Singapore Ranks 3rd In Asia For Internet Affordability, 15th Globally For Connection Quality

According to the latest Digital Quality of Life Index by Netherlands-based VPN service company Surfshark, Singapore is ranked 3rd in Asia for Internet affordability, after Japan and Korea.

The study examines 117 countries and indexes each country according to five pillars that impact the population’s overall digital quality of life. The five pillars include internet affordability, internet quality, e-infrastructure, e-security, and e-government.

Singapore’s rank was 4th last year. The significant drop in ranking is due to a lower score in the e-security pillar. However, the other pillars such as internet affordability, internet quality and e-government saw improvements.

Here’s a breakdown of our results:

Here’s the ranking of the top 10 countries globally:

Images from SurfShark DQL 2022

Reasons why you should STILL wear your mask despite the new COVID-19 measures

Wearing masks are no longer mandatory outdoors from 29 March onwards. Despite so, here are some reasons why it is still important to wear your mask!

1. You may be more likely to attract your soul mate

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They use the term “mask fishing” in Tik Tok– but it actually helps you to use the charms of your eyes to draw your potential soulmate! It builds up the curiosity about how you look without your mask too.

2. Don’t waste your money 

How to collect your free surgical, N95 masks from Thursday | The Straits  Times

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When the new measures were announced, how many of us still has a delivery for our face masks and face shields? Don’t waste your money and continue wearing those masks you bought!

3. And save more money! 

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Wearing masks would make all the makeup and lipstick unnecessary, for ladies. Even if we put on makeup, it stains onto our masks and touching up is a hassle. Time to let our natural beauty shine and save money on unnecessary makeup products!

4. Better be safe than sorry 

Singapore reports 7,584 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths - CNA

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Although the COVID-19 situation is more stabilised in Singapore, it is not completely gone yet! Keep your loved ones safe and wear your mask if you feel like you should.

Here’s where you can actually remove your masks 

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Whether or not you choose to wear your mask, do stay safe and ensure that masks are still worn indoors!

Singapore vehicle can enter JB for Free from 1-7 April 2022

As Singapore-Malaysia border finally opens on 1 April 2022, Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong has announced that the road charge will be waived from 1 to 7 April 2022 for all Singapore vehicles.

This concession is to give Singaporean drivers time to top up and renew their Touch’n Go cards, which is used to pay for the road charge (S$6.45).

Minister Wee also added that it would hopefully stave off congestion at the two immigration checkpoints at the Causeway and the Tuas Second Link.

You can now get 5% off essential items at Fairprice every Friday, from 4 March 2022

Good news if you are someone who shops for groceries because you can now get a discount!

Fairprice is offering a 5% discount at all supermarkets and hypermarkets from 4 March onwards. This includes essential items like rice, oil and vegetables.

Thanks to the FairPrice Group’s Stretch Your Dollar programme, it helps to reduce the rising cost of living and inflationary factors.

In addition, the prices of coffee and tea at Kopitiam and NTUC Foodfare will be reduced and held at 90 cents until the year-end.

With this initiative in place, we hope that more families will be able to cope better amidst the Covid-19 situation.

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Singapore to expect rainy days for first two weeks of February, bring an umbrella to house visiting

Showers and thunderstorms are expected in the first two weeks of February. 

Singapore to ring in 2022 with cool and rainy days: Met Service - CNA

The highest temperature on average is between 25°C and 30°C. This can be good news especially when Singapore is a hot and humid country!

However, make sure to take an umbrella with you when you go for house visiting over Chinese New Year! You wouldn’t want to appear drenched…

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BHG closes down their Clementi Outlet and One Assembly at Raffles City, with moving out sale up to 90%

If you are someone who loves shopping at department stores, this is an important news for you!

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BHG will be closing down it’s outlet at Clementi Mall as well as One Assembly at Raffles City.

Don’t worry– if you are a fan of shopping at BHG, the remaining outlets will be at Bugis Junction, Bishan and Choa Chu Kang.

As for One Assembly, they will cease their operations from 3 January 2022 onwards. As such, there will be a sale of up to 90% off! The store is where Robinsons was once located, at Raffles City.

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However, you can soon look forward to new ventures such as a collaboration with The Marmalade Pantry.

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Head down to get your items before they are gone!

Address: 200 Victoria Street #01-100, #02-17 & #03-11, 188021
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.30 am to 10 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am to 10 pm

One Assembly
Address: Raffles City #01-01 to 02, #01-44, #02-04 to 07, #02-14
Sunday – Saturday – 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Sale of VTL flights and buses tickets for travel into Singapore to be frozen from 23 December 2021 to 20 January 2022

Airlines are no longer allowed to sell VTL flight tickets to Singapore from 23 December to 20 January. This measure is due to the rising imported cases and the new omicron variant.

Likewise, this applies to those who are planning to travel on the Singapore-Malaysia land VTL.

However, if you have bought the tickets earlier, you will still be allowed to travel.

Till then, do remember to stay safe!

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Two lions break free from their container at Changi Airport, sedated afterwards

Two lions broke free of the container they were being transported in at Changi Airport on 12 December. They were on their way to an overseas facility.

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With the help of Mandai Wildlife Group, they were shot with a tranquiliser gun . In order to be brought to the animal quarantine facility, they had to be sedated.

The lions are now under recovery and monitored. They will remain in the animal quarantine facility in Mandai for the time being.

Here are the places where you can watch countdown 2022, from the comforts of your home

It’s been about 2 years since we last saw the fireworks at Marina Bay.

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Despite not being able to commence the fireworks at Marina Bay again this year, they will take place nearer to your neighbourhoods instead!

Here is the full list of estates that you’ll be able to catch the fireworks:

    • Bedok
    • Bishan
    • Boon Lay
    • Geylang
    • Hougang
    • Jurong
    • Nanyang
    • Tampines
    • Tiong Bahru
    • Woodlands
    • Yew Tee

There are also lightshows that you can catch along the Marina Bay vicinity as well.

Shine A Light

Image from Marina Bay Countdown 2022

Remember the iconic moments when we shone a torchlight out of our homes to encourage the frontline workers and those who made a significant impact on us during the pandemic?

Shine A Light is a display that aims to represent the harmony of Singaporeans. From now till December 31, each light highlights a different cause.

It takes place every 15 minutes from 8:45pm.

Share The Moment 

Image from Marina Bay Countdown 2022

You can also witness an illuminating light projection at The Fullerton Hotel, Merlion and ArtScience Museum. The artwork is proudly brought to you by our local students.

From Dec. 26 – 31, showtimes will be from 8pm – 10:30pm every 15 minutes, with extended showtimes till 11:45pm on NYE.

Waterfront Promenade light installations

Lastly, dance around or take a stroll along the Waterfront Promenade light installations.

Showtimes are from 8 pm to 10.30 pm daily, until 31 December 2021.

With all these in mind, where will you be heading to watch the fireworks or the beautiful light installations this year?