Saturday, 30 June 2018

Rich people are less likely than the poor to share their wealth with others

The most generous people are those who have the least, according to scientists.

Based on a psychological experiment, those deemed to be of 'higher status' were found to be more selfish than those of 'lower status'.

Scientists at Queen Mary University also discovered that how a person amassed their fortune matters when it comes to determining how willing they are to share.

Those who earned their money themselves are far more reluctant to hand it out, compared to those who stumbled on wealth by chance.


Lasting Power of Attorney application fees waived for another 2 years

Singaporeans who plan to apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) - which allows an appointed person to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf should you lose mental capacity – will not have to pay the S$75 fee for the most common type of application for another two years.

The application fees for LPA Form 1 will be waived for a further two years until end-Aug 2020.

The LPA Form 1 allows donors to grant general powers with basic restrictions to donees. A separate application, Form 2, allows donors to grant customised and specific powers to their donees, and has to be drafted by a lawyer.

As of Mar 31, 2018, more than 43,000 people have submitted LPA applications to the Office of the Public Guardian.


Why you should eat more cauliflower

Source: thenewpaper

Oil prices spike 13% in a week. What the heck is going on?

The oil market is on fire once again. On Thursday, crude spiked above $74 a barrel for the first time since late 2014.

The 13% surge over the past week has been driven by a confluence of bullish factors that will make American drivers cringe when they fill up their gas tanks.

In Singapore, electricity tariffs will rise by 6.9% for July-September period due to the higher cost of natural gas for generating electricity.


‘Holy grail’ of insulin pill could end need for diabetics’ daily injections

An insulin pill which could prove to be the “holy grail” of diabetes treatment has been developed by scientists.

Researchers have created a pill which could dramatically transform the way diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check.

It is hoped the oral delivery of insulin could eliminate the need for painful injections, which up to 40 million people living with type 1 diabetes require once or twice a day.

The researchers plan to conduct more animal testing, as well as long-term toxicological and bioavailability studies.


Friday, 29 June 2018

Warning: Worms causing Anisakiasis disease found in canned sardines from China - updated

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The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services has revealed that it found worms that can cause the anisakiasis disease in humans in samples of a brand of sardines from China brought in through the North Butterworth Container Terminal in Penang on May 14.

Anisakiasis is a parasitic and zoonotic disease brought about by a congenital fish causing the Anisakis spp nematode (worm) that attacks the gastrointestinal system such as the stomach and intestines of humans and can cause gastrointestinal problems or symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.


You may want to read Six more sardine brands taken off market

Deal with people INDIVIDUALLY by Heimir Hallgrimsson

1.6 million Singaporeans to receive S$1 billion in GST Vouchers and MediSave top-ups

A total of 1.6 million Singaporeans will receive notifications by Jul 6 on their 2018 GST Voucher (GSTV) benefits and MediSave top-ups, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Thursday (Jun 28).

In addition to the GSTV scheme, as announced at Budget 2018, Singaporeans aged 21 and above in 2018 can receive an SG Bonus of up to S$300 at the end of the year.

Check your GSTV here with Singpass.

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Olympic champion Joseph Schooling launches swim school

Singapore Olympic champion swimmer Joseph Schooling launched his own swimming school at the Our Tampines Hub on Wednesday (Jun 27).

Called Swim Schooling, the school will start with an eight-stage progressive learn-to-swim programme for children aged between three and 11.

“My own father almost drowned twice, so that’s why he put me in swim school," said Schooling. “Who would have thought that swimming would define who I am? Swim Schooling is all about empowering kids to be water-safe and to be confident in the water.”

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Want to boost your child's language skills? Get them piano lessons!

The smartest children don't read books — they play piano, a new study has found.

Playing an instrument for just six months can noticeably improve a child's linguistic ability, according to the latest research.

Compared to children who read, those who have learnt to play the piano were far superior in their detection of various sounds.

But while the instrument can help with children's understanding of pitch and conversation, tickling the ivories has no affect on IQ, attention span or memory.


My 2 cents:
Read this post about omega 3 as it may help with your child's memory. Nowadays formula milk for infants is so expensive is because omega 3 has been added to the formula milk to improve brain functions.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Scientists discover bacteria in testicles

Men's testicles have their own bacteria and they are different depending on fertility, scientists have discovered for the first time.

Testes were thought for a long time to have been sterile environments, but researchers in Italy have found otherwise.

Experts say there are microorganisms living naturally in the testes, and the diversity of this environment within the body could give clues about a man's fertility.

Men with more types of bacteria in their testes could be expected to be more fertile, while a smaller range of organisms could mean a man has a lower sperm count. If the testes have only one type of bacteria, it means the quantity of sperm is so few that they cannot even be extracted by surgery.


Why you should never drink after exercise

High intensity actions such as running, jumping, tackling and changing direction create temporary muscle damage and soreness.

If the exercise is of long enough duration, the fuel stored in our muscles for energy (glycogen) can become depleted too.

In a hot or humid environment, the body also loses a large amount of fluid from sweating, reducing the blood volume (which is important for getting oxygen around to all our muscles and organs), and electrolyte stores (important for muscle contraction).

Alcohol slows muscles repair, worsens injuries, and makes your next workout much harder. It is a diuretic that promotes fluid loss and contributes to dehydration. By drinking alcohol, you are losing more fluid instead of replenishing fluid.


Business: How a positive statement made millions for this T-shirt company *

It did not go well for 2 brothers selling colorful t-shirts with abstract designs door to door.

They considered giving up until they came up with the slogan "Life is Good" and printed it on their t-shirts.

It was a game-changing move. Within three years, the business had generated $1 million in sales. 

Consider these slogans:
I really don't care, do you?
I really care, don't you?

Which, do you think, will sell better if printed on a jacket or t-shirt?


Video: You would not believe she is NINE!

Why are flight attendants’ rates of cancer spiking?

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Being a flight attendant has its bonuses, like getting to travel the world for free, meet new people, and maybe a good salary. But it is not all free snacks and flights to Paris. The job comes with some costs too—like erratic schedules, aggressive passengers, and significant delays.

But those, while frustrating, may be the tip of the iceberg. This week, new research is boosting concerns about an even more severe hazard: the increased risk of cancer.

The authors were not able to nail down an exact reason but they suggested the cause could be due to cosmic ionising radiation and the working conditions like sleep and changing time zones.


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Exceptional company: CDL Group raises S$180,000 for charity

Mr Sherman Kwek, Group CEO of CDL, made a splash for charity and was successfully dunked by the Guest of Honour, Minister Ong Ye Kung and Ms Ho Ching. Image:channelnewsasia

City Developments Limited (CDL) Group CEO Sherman Kwek made a splash for charity at the Assisi Fun Day 2018 on Sunday (Jun 24), helping to raise more than S$180,000 for charity through his lone efforts at the dunking machine.

The charity segment raised S$183,846 from CDL's business partners and visitors to the carnival, with the funds going towards Assisi Hospice's patients who need palliative care and their families.

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Pee signs to watch out for

Source: thenewpaper, 25 June,  2018

Forum: Singapore as a model worth replicating

Recently, there were a few YouTube videos debating whether the Singapore model is suitable for China, as the East Asian country is in the process of opening up.

These videos were presented mainly by members of Chinese communities living in different parts of the world.

I found the videos very interesting, especially as I did not know how much we are admired by people of other countries.

There were, of course, also some naysayers who expressed their objections to copying our model, mainly because they view Singapore as a Big Brother and police state.

There were also some who hold the view that it is easy to manage Singapore as it is a small country, especially when it comes to oppressing dissent and alternative voices.

As a Singaporean, I can only say that our model has proven to be successful thus far.

Whether it is suitable for adoption by another country is not within my ability to judge.

But we must have done the right thing for people to feel it is worthwhile to look at our model and replicate it in their countries.

Roy Goh Hin Soon


Exceptional people: Man honoured for helping police capture upskirt video suspect

Source: channelnewsasia

Mr Keith Goldfinch was riding an escalator at Newton MRT station at around 5.30pm on Jun 19 when he heard a woman shouting for help to stop a man, according to a press release.

Mr Goldfinch, as well as another member of the public, gave chase and caught the man, who was then inspected by officers from the Public Transport Security Command.

The 53-year-old was found to have upskirt videos on his phone and was arrested for public nuisance. He will also be investigated for insulting the modesty of a woman, police said.

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Baby food pouches can be a gateway to bad eating habits

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Pouches of pureed baby food can seem like a godsend to busy parents, but some experts say that babies and toddlers who use them too much can miss out on the developmental skills that will contribute to healthy eating habits.

The features that make pouches so convenient, though – the smooth texture and squeeze packaging – have some experts concerned. They caution against relying on them too much, saying that they can be a gateway to bad long-term snacking habits and routine overeating (not to mention the environmental impacts of the single-use packages).

They may be super convenient and healthy, but experts say your toddlers might be missing out on other important skills in the long run.

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Monday, 25 June 2018

Video: Eating contest with a dog - humorous

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Seafood tied to more sex and faster conception

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Couples who eat a lot of seafood may have sex more often and get pregnant more quickly than those who shun the shellfish and sardines, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year, asking them to log their seafood consumption and sexual activity in daily journals. Couples had 39 percent higher odds of having sex on days when both partners ate seafood, the study found.

And by the end of the year, 92 percent of couples who ate seafood more than twice a week had conceived, compared to 79 percent of couples who ate less fish and shellfish. The association between seafood and fertility remained even after accounting for how frequently couples had sex.

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Forum: HDB needs to be more responsive to complaints, feedback

I empathise with Ms Cheong Huixin's plight (Upset over unexpected cost during HDB flat renovation; June 9).

Ms Cheong write that despite eight months of chasing, there was no response from the Housing Board to her e-mail.

It is similar to my experience with the organisation. My letter (Protect air-con technicians working at HDB blocks; Oct 31, 2017) was published in The Straits Times Forum around seven months ago, but has garnered no response from the HDB.

This is an era of increased transparency, yet the HDB seems uninterested in responding openly in the press on issues that residents care about.

Compare this to organisations such as the Land Transport Authority, which responded to a letter published on June 2 by June 13 - even if it was only a holding reply.

I hope the authorities will be able to address the issue I surfaced in my previous letter.

Work at heights should preferably be carried out from the safety of a platform with suitable edge protection.

Sometimes, this may not be possible for air-conditioner technicians working with bulky, multi-split air-con units in older HDB flats.

As the largest housing developer in Singapore, the HDB needs to keep up with the evolving reality.

It should be providing permanent solutions to prevent workers from falling from heights in older blocks.

Perhaps, the Building and Construction Authority also could address the issue of whether it is the responsibility of residents to engage a professional engineer to design and install appropriate fall prevention measures inside or outside their old HDB flats.

Loong Chik Tong


Rare Timelapse Of Incredible Storm Phenomenon - sky downpouring tons of water

You can see the big picture of raining for the first time
Watch the video here.


Take care of your mental health

Source: thenewpaper, May, 2018

Sunday, 24 June 2018

NEA to introduce inland ash scattering services at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery and Mandai Crematorium

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Inland ash scattering (IAS) services will soon be introduced at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex and Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a media release on Friday (Jun 22).

The service is an additional option for the management of cremated human remains in Singapore, said the agency, following the conclusion of a series of consultations with the industry and various stakeholders.

IAS services will be introduced at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex in 2020 and Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex in 2021.

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Resistant starch

Resistant starch is a type of starch that is not fully broken down (just like fibre) and absorbed in our small intestines, but rather turned into short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria and absorbed into the body from the colon as energy for colonic bacteria.

Where is RS found?

RS is found in starchy plant foods such as:
  1. beans/legumes
  2. starchy fruits and vegetables (such as bananas)
  3. whole grains
  4. some types of cooked then cooled foods (such as potatoes and rice)
The longer and hotter a starch is cooked, the less RS it tends to have — except for Type 3 RS. Sushi (type 4 RS) is a good example of food with RS.

Why RS is good

As RS is not easy to convert into sugar, it is beneficial to weight loss, can control blood sugar, is also good for the prevention of bowel cancer.


What is the BEST invention of this century? - in Chinese

Loosely translated:
Mobile phone is the best invention.
It has already killed tv, watch, computer, radio, video recorder, camera, newspaper, game console, diary, atm card, transport card, cash.

Soon it will kill your eyes, backbone, health, marriage, descendant.

Vinegar and your hair

Have you noticed how vinegar helps you to clean all dirty cups and glasses, as well as unclogged those pipes and sinks.

Well, it is the same as your hair. Your scalp is clogged with dirt causing nutrients not able to go to your hair and new hair cannot grow.

It's time that you should use vinegar to unclog your scalp and let your hair shine again.

Read the story of how this lady claims back her hair.

You may also want to view this video on How a Chinese tribe keeps their hair long and black, even when they are 80s.

Forum: Poor enforcement from top has allowed actions to continue

The recent inappropriate activities that were carried out as part of student orientation programmes at two tertiary institutions show that the authorities have failed to make clear their stand on this issue.

In one incident, some students from the National University of Singapore stripped naked in the water at Siloso Beach in Sentosa as part of unofficial orientation activities (NUS probing alleged stripping at beach game; June 21).

In another, a female student was seen performing a sexually suggestive dance in front of a male student at a Ngee Ann Polytechnic co-curricular activity camp (Ngee Ann Poly to counsel students involved in lap dance video filmed during CCA camp; June 21).

It is not the first time sexualised activities in schools have been reported.

Obviously these senior students lack EQ, or emotional quotient, and possess dubious IQ despite being able to reach tertiary level.

Just like the recent death of a Singapore Civil Defence Force full-time national serviceman during illegal activities to mark the operationally ready date of a batch of trainees, these incidents at the two educational institutions are examples of poor supervision and lackadaisical enforcement by the top leadership.

I hope, once and for all, the message can be sent to these recalcitrant black sheep in our institutions that they will be severely punished and expelled, or feel the full force of the law.

Lim Boon Hee (Dr)


Saturday, 23 June 2018

EU approves new rules to protect intellectual property*

An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules - known as Article 11 and Article 13 - that campaigners warn could destroy the internet.

Article 11 requires that internet companies get permission from publishers or pay them to use a brief extract of their work currently protected by fair use.

Article 13 requires that all websites check posts against a database of copyrighted work, and remove those that are flagged. These posts are mainly memes or gifs where images are taken from films or tv shows.

European Parliament must approve the articles before going into effect.


Note: If the articles are approved, I will have to close this site as most of the articles here are based on fair use OR I have to rephrase (*) them.

Walking ability before heart surgery tied to brain function afterward

Older adults who are faster on their feet may be less likely to suffer cognitive problems after heart surgery than patients who have difficulty walking, a Japanese study suggests.

All 181 patients in the study were undergoing non-emergency heart surgery at Nagoya University Hospital. Before surgery, researchers measured how far each participant could walk in six minutes and did assessments of memory, concentration and attention.

About two weeks after the surgery, they repeated the same battery of cognitive tests. Overall, 51 patients, or 28 percent, had developed cognitive problems. Half of these patients were unable to walk more than 400 meters in six minutes before surgery, while half of the participants who didn't develop cognitive issues had walked at least 450 meters.

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My 2 cents:

The lesson here is that walking as a daily exercise makes your body healthier and it helps you to recover faster after surgery.

This is another reason why girls should not join the boys in drinking....

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Online shopping platform Qoo10 warns of survey reward email scam

Online shopping platform Qoo10 has warned its customers about an email scam that attempts to collect personal data by promising rewards upon the completion of a survey.

In an email on Wednesday (Jun 20), Qoo10 cautioned its customers to not click on the link nor open the attachment enclosed in the spoof email.

“Qoo10 will not ask for your personal information or credit card details in unsolicited messages. Qoo10 should provide means for you to cross check any promotions and competitions on our website which you can find independently.

“Always be suspicious of unsolicited emails, and do not click links or open attachments in unsolicited emails or messages, your best advice is to simply delete it,” the website said.

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Singapore ranked safest destination in the world for 3rd consecutive year

Singapore has emerged as the safest destination in the world for the third consecutive year, according to Gallup’s latest law and order report.

Gallup’s Law and Order Index, which polls residents from 142 countries, is a composite score out of a possible 100 points.

Respondents are polled on their confidence in local police, feelings of personal safety and the incidence of theft, assault or mugging in the past year.

Here are the top 10 safest countries in the world 2018: 

1. Singapore
2. Norway
3. Iceland
4. Finland
5. Uzbekistan
6. Hong Kong
7. Switzerland
8. Canada
9. Indonesia
10. Denmark


Forum: Competing with Singapore not a solution for Malaysia

The Malaysian Finance Minister's call to compete with Singapore surprised me (Let's give S'pore some competition, KL Finance Minister tells bosses; June 20).

The two countries may compete fiercely over a game of football for national pride or argue whether Singaporeans or Malaysians can fry a better plate of char kway teow.

But when it comes to economics, competition may not always be the best route to pursue.

No doubt, Malaysia is facing serious economic and financial challenges and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng could have done it to drum up support and motivate Malaysians.

However, his actions could have undesired consequences.

Competition can cause over-production as well as drive down market share and prices.

It can become a no-win situation.

Singapore has done well not because we compete head-on with our neighbours.

Even though we love our cars and durians, we do not build cars or grow durians because these are not our core competencies.

Singapore has done well because of good governance, a hard-working populace and a firm belief in equality for all regardless of race, language of religion. Those are our ingredients for success.

I am grateful that our government leaders are honest and hard-working, and working tirelessly for the best interests of Singapore.

Singapore and Malaysia are intrinsically connected and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

It is far better for us to find ways to complement and support each other in our growth than to compete head-on.

I wish Malaysia all the best.

Patrick Tan Siong Kuan


Another bad English sparks ridicule online

A plaque displaying a new diamond-embellished United Overseas Bank (UOB) card has drawn ridicule from netizens, after they spotted its odd choice of wording in a photo circulating online.

The plaque meant distinguished but somehow printed extinguished.


Senegal and Japan soccer supporters cleaned up stadium after the matches

This is a good example for all to learn. But it must start from young. Checkout the videos from any of the following links:

Thursday, 21 June 2018

International Yoga Day

Indian PM Modi doing yoga. Source: channelnewsasia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won United Nations approval in 2014, will lead the way, performing his asanas with an expected 60,000 others in the northern town of Dehradun.

Classic yoga moves. Source: channelnewsasia

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

If you are on antibiotics, you have probably wondered whether it is okay to have a drink or two.

With some antibiotics, the answer is a definite no. With most, however, the answer may be a cautious yes.

A few antibiotics have been reported to cause reactions (violently ill) with alcohol. Most of these are cephalosporins, a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics that are used to treat a variety of infections.

The vast majority of antibiotics do not interact with alcohol. But that does not mean it is safe to mix antibiotics and alcohol. Common sense will tell you that it is best to separate them until you are well to prevent any side effect.

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KFC Singapore to stop providing plastic caps and straws for drinks

KFC announced on Monday (Jun 18) that in an effort to reduce single-use plastics, it will no longer provide plastic caps and straws with drinks at its 84 outlets in Singapore starting on Wednesday.

It will, however, continue to offer plastic caps for takeaway drinks.

"We acknowledge the strain that single-use plastics put on our environment and are taking steps to do our part in endeavouring a change," said Ms Lynette Lee, general manager at Kentucky Fried Chicken Management.

"We recognise that every little bit counts and are proud to be the first fast food restaurant in Singapore to champion this movement, one straw at a time," she added.

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Simple hand exercises for stroke patients

Source: ST, 19 June, 2018

Seven ways to minimise the risk of having a stroke

  • Know the signs - the FAST test
  • Keep blood pressure under control
  • Check your pulse, make sure there is no irregular heart rate
  • Are you diabetic
  • Cut down or stop smoking
  • Check your cholesterol level
  • Take mini stroke seriously


99% of Job Seekers Fail to Answer "Why Do You Want This Job" Correctly

Why Do You Want This Job?

According to a career coach, the correct answer is to explain how you can fit into the new company and what you can do to help the new company.

It is NOT about you, your old company or your experience. It is about how you can use your experience and skills to help the new company. It is about them!

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Cycling and photography

Whenever I cycle, I have 3 cameras with me: bike cam, mobile phone camera and a telezoom digital camera. There are so many things happening when you cycle, so the best way is to try and capture them.

Here are some of my pictures. You too can capture them if you look carefully while cycling. Of course, to make your photos more outstanding, you have to edit them. Not all, but those you feel are better shots.

Many of newly built houses are along park connectors

river reflection

Unsung heroes of Singapore - the blue collar and migrant workers

Bike cam photo

A lot of flowering plants to beautify the park connectors

You will be surprised by all sorts of seats and shelters along the park connectors

View my latest photos at Flicker page.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal recalled over salmonella risk: AVA

Source: channelnewsasia

Singapore’s importer of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is in the process of conducting a product recall, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore said on Sunday (Jun 17).

The product recall follows an alert by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday, saying that Kellogg Company was voluntarily recalling its 15.3 oz and 23 oz packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal due to the potential presence of salmonella in the products.

The implicated product, Honey Smacks (15.3 oz), has a best before date from Jun 14, 2018 to Jun 14, 2019. Its UPC code, which is found on the bottom of the cereal box, is 038000391033.

AVA advised those who have purchased the affected product to not consume it. AVA added that consumers who are seeking a refund may contact Redmart Ltd.

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Exceptional people: Singaporean wins top prize at Tokyo film festival

A wistful Singaporean short film about the loss of heritage, nostalgia and a young boy's sexual awakening bagged the top prize at an international film festival in Tokyo yesterday.

Benjamin's Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex, by Singaporean director Chai Yee Wei, won the Grand Prix award - now known as the George Lucas Award - at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2018.

As this is one of the qualifying festivals for the Academy Awards, Benjamin's Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex will be eligible for nomination at next year's Oscars.

The 2016 Grand Prix winner, Sing, by Hungarian director Kristof Deak, went on to win Best Live Action Short Film at last year's Oscars.