• [Warning: Video contains explicit language]

    You might remember this video from sometime back of local comedian Haresh Tilani swimming in the fountain outside Ngee Ann City. 

    The video drew a slew of comments that baffled Tilani - especially those that were quick to assume he was a foreigner behaving badly in Singapore. Some said he was “Ang Mo” (Caucasian) while others believed he was an Indian national.

    Tilani made another video in response to the nasty comments, calling out the xenophobic netizens, and reminding Singaporeans that the local-versus-foreigners debate is getting old.

    “I didn’t like the fact that the xenophobic claim was only subsided once I have yelled explicitly that I was 100 per cent Singaporean and not a foreigner, which opens a whole new topic about locals versus foreigners - which has to stop,” he said. 

    What can we do to stop xenophobic comments?

    “Stop discriminating based on characteristics that people almost always have no control over,” he said.

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    North Korea's internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front C) gives field guidance at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 20, 2014. REUTERS/KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front C) gives field guidance at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 20, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

    North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, but U.S. officials said Washington was not involved.

    U.S.-based Dyn, a company that monitors Internet infrastructure, said the reason for the outage was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government had not taken any cyber action against Pyongyang.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/north-koreas-internet-links-restored-amid-u-hacking-040510492--finance.html

    Australia fears fresh attacks as Sydney mourns siege victims

    Two candle tributes with photos of siege victims Tori Johnson left, and Katrina Dawson are seen at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, where people continue to stream past to leave floral tributes on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that a deadly siege in the Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)Two candle tributes with photos of siege victims Tori Johnson left, and Katrina Dawson are seen at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, where people continue to stream past to leave floral tributes on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that a deadly siege in the Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday warned of heightened "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the fatal

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    Govt to empower HDB to enter flats for repair works

    Singapore HDB apartment block at nightSingapore HDB apartment block at night

    The Ministry of National Development (MND) is considering giving the housing board more authority to enter a flat for the purpose of investigating and repairing leaks in ceilings.

    This comes after several cases of lengthy disputes involving uncooperative neighbours have inconvenienced residents.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/govt-empower-hdb-enter-flats-repair-works-053633934--sector.html?linkId=11281882

    Medical tourism booms in Asia

    Bangladeshi woman Nusrat Hussein Kiwan sits at the International Patients Centre reception area, at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur, on December 9, 2014Bangladeshi woman Nusrat Hussein Kiwan sits at the International Patients Centre reception area, at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur, on December 9, 2014

    The lines snaking into Bangladesh's overwhelmed hospitals are often so long, says Nusrat Hussein Kiwan, that they extend into the street outside -- too many patients seeking too few quality doctors.

    So, through a Google search, the wife of a Bangladeshi construction executive chose a Malaysian hospital for her heart bypass surgery.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/seeing-doctor-overseas-medical-tourism-booms-asia-080438764.html

    Hong Kong tycoon and

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  • Let me ask you three simple questions about the year gone by:

    - Did you often feel like your to-do list was endless?

    - Did you often sacrifice sleep to get things done?

    - Did you frequently complain about how busy you were?

    If you answered “yes” to those questions, you were probably too busy in 2014.

    It doesn’t have to be like this in 2015.

    The strange reason why we ignore the most important things in life

    In an era where we’re connected 24/7, the line between work and leisure has become blurred. Even on a Sunday afternoon, you could send that email. You could reply to that text. You could do something “productive”.

    But should you?

    I face this temptation every time I have a day off. The temptation is even greater because I enjoy my job so much!

    And it’s not just me. Through my work with parents – many of whom are busy and stressed out – I know this is a widespread problem.

    Author Charles Hummel once observed that the most important things in life are also the most well-mannered. They

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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.

    SG50 is nigh. The official celebrations will kick off with a huge countdown on New Year’s Eve; not a single second of 2015 to be wasted. 2014 might barely be remembered as anything more than the year that led up to the epic fiftieth anniversary. 

    There have been many discussions, opinions and Big Ideas about the journey Singapore has been on so far, the sort of society we live in, and where we want to go. We’ve argued over equality (or the lack thereof), Chinese privilege, prejudice and inclusivity. We might not have the answers, but at least there’s been some sort of start. What we need is to keep building upon it, and not to be afraid of talking about previously “taboo” subjects.

    Last week I chatted with a few elderly security guards,

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    Tuition for toddlers – necessary or over the top?


    File Photo of Children attending preschool/kindergartenFile Photo of Children attending preschool/kindergarten

    As his tutor flashed one flashcard after another to him, little Gabriel Tan glanced longingly towards the door.
     
    A sharp look from his mother put him back in focus, and he obediently repeated the words on the flashcards.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/what-is-buzzing/tuition-for-toddlers-%E2%80%93-necessary-or-over-the-top-053116125.html?linkId=11242471

    Woman's body found near Yishun Dam

    View of a reservoir in Singapore (Yahoo file photo)View of a reservoir in Singapore (Yahoo file photo)

    The body of a Chinese woman was found near the shore off Yishun Avenue 1, close to Yishun Dam, on Friday morning.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/woman-s-body-found-near-yishun-dam-060110201.html?linkId=11242548

    LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.”

    This article first appeared on Vulcan Post. Singaporean netizens would be familiar with the notorious Taxi-Taxi@SG app by now. Everyone is talking about it:   The article we wrote also made its rounds on social media. But in case you missed it, Taxi-Taxi@SG is a free app launched by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, which aims [...]  The post LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.” appeared first on Vulcan Post.This article first appeared on Vulcan Post. Singaporean netizens would be familiar with the notorious Taxi-Taxi@SG app by now. Everyone is talking about it:   The article we wrote also made its rounds on social media. But in case you missed it, Taxi-Taxi@SG is a free app launched by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, which aims [...] The post LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.” appeared first on Vulcan Post.

    In response to all the negative feedbacks, an LTA spokesman, told Straits Times that the app is indeed not designed for the booking of taxis. He also added that they “will monitor users’ feedback and enhance the app based

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  • As his tutor flashed one flashcard after another to him, little Gabriel Tan glanced longingly towards the door.
     
    A sharp look from his mother put him back in focus, and he obediently repeated the words on the flashcards.
     
    “Can I go to the playground now, mummy?” asked the little boy hopefully.
     
    “No, you have to do your memory exercises next,” said his tutor, pre-empting the mother's reply, and the boy’s face fell again.
     
    Gabriel is only three years old, but he has been receiving hour-long tuition lessons three times a week after his nursery classes so that he can “keep up” when his mother finally enrolls him at the coveted primary school she is an alumnus of – Nanyang Primary.
     
    “I don’t think he is very smart, so to make up for that, he has extra tuition after nursery to build up his memory and vocabulary,” said his mother, who only wanted to be known as Mrs Tan, 37.
     
    “Most of my friends also send their toddlers for after-school tuition, because it’s just so competitive these days. Better he

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  • Singapore anti-gambling ad gets updated following Germany World Cup winSingapore anti-gambling ad gets updated following Germany World Cup win

    2014 is another year where Singapore’s vocal online citizens took great delight in mocking and laughing at others. 

    Remember the Singapore anti-gambling ad that everybody made fun of for predicting Germany’s win at the World Cup?

    And let’s not forget local trolls SMRT Feedback’s vigilante antics against Sim Lim shop owner Jover Chew. 

    After trawling the Internet archives, we present you Yahoo Singapore’s top five things Singapore netizens made fun of in 2014.

    1.    Singapore anti-gambling ad backfires during World Cup season

    The National Council for Problem Gambling ran a timely ad campaign in Singapore during the World Cup season to remind gamblers how their nasty habits could affect their loved ones. 

    They spread this message through an ad that showed Andy, the young son of a gambling addict, looking depressed because his father had gambled his savings away by betting on the World Cup result -- a win for Germany. 

    Well, the Germans did win and if the scenario had happened in real

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  • A number of videos caught the attention of the Singapore online community this year, and we've chosen five that sparked a lot of reactions -- good and bad. Watch them to take yourself back to events that happened this past year.

     

    1)   Singapore Tourism Board advertisement

    A promotional video by the Singapore Tourism Board produced for the Philippines by Philippine network ABS-CBN drew flak for its cheap production values and cheesy content.

     

    2)   Singapore road bully car video footage

    Footage of a Honda Civic chasing and tailgating two other cars led to a young man being dubbed a “road bully” by netizens. He later released a video apology.

     

    3)   SMRT captain brings smiles to commuters

    Many people responded positively to our own video of an SMRT train captain who makes cheerful announcements while on duty.

     

    4)   ShiGGaShay – Lion City Kia

    Singaporean hip hop artist Pek Jin Shen brought together youths of different ethnicities in one multiligual music video that truly defines
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    Free WiFi at all NEL stations by next year: LTA


    Free WiFi will soon be available at all North East Line platforms by the end of 2015. (Graphic by LTA)Free WiFi will soon be available at all North East Line platforms by the end of 2015. (Graphic by LTA)

    Free WiFi will soon be available at all North East Line platforms by the end of 2015.

    Selected platforms at three stations - Bishan, Dhoby Ghaut and Outram Park - are already equipped for free WiFi access. All the platforms at these stations will be WiFi-equipped by the middle of 2015, says the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/free-wifi-at-all-nel-stations-by-next-year--lta-031628157.html?linkId=11220426

    Loud argument heard before alleged murder in Tampines

    Tampines murder on 17 Dec (video screengrab)Tampines murder on 17 Dec (video screengrab)

    After allegedly killing a woman, a Chinese national threatened to jump from the ninth-floor of a HDB block.

    The 37-year-old suspect eventually climbed back to safety after negotiations with police officers and was arrested, reported The Straits Times.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/woman-found-dead-in-tampines-232108677.html?linkId=11218124

    Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

    In this file photo, a group of Chinese college students are seen promoting AIDS awareness, during a World AIDS Day campaign in Liaocheng, Shandong province, on December 1, 2013In this file photo, a group of Chinese college students are seen promoting AIDS awareness, during a World AIDS Day campaign in Liaocheng, Shandong province, on December 1, 2013

    The plight of

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