that customers could now eat the traditional dish "guilt-free". According to The Ritual, their version of the Nasi Padang has no MSG, no additives and only uses Himalayan salt. Hence, customers can "enjoy Indonesian flavours bursting forth minus the guilt". The Ritual's Nasi Padang consists of Lemongrass Chicken or Beef or Impossible Patty, Potato Fritter, Eggplant Balado, Quinoa or Rice and egg. Their Instagram post has since been deleted. Criticism Many Instagram users took offence with the cafe's use of the word "nasties", while some pointed out that their comment was culturally insensitive. One user pointed out that the price of the dish was too ... » Learn More about S’pore cafe apologises after facing backlash for their Nasi Padang ‘without the nasties’
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
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
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.