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5 Must-Try CNY Snacks: Durian Bak Kwa, Hong Bao Bread and more…

Chinese New Year is just a week away! Have you got your goodies to welcome the Year of the Pig? Chinese believe that snacking on selected sweet treats during the new year can bring great prosperity and abundance. For instance, traditional snacks such as Nian Gao (Sweet Rice Cake), symbolise progress, advancement, and growth. Fish

David Marshall on the death sentence

Singapore’s Marshall of Kindness

By Vibrant Dot StaffMost of us know the late David Marshall as Singapore’s first Chief Minister from 1955 to 1956. He was also Singapore’s first ambassador to France. Marshall also had a reputation, both inside and outside the law community, as the most successful criminal lawyer of his time, hence the phrase “Marshall never loses”.

New Don Don Donki Ciry Square Mall

New Don Don Donki Opens at City Square Mall—The Biggest Ever!

It’s refreshing to visit the new Don Don Donki outlet @ City Square Mall, especially if you just squeezed through a sea of Friday crowd from the nearby Mustafa Shopping Centre. The biggest of the Donki chain in Singapore – and Southeast Asia – the new outlet at B2 City Square Mall covers 26,000 sq

The Travel Photographer’s Guide to Raising Kids

The Travel Photographer’s Guide to Raising Kids

By Vibrant Dot Staff Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. – Kent Nerburn, American author Alex Soh, a landscape travel photographer and the art director of the publication Our

Car-Sharing Replace Car Ownership

Will Car-Sharing Replace Car Ownership in Singapore?

The burgeoning ride-sharing economy has been rapidly reshaping the landscape of urban mobility. Not long after ride-sharing companies like Uber and Grab began threatening the traditional taxi industry, the brightly coloured bikes of bike-sharing companies have become ubiquitous across the island. When BlueSG rolled out Singapore’s first large-scale electric vehicle sharing program last December, “car-sharing”

Union Energy Group.

A Glimpse Into the Success of Union Energy: What’s Next?

The familiar household liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) brand, Union Energy, has made headway in the electricity retail market. This came after the Energy Market Authority’s announcement to fully liberalise the electricity retail market by the second half of 2018. Consumers will have the option to switch from being on regulated tariffs to buying electricity from

Social Activism in Singapore

Social Activism in Singapore: The Death Penalty and LGBTQ Rights

The efforts of social activists are always seen in different lights by their supporters and opponents. While they are universally lauded for improving humanity by challenging social ills like slavery and racism, there exists legitimate dissent against activism as their zealotry directly clashes with traditional values and beliefs. The uphill battle to abolish the death

An Engineer’s Story: Working in the U.S. Versus Working in Singapore

An Engineer’s Story: Working in the U.S. Versus Working in Singapore

Why do you work so hard?” “Because I am in Singapore.” Azman Said, a young technology engineer, replied with a smile. I smiled back in response: surrounding us were the bustling crowds and tall, glass fronted skyscrapers of Raffles Place, which glinted in the afternoon sun. Do people in Singapore really work much harder than

Traditionally, family reunion dinners take place on the first day of the Chinese New Year with the husband’s parents, and on the second day with the wife’s family. Source:123RF

The 15 Days of the Chinese New Year: What Do They Represent?

It’s going to be the Chinese Year of Pig! This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year is celebrated over 15 days. The festivities begin on the eve of Chinese New Year, when families gather together for the annual reunion dinner. The next

Possible Impact of GST Hike in Singapore

By G. Kalyan Kumar Singapore’s proposed hike of the goods and services tax (GST) from 7 to 9 percent after a surplus budget has baffled many. For the 2017 financial year, Singapore posted a net surplus of S$9.6 billion that was above the estimated S$1.9 billion. It was the biggest surplus in recent times. In

His wife Chow Yee Ling and their deceased son Lawrance Chow.jpg

Inspiring Stories: How a Father Turned Despair into Hope

“We lost our dear son over seven years ago at the age of 26 after suffering for many years with manic depression,” Mr Chow Yen Lu shared at his TEDx Talk at St Joseph’s Institution in August 2017. “It was a very dark and difficult time for us, my wife and I. His passing on

Survey: Are Singaporeans Working Too Hard?

By Vibrant Dot Staff The Epoch Times interviewed 31 office workers around Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) to find answers to this question: “Are Singaporeans working too hard?” 80 percent of the 31 respondents work more than eight hours a day, while half of them work more than 10 hours a day. 73 percent of

The 6 Types of Colleagues You Loathe Working With

I’m not an expert, but if there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s this – the weekday blues involve myriad things: heavy traffic, early mornings, and difficult co-workers. I don’t have a solution to frustrating road congestion or becoming an early riser, but I do have a couple of pointers on working with

Work-Life Balance in the Singapore Workplace

Work-Life Balance in the Singapore Workplace

A workplace with work-life harmony is beneficial not only for employees but also for employers. According to reports by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the implementation of work-life balance measures at companies helps employees sustain their peak performance and increases the productivity of the companies. A study by the Singapore National Employers Federation in

Fancy a Fika? What Singapore Can Learn from Other Countries

Fatigue, migraine, and depression are words commonly used by many frazzled working adults in Singapore. Are the majority of Singaporeans really achieving adequate work-life balance? To set the record straight, let’s start by seeing what we can learn from other countries. United Kingdom According to regulations given by the Ministry of Manpower, Singaporean workers are

Are Singaporeans Working Too Hard

Are Singaporeans Working Too Hard?

Asian countries have long been known for putting in long hours at work as compared to their Western counterparts like the United States and Europe. Hence, it is not surprising to hear reports of people in Singapore working long hours each day, be it in the office or remotely. This is supported by surveys and

Dignity Kitchen: Giving Seniors a Slice of Happiness

Voices of Singapore’s Elderly

Tell Us About Your Retirement Life? Mr Onn, 71 I usually hang around here playing chess or chatting with my friends, watching television, reading the newspapers and eating. The worst is if I have no money in my pockets. I have grandchildren. I live with my son and grandchildren. I don’t have much savings but

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