Saturday, 29 April 2017

Video: Technology made real from reel

Flying car

Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by the Google cofounder Larry Page, unveiled its prototype for an "ultralight" aircraft that can take off vertically -- as long as you're flying over open water.

Iron Man suit

38-year-old Richard M. Browning has developed the suit in his garage in Salisbury over the past 10 months. He's named it after the Greek mythological figure Daedalus, the father of Icarus.

More young people have liberal views towards drugs

To help parents get the conversation about drugs going with their children, the CNB yesterday launched a handbook, called Growing up drug-free: Preventive drug education handbook for parents, is available at


Easy ways to go green

Adopt these habits into your life to reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Save water

Do not let the tap water running while you brush teeth or soaping your hands or body when bathing.

2. Save electricity

Turn off the lights when not in use. Electronic devices in standby mode are using electricity too. Switch them off!

Use LED lights as they do not emit mercury and use less electricity.

3. Reduce waste

  • Instead of buying bottled water, bring your own water flask when outdoors.
  • Bring your own reusable bag when doing marketing.
  • Bring your own container when buying food from your neighbourhood eateries.

4. Reuse, reduce and recycle

Give away your unwanted belongings to charitable organisations or shop at flea markets.

Exceptional people: World’s oldest gymnast, 92, performs in Singapore

Source: todayonline

This 92-year-old great-grandmother is the oldest active gymnast in the Guinness world record, and has at least 11 medals earned during her senior years.

Johanna Quaas, who is German, was in town for the International Ageing Week where she wowed audiences with gymnastic routines that included handstands and a segment on the parallel bars.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Why your clean house is BAD for your kids

We might think that the key to keeping our kids healthy is to sterilize our homes.

But according to two leading scientists, that is completely wrong.

In fact, today's children are too clean for their own good, argue Drs John Gilbert and Rob Knight - two scientists investigating the microbiome.

Slamming our addiction to cleanliness, the authors - both parents - explain how evidence is growing to show that not only can dirt and germs can protect against disease - but that our indoor-based, uber-clean lifestyles are weakening our immune systems.

How to build resilient kids, even after a loss

Read the full article @

You may become obese if you do not drink enough water - in Chinese

Regrets of the dying

Do you have any regrets that you may want to achieve or change before you die?


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Forum: Be more gracious and stop reserving tables at hawker centres and libraries

The spat at a Toa Payoh hawker centre over the reservation of seats highlights the need to address this anti-social behaviour.

I have no issue when a person sits at a table and reserves it for his friends or family. But I do find it inconsiderate when tissue packs, name cards, umbrellas and other objects are used to "chope" a table.

Many years ago, stall owners were prohibited from "reserving" tables near their stalls for their customers. It was made clear that customers are free to sit where they like in a hawker centre .

It is time a similar rule is passed to stop customers from reserving tables too.

Tan Jiann Ching



Help! The 'choping' disease is spreading

There has been much talk about the "chope" culture at hawker centres.

It is clear this practice has to go, as it has now spread to other places, in particular, our public libraries.

It is hard to miss the notebooks, worksheets, pens and highlighters strewn messily on the table by absent individuals claiming the space. Sometimes, a jumper is tossed over the chair for good measure.

There needs to be a discussion on why this happens and why it should be discouraged.

I believe most of these seats are occupied by individuals who have left the library to run an errand, or by individuals reserving seats for their friends who have not arrived yet.

It is disappointing to watch people being denied a seat because of these "phantoms".

I do not begrudge the space to an individual who returns within 20 minutes. But it is selfish if the individual claims the seat then disappears for hours.

Can libraries do more to stop this?

Ang Zyn Yee (Ms)



You may want to read Suggestion to eradicate Singapore's ugly 'chope' culture

Caterpillar eats plastic

Mixing medicines and supplements could be harmful

An example is omega-3 fish oil, which is often marketed as heart-healthy, but could spell trouble for people on the blood thinner warfarin, a medication commonly used to prevent heart attacks, stroke and blood clots.

Warfarin is one of the most notorious medications known to interact with various supplements. It can interact with supplements such as omega-3 fish oils, ginkgo biloba, Vitamin K and St John’s Wort, leading to a potential risk of bleeding or clotting.

Other examples of dangerous medication-supplement interaction include calcium and iron supplements, which can lower absorption of certain antibiotics and potentially cause treatment of an infection to fail.

Read the full article @

Exceptional people: 101-year-old woman casually win gold in a 100 metre dash

101-year-old Man Kaur from Punjab, India, who won the women's 100-metre dash at the 2017 World Masters Games in New Zealand on Monday.

Kaur was the only competitor in the 100+ age category, completing the race in 74 seconds to take the gold medal.


Make the new you a better you

Read more of Gary's article @

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Earth Day: The Great Cloth Diaper Change

Source: ST

These participants in The Great Cloth Diaper Change is promoting a friendly environment and cost effectiveness by using reusable cloth diapers or environmentally friendly materials to reduce waste and save the earth.

Why healthy cells near tumours turn cancerous

The experts have known for decades that the healthy cells next to tumours often turn cancerous, leading to cancers recurring even when all diseased tissue detected have been removed.

Little is known as to why this happens until a team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University recently found that the cells are exposed constantly to a chemical known as hydrogen peroxide.

These cells, which do not yet look cancerous, begin to produce higher amounts of hydrogen peroxide, in turn affecting the cells next to them in a domino effect known as field cancerisation. This can be seen as far as 7cm from the original tumour site.

The findings could be useful in pinpointing exactly how much tissue around a tumour should be removed so that the cancer will not recur.


Eliminating meat and dairy may prevent cancers from spreading and prolong survival


Forget coffee - walk up some stairs!


Central CDC launches largest volunteer recruitment drive to help seniors

The Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) launched its largest volunteer recruitment drive call Silver Alliance for Seniors, with a call for 10,000 volunteers to carry out a series of outreach programmes aimed at improving the lives of seniors.

Source: ChannelNewsAsia - Volunteers from Teck Ghee Primary School, Pathlight School and Raffles Institution help clean seniors' homes in Ang Mo Kio. 

The programmes, which were first launched about four years ago, range from home refurbishment works - like painting, cleaning and fumigation - to volunteers befriending seniors living in the area and taking them to local areas of interest. Last year, about 9,000 volunteers took part.


Never underestimate your kids: Oregon kid sells $1 million in custom socks

Seventeen-year-old Oregon resident Brennan Agranoff spends his days going to school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business.

It's no simple hobby: Agranoff is the founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, and he has already sold $1 million in custom socks.

His dad, Brian Agranoff, invested in the business.

"Every day is kind of an adventure really," Brian Agranoff said. "Never underestimate the power and ability your kids have to do something cool."


Monday, 24 April 2017

Scam warning: Email from 'traffic police' about parking fine is fake

The Singapore Police has issued a warning about an email purportedly from the Traffic Police, informing the recipients to pay a parking fine.

In a statement on Monday, the police said the fake email includes a link to a website and a phone number to call where the recipients can pay their fine using a credit card.

Members of the public may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800 722 6688 or go to for scam-related advice.


Eggs sold at Ang Mo Kio coffee shop are real: AVA

The eggs sold in a coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 are real, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

The notice was in response to a video uploaded by Facebook user 'Jerome Junior' on Friday alleging the eggs to be "man-made eggs from China".

"We are aware of a video showing allegedly fake eggs bought from a coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio," AVA said. "Our investigations have shown that the eggs sold there are real and were imported from an accredited farm in Malaysia."

The authority added: "There are no imports of eggs from China as China is not an approved source.


Ask the expert: Are there risks in sleeping next to a wi-fi router?

Want to be happier? Go for a hike

We're constantly on the lookout for material things to make us happy.

But new research proves the answer could be much simpler than splashing out on a new car, clothes or watch.

Going for a hike in the countryside (parks and gardens in Singapore) is not only good for your health - it helps to keep a smile on your face, the study suggests.

Scientists across the world have long reported a substantial link between spending time outdoors and an improved mood.


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Walk around Singapore: Chinatown part 3 (April 2017)

New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Pearls Centre - soon to be torn down

People's Park Complex

People's Park Centre

Chinatown Point

The famous Lim Chee Guan bak kwa under renovation

Chinatown Garden Bridge

Staircase to the bridge garden

Chinatown Garden on the bridge

Entrance and exit

Shophouses along South Bridge Road

Upper Cross Street

The popular OG

Hong Lim Park and Speakers' Corner

Speakers' Corner and the famous ParkRoyal hotel

Walk around Singapore: Chinatown part 2 (April 2017)

Kreta Ayer Road


Kreta Ayer theatre

Shophouses along Kreta Ayer Road

Ann Siang Road and Ann Siang Hill Park

This is the top of the hill <ha ha>

Amoy Street and Telok Ayer Green

Amoy food centre

Way to Ann Siang Hill Park

Telok Ayer Green

Telok Ayer Street

Music Box Museum and Thian Hock Keng

Thian Hock Keng - the oldest temple in Singapore

Mural at the back of temple, depicting the early days of Singapore

App for interactive experience of the mural story

Singapore Hokkien Clan

China Street