• For a while, European Tour fans had to look out for two Lawries: the Scottish one Paul, who won the 1999 Open Championship with a 10-shot comeback in the final round, and the Irishman Peter, who had become a staple on the circuit.

    However, in the last two years, Peter Lawrie has fallen off the map, dropping from 161st in the world two years ago to about 900th in the Official World Golf Ranking to start 2015.

    There are a lot of reasons a player can lose their game, but Lawrie's reason is unique: He says he became addicted to soda.

    “I was addicted to it and I tried to stop it,” Lawrie said to Irish-based Newstalk and its “Golf Weekly” podcast. “I was drinking liters of the stuff. Even in the hottest countries, like Malaysia, I would have Coke on the golf course, because I was addicted to it.”

    The 40-year-old cut Coke from his diet as part of a fitness push in 2013 -- an approach Lawrie was killing his career.

    “I went from such a high on sugar to a dramatic low,” he continued. “And I

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  • Selfies are so 2014.

    Enter the dronie: The answer to your sore-armed prayers.

    Instead of limiting your self portraits to outstretched-arm static images — selfie sticks help a little, but only for those in the market for Inspector Gadget-like arms — why not let a camera drone give that solo or group shot a little more height and drama?

    All you need is a drone and a GoPro camera. It’s a little pricier than an iPhone, but worth it — if you value one-upping your buddies’ weekend selfies.

    Videographer Alex Chacón recently demonstrated the aesthetic superiority of the dronie with a video of his trip to the Mexican Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

    Matt Benedetto shot a dronie with his GoPro camera at Lake Champlain in Vermont late last fall.

    Amit Gupta’s beautiful dronie makes us consider jumping on board the trend.

    Bernal Hill selfie from Amit Gupta on Vimeo.

    See another impressive dronie featuring Gupta and Team Photojojo here.

    Tourism New Zealand is even offering dronies to snowboarders so

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  • Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Liquor will flow, Yusheng will be tossed. Are there any dietary dos and don’ts during this festive period for cancer patients?

    Chemotherapy has a suppressive effect on the immune system and puts one at greater risk of infection from food sources.

    Raw fish or meat dishes are particularly risky. With raw fish served with a variety of shredded raw vegetables, the ever-popular dish of Yusheng, which is thought to usher in good luck for the New Year, should probably be given a miss.

    Plentiful food on the dinning table with lots to spare is considered auspicious during the New Year celebration, as it is believed to signify a bountiful year ahead.

    It also means that, following the celebration, there will be a lot of leftovers in the few days ahead.

    Reheating and eating overnight food has the virtue of reducing food wastage but runs the risk of higher bacterial contamination and infection for patients on chemotherapy.

    Dining out is usually not a

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  • A series of explosions and a huge fire occurred at an open car park in Whampoa on Tuesday evening, shocking onlookers.
    Two separate videos of the incident were taken by the editor-in-chief of local news site Singapore Business Review and uploaded onto YouTube. The two short clips showed the fire damaging some of the parked vehicles and onlookers reacting in shock.

    According to SBR editor Tim Charlton, Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel arrived at the scene and put out the fire in 20 minutes.
    Yahoo Singapore has contacted SCDF for comments.


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  • EZ-Link Sanrio CardsEZ-Link Sanrio Cards

    Move over, McDonalds and Hello Kitty marathon runs – it’s Hello Kitty’s friends who have taken the “kawaii” invasion to Singapore’s trains and buses and are driving fans into a frenzy.

    Since EZ-Link launched five limited edition cards on 29 January featuring different characters from Japan’s Sanrio, many Singaporeans have been going from station to station on the MRT line in frenzied search of them.

    The reason? EZ-Link sells certain designs only at certain stations, and Yahoo Singapore understands that this information is not public – meaning that fans have had to go to different stations and check a decal at the Control Station to see if there is stock available.

    For example, the cards come in Little Twin Stars, Bad Badtz Maru, Keroppi, Pom Pom Purin and My Melody designs, but currently, certain stations only stock certain designs – some don’t stock any at all.

    Frustrated Fans

    This has prompted significant backlash from frustrated fans sick of hunting down the different cards at different

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  • Some Laneway Festival-goers waxed lyrical about music by indie bands Courtney Has Crabs, Forrest Gump and the Phua Chu Kangs.

    Too bad these bands don’t exist.

    A video titled “Project Lameway 2015” showed the embarrassing responses when festival-goers were tested on their knowledge of indie bands.

    The video made by a duo named Jonathan and Belicia was inspired by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s video series Lie Witness News, which pranks visitors at music festivals and fashion shows by asking them to talk about bands and labels that do not exist.

    A group of teenage girls responded enthusiastically when asked if they had heard of the band “Forest Gump”.

    A Caucasian man was asked if he knew of the “Phua Chu Kangs” and replied, “Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.”

    When prompted further about the “musicians”, some could even describe how their music sounded.

    Have a look at the video and see what these indie music connoisseurs say to show that they are hipper than you.

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  • Taxi-booking apps are all the rage now: thanks to the popularity of apps such as GrabTaxi, EasyTaxi, and Uber, three main apps that help make lives of commuters easier. Arguably one of the hottest new app in Singapore and Southeast Asia, GrabTaxi is currently connecting cab drivers and passengers at a rate of 2 bookings [...] The post Former S’pore Presidential Elect Tan Kin Lian Built A Taxi-Booking App Before It Was Cool! appeared first on Vulcan Post.Taxi-booking apps are all the rage now: thanks to the popularity of apps such as GrabTaxi, EasyTaxi, and Uber, three main apps that help make lives of commuters easier. Arguably one of the hottest new app in Singapore and Southeast Asia, GrabTaxi is currently connecting cab drivers and passengers at a rate of 2 bookings [...] The post Former S’pore Presidential Elect Tan Kin Lian Built A Taxi-Booking App Before It Was Cool! appeared first on Vulcan Post.

    By now, you might have seen the allegedly racist Facebook post published by former Singapore presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian, where he said, “I boarded SMRT 857 and found that I was in Mumbai. Hahaha.”

    That was his caption for a photo showing Indian passengers riding the bus, which stops at places like Jalan Besar and Seranggoon Road.

    The post sparked fury among online citizens, who felt that it was racist, according to Vulcan Post.

    Tan has since deleted it and responded to the backlash in two separate posts – one of which has already been deleted.

    However, not everyone was angered by Tan’s opinion.

    There were many online citizens who did not see what the big deal was.

    “Nothing wrong with what he said. He was merely expressing an opinion,” said Facebook user Au Kah Kay.

    “Nothing wrong for telling the truth. I believe most of the Singaporean feels the same,” said a Hakim Omar.

    “It a fact. What so racist about it ? Singapore is in fact a mini United Nation. You walk down Shenton way

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  • A team of Indonesian workers came across an unusual-looking creature crawling in an oil palm plantation in Sarawak on Friday.

    video of the undernourished, hairless animal was posted by local news site Borneo Post.

    The video was widely circulated online, sparking further curiosity over what the clawed animal was and what it was doing in the plantation.

    In the video, the dark-skinned creature crawls slowly crawls on all fours, and struggles to walk steadily.

    “We were shocked. None of us has ever seen such thing. One of us then hit the animal until it appeared to have passed out,” a worker was quoted as saying.

    According to the report, the worker hit the animal when it charged at them. After it regained consciousness, the workers forced it to return to the jungle.

    Two days later, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation identified it as a sun bear from a nearby forest and said a recent flood had driven the animal to the plantation.

    “Due to floods, our Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) is

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  • Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    This is Singapore. We like things to be neat here. That much is clear.

    This obsession with neatness and preordained categories permeates to all aspects of our lives in Singapore. Case in point: the attachment to nuclear families. Neat, mother-father-two-kids-or-three-if-you-can-afford-it nuclear families.

    People who don’t fall into this category tend to get the short shrift. We saw this in action again in Parliament on Wednesday, when Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam explained that the Working Mother’s Child Relief and the Foreign Maid Levy Relief scheme were “to support married women who remain in the workforce and raise their children within the context of marriage” and would therefore not be extended to single mothers.


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  • Girls just want to have fun you say? Not these ones for sure.
    Aishah, Anithra, Emmeline, Rebekah and Vivian have chosen a career that involves live firing exercises and learning how to throw grenades.
    The five of them are from the latest batch of women who have enlisted with the Singapore Armed Forces and were featured in cyberpioneerTV’s latest video series, “Into the Fray: The making of a female soldier”.
    The first episode was posted on YouTube by the Ministry of Defence’s media arm on Thursday to give insights into what life is like for a female enlistee.
    The ladies had to go through a nine-week basic military training at the SAF BMTC at Pulau Tekong.
    “The women are treated no differently. They do the exact same things as the guys. Of course we do have our certain adjustments when it comes to IPPT or IPPC to cater to the physical conditions of a female,” said CPT Muhammad Afiq, commanding officer for Pegasus Company.
    The women featured in the video had different reasons
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