Turning Yishun into the Yistana

“I, Halimah Yacob, having been elected as President of the Republic of Singapore, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge my duties.”

With those words, a Wikipedia entry was updated last night. Singapore now has her first female president. Describing this as a significant moment in Singapore’s history, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the swearing in ceremony: “Today, we reaffirm the pledge that Mr Lee Kuan Yew made on August 9, 1965… Everybody would have his place, equal, regardless of language, culture, religion.”

But does everybody really have his place? Word on the street is that Madam President would like to continue staying at her “jumbo” HDB flat in Yishun and it is not clear yet if she will be moving to the official residence in Orchard. From the get-go, this presents several situations for her neighbours.

On the other hand, Yishun has been the butt of jokes for the past few years ever since an unusual amount of unfortunate circumstances happened, originated or were related to this northern town. Housing a population of only 205,000, this town has churned out a disproportionate number of murderers, suicide cases, molesters, and even strange natural occurrences like monster caterpillar clusters. Occasionally called Yi-slum, our first female President has singlehandedly turned this district’s reputation around by going against the grain and choosing an abode like 85% of Singapore’s population.

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In a dog’s world, humans are immortals that can live 500-odd years. If a dog could speak..

“They live so long. But the good ones still bond with us our entire lives. These immortals are so kind. We must be good friends to them.”

“Now I am old. The fur around my muzzle is grey and my joints ache when we walk together. Yet she remains unchanged – her hair still glossy, her skin still fresh and her step sprightly.

But when she carries me, my paws are weightless and ache no more. My heart is joyful because I am close to her heart. In her arms, I am young again. This immortal gives me life when my life is ending.

This immortal lifts me to soft surfaces I was once scolded for jumping up to. She buries her face into the fur at my neck, like when I was younger and she wanted to dominate me. But now, wetness seeps through to my skin. This immortal feels grief at my leaving. I am but a short lived creature who lives for her. This immortal has much more time to come yet mourns my loss.

It has been a full life for me with her. Time comes and time goes but time cannot take away the love I have for her.”

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Travelling to KL2017 with Traveloka

Remember this from almost exactly a year ago? When all of Singapore basked in Joseph Schooling’s glory? Homeboy became the first ever Southeast Asian male swimmer to win a gold Olympic medal, and obviously also Singapore’s first gold bringer.

Schooling seemed to have uncorked a bubbling bottle – since then various countrymen in their respective sports have been bringing home all sorts of medals. Most of us haven’t had a chance to watch our champions in action but now you totally can.

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Fun Facts About Our Singapore Passport

For some of us, the Singapore passport may only be a travel document issued by our country’s government. However, do you know that a passport from a country in good standing can be a powerful tool? We already know that our Singapore passport is one of the most widely accepted in the world. Our passport allows us to travel to almost 80% of the countries in the world!

But that’s not all! Besides the widely known facts, do you know that there are also really tiny words in small print, hidden in the Singapore passport? Get your passports out now, because this is going to be a test of your eyesight! Can you see the hidden words?

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Where to watch National Day Fireworks?

If you didn’t manage to get tickets to this year’s NDP but still want to watch fireworks, here’s a handy cheat sheet on the best carparks to catch the show. (And some of them don’t even have a parking fee.)

Every 9th of August, the nation comes together to celebrate Singapore’s National Day, and the highlight of which is undoubtedly the National Day Parade, or NDP. For many, no NDP is complete without the requisite fireworks show right at the end, and year after year everyone looks forward to this spectacular showpiece that marks the climax of our country’s birthday celebrations.

There’s nothing better than watching the fireworks show live and up-close in person, but if you haven’t been lucky enough to get tickets to this year’s show at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, not to worry. There are still places where you can get close enough to the action without missing out. Even better, if you have your own car, you can even make it your own personal little picnic outing by bringing along your own drinks and snacks.

Drop the top, kick back and enjoy the view from these five carparks, which we think are the best places to catch the fireworks show (usually starts from about 8:00pm) away from the Floating Platform.

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