Blog Posts by Nurul Azliah Aripin

  • Hotel maid allegedly caught on camera poking through guest’s valuables

     

    A YouTube user known as Vince Stravix claims that a maid in a "brand-name" American hotel he was staying at had gone through his valuables.

     

    He says the video caught on his laptop camera showed the female hotel maid on 5 November going through his Chromebook, luggage, and mail package, before proceeding to clean the room.

     

    He uploaded the four-minute video three days later, hoping to create awareness that “even in a hotel room, someone could rifle through your things without you knowing”.

     

    In a comment, he advises viewers to “password protect everything you own and keep valuables locked up”.

     

    The clip quickly became viral, attracting over 6 million views as of Thursday as well as a stream of comments, some of which were requesting for the name of the hotel to be revealed.


    Stravix does not wish to reveal the name, though. “This video was not uploaded to incite a witch-hunt or a boycott. Employees are never 100% controllable and they never will be because people are not robots,”

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  • 60-year-old man dies in Pasir Ris after construction materials fall

    A 60-year-old man died at a construction site in Pasir Ris on Wednesday after metal construction materials toppled onto the crane he was sitting in.

    According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force, who were alerted to the incident at 11:46am, paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

    Officers had to reposition the crane boom and remove the materials before they could retrieve the body, SCDF said.

    The civil defence forces dispatched two fire engines, a Red Rhino, an ambulance and two support vehicles to the site, which is located along Pasir Ris Drive 1.

    According to The Straits Timesthe location was a construction site of Pasir Ris One, a public housing development under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme.

    The police, who received a call for assistance at about 12:48pm, are investigating the unnatural death.

     

     

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  • #UnderHappy hashtag trends on Twitter as Singaporeans share their woes

    Meme by SGAG mocking the recent Workplace Happiness Index, which states that a majority of Singaporeans are Under Happy. (Photo by SGAG)Meme by SGAG mocking the recent Workplace Happiness Index, which states that a majority of Singaporeans are Under Happy. (Photo by SGAG)

    “Bak Chor Mee came with one less meatball. #Underhappy”

    “Boss just bought a Bentley after announcing this year no bonus. #UnderHappy”

    Numerous Singaporeans have been posting their woes about living in Singapore all day on Wednesday after local blogger Kinmun Lee (@mrbrown) shared a tweet with the hashtag at 11:36am.

    As of 5:30am, the hashtag was still trending at the number one spot on Twitter.

    It all began after the Singapore Human Resource Institute and Align Group released the Workplace Happiness Index on Tuesday, stating that the majority of employees in Singapore are “Under Happy”.

    According to media reports, local employees in Singapore received a score of 59 out of 100, which falls within the “Under Happy” band (51 to 67). The other two bands are “Unhappy” (0 to 50) and “Happy” (68 to 100).

    After the story came out, Lee shared a tweet saying: “News: The nation’s overall wokplace happiness index is 59, which falls into the band “Under Happy”, between “Unhappy” &

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  • CCTV cameras are streaming footage of Singapore homes to this creepy site

    Do you have a CCTV camera in your home?

    If you do, we hope you’ve changed the default password. If you haven’t, you might be able to see streamed footage of your home on a website called Insecam.

    The website streams CCTV footage from homes and shopping centres at various countries across the globe, including Singapore and Malaysia.

    There are a total of 73,011 streams from 256 countries that can be viewed on the site, out of which 785 are from Singapore and over 11,000 are from the US.

    Screen grab of a CCTV footage from Insecam website. (Insecam screen grab)Screen grab of a CCTV footage from Insecam website. (Insecam screen grab)

    When Yahoo Singapore accessed the site on Monday 5pm, none of the videos were loading.  

    However, the site claimed that they did not hack into the CCTV cameras because the owners had not changed the default passwords.

    “Sometimes administrator (possibly you too) forget to change the default passwords like ‘admin: admin’ or ‘admin: 12345’ on security surveillance system, online camera or DVR. Such online cameras are available for all Internet users,” said the site.

    A screengrab from website Insecam on how to search for CCTV camera footages on the Internet. (Insecam screengrab)A screengrab from website Insecam on how to search for CCTV camera footages on the Internet. (Insecam screengrab)

    Why have they set up such a website?

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  • Netizens might get into trouble for harassing Sim Lim’s Jover Chew: reports

    Netizens may be breaking the law for harassing errant Sim Lim retailer Jover Chew, reported Channel NewsAsia

    Under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public and Nuisance) Act, there are some provisions that can be applied to in Chew’s case, whose personal details such as his identity card number, address and mobile number were posted on Internet troll SMRT (LTD) Feedback’s Facebook page. The information was subsequently shared multiple times by other netizens.

    However, the police may find it difficult to track down the anonymous netizens behind these vigilante tactics.

    The Protection from Harassment Act, was passed in March to protect people from online harassment and bullying, but it is not fully in force yet.

    Just two days ago, a t-shirt by Singapore pranksters SGAG with expletives printed on it was found lying on the floor outside of Chew’s Mobile Air shop in Sim Lim Square.

    The online campaigns against Chew began after a video of his Vietnamese customer begging on his knees for a

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  • These videos of SBS and SMRT buses getting scrapped are truly depressing

     
    Many of us rely heavily on public buses to get around, and seeing videos of SBS and SMRT buses getting ripped apart is heartbreaking when we think of how these buses served us. 
    Singapore vehicle enthusiast Maxson Goh uploaded a few videos of local public buses being sent to the gallows. His most popular clip shows a retired SBS bus being torn to pieces. 
    In a sad video note, he said, “It's truly depressing to see a legendary bus in this sorry and neglected condition and knowing that it only has a few hours to live.”
     
    The video garnered over 15,000 views since being posted nine months ago in February. Viewers are still sharing the clip and commenting on it. 
     
    One of the recent comments posted a month ago by YouTube user MUNKYBoi1989, said, “This buses has seen better days.”
     
    Another said, “I hate the fact that people don’t understand how much better did these buses improved our lives. If they could at least keep five of them. It’s underrated.”
    Here’s more depressing footage of
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  • Cheeky Singapore video reminds you to switch off your engine before having car sex


    Did you know you might be doing damage to the environment even when you’re, ahem, having car sex?

    The Singapore Environment Council posted a Facebook video on Thursday to spread awareness about the horizontal mambo jambo in the car while leaving the engine on.

    “Vehicles produce 50 per cent of these locally emitted particles, which clog up our lungs… Make love not haze. Don’t let your car engine idle,“ said the one-minute cheeky video depicting a parked van as it rocked up and down according to the hot and heavy activities of its occupants.

    The funny clip, which even features an iconic sex scene from the movie "Titanic", has garnered over 17,000 views and close to 300 shares.

    Many have given the video the thumbs up.

    “That is so funny but still a strong message,” said a Marcelle Baum.

    “Such a brilliant idea!! Proud of the client actually having the courage to approve it,” said a Catherine Leck.

    SEC's playful vibe

    This is not the only video that's attracted attention to the council.

    SEC

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  • Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin 'shocked' over Sim Lim Square case

    Jover Chew, the shop owner-cum-scam artist behind the Sim Lim Square fiasco, is fast earning himself new enemies every day. 

    The latest is Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin who called his behaviour "shocking" in a Facebook post on late Thursday evening.

    “I’m shocked at the behavior shown. The chap didn’t seem remorseful either.”

    Sim Lim Square electronics shop owner, Jover Chew Chiew Loon, duped a Vietnamese tourist, Phan Van Thoai, into paying S$1,500 in warranty fees on Monday for an iPhone 6 purchase, which cost the tourist $950.

    Chew was later forced to refund only S$400 following an intervention by CASE.

    The Minister said the episode reminded him of other concerns he has been working on with residents on errant contractors, “who drag their feet after causing damage”.

    “We should see how to strengthen or adjust our laws to deal with these cases where individuals face such hurdles to seek resolution. Some are disputes that may fall short of violating any laws or regulations, but they

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  • Shisha ban: What will Singapore smokers do now?

    Following the news that the government plans to ban shisha tobacco later this month, Singapore users of the Turkish water-pipe are naturally upset.

    So what will these people do now?

    Yahoo Singapore spoke to several shisha smokers to find out and get their reactions to the ban.

    Rajid Ahamed, an 18-year-old who smokes shisha almost every day with his friends at Middle Eastern-themed cafes near Arab Street, said that he would smoke more cigarettes once the ban takes place and patronize shisha cafes outside of Singapore.

    “My friends and I are already planning trips to Johor Bahru and visit the shisha places there. Within Singapore, I guess I’ll follow my dad to the cigar lounge at Grand Hyatt Hotel,” he added.

    Media engineer Iqbal Zaidi expressed similar intentions. "As for me, I think I’ll head to Johor Bahru for shisha or fly to Dubai more often. Dubai is like a really big Arab Street, and flights there via Malaysia Airlines are pretty affordable,” he said.

    Faishal Ibrahim, parliamentary

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  • Integration is not about making foreigners 'more like Singaporeans': employers federation official

    How can social cohesion and integration be fostered in Singapore?

    Don’t think about it as making foreigners “more like Singaporeans”, said John Ng, vice president of the Singapore National Employers Federation, said on Tuesday at a conference on social cohesion and integration in Europe and Asia.

    “It should be about finding a common ground in which we can mutually support, benefit and grow harmoniously while at the same time maintain our individual cultures and identities,” said Ng, who was speaking as part of a panel on the issue in the Singapore context.

    Ng, who is also a member of the National Integration Council, said it was also important for foreigners to show appreciation and understanding of the Singaporean way of life and to familiarise themselves with social and cultural norms.

    He pointed out that Singapore has never been a homogeneous population, and despite having inculcated common Singaporean characteristics over recent years, the different ethnic groups have not lost

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