• If you were born in the '80s or early '90s, you would surely know Mel C, the Sporty Spice of the once-upon-a-time world-famous pop group The Spice Girls.

    No one seems to have recognised her, though, as she traipsed around on public transport and in malls over about a week in Singapore, as part of the judging panel for Asia's Got Talent — alongside veteran music producer David Foster and F4's Van Ness Wu.

    Here are some of the pics she snapped while here:

  • [UPDATED on 15 January 2015, 8.45am: Hotpot Culture owner admits there was a rat in the buffet dish]

    Hotpot Culture’s owner Lim Choon Kok admitted that a rat was found in the salted vegetable dish. He also sent a warning letter to the chef for the incident, reported The Straits Times.

    Rat droppings and two more rats were found at the premises of Marina Square's Hotpot Culture restaurant, days after news broke of a rat carcass allegedly being found in one of its buffet dishes.

    The National Environment Agency said it will also be taking action against the eatery, saying it can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points upon conviction.

    In a statement on Wednesday sharing findings from its investigation, the agency said it found dried rat droppings on the floor of the store room as well as on a false ceiling in the restaurant's kitchen.

    "A gap was found in the wall of the storeroom near the ceiling, and another one in the false ceiling of the kitchen," a spokesperson for the agency said

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    It seems like foreigners, including this YouTube vlogger, are still poking fun at our chewing gum ban and ridiculous fines. 

    Seriously, Singaporeans have long gotten over not being able to chew gum. 

    But looks like it is still big news for some people in other parts of the world. 

    A popular US YouTuber has listed what he calls “7 Insane Laws of Singapore”, citing all his details from -- not his ownresearch -- Wikipedia. 

    The blogger, known as Toby Turner, poked fun at how Singaporeans can get penalised for “chewing gum”, “being gay”, "not flushing the toilet”, “spitting”, “being naked in your own house”, urinating in public lifts and taking drugs in the country. 

    “Wow, one country’s legal drug is another country’s mandatory death sentence,” said Turner in the three-minute video.

    “That’s why the crime rate is so low, because they kill everybody off!” he added. 

    While some of what he said can be true, it's not hard to notice that the video is laden with exaggerations too. 

    For

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  • Pun-ny play on Singapore MRT station names

    Puns on train station names are bringing on the laughs online.

    It started when a Malaysian Facebook user Scyler Yang posted a compilation of puns using Hong Kong MTR station names.

    Some of Facebook user Scyler Yang's puns on Hong Kong MTR station names.Some of Facebook user Scyler Yang's puns on Hong Kong MTR station names.


    Inspired by his project, Singaporean Pamela Tham posted a compilation of her own using Singapore MRT station names. Her Facebook album of puns has been shared over 1,500 times.  

    Puns like “We all have good days, and bad days. Some are happy and Somerset” and “Of course can lah. I knows, and Eunos it can be done” are just some of the examples of the hilarious play on words that Tham and friends put together.

    Singaporean Facebook user Pamela Tham's compilation of puns playing on Singapore MRT station names.Singaporean Facebook user Pamela Tham's compilation of puns playing on Singapore MRT station names.

     
    Local website SGAG also shared Tham’s post, and netizens were quick to contribute to the growing list of puns.

    What do you think of these puns? Can you come up with some witty ones too?

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  • Is Teo Ser Luck the coolest Member of Parliament (MP) in Singapore?

    That may be arguable, but the Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, who is also the MP of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, has been observed to be updating his Facebook with a list of funny hashtags.

    “My posts are usually daily experiences so the [list of] hashtags is a little humour added with these experiences,” he says in an email response to Yahoo! Singapore.

    With over 9,000 likes on his Facebook page, Teo’s strong hashtag game has not gone unnoticed — news of his fun little posts have been circulating around social media, garnering positive responses from amused social media users.

    One Facebook user, Charmaine Ng, commented on the MP’s post saying, “#LOL, #awesome, #welikeyou and #youngatheart.”

    Another user, Saffire Ng Xinying, commented, “LOL the hashtags you use surprised me la! Hahahah, just made my day a little better! Good job!”

    Here are some of the Facebook posts.

    1. On Kopitiam Square @ Sengkang

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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.

    I doubt anyone shed a tear for Jover Chew when he found himself on the receiving end of a large amount of flak, trolling, and pizzas. He was, after all, a dishonest businessman and an awful person.

    But agreeing with the need for Chew to be punished should never be conflated with an endorsement of online vigilantism. This is also a problem that extends far beyond a single case of dodgy dealings in Sim Lim Square. 

    When someone’s bad behaviour is highlighted on social media platforms, it doesn’t take very long for his or her personal information to be broadcast to all. And I’m not just talking about Facebook profiles, but home addresses and personal telephone numbers. It doesn’t take a genius to deduce that this information isn’t being shared

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  • 3 Simple Secrets Happy Couples Know3 Simple Secrets Happy Couples Know

    Building a happy marriage – it seems so hard, doesn’t it?

    We all have urgent problems to deal with at work and at home, so it’s easy to let our marriage take a back seat.

    But building a healthy marriage isn’t rocket science.

    People come to me for help if they want their children to become both happy and successful. As such, I’ve interacted with lots of married couples. Some are extremely happy, while others are extremely unhappy.

    What sets these two groups of couples apart?

    I’ve observed that it’s a series of simple, practical actions.

    In this article, I’ll list the 15 things I’ve observed that happily married couples do differently. (I’m married too, so I can confirm that these tips work!)

    Whether you’re married or hoping to get married in the future, I trust you’ll find this list useful:

    1. They wear their wedding ring in public all the time.

    It’s been said that wedding rings are the smallest handcuffs in the world. Understandably, unhappy couples often choose not to wear these

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  • Here are today's top trending stories in case you missed them:

    AirAsia #QZ8501: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved

    Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)

    Two more bodies have been recovered by a Malaysian and Japanese ship, bringing the total number retrieved to 39, reports Indonesian media.

    Separately, three more bodies have been identified -- Indra Yulianto, based on forensics and CCTV recordings of the 51-year-old's outfit at the airport; Hindarto Halim, 61, and 19-year-old Jou Brian Youvito.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

    Singapore comes down heaviest on foreign buyers: report

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    Singapore and Hong Kong have imposed the heaviest tax burden on foreign property buyers amongst Asia Pacific markets, according to a Knight Frank report.

    In terms of tax burdens on foreign investors, our analysis indicates that the more mature and open markets of Hong Kong and Singapore have some of the highest, while Cambodia, South Korea,

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  • Here are today's top trending stories in case you missed them:

    AirAsia #QZ8501: Three more unidentified bodies found by Malaysian vessel


    Relatives and friends of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a passenger of AirAsia flight QZ8501, mourn during his cremation ceremony in Lawang on January 4, 2015Relatives and friends of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a passenger of AirAsia flight QZ8501, mourn during his cremation ceremony in Lawang on January 4, 2015


    Four bodies in Surabaya have officially been identified, reports Channel NewsAsia, citing BASARNAS in a press conference earlier today — they are 45-year-old Shaime Josal, 42-year-old Tony Linaksita, 61-year-old Lim Yan Koen and 53-year-old Yongke Jou.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

    Four new bus routes for Punggol, CCK and Queenstown by March

    File photo of SBS BusFile photo of SBS Bus

    Residents staying in Punggol, Choa Chu Kang and Queenstown will enjoy enhanced commutes with four new bus routes coming in the first quarter of 2015.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/four-new-bus-routes-for-punggol--cck-and-queenstown-by-march-090049858.html

    Najib struck with E coli infection

    Najib struck with E coli infectionNajib struck with E coli infection

    Datuk Seri Najib Razak has contracted the E. coli infection, the Prime Minister's Office said today.

    In a Twitter posting, it said the prime minister was

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  • [UPDATE 28 December 2014, 10:12PM: This article has been further edited]

    A serial cat killer may be on the loose in Singapore.

    Some 50 cats have died at the Beach Road housing estate over the past three years and they appeared to have been abused, according to a YouTube video posted on Christmas Day by Coconuts TV.

    The dead cats were found with broken bones and some people suspect they were killed using a slingshot or were thrown from a balcony. Some residents have one suspect in mind, but no eyewitnesses have come forward.

    “Problem is a lot of eyewitnesses are not willing to go to the police or AVA to point fingers at this guy,” said resident Anthony Hong, who started the website Save the Beach Road Cats, said in the video.

    Authorities have reportedly looked into the matter. However, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) claimed they could not find evidence to show whether humans caused the wounds on the cats, according to the video report.

    “I do understand that

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