Sunday, 30 June 2019

Walk around Singapore: Funan IT Mall (Jun 2019)

Singapore's IT Mall Funan opens again after 3 years of renovation that costs S$560 million. It is crazy with so many people there look-see-look-see, just like when Jewel Changi just opened.

The Mall

the big screen

the main staircase that is also a place to relax and the place is just like an amphitheater 

place for showcasing new products

Urban Farm

Plants in the city will help to cool the environment and add a dash of green

Hydroponic plants

Food and more food

preparing food on the spot

something different

..and more food at the basement


Sporting events are incorporated into the design of the mall. You may cycle here, rock climbing, gym or play basketball to burn all those calories after eating all those good food.

cycling is only allowed between 7-10am. Showering and locker facilities are outside the mall

Warning: SFA bans import of bottled water from Malaysia's Malee Mineral Water after bacteria found in samples

The import of all bottled drinking and mineral water from Malee Mineral Water has been banned with immediate effect after bacteria was detected in recent consignments.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced this in a circular addressed to all bottled water importers on its website on Friday (Jun 28).

"We wish to inform you that through our recent surveillance, consignments of bottled drinking water from the manufacturer, Malee Mineral Water Sdn Bhd, were detected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa," said the circular.

"In view of the detection, the import of all bottled drinking and mineral water from Malee Mineral Water Sdn Bhd is not permitted, with immediate effect."


Electricity tariffs, City Gas prices to rise from July to September

Electricity tariffs will increase from July 1 to Sept 30, SP Group said on Saturday (June 29).

The increase of 6.4%, or 1.43 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), from the previous quarter is mainly due to the higher cost of natural gas for electricity generation.

For households, the electricity tariff will rise from 22.79 to 24.22 cents per kWh from Jul 1 to Sep 30. This means that the average monthly electricity bill for families living in four-room Housing Board flats will increase by S$5.20.

Gas provider City Gas also announced on Saturday that it will raise prices for households by 1.6%, or 0.30 cent per kWh, for the July to September period, from 18.80 cents per kWh, excluding Goods and Services Tax, to 19.10 cents per kWh.


Spend 2 hours a week in nature to improve health, say doctors

appreciating nature, but be careful

It is a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you.

A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighbourhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while boosting mental health and increasing life expectancy.

One question has remained: How long, or how frequently, should you experience the great outdoors in order to reap its great benefits? Is there a recommended dose? Just how much nature is enough?

According to a paper published last Thursday (June 20) in the journal Scientific Reports, the answer is about 120 minutes each week.


DIY-meals in pricey Sweden made me appreciate Singapore hawkers all the more

Singapore hawker centre

Imagine the nostalgia when I arrived in Sweden early this year for a semester-long exchange at Uppsala University and saw students bringing their own Tupperware to school.

Very soon, I found myself following suit, and not by choice really. There is a high price to pay — literally — if I choose to eat out.

A typical meal here starts from 100 Swedish kronor, which is about S$14.60. Even at the cheaper IKEA or Burger King, it will cost me close to S$10 per meal.

While I still find meal preparation satisfying, I do miss the convenience, variety and affordability of food back home. There is no need to fuss over grocery runs or pore over recipes. All I had to do is to drop by the hawker centre and a meal is settled. For years, they have been under-appreciated. We can only blame ourselves if nobody wants to be a hawker in the future.