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Updated: 2017-08-18T15:28:35.357+08:00

 



Taxi fares increased - So how are you going to commute !!

2011-12-13T15:19:15.614+08:00

ComfortDelGro did it !!

Now it is SMRT's turn from 20 dec 2011.
SO it is $3 from $2.80 for standard taxis
$3.40 from $3.20 for an Epica/Azera taxi

If you want go more luxuriously then pay $3.90 for the Mercedes, London, Ssangyong and Starex cabs.

Distance-based charges will increase by between 2 cents and 3 cents per kilometer, on the average.

Booking fees for standard taxis will be $3.30 but bookings for Mercedes, London, Ssangyong and Starex cabs will soon cost $10.

Extra charges :

1) Lowered peak hour surcharge: From 35 per cent of metered fare to 25 per cent of metered fare, Mondays to Fridays (6am to 9:30am) and Mondays to Sundays and Public Holidays (6pm to midnight).

Note the longer duration - it will start an hour earlier, at 6am from Mondays to Fridays and run from 6pm to midnight all week, including Sundays and public holidays.

2) $1 public holiday surcharge is removed

3) $3 location surcharge to Marina Bay Sands shortened from 6am to midnight, to 6am to 4:59pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.

4) $2 per additional passenger for Ssangyong and London Cab fleets, from current $2 flat rate.


I think my commute by taxi will surely go down. I would be going out for lunch rather than for dinner with my family. I will have to shop nearby frequently and take a shopping cart. But are the buses and trains going to get more crowded now !!

Oh my god ! That is worse , let's see ..



Lewis Hamilton wins F1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

2009-09-27T22:09:15.348+08:00

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who tried to come first from the beginning, was the first driver to cross the finish line after 61 laps at the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix. Next was Toyota’s Timo Glock and the third last year’s winner, Fernando Alonso.
Championship contender, Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull managed to finish in fourth place, ahead of championship leader Jenson Button. Sixth place was taken up by Button’s team mate, Rubens Barrichello.



Next stage of circle line stations to open in early 2010

2009-09-08T14:25:54.158+08:00

Few stations of the circle line have been running successfully. There is not much crowd in the train but it is very convenient for people staying , studying and working there. The next phase of the Circle Line – Stages 1 and 2 – will start operations in the first half of 2010. WE do not know the exact dates , however, it will only be finalised after engineers complete the necessary tests.
Stage 1 of the Circle Line starts from Dhoby Ghaut, through MRT stations like Esplanade and Nicoll Highway, and ends at Stadium, while Stage 2 starts from Mountbatten, through interchange station Paya Lebar, and ends at Tai Seng.
The other 13 stations from Marymount to Harbourfront will be ready by 2011. Daily ridership of this 33.3-kilometre line is estimated to be close to half a million when it is fully operational.



Swine Flu update in Singapore

2009-07-06T02:50:21.670+08:00

Swine Flu has been the talk of the town and we find that SIngapore has been affected a lot by this in many ways. Singapore has confirmed 52 new cases of H1N1 flu as of July 5th so totalling it to 1,055. 69 cases have been investigated and 50 were found to be local cases while 19 were imported ones. Of the cumulative number of 1,003 cases investigated thus far, 591 were local cases and 412 were imported ones.
The Health Ministry says that the current strain remains mild, except for high-risk individuals with underlying medical conditions where complications and even deaths may occur. The ministry urges members of the public who feel unwell with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose) to promptly seek medical attention.
So be careful when you are out and try to avoid spreading it to others. Hygiene is the most important thing. Always wash your hands and close your mouth while coughing.



Mas selamat has been arrested in Malaysia

2009-05-09T01:28:48.060+08:00

Mas Selamat Kastari, Singapore's Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader who escaped from Whitley Road Detention Centre on February 27 ,2008, has been arrested. That is surely a big relief I know for everyone. He was arrested in Malaysia in a joint intelligence operation involving the internal security agencies of the two countries. Well they say that Mas Selamat was actually arrested on April 1 , 2009 , over a month ago but had been under interrogation in Malaysia. He should be brought to Singapore soon.
Last December, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said: "He is one up on us, but the game is not over. One day we will catch him."
Most security experts had expected the fugitive to head for Indonesia, where other JI members are believed to be based. So, it came as a surprise to some that he was arrested in Malaysia. The escape sparked the largest manhunt in Singapore's history. You must all be remembering the posters bearing his face and description were put up everywhere and every mobile phone here was sent either a text description or a picture of him.

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Miss Singapore Universe 2009 on 9th May

2009-05-09T01:11:02.242+08:00

Miss Singapore Universe 2009 Grand Finals will be held on 9 May 2009 at Shangri La Hotel. The 15 finalists have been trained by Glamour Beaute Consultancy. Styling is to be performed by Makeup Forever. The finalists also hit Dermasolutions and Orchards Scotts Dental where they get to tone their body and perfect their smile respectively.
The winner will be crowned by Shenise Wong. Miss Singapore Universe 2009 will represent Singapore at Miss Universe 2009 in the Bahamas in August. The preliminary evening gown for the Miss Universe 2009 will be designed by Hayden Ng, a professional designer who also crafted the evening gown for Miss Singapore Universe 1987 Marion Nicole Teo, where she placed top 10 in Miss Universe 1987. so let us all wait and watch who wins??



First case of Swine flu reported in Hong Kong

2009-05-02T02:13:09.093+08:00

Swine flu spread to Asia on Friday, as Hong Kong authorities announced the continent’s first case, a 25-year-old traveler who came from Mexico via Shanghai. They immediately quarantined an entire hotel where the traveler had stayed on Thursday night. Flu experts have warned that it would be harder to manage the disease if it becomes established in Asia’s densely populated countries.
Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases of what is now known as influenza A(H1N1) continued to climb. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its total number of confirmed cases in the United States on Friday to 141 cases in 19 states, up from 109 cases in 11 states a day earlier.
Hong Kong’s first confirmed arrived Thursday afternoon on a China Eastern flight, then checked into a local hotel and fell ill, health officials said in an evening press briefing. Hong Kong authorities responded quickly, quarantining the man at a local hospital, declaring a health emergency, and then quarantining all 200 guests at the hotel, the Metropark, for seven days — whether or not they had contact with the man. About 100 members of the hotel staff are also being kept in the building, and will be moved to rural campgrounds that are being converted overnight into medical quarantine areas, authorities said. Health workers in blue uniforms and green surgical masks also arrived to distribute boxes of Tamiflu, which is used to shorten the duration of the flu, to hotel guests and staff.
“No one can enter or leave the hotel without the permission of a health officer,” said Dr. Lam Ping-yan, Hong Kong’s director of health.
Despite the alarm the epidemic has raised in Hong Kong and other areas, the epidemic has so far resulted in mild illness in many of those infected outside Mexico, and worldwide caused one death in the United States and fifteen in Mexico. There are 358 confirmed cases of infection in Mexico, believed to be the outbreak’s epicenter, and tests are continuing to see if more of 159 people who recently died of respiratory ailments had the flu, Mexican authorities said.



Elderly women hit by train in Clementi MRT is dead

2009-03-25T00:59:50.342+08:00

Train accidents have become so common now. Who is to be blamed, I have no idea. Today an elderly woman was killed after she was hit by a train at the Clementi MRT station. So this in turn had disturbed the westbound train service between Queenstown and Jurong East stations for about 50 minutes. The woman, believed to be a 71-year-old Chinese, was hit by an oncoming train at 6.15 am, said SMRT in a statement. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call about the incident at 6.18am. SCDF officers found the body lying under the third carriage of the train and had to manually extricate it. The woman was pronounced dead by paramedics at about 6.57am.
To maintain service on the unaffected stretch of the East-West line, westbound trains were turned around at Queenstown MRT Station. Train service between Jurong East and Joo Koon stations were not affected by the incident. SMRT said it activated a bus bridging service from Queenstown to Jurong East stations to ferry affected commuters. The first bus arrived at Queenstown MRT Station at about 6.50am. About 6,250 passengers were affected during the incident. Westbound train service resumed at 7.03am.
Passengers were informed of the service disruption and the free bus services through announcements, notices and the rail travel information system at affected stations.
Passengers who were unable to complete their journeys due to the disruption can claim a full fare refund from any of the 53 SMRT stations within the next three working days.
SMRT is assisting Police in its investigations.



NTU student stabs professor and kills himself

2009-03-03T11:41:40.173+08:00

Why, Why would you kill someone if you have not got ur grades. All this happened in NTU (Nanyang Technological University) in the morning of 2nd March. A final-year engineering student (EEE) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU),21, David Hartanto Widjaja stabbed his professor, Chan Kap Luk, several times with a kitchen knife and jumped from a campus block. The professor was in his office at the engineering faculty when the student stabbed him in the back. He then slit his wrists and jumped off a five - storey building. Police said they received a call about the incident at 10.35am, and arrived to find the student dead at the bottom of the engineering block. Eyewitnesses also told about this incident to the police.
Professor Chan, a Singaporean in his 40s, was sent to the National University Hospital for treatment and is said to be in a stable condition.
Why all this happened was that he did not get the expected grades for his project. For sometime he was not doing very well in his subjects.
He was indeed a good student, as told by many professors. They called him a 'genius' in maths who had previously represented Indonesia in the International Mathematical Olympiad. A former president of the NTU Electronic Sports Club, he enjoyed computer gaming, they said, but he was a private person who preferred to indulge in this alone in his hostel room. He had a single-room in Hall Four, and was not known to be social.
Well u can see that mostly people who are kind of lonely, try to attempt such things.
He is a Chinese- Indonesian who came to SIngapore with Asean scholarship.
Pictures of the crime scene of NTU student stabbing



Alexis@Alexandra condominium giving discounts for homebuyers !!

2009-02-13T11:06:35.855+08:00

Well the property prices here in Singapore has been going down now. But Alexis is not only going down but also giving discounts. Yi Kai Development and Fission Group, the developers of the 293-unit condominium Alexis@Alexandra, are offering discounts of 28 per cent to make people buy and attract. Well that actually did pay off and homebuyers flocked to the opening of the development near Queenstown MRT. The offer ends on Thursday. The development includes 100 studio apartments, priced at about S$450,000 each. Two-bedroom units cost approximately S$660,000. Some of them thought it was a good deal while some were little cautious. The whole situation is that they think it might still go down and so some also want to keep waiting. well let us see what is going to happen !!



Circle Line MRT to open on May 30th !!

2009-02-13T10:57:46.745+08:00

Are you residing in areas such as Lorong Chuan and Bartley Road, then the circle line MRT is just on its way to open on May 30th 2009. Circle Line Stage 3, which has five stations, will open on May 30 instead of June, Transport Minister Raymond Lim announced in Parliament during yesterday's debate on his ministry's budget.
The remaining 24 stations on the new line will open slowly from next year, thereby reducing the crowd in other trains. When completed, the Circle Line will take about 10 to 15 per cent of commuter trips from existing lines. '(It) will help commuters save travel time, by reducing the need to make detours into the city centre to transfer across MRT lines,' said Mr Lim.
The five stations that will open are Marymount, Bishan, Lorong Chuan, Serangoon and Bartley. Bishan will be the interchange station for the North-South line and Serangoon, the North-East line.
The Circle Line is among $40 billion worth of rail projects that will double Singapore's rail network. Besides adding new rail lines, the Transport Ministry is also intent on reducing waiting time along existing lines, which introduced 900 extra train trips a week last year. One major move is the purchase of 22 new trains, to be delivered in 2011. Another is to expand Jurong East MRT station, where there is a bottleneck. Trains arriving there from Bukit Batok now have only one platform and track to stop at before they turn around. A second train will have to wait for the first to leave before it pulls into Jurong East. A project to add another platform and track will be completed by 2011 instead of 2012, said Mr Lim.
The changes to Jurong East station and the new trains will cost $800 million in all. They will help boost carrying capacity along the North-South and East-West lines by 15 per cent and slash the waiting time between trains to two minutes in 2011 from the current 2.1 to 4 minutes.
Yet another project that will come onstream earlier is the extension of the North-South MRT line to Marina South. It will be completed a year earlier, in 2014.
Singapore's trains pack in four people per square metre, which is similar to those in Hong Kong but lower than London's (five people) , Tokyo's (seven) and Shanghai's (eight).



Chingay Parade 2009 road closure details !!

2009-01-29T13:34:46.682+08:00

Chingay Parade will be held tomorrow and on Saturday and many roads in the vicinity of the Padang will be closed.The Singapore Police Force and People's Association announced yesterday that Republic Boulevard, Temasek Avenue, Fullerton Road, Raffles Link and Parliament Place will be closed from 5.30pm to 1am tomorrow. Stamford Road, between Connaught Drive and St Andrew's Road, will be closed between 6.30pm and 11pm tomorrow. On Saturday, when City Alive!, said to be Singapore's biggest street dance party, takes place, Republic Boulevard, Raffles Avenue and Raffles Link will be closed from 5.30pm to 1am.Other roads such as Connaught Drive and Coleman Street will be closed until 5am. Stamford Road, between Connaught Drive and St Andrew's Road, will also be closed between 7pm and 1am on Sunday.
During the Chingay parade rehearsal, which takes place today, two out of four lanes - in the direction of Connaught Drive towards Beach Road/Stamford Road - will be closed from 10pm to 2am. Traffic and buses will be diverted as the lanes and roads will be closed along City Hall to Raffles Avenue. Motorists should avoid the affected areas and there will be auxiliary police officers present to regulate the traffic.
Train service arrangements :
Chingay Parade - 30 Jan -
The train service between Marina Bay and Yishun from 9pm to 11.45pm will run at a frequency of 3.5 mins, whilst the rest of North-South Line remains at the off-peak service frequency of 7.0mins.
For East-West line, the train service will run at a frequency of 4.8 mins from 10pm to 11.15pm.
Chingay Parade - 31 Jan -
The train service between Marina Bay and Yishun from 5pm to 11.45pm will run at a frequency of 3.5 mins, whilst the rest of North-South Line remains at the off-peak service frequency of 7.0mins.
For East-West line, the train service will run at a frequency of 5mins from 7.45pm to 11.45pm.



Singapore's DBS CEO Richard Stanley with Leukemia !!

2009-01-29T13:28:59.558+08:00

The Chief Executive Officer Richard Stanley,48, of DBS Group Holdings Ltd., Southeast Asia’s biggest bank has been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. He will be starting the medical treatment soon. Chairman Koh Boon Hwee, 58, will assume “active management oversight” while Stanley takes a leave of absence that may last as long as six months, the company said.
Stanley’s illness comes days after DBS completed a S$4 billion ($2.66 billion) rights offer that drew more bids than securities offered. The bank is turning to shareholders for cash after a slowdown in Singapore’s economy and rising provisions for losses on credit investments caused DBS’s steepest earnings decline in two years.
Stanley was appointed chief executive officer on May 1, 2008. He was Citigroup Inc.’s top China banker before he joined DBS.



Singapore is in 12th place for most expensive cities in the world !!

2008-12-05T17:09:48.067+08:00

How expensive is Singapore?? Standard of living has been high for sometime now. But where does it stand now ?? Singapore is the 12th most expensive city in Asia, now according to a global survey on cost of living by international human resource company ECA International. Well it has jumped 27 places, and is one of Asia's biggest movers. Hong Kong was ranked 6th, while Tokyo took the top spot. This time Beijing overtook Hong Kong as the most expensive Chinese city. The survey noted that the cost of living for Asian cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei has gone up in the past year due to fluctuating currency and inflation rates.
Living costs in Hong Kong are now approximately 15 per cent higher than in Singapore, an increase from 12 per cent last year.
According to ECA International, the last two months have seen goods and services in Hong Kong swing from being 10 per cent cheaper than in London to being almost 10 per cent more expensive. The financial crisis has relegated London, once regarded internationally as one of the most expensive cities in the world, to a lowly 72nd place, making it cheaper than dozens of cities including Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Brussels. Last year London came 10th.
Beijing is now three times more expensive than Singapore compared to last year, while cost of living for foreigners visiting Korea and Singapore is now almost on par.Big change in Japan this year, goods and services in Japan are now 68 per cent more expensive than in Singapore - around 43 per cent more from sep last year.
Who is the cheapest in Asia ?? It is Islamabad.Goods and services there are 70 per cent cheaper than in Japan.
In Europe, Moscow is the most expensive location, replacing Oslo. The weakening of the pound has seen central London off the list of the world's top ten most expensive cities.
The study compares the costs of 125 consumer goods and services commonly purchased by expatriates – ranging from groceries and electrical goods to clothing and motoring expenses - in 370 locations around the world.



Loletta Chu marries Vincent Lo !!

2008-11-29T18:08:57.221+08:00

Hong Kong - Former Miss Hong Kong Loletta Chu,48 has married real estate billionaire Vincent Lo,60 in a low-key wedding in Singapore. They tied the knot at Four Seasons Hotel, with pop star Sally Yeh as the bridesmaid, reported Ming Pao Daily News.
Yeh's husband, singer George Lam, was among the 30 or so guests. Hairstylist David Gan, who was spotted at the hotel, admitted he was the make-up artist.
Chu was crowned Miss Hong Kong in 1977 and is celebrated as the most gorgeous winner in the history of the pageant. She is the former wife of the late tycoon Henry Fok's son, Timothy, and has three sons by him. Her eldest, Kenneth, is the boyfriend of Chinese diving champ Guo Jingjing. Mr Lo, chairman of developer Shui On Land, is worth US$2.5 billion (S$3.8 billion), according to Forbes magazine.



White tiger kills Malaysian man in Singapore Zoo !!

2008-11-15T14:19:30.264+08:00

A big tragedy tho' the three white tigers in the Singapore Zoo mauled a Malaysian contract worker to death after the man jumped into their enclosure, a zoo official said. Nordin Bin Montong, 32, a Malaysian working as a cleaner at the zoo, leapt into the moat of the white tiger exhibit and was attacked, said Biswajit Guha, assistant director of zoology at the Singapore Zoo in a statement. The screams of the attack caught the attention of zookeepers nearby and they eventually managed to distract the tigers and rescue Nordin. But one did not leave him at all and attacked his head and neck. But then though they tried to help him, he died coz of the injury.
"Keepers managed to separate the worker from the tiger. While waiting for the ambulance, our vets attended to him," said Guha. "The worker tragically succumbed to his wound."
Singapore's Straits Times newspaper said on its website that Nordin was seen behaving in an agitated manner before he fell into the moat. Terrified visitors near the section watched the vicious attack in horror and screamed, the paper said.
White tigers are very rare because they suffer from a genetic condition that strips their fur of the orange pigment, leaving the animal with snow white fur, black stripes and blue eyes.



Iggy's Singapore rated best restaurant in Miele Guide !!

2008-11-03T18:05:58.367+08:00

A restaurant guide ?? Well it is useful ofcourse if u are really a food lover. Asia's
first truly independent and authoritative restaurant guide was officially launched on Oct 31st at a star-studded dinner held in Singapore. The 2008/2009 edition of this new annual guide, The Miele Guide,is also available via The Miele Guide’s website (mieleguide.com) and Amazon.com. So the first on the list was Iggy's,a modern-European eatery in the Regent Singapore hotel.This function was attended by approximately 350 guests. Results of the Miele Guide, rated Iggy's above even French chef Joel Robuchon's Asian outlets (ranked second, 6th and 13th) and culinary institutions like Hong Kong's Yung Kee (8th) and Fook Lam Moon (18th).


Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants 2008/2009

1. Iggy’s, Singapore
2. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong, China
3. Les Amis, Singapore
4. Gunther’s, Singapore
5. Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia
6. Robuchon a Galera, Macau, China
7. Garibaldi, Singapore
8. Yung Kee, Hong Kong, China
9. Hutong, Hong Kong, China
10. Antonio’s, Tagaytay, The Philippines
11. Caprice, Hong Kong, China
12. Zuma, Hong Kong, China
13. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan
14. Bukhara, New Delhi, India
15. Grissini, Hong Kong, China
16. Nobu, Hong Kong, China
17. M on the Bund, Shanghai, China
18. Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong, China
19. Zanotti, Bangkok, Thailand
20. Kyubey, Tokyo, Japan



Jetstar Asia increases flights to KL and offers free seats now !!

2008-09-29T10:47:00.795+08:00

Jetstar Asia offers passengers 50,000 FREE SEATS* for bookings from 26 September (12 noon) to 3 October 2008.
That is a good deal and they have announced that from December 2008, they will be increasing their flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from 7 times weekly to 19 times weekly. This announcement follows the full liberalization of the SIN-KUL market. So it is in this celebration that they are offering free seats (*not inclusive of surcharges and taxes) for bookings made from 26 September to 3 October 2008 and travel from 1 December 2008 to 31 July 2009. Passengers can start booking from 12 noon on 26 September (Friday).
When asked on the impact of the full liberalization of the market for low cost carriers, CEO Chong Phit Lian shared, “It is definitely good news. The flight time between Singapore and KL is short and passengers in both cities are very familiar about the benefits of low cost carriers. Our SIN-KUL-SIN flights have thus been very well-received since we commenced daily flights from 1 February this year. Currently, with only one flight daily, our load factor has already exceeded our expectations with seats filling more than 65% on average. The liberalization of the market would mean that we can provide more convenience and connectivity for passengers between two closely-knit cities.”
Jetstar Asia continues to attract passengers by operating out of Changi Airport Terminal One and KLIA’s main terminal, free online seat selection, leather seats and a generous free 20-kg luggage allowance.



Grand Prix Formula 1 Singapore - Fernando Alonso wins the night race !!

2008-09-29T10:41:35.379+08:00

It was really an electrifying night in the first ever Formula 1 night race Grand Prix. There was little drama atleast and small crashes here and there, but still the race went on very well. So who won the Grand Prix race in Singapore ??Well it was Renault's Fernando Alonso who captured the Singapore Grand Prix after starting 15th on the grid while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead.It was Alonso's 20th time in his career, his first victory since last year's Italian Grand Prix. Williams' Nico Rosberg was second, his best Grand Prix finish, and Lewis Hamilton was third.First in the race, Massa was leading but in the last it was Alonso who made it to the finish first. Alonso was way back on the grid after a fuel pump failed during qualifying."After qualifying, our hopes were gone already," Alonso said. "It was nearly over, but it shows that Formula One is unpredictable on Sunday."Hamilton extended his championship lead to seven points because of a turn of events that cost title rival Felipe Massa of Ferrari any points.Felipe Massa really had a bad day as his race was ruined when he pitted after the end of a safety car period at the start of the 20th lap.Massa pulled away from his stop prematurely, taking the fuel rig and hose with him up the pit lane. He knocked over one of his mechanics, who needed medical treatment, and almost collided with another car. By the time the crew sprinted the length of pit lane and got the rig out of the car, Massa had dropped from the lead to 18th and last. He then incurred a drive-through penalty for an "unsafe release from a pit stop." Massa finished in 13th place.Frrari's trouble,followed with reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen crashing out on the 58th of 61 laps. The Italian team's pointless finish and Hamilton's third place lifted McLaren to the top of the constructors' standings by one point.Toyota's Timo Glock was fourth and Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel took fifth. In sixth was BMW's Nick Heidfeld, ahead of Red Bull's David Coulthard and Williams' Kazuki Nakajima.Red Bull's Mark Webber was running in second place, a second behind Alonso, when gear trouble forced him to quit in the middle of the race.The safety car was deployed again on the 52nd lap after Force India's Adrian Sutil hit a barrier and blocked turn 18. That stacked the field together, negating the 23.5-second lead Alonso built. The Spaniard, however, immediately sprinted away from the field upon resumption of racing and won by 2.9 seconds.So all together it was a really a thrilling race and in any point no one could really tell as to who was winning the race !!1 F Alonso Renault 1:57:16.304 2 N Rosberg Williams Toyota +2.957 3 L Hamilton McLaren Mercedes +5.917 4 T Glock Toyota +8.155 5 S Vettel STR Ferrari +10.268 6 N Heidfeld BMW +11.101 7 D Coulthard Red Bull Renault +16.387 8 K Nakajima Williams Toyota +18.489 9 J Button Honda +19.885 10 H Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes +26.902 11 R Kubica BMW +27.975 12 S Bourdais STR Ferrari +29.432 13 F Massa Ferrari +35.170 14 G Fisichella Force India +43.571 15 K Raikkonen Ferrari +4 16 J Trulli Toyota Not Classified 17 A Sutil Force India Not Classified 18 M Webber Red Bull Renault Not Classified 19 R Barrichello Honda Not Classified 20 N Piquet Renault Not Classified[...]



Formula 1 tickets still selling !!

2008-09-26T12:24:21.432+08:00

Some of them really knew the way to make little money by getting the F1 tickets before hand. What did they do then?? They did not buy to go to the night race but to sell at a more bigger price. More than 300 tickets have been spotted for sale on popular auction websites such as Ebay. One of them was offering a three-day pit grandstand ticket for more than S$2,000. That’s S$600 above the official price of S$1,400. But however, a large number of the tickets sold online are going for as much as 60 per cent below the official price also. Its just ur luck on what u get.
But some of them really dont want to struggle going there and watching from that crowd. They are happy to watch from their homes.
One respondent said: “I guess the only tickets worth buying will be the ones over the pitstop if I can afford it. If you get seats anywhere else even at the turn, you’d probably be seeing the cars for a couple of seconds and back to the screen anyway, so might as well watch from home.”
“I would prefer to stay at home, reason being that I can watch it in the comfort of my own home, and not squeeze with all the people as well as be in air-conditioned environment,” said another respondent.
The practice of selling tickets like this is prohibited. Under the official purchase terms and conditions, tickets may not be resold or transferred for free or otherwise.
All of you be caredul about this. Dont get caught.



Pay 5 dollar surcharge for taxi to go to F1 Grand Prix !!

2008-09-26T12:12:18.965+08:00

If u want to go to the Grand Prix in a taxi, u have to pay extra money. Isn't that too much. More taxi companies are imposing an extra surcharge in the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix area during the coming weekend. Comfort DelGro said it will be charging $5 extra to pick up passengers in the area surrounding the Marina Bay street circuit this weekend. Smart Taxis also said it would levy that charge, with the same timings and locations as SMRT. SMRT announced that its taxis would be charging an extra $5 surcharge to pick up passengers from 14 locations in and around the F1 track.
It will apply only from 10.30pm to midnight on Friday (practice) and Saturday (qualifying), and from 9.30pm to midnight on Sunday, the night of the race.
Premier Taxis said it is still considering whether to levy the surcharge while Trans-Cab was uncontactable at press time.
Only Prime Taxis said it would not join in. 'This is our contribution to our customers,' said its managing director, Neo Nam Heng.
So now as most of them know about the surchage they would not be taking the taxi. Again the taxi drivers might not take the chance to go in the traffic jam. It is also going to be affecting the shops which are in that area and the restauarants. I guess it is kind of annoying and surprising as to why they have to just increase and keep surcharge. I am sure most of them would be taking the trains from there. So lets see how it goes.



Singapore weather for F1 Grand Prix !!

2008-09-26T12:03:41.685+08:00

You must have seen the storm in the morning today. Oh ho !! That was not good for the Formula One drivers' in the night race that is going to be held. The first practice session for the sport's inaugural floodlit grand prix is due to take place at 7 pm local time (1100 GMT) later today. Meteorologists had predicted a 50 percent chance of rain over the weekend and drivers have already voiced some concern about the combination of rain, floodlights and an untested street circuit.
"I think the biggest thing really is if we have a downpour and knowing what it's going to be like in the spray with the light refracting through the water," Red Bull driver David Coulthard told reporters.
"We don't know how much it's going to hang in the air, so that would be the most difficult thing I think."
Sauber's Nick Heidfeld echoed Coulthard's thoughts. "I would have welcomed the chance to test on the track, especially in the rain," he told reporters.
"Rain combined with the artificial light is the great unknown for me with this race.
"The climate should be similar to that in nearby Kuala Lumpur, and -- from experience -- it rains frequently there, especially in the early evening."
Heidfeld's teammate Robert Kubica added: "There are still some question marks regarding weather conditions and, related to the chance of rain, the light situation.
"I am sure the (sport's governing body) FIA have done everything to make it a safe race."
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has said he would rather the race be in the dry, saying that would make things "easier".
But the Briton, who leads the drivers' standings by one point from Ferrari's Felipe Massa with four races to go, has not expressed any anxiety about the expected rain.
His chief executive at McLaren Martin Whitmarsh is less blasé about the problems rain poses, however.
"If it rains, there is the unknown of whether there will be a problem with glare or the sparkle of light from droplets of rain that is greater than you would ordinarily get," he said.
"To manage this we are using coatings for the visors that won't allow droplets to collect."
Williams's Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima also acknowledged the difficulties the tropical conditions could pose.
"We've been doing quite a bit of work in our simulator in preparation for this race and it looks like Singapore could be quite a complex circuit with lots of corners, but it should still suit our car," he told reporters.
"I don't think driving at night will be a problem if it's dry but, if it's wet which it looks like it will be, it could be quite difficult with the reflection."



Grand prix road closure map and details !!

2008-09-23T11:42:10.887+08:00

YOU can visit the Singapore Grand Prix circuit without a ticket only before the Formula One race starts on Friday. At a press conference,the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran, said substantial road closures around the Marina Bay circuit would begin on Wednesday. Private vehicles will not be allowed onto the closed roads, but pedestrians will be able to walk through the area on Wednesday and Thursday.
Mr Iswaran said: 'By Thursday, the FIA (International Automobile Federation, motorsport's governing body) will do an inspection to certify the circuit is ready to go.' 'Essentially, the key thing is to try and find a way to distribute the load. One major source of human traffic is the MRT station at City Hall but then those who are on the other side, the Padang area, they can come by Raffles Place.
Motorists should note that Coleman Street, Colombo Court and Parliament Place will be closed.
Suntec City will still be accessible via East Coast Parkway and Nicoll Highway.
But dance studio Jitterbugs Singapore in Millenia Walk has chosen to suspend operations during the race.
U can check the GP race road closure map here.

Road closure maps

Pre-race:
Sept 20 - 22
Sept 23 - 25

Race weekend:
Sept 26 - 28

Post-race road opening:
Sept 29 - Oct 2





Food markets recall 15 brands of Chinese food products !!

2008-09-23T11:17:26.447+08:00

Over 15 brands of China—made products have been removed from all stores coz of the growing consumer concern in Singapore over the tainted milk scandal. Major supermarkets such as Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice are also playing it safe by checking that items made in other countries do not contain dairy from China. Sheng Siong supermarket ha just been piling all boxes of China—made food items. The chain has removed over 20 products as a precautionary measure, including bread and biscuits. These include Want Want Crunchy Wafer, Oreo Wafer Sticks, Snickers Peanut snack—sized bars, and Dove Hazelnut Milk Chocolate.,Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice have also recalled items such as condensed milk, crackers and butter.
So now what happens is that everyone would be very cautious and will not go near Chinese products. That is just better than getting sick. I guess now the health will be more important than how much milk or crackers cost.
Chong Nyet Chin, director, Food Safety and Quality, NTUC FairPrice, said: "We also take some precautionary measure on our end. We see whether there are other products which may not be made in China but the source of the raw material was purchased from China."
Some distributors here have been assured by their suppliers in China that their products have not been contaminated. Others will also provide laboratory test results to verify that their items are safe.
However, major supermarkets like NTUC FairPrice and Sheng Siong said that until Singapore’s food safety authority gives the green light, many of the affected items will remain off the shelf.



'White Rabbit Cream candy' has melamine.

2008-09-22T14:58:59.217+08:00

China has been having now lot of problems due to Melamine in the milk they produce. So everyone country is testing if their products are safe. Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has said that its laboratory test have shown that the "White Rabbit Creamy Candy" from China is also contaminated with melamine. Consumers who have bought the affected products are advised not to consume them, the AVA said in a statement. The latest test results bring the total number of milk and related products from China imported into Singapore that are found to be contaminated with melamine to three.
So friends make a note :
The other two affected products are "Yili Brand" Choice Dairy Fruit Bar Yogurt Flavoured Ice Confection" and "Dutch Lady" brand of strawberry flavoured milk.
All the affected products have been recalled earlier. Since Sept 19, 2008, AVA has suspended the import and sale of all milk and milk products from China.
These products include milk, ice-cream, yoghurt, confectionery such as chocolates, biscuits and sweets as well as any other products containing milk from China as an ingredient.Retailers and importers have also been instructed to recall these products and withhold them from sale.
People have to be careful now both in consuming and selling these kind of products else anyone found selling unwholesome food can be fined up to $10,000 and/or sentenced to three months jail, or both.
All of you have to be very careful now when consuming products esp. from China and otherwise also. I guess it is always better to go for pasteurised and homogenized products. Take care everyone !!