The secrets of ‘Draw Me’ by CHC

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City Harvest’s latest musical offering, the album ‘Draw Me‘ featuring Pastor Ho (a.k.a.; Sun Ho, a.k.a.; Ho Yeow Sun, a.k.a.; Chinese Geisha  has gotten a lot of media attention.

Reports in the mainstream press have focused primarily on the album’s sales. Digital sales of the album reportedly placed it in the top position on the iTunes Singapore chart.

But that was back on Tuesday. Today, Sunday the 19th, it has slipped to third place behind the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Yoga Lin).

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The Green Corridor: Farewell for now

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Sun sets over the Green Corridor (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

My first mountain bike ride on the Rail Trail, a.k.a. the Green Corridor, took place on 19 January 2013. Three years later on 15 June 2016 I enjoyed what might be my last ride until sometime in 2019, if a planned water main construction project finishes on schedule.

The end is near

Since the announcement of the water main project was made, the second quarter of 2016 has loomed ominously for patrons of the Green Corridor.

To keep the public informed, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) produced a useful map that has been distributed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). This map shows the sections of the Green Corridor that will be affected.

Some good news

For all sections south of Jalan Anak Bukit, the construction is expected to begin by the end of June 2016.

However, there are a few reasons to be cheerful.

Not all sections will be closed. For example, the Map indicates that during the construction an alternate path will be made available starting from Holland Road heading north.

There might also be some extra time available before the Green Corridor is actually closed.

During my ride on 15 June 2016, there were no signs whatsoever of an impending closure.

In addition, the trail conditions were superb. In the three years that’s I’ve cycled on the Green Corridor I have never experienced better conditions. The path is solid thanks to efforts to limit the mud and improve the drainage, and the greenery has rarely been so lush. A great combination!

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Singapore bans lorry booms to protect sheltered walkways

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Lorry Booms like this will not be seen again on the roads of Singapore (Photo: Thomas Timlen hastily using Gimp, his own cityscape shot and two Flickr Commons shots, all combined like that lah)

The Republic is a “prime target” for lorry boom mishaps and has experienced several lorry boom-related accidents over the years, the Sheltered Walkway Protection Agency (SWPA) said on Friday amid growing concerns about a move to ban lorry booms in the city-state.

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Policing the haze and the gays

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Singapore’s Transboundary Haze Pollution Act and Section 377A of the Penal Code


If you live in Singapore you are familiar with two laws that are now getting a lot of attention; the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act of 2014 and Section 377A of the Penal Code.

The Transboundary Haze Pollution Act (THPA) was enacted in 2014 in reaction to decades of air pollution caused by land users in Indonesia. The THPA  was meant to provide the government with a mechanism to prosecute companies that use the slash and burn land clearing method. This method causes severe, sometimes hazardous pollution of the air in Singapore, Malaysia and beyond. The related health hazards and economic impact are substantial.

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Bryan Lim walks into a bar

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Yesterday we had some guests in town, so in keeping with Singaporean tradition my wife and I took them to the famous Raffles Long Bar.

After ordering the obligatory Singapore Slings we settled back in our chairs, enjoying the atmosphere as we casually chatted and ate peanuts, brushing the shells off the table onto the floor, as one does.

As luck would have it, before long one of Singapore’s newest celebrities walked in, the one and only Facebook star Bryan Lim.

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No lift usage for HDB residents by next week


A lift. (Photo: Flickr Commons. No known copyright restrictions)

Singapore – The decision to disable all HDB lifts was made in response to recent lift accidents resulting with one death and one spinal fracture, said the Lift Maintenance Authority of Singapore (LMAS) at a media briefing on Saturday.

James Dean, LMAS chief executive, said: “Like elsewhere, the lifts of Singapore have had their ups and downs. As public servants, we have a duty and responsibility to protect the citizens. It is crucial we prevent any possibility of any further deaths and injuries.”

“This move of disabling all HDB lifts will eliminate any chance of further accidents. Lift safety is a key enabler for our bold ‘We like using the stairs’ campaign. We can’t enjoy using the stairs if we are dead or badly injured.”