Category Archives: Singapore – My new home

Pokémon Go Date Destinations In Singapore

If you are into the Pokemon game app craze now, this post is definitely for you. You won’t just get to play your game but you will also have fun time with your partner as well.

 

Want to impress your date? These destinations in Singapore are perfect for a romantic time out…and catching some really cool Pokémon too, of course.

1. Punggol Waterway Park

Sentul Crescent Road, Singapore 822313

Punggol Waterway Park is perfect for a romantic date night stroll…and catching all sorts of good Pokémon. Seriously guys, they don’t call this the gem of PokéStops for nothing. The area not only has plenty of water Pokémon, but crowd favourites like Snorlax and Pikachu have been spotted there pretty regularly as well. Pokémon seem to appear more frequently in the later part of the day though, so all the more excuse to stay out later with your date.

Pokémon you might find in this area: Squirtle, Mankey, Jigglypuff, Hitmonlee, Snorlax, Pikachu

Other Pokémon hunting spots in the neighbourhood: Punggol Ranch, Coney Island, Punggol Waterway Point

Punggol Waterway Park(Source: punggol.com)

2. MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Along Lornie Road

Trying to impress someone sporty? Skip the usual movie date and take your special someone to MacRitchie Reservoir Park instead. You’ll get fresh air, some much-needed exercise and…a whole bunch of rare Pokémon. It seems to be easier to find Pokémon along the landscape pond and at the reservoir entrance, so you know where to lurk about.

Pokémon you might find in this area: Meowth, Vulpix, Nidoran, Seadra, Horsea

Other Pokémon hunting spots in the neighbourhood: Far East Flora, Thomson Plaza

MacRitchie Reservoir(Source: Wikipedia/Calvin Teo)

3. Haw Par Villa

262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628

Haw Par Villa may not be the most romantic of destinations (Ten Courts Of Hell anyone?) but it is a chock-full of good Pokémon. Plus, don’t you want to learn more about Chines folklore and mythology?

Try to stick to the outdoor spaces rather than the enclosed …

 

See more: http://scene.sg/lifestyle/singapore-guides/pokemon-go-date-destinations-in-singapore/

10 Fun Facts about Singapore

Though Singapore is a small city yet it has a vast heritage to show. Discover Singapore and know why it has become one of most famous city in the World.

 

Singapore, also known as the City in a Garden, really is a far cry from any ordinary city. Mainly known for it’sshopping malls, celebrity chef restaurants and exceptional attractions such as the Marina Bay Sands or Gardens by the Bay, there are also countless temples, serene parks and an outstanding array of fauna and flora.

And, there are a few fun pieces of trivia that you wouldn’t find out about unless you dug deeper. We, the local experts at My Destination Singapore, are happy to share what we have found out from out various different sources. So, sit back and enjoy…

Singapore has 4 official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil and a rich history and culture that comes with the many different ethnicities living here.

The City in a Garden

Singapore’s land size was 581,5 km in the 1960’s and has since grown to an impressive 710km. That’s an increase of 22%. Through land filling, the city-state has plans to grow by another 100 km until 2030, nearly doubling the former size of the island. One example of how land filling was used to create new space is theMarina Bay.

Marina Bay

Singapore was originally known as Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Javanese. Later, in 1299, an Indonesia King who visited the island and mistook an unknown creature for a lion named it Singapura, which is Sanskrit for Lion City. Yet, it is known that there were never lions …

 

 

See more: http://www.mydestinationsingapore.com/travel-articles/10-fun-facts-about-singapore

How to save in electricity at home

“In this technologically advanced world, all sorts of things is powered with electricity, From your basic appliance at your house to public transportation, almost all involves energy. Each day, we cause the growing carbon footprint in the environment. Lessen your electric bill and protect the earth by reducing the family’s energy usage.”

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You’ll find 5 different methods that you can decrease the electricity consumption in your home:

Turn off just about any unnecessary home appliances
It’s forgotten in the home to turn off unused appliances in the house. It’s because the fact that you do not understand just how much electricity is consumed by these unimportant electronic products. Even if the device is not switched on but plugged in, it is still utilizing power. Turning off these appliances is the first step you have to take in order to lower the electricity at home.

Go solar
Solar panels and lights are amazing ways to decrease your electricity usage. The solar panels can be used to heat up the geyser to enable you to have hot water and never having to use electrical energy. Geysers utilize an enormous amount of electricity to heat up, but solar panels will not require any electricity. Solar lights could be set up in your garden. Providing you outdoor lighting that requires absolutely no electrical power aside from the sun’s rays.

Use gas appliances
Electric appliances take too much time to heat, this is due to the fact that they can’t reach their full power level right after they are switched on. Gas appliances will attain their maximum heat right after they are switched on and don’t need any electricity. Rather use a gas stove in your home and obtain gas heaters. With a gas stove you won’t ever have to bother about power outages affecting your meal times.

Use LED lighting
Perhaps the best solutions to decreasing electricity consumption in your house are to change to LED lighting. LED lights will reach its ultimate illumination once it is turned on, emits less heat and is a cost-effective solution. When hoping to reduce electricity in your home then this is the first change you ought to make.

Use less air conditioning
Air conditioning is a luxury and is thus not a basic need. It utilizes an enormous amount of electricity to run and can definitely build up the amount of electricity you use in your house. Unless you require it, switch it off and use more cost effective methods to keep the home cool.

On your own simple ways, you can be economical and conserve the environment as well. We need to be aware that every energy we use corresponds to precious natural resources such as coal, oil or gas. When everyone will follow these tips, we could be certain that we still have more than enough for future years.

A guide to medical and maternity insurance

“I’ve known a lot of expats who ask these questions frequently. I know this will be a very useful information especially for those who just moved in Singapore and have no idea on these matters.”

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What are some examples of preexisting conditions? 

Hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma – basically anything you have had treatment for in the recent past. Most providers can now offer cover for those, but typically against a surcharge on the standard rates. It’s obviously best to secure coverage before anything happens and check the renewability and portability features of your plan to ensure continuation of coverage.

What other kinds of exclusions can appear in policies? 

There are always waiting periods before some benefits become available – maternity, for example. It’s therefore essential to purchase those well in advance. Some policies exclude dangerous or hazardous activities such as scuba diving.

More facts here: http://www.expatliving.sg/body_style/medical/A-guide-to-medical-and-maternity-insurance-2936.ece

A Secure and Safer Home

Every family intends to own a place where they will be at peace and won’t be concerned about anything. A home that will be their sanctuary, a place of refuge. Thanks to technology, we are able to achieve that without having to take excessive effort. In the market these days, you can purchase various accessories and equipment that could make us feel safer in the home. Here are just some of them.

A.    Lighting: LED technology has taken the world to a whooping stage of improvement as it’s very beneficial in conservation of energy and pollution. They produce more light per watt against an incandescent bulb and this facet makes it very useful whenever utilized in battery powered or energy-saving devices. In this way, you’ll be able to light up your home all night long to without having to worry about the cost. In this way, you can stop burglars from attacking your home.

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B.    Fire Monitoring: These fire monitoring and prevention systems are thought essential for houses and market sectors. Equipment like extinguishers, fire hydrants, sprinkler systems and emergency call boxes are just a number of first firefighting equipment which you could possess at home. Additionally, technology has progressed that equipment can easily detect fire just like smoke and fire safety alarms which alerts the residents, notifies persons in the surrounding area and brings the fire service.

C.    The Smart Home: A lot of improvements happen to be created in the area of the smart home. Many new houses are made these days that incorporate at least some smart home technology. Smart home amenities may include total home automation, comprehensive security, lighting control and surveillance, and a lot use wireless technology and the Internet so it will be simple for you to regulate, view and secure your property whilst you may be on the other side of the world. Envision being able to draw a bath for your wife or husband and have it ready right when they get home, all while you are away on business. Or imagine having the ability to make sure your children arrive home safely from school every day. You are able to view precisely once they get back home and, if you choose, you can also watch them with in home surveillance cameras.

D.    Seniors: Innovative gadgets and today’s technology are helping people to deal with everyday living particularly the elderly. There are actually equipment that keep track of heart-rate and body-temperature changes with the info being sent real-time to medical centres or to family. Also, we could see wearable devices such as bracelets and necklaces that can instantly detect falls and send signals to spouse and children on the internet especially for emergency condition. These devices may also be used by any family member to request help in crucial conditions.

HDB builds new generation neighbourhood centres for upcoming estates

“I guess there is another thing that we can look forward in the near future”

 

SINGAPORE: The Republic’s first government-built neighbourhood centres in over a decade will be significantly upgraded from their more functional counterparts seen in the heartlands now.

Located in new estates in Punggol, Hougang and Sembawang, the four new neighbourhood centres will sport waterfront features, lush terraces, and connections to public transport, and have “green” systems like rainwater harvesting.

Built by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), they will be completed over the next three years, ensuring that residents get ready access to facilities once they move into their new homes.

All four will have a sheltered community plaza where residents can come together and mingle over daily activities or community events. “We want to plan towns that are well designed, sustainable as well as community-centric; HDB is not just a developer and master planner, we also play a social role,” said Mr Fong Chun Wah, Group Director (Development and Procurement) of HDB.

Each NC is expected to serve about 5,000 to 6,000 households. Designed based on public feedback, they will be one-stop centres offering a wide variety of amenities, like supermarkets, food courts, and other dining and retail options. All four will be designed to link to transport nodes, like an existing or upcoming MRT or LRT station, or a bus stop.

Artist’s impression of an aerial view of Oasis Terraces. (Photo: Housing and Development Board)

Oasis Terraces, which is situated next to Oasis LRT station at Punggol Waterway, will resemble a landscaped hill, featuring cascading gardens and scenic views of the waterfront. It will also house the Punggol Polyclinic operated by SingHealth Polyclinics – set to be one of the largest polyclinics in Singapore.

Over at Northshore Plaza, the centre will be a test bed for technologies like smart fans, lighting, and an electronic carpark monitoring system, in line with …

 

Read more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/hdb-builds-new-generation/2167610.html

I Love Bon Jovi!

 

I was there rockin with them and really really enjoyed the performances. First time i had joined in the grand prix fun. First time at a live concert and i am loving it!

Would try to upload the videos i took soon as i am busy right now seeing it is nearing the end of the year.

 

SINGAPORE: It has been 20 years since US rock band Bon Jovi last played in Singapore, but their amazing gig on Sunday (Sep 20) as part of the 2015 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix proved that good things come to those who wait.

It had all the ingredients for a brilliant rock concert: music that got people's hearts racing, throngs of sweaty, enthusiastic fans ready to party, and a band that knew how to get them moving.

ᔥhttp://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/entertainment/after-20-years-bon-jovi/2140264.html

Singapore clamps down on five firms over haze

“Classes were suspended, business halted operations and many people’s daily activities were disturbed because of the haze. Masks were sold out so some weren’t able to protect themselves. Indeed, not only the daily activities were affected but health is the most critical issue that wer are dealing here.”

 

The Singapore skyline obscured by the haze in the Marina Bay area on Sept 22, 2015.

In its toughest anti-haze measure yet, Singapore has begun legal action against five companies it believes are among the culprits behind Indonesia’s polluting fires.

It has also slammed statements from Indonesian officials over the crisis that forced the Republic to close schools yesterday when air quality became hazardous.

Naming the firms for the first time yesterday, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan stressed that the haze was a man-made problem that should not be tolerated. “Ultimately, errant companies must know that there is a price to be paid for damaging our health, environment and economy,” he said.

Haze levels here peaked at a 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading of 267 to 322 at 8am yesterday. They improved slightly later but remained very unhealthy. The three-hour PSI showed greater fluctuations – hitting 341 at 5am and dropping to 80 at 2pm, before rising again to 154 at 9pm.

Unhealthy haze pollution – when the 24-hour PSI is over 100 for at least 24 hours – has occurred four times since Sept 10.

The National Environment Agency (NEA), which has been gathering evidence by monitoring hot spots, smoke plumes, maps, meteorological data and satellite images, yesterday served Singapore-listed firm Asia Pulp and Paper a legal notice to supply information on its subsidiaries in Singapore and Indonesia, as well as measures taken …

 

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/spore-clamps-down-on-five-firms-over-haze

 

A Go Green Change At Home

The research on how destructive we are to our planet definitely makes you insane. It appears as though many individuals are anticipating some hero, perhaps “Save Environment Guy” arrive for the environment’s rescue. Others are confident that the govt. will fix it-right!

If you haven’t started out doing a thing, then shame on you. Everyone should carry out their part. You can begin with a step-by-step campaign to minimize your house’s carbon footprint. If you happen to are not aware of what that is, it is actually a measure of the Earth’s resources required to help support a house’s way of life. You can even find websites that will assist you determine yours.

You will discover three areas of your life that contribute to the 75% of environmental damage. According to experts, they’re listed here in order of priority:

• The food we eat
• Mode of transportation
• The water and energy efficiency of our houses and gardens

It is really on our lifestyle or the we live our life that we save the environment and not only just by literally conserving trees or animals. Daily home activities which includes: air conditioning, food preparation, lighting, and household trash lead to 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions each year. If you feel that the energy consumption and transportation are the main factors, then you’re definitely wrong. It is also contributed by the our choice of merchandise and food items.

Purchase local products. The reason for it is that research shows that chemical farming utilizes much more energy per unit of production than organic farming, that do not utilize these chemical inputs. Making and transporting these chemicals uses considerable quantities of energy and results in greenhouse gases.

Our shopping practices also negatively influence the planet if you aren’t performing it right. Make a list of your purchases for the week of for a month to ensure you would not be heading often to the stores and buy goods that are not processed. Doing this shopping is healthier both for humans and the environment.

Reducing our food footprint is actually a start of the change in the family. Eat lower on the food chain or going meatless for just one meal a week can make a difference. Globally, it is determined that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with meat consumption. Make an effort to have atleast once a week “No Meat Day”. It will not just help the environment, it’ll also benefit your health.

You don’t need to become a vegetarian, ride a bicycle or walk to work everyday, reuse every little thing, make a compost heap, switch all of your lighting, etc. If you’d like, that’s great. Go for it. It would, however, be beneficial for us to carry out what we could towards saving the environment for generations to come. If we all did what we could, then perhaps we would be able to get off the bed and face the environment each day realizing we did our very best and face the planet with a smile.

 

Air con – What would i do without them!

wonder how can we survive here in Singapore without air con. And yes i do think we have become too reliant on air con this day. Frankly i can't even imagine working or sleeping without my air con on. 

Seems to me that a fan is useless in the fight against the heat. However, as this article points out would it be sustainable to consume that much energy. 

What if just what if one day we face a shortage of energy. I am really thankful that we are living in a time where we are blessed with technology and natural resources which have yet to completely deplete.

Singapore also needs to think about how the island- city-state consumes energy. Let us start with how much an air-conditioned nation it has become as the majority of the buildings are now cooled by air-conditioners. The proportion of Singapore households with air-conditioners has more than doubled in 20 years, from 35 per cent in 1993 to 76 per cent in 2013. Air-conditioning accounted for the highest proportion of household energy consumption at 37 per cent. To capture a sense of how cool Singapore has become, we conducted an informal temperature survey of popular publicly accessible locations, like shopping malls and the Changi Airport terminals.

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