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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from a thick, noxious haze caused by smoke from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia. The haze, which has shrouded parts of Malaysia and Singapore for about a month, also spread to Thailand on Monday, the first time it has reached hazardous levels so far north. It highlights the regional nature of a problem that's being blamed on Indonesia's inability to prevent big plantation companies from burning forests to clear land for new trees.

  • How to Get the Best Out of Your BBQ Pit
    How to Get the Best Out of Your BBQ Pit

    In Singapore we don’t waste too much time talking about the weather – the heat is as inescapable as the ingenious ERP road user taxing system, or the controlled climate of sprawling air-conditioned megamalls we can’t help but seek out. But really, there are only three sensible reactions to the heat: one, take a swim, two, enjoy a cold beer, or three, have a BBQ. Or all of the above, at the same time – whether you live in a private property with a fancy pool, state-of-the-art grilling equipment and the inclination to introduce a on-demand chef into the equation, or in a housing situation that fulfils a more basic, pragmatic function, everyone has access to a BBQ pit. Where Should I have my Epic BBQ Party? Choose between parks, beaches and other public spaces. Singapore’s National Parks BBQ booking system charges a nominal fee for a night of good food and great company (that you need to provide, naturally), and there are other great places for your evening of do-it-yourself Singapore cuisine. Find a friend with a BBQ pit-enabled condominium, or portable BBQ pit and a penchant for the outdoors. Just remember to book your facilities early and check if there ... Bon Vivant - Asia's ultimate Food & Lifestyle Magazine, presented by Clubvivre

  • In Singapore, robots are now leading workouts for the elderly
    In Singapore, robots are now leading workouts for the elderly

    Singapore's government this weekend unveiled a "robo coach" - a robot that will help senior citizens exercise and stay healthy.